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Ian Marter 1943-1986 (1987)

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Ian Marter, the actor who played Surgeon-Lieutenant Harry Sullivan on Doctor Who in the mid-1970s, died October 29, 1986. Marter, who also authored eight novelizations of Who adventures and an original spin-off novel, was 43.

Marter's acting training was at the Bristol Old Vic in England. His first appearance on Doctor Who was a guest-starring role in the 1973 Jon Pertwee story "Carnival of Monsters." He returned in 1974 as Sullivan, the somewhat bumbling medical officer who accompanied Tom Baker (as the Doctor) and Elisabeth Sladen (as Sarah Jane Smith through six consecutive stories ("Robot" through "Terror of the Zygons"), returning for a seventh time in "The Android Invasion." He also appeared' in a number of plays in London's West End, including Conduct Unbecoming and Abelard and Heloise.

Since the explosion of interest in Doctor Who in the United States, Marter had been a frequent and popular guest at conventions. Speaking of his Harry Sullivan character, he once said, "Sometimes, the scripts made the companions too daft. That only serves to bring the Doctor down, contrary to what the writers were trying to do—make the Doctor go up. The only way to really make the main character better is to

Caption: Alongside Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter faced dangers In service to Doctor Who.

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  • APA 6th ed.: (number 118 (May 1987)). Ian Marter 1943-1986. Starlog p. 72.
  • MLA 7th ed.: "Ian Marter 1943-1986." Starlog [add city] number 118 (May 1987), 72. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: "Ian Marter 1943-1986." Starlog, edition, sec., number 118 (May 1987)
  • Turabian: "Ian Marter 1943-1986." Starlog, number 118 (May 1987), section, 72 edition.
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