Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley.
I’m saddened to hear the news that David Warner has passed away. I feel lucky to have met him at conventions and I’ve enjoyed him in many film and TV productions over the years. I’ve had many nice chats with David. I will always take away the happy memories of seeing David at conventions. 🙂
The first time I came across David as an actor was in the two ‘Star Trek’ films he was in – ‘Star Trek V: The Final Frontier’ and ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’. I’ve also enjoyed him in the ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ two-part story ‘Chain of Command’ where he played opposite Patrick Stewart.
After that, I enjoyed him as Sir Isaac Newton in the ‘Summer’ episode of ‘Circular Time’ with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton in ‘Doctor Who’. He did more ‘Doctor Who’ audios for Big Finish, including ‘The Rosemariners’, ‘Empathy Games’, ‘The Sands of Life’/’War Against the Laan’, ‘The Dalek Contract’/’The Final Phase’, ‘The Children of Seth’, ‘Infernal Devices’, etc. 🙂
David Warner is perhaps best-known for playing the Doctor in the ‘Unbound’ series of Big Finish audios in ‘Doctor Who’, starting with ‘Sympathy For The Devil’. He played the Unbound Doctor recently with Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield. I didn’t realise she was his partner.
Of course, David Warner has also been in the ‘Doctor Who’ TV series, guest starring in the episode ‘Cold War’ with Matt Smith. He’s also voiced for the animated ‘Doctor Who’ adventure called ‘Dreamland’ with David Tennant. I’ve also enjoyed David’s audiobook reading of ‘Plague of the Cybermen’.
It was really nice to see David on the big screen recently in the film called ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ back in December 2018. David also voiced Herbert Landon in the 1990s animated ‘Spider-Man’ series. It was nice to hear him in that series. During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, I managed to see David Warner as Bob Cratchit in 1984’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ with George C. Scott on TV. He’s also been in the 2004 TV adaptation of ‘4.50 From Paddington’ with Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple.
It’s been lovely to see David and chat to him at conventions like ‘Regenerations 2010’, ‘Regenerations 2013’, ‘Cardiff Film and Comic Con 2014’, ‘MCM Birmingham Comic Con 2017’, ‘Folkestone Film, TV and Comic Con 2018’, and ‘London Comic Con Spring 2019’. I found David very nice to chat to. 🙂
David Warner always came across as a very enthusiastic person, both as an actor and as a person in real-life. I cherish very fond memories of meeting David Warner at conventions as well as seeing him in the films and TV productions he’s in. I hope to hear more Big Finish audios with him as the Doctor. 🙂
My prayers and thoughts go out to all of those who are the friends and family of David Warner.
Check out the BBC News tribute to David Warner – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-62219839
Thanks for reading, everyone.
Bye for now.