Kevin Manser

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Kevin Manser
Born Kevin Baden Manser
(1929-02-16)16 February 1929
Adelaide, South Australia
Died 21 December 2001(2001-12-21) (aged 72)
New South Wales, Australia
Cause of death Cancer
Occupation Actor
Years active 1957–2001
Known for Dalek prop operator in Doctor Who (1960s)

Kevin Baden Manser (16 February 1929 – 21 December 2001) was an Australian actor best known for his career as a Dalek operator in the early seasons of the British science-fiction television series Doctor Who.

He was born in Adelaide and worked for South Australian Engineering and Water Supply until 1957, when he emigrated to London to work as a stage manager. This led to later work as a theatrical and television actor. In 1969 he returned to Australia and continued to play small parts on television while becoming involved with Doctor Who conventions. He wrote his autobiography, The Memoirs of a Dalek, in 2001, after being diagnosed with the cancer that eventually resulted in his death at the end of that year.

Amongst his TV and film roles, included appearances in the TV mini-series Bodyline (1984) and The Dismissal (1983), the film The Year My Voice Broke (1987) and appearing as Australian prime-minister William McMahon in the mini-series Vietnam (1987).



Year Title Role Notes
1965 Dr. Who and the Daleks Dalek Operator
1967 A Countess from Hong Kong Photographer
1969 Cry Wolf Town clerk
1975 Scobie Malone Unkown
Ride a Wild Pony Unkown uncredited
1978 The Night, The Prowler Citizen in bushes
1979 Dawn! Official
1987 The Year My Voice Broke Mr. Keith


Year Title Role Notes


Doctor Who Dalek Operator

Zarbi Operator

Season 1: (6 episodes)

Season 2: (15 episodes)

Season 3: (12 episodes)

Season 4: (4 episodes)

1965 The Big Spender Bank manager Unknown
1966 Thirteen Against Fate Auctioneer Season 1, Episode 10: "The Son"
1967 Mrs Thursday Mr. Bileman Season 2, Episode 3: "The Train from Dunrich House"
1968 Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width Registrar Season 2, Episode 6: "Hello Mother, Hello Father"
1972 Spyforce Dr. Henry Holmann Season 1, Episode 22: "The Doctor"
Number 96 Mr. Fulton Unknown
1975 Homicide Sid Goodwin Season 1, Episode 461: "The Long Weekend"
Shannon's Mob Harry Davis Season 1, Episode 3: "Trip to Nowhere"
1976 Rush Weinbaum Season 2, Episode 8: "I'll See You Dead McKeller"
1978 Cass Unknown TV Movie
1979 Chopper Squad Docker Season 2, Episode 10: "Freedom"
1981 Bellamy Gleeson Season 1, Episode 13: "The Siege"
1982 A Country Practice Sol Manning Season 2: (2 episodes)
1983 The Dismissal Unknown TV Mini-series


Prisoner: Cell Block H Phillip Bates


Season 1: (4 episodes)
1984 Bodyline Unknown TV Mini-series
1987 Vietnam William McMahon TV Mini-series
1988 Richmond Hill Bank manager Unknown
1994 Mother and Son Butcher #2 Season 6, Episode 6: "The Promise"
2001 All Saints Bill Kennedy Season 4: (2 episodes)

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