Peter Hawkins

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Peter Hawkins
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Peter Hawkins in 1996
Peter John Hawkins

(1924-04-03)3 April 1924
Died8 July 2006(2006-07-08) (aged 82)
London, England, UK
OccupationVoice actor
Years active1949–1995

Peter John Hawkins (3 April 1924 – 8 July 2006) was a British actor and voice artist. During the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Hawkins was one of the most sought-after voiceovers for television and radio, being a regular face and voice around the Soho-based circuit of commercial production studios, and working regularly with actors including Patrick Allen, Edward Judd, and Sir David Jason.

Early life[edit]

A policeman's son, Peter John Hawkins was born in Brixton, south London. He made his first stage appearance as a member of the chorus in a musical sketch at school in Clapham. At 14 he wrote, with three friends, a revue entitled The Five Bs. He ran with the Herne Hill Harriers.[1] Hawkins joined the Royal Navy, and survived, though shrapnel pierced his clothing when HMS Limbourne sank after being torpedoed. While recovering he took part in plays, which resulted in his being taken into Combined Operations Entertainments.[1]


Hawkins worked at the East Riding Theatre, and then did a two-year course at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His first West End appearance was at the Comedy Theatre. Hawkins' association with British children's television began in 1950 voicing the BBC's children's show Whirligig character Mr Turnip, in 1952 he voiced both Bill and Ben, the Flower Pot Men. In 1955–1956, he voiced Big Ears and Mr. Plod in The Adventures of Noddy. He also provided all the voices for the animated series Captain Pugwash, The Family-Ness, The Adventures of Tintin, The Adventures of Sir Prancelot, and Bleep and Booster, the last of which was a regular feature of the long-running children's magazine series Blue Peter in the 1960s and early 70s. He was also the narrator for SuperTed and Jimbo and the Jet-Set.

He voiced several characters on Doctor Who in the show's early years, especially the Daleks and the Cybermen. He was also the original voice of Zippy on Rainbow during the first year of its run (1972). Coincidentally his replacement on Rainbow, Roy Skelton, also voiced the Daleks. Hawkins and Skelton also voiced the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet.

Hawkins was the original voice for the character of Frankie Mouse in the fourth radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, originally broadcast in March 1978. He also provided the voice of Money, a walking, talking pound sign on the UK adverts for the Access credit card, during the 1980s and 1990s.

Hobbies and collections[edit]

Hawkins was the owner of a fine art collection, including works by Monet, Pissarro and Alfred Sisley, Graham Sutherland, Sir Jacob Epstein, and Dame Elisabeth Frink.[1] He also owned a collection of Japanese sword guards and was very keen on Japanese delicacy.[citation needed]

Health issues[edit]

In 1992, Hawkins developed a brain tumour which, although successfully treated, left him with short-term memory problems and his retirement from the profession.[2] Due to this he was unable to contribute to any DVD release of Doctor Who outside of archive footage.


He died in London, aged 82, on 8 July 2006, coincidentally the same day that the 2006 season finale of Doctor Who, "Doomsday", the first to feature Daleks and Cybermen confronting each other, was transmitted. He had married Rosemary Miller, an actress, in 1956, with whom he had a son, Silas, who is also an actor and voice artist.[1]

Nicholas Briggs, who has voiced the Daleks on television since the revival of Doctor Who in 2005, paid tribute to him in Doctor Who Magazine, praising him as the best Dalek voice artist, saying "...all of us who've provided Dalek voices over the last 40 years owe him a massive debt. None of us have been as good as Peter, but he supplied our inspiration. He was truly the Emperor of the Daleks."[3]

In 2013, the BBC produced a docudrama depicting the creation and early days of Doctor Who, called An Adventure in Space and Time, screened as part of the programme's fiftieth anniversary celebrations. Hawkins was a small role, played by Nicholas Briggs.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1964 Goldwhiskers James Burk


Goldwhiskers' girlfriends

voice only
1965 Dr. Who and the Daleks Daleks voice only, uncredited
1966 Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Daleks voice only, uncredited
1969 Tintin and the Temple of the Sun Captain Haddock English version, voice only, uncredited
1973 Assassin Passport Officer
1976 Feelings Unknown
1979 Quincy's Quest various stuffed animals voice only
1988 Stowaways on the Ark Willi Worm English version, voice only
1989 Asterix and the Big Fight Getafix English version, voice only
1990 Peter in Magicland Sandman English version, voice only
1995 The Four Corners of Nowhere Therapist


Year Title Role Notes
1949 The Good Companions Albert Tuggeridge TV Movie
Old English Reporter TV Movie


Whirligig Mr. Turnip

Alexander Scrope


Series 1: (18 episodes)

Series 2: (18 episodes)

Series 3: (18 episodes)

Series 4: (19 episodes)

Series 5: (18 episodes)

1951 Stranger from Space Petrio Series 2: (17 episodes)
Aladdin Lord High Chamberlain TV Movie


Saturday Special Porterhouse

Various characters

Series 1: (19 episodes)

Series 2: (16 episodes)

1952 Flower Pot Men Bill


Series 1, Episode 1
1954 Billy Bean and His Funny Machine Billy Bean Unknown
1955 The Woodentops Unknown Unknown


A Rubovian Legend UnknownLord Chamberlain

Albert Weatherspoon

Series 1: (4 episodes)
1956 The Bird of Truth Unknown TV Movie
1957 The Machine Breakers Tom Thorpe Series 1, Episode 1: "The Oath"
The Emperor's Nightingale Unknown TV Movie
Treasure Island Narrator TV Movie


Captain Pugwash Captain Horatio Pugwash

Master Mate

Pirate Barnabas

Pirate Willy

Tom the Cabin Boy

Cut-Throat Jake

Series 1: (3 episodes)
1958 The Thompson Family Ron Hicks Series 2: (3 episodes)
1960 Life with the Lyons Unknown Series 1, Episode 42: "The Auction"
Small Time Unknown Series 1, Episode 3: "Cookery Tales of

Oaktree Kitchen: Part 1

The Days of Vengeance PC Harris


Series 1: (6 episodes)


ITV Play of the Week Bill


Series 7, Episode 12: "Two on the Beach"

Series 8, Episode 40: "The Seventh Wave"

1962 The Tommy Steele Show: Quincy's Quest Topper TV Movie
1963 Bleep and Booster Narrator Unknown


Doctor Who Dalek voices

Cybermen Voices

Season 1: (6 episodes)

Season 2: (12 episodes)

Season 3: (12 epispdes)

Season 4: (14 episodes)

Season 5: (8 episodes)

1965 The Big Spender Spiro Series 1, Episode 1: "The Soft Bribe"
1966 The Wednesday Play Mr. Willis Series 1, Episode 54: "A Walk in the Sea"
Softly, Softly Detective Sergeant Thorne Series 1, Episode 14: "Blind Man's Bluff"
1969 The Power Game Interpreter Series 3, Episode 8: "Standard Practice"
Hark at Barker Unknown Series 1, Episode 7: "Rustless and the Solar System"
1970 Doomwatch Computer Series 1, Episode 5: "Project Sahara"
Tomfoolery Various characters Unknown
1971 A Family at War Dimmock Series 2, Episode 9: "We Could Be a Lot Worse Off"
1972 Stories from Toytown Unknown Series 1: (2 episodes)
The Adventures of Sir Prancelot All characters Series 1: (31 episodes)
The Dick Emery Show Unknown Series 11, Episode 5
The Shadow of the Tower Voice Series 1, Episode 5: "The Serpent and the Comforter"
Rainbow Zippy Series 1: (50 episodes)
1973 Son of the Bride Mr. Cuthbertson Series 1, Episode 3: "Of Unsold Mind"
1974 Dial M for Murder Sergeant Maclean Series 1, Episode 7: "Dead Connection"
Father Brown Gibbs Series 1, Episode 1: "The Hammer of God"
1975 Sadie, Its Cold Outside Radio announcer Series 1, Episode 4
1976 Noah and Nelly in.. SkylArk Narrator Series 1: (7 episodes)
Bless this House Radio announcer Series 6, Episode 2: "Beautiful Dreamer"




Dave Allen at Large Unknown Series 2: (6 episodes)

Series 3: (6 episodes)

Series 4: (6 episodes)

1979 The Perishers Narrator



Series 1: (20 episodes)


SuperTed Narrator Series 1: (11 episodes)

Series 2, Episode 12: "SuperTed Meets Father Christmas"

1984 The Family-Ness Unknown Series 1: (9 episodes)
1985 Seasview Mynah Bird Series 2, Episode 2: "The Godfather
1986 Jimbo and the Jet-Set Jimbo Series 1: (25 episodes)
1988 Windfalls Narrator

Various characters

Series 1: (26 episodes)
The Storyteller Devil Series 1, Episode 1: "The Soldier and Death"
Stoppit and Tidyup All voices (uncredited) Series 1: (13 episodes)
1989 The Jim Henson Hour Devil Series 1, Episode 3: "Monster Telethon"
Theatre Night Michael Lomax Series 4, Episode 4: "Knuckle"
1989 A Grand Day Out Gromit Canine vocals
1990 Penny Crayon Dennis Series 1: (12 episodes)
It's Fun to Learn with Spot Narrator Series 1: (13 episodes)
1993 The Wrong Trousers Gromit Canine vocals
1995 A Close Shave Gromit Canine vocals


  1. ^ a b c d "Obituary". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  2. ^ Hawkins, Silas (October 2014). "Voices-Voices-Voices!". Doctor Who Magazine. Panini Comics (477): 66.
  3. ^ Briggs, Nicholas (13 September 2006). "Peter Hawkins". Doctor Who Magazine. Panini Comics (373): 7.

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