Peter Miles (English actor)

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Peter Miles (29 August 1928 – 26 February 2018) was an English actor. He played many television roles including several different characters in Z-Cars and Doctor Who. His other television work also included Blake's 7, Survivors, The Sweeney, Dixon of Dock Green, Moonbase 3, Poldark and Bergerac. His film credits include roles in Made (1972), The Whistle Blower (1986) and Little Dorrit (1988).

Peter Miles was also an accomplished jazz and soul singer. He was a childhood friend of the singer Dusty Springfield, and the first recording Springfield ever made was with Miles on guitar.[1]

Television work[edit]

In the science fiction series Blake's 7 he played the character of Secretary Rontane in the episodes "Seek-Locate-Destroy" and "Trial".[2]

In Doctor Who, he appeared in three serials, as Dr. Lawrence in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970), Professor Whitaker in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974) and Nyder in Genesis of the Daleks (1975).[2]

He played Sheikh Hamad in The Sandbaggers in 1978.[3]

Film work[edit]

Appeared in the Henry VIII feature film Monarch alongside Doctor Who actors T. P. McKenna and Jean Marsh.[4]

Radio and other work[edit]

He also performed in the BBC Radio 5 Doctor Who audio drama The Paradise of Death in 1993, playing the villain Tragan.[2] Miles contributed to several other Doctor Who spinoffs, including the independent video production More Than a Messiah[2] and the audio dramas Zygons: Absolution[2] and Prosperity Island,[2] all produced by BBV. For the licensed audio drama producers Big Finish Productions, he appeared in Whispers of Terror in 1999 and Sarah Jane Smith: Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre[2] in 2002. He has reprised his role as Nyder three times; in the 1993 and 2005 productions of the stage play The Trial of Davros, and in the 2006 Big Finish audio drama I, Davros: Guilt. For Magic Bullet Productions, he appeared in five of the Kaldor City SF audio dramas, in the role of scheming politician Landerchild.[2] He has also appeared in the second volume of The True History of Faction Paradox, The Ship of a Billion Years, as the Egyptian deity Anhur. He played Lord Straxus in the Bernice Summerfield Season 9 episode "The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel". He also appeared in Lovejoy in the episode "Pig in a Poke".


On 27 February 2018 Miles' death the previous week at the age of 89 was announced via Twitter.[5][6]


Year Title Role Notes
1972 Made Doctor
1976 The Eagle Has Landed Adolf Hitler Uncredited
1978 L'amour en question
1986 The Whistle Blower Stephen Kedge
1987 Little Dorrit Mr. Dubbin
1993 The Punk Shakespeare
2000 Monarch
2001 Possessions Robin Scoops


  1. ^ Dusty Springfield, The South Bank Show (2006)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Man of Steel: Interview with Peter Miles".
  3. ^ "Always Glad to Help (1978)". BFI.
  4. ^ "Monarch (2000)". BFI.
  5. ^ "Former Doctor Who villain Peter Miles dies aged 89". The Telegraph. London. 28 February 2018. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  6. ^ "It is with great sadness that I have to inform you Peter passed away peaceful at home, last week at the age of 89..." @PeterMilesActor. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.

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