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Richard Franklin at The Television & Movie Store, Norwich, England, on 17 January 2009
|Born||Richard Kimber Franklin
15 January 1936 
Marylebone, London, England
Richard Franklin (born 15 January 1936) is a British actor.
He has had various roles in different television programmes including Crossroads (January – June 1969, as Joe Townsend) and Emmerdale Farm (1988–89, as Dennis Rigg). However, his most significant role was that of Captain Mike Yates, a member of UNIT, in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1971 to 1974. Franklin has stood for Parliament on several occasions and works today primarily as a theatre director.
His other acting television appearances include: Blake's 7, Dixon of Dock Green, The Saint, The Millicent Martin Show, Little Women, The Pathfinders, Catherine Cookson's The Gambling Man (1995) and more recently Heartbeat (1997, as a Doctor). In terms of his political work, this has led to appearances on Campaign Calendar (Yorkshire TV) and an election speech at the Liberal Democrat Conference (broadcast by Sky TV in 1993).
His theatre acting work includes Peter Dews' production of As You Like It, Same Time Next Year (Prince of Wales Theatre), Macbeth (RSC), Rocky Horror Show (as the Narrator), The Spider's Web (UK Tour for Ian Dickens), Romeo and Juliet (UK Tour with Sean Maguire), The Importance of Being Earnest (English Speaking Theatre, Frankfurt) and many pantomimes. On radio he played Harrison Howell in the BBC Radio 2 production of Kiss Me Kate (1996).
Franklin has in recent years produced an annual production as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has also been an artistic and associate director of a number of theatres.
He has maintained his contact with Doctor Who and appears regularly at conventions and contributing to video projects for Reeltime Pictures in their spin-off interview and documentary productions. He recreated Captain Mike Yates for the Twentieth Anniversary special The Five Doctors (1983) and also the Thirtieth Anniversary 3-D Special for Children In Need Dimensions In Time (1993), both in scenes with Jon Pertwee.
Franklin wrote a novel featuring his Who character, Mike Yates, The Killing Stone, but it was initially only released as an audio book, read by the author. It was later released as a novel entitled Operation HATE', but with all explicit references to names such as "The Doctor", "The Master" and "TARDIS" removed.
Franklin returned to his role as Mike Yates in 2009 in the first of several 5-part series of BBC audio plays - with the overarching titles of Hornets' Nest, Demon Quest and Serpent Crest - alongside the fourth Doctor Tom Baker.
In 2009 Franklin starred in various music clips from the band Noah and the Whale.
Between 2013 and 2014 Franklin collaborated with Benjamin Maio Mackay and the Preachrs Podcast. In 2014 he had pre-recorded video cameo as Mike Yates in Benjamin's touring comedy show "50 Years of Doctor Who: Preachrs Podcast Live 2!" which played Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival to great acclaim.
He also played 'The Narrator' in a tour version of The Rocky Horror Show.
Political activities include:
- Candidate in the United Kingdom general election, 1992 in Sheffield Brightside for the Liberal Democrats 5,273 votes
- Candidate in the United Kingdom general election, 1997 in Hackney South and Shoreditch for the Referendum Party 613 votes
- Candidate in the United Kingdom general election, 2001 in Hove for the United Kingdom Independence Party 358 votes
- Founded the Silent Majority Party
- Candidate in the United Kingdom general election, 2005 in Hove for the Silent Majority Party 78 votes