Bill Paterson (born 3 June 1945[1]) is a renowned Scottish actor who played Dr Edwin Bracewell in the Doctor Who television stories Victory of the Daleks and The Pandorica Opens.

He has co-starred with many Doctor Who actors during a career that began about 1976. He is known to modern audiences for a couple of regular roles.

He was the lead character in Sea of Souls, which was produced by Phil Collinson immediately before Collinson moved to Doctor Who. During that four-year run, he worked with many Doctor Who-related guest stars, including: Paul McGann, Michelle Collins, Colin Salmon, Michelle Duncan, Peter Guinness, Christina Cole, Peter Capaldi, Sarah Haynes, Nicholas Gecks, Ellie Haddington, Louis Mahoney, Michael Obiora, Eric Mason, Bhasker Patel and Struan Rodger.

After Souls, he was the senior Crown Prosecutor in the first four series of Law & Order: UK. He was thus the boss of Freema Agyeman's character — and was eventually succeeded by Peter Davison.

He's also been involved in productions of shorter runs of interest to Doctor Who fans. He had a main role in the 2008 adaptation of Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit, directed by Adam Smith and co-starring Freema Agyeman, Eve Myles, and Arthur Darvill. In 2012 he was a recurring character in the Matt Jones co-written Dirk Gently, a detective series based on a Douglas Adams novel.

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