According to Trix, Brian Blessed played Augustus in I, Claudius. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles) He also played Rassilon in a BBC version of Remote media in Sam Jones' subconscious. (PROSE: Interference - Book One)

Behind the scenes Edit

The real-world Brian Blessed (born 9 October 1936[1]) once guest starred in Doctor Who as King Yrcanos in Mindwarp. He was also considered to play the Second Doctor[2].

A popular UK character actor known for his bombastic, larger-than-life demeanour both on film and in person, Blessed rose to stardom in the early 1960s as PC "Fancy" Smith in police procedural Z-Cars. He played Porthos in a pair of TV series based upon The Three Musketeers, but his best known TV role was probably that of Augustus in I, Claudius, also featuring John Hurt in a prominent part.

He played King Richard IV in the first season of Blackadder and guest starred in series such as Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Space: 1999, Survivors and Lovejoy. His best-known film role was that of Prince Vultan in the 1980 version of Flash Gordon. His other big screen roles included the film version of the popular sitcom Till Death Us Do Part and Kenneth Branagh's film of Henry V.

He is the father of Rosalind Blessed.

In 1986, Scott Sauber won the Doctor Who Magazine's "Doctor Who Casting Competition" for the cast of a hypothetical high-budget Doctor Who movie by suggesting that Brian Blessed play a new, "deviously eccentric" incarnation of the Doctor opposite a villain played by John Hurt and with Meryl Streep as his companion. This imaginary "Brian Blessed Doctor" was eventually visualised by a professional illustrator in Winning Designs in DWM 131.

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