The Third Doctor identified film actor Peter Cushing as "that splendid chap Van Helsing", (PROSE: A Visit to the Cinema) which was probably the role in which he used a crucifix. (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows)
In 1942, Van Helsing ventured to the Hebrides and discovered Frankenstein's monster encased in ice. He returned to Great Britain, taking the frozen monster with him. During the train ride to London, Van Helsing sat in the same compartment as Professor Challenger. The Eighth Doctor and Char briefly encountered the adventurers during the journey. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen)
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- Professor Abraham van Helsing was originally a character from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. He was adapted as "Lawrence van Helsing" in the Hammer Dracula film series, where the character was indeed played by Peter Cushing, who also later played his own descendant, Lorrimer van Helsing, in two more movies.
- In addition to Peter Cushing, Van Helsing has been played by Bernard Archard, Frank Finlay, David Warner, David Suchet and Terence Maynard in various media.