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I have met Peter Davison on three occasions. The first was at the London Film & Comic Convention at Earl's Court in 2008, and the second was at the Time Quest Doctor Who Event held at the De Vere Hotel in Cheshunt in March 2010.
Peter Davison was born Peter Malcolm Gordon Moffett, in Streatham, London, in 1951. His parents were Sheila and Claude (an electrical engineer from British Guiana), and he has three sisters. The family moved to Woking, Surrey, where Peter went to the Maphill School. It was here that his interest in acting developed, and he took part in a number of school plays. After leaving school, he trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
His first job was as an actor and assistant stage manager at the Nottingham Playhouse in 1972 when he had a small part in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. It was around this time that he chose to use the stage name 'Peter Davison' so as to avoid confusion with the actor and director Peter Moffatt.
The new Nottingham Playhouse in the late 1960s
I then met him again at the Project Motormouth event in Slough in 2013, where I was photographed with him, alongside three other 'Doctors'.
Peter Davison's first television work was as Elmer in a 1975 episode of The Tomorrow People. In 1977, he had the prominent role of Tom Holland in the 13 episode TV miniseries Love For Lydia.
Davison as Paul Webber in Sink or Swim
As Tom Holland in Love for Lydia
Lydia. The following year, he became a household name as a result of his performances as Tristan Farnon in the very popular series All Creatures Greatand
With Sandra Dickinson in The Tomorrow People
Great and Small, based on the books of Yorkshire vet James Herriot. The series also starred Christopher Timothy and Robert Hardy. Peter Davison also appeared in the sitcoms Holding the Fort and Sink or Swim (both 1980).
(left) As Tristan Farnon in
All Creatures Great and Small
In 1981, at the age of 29, Davison signed a contract to play Doctor Who for three years. He appeared in 70 episodes over the next three years, and his last storywas
story was season twenty-one's The Caves of Androzani. The final episode of this was transmitted in January 1982, when his iconic cricket outfit with a piece of celery on his lapelgave
Peter Davison as the fifth Doctor Who
lapel, gave way to the colourful patchwork jacket of Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor in 1984.
He returned yet again as the Doctor in Time Crash, a Doctor Who special episode written by Steven Moffatt for 'Children in Need' in 2007. In this, Davison's Fifth Doctor met the Tenth Doctor,pla
Nine years later, Davison returned to play the Fifth Doctor in the special, Dimensions in Time (1993).
Davison as the Fifth Doctor Who
Doctor, played by David Tennent, not knowing that he was actually meeting his future son-in-law! Davison's daughter, Georgia Moffett, starred in an episode (appropriately titled 'The Doctor's Daughter') of the 2008 revived Doctor Who, playing the Doctor’s genetically created daughter. During the filming she fell in love with David Tennant, who was the Doctor at the time. Tennant and Georgia were married in 2011, makingthe
David Tennant & Peter Davison in the Doctor Who special, Time Crash
making the fifth Doctor’s actual daughter and the tenth Doctor’s genetically created daughter, the actual tenth Doctor’s wife!!
Tennant & Moffett in The Doctor's Daughter
Davison returned to the role of Tristan Farnon from 1985 until 1990, for various one-off specials and revival seasons of All Creatures
Creatures Great and Small. He has also played the lead roles of Dr Stephen Daker in A Very Peculiar Practice (1986); Albert Campion in Campion (1989); Ralphinthe
As Dr Stephen Daker in A Very Peculiar Practice
Ralph in the sitcom Fiddlers Three (1991) and Jim Huxtable in Harnessing Peacocks (1993). In the award-nominated, 26-episode series At Home With the Braithwaites (2000-2003) he played David Braithwaite, whose familyhas
With Paula Wilcox in Fiddlers Three
(left) As Albert Campion in Campion
family has a big lottery win that dramatically changes their lives.
Serena Scott Thomas, Tom Beasley & Peter Davison in
Davison has also starred as the quiet,unassuming
quiet, unassuming detective 'Dangerous' Davies in the television series The Last Detective (2003-2007) and as Bill Shorein
Shore in twelve episodes of Distant Shores (2005-2008). Between 2011 and 2014, Davison has played Henry Sharpe in 27 episodes of the popular crime drama series Law & Order: UK.
With Georgia Taylor in Law & Order: UK
Davison as DC 'Dangerous' Davies in
The Last Detective
Peter Davison & Yvette Rowland in Distant Shores
Most of Davison's work has been in television,
television, although he has taken occasional roles in theatre, radio and film. His stage appearances include Barefoot in the Park (1984), Arsenic and Old Lace (1991), Dial M for Murder (1996) and Chicago (1999). In 2010, he took the lead role as Professor Callahan in the West End production of Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre.
As Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde
Peter Davison & Elizabeth Spriggs in
Arsenic and Old Lace
Peter Davison has been married twice. His first wife was the actress Sandra Dickinson whom he married in 1978, and is the mother of his daughter, the actress
Peter has signed this photo to me
Georgia Moffett (b.1984). They divorced in 1994. Davison's
Davison's second wife is actress Elizabeth Morton. They married in 2003 and have two sons Louis (b.2000) and Joel (b.2002).
Davison & Sandra Dickinson with daughter Georgia
With Peter Davison in 2010
With Peter Davison in 2008
Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davison, Ciaran Brown, David Tennant & Paul McGann at Slough in 2013