James Patrick Kent-Smith was born in Dunoon, in Scotland on 20th August
1943. He trained to be a priest (at the age of 12!) but then changed his
mind and became an insurance salesman, where he sold annuities
and other financial products. He later worked at the box office
of The Roundhouse, a prominent theatre in Scotland.
He was discovered by Ken Campbell and became part of the Ken Campbell Roadshow. Ferrets were his speciality and really, when you think of ferrets down your trousers, you think of Sylvester McCoy. (Though in the Ken Campbell Roadshow he was known as Sylveste McCoy) He was also very good at hammering nails into his nose.
His most famous television role as the Doctor in Doctor Who occurred from 1987-1989 but he reprised the role in the 1993 special Dimensions in Time and again in the 1996 telemovie, officially handing the reigns of the Doctor to Paul McGann.
As he was, in the minds of many fans, the Doctor from 1987 until 1996, the 7th Doctor character that he helped create was used in many comics, books, audios and toys, making him one of the longest serving Doctors. (In 2005 Paul McGann became another of the longest serving Doctors for similar reasons, even though he only appeared in one official TV movie, as copius books, audio dramas, comics and toys followed. Both Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann were officially current Doctors for 8 years 9 months each.)
Sylvester frequently appears at conventions and is the consummate guest, not only having plenty of stories to tell but also plenty of tricks to perform.
His most recent Doctor Who related theatrical
appearance in Australia and New Zealand was in a stage play called Inside
the TARDIS where he talked about his experience on Doctor Who with Colin
Baker and Katy Manning. He performed several vaudeville acts and signed
autographs afterwards for the fans. He has since been back to Australia
in Hamlet and for a miniconvention in Sydney.
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Death Comes to Time CD
starring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and many others
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Below is a list of his appearances to date with links to more information.
Click on the links to find out more about these titles.
Paradise Towers NTSC - PAL
Delta and the Bannermen NTSC - PAL
Dragonfire NTSC - PAL
Remembrance of the Daleks NTSC - PAL - DVD
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy NTSC - PAL
The Happiness Patrol NTSC - PAL
Silver Nemesis NTSC - PAL
Battlefield NTSC - PAL
Ghostlight NTSC - PAL
Curse of Fenric NTSC - PAL - DVD
Survival NTSC - PAL
Doctor Who Telemovie '96 DVD - NTSC - PAL
Bidding Adieu NTSC - PAL
I Was a Doctor Who Monster NTSC - PAL
Doctors, 30 Years of Time Travel & Beyond DVD - PAL
The Airzone Solution NTSC - PAL
The Zero Imperative NTSC - PAL
More than 30 years in the TARDIS NTSC - PAL
Doctor Who: Then and Now
Search Out Science
Adventures in Space and Time
Dimensions in Time
Do you have a license to save this planet?
Daleks/Chase narrated by S McCoy - NTSC - PAL
Destiny of the Doctors Game
100 Greatest TV Characters
Resistance is Useless
The Story of Doctor Who
The 100 Greatest Kids TV Shows
Shieling of the One Night
The Foot Doctor
The Mumbo Jumbo
See It Saw It
The History of Tom Jones NTSC - PAL
Leapin' Leprechauns NTSC - PAL
Spellbreaker, Secret of the Leprechauns NTSC - PAL
Leapin' Leprechauns II NTSC - PAL
Thrill Kill Video Club
Three Kinds of Heat NTSC - PAL
The Last Place on Earth
All the Fun of the Fair
The Secret Policeman's Ball NTSC - PAL
Big Jim and the Figaro Club
Tiswas (Not sure which volume, if any 123)
Today is Saturday, Wake up Smiling
Frank Stubbs Promotes
Other Doctor Who links at SylvesterMcCoy.com
Sylvester's characters in books
Sylvester audio - CD and tape appearances
Doctor Who New Adventure Books - a list
Index of Sylvester pictures on this site
Convention pictures by Neil - Ben
Other Doctor Who and science fiction related sites
Baker - The Unofficial Site. Similar to the Sylvester McCoy site but
needs some updating!
Curse of Fatal Death Screen grabs, images and info. Order online.
Doctor Who Forum. Have your say!
DWTAVERN - Doctor Who Club of Australia spin off group - TAVERN. History of the Sydney event.
DWEPALS - Meet other Doctor Who fans here. Leave your info to find DW epals online.
EVERYTHINGSF - Other Science Fiction TV series books, videos etc. Babylon 5, X-Files, Red Dwarf and more. Needs updating!
MINDWARP - Mind Warp Target Novelisation by Philip Martin. Buy a second hand copy here
New 2005 BBC Wales Doctor Who TV Series merchandise, action figures and collectibles / collectables news and store.
NEWTIMERING - Another time ring. Join today!
SCIFIOZ - Bits and pieces about Science Fiction in Australia. Needs updating!
VOORD - The Voord appreciation society. 'nuff said.
Visions '93 - Fan's trip to Chicago for a Doctor Who convention. Includes interviews with fans.
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