Monday, 18 April 2016

A is for... Agamemnon

The leader of the Greek forces which besieged the city of Troy. Like Odysseus, he was also skeptical about the Doctor's claims to be Zeus. He was determined to see the 10 year campaign through to its conclusion - which could only be victory for the Greeks. He was irritated by his brother Menalaus' equivocations - even though the Spartan ruler's wife, Helen, had started the whole enterprise. Agamemnon scoffed when the Doctor told him that his wife was being unfaithful to him back home in Mycenae.

Played by Francis de Wolff. Appearances: The Myth Makers (1965).

  • Agamemnon's wife, Clytemnestra, was indeed being unfaithful to him. When he got back home from the Trojan War he was promptly murdered in his bath by her and her lover, who then seized the throne.
  • Take a look at the image below. No, not a rare colour photo from this story - and Sid James definitely never featured in The Myth Makers. This is from Carry On Cleo (1964) - and you can see that Francis de Wolff is wearing the exact same piece of costume as in the Doctor Who story...

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