Tuesday, 27 June 2017

B is for... Burton

Burton was the manager of the Shangri-La holiday camp in Wales, in 1959. He welcomed a party of alien Navarino into the camp after their spaceship (which was disguised as a period coach) crashed outside the gates. The aliens were also in disguise, as humans dressed in Fifties fashions. With them were the Doctor's companion Mel, and Delta, a member of the Chimeron race. Burton was an ex-army man, who had fought in the First World War, and who had hunted in Africa. His staff called him "Major". When the camp was threatened by the Bannermen mercenary force, Burton evacuated his staff and the campers, but insisted on staying behind himself, arming himself with his old army sword.
Burton was extremely cheery, even in the face of adversity, and took most things in his stride. When he learned of what was really going on his response was: ""You are not the Happy Hearts Club from Bolton, but instead are spacemen in fear of attack from some other spacemen?".
After the Bannermen had been defeated, Burton had to single-handedly welcome the Skegness Glee Club, as his staff had yet to return.

Played by: Richard Davies. Appearances: Delta and the Bannermen (1987).

  • Davies is probably best known for his role as teacher Mr Price in the ITV comedy series Please Sir!, and its spin-off The Fenn Street Gang. He was in the "Kipper and the Corpse" episode of Fawlty Towers, played Trace Unionist Joe Morgan in an episode of Yes, Minister, and was the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Whoops Apocalypse, amongst many other roles.

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