Monday, 13 November 2017

C is for... Connolly, Eddie

Bullying patriarch of the Connolly family, who lived on Florizel Street in North London. Eddie prided himself on his military accomplishments, often wearing his medals when he was going out to meet friends at the local pub. He hated the fact that the house he lived in belonged to his mother-in-law, who stayed there with him, his wife Rita, and his son, Tommy. He was talked into purchasing a TV set by his son, due to the forthcoming Coronation. He got the set cheap from Magpie's Electricals, unaware that this shop had been taken over by the alien Wire. When people started to be struck down with a bizarre condition - their faces seemingly wiped smooth - Eddie began to inform on his neighbours who had been affected. The police would come and take the victims away, and this included his own mother-in-law. Tommy alerted the Doctor and Rose to what was going on, and they turned up at Eddie's home one evening pretending to be surveying how people were preparing for the big event. Spotting Eddie's bullying ways, they endeavoured to bring him down a peg or two, but he quickly resented their interference and threw them out.
During the Coronation ceremony, Tommy turned on his father and revealed that he knew that he had been the one informing on the neighbours. After putting up with years of abuse, Rita threw him out of the house.

Played by: Jamie Foreman. Appearances: The Idiot's Lantern (2006).

  • Just before the Doctor Who role, Foreman had played Bill Sykes in the Roman Polanski version of Oliver Twist. He tends to be cast as policemen or villains. The latter is a little ironic, as he is the son of Freddie Foreman, an associate of the Krays.

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