“Doctor Who” and “Emmerdale” star Richard Franklin passes away at 87

Richard Franklin, acclaimed for his role as Captain Mike Yates, has passed away at the age of 87. The renowned Doctor Who and Emmerdale actor’s family confirmed the news, stating that he peacefully departed on Christmas Day after bravely confronting a prolonged illness. Franklin’s significant contribution to the world of entertainment includes his portrayal of Captain Yates in Doctor Who from 1971 to 1974, a character he revisited in later years for special episodes and fan conventions.

Beyond his acting career, Franklin was a multifaceted individual, having authored the book Forest Wisdom: Radical Reform of Democracy and the Welfare State. He also ventured into politics, standing as a parliamentary candidate in several general elections for various parties, including the Liberal Democrats in 1992 and UKIP in 2001. Franklin founded the Silent Majority Party and contested the Hove constituency in the 2005 general election.

In a statement shared on social media, a spokesperson for the family expressed deep sorrow and emphasised Franklin’s enduring legacy. Remembered for his generosity, creative spirit and captivating storytelling that spanned TV and theatre, delighting audiences of all ages, Katy Manning, who co-starred with Franklin in Doctor Who, also paid tribute on Twitter, describing him as their “wonderful brave captain Yates” embarking on an “awfully big adventure.”

Details about Richard Franklin’s funeral will be disclosed in due course as fans and the entertainment industry mourn the loss of a talented and versatile personality.

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