When Wallace and Gromit Met a Time Lord

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Peter Sallis appears with Wallace and Gromit (top), and as Eric Penley (bottom left). Patrick Troughton is the Doctor, with an Ice Warrior (bottom right).

Fans of Wallace and Gromit mourned the passing of Peter Sallis (February 1, 1921 – June 2, 2017) at the age of 96. This versatile actor was beloved as the voice of Wallace in the claymation series Wallace and Gromit. 

Whovians tip their hat to Sallis as having a featured role in the 1967 Doctor Who story arc “The Ice Warriors.” As scientist Eric Penley, Sallis met the Doctor (Patrick Troughton) when the Martian warrior race the Ice Warriors first debuted. 

Sadly, and ironically, Peter Sallis passed away a mere 8 days before the airing of “The Empress of Mars,” the most recent appearance of the Ice Warriors on Doctor Who.