On this day in auto history – June 18th

Fri 18th Jun 2021

It was on this day in 1973 that popular British actor Roger Delgado was tragically killed in a motor accident whilst filming on location in Turkey.

The World War II veteran - most famous for portraying TV villains - lost his life alongside two Turkish film technicians when the driver of his chauffeured taxi lost control along a steep mountain road, plunging the vehicle into a deep ravine.

The film project Delgado was working on at the time, the Bell of Tibet, was never completed.

Delgado, who was just 55 at the time of his death, had recently seen his career soar to new heights after being cast as recurring villain, The Master, in the BBC’s popular Doctor Who series alongside his good friend John Pertwee.

A heartbroken Pertwee later cited Delgado’s death as the catalyst for his shock decision to quit his Doctor Who role later that year.