By, Heather Maloney
When one travels to Middle Earth, they do not expect to run into The Doctor. As Radagast the Brown, Sylvester McCoy brings a jovial touch to a scary plotline within “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. When it was announced that McCoy had been cast in the long awaited trilogy, many thought his appearance would be very brief. To fandom’s surprise Radagast graces the screen for quite a while and is a highlight of the film.
As one of eleven actors to play an ‘official’ version of The Doctor, he led “Doctor Who” primarily from 1987-1989. He later reprised his role in a 1993 charity special ‘Dimensions in Time’ and in 1996 in the “Doctor Who” television movie. Sylvester McCoy has also voiced his famous version of The Doctor in audio dramas for Big Finish Productions. Sylvester McCoy was recently a guest at Chicago TARDIS in November, and will also be appearing at Gallifrey One in February.
In “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Sylvester McCoy portrays Radagast the Brown; one of the wizards of Middle Earth. Considered crazy by other wizards, Radagast protects the forest and the animals within. He realizes that a terrible evil has entered the forest, and after questioning his furry friends he comes almost face to face with the evil Necromancer.
While Radagast was only briefly referenced in the original novel “The Hobbit” and held a very small role in “The Lord of the Rings”, his presence has been greatly expanded in Peter Jackson’s film version. Excited to see where the story will take Radagast in the upcoming films, fans around the world would like to ask “Um, can you wash your hair? That bird poop is freaking us out.”