, in which viewers were invited to phone in suggestions for the continuation of an ongoing drama.
He returned to host a second run of the series in 1990.
Some years later, on discovering that there were thirteen letters in 'Sylveste Mc Coy' and feeling that this might be unlucky, Mc Coy added an 'r' to the end of 'Sylveste'., often suffering from the inventions of Wilf Lunn.
Mc Coy also portrayed, in one-man shows on the stage, two famous movie comedians: Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton.
Sylvester Mc Coy (born Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith 20 August 1943) is a Scottish actor.
As a joke, the programme notes listed Sylveste Mc Coy as played by "Sylveste Mc Coy" and, after a reviewer missed the joke and assumed that Sylveste Mc Coy was a real person, Kent-Smith adopted this as his stage name.
He was also reportedly a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones.
In his first series, Mc Coy, a comedy actor, portrayed the character with a degree of clown-like humour, but script editor Andrew Cartmel soon changed that when fans argued that the character (and plots) were becoming increasingly lightweight.
The Seventh Doctor developed into a much darker figure than any of his earlier incarnations, manipulating people like chess pieces and always seeming to be playing a deeper game.
Despite being set in Japan, he was able to demonstrate his ability to play the spoons by using his fan. Mushnik in the Chocolate Factory's production of episode "Oot" (AKA "Out"), where he played a hermit type character adjusting to life in modern Glasgow, having remained in his house for over 30 years.