Blastermind: Old Before Their Years Quiz

Can you identify 12 characters who have been rapidly aged?

Rapid ageing is a common affliction in science fiction and fantasy. Whether caused by magical means, time travel gone wrong, alien viruses or sitting through the original version of Solaris , a sudden affliction of grey hairs, wrinkles and weak bladders is a sci-fantasy staple. Sometimes the make-up artists work wonders; other times, the poor actors end up looking like orang-utan testicles.

Below are 12 SF and fantasy characters who’ve succumbed to the rapid ageing syndrome. Simple question – can you name them and the shows or films they’re from?

Usual request: please don’t put answers in the comments section below (though feel free to use it to boast/bemoan how well/badly you’re doing) but this thread is quite happy for you to post and discuss answers if you follow the golden rule of only posting answers in invisible text (if you don’t know how ask somebody there – they’re very friendly).

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The Doctor (Tom Baker) – Doctor Who “The Leisure Hive”

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Lorraine (Lea Thompson) – Back To The Future 2

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Adam (David Anders) – Heroes “Dying Of The Light”

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Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) – Star Trek: The Next Generation “Man Of The People”

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The Doctor (David Tennant) – Doctor Who “The Sound Of Drums”/“The Last Of The Time Lords”

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Sophie (some animated cels) – Howl’s Moving Castle

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Walter Donovan (Julian Glover… erm, sort of) – Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

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Merlin (Colin Morgan) – Merlin “Queen Of Hearts”

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Jack O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) – Stargate SG-1 “Brief Candle”

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John (David Bowie) – The Hunger

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Katherine Pulaski (Diana Muldaur) – Star Trek: The Next Generation “Unnatural Selection”

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David Bowman (Keir Dullea) – 2001: A Space Odyssey