This is a list of notable guest characters
from the television series Fawlty Towers
written by and starring John Cleese
and Connie Booth
. The list below is currently incomplete, and includes some characters which are not strictly guests of the hotel, but are nonetheless 'guest' characters. Major characters for the series and cast members
are listed in separate articles
Dr and Dr Abbot (played by Basil Henson
and Elspet Gray
) feature in the episode: The Psychiatrist
When the Abbots arrived at the hotel expecting a relaxing holiday away from their stressful careers they find themselves bitterly disappointed because of the insane manager Basil Fawlty
Mr. Abbot was a psychiatrist, and his wife was a paediatrician. Basil showed an instant double take when learning of Mr. Abbot's profession, believing that psychiatrists were all obsessed with people's sex lives, a touchy subject for Basil, as he was obviously sexually repressed.
Doctor Abbot clearly became a source of gossip when rumours spread around the hotel of his profession, to the extent that Miss Tibbs and Miss Gatsby believed that he had come to take Major Gowen
away, due to the old war veteran's clearly unstable mental state.
The doctor was clearly overwhelmed by Basil's mad behaviour - remarking "there's enough material in here for an entire conference
" - a sneaky play upon a similar quote said in conversation to John Cleese
by Sir Humphrey Barclay about Donald... Read More