We now return to our run of "ASOTV" literary characters as played by actors who portrayed the lead role in 'Doctor Who', already in progress........
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'War And Peace'
(The Sixth Doctor)
Anatole Vassilitch Kuragin is a fictional character in Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace, its various cinematic adaptations, and an operatic adaptation as well.
Anatole is Helene Kuragin's brother and a wild-living soldier. It is rumoured that he has had an incestuous affair with his sister, and he tries to elope with Natasha Rostova despite being secretly married. He loses his leg during the Napoleonic Wars.
Esther Polianowsky Salaman writes that what "is so interesting about Anatole Kuragin are the many characteristics Tolstoy gives us about him all at once: something he seldom does."
There was a version of "War And Peace" done for television back in 1963, but that was a heavily truncated adaptation for the 'ITV Play Of The Week'. In that version, Tom Adams played Kuragin. Since the 1972 presented more of the story in serial form, the 1963 version would be relegated to that world of TV "premakes".