A besuited skeleton of smirks, quirks, twitches and winks, Shepherd's creepy, stalky schtick and constant Machiavellian machinating as Michael Moon made him the perverse inverse of the affable larkiness
perpetually exhibited by his cousin Alfie (played by Shane Ritchie).
But 11th Time Lord Matt Smith - despite looking like an Easter Island statue sporting a Morrissey quiff - brought just the right mix of larkiness
and darkness to the role.
Edwards brings a double bill to Chester Gateway this weekend, linking Madame Galina - described as a rare and perfect synthesis between art and larkiness
and possibly the nearest thing to a drunken one-night stand with Tommy Cooper - with Anything for A Tenor.