Doctor Dave Woodard
|1st appearance:||Episode 219|
Doctor David Woodard is a fictional physician and a recurring character on the ABC Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. He was first introduced in episode 219 where he was played by Richard Woods. Woods also played the character in episode 229, after which, he was played primarily by Robert Gerringer. Gerringer played Doctor Woodard from episode 231 to 334. He was replaced as Doctor Woodard on Dark Shadows by Peter Turgeon because he refused to cross a picket line. Turgeon played Doctor Woodard from episode 335 to 362, the last five episodes of which, he lent his voice to the role only. In total, Doctor Woodard made 42 appearances on Dark Shadows.
Doctor David Woodard was a general practioner of medicine, who worked out of a hospital in Collinsport, Maine during the late 1960s. In 1967, Doctor Woodard began examining patients who had fallen prey to a most peculiar series of injuries. The victims bore two puncture wounds in their throats and their bodies were practically drained of blood. The first such patient to come under Doctor Woodard's care was Willie Loomis. Later, Woodard began examining Maggie Evans, who exhibited similar symptoms. Doctor Woodard had no idea that both of these people had been the victim of a vampire. Unable to corretly diagnose their condition on his own, Doctor Woodard sought advice from a colleague from Windcliff Sanitarium, Doctor Julia Hoffman.
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- The character of Dave Woodard was created by director Lela Swift and writer Ron Sproat based on concepts originally developed by Art Wallace and Dan Curtis.
- Doctor Woodard made appearances in the "The Arrival of Barnabas Collins" storyline and the "The Abduction of Maggie Evans" storyline.
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