Dr. Claw
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Dr. Claw

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Dr. Claw with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Inspector Gadget

The second in our series of Inspector Gadget compares gives us the evil Dr. Claw. Dr. Claw is one of the rare examples within this franchise of a character who not only had the same voice actor in both seasons of the original show but also in the series pilot. However, apparently Don Francks originally replaced Welker for the main series, and recorded about 35 episodes before Welker was brought back and was able to re-record most of Franck's episodes before they aired, except a few, 4 to be exact. The voices are very easy to distinguish from each other. Of course, you may recognize that Welkers Claw voice sounds very similar to both his Darkseid and his un-vocoded Soundwave voice. Finally, in Gadget and the Gadetinis Brian Drummond took on the role.
Created by OptimusSolo on Apr 20 2010
Special thanks to CatsTuxedo for additional sound clips.
Inspector Gadget (1983)
Dr. ClawFrank Welker
Frank Welker
Inspector Gadget (1983)
Dr. ClawDon Francks
Don Francks
Gadget and the Gadgetinis (2001)
Dr. ClawBrian Drummond
Brian Drummond
Inspector Gadget (2015) (2015)
Dr. ClawMartin Roach
Martin Roach


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said at 11:22 PM on Thu Jan 26 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
1. Frank Welker
2. Martin Roach
3. Don Fracks
4. Brian Drummond
said at 8:57 AM on Sat Jan 21 2017
1. Frank
2. Don
3. Martin
4. Brian
said at 9:35 AM on Tue Dec 20 2016
1 frank
2 martin
3 Brian
4 don
said at 9:26 PM on Mon Jul 18 2016
1. Don
2. Frank
3. Brian
4. Martin
said at 12:21 PM on Mon Mar 14 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Frank
2. Martin
3. Don
4. Brian
said at 3:19 PM on Fri Feb 5 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Ah Yes Dr. Claw, one of if not Frank Welker's most iconic voices he's ever done. He sounds terrifying, diabolical and can be hilarious when he needs to be. What else can I say whenever I think of Frank Welker, after his roles in Transformers Dr. Claw is next.

Martin Roach is also excellent in the role. His voice sounds cool, terrifying and much like Welker, he's also hilarious in the role even if at times he sounds a bit goofy, still he's an excellent replacement for Welker.

Brian Drummond is one of my favourite VA's but he sounds like an awkward miscast in the role. He can do the voice but the problem is the pitch, he sounds way too light, Dr. Claw's voice needs to be deeper, still I am surprised he can do the voice even if it is inconsistent. Personally I feel Scott McNeil should have been the Ocean VA who did Dr. Claw since his Blanka voice is essentially a Dr. Claw voice.

Don Francks has an awesome sounding voice and performance but the problem is that he sounds nothing like Welker's take, it just doesn't scream Dr. Claw to me which is unfortunate since the voice itself is great, he'd make a great Lockdown with this kind of voice.

In the end I give this to our current voice god Frank Welker, he originated this unique memorable voice and is still able to pull this voice off perfectly (based on his work as Soundwave), however Martin Roach is a really close second.

I also would love to see either Kevin Michael Richardson, Paul St. Peter or Scott McNeil as Dr. Claw as I know they'd nail Dr. Claw for sure.
said at 7:15 AM on Thu Jul 23 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
1 Frank
2 Martin
3 Brian
4 Don
said at 10:01 AM on Mon Jul 13 2015
 6 Shout Outs!
Martin is excellent as Claw but he's only 2nd place in my opinion.

Reason being is because he sounds rather hammy at times + the fact that Frank will always be Dr. Claw to me.
said at 7:14 AM on Thu Jul 23 2015
@Ross123 I have to agree, I never seen the new series but Martin is very good especially considering how bland most of the voices in the new series feel
said at 6:33 AM on Sat Jul 11 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Frank Welker
2. Martin Roach
3. Don Francks
4. Brian Drummond (not bad, but too distinctive)
Jacob M. Keene
said at 1:22 PM on Fri Jul 10 2015
I do like Martin Roach's take.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:21 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Martin is quite good. The part at the end is a bit iffy, but I'd chalk that up to the material.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:02 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
 10 Shout Outs!
Frank's a classic and it is clear why, it's just done perfectly. It is a little harder to judge now a days because so many have tried to copy this but Frank's take outclasses them all.

Martin is surprisingly good, it has similar qualities to Frank but different enough to be his own take. Though the "spoiler" line and onwards loses me a bit he is still good.

Don is okay, has a Jim Cumming sound to it, but isn't deep enough and in some places sounds strained.

Brian is a great actor but he sounds like your average joe trying to do Claw. I would even go so far as say he's a miscast.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 1:23 PM on Fri Jul 10 2015
@Music Meister I kind of agree on your point about Brain Drummond.
said at 3:47 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
My goodness. Roach is pretty impressive. And he also seems to be having a ball playing this role.

I still like Welker (although I still call this voice his Darkseid voice, because that's the first character I've heard with that voice), but Roach and Francks are pretty impressive, too. Drummond is okay, but a tad forced (it makes me wonder why they didn't get Roach for this instead of Drummond).
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 4:25 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
@Starscreamsfan They didn't get Roach there because Gadgetinis was a Vancouver production and Roach is a Toronto-based actor.
said at 4:41 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
@CatsTuxedo Ahhh, that explains it. Thanks a lot, CT ;)
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 3:12 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
 6 Shout Outs!
Dang, Martin! You now in second place for me!

1.) Frank
2.) Martin
3.) Don
4.) Brian

All four are good, but it's a matter of comparing "really great" to "really good".
said at 2:43 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Martin is my new second favorite. I wasn't sure what to expect from him tbh, because I wasn't very familiar with his work, but wow he does a great job!
My vote still goes with Welker though, I mean come on, he practically invented that voice.
said at 2:37 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
 8 Shout Outs!
WOW....Martin is surprisingly REALLY good
said at 4:48 AM on Fri May 22 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Going with Frank(obviously) though Brian's take isn't bad. I admit Don's sounds like Sabretooth with more of a rasp but for a different take it's not too bad. It was a bit distracting hearing that voice on the old show when they couldn't get Frank though.
Axem Red
said at 8:41 AM on Tue Jan 13 2015
1. Frank Welker
2. Brian Drummond
3. Don Francks
Jacob M. Keene
said at 8:47 PM on Thu May 22 2014
My favorite is Frank Welker of course!
Polyester Funk
said at 12:29 AM on Thu Apr 24 2014
Frank Welker is the best Dr. Claw. That voice is scary.

Brian does a good job, but don't really like how he sounds when he yells. Don is alright. He was a good fill-in.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:31 AM on Thu Apr 24 2014
@Polyester Funk Kevin Michael Richardson would be a good Dr. Claw. Just listen to his Shadow King.
said at 2:57 AM on Mon Jan 27 2014
 6 Shout Outs!
I wonder if Clancy Brown would make a good Dr. Claw.
said at 2:22 PM on Thu Oct 3 2013
 1 Shout Out!
They're all good, but Frank Welker nails it. Second would be Brian, and Don at third place.
said at 12:05 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
Frank is my favourite though Don & Brain both did average impressions.
said at 10:46 PM on Mon May 20 2013
I remember finding Don Francks's Dr. Claw voice strange as a kid, in those four episodes he did the voice (especially in "The Coo-Coo Clock Caper.") I was so used to Frank Welker, who was and still is the best Dr. Claw (he even reprised the role on Robot Chicken!)
said at 5:21 PM on Thu Oct 13 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Frank Welker wins of course, he made the character his own with his distinct voice. But for what its worth Don Francks did do a fairly good imitation, probably not the best but not too bad either. Not a fan of Drummond as Dr. Claw, I prefer his role as Vegeta personally.
said at 3:20 PM on Sat Apr 9 2011
Brian Summonds sounds like Jim Cummings
said at 5:11 PM on Wed May 2 2012
@pete *Drummond

Don't hear Jim as much now but he would be perfect in the role.
said at 2:22 PM on Thu Oct 3 2013
@pete Just what I was thinking!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 12:15 AM on Tue Aug 17 2010
I have never seen a source say anything other than Welker for DrClaw so i would need to see proof of this before I take it too seriously.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:53 PM on Wed Apr 28 2010
Sorry, I was too busy to find specific quotes maybe one day I will change them over though :)
said at 5:58 PM on Tue Apr 20 2010
I'm going with Frank Welker but i have to say that Brain Drummond did a great job of copying Frank Welker's Voice
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Who do you think has been the best from these Dr. Claw voice actors?
Frank Welker
Don Francks
Brian Drummond
Martin Roach
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