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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Dr. Claw with sound clips and images.
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 Tue Apr 20 2010, 18 Comments, Add Comment
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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

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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.
Finister2
said at 2:57 AM on Mon Jan 27 2014
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I wonder if Clancy Brown would make a good Dr. Claw.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 2:22 PM on Thu Oct 3 2013
They're all good, but Frank Welker nails it. Second would be Brian, and Don at third place.
Ross123
said at 12:05 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
Frank is my favourite though Don & Brain both did average impressions.
wiley207
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!)
Metabad
said at 5:21 PM on Thu Oct 13 2011
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.
pete
said at 3:20 PM on Sat Apr 9 2011
Brian Summonds sounds like Jim Cummings
pete
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.
Galactic_Cyrus
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.
mesterius (Guest)
said at 10:18 PM on Mon Aug 16 2010
Nice comparisons! But actually, I'm pretty sure Frank Welker DIDN'T do Dr. Claw for both seasons of the original show. For the second season, when recording of Inspector Gadget moved from Canada to Los Angeles, I believe Welker was replaced (along with the voice of Penny, unfortunately, who would never get another actor half as good as Cree Summers). If you compare Doctor Claw from season 1 and 2 closely, there's little doubt that the season 2 version is played by a different actor... Dr Claw doesn't sound nearly as powerful or gleefully menacing as Welker played him. In season 2, Claw mostly just sounds annoyed with Gadget; whereas in season 1, he sounded like he truly enjoyed being the world's worst villain. Which is part of what makes Welker such a great voice actor. (Not really certain of excactly who played the role in season 2, but I'm guessing either Louis Nye or Andy Goldberg. Anyone know anything more about this?)

For the record, I find Brian Drummond's Dr Claw pathetic. Yeah, I guess he's trying, to an extent, to mimic Welker, but he doesn't even come close. Drummond's voice sounds way too stressed and not at all deep enough. He almost sounds like he's having trouble talking like that! Frank Welker, on the other hand, made it sound effortless and natural. Go Frank!
glehnmarc (Guest)
said at 6:25 AM on Tue Jul 27 2010
Welker all the way! Close second is Drummond
justinbunnell22333 (Guest)
said at 6:02 PM on Thu Apr 29 2010
My Favorite Claws Are Of Course the Legendary Frank Welker Who created Him and Brian Drummond the Legendary Original Voice Of Dragonball Universe's Vegeta in Dr Claw's Last Case,ect Last But Not Least Don Francks Claw in the Second Season Daughter Of the Original Penny Cree Summer
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 :)
jrcarter (Guest)
said at 9:27 PM on Tue Apr 20 2010
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I'm just disappointed that none of the clips are of Dr. Claw saying "I'll get you next time, Gadget! Next time!"
NachoElephant
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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