Clive Archibald Gibbons is a character in Neighbours who initially appeared from Episode 172 - 21 January 1986 to Episode 435 - 27 February 1987, followed by a brief return in 1989, and leaving again in Episode 1078 - 25 October 1989. He returned over 27 years later in Episode 7554 - 9 March 2017 on a recurring basis. He was initially a doctor and lived at No 24 Ramsay Street but when he returned in 2017 he was CEO of Erinsborough Hospital.
Clive is quite amusingly eccentric, once dressing up as an ape and running a service called Gift Of The Gab.
Clive is played by Geoff Paine.
Clive Archibald Gibbons was born in about 1956 to Charles Gibbons and Mrs Gibbons. He had an older brother Graham Gibbons and a sister Claire Gibbons. Clive went into medicine and trained as a doctor for about 7 years, paid for by his parents, and became a doctor in about 1985.
Dr Clive Gibbons moved into No 22 Ramsay Street in January 1986. He soon crossed swords with neighbour Max Ramsay, the unofficial King of Ramsay Street, as it was named after Max's grandfather. Clive was an eccentric man who was a practical joker. He ran a gorillagram agency and moved into No 24 Ramsay Street. Clive even set up a small business called Gift Of The Gab where he offered, for a fee, to give people messages from a friend, neighbour or relative if they were too shy to do it themselves. Some of the messages were outspoken and Clive said they do not necessarily reflect that of the management, himself.
In May 1986, Charlene Mitchell asked Clive for a prescription for the pill and he gave her some advice as he was not practising at the time, he put her in touch with a family planning centre. Charlene told her boyfriend Scott Robinson this and he said he was never going to any family planning centre. They were later caught and admonished by Scott's father Jim Robinson and Charlene's mother Madge Mitchell. In late 1986, Clive started dating Susan Cole, the ex girlfriend of Fred Mitchell, Madge's ex husband. When Clive gave her the engagement ring, the pram her baby Sam Robinson, her and Fred's son was in, rolled down the hill. Clive saved him but as the buggy came into the oncoming car driven by Paul Robinson, Paul swerved and crashed, with Mike Young and Scott Robinson as passengers. Clive was on hand until the ambulance arrived. At Erinsborough Hospital Clive helped operate on Scott as he had a collapsed lung. The op was successful. Scott survived and was on crutches for a few weeks.
In 1987, Susan Cole said she did not want to marry Clive and left Erinsborough. Clive became depressed and was cheered up by Shane Ramsay. Clive met Harold Bishop. Clive left No 22 Ramsay Street in February 1987. He moved in to a flat above the surgery nearby but stayed in Erinsborough.
In September 1989, Clive retu
rned to Ramsay Street. He was greeted by Jim and Beverley Robinson. He stayed with Des Clarke and became friends with Melanie Pearson. He treated Toby Mangel when he had a cold when Joe Mangel called for Clive to see him. Clive then got a call from Graham to help him run a surgery in the outback so in October 1989, Clive left Erinsborough to start a new life in the outback and was not seen or heard from for the next 27 years.
Oct 1989-March 2017 - Time away from Erinsborough
During his time away from Erinsborough, Clive carried on practising medicine and ran surgeries. He never married or had any children during his time away from Erinsborough. In early 2017 he climbed up the ladder when he was offered a job as CEO of a hospital in his old neighbourhood, Erinsborough.
Clive returned to Erinsborough in March 2017 after almost 28 years away. He was more mature and had put his silly eccentricity behind him. He was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer at Erinsborough Hospital. He had a chat with Aaron Brennan, David Tanaka and Leo Tanaka before reminiscing about old times with Paul Robinson. Clive said he gave up the gorillagram service years ago. Aaron Brennan asked Clive if he could find out info on the birth records of David and Leo to see if it could give any info on their potential father. Paul Robinson later admitted he was the twins father after he had a one night stand with Kim.
In April 2017 Brooke Butler returned and was seen at the hospital chatting with Clive. Xanthe Canning asked Clive about this. Clive became friendly with Sheila Canning, Xanthe's grandmother. They later fell out but in January 2018, Sheila and Clive made peace.
Birthday: About 1955-1956 (He was about 30 in 1986 if he was a fully qualified GP which takes 7 years training).
Full Name: Clive Archibald Gibbons
- Clive Gibbons was one of the new characters introduced to Neighbours upon the shows switch from Channel 7 to Channel 10. Channel 7 axed the show but Channel 10 picked it up and introduced more characters. Clive was introduced along with Mike Young, Zoe Davis and Madge Mitchell.
- In December 2016 it was announced that Clive was to return to Neighbours as actor Geoff Paine reprised his role, the character returning in March 2017. Clive will "shake things up" at Erinsborough Hospital.
- When Clive returned in March 2017, for 3 weeks he became the character with the longest gap between appearances, a gap of 6475 episodes, beating Jack Lassiter with 6432 episodes in between and Sue Parker with 6430 episodes in between. Clive's crown as the character with the longest gap between appearances was swiftly taken off him by Kim Taylor who returned on the 31st March 2017, with 7507 episodes between appearances.
Father - Charles Gibbons
Mother - Mrs Gibbons
Niece - Vicki Gibbons
Uncle - Ted Gibbons
Children - Daughter Alice and at least one other
Grandhildren - At least one granddaughter