Friday, May 31, 2013

The Aztecs

Tlotoxl (John Ringham) feels
the wrath of Barbara (Jacqueline Hill)
scorned
Four episodes (The Temple of Evil, The Warriors of Death, The Bride of Sacrifice, The Day of Darkness)
First broadcast May 6 to Jun 13 1964
Average audience for serial: 7.53m
CAST

William Hartnell (The Doctor) Jan 8 1908 to Apr 23 1975 (heart failure after a series of strokes) For a full career biography for William Hartnell, click here.

William Russell (Ian Chesterton) Born Nov 19 1924 For a full career biography for William Russell (aka Russell Enoch), click here.

Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright) Dec 17 1929 to Feb 18 1993 (bone cancer) For a full career biography for Jacqueline Hill, click here.

Carole Ann Ford (Susan) Born Jun 8 1940 For a full career biography for Carole Ann Ford, click here.

Keith Pyott (Autloc) Mar 9 1902 to Apr 6 1968
Career highlights
Keith's long career began playing Satan in The Marvellous History of St Bernard (1938) and his CV also includes appearances in The Spider and the Fly (1949), The Poltergeist (1950), Sea Devils (1953), The Quatermass Experiment (1953), The Colditz Story (1955), Sailor of Fortune (1956), I Accuse! (1958), Village of the Damned (1960), The Big Pull (1962), R3 (1965), The Troubleshooters (1966), The Reluctant Romeo (1967), The Prisoner (1967) and The Caesars (1968).
Facts
Keith's wife was actor Sheila Raynor, best known for her roles in The Plane Makers, A Clockwork Orange (she was the purple-haired Mum) and The Omen.

John Ringham (Tlotoxol) Feb 10 1928 to Oct 20 2008
Doctor Who credits
Played: Tlotoxl in The Aztecs (1964)
Played: Josiah Blake in The Smugglers (1966)
Played: Ashe in Colony in Space (1971)
Career highlights
John's acting career stretches as far back as Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans in 1957, and took in Very Important Person (1961), The Plane Makers (1963), The Forsyte Saga (1967), The Railway Children (1968), Up Pompeii (1970), The Pallisers (1974), Poldark (1975-76), Pennies from Heaven (1978), Maybury (1981) The Tripods (1985), Terry and June (1987), And There's More (1988), The Darling Buds of May (1991), The Governor (1995), Out of Sight (1997), The Secret of Eel Island (2005-07), V for Vendetta (2005) and Wallander (2008). He also played Captain Bailey in Dad's Army (1969-70), Superintendent Lake in Juliet Bravo (1980), Norman Warrender in Just Good Friends (1983-86) and Mr Blocker in Woof! (1989-93).
Facts
John was a member of the ensemble cast in the pilot episode of sitcom Dad's Army, but his character was dropped for the series as he was considered too similar to the bumbling Private Godfrey. He starred in TV adverts for Terry's Chocolate Orange spoofing the Indiana Jones films. He also wrote a couple of stage plays which were both premiered at the Edinburgh Festival, in 1991 and 1999. John's first wife was actress Elizabeth Shepherd (1959-62).

Ian Cullen (Ixta) Born Oct 20 1939
Career highlights
Ian debuted in The Haunted House (1960), then Kidnapped (1963), Redcap (1966), Department S (1970), Voyage of the Damned (1976), The Paper Lads (1977), Blake's 7 (1978), Our John Willie (1980), Skorpion (1983), Spender (1992), Ain't Misbehavin' (1997), Harbour Lights (2000), Hellbreeder (2004), Cold Earth (2008), Dawn of the Dragonslayer (2011), The Echoes of Empire (2012), Shadows of a Stranger (2014) and England and the Road to Modernity (2015). He appeared regularly as Warren Kent in Emergency Ward 10 (1966-67), Detective Constable Skinner in Z Cars (1969-75), Geordie Watson in When the Boat Comes In (1977-81) and Angus Hart in Family Affairs (1997-99). He has also written for TV, including Rogues' Rock (1974), Cruel Passion (1977), The Paper Lads (1977), Horse in the House (1977-79), a Play for Today (1979) and The House on the Hill (1981).
Facts
Ian has also run the Surrey Heath Young Actors Company for many years, and often works as an acting tutor. He is married to actress Yvonne Quenet.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Ian here.

Margot Van der Burgh (Cameca) Oct 26 1918 to Jul 14 2008
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cameca in The Aztecs (1964)
Played: Katura in The Keeper of Traken (1981)
Career highlights
Margot's career began in How Does It End? (1952), followed by Jane Eyre (1956), Great Expectations (1959), The Herries Chronicle (1960), Crane (1963), Crime of Passion (1971), Anna Karenina (1977), Sense and Sensibility (1981), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985) and Blonde Fist (1991).

Tom Booth (First Victim)
This is former stuntman Tom's only acting credit.

David Anderson (Aztec captain)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Caravan warrior in Marco Polo (1964, uncredited)
Played: Palace guard in Marco Polo (1964, uncredited)
Played: Aztec captain in The Aztecs (1964)
Fight arranger: The Aztecs (1964), The Time Meddler (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Soldier in The Reign of Terror (1964, uncredited)
Played: Reynier de Marun in The Crusade (1965)
Played: Sven in The Time Meddler (1965)
Played: Egyptian warrior in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66, uncredited)

Walter Randall (Tonila) 1918 to 2008
Doctor Who credits
Played: Tonila in The Aztecs (1964)
Played: El Akir in The Crusade (1965)
Played: Hyksos in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Patrolman in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Harry Slocum in Inferno (1970)
Played: Guard captain in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
Dancer/ actor Walter's long career began in Rock You Sinners (1958), then Nudist Paradise (1959), Man from Interpol (1960), The Hands of Orlac (1961), Ghost Squad (1963), Danger Man (1964), All Gas and Gaiters (1967), Trial (1971), Follyfoot (1973), The Double Dealers (1974), Target (1977), The Professionals (1980) and Yes, Minister (1982).
Facts
Former dancer Walter went into partnership with Jon Pertwee in the 1970s, owning a hamburger diner.

Andre Boulay (Perfect Victim) Sep 16 1934* to Mar 22 1996
Career highlights
Canadian Andre was also known under the name of Paul Dumont, and with these names he also appeared in The Saint (1962/63), Camino Real (1964), Benbow Was His Name (1964), In Camera (1964), All My Children (1971), Cover Girls (1977), Les Plouffe (1981) and Born Beautiful (1982).
* Some sources say 1932 and 1933, but this year is the most consistently reported.

Uncredited cast

Paul Duval, James Fitzgerald, Alan Vicars (died May 2 1998), Andrew Jacks, John Beavis, Brian Baker, James Duval (Aztec warriors)

Alice Greenwood, Eileen Brady, Stella Wilkinson, John H Moore, William Raynor, Lionel Gadsden (Aztecs)

CREW

John Lucarotti (writer) May 20 1926 to Nov 20 1994 (spinal cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Marco Polo (1964), The Aztecs (1964), The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966), The Ark in Space (provided idea for story, uncredited, 1975)
Career highlights
John's writing career began in 1957 on Canadian television, and he subsequently wrote instalments of City Beneath the Sea (1962), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1965), The Avengers (1961-65), The Troubleshooters (1965-70), Joe 90 (1969), Paul Temple (1971), Moonbase 3 (1973), Star Maidens (1976), The Ravelled Thread (1979-80) and Into the Labyrinth (1981). He also worked for French and Swiss television.

John Crockett (director) Jan 31 1918 to Oct 11 1986
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Marco Polo (episode 4, 1964), The Aztecs (1964)
Career highlights
John began his career with a travelling theatre company called The Compass Theatre, taking quality drama to people who might not ordinarily get to see it, and then he moved into directing stage productions. It was this that led to his brief TV directing career on Suspense (1963) and Compact (1964), after which he became an art teacher in Somerset.
Facts
John spent his final years as a Benedictine monk at Prinknash Abbey in Gloucestershire, UK, where he is now buried.

Verity Lambert (producer) Nov 27 1935 to Nov 22 2007 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Produced: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Edge of Destruction, Marco Polo, The Keys of Marinus, The Aztecs, The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, Planet of Giants, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Rescue, The Romans, The Web Planet, The Crusade, The Space Museum, The Chase, The Time Meddler, Galaxy 4, Mission to the Unknown (1963-65)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Verity's first producing job on TV, quite an achievement for a woman of 28, and during her first months was accompanied by the more experienced Mervyn Pinfield as associate producer. Verity left the series to produce The Newcomers (1965), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67), Detective (1968), various Somerset Maugham adaptations (1969-70), Budgie (1971-72), Between the Wars (1973), Shoulder to Shoulder (1974), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Rock Follies (1976), Couples (1975-76), The Norman Conquests (1977), Quatermass (1979), Fox (1980), Widows (1983), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), Minder (1979-84), Dreamchild (1985), Clockwise (1986), A Cry in the Dark (1988), Evil Angels (1988), GBH (1991), Eldorado (1992-93), So Haunt Me (1992-94), May to December (1989-94), She's Out (1995), Class Act (1995), Jonathan Creek (1998-2004), The Cazalets (2001) and Love Soup (2005-08).
Awards
1970: BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series (W. Somerset Maugham)
1989: Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film (Evil Angels)
1997: British Film Institute Fellowship
2002: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to film and television
Facts
Verity was married to director Colin Bucksey between 1973-87.

Mervyn Pinfield (associate producer) Feb 28 1912 to May 20 1966
Doctor Who credits
Associate producer: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Edge of Destruction, Marco Polo, The Keys of Marinus, The Aztecs, The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, Planet of Giants, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Rescue, The Romans (1963-65)
Directed: The Sensorites (episodes 1-4, 1964), Planet of Giants (episodes 1-3, 1964), The Space Museum (1965)
Career highlights
Mervyn was a BBC stalwart, joining the Corporation in the 1950s to produce live drama at Alexandra Palace. He was coupled with Verity Lambert to watch over the cub producer in her early days. His previous credits included directing Saturday Playhouse (1960), Compact (1962) and The Monsters (1962).
Facts
He was the inventor of a very early version of the Teleprompter or Autocue called the Piniprompter. He died almost exactly a year after his final work on Doctor Who.

David Whitaker (story editor) Apr 18 1928 to Feb 4 1980 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Story edited: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Edge of Destruction, Marco Polo, The Keys of Marinus, The Aztecs, The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, Planet of Giants, The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1963-64)
Wrote: The Edge of Destruction (1964), The Rescue (1965), The Crusade (1965), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967), The Enemy of the World (1967-68), The Wheel in Space (1968), The Ambassadors of Death (episodes 1-3, 1970)
Career highlights
David was a writer at heart, having begun writing the continuity script on A Christmas Night with the Stars in 1958, followed by Compact (1962), Undermind (1965), Mr Rose (1968), Paul Temple (1970) and Elephant Boy (1973).
Facts
He also wrote the Dalek comic strips in TV Century 21 magazine and the 1965 stage play The Curse of the Daleks. David was the first person to write a novelisation of a Doctor Who story, namely Doctor Who in An Exciting Adventure with the Daleks in 1964. He also novelised The Crusade, but died before completing a novelisation of The Enemy of the World (it was finished by Ian Marter).

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