Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The Rescue

The Doctor squares up to the
terrifying Koquillion (Ray Barrett).
Two episodes (The Powerful Enemy, Desperate Measures)
First broadcast Jan 2 to 9 1965
Average audience for serial: 12.50m

Read an episode-by-episode review of this story at Time Space Visualiser!

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.

Maureen O'Brien (Vicki) Born Jun 29 1943 For a full career biography of Maureen O'Brien, click here.

Ray Barrett (Bennett/ Koquillion) May 2 1927 to Sep 8 2009 (brain haemorrhage)
Career highlights
Ray's long career began in 1957's The Adventures of Long John Silver, followed by parts in Educating Archie (1959), Harpers West One (1962), The Avengers (1963), The Reptile (1966), Public Eye (1972), The Amorous Milkman (1975), The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), Goodbye Paradise (1983), Waterfront (1984), The Flying Doctors (1986), Hotel Sorrento (1995), Adrenalin Junkies (1997), Stingers (2000), White Collar Blue (2003) and Australia (2008). Ray enjoyed regular roles in Emergency Ward 10 (1960-61) as Dr Don Nolan, Ghost Squad (1963-64) as Peter Clarke, The Troubleshooters (1965-72) as Peter Thornton, Bordertown (1995) as Colonel Forsythe, and Something in the Air (2000) as Len Taylor. He also had a strong association with the work of Gerry Anderson, providing numerous voices for Stingray (1964-65, including Sam Shore) and Thunderbirds (1965-66, including John Tracy).
Facts & Awards
Ray was the first actor put under contract by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation drama section. He won Australian Film Institute awards for Best Actor in a Lead Role (1982) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (1978 and 1995), and was nominated a further four times. In 2005 he was given the Raymond Longford Award by the AFI, and in 2004 won a Silver Logie for his work in After the Deluge (2003).

Tom Sheridan (Space captain)
Career highlights
Other entries on Tom's CV include The Red Pony (1949), The Big Pull (1962), No Hiding Place (1962) and More Faces of Jim (1963).

CREW

David Whitaker (writer) 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).

Christopher Barry (director) Sep 20 1925 to Feb 7 2014 (following a fall)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Daleks (episodes 1-2 & 4-5, 1963-64), The Rescue (1965), The Romans (1965), The Savages (1966), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Daemons (1971), The Mutants (1972), Robot (1974-75), The Brain of Morbius (1976), The Creature from the Pit (1979).
Career highlights
His directing career began on an episode of Starr and Company (1958) and through his long career he worked on series such as Private Investigator (1958-59), Take a Pair of Private Eyes (1966), Paul Temple (1970-71), Moonbase 3 (1973), Poldark (1975), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Onedin Line (1977), All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80), Juliet Bravo (1981-82) and The Tripods (1984-85). He was also producer on The Net (1962), No Cloak - No Dagger (1962), Broome Stages (1966) and Nanny (1981-83). His earliest TV work was as an uncredited third assistant director on A Run for Your Money (1949).
Facts
Christopher was also one of the many faces used during the mind battle sequence in The Brain of Morbius. In 1995 he directed the straight-to-video fan production Downtime. Christopher died following a fall down an escalator in a Banbury shopping centre.

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.

Dennis Spooner (story editor) Dec 1 1932 to Sep 20 1986 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Reign of Terror (1964), The Romans (1965), The Time Meddler (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (episodes 6 & 8-12 based on an idea by Terry Nation, 1965-66), The Power of the Daleks (final version, uncredited, 1966)
Story edited: The Rescue, The Romans, The Web Planet, The Crusade, The Space Museum, The Chase (1965)
Career highlights
Dennis had already written for Coronation Street (1961) before Doctor Who, as well as No Hiding Place (1962) and Hancock (1963). He also wrote for Fireball XL5 (1962-63), Pardon the Expression (1965), Stingray (1964-65), Thunderbirds (1965-66), The Baron (1966-67), Man in a Suitcase (1967-68), The Avengers (1961/68), The Champions (1968-69), Department S (1969-70), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969-70), UFO (1970), Paul Temple (1971), Doomwatch (1970-71), Jason King (1971-72), The Protectors (1973), The Adventurer (1972-73), Thriller (1975), The New Avengers (1976-77), The Professionals (1978), Bergerac (1981/83), Remington Steele (1984), Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (1984) and Dramarama (1986). Dennis was instrumental in creating many ITC series in the 1960s, including Man in a Suitcase, The Champions, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Adventurer and Department S.
Facts
Dennis had just turned professional for Leyton Orient Football Club when he was called up for National Service in 1950; he was also a keen contract bridge player - often partnering his friend Omar Sharif - and even wrote two books on the subject (Useful Hints for Useless Players and Diary of a Palooka). Before settling on scriptwriting Dennis also tried entertaining himself, as a comedy double act with Leslie Garbon. Dennis was best man at the wedding of telefantasy legend Brian Clemens.

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