Monday, August 26, 2013

The Chase

Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) and Ian
 (William Russell) find a real police box
 on their jubilant return to 20th century Earth
Six episodes (The Executioners, The Death of Time, Flight Through Eternity, Journey Into Terror, The Death of Doctor Who, The Planet of Decision)
First broadcast May 22 to Jun 26 1965
Average audience for serial: 9.42m
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.

Peter Purves (Morton Dill, Steven Taylor) Born Feb 10 1939 For a full career biography of Peter Purves, click here.

Dennis Chinnery (Albert C Richardson) May 14 1927 to Feb 29 2012
Doctor Who credits
Played: Albert C Richardson in The Chase (1965)
Played: Gharman in Genesis of the Daleks (1975)
Played: Professor Sylvest in The Twin Dilemma (1984)
Career highlights
Dennis's career began with White Fire (1953), then Great Scott, It's Maynard (1956), Mostly Maynard (1957), Hancock's Half Hour (1957-59), The Plague of the Zombies (1966), The Avengers (1967), Orlando (1966-68), Hadleigh (1969), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), Survivors (1975), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), The Bill (1989) and The Right Impression (2005).
Facts
The character of the accident-prone vet in black comedy The League of Gentlemen was named Mr Chinnery after Dennis.

David Blake Kelly (Captain Benjamin Briggs) Feb 17 1916 to Jan 21 1993
Doctor Who credits
Played: Captain Benjamin Briggs in The Chase (1965)
Played: Jacob Kewper in The Smugglers (1966)
Career highlights
He started his acting career as Diarmuid Kelly, debuting in I Killed the Count (1948), followed by Someone at the Door (1949), Treasure Island (1950), The Anatomist (1956) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1957), after which he anglicised his name and appeared in William Tell (1959), Sergeant Cork (1964), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Spy Trap (1975), The Cherry Orchard (1981), Miss Marple: Nemesis (1987), Jeeves and Wooster (1990) and House of Cards (1990).
Facts
Often mistaken for another actor called David Kelly, who often played stereotypical Irish characters (such as in Fawlty Towers and Robin's Nest), but they are different actors.

Patrick Carter (Bosun)
Career highlights
Debuted in Quatermass II (1955), then The Plane Makers (1963), Sergeant Cork (1964), The Likely Lads (1966), Blue Blood (1973), The Devil's Crown (1978), The Cleopatras (1983), Charters and Caldicott (1985), Howards' Way (1985-86) and Between the Lines (1993).

Douglas Ditta (Willoughby) Born 1938
Career highlights
After debuting in Emergency Ward 10 (1962), Douglas appeared in This Man Craig (1966), The Saint (1968), Edna the Inebriate Woman (1971) and All Creatures Great and Small (1990).
Facts
Scotsman Douglas's son is screenwriter Aschlin Ditta, who has worked on series such as No Angels, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, The Catherine Tate Show and Mr Sloane. Other than acting, Douglas's other roles have included managing Ipswich Arts Centre, and being head of drama at the King's School, Ely.

Robert Marsden (Abraham Lincoln) Aug 22 1921 to Apr 5 2007
Doctor Who credits
Played: Abraham Lincoln in The Chase (1965)
Played: Prisoner in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: UNIT soldier in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Career highlights
Debuted in The Cruise of the Toytown Belle (1950), followed by roles in The Tempest (1951), Emil and the Detectives (1952), Treasure Island (1957), The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1958) and Licensed to Kill (1965).
Facts
Robert, who lost an eye in a schoolboy accident, was primarily a stage and radio actor, and was also a drama coach until failing eyesight (caused by glaucoma) in the 1960s led to his retirement. Robert specialised in portrayals of Abraham Lincoln, hence his choice for this brief appearance. He was a professional contemporary and friend of acting greats John Gielgud, Edith Evans and Peter Ustinov, and was also a prolific performer of children's songs and recitals on the radio.

Roger Hammond (Francis Bacon) Mar 21 1936 to Nov 8 2012 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Francis Bacon in The Chase (1965)
Played: Dr Runciman in Mawdryn Undead (1983)
Career highlights
Roger's prolific career began in The Villains (1964), and saw appearances in You Can't Win (1966), The Avengers (1967), The First Churchills (1969), Casanova (1971), The Onedin Line (1972), Churchill's People (1975), When the Boat Comes In (1976), The Duchess of Duke Street (1976), Emmerdale (1980), Airline (1982), The Tripods (1984), Miss Marple: Nemesis (1987), One Foot in the Grave (1990), Campion (1990), the Uncle Jack... series (1991-93, playing M), Orlando (1992), The Madness of King George (1994), Kavanagh QC (1997), Bedazzled (2000), Rome (2005), Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006), City of Vice (2008) and The King's Speech (2010).
Facts
Between 1968-75 Roger was married to actress Helen Weir, best remembered as Pat Sugden in soap Emmerdale.

Vivienne Bennett (Queen Elizabeth I) Jul 29 1905 to Nov 11 1978
Career highlights
Prolific Shakespearean stage actor Vivienne debuted on screen in Le Secret du Cargo (1929), followed by roles in Almost a Honeymoon (1938), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1946), Edward II (1947), The Mollusc (1949), The House in Paris (1952), No Hiding Place (1959), The Plane Makers (1963), Dixon of Dock Green (1969) and Love Story (1973).
Facts
Vivienne was married to actor Godfrey Kenton, who outlived her by 20 years.

Hugh Walters (William Shakespeare) Mar 2 1939 to Feb 13 2015
Doctor Who credits
Played: William Shakespeare in The Chase (1965)
Played: Commentator Runcible in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Played: Vogel in Revelation of the Daleks (1985)
Career highlights
Other credits include The Larkins (1963, as Georgie), Nicholas Nickleby (1968), Ivanhoe (1970), Never Say Die (1970), Doctor at Large (1971), The Fenn Street Gang (1971-72), Jason King (1972), Survivors (1975), Clayhanger (1976), Thomas and Sarah (1979), Holding the Fort (1982), Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984), Chance in a Million (1986), The Russ Abbot Show (1991), The Brittas Empire (1996), Bernard's Watch (1999), Cor Blimey! (2000, as Charles Hawtrey), Doctors (2006), Sold (2007) and M.I High (2011). He also wrote for and played Peter Pringle in the series The Train Now Standing (1971-72).
Facts
Some lovely tributes to Hugh can be found here.

Richard Coe (TV announcer)
Career highlights
Richard's CV includes Treasure Island (1957), Little Women (1958), Emergency Ward 10 (1961), Let's Go Out (1965), Man in a Suitcase (1968), Strange Report (1969) and The House That Dripped Blood (1971).

Peter Hawkins (Dalek voice) Apr 3 1924 to Jul 8 2006
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Daleks in The Daleks (1963-64), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Space Museum (1965), The Chase (1965), Dr Who and the Daleks (1965, film), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966, film), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967)
Played: Voice of the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet (1966), The Moonbase (1967), The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), The Wheel in Space (1968)
Played: Voice of Marc Cory in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Career highlights
Peter also provided memorable voices for series such as Whirligig (1950), The Flowerpot Men (1952), The Woodentops (1955), A Rubovian Legend (1955-56), Captain Pugwash (1957), Bleep and Booster (1963), Stories from ToyTown (1972), Rainbow (1972, as Zippy), The Perishers (1978), SuperTed (1982-84), The Family Ness (1984), Jimbo and the Jet-Set (1986) and Penny Crayon (1989-90), among others. He was also the legendary announcer for "Herge's Adventures of Tintin!" and the laughing Martian robots from the Smash adverts. Acting credits include The Machine Breakers (1957), Softly Softly (1966), A Family at War (1971), Dial M for Murder (1974) and The Four Corners of Nowhere (1995).
Facts
Peter was originally going to provide the voice of Gromit the dog of Wallace and Gromit fame (1989), but animator Nick Park decided he was more expressive without a voice. However, none of the legendary voices Peter created in his lifetime would have happened if he had not survived the sinking of HMS Limbourne in Canada in 1943. Ironically, Peter died on the same day Doctor Who's first ever Dalek/ Cyberman battle was broadcast in Doomsday (2006). He was married to actress Rosemary Miller.

David Graham (Dalek voice and Mechanoid voice) Born Jul 11 1925
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Daleks in The Daleks (1963-64), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Chase (1965), Dr Who and the Daleks (1965, film), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966, film)
Played: Voice of the Mechanoids in The Chase (1965)
Played: Charlie in The Gunfighters (1966)
Played: Professor Kerensky in City of Death (1979)
Career highlights
David's acting career began in 1952 with the TV movie Portrait of Peter Perowne, followed by roles in Dial 999 (1959), The Avengers (1963), Danger Man (1965), Late Night Horror (1968), Timeslip (1970-71), Supergirl (1984), Shadow of the Noose (1989), Casualty (2002) and The Fixer (2008). David has also given his vocal skills to many series over the years, including Four Feather Falls (1960, as Fernando and Grandpa Twink), Sara and Hoppity (1962), Supercar (1961-62, as Dr Horatio Beaker, Mitch the Monkey and Bill Gibson), Fireball XL5 (1962-63, as Prof Matthew Matic, Lieutenant Ninety and Zoonie the Lazoon), Stingray (1964-65), Thunderbirds (1965-66, as Gordon Tracy, Parker and Brains), The Secret Service (1969), Space Precinct (1995) and Peppa Pig (2011-12, as Grandpa Pig). He also provided English voices for Moomin (1990) and had a recurring role in the sitcom So Haunt Me (1992-94) as Mr Bloom.

Robert Jewell (Dalek operator) Jan 20 1920 to May 10 1998
Doctor Who credits
Played: Daleks in The Daleks (1963-64), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Chase (1965), Dr Who and the Daleks (1965, film), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966, film), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967), The War Games (1969)
Played: Zarbi in The Web Planet (1965)
Played: Clown in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Macra in The Macra Terror (1967)
Career highlights
His other credits include Consider Your Verdict (1962), The Terrornauts (1967), various roles in Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979-86) and The Flying Doctors (1987).

Kevin Manser (Dalek operator) Feb 16 1929 to Dec 21 2001 (bowel cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Daleks in The Daleks (1963-64), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Chase (1965), Dr Who and the Daleks (1965, film), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), The Power of the Daleks (1966)
Played: Zarbi in The Web Planet (1965)
Career highlights
Kevin was born in Australia and after starting his acting career in the UK in the 1960s in series such as The Big Spender (1965) and A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), he returned Down Under in 1969 to continue in series such as Spyforce (1972), Shannon's Mob (1975), A Country Practice (1982), Prisoner: Cell Block H (1983-84), Richmond Hill (1988) and All Saints (2001).
Facts
He wrote his autobiography Memoirs of a Dalek in 2001, a copy of which is part of the Performing Arts Collection of South Australia in Adelaide.

Gerald Taylor (Dalek operator) Oct 11 1940 to Dec 4 1994
Doctor Who credits
Played: Daleks in The Daleks (1963-64), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Chase (1965), Dr Who and the Daleks (1965, film), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967)
Played: Zarbi in The Web Planet (1965)
Played: Voice of WOTAN in The War Machines (1966)
Played: War Machines in The War Machines (1966)
Played: Damon's assistant in The Underwater Menace (1967)
Played: Baker's man in The Daemons (1971)
Played: Vega Nexos in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Career highlights
Gerald's acting career began in Thorndyke (1964), followed by St Ives (1967), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), The Sex Thief (1974) and Moody and Pegg (1974).

John Scott Martin (Dalek and Mechanoid operator) Apr 1 1926 to Jan 6 2009 (Parkinson's Disease)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Zarbi in The Web Planet (1965)
Played: Daleks in The Chase (1965), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967), Day of the Daleks (1972), Frontier in Space (1973), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), The Five Doctors (1983), Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Mechanoids in The Chase (1965)
Played: IMC robot in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Charlie in The Daemons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Mutt in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Gell Guard in The Three Doctors (1972-73)
Played: Hughes in The Green Death (1973)
Played: Reading guard in Robot (1974-75)
Played: Kriz in The Brain of Morbius (1975)
Played: Nucleus in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Career highlights
John's long career began in 1952's The Life and Death of King John, and went to play usually bit-part roles in Quatermass and the Pit (1958), Ghost Squad (1963), The Likely Lads (1965-66), The Blood Beast Terror (1968), Upstairs, Downstairs (1972), The Good Life (1975), The Duchess of Duke Street (1977), Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), The Tripods (1984), Erik the Viking (1989), Bullseye! (1990), London's Burning (1991), Ali G Indahouse (2002) and Mine All Mine (2004).
Facts
John also appeared in Catatonia's video for Dead from the Waist Down (1999). In later years he was a church warden and school governor in Essex.

Jack Pitt (Mire beast, cabin steward and Mechanoid operator) Jul 15 1940 to May 26 2003 (bronchial pneumonia)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Zarbi in The Web Planet (1965)
Played: Mire beast in The Chase (1965)
Played: Cabin steward in The Chase (1965)
Played: Mechanoid in The Chase (1965)
Played: Dalek in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Gearon in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66, uncredited)
Career highlights
Jack's only other credited work was playing Horatio in Nelson: A Study in Miniature (1966).

Ian Thompson (Malsan) Born Aug 11 1939
Doctor Who credits
Played: Hetra in The Web Planet (1965)
Played: Malsan in The Chase (1965)
Career highlights
Ian's prolific career began with 1956's David Copperfield, followed by roles in The Old Curiosity Shop (1962), The Persuaders (1972), Crown Court (1974), Sam (1975), Couples (1975), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1976), Blake's 7 (1978), Freud (1984), Inside Story (1986), Andy Capp (1988), Moon and Son (1992), Our Friends in the North (1996), Midsomer Murders (1999), Wire in the Blood (2005) and The All Together (2007). He had the regular role of John Porter in A Family at War (1970-72).

Hywel Bennett (Rynian) Apr 8 1944 to Jul 25 2017
Career highlights
After debuting in Doctor Who, Hywel went on to appear in The Idiot (1966), The Virgin Soldiers (1969), Loot (1970), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972), Pennies from Heaven (1978), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), The Consultant (1983), The Twilight Zone (1986), Boon (1988), Virtual Murder (1992), Murder Most Horrid (1994), Karaoke/ Cold Lazarus (1996), Neverwhere (1996), Lock, Stock... (2000), EastEnders (2003), High Hopes (2005) and The Last Detective (2007). He is best known for playing James Shelley in the sitcom Shelley (1979-84) and The Return of Shelley (1988-92).
Facts
Between 1970-88 Hywel was married to Cathy McGowan, best known for presenting 1960s pop show Ready, Steady Go!. His brother was fellow actor Alun Lewis, while he was godfather to Crispian Mills (son of actress Hayley Mills and lead singer of the band Kula Shaker). You can see Hywel in the music video for Bonnie Tyler's Loving You's a Dirty Job (But Somebody's Gotta Do It) (1986). In 2004 a newspaper article emerged which depicted Hywel as something of an unpleasant drunk, living in the seaside town of Deal in Kent (coincidentally, the same town that Carry On star Charles Hawtrey retired to in the 1980s, and also became known as an unpleasant drunk). Hywel retired from acting in 2007 due to ill-health.

Al Raymond (Prondyn)
This is Al's only known role, except for as an uncredited extra in The Reign of Terror (1964).

Arne Gordon (Guide) Dec 26 1915 to Jun 2004
Doctor Who credits
Played: Hrostar in The Web Planet (1965)
Played: Guide in The Chase (1965)
Career highlights
After debuting in Doctor Who as a humanoid butterfly, Arne went on to appear in No Hiding Place (1966), Virgin of the Secret Service (1968), Judge Dee (1969), Van der Valk (1973), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985) and Around the World in 80 Days (1989).

John Maxim (Frankenstein*) Jul 20 1925 to Jan 20 1990 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Frankenstein* in The Chase (1965)
Played: Cyberman in The Moonbase (1967 - as John Wills)
Career highlights
Australian John's acting career began with Ivanhoe (1958), followed by roles in William Tell (1959), Consider Your Verdict (1963), The Big Spender (1965), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) and The Prisoner (1967).
Note
*The character John portrays is actually Frankenstein's monster, not the scientist who created it.

Malcolm Rogers (Count Dracula) Born Nov 7 1936
Doctor Who credits
Played: Count Dracula in The Chase (1965)
Played: Second policeman in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Career highlights
Other credits include One Man Absent (1958), then Compact (1964), The Big Spender (1965), Privilege (1967), The Blood Beast Terror (1968), Napoleon and Love (1972), The Legend of Robin Hood (1975), Out (1978), Pink Floyd's The Wall (1982, as the Teacher), Ever Decreasing Circles (1986), Rumpole of the Bailey (1988), Cold Lazarus (1996), Pure Wickedness (1999), The Sleeping Dictionary (2003), Dirty Filthy Love (2004), Casualty (2006), Psychoville (2009) and The Man Who Married Himself (2010).

Roslyn de Winter (Grey lady)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Vrestin in The Web Planet (1965)
Insect movement: The Web Planet (1965)
Played: Grey lady in The Chase (1965)
Career highlights
Australian mime artiste Roslyn's other work includes The Big Day (1959), Anthony and Cleopatra (1959), Day of the Drongo (1964), Interlude (1968), Champion House (1968), Homicide (1970), The Long Arm (1970), Dimboola: the Stage Play (1973), Cash and Company (1975), Mouth to Mouth (1978), Against the Wind (1978) and All the Rivers Run (1983).

Edmund Warwick (Robot Dr Who) Jul 15 1907 to Dec 21 1989
Doctor Who credits
Played: Darrius in The Keys of Marinus (1964)
Played: Dr Who in The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964, uncredited)
Played: Robot Dr Who in The Chase (1965)
Career highlights
Edmund appeared in Sherlock Holmes (1951), numerous times in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1957-60), as well as Z Cars (1963), R3 (1964) and with Joan Collins in The Stud (1978).
Facts
Apparently Edmund complained about not being cast as the First Doctor in The Five Doctors (1983), as the actor often doubled for William Hartnell when the star was on holiday or ill.

Murphy Grumbar (Mechanoid operator) Aug 16 1928 to May 5 1991
Doctor Who credits
Played:
Daleks in The Daleks (1963-64, as Peter Murphy), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964, as Peter Murphy), The Space Museum (1965, as Murphy Grumbar), The Evil of the Daleks (1967, as Murphy Grumbar), Day of the Daleks (1972, as Murphy Grumbar), Frontier in Space (1973, as Murphy Grumbar), Planet of the Daleks (1973, as Murphy Grumbar), Death to the Daleks (1974, as Murphy Grumbar)
Played: Mechanoids in The Chase (1965, as Murphy Grumbar)
Played: Arcturus in The Curse of Peladon (1972, as Murphy Grumbar)
Career highlights
Other credits include Moody and Pegg (1974), Churchill's People (1975), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977) and Jack of Diamonds (1983).
Facts
Peter Stanley C Murphy performed as Peter Murphy until 1964, after which he changed his professional name to Murphy Grumbar for the next decade (no doubt influenced by his marriage to the actor Dorothy Grumbar in 1963). From 1974 on he went by the name Peter Bex.

Ken Tyllsen (Mechanoid) 1939 to Jun 11 2014
Doctor Who credits
Played:
First Sensorite/ Scientist in The Sensorites (1964)
Played: Mechanoid in The Chase (1965)
Played: Dalek in The Evil of the Daleks (1967)
Career highlights
Ken's other credited TV work included Doctor in the House (1970), but he had also worked for the Royal Ballet and National Theatre.
Facts
Since the 1980s Ken was a member and vice-president of the Adlerian Society, the Institute for Individual Psychology and Counselling, and worked closely with the mental health charity MIND. There are some lovely tributes to Ken from fellow Adlerians here.

CREW

Terry Nation (writer) Aug 6 1930 to Mar 9 1997 (emphysema)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote:
The Daleks (1963-64), The Keys of Marinus (1964), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Chase (1965), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), The Android Invasion (1975), Destiny of the Daleks (1979)
Career highlights
Terry's writing career began in the 1950s writing radio scripts for comedians such as Spike Milligan, Frankie Howerd, Eric Sykes and Terry Scott, before working with legendary comic actor Tony Hancock in 1962. Terry turned down an initial offer to write for Doctor Who, but when he was sacked by Hancock he approached the production team and came up with the serial The Daleks. He also created the cult shows Survivors (1975-77 - in a British High Court of Justice case in the mid-1970s, which was abandoned by both sides due to escalating costs, writer Brian Clemens claimed he had told Nation the concept for Survivors in the late 1960s and had registered the idea with the Writers' Guild of Great Britain in 1965. Nation strenuously denied this) and Blake's 7 (1978-81), worked for a time on Out of This World (1962), The Baron (1966-67), The Saint (1964-68), Department S (1969), The Avengers (1968-69), The Persuaders! (1971-72), The House in Nightmare Park (1973), The Protectors (1973-74), Thriller (1974) and Ticket to Ride (1989), and toward the end of his career in the US helped create the action series MacGyver (1985).
Awards
1975: Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Children's Drama Script (Season 11, shared with Robert Holmes, Malcolm Hulke, Brian Hayles and Robert Sloman)

Richard Martin (director) Born 1930
Doctor Who credits
Directed:
The Daleks (episodes 3, 6-7, 1963-64), The Edge of Destruction (episode 1, 1964), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Web Planet (1965), The Chase (1965).
Career highlights
Richard's TV career began as an actor in the 1958 series Ivanhoe, but he soon went into directing, with Doctor Who among his earliest work. Richard also directed for Compact (1962), Suspense (1963), Late Night Horror (1968), Elizabeth R (1971), Adam Smith (1972), Headmaster (1977), The Mallens (1979), Take Three Women (1982), Capstick's Law (1989) and All Creatures Great and Small (1990). He also directed and produced the 1976 B-movie King Monster.
Facts
Richard's wife is actress Suzanne Neve.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Richard here.

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.

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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