Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Time Meddler

The Monk (Peter Butterworth) is intrigued
 to find a TARDIS which isn't his
Four episodes (The Watcher, The Meddling Monk, A Battle of Wits, Checkmate)
First broadcast Jul 3 to 24 1965
Average audience for serial: 8.43m

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.

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

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

Peter Butterworth (The Monk) Feb 4 1919 to Jan 16 1979 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Monk in The Time Meddler (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Career highlights
Peter's distinguished career began uncredited in William Comes to Town (1948), and he went on to appear in over 80 TV series and films, including Will Any Gentleman? (1953), Tom Thumb (1958), Moll Flanders (1965), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), Dad's Army (1975) and Alan Bennett's Afternoon Off (1979). Peter is best known for his varied roles in 16 Carry On films (1965-78), three Carry On Christmas specials (1969-73) and the Carry On Laughing series (1975). He had regular roles as Mr Oddy in Those Kids (1956), Groome in Catweazle (1970-71) and Wilf in Odd Man Out (1977).
Peter was in the British Navy during World War Two, and when the plane he was travelling in was shot down over Holland in 1940, he was sent to a Prisoner of War camp, where he met future Carry On writer Talbot Rothwell. He tried to escape the camp three times, one of which was later filmed as The Wooden Horse (1950), for which Peter auditioned but was told he didn't look heroic enough! Peter was married to actress and impressionist Janet Brown, and their son is actor Tyler Butterworth, who is married to actress Janet Dibley. Peter died while waiting in the wings to go on stage for a pantomime in Coventry.
This is Your Life: Peter was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on March 5th, 1975, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews while shopping with his wife Janet Brown at Selfridge's in London.

Alethea Charlton (Edith) Aug 9 1931 to May 6 1976 (malignant melanoma)
Doctor Who credits
Hur in An Unearthly Child (1963)
Played: Edith in The Time Meddler (1965).
Career highlights
Alethea's earliest role was in Touch of Death (1961), followed by roles in Silent Evidence (1962), The Villains (1964), The Woman in White (1966), Paul Temple (1969), Hardy Heating Company Ltd (1970), Doomwatch (1971), Upstairs, Downstairs (1971), Thriller (1973) and The Cedar Tree (1976). Her most successful recurring role was as Ethel Barraclough in Sam (1973-75).
Before training as an actor, Alethea had been a teacher.

Peter Russell (Eldred) Mar 29 1931 to Jul 28 2003 (cancer)
Career highlights
Peter's debut came in The Three Princes (1959), followed by Bonehead (1960), Gideon's Way (1964), Softly Softly (1966), Ready When You Are Mr McGill (1976), It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (1977), Last of the Summer Wine (1983), Making News (1990), Oasis (1993) and The Bill (1996). He also had a regular role as Rufus Wright in Swizzlewick (1964).
Peter was also a comedian and did multiple stage shows with many of the UK's well known TV comedians of the 1970s like Jimmy Tarbuck.

Michael Miller (Wulnoth)
Career highlights
Michael's career began in an episode of Dixon of Dock Green (1961) and saw appearances in Contract to Kill (1965), three episodes of The Prisoner (1967/68), Paul Temple (1970), Crossroads (1976-78, as Tom Reed), Supernatural (1977), Henry IV, Part II (1979) and Baal (1982). His role as a man at the bar in Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971) ended up on the cutting room floor.

Michael Guest (Saxon hunter)
Doctor Who credits
Mongol bandit in Marco Polo (1964)
Played: Saxon hunter in The Time Meddler (1965)
Played: Interviewer in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Career highlights
His acting debut came in Quatermass and the Pit (1958-59), then Pathfinders in Space (1960), R3 (1965), The Champions (1968), Menace (1970), Upstairs, Downstairs (1972), Special Branch (1974) and Dixon of Dock Green (1975), after which he went into production, helming Memoirs of a Survivor (1981), Starship (1985), A Woman's Guide to Adultery (1993) and The Toybox (2005).

Norman Hartley (Ulf)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ulf in The Time Meddler (1965)
Played: Sergeant Peters in The Invasion (1968)
Career highlights
Norman's debut came in The Shop at Sly Corner (1948), followed by The Gay Lady (1949), The History of Mr Polly (1959), Our Man at St Mark's (1964), The Spies (1966), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Paul Temple (1971), Beasts: The Dummy (1976), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), Breakaway (1980), Blake's 7 (1981), John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985), The Piglet Files (1990) and Between the Lines (1993). Norman also co-wrote the Canadian TV play The Insurance Man from Ingersoll (1975).
Norman was the godfather of the son of director Douglas Camfield and actor wife Sheila Dunn.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Norman here.

David Anderson (Sven)
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)

Geoffrey Cheshire (Viking leader) Mar 26 1927 to Oct 5 2004
Doctor Who credits
Played: Viking leader in The Time Meddler (1965)
Played: Garge in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Roboman in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966)
Played: Tracy in The Invasion (1968)
Career highlights
Geoffrey's other credits include The Skull (1965), The Saint (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Doctor in Charge (1972), The Thief of Baghdad (1978) and The Bill (1989).

Ronald Rich (Gunnar the Giant)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Gunnar the Giant in The Time Meddler (1965)
Played: Trantis in Mission to the Unknown (1965, uncredited)
Career highlights
6ft 8in Ronald's other work includes The Lance Percival Show (1965), Alfie (1966), You Only Live Twice (1967) and The Benny Hill Show (1968).


Dennis Spooner (writer) 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.
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.

Douglas Camfield (director) May 8 1931 to Jan 27 1984 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Production assistant: An Unearthly Child (uncredited, 1963), Marco Polo (uncredited, 1964)
Directed: An Unearthly Child (film inserts, uncredited, 1963), Planet of Giants (episode 4, material from which was edited into episode 3, 1964), The Crusade (1965), The Time Meddler (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), The Web of Fear (1968), The Invasion (1968), Inferno (1970), Terror of the Zygons (1975), The Seeds of Doom (1976).
Career highlights
Douglas's Doctor Who career began as production assistant on the very first story, and could have included a stint as its producer had he accepted the post when offered it in 1969. It may be just as well he didn't, as during production of Inferno the following year he was taken ill with a heart ailment, which he suffered with for the rest of his life. Formerly a lieutenant in the Army, Douglas also directed for Swizzlewick (1964), The Troubleshooters (1965), Out of the Unknown (1969), Z Cars (1969), Paul Temple (1969-71), Van der Valk (1972-73), Public Eye (1971-75), The Sweeney (1975-78), Blake's 7 (1978), The Professionals (1977/80), Shoestring (1979-80), The Nightmare Man (1981), Beau Geste (1982) and Missing from Home (1984). He also dabbled in writing, and had written Adventure to Order in 1961 before he pitched a script to Doctor Who in 1975 involving aliens, the French Foreign Legion and the death of companion Sarah Jane Smith, but this was never developed.
Douglas was married to actress Sheila Dunn, who he cast in three of his Doctor Who stories. He made a cameo as one of the faces seen during the mind battle between the Doctor and Morbius in The Brain of Morbius (1976).

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).
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
Verity was married to director Colin Bucksey between 1973-87.

Donald Tosh (script editor) Born 1935
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: The Time Meddler, Galaxy 4, Mission to the Unknown, The Myth Makers, The Daleks' Master Plan, The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (episodes 1-3) (1965-66)
Wrote: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (episode 4, 1966), The Celestial Toymaker (from a story by Brian Hayles, 1966)
Career highlights
Donald also script edited Compact (1962), Sherlock Holmes (1968) and Ryan International (1970).
He helped create the format for what eventually became Coronation Street in 1960. In 1967, Donald submitted a script called The Rosemariners to the Doctor Who production team, but although this was not developed, it was made into a full-cast audio adventure by Big Finish in 2012. After leaving television, Donald worked for English Heritage and was also head custodian of Sherborne Old Castle in Dorset and St Mawes at Cornwall.

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