Monday, November 11, 2013

The Savages

The Doctor (William Hartnell) and
Dodo (Jackie Lane) say goodbye to 
Steven (Peter Purves)
Four episodes (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4)
First broadcast May 28 to Jun 18 1966
Average audience for serial: 4.98m
  • A pictorial guide to the guest cast can be found at the bottom of this entry.
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.

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

Jackie Lane (Dodo Chaplet) Born Jul 10 1941 For a full career biography for Jackie Lane, click here.

Ewen Solon (Chal) Sep 7 1917 to Jul 7 1985
Doctor Who credits
Played: Chal in The Savages (1966)
Played: Vishinsky in Planet of Evil (1975)
Career highlights
Ewen was born in New Zealand and first acting credit was in The Fur Coat (1949), followed by roles in Valley of Eagles (1951), Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue (1953), The Dam Busters (1955), Yangtse Incident (1957), Jack the Ripper (1959), The Sundowners (1960), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), Mystery Submarine (1963), No Hiding Place (1965), The Sandwich Man (1966), Bellbird (1967), The Ugliest Girl in Town (1968), Spyforce (1971), Moving On (1974), The Message (1976), Kidnapped (1978), The Doombolt Chase (1978), Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979), A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979), Into the Labyrinth (1981-82) and Nutcracker (1983). He also played Sgt Lucas in 50 episodes of Maigret (1960-63) and Caesar Smith in almost 40 episodes of The Revenue Men (1967-68).
Facts
Before going into the acting profession, Ewen worked as a farmer, a dock labourer, a door to door salesman, a timber mill worker and a journalist. His wife was actor Vicki Woolf.

Patrick Godfrey (Tor) Born Feb 13 1933
Doctor Who credits
Played: Tor in The Savages (1966)
Played: Major Cosworth in The Mind of Evil (1971)
Career highlights
Debuting in Tales from Dickens (1958), Patrick's CV includes roles in Gert and Daisy (1959), No Hiding Place (1963), Dixon of Dock Green (1966), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), A Family at War (1971), Ballet Shoes (1975), Enemy at the Door (1980), Edge of Darkness (1985), Blott on the Landscape (1985), Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1986), Maurice (1987), Sleepers (1991), The Remains of the Day (1993), Bramwell (1995), Ever After (1998), Casualty (2000), My Family (2003), Oliver Twist (2005), The History Boys (2006), Fallen Angel (2007), The Duchess (2008), Les Miserables (2012), Da Vinci's Demons (2013), Mr Turner (2014) and In Memory (2016).
Facts
Patrick is married to actress Amanda Walker, whose mother was actress Madeleine Christie. Their daughter is vocal coach Kate Godfrey.

Peter Thomas (Captain Edal) Jan 23 1936 to Jan 5 2017
Career highlights
Peter's other credits include The Infamous John Friend (1959), Walk a Crooked Mile (1961), The Benny Hill Show (1965), The Baron (1966), Witchfinder General (1968), Department S (1969), Tales from the Crypt (1972), Nighthawks (1978), Sense of Enlightenment (2012), Day I Met God (2015) and Snapshot (2016).
Facts
The gap in Peter's CV is down to the fact he had to semi-retire in the late 1970s to look after his seriously ill wife and their young children.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Peter, and Andrew Lodge, here.

Geoffrey Frederick (Exorse) Born Jan 29 1933
Career highlights
Geoffrey's debut came in The Maitland Scandal (1958), then The History of Mr Polly (1959), Hell is a City (1960), The Chequered Flag (1960), 633 Squadron (1964), Riviera Police (1965), Out of the Unknown (1966), Paul Temple (1971), Barlow at Large (1974), The Orchard End Murder (1980) and Lifeforce (1985). He also regularly played Dr Robert Hamilton in Emergency Ward 10 (1962), Call Oxbridge 2000 (1962) and 24-Hour Call (1963).
Facts
Geoffrey's wife (until her death in 2010) was Irish actor Kerry Marsh, best remembered as Nurse O'Keefe in almost 100 episodes of Emergency Ward 10 in the late 1950s and early 60s.

Frederick Jaeger (Jano) May 9 1928 to Jun 18 2004
Doctor Who credits
Played: Jano in The Savages (1966)
Played: Sorenson in Planet of Evil (1975)
Played: Professor Marius in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Career highlights
German born Frederick's career began in 1950's Probation Officer and went on to see roles in The Grove Family (1955), The One That Got Away (1957), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), Interpol Calling (1960), Farewell Performance (1963), Hit and Run (1965), The Jazz Age (1968), Ryan International (1970), The Befrienders (1972), Scorpio (1973), The New Avengers (1976), The Omega Factor (1979), Yes, Minister (1980), Remington Steele (1984), The Chief (1990), Selling Hitler (1991), Keeping Up Appearances (1993) and Cold Comfort Farm (1995). He also played Dr James Austen in The Inside Man (1969), Commander Fletcher in Special Branch (1974) and Max Van Der Rheede in The Onedin Line (1980).
Facts
Frederick's family fled Berlin for France when the Nazi party took control in 1933, and then moved to the UK in 1939. He became a naturalized British citizen 11 years later.

Robert Sidaway (Avon) Born Jan 24 1942
Doctor Who credits
Played: Avon in The Savages (1966)
Played: Captain Turner in The Invasion (1968)
Career highlights
Further acting credits include It Happened Like This (1962), Out of the Unknown (1965), The Avengers (1968), A Nice Girl Like Me (1969), Crossroads (1973), Joy Division (2006) and Chuck the Eco Duck (as narrator, 2009). Robert also slipped behind the camera to become a producer on The Game of the Century (1978), The Optimist (1983-85), Best of British (1987-94), The World of Hammer (1994) and Chuck the Eco Duck. He also scripted many of the programmes he produced.
Facts
Robert is married to actor Maggie Don. In the 1970s Robert worked in public relations and marketing for London theatre managers. In 1987 he wrote a book based on his documentary series Best of British, focusing on the Rank Organisation, and in 1996 wrote a novelisation of his film Rainbow (which was the first theatrically distributed all-digital feature film). In 1995 Robert co-founded the International Football Hall of Fame.

Kay Patrick (Flower) Born Sep 2 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Poppaea in The Romans (1965)
Played: Flower in The Savages (1966)
Career highlights
Kay started her career in front of the cameras, appearing in The Call (1962), The Flying Swan (1965), Nana (1968) and The First Churchills (1969), but then moved behind the camera to become director on soaps such as Emmerdale (1998-99), Brookside and EastEnders (1986), as well as Jupiter Moon (1990), In Suspicious Circumstances (1993-94) and Sunburn (1999). In later years she became a producer on Coronation Street (1996-97), Crossroads (2001) and Mersey Beat (2002). Her latter career has concentrated on directing the soap opera Coronation Street (1994-2015).
Facts
In 2009 Kay was hit and injured badly by a car while working on Coronation Street (needing a plate in her shoulder and a reconstructed knee), but she was back on set in the new year.

Clare Jenkins (Nanina)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Nanina in The Savages (1966)
Played: Tanya Lernov in The Wheel in Space (1968), The War Games (1969)
Career highlights
Clare's other credits include Crossroads (1964), Weavers Green (1966), Z Cars (1968), Ivanhoe (1970) and The Death of Adolf Hitler (1973).

Norman Henry (Senta) Jun 9 1902 to Feb 3 1985 (heart attack)
Career highlights
Norman's CV begins with Scotland Yard: The Never Never Murder (1961), and includes The Forsyte Saga (1967), Callan (1970), Napoleon and Love (1972), The Kids from 47A (1973), Lorna Doone (1976) and London Belongs To Me (1977).

Edward Caddick (Wylda) Born 1931
Career highlights
Edward debuted in The Rag Trade (1961), then appeared in Contract to Kill (1965), The Vulture (1967), Department S (1969), The Ten Commandments (1971), Under Capricorn (1983) and Playing Beatie Bow (1986).
Facts
Edward wrote two novels, Paddy on Sundays (1965) and Hannah and the Peacocks (1967 - "a story of one girl and two men"). Until her death in 2007, Edward was married to actress Loelia Kidd.

Andrew Lodge (First assistant)
Career highlights
Tazmanian Andrew's career began in Consider Your Verdict (1962) and includes The Last Escape (1970), The Land That Time Forgot (1975), The Children of the New Forest (1977), Priest of Love (1981), Beau Geste (1982), The Collectors (1986), She-Wolf of London (1990) and Men Behaving Badly (1992).
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Andrew, and Peter Thomas, here.

Christopher Denham (Second assistant)
Career highlights
Other credits include An Enemy of the State (1965), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1967), Dead of Night (1972), The Crezz (1976), Blunt (1987) and Final Run (1988).

Tony Holland (Third assistant) Jan 18 1940 to Nov 28 2007
Career highlights
Tony started out as an actor, appearing in Doctor Who and a 1967 Wednesday Play, before moving into script-writing, working on Z Cars (1972) where he met director/ producer Julia Smith (who directed two stories for Doctor Who in 1966/67). Other writing work included Angels (1980-82), The District Nurse (1984) and Civvy Street (1988). In 1983 Tony and Julia were approached by the BBC to come up with a new twice-weekly soap opera, and in 1985 their work together produced EastEnders, which is still running today as BBC1's main serialised drama. Tony left EastEnders as its writer and script editor in 1989, moving to work for Ireland's RTE before returning to the BBC to launch the less-successful soap opera Eldorado (1992-93).
Facts
Tony had been in poor health ever since being knocked down in a traffic accident in Chiswick, London several years before he died.

John Dillon (Savage)
This is John's only credit.

Tim Goodman (Guard) Born Nov 9 1938
Career highlights
Also appeared in Theatre 625 (1964), The Last of the Mohicans (1971), The Persuaders! (1971), Fooling Hitler (2004) and Jane Eyre (2006).

CREW

Ian Stuart Black (writer) Mar 21 1915 to Oct 13 1997
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Savages (1966), The War Machines (1966), The Macra Terror (1967)
Career highlights
Ian also wrote for series such as Shadow of the Past (1950), Fabian of the Yard (1954), Invisible Man (1959), Danger Man (1960-62), The Saint (1964), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Redgauntlet (1970), Castaway (1974), Star Maidens (1976), The Outsiders (1976-77) and House of Glass (1992). He took editing duties on Invisible Man, Sir Francis Drake (1961) and The Man in Room 17 (1965), and produced Danger Man (1960-62) and Elephant Boy (1973).
Facts
Ian submitted a fourth script to Doctor Who in the early 1970s entitled The Space War, but this was not developed. His daughter was actress Isobel Black, best known for playing Eileen O'Rourke in The Troubleshooters (1967-68).

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.

Innes Lloyd (producer) Dec 24 1925 to Aug 23 1991
Doctor Who credits
Produced: The Celestial Toymaker, The Gunfighters, The Savages, The War Machines, The Smugglers, The Tenth Planet, The Power of the Daleks, The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase, The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones, The Evil of the Daleks, The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors, The Enemy of the World (1966-68)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was his first production job after directing the Eurovision Song Contest for the BBC and the soap United! (1965). Innes went on to produce Waugh on Crime (1970), Dead of Night (1972), The Stone Tape (1972), BBC2 Playhouse (1976-81), The Insurance Man (1986), Talking Heads (1987), Bomber Harris (1989) and A Question of Attribution (1992).
Facts
Along with script editor Gerry Davis, Innes came up with the idea of regeneration. He approached esteemed actors Peter Jeffrey, Ron Moody, Michael Horden and Trevor Howard to replace William Hartnell, before Patrick Troughton accepted the role. Throughout the 1970s and 80s Innes built up a reputation as one of the BBC's most respected producers, and his professional relationship with playwright Alan Bennett was among his most celebrated work. In October 2006, London's Time Out magazine asked Bennett why he no longer wrote for TV: "I think the one decisive factor was that the guy who used to produce all the things for television, Innes Lloyd, died. Innes used to prod you into doing things, and if you had a notion of something, you could go to him and he'd set about making it possible before you'd written it. I was never aware how much wheeling and dealing had to be done. In that sense, he was an ideal producer: he never let you know that it might be quite difficult to get yourself on. But I've felt it since he went; the first thing they talk about is cost and all that stuff." Innes died within days of colleague Gerry Davis.

Gerry Davis (script editor) Feb 23 1930 to Aug 31 1991
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Celestial Toymaker (episode 1, 1966, uncredited), The Tenth Planet (1966), The Highlanders (1966-67), The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), Revenge of the Cybermen (1975)
Script edited: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (episode 4), The Ark, The Celestial Toymaker, The Gunfighters, The Savages, The War Machines, The Smugglers, The Tenth Planet, The Power of the Daleks, The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase, The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones, The Evil of the Daleks (episodes 1-3) (1966-67)
Career highlights
Gerry started out writing for the soap Coronation Street (1960) and also penned for United! (1965), The First Lady (1968), Doomwatch (1970), The Bionic Woman (1976), Vega$ (1979), The Final Countdown (1980), Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (1987) and Deadly Nightmares (1989). He also script edited Doomwatch (1970-71) and Softly Softly: Task Force (1971-72).
Facts
In the 1970s, Gerry co-wrote three science-fiction novels with Dr Kit Pedler, and after moving to the USA in the 1970s teamed up with Dalek creator Terry Nation in an unsuccessful bid to buy the rights to make Doctor Who after the BBC ceased its production in 1989. He also taught screenwriting at the UCLA film school in the 1980s. Gerry died within days of colleague Innes Lloyd.

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