Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Highlanders

A very wet and cold Ben (Michael Craze)
Four episodes (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4
First broadcast Dec 17 1966 to Jan 7 1967
Average audience for serial: 7.05m
  • A pictorial guide to the guest cast is at the bottom of this entry
CAST

Patrick Troughton (The Doctor) Mar 25 1920 to Mar 28 1987 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in The Power of the Daleks, The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase, The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones, The Evil of the Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors, The Enemy of the World, The Web of Fear, Fury from the Deep, The Wheel in Space, The Dominators, The Mind Robber, The Invasion, The Krotons, The Seeds of Death, The Space Pirates, The War Games (1966-69). Return appearances in The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Five Doctors (1983), The Two Doctors (1985).
Played: Salamander in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Career highlights
Patrick appeared in over 130 productions, starting in 1947's Hamlet and including the title role in Robin Hood (1953), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1956), The Moonraker (1958), Sir Francis Drake (1962), Compact (1962), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), A Family at War (1970-72, as Harry Porter), The Sweeney (1975), The Omen (1976), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977), The Devil's Crown (1978), Nanny (1981-82, as Mr Jessop), The Box of Delights (1984), The Two of Us (1986, as Perce), Super Gran (1987) and Knights of God (1987).
Facts
When he was announced as William Hartnell's successor in the role of the Doctor, Hartnell said: "He's the only man in Britain who could do it!". When the Second World War broke out, Patrick was on a Belgian ship sailing from the US, but just in sight of the British coast it hit a mine and sank. He was fortunate enough to escape in a lifeboat. Patrick is the father of acting brothers Michael and David Troughton - Michael appeared in Doctor Who's Christmas special in 2014, and David appeared in the series four times, in 1966, 1969, 1972 and 2008. Patrick is grandfather to actor Harry Melling, better known as Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, and actor Sam Troughton, whose most high profile role was as Much in Robin Hood (2006-07). Another grandchild, Jim Troughton, was a Warwickshire and England cricketer. Patrick died in Georgia, US, while attending a Doctor Who convention.

Anneke Wills (Polly) Born Oct 20 1941 For a full career biography for Anneke Wills, click here.

Michael Craze (Ben Jackson) Nov 29 1942 to Dec 7 1998 (heart attack) For a full career biography for Michael Craze, click here.

Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) Born Sep 22 1944
Doctor Who credits
Played: Jamie McCrimmon in The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase, The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones, The Evil of the Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors, The Enemy of the World, The Web of Fear, Fury from the Deep, The Wheel in Space, The Dominators, The Mind Robber, The Invasion, The Krotons, The Seeds of Death, The Space Pirates, The War Games (1966-69). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983), The Two Doctors (1985).
Career highlights
Frazer started as a child actor in Stock Car (1955), followed by roles in Peril for the Guy (1956), X: The Unknown (1956), Huntingtower (1957), alongside Charlie Chaplin in A King in New York (1957), The Silver Sword (1957-58), The Young Jacobites (1960), Smugglers' Cove (1963), Smuggler's Bay (1964), Coronation Street (1965), King of the River (1966), The Last Valley (1971), Expert Witness (1996), Out of Sight (1997-98), Dalziel and Pascoe (2006), Impurity (2014) and Outlander (2015). He also had a running role as Tim Birch in Emergency Ward 10 (1963-64), but it is as the long-running character Joe Sugden in the soap Emmerdale Farm that Frazer is best known (1972-94).
Facts
Frazer is a noted amateur jockey and Lords Taverners cricketer. During his time on Doctor Who, Frazer enjoyed modest pop success with the songs Who's Dr Who?, Punch and Judy Man, Jamie's Awae in His Time Machine and Time Traveller. His brother was actor Roy Hines. Frazer's first wife was actress Gemma Craven (1981-84), and his second wife was Liz Hobbs (1994-2003), Water Ski Racing World Champion in 1981 and 1983. In 1999 Frazer was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and doctors gave him only a 25% chance of survival, but he fought against it. He was given the all-clear in 2010. Here's Frazer on Twitter.
This is Your Life: Frazer was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on October 14th, 1992, surprised by host Michael Aspel during a photoshoot on the set of soap Emmerdale. He was the second Doctor Who companion to be honoured by TiYL.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Frazer here.

William Dysart (Alexander) Nov 26 1929 to Oct 2002
Doctor Who credits
Played: Alexander in The Highlanders (1966-67)
Played: Reegan in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Career highlights
William's other credits include Emergency Ward 10 (1962), The Verdict (1964), Crossroads (1964), Submarine X-1 (1968), Strange Report (1970), The Massacre of Glencoe (1971), Edward the Seventh (1975), Survivors (1977) and New York Nights (1984).
Facts
William's grandson Steven Macfadyen said in 2013: "I only ever met him once as a boy, he was a wonderfully warm and captivating man from what I remember. He was very much into poetry and if I remember right he was working as an orthopaedic surgeon or something along those lines when I met him for the first time. We spoke only in phone calls after that meeting, but I remember him encouraging me to pursue my artistic side because at the time I was very much interested in writing stories and poems as well as drawing. I've never known much about my granddad's life other than very vague things like TV and movie parts. I was also was told his cousin was Richard Dysart who was an actor in the US series LA Law." Additionally, William's nephew named his daughter Reegan (the name of the character Dysart played in The Ambassadors of Death!).

Donald Bisset (Laird) Aug 30 1910 to Aug 10 1995
Career highlights
Donald's career began in Movie-Go-Round in 1949 and he subsequently appeared in The Brain Machine (1955), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1960), Thorndyke (1964), Rocket to the Moon (1967), The Beverly Hillbillies (1968), Doctor in the House (1970), Freewheelers (1973), The Pallisers (1974), Are You Being Served? (1977), Beryl's Lot (1977), Warlords of Atlantis (1978), Smuggler (1981), Scarf Jack (1981), Only Fools and Horses (1982), Paradise Postponed (1986), Little Dorrit (1988), One Foot in the Grave (1990), Campion (1990) and The Black Velvet Gown (1991).
Facts
Donald also wrote and illustrated fairytales for children (translated into 16 languages), and wrote hundreds of stories for the publication Robin (often featuring Tubby the Odd-Job Engine) and Honeytown Tales in the 1950 and 60s. Stephanie Nettell, in Twentieth Century Children's Writers, said of Donald's literary work: "Innocence is the essential quality of Bisset's work, a pure, shining, quite unselfconscious innocence that finds a delighted response in a small child's mind and has an extraordinary cleansing effect in an adult's. Of all the writers who protest that they write for only themselves, or the child within them, Bisset is one of the few I would believe." His best known creation was Yak, which was made into a cartoon series written and narrated by Donald in 1971.

Hannah Gordon (Kirsty) Born Apr 9 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kirsty in The Highlanders (1966-67)
Played: Voice of the Ship in Shada (2003, animation)
Career highlights
Hannah's career kicked off with Johnson Over Jordan (1965) and she has been a prolific performer since, appearing in David Copperfield (1966), Great Expectations (1967), Spring and Port Wine (1970), Hadleigh (1971), My Wife Next Door (1972), Upstairs, Downstairs (1974-75), Watership Down (1978), Telford's Change (1979), The Elephant Man (1980), Goodbye, Mr Kent (1982), My Family and Other Animals (1987), Joint Account (1989-90), Taggart (1993), Jonathan Creek (1998), Monarch of the Glen (2002), Heartbeat (2004), Made of Honor (2008), Moving On (2010), Hustle (2011) and Unforgotten (2015). Hannah's more recent claims to fame include being the one to kill Victor Meldrew in the last episode of sitcom One Foot in the Grave (2000) and the regular presenter of laid-back art series Watercolour Challenge (1998-2001).
Facts
Her first husband was cinematographer Norman Warwick, who worked on various horror films in the 1960s and 70s. In 1983 a shrub rose was bred and named after her. Here she is in a 1989 TV advert for Safeway.

Michael Elwyn (Algernon ffinch) Born Aug 23 1942
Career highlights
Other work includes The Flying Swan (1965), Public Inquiry (1967), The Avengers (1968), Doomwatch (1970-72, as Richard Duncan), The Regiment (1973), One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), The Mallens (1980), Rumpole of the Bailey (1983), The Winning Streak (1985), CATS Eyes (1987), War and Remembrance (1988-89), Selling Hitler (1991), Sam Saturday (1992), No Bananas (1996), This Life (1996-97), The Knock (2000), Bad Girls (2002-03, as Rev Henry Mills), Dirty Filthy Love (2004), Sharpe's Challenge (2006), Surveillance (2007), 10 Days to War (2008), Foyle's War (2010), The Tudors (2010), The Iron Lady (2011), Stella (2012), Da Vinci's Demons (2013) and Will (2017). He regularly played Edward in Robin Hood (2006-07).
Facts
Michael's partner is actress Alison Steadman. He was previously married to Rhodesian actor Naomi Buch, who died of a brain haemmorhage in 1996.

Peter Welch (Sergeant) Mar 30 1922 to Nov 20 1984
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sergeant in The Highlanders (1966-67)
Played: Morgan in The Android Invasion (1975)
Career highlights
His career began in Dial 999 (1955) and included The Admirable Crichton (1957), The House of the Seven Hawks (1959), Danger Man (1961), The Secret of Blood Island (1964), Callan (1969), Doomwatch (1970), Spy Trap (1972-75, as Clark), Law and Order (1978), Juliet Bravo (1982) and Enemies of the State (1983).

David Garth (Solicitor Grey) Apr 15 1921 to May 3 1988
Doctor Who credits
Played: Solicitor Grey in The Highlanders (1966-67)
Played: Time Lord in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Career highlights
Indian born David first appeared in George and Margaret (1946), then Busman's Honeymoon (1947) The Strange World of Planet X (1956), Emergency Ward 10 (1964, as Leon Dorsey), Detective (1964), The Baron (1967), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67), Special Branch (1969-70), The Avengers (1962/66/68), Nearest and Dearest (1971), General Hospital (1972-76, as Dr Matthew Armstrong), The Flaxton Boys (1973), Return of the Saint (1979), To the Manor Born (1980), Shine on Harvey Moon (1984-85) and A Month in the Country (1987).
Facts
David was married to actress Geraldine Newman, better known as Hilda in sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles. He was also a writer, having penned a handful of screenplays in the 1930s and 40s; his novel Fury at Furnace Creek was made into a film starring Victor Mature in 1948, and ten years earlier his story Four Men and a Prayer was made into a film by director John Ford and starring David Niven.

Sydney Arnold (Perkins) Feb 21 1900 to Aug 20 1993
Career highlights
Sydney's first credit was in Give Me the Stars (1945), and he went on to appear in Bardell Against Pickwick (1946), Emergency Ward 10 (1957), Maupassant (1963), Crossroads (1964), No Hiding Place (1966), The Beverly Hillbillies (1968), Canterbury Tales (1969), For the Love of Ada (1971), Love Thy Neighbour (1975), The Dick Emery Show (1979), Angels (1981), Never the Twain (1983/86), EastEnders (1986) and The Benny Hill Show (1986).
Facts
Sydney was apparently only 4ft 11in tall, which meant he worked an awful lot in comedy on stage and screen. He was also one of the founding fathers of British acting union Equity.

Tom Bowman (Sentry) Nov 14 1920 to Jan 8 1997
Career highlights
Tom's CV stems back to The Men of Sherwood Forest (1954) and includes The Steel Bayonet (1957), Village of the Damned (1960), I've Gotta Horse (1965), Circus of Fear (1966), Dixon of Dock Green (1967), The Troubleshooters (1971), C.O.D (1981) and As the World Turns (1985).
Facts
Tom, who moved to the US in 1975, also dubbed films, recorded books and made radio commentaries.

Dallas Cavell (Captain Jebb Trask) Sep 19 1925 to Feb 15 1993
Doctor Who credits
Played: Roadworks overseer in The Reign of Terror (1964)
Played: Bors in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Captain Jebb Trask in The Highlanders (1966)
Played: Quinlan in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Head of security in Castrovalva (1982)
Career highlights
Dallas (real first name Norman) debuted in The Voodoo Factor (1960), then Maigret (1961), The Avengers (1963), Crossroads (1964), The Caesars (1968), Brett (1971), The New Avengers (1976) and The Pickwick Papers (1985).
Facts
Dallas also worked as a bingo caller in London for a time.

Barbara Bruce (Mollie) July 26 1898 to Apr 20 1973
Doctor Who credits
Played: Woman tourist in The Chase (1965, uncredited)
Played: Mollie in The Highlanders (1966-67)
Career highlights
Other credits include The Face of the Smiling Widow (1957), The Citadel (1960), Two-a-Penny (1970) and For the Love of Ada (1970).

Andrew Downie (Willie Mackay) May 26 1922 to Apr 15 2009
Career highlights
Andrew debuted in The Maggie (1954), then Tunes of Glory (1960), Coronation Street (1965), Miss Mactaggart Won't Lie Down (1966), The Borderers (1970), Upstairs, Downstairs (1972), Spy Story (1976), The Professionals (1978), Crown Court (1984), Soft Top Hard Shoulder (1993) and Monarch of the Glen (2005).
Facts
Andrew was also involved in laboratory field trials for penicillin in the 1940s in Edinburgh, and in the 1950s played rugby union for Wasps and London Scottish. Between 1967-86 he was director of opera at Morley College, London, and in the 1970s acted as singing advisor for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Peter Diamond (Sailor) Aug 10 1929 to Mar 27 2004 (stroke)
Doctor Who credits
Stunts: The Daleks (1964, uncredited), The Rescue (1965, uncredited), The Daemons (1971, uncredited)
Fight arranger: The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Romans (1965), The Space Museum (1965), The Chase (1965), The Highlanders (1966-67), The Evil of the Daleks (1967), The War Games (1969), The Daemons (1971)
Played: Delos in The Romans (1965)
Played: Morok technician/ guard in The Space Museum (1965)
Played: Sailor in The Highlanders (1966-67)
Played: Davis in The Ice Warriors (1967)
Played: Extra in The Enemy of the World (1967-68, uncredited)
Played: Double for Dr Who/ Salamander in The Enemy of the World (1967-68, uncredited)
Played: Confederate horseman in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Alien guard in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Career highlights
Peter was one of the most prolific stuntmen in the UK, starting out on The Three Musketeers (1954), followed by The Gordon Honour (1955-56), The Cabin in the Clearing (1959), Ghost Squad (1963), Children of the Damned (1964), Carry On Cleo (1964), Alfie (1966), Follyfoot (1971), Star Wars (1977), Poldark (1977), Return of the Saint (1978-79), Dick Turpin (1979), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Superman II (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Return of the Jedi (1983), Lifeforce (1985), Superman IV (1987), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), TECX (1990), Zorro (1990-93, some episodes of which he also directed), Highlander (1992-93), Hamish Macbeth (1995-96), One Foot in the Grave (1996), Oktober (1998), Monarch of the Glen (2002) and Heartbeat (1996-2004), as well as a great many James Bond and Hammer films.
Facts
Peter learnt his craft from Hollywood action man Errol Flynn. He will be remembered by a generation of Star Wars fans as the Tusken Raider who attacks Luke in the original film, as well as the man who devised the definitive method of handling a light saber! He died returning home to Durham from Yorkshire after being on the set of the drama Heartbeat as its stunt coordinator (aged 74!).

Guy Middleton (Colonel Attwood) Dec 14 1907 to Jul 30 1973 (effects of a heart attack)
Career highlights
Guy's extensive career began with Two Hearts in Harmony (1935) and included The Gay Adventure (1936), Keep Fit (1937), French Without Tears (1940), Dangerous Moonlight (1941), Night Boat to Dublin (1946), The Third Visitor (1951), The Belles of St Trinian's (1954), A Yank in Ermine (1955), Hancock's Half Hour (1957), Educating Archie (1959), What Every Woman Wants (1962), Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) and The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970).
Facts
Guy originally worked on London's Stock Exchange before going into acting, and cornered the market in bounders and cads in the 1940s and 50s. His wife was burlesque actress Anita Arden, who appeared in musical revues in the US and Europe during World War Two, and with Gypsy Rose Lee. Guy retired from acting after suffering a heart attack, aged 63, in late 1970.

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Elwyn Jones (writer - although commissioned to write this story, he in fact carried out no work on it, and it was written instead by Gerry Davis) May 4 1923 to May 19 1982
Career highlights
Elwyn's other writing credits include BBC Sunday Night Theatre (1959), The Spies (1966), The Revenue Men (1967), Gazette (1968), Parkin's Patch (1969), Doomwatch (1970), Brett (1971), Jack the Ripper (1973), Barlow (1971-75), Second Verdict (1976), Murder by Decree (1979) and The Deep Concern (1979). He also produced the series Corrigan Blake in 1962. Elwyn, who helped create the long-running police series Z Cars and its spin-offs Softly Softly: Task Force (1970) and Barlow (1971), as well as Parkin's Patch (1969), was Head of Drama Series at the BBC (1963-66) and submitted The Highlanders to Doctor Who when he returned to freelance writing in 1966.
Facts
In the 1950s he was a journalist on the Radio Times, and he returned to journalism in later life, working for the Western Mail in his native South Wales, and the Sunday Telegraph. Elwyn won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his book The Last Two to Hang (1966) in which he chronicled the story of Peter Anthony Allen and Gwynne Owen Evans, the last men to be hanged in Britain. Aberdare Boys' School has a lovely tribute page to Elwyn here.

Gerry Davis (script editor and writer) 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.

Hugh David (director) Jul 17 1925 to Sep 11 1987
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Highlanders (1966-67), Fury from the Deep (1968)
Career highlights
Hugh originally started as an actor in series such as The Buccaneers (1956) and Knight Errant Limited (1960-61, as Stephen Drummond) until he moved behind the cameras to direct Compact (1962), Swizzlewick (1964), Christ Recrucified (1969), Doomwatch (1970), Jude the Obscure (1971), Cranford (1972), The Pallisers (1974), Beryl's Lot (1975), Rooms (1977), The Clifton House Mystery (1978), Grange Hill (1981) and Sophia and Constance (1988). He was also producer on Dominic and Boy Dominic (1976).
Facts
Hugh was offered the lead role of the Doctor in 1963 by unofficial producer Rex Tucker, but turned it down as he didn't want to get involved with another long-running series so soon after leaving Knight Errant (see the face of the alternative First Doctor here!). He was originally offered The Underwater Menace to direct, but turned it down, saying the serial could not be produced on the allocated budget! His wife was the actress Wendy Williams, who played Vira in Doctor Who's The Ark in Space (1975).

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.

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2 comments:

  1. It should be 'and As' not 'as As' on TOM BOWMAN.

    You'll need to make the first f on Ffinch capital on MICHAEL ELWYN.

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    1. In this instance, ffinch is correct. It is an archaic spelling of Finch dating back to the days of early printing when any letter S that preceded a vowel was printed as a modern f, which meant that the way to type a capital F became ff. It is very rarely used in modern times, and if it is it's only by the upper classes. Back in the 18th century, Algernon ffinch may well have thought of himself as such!

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