Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Macra Terror

The Controller (Graham Leaman) struggles
with his lobster thermidor
Four episodes (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4)
First broadcast Mar 11 to Apr 1 1967
Average audience for serial: 8.20m


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).
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).
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.

Peter Jeffrey (Pilot) Apr 18 1929 to Dec 25 1999 (prostate cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Pilot in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: Count Grendel in The Androids of Tara (1978)
Career highlights
Prolific Peter was a familiar face on British TV, having started out aged just 15 in the short Sports Day (1944). He then went on to appear in The Castiglioni Brothers (1958), The Spread of the Eagle (1963), Becket (1964), The Plane Makers (1964-65), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), The Avengers (1966/67/68), If... (1968), Goodbye Gemini (1970), Countess Dracula (1971), The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971), Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972), Napoleon and Love (1974), Survivors (1975), Porridge (1975), The New Avengers (1976), Midnight Express (1978), Bognor (1981), One By One (1984-85), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), Chelworth (1989), The Detectives (1993), Lipstick on Your Collar (1993), Middlemarch (1994), Our Friends in the North (1996), The Moonstone (1997) and The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999).
Peter was one of the actors offered the role of the Doctor when William Hartnell vacated the role. His speech from the film If... ("Britain today is a powerhouse...") was sampled by pop group Dreadzone on their single Little Britain in 1995. His first wife was the actress Yvonne Bonnamy, with whom he had five children, including actor Victoria Jeffrey.

Terence Lodge (Medok) Born Nov 10 1936
Doctor Who credits
Played: Medok in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: Orum in Carnival of Monsters (1973)
Played: Moss in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
His CV also includes An Age of Kings (1960), The Avengers (1963/64), The Baron (1966), Germinal (1970), Jason King (1972), Barlow at Large (1975), Angels (1983), David Copperfield (1986), Hands of a Murderer (1990), The Bill (1995) and London's Burning (1995).
His birthname was Terence Ronald John Michael Stockting (incidentally, a Terence Stockting wrote a few episodes of TV soap Compact in 1964 - could that have been the same man?). Terence, who in 1959 wrote a stage play called Who's Who performed at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, briefly left the acting industry in the mid-1970s, but returned in the early 1980s. He finally retired in the late 1990s, reportedly after a negative experience on the soap Family Affairs.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Terence here.

Gertan Klauber (Ola) Mar 5 1932 to Aug 1 2008
Doctor Who credits
Played: Galley master in The Romans (1965)
Played: Ola in The Macra Terror (1967)
Career highlights
Gertan's lengthy career began in Assignment Foreign Legion (1957), then The Adventures of Ben Gunn (1958), The Big Pull (1962), Carry On Cleo (1964), Danger Man (1966), The Avengers (1969), The Goodies (1970), Carry On Henry (1971), Upstairs Downstairs (1974), Poldark (1977), Octopussy (1983), Blackadder the Third (1987), House of Cards (1990), The Famous Five (1997) and Red Cap (2003).
Czechoslavakian born Gertan was married to actress Gwendolyn Watts (sister of fellow actor Sally Watts), who appeared in three medical-themed Carry On films. They had two children, one of whom - Daniel - died before Gertan.

Graham Armitage (Barney) Apr 24 1936 to Mar 6 1999
Career highlights
Graham's other appearances include Without the Prince (1952), The Haunted House (1960), A Wedding (1961), Crossroads (1964), Mr Rose (1967-68), The Saint (1968), Six Dates with Barker (1971), The Devils (1971), The Boy Friend (1971), The Dick Emery Show (1969-74), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Open All Hours (1976), Flashpoint Africa (1984), Shaka Zulu (1987), Oddball Hall (1990), Fleshtone (1994), Kickboxer 5 (1995), Cry, the Beloved Country (1995), Hard to Forget (1998) and Alec to the Rescue (1999).
Graham moved to South Africa in 1973 and became closely associated with the Natal Performing Arts Council (now the Playhouse Company) in Durban. 

Ian Fairbairn (Questa) Aug 8 1930 to Dec 2 2014
Doctor Who credits
Played: Questa in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: Gregory in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Bromley in Inferno (1970)
Played: Dr Chester in The Seeds of Doom (1976)
Career highlights
Ian's career began with a 1960 episode of Scotland Yard, and then appeared in Emergency Ward 10 (1961-62), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), The Troubleshooters (1969), The Lotus Eaters (1973), The Professionals (1977/80), Dramarama (1986) and Last of the Summer Wine (1991). Self-confessed hoarder Ian, who played Dr Frazer in Timeslip between 1970-71, retained the only original Timeslip scripts known to exist!

Jane Enshawe (Sunnaa)
Also has credits in Crossroads (1964), Going to Work (1968) and Jamie, on a Flying Visit (1968). 

Sandra Bryant (Chicki) Born Sep 30 1945
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kitty in The War Machines (1966)
Played: Chicki in The Macra Terror (episode 1, 1967)
Career highlights
After starting out with an uncredited role as a schoolgirl in Carry On Teacher (1959), Sandra's other credits include Suspense (1963), Emergency Ward 10 (1967), Sat'day While Sunday (1967), Coronation Street (1969), Rogues' Gallery (1969), Special Branch (1969-70), Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973), On the Buses (1973), Billy Liar (1974), Not on Your Nellie (1975) and Breakaway (1980).
She played Chicki in episode 1 of The Macra Terror, but was released from her contract before the character's reappearance in episode 4, and replaced by Karol Keyes. In 1967-68 Sandra released two singles in the UK - Girl With Money and Out to Get You on the Major Minor label. Both are popular with collectors due to the soulbeat dance style, although neither were chart hits (having said that, they are damn good 1960s dance tunes!). In 1970 she married TV production designer and later film art director Terry Gough.

Karol Keyes (Chicki) Born Jun 18 1946
Doctor Who credits
Played: Chicki in The Macra Terror (episode 4, 1967)
Played: Sheila in Frontier in Space (1973 - as Luan Peters)
Career highlights
Karol (born Carol Hirsch) also appeared in Dixon of Dock Green (1967), The Caesars (1968) and Strange Report (1969), and after changing her name in 1970 (to Luan Peters, derived from a town in Russia, and the Hollywood actress Jean Peters), made further appearances in Lust for a Vampire (1971), On the Buses (1971), Man of Violence (1971), Coronation Street (1971), Albert! (1971), Twins of Evil (1971), The Flesh and Blood Show (1972), Vampira (1974), The Boys and Mrs B (1977), The Wildcats of St Trinian's (1980) and The Bill (1989/90). She also appeared as a Maid of the Month in several episodes of The Golden Shot (1971), and that same year took the lead role as an adventuring go-go girl in the 13-part series Go Girl aka Give Me a Ring Sometime or Passport to Murder, which was never shown on TV but episode one was later released on video. She also appeared as herself in episodes of Thank Your Lucky Stars (1964), The Beat Room (1964), Musikladen (1977) and Cannon and Ball (1980). She started out leading the band Carol Keyes and the Big Sound (aka The Fat Sound, but Karol made them change it to Big!) in 1964 with the single No One Can Take Your Place, and later appeared on Top of the Pops in 1975 singing I'm on Fire by fronting the band 5,000 Volts (miming to the vocals of Tina Charles!). She recorded various tracks throughout the 1960s and 70s, the last being the song Trouble from the soundtrack to the 1981 Australian sex comedy Pacific Banana (in which she appeared as Candy Bubbles). Luan's appearance in The Psychiatrist episode of Fawlty Towers (1979) has immortalised her as the busty lady Basil mistakes for a light-switch! A comprehensive summary of her career can be found here.

Maureen Lane (Drum majorette)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Brassy bar girl in The Gunfighters (1966, uncredited)
Played: Drum majorette in The Macra Terror (1967)
Career highlights
Further roles include Here I Come, Whoever I Am (1965), The Worker (1965), The World of Wooster (1966), A Farewell to Arms (1966), Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970), The Statue (1971) and Are You Being Served? (1975). 

Graham Leaman (Controller) Aug 9 1920 to Jun 14 1985 (multiple sclerosis)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Controller in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: Price in Fury from the Deep (1968)
Played: Grand Marshall in The Seeds of Death (1969)
Played: Time Lord in Colony in Space (1971), The Three Doctors (1972-73)
Career highlights
His earliest credit was in Where's Charley? (1952), then Before Your Very Eyes (1956), Great Scott, It's Maynard (1956), Hancock's Half Hour (1956-59), The Strange World of Gurney Slade (1960), Deadline Midnight (1961), Kenilworth (1967), The First Churchills (1969), Dead of Night (1972) and Father Brown (1974).
In 1943 Graham was on the selection panel for the formation of an entertainment troupe for 2 AGRA (Army Group Royal Artillery) in North Africa. Among those selected was comedian Spike Milligan. When the Battery Band held a reunion in 1983, Milligan noticed Graham's absence (due to him suffering from multiple sclerosis) and went to his home to transport him to the reunion. His brother John (Jack) was also an amateur actor.

Anthony Gardner (Alvis)
Career highlights
Anthony's earliest appearance was in Hamlet (1961), then Suspense (1962), Mysteries and Miracles (1965), Mister Ten Per Cent (1967), Codename (1970), Orde Wingate (1976), Warship (1977), Secret Army (1979), Blake's 7 (1980) and Twenty-One (1991).

Denis Goacher (Control voice) Jun 9 1925 to Apr 23 1998
Career highlights
Denis's other roles include Daughter of Darkness (1948), Arrow to the Heart (1952), St Ives (1960), playing Kurt Swendler in both City Beath the Sea (1962) and Secret Beneath the Sea (1963), Haunted (1967), Sexton Blake (1968), Special Branch (1970) and Dixon of Dock Green (1975). Denis was credited as Denis Gordon until 1951, and had a regular role as Tony in the sitcom Family Affairs (1949-50).
Denis was also a writer and poet and worked as secretary to fascist American poet Ezra Pound in the 1950s. In the 1980s Denis was living alone and in chronic health in Pimlico, where his spiritual home was Gordon's Wine Bar off Charing Cross Road. A plaque in his memory can be found in Gordon's on Villiers Street, London. He was married for a time to Margaret Vines, a leading actress in the West End in the 1920s and 30s who left her first husband to run away with Denis.

Richard Beale (Broadcaster voice) May 13 1920 to Mar 27 2017
Doctor Who credits
Played: Refusian voice in The Ark (1966)
Played: Bat Masterson in The Gunfighters (1966)
Played: Broadcaster in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: Minister of ecology in The Green Death (1973)
Career highlights
Richard's career began in The Battle of the River Plate (1956), followed by roles in Private Investigator (1958), Madame Bovary (1964), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1965), The Mating Machine (1970), Jude the Obscure (1971), Emmerdale Farm (1972), Special Branch (1974), Treasure Island (1977), Blake's 7 (1978), Secret Army (1979), Camille (1984), CATS Eyes (1985), The Tripods (1985), Return to Treasure Island (1986), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1990), EastEnders (1990-91), Lovejoy (1994), Family Money (1996), Down to Earth (2001) and Afterlife (2005). He also regularly played Edward Derwent in A Horseman Riding By (1978).
After leaving the Royal Navy, Richard worked for his father's print firm for a decade until becoming an actor. He retired from the profession in 2005, aged 85, but continued this love of sailing and racing single-handedly until he turned 90. In 2015 he released a memoir entitled One Man's War.

Robert Jewell (Macra 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).

John Harvey (Officia) Sep 27 1911 to Jul 19 1982
Doctor Who credits
Played: Professor Brett in The War Machines (1966)
Played: Officia in The Macra Terror (1967)
Career highlights
With a career starting in Moscow Nights (1935), John was prolific, and had roles in Dick Barton Strikes Back (1949), Stage Fright (1950), X: The Unknown (1956), Ivanhoe (1958), Invisible Man (1959), The Old Dark House (1963), The Plane Makers (1964-65), They Came from Beyond Space (1967), A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967), The Deadly Bees (1967), The Borderers (1970), Sykes (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973), Man About the House (1976), George and Mildred (1976), Rentaghost (1976), Edward and Mrs Simpson (1978), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1978) and The Racing Game (1979).

John Caesar (Guard) Jan 23 1926 to Jun 11 2000
Doctor Who credits
 Second man in market in The Romans (1965)
Played: Egyptian warrior in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66, uncredited)
Played: Monoid Four in The Ark (1966)
Played: Cowboy in The Gunfighters (1966, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: Pirate guard in The Space Pirates (1969, uncredited)
Played: CPO Myers in The Sea Devils (1972)
Played: R/T soldier in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Career highlights
John's first credit was in The Escape of RD7 (1961), then Maigret (1963), Bat Out of Hell (1966), No Hiding Place (1967), War and Peace (1972), The Legend of Robin Hood (1975), Janet and Company (1982) and The Bill (1989).

Steve Emerson (Guard) Born Oct 31 1934
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guard in The Macra Terror (1967), Revelation of the Daleks (1985, uncredited)
Played: Resistance man in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: UNIT soldier in The Claws of Axos (1971, uncredited)
Played: Retrograde in Frontios (1984, uncredited)
Career highlights
Steve debuted in Taxi! (1964), then Softly Softly (1966), Ransom for a Pretty Girl (1966), Germinal (1970), Man of Violence (1971), The Brothers (1972), Poldark (1975), Follow Me (1977), Robin's Nest (1981), The Nation's Health (1983), The Two Ronnies (1985), The Bill (1986), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1988), Dramarama (1989), Queen of Swords (2001), Shaun of the Dead (2004) and New Tricks (2005).

Terry Wright (Cheerleader)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cheerleader in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: White Robot in The Mind Robber (1968)
Career highlights
Further credits include An Enemy of the State (1965), Crossroads (1966), Callan (1972), You're On Your Own (1975) and Fox (1980).

Ralph Carrigan (Cheerleader) Nov 1 1933 to Apr 4 2007
Doctor Who credits
Played: Extra in The Myth Makers (1965, uncredited)
Played: Monoid in The Ark (1966)
Played: Cheerleader in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: White Robot in The Mind Robber (1968)
Played: Cyberman in The Invasion (1968)
Career highlights
Ralph's only other credit is a Wednesday Play (1965) and The Body Stealers (1969).

Danny Rae (Guard)
Career highlights
Further credits include A Tale of Two Cities (1965), David Copperfield (1966), Pianorama (1974), Sweeney 2 (1978) and The Perfect House (1981).

Roger Jerome (Cheerleader) Born Jul 3 1936
Career highlights
Roger's only other screen work was two episodes of Z Cars in 1968. Roger, who was a founder member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, was a college lecturer for 22 years, before moving to Ohio, USA in 1988 to become a theatre director, performer (principally as Charles Dickens) and workshop leader.


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).
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).

John Davies (director) Born Aug 20 1934
Career highlights
John's earliest directing job was Z Cars in 1962, followed by work on United! (1965), The First Lady (1968), The Woodlanders (1970), The Brothers (1972), War and Peace (1972-73), Clayhanger (1976), The Gentle Touch (1980), Cover Her Face (1985), Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987), Devices and Desires (1991), CI5: The New Professionals (1999) and The Bill (2000-02). He was also producer on shows such as Just William (1977), Maeve (1982), Mitch (1984), The Chief (1995) and The Rerun Show (2002), and turned his hand to adapting Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford novels for TV, penning a dozen between 1988-92.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with John here.

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).
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).
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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