Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Tenth Planet

Farewell to the original...
Four episodes (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4)
First broadcast Oct 8 to 29 1966
Average audience for serial: 6.75m
  • A pictorial guide to the guest cast is at the bottom of this entry

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.

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.

Robert Beatty (General Cutler) Oct 19 1909 to Mar 3 1992 (pneumonia)
Career highlights
Highly prolific actor who first appeared in Footsteps in the Sand (1939), then One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942), It Happened One Sunday (1944), Captain Horatio Hornblower RN (1951), The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships (1954), Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957), The Amorous Prawn (1962), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Where Eagles Dare (1968), Man at the Top (1972), The Gathering Storm (1974), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Blake's 7 (1978), The Martian Chronicles (1980), Superman III (1983), Labyrinth (1986), Superman IV (1987) and The Return of Sam McCloud (1989). He also had a regular role as DI Mike Maguire in Dial 999 (1958-59).
Canadian Robert's very early career began on BBC radio, famously reporting eyewitness accounts of the London Blitz for the Overseas News Service during the war. He also provided the voice for private eye Philip Odell in a long-running series for the BBC Light Programme between 1947-61, and in the 1960s and 70s provided the voiceover for various film trailers, including Where Eagles Dare, Doctor Zhivago and Zulu.

Dudley Jones (Dyson) Dec 26 1914 to Nov 10 1990
Career highlights
Dudley's earliest acting credit was in The Policeman's Serenade (1937), followed by The Wooing of Anne Hathaway (1938), Once a Jolly Swagman (1949), Robin Hood (1953, playing Much), Treasure Island (1957), Friends and Neighbours (1959), Undermind (1965), The Virgin Soldiers (1969), Doomwatch (1970), The Hole in the Wall (1972), Rentaghost (1976), Dickens of London (1976), Yes, Honestly (1977), Rosie (1978), Shine on Harvey Moon (1982) and Summer Season (1985).
Dudley was a tenor as well as an actor.

David Dodimead (Barclay) Apr 8 1919 to Nov 1 1996
Career highlights
David debuted in The Comedy of Errors (1956), followed by roles in Hamlet (1959), Paul of Tarsus (1960), Mystery and Imagination: Lost Hearts (1966), The Beast in the Cellar (1970), The Mikado (1972), Fall of Eagles (1974), Penmarric (1979) and Jane Eyre (1983).

Alan White (Schultz) 1924 to Oct 4 2013
Career highlights
Debuted in Into the Straight (1949), then No Time for Tears (1957), Shake hands with the Devil (1959), Sierra Nine (1963), The World Ten Times Over (1963), Girl in the Headlines (1963), The Prisoner (1967), The Troubleshooters (1969), The Hanged Man (1975) and Tumbledown (1988). He also enjoyed regular roles as Charley Wood in The Flying Doctor (1959) and Leading Seaman White in Tell It to the Marines (1959-60).

Earl Cameron (Williams) Born Aug 8 1917
Career highlights
Bermuda-born Earl made his screen debut in Pool of London (1951), then took roles in Simba (1955), Safari (1956), Odongo (1956), White Hunter (1957), Killers of Kilimanjaro (1959), The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962), Emergency Ward 10 (1962), Guns at Batasi (1964), Thunderball (1965), Battle Beneath the Earth (1967), Jackanory (1971), The Zoo Gang (1974), Cuba (1979), Lovejoy (1994), Neverwhere (1996), Maisie Raine (1998), Waking the Dead (2003), The Interpreter (2005), The Queen (2006), Inception (2010) and Up on the Roof (2013).
2009: Commander of the order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to drama
Earl was one of the first black actors to break the colour bar in acting. In 2012 Earl had a theatre named in his honour in Hamilton, Bermuda, and in 2013 he was awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Warwick.

Shane Shelton (Tito) c.1944 to Feb 15 2015
Career highlights
After debuting in Doctor Who, Irish-born Shane's further work included Z Cars (1967), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Under Milk Wood (1972), The Protectors (1974) and Marked Personal (1974).
There's a remarkable video on YouTube of an inebriated Shane arguing with British comic Vic Reeves at the Gumball 3000 rally in 2012.

John Brandon (American sergeant) Jun 21 1929 to Aug 25 2014
Career highlights
Debuted in The Dakotas (1963), then Battle Beneath the Earth (1967), Billion Dollar Brain (1967), Isadora (1968), Gunsmoke (1969), Serpico (1973), Wonder Woman (1976), Fun with Dick and Jane (1977), Little House on the Prairie (1977), All in the Family (1977), The Bionic Woman (1977), Fantasy Island (1980), Archie Bunker's Place (1981), Knots Landing (1981), Knight Rider (1982), Voyagers! (1982), Scarface (1983), Murder, She Wrote (1985), Tales from the Darkside (1986), The Bold and the Beautiful (1990), The Wonder Years (1991), Frasier (1993), Melrose Place (1998), Charmed (2005) and Private Practice (2007). John may be best recognised from playing Detective Walsh in Hill Street Blues (1981-82), Zeus in Airwolf (1984-86) and Captain William Handler in Dynasty (1988-89).
John was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the US Army between 1952-54.

Steve Plytas (Wigner) Jan 9 1913 to Dec 27 1994
Career highlights
Born in Turkey, Steve made his earliest appearance on screen in The Schirmer Inheritance (1957), followed by roles in Passport to Shame (1958), Interpol Calling (1960), Biggles (1960), The World of Tim Frazer (1960), Coronation Street (1961), Richard the Lionheart (1962), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), The Avengers (1963/66), The Forsyte Saga (1967), Theatre of Death (1967), And Mother Makes Three (1971), Ooh... You Are Awful (1972), Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width (1973), Sex Play (1974), Fawlty Towers (1975), Devenish (1977), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), Carry On Emmannuelle (1978), The Bitch (1979), The History Man (1981), Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (1984), Superman IV (1987), Batman (1989), Goldeneye (1989) and The Gravy Train (1990).

Christopher Matthews (Radar technician)
Career highlights
After debuting in Doctor Who, Christopher's further work included playing Lee Monkhouse in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1967), Dr Robert Duncan in Freewheelers (1968) as well as roles in Some Like It Sexy (1969), Scream and Scream Again (1970), Scars of Dracula (1970), Blind Terror (1971), Moody and Pegg (1975), Alien Attack (1976), Minder (1984), Countdown to War (1989), The Bill (1991), Dead Romantic (1993), All in the Game (1993), Casualty (1995), Invasion: Earth (1998), Rosemary and Thyme (2006) and Doctors (2007).

Reg Whitehead (Krail and Jarl) Dec 11 1932 to Mar 11 2016
Doctor Who credits
Played: Krail in The Tenth Planet (1966)
Played: Jarl in The Tenth Planet (1966)
Played: Cyberman in The Moonbase (1967), The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Played: Yeti in The Abominable Snowmen (1967)
Career highlights
After debuting in Z Cars (1963), Reg went on to appear in The Power Game (1966), Counterstrike (1969), Hardy Heating Company (1970) and Bachelor Father (1971).
In The Tomb of the Cybermen, a character mentions "Whitehead logic", which could refer to computer logic pioneer Alfred North Whitehead, or indeed Reg! In the 1970s Reg invested in the manufacture of executive toys such as the Newton's Cradle, and made a good living from it, especially when they sold to America. In later years Reg helped found the Finders Keepers Partnership, which owns and breeds race horses.

Harry Brooks (Talon and Krang) Feb 16 1936 to Oct 25 2008
Career highlights
Debuted in Quatermass II (1955), then The Spies (1966), The Quiller Memorandum (1966), The Dirty Dozen (1967), Eyeless in Gaza (1971), Dial M for Murder (1974) and Hanover Street (1979).

Gregg Palmer (Shav and Gern)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Shav in The Tenth Planet (1966)
Played: Gern in The Tenth Planet (1966)
Played: Lieutenant Lucke in The War Games (1969)
Gregg had roles in the final stories of both the First and Second Doctors, which puts him in a very small club of people who appear in two different Doctors' regeneration stories (there are others, such as Patrick Troughton, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, David Tennant, Billie Piper, John Barrowman and Matt Smith). Gregg - born Donald van der Maaten - is often confused with the American actor of the same stage name, but they are different performers. Unfortunately, unlike his Stateside counterpart, Gregg's CV is very short (in fact, just Doctor Who!).

Ellen Cullen (Geneva technician)
This is Ellen's only known credit.

Glenn Beck (TV announcer) Born Jun 1 1935
Career highlights
Canadian Glenn's other work includes The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll (1960), Dr Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Sex Play (1974), The Littlest Hobo (1980), The Gunfighters (1987), Dark Corners (2006), National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) and Hit the Big Time (2011).
In 2017 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Glenn here.

Peter Hawkins (Cyberman 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).
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.

Roy Skelton (Cyberman voice) Jul 20 1931 to Jun 8 2011 (pneumonia following a stroke)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Monoids in The Ark (1966)
Played: Voice of the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet (1966), The Wheel in Space (1968)
Played: Control technician in The Tenth Planet (1966, uncredited)
Played: Voice of the Daleks in The Evil of the Daleks (1967), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Destiny of the Daleks (1979), The Five Doctors (1983), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Computer voice in The Ice Warriors (1967)
Played: Voice of the Krotons in The Krotons (1968-69)
Played: Norton in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Wester in Planet of the Daleks (1973)
Played: James in The Green Death (1973)
Played: Chedaki in The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: King Rokon in The Hand of Fear (1976)
He also performed Dalek voices for the Comic Relief spoof The Curse of Fatal Death (1999)
Career highlights
As a specialist voice artist, Roy also provided voices for A Rubovian Legend (1958-59), Out of the Unknown (1967) and Ghosts of Albion (2003-04). Roy's most famous voices, apart from the Daleks, were for Zippy and George in the children's series Rainbow (1973-92), for which he also wrote over 25 scripts.

Christopher Dunham (R/T technician) Born Jan 16 1938
Career highlights
After debuting in Doctor Who, Christopher's other work included The Power Game (1969), Hine (1971) and The Protectors (1973).
Christopher gave up acting and in 1975 became artistic director of the Palace Theatre in Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex. However, his 24-year connection with the theatre was to end badly when he and 40 other staff lost their jobs when the cash-strapped venue closed in March 1999. In November 1999 Christopher won an employment tribunal after he claimed he had been unfairly dismissed. The theatre re-opened in December 1999, with actor Roy Marsden as artistic director. Christopher's wife is actress June Watson.

Callen Angelo (Terry Cutler) Oct 24 1939 to Apr 2000
Career highlights
Other work includes The Pistol (1965), Court Martial (1966), The Troubleshooters (1966) and the regular role of American GI Gary Strauss in soap Coronation Street (1967-70).


Gerry Davis (writer and 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.

Kit Pedler (writer) Jun 11 1927 to May 27 1981 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The War Machines (1966, came up with the story idea), The Tenth Planet (1966), The Moonbase (1967), The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), The Wheel in Space (1968, came up with the story idea), The Invasion (1968, came up with the story idea)
Career highlights
Kit also had writing credits on Doomwatch (1970) and its 1972 big screen spin-off. Kit trained as a doctor and surgeon, and was awarded a Ph.D for his research into the causes of infant blindness and became a senior lecturer at the Institute of Ophthalmology, part of the University of London, where he studied the function of the retina and was one of the pioneers in electron microscopy. In the mid-1960s Kit became Doctor Who's science fiction advisor, helping add factual weight to the scientific ideas in the series, and was also a contributor to science series Horizon and Tomorrow's World.
In the 1970s, Kit became an advocate for alternative technology and energy supplies which did not create irreversible or damaging pollution; he rejected harmful or wasteful products generated by modern industrial society. This led to his 1979 book The Quest for Gaia. The day after the third episode of Mind Over Matter - his documentary series on psychics and the paranormal - was transmitted, Kit was found dead in the conservatory of his home in Kent. His daughter is novelist Carol Topolski, writer of Monster Love and Do No Harm.
Note: This biog has been put together with the kind personal involvement of Kit's biographer, Michael Seely, who was determined to dispel some common myths about Dr Pedler. He says: "One of the reasons I wrote his life story was because of the misinformation out there about his life and achievements." Thanks Michael!

Derek Martinus (director) Apr 4 1931 to Mar 27 2014 (Alzheimer's Disease)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Galaxy 4 (1965), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Tenth Planet (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967), The Ice Warriors (1967), Spearhead from Space (1970).
Career highlights
After appearing as an extra in Carry on Sergeant in 1958, Derek first directed the soap United! (1965) and also worked on The Expert (1969), Crown Court (1974), Angels (1975-76), The Paper Lads (1977), Blake's 7 (1979), Penmarric (1979), Spearhead (1978-81) and Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest (1985). He also adapted and directed Vargen (1984).
In his later years Derek was heavily involved with the Chiswick Pier Trust, of which he was a director.

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.

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