Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Underwater Menace

Lords of the dance: the Fish People
Four episodes (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4)
First broadcast Dec 17 1966 to Jan 7 1967
Average audience for serial: 7.48m
  • A guide to the guest cast is at the bottom of this entry

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.

Catherine Howe (Ara) Born May 17 1950
Career highlights
Catherine's other work includes Undermind (1965), Z Cars (1971), Private Road (1971) and Can You Keep It Up for a Week? (1975).
What Cathy did next... In 1971 Catherine recorded an album called What a Beautiful Place, but just before its release, the record company went bust, and the music remained largely unheard until its belated release in 2007. However, Catherine's singing career did not fade, and she went on to become a successful folk singer-songwriter, albeit one often regarded as overlooked ("Catherine Howe was a Kate Bush before her time" - Observer, 2007). In 1975 she released her second album Harry, the title song from which won an Ivor Novello Award, and was also seen singing during the opening credits of the film Can You Keep It Up for a Week?. Her 1976 album Silent Mother Nature won the Sunday Times' Folk Album of the Year. In 1977 Catherine produced and sang the songs for the BBC series That's Life! She also worked with Ennio Morricone and Piero Piccioni. In the 1980s Catherine's singing career came to an end, but was revived again in 2002 with her fifth album, Princelet Street. In 2012, having secured a first class degree in history and religion through the Open University, Catherine wrote a book on the life of the 19th century secularist George Holyoake. A second book followed, Halifax 1842: A Year of Crisis (2014), about the history of her hometown of Halifax.

Tom Watson (Ramo) Mar 21 1932 to Aug 18 2001 (cancer)
Career highlights
Debuting in The Chertsey Apprentice (1956), then Kenilworth (1957), Kidnapped (1963), Martin Chuzzlewit (1964), The Flying Swan (1965), Spindoe (1968), Take Three Girls (1969), Brett (1971), The New Road (1973), The Ghosts of Motley Hall (1977), The Standard (1978), The Nightmare Man (1981), Taggart (1983/85), Prime Suspect 2 (1992), Highlander (1994), Cardiac Arrest (1994-95), Hamish Macbeth (1997), All Along the Watchtower (1999), Brotherly Love (2000) and Two Thousand Acres of Sky (2001).
Tom had been a heavy drinker in the 1970s, but gave up alcohol in 1979 and his career found renewed life. In 1997 he produced an anthology of poetry entitled Dark Whistle. Here's a 1989 interview with Tom from Scottish Television.

Peter Stephens (Lolem) Jan 3 1920 to Sep 17 1972
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyril in The Celestial Toymaker (1966)
Played: Knave of Hearts in The Celestial Toymaker (1966)
Played: Kitchen boy in The Celestial Toymaker (1966)
Played: Lolem in The Underwater Menace (1967)
Career highlights
Further appearances were in No Other Verdict (1955), The Count of Monte Cristo (1956), Fair Game (1958), Oliver Twist (1962), Martin Chuzzlewit (1964), Danger Man (1966), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Herostratus (1967), The Avengers (1969), Z Cars (1971), Doctor in Charge (1972) and Arthur of the Britons (1973).

Colin Jeavons (Damon) Born Oct 20 1929
Doctor Who credits
Played: Damon in The Underwater Menace (1967)
Played: George Tracey in K9 & Company (1981)
Career highlights
Colin debuted in Nom-de-Plume (1956), then appeared in The Black Arrow (1958), The Life and Death of Sir John Falstaff (1959), Great Expectations (1959), Bleak House (1959), David Copperfield (1966), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), The Oblong Box (1969), Doomwatch (1971), Billy Liar (1973-74, as Shadrack), Schizo (1976), The Fuzz (1977), The Old Curiosity Shop (1979-80), The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981), Kinvig (1981), Great Expectations (1981), Jane Eyre (1983), Bleak House (1985), Absolute Beginners (1986), Blackeyes (1989), The Blackheath Poisonings (1992) and The Man Who Cried (1993). He may be best remembered as the wily Tim Stamper in the political thriller House of Cards (1990) and its sequel To Play the King (1993). Colin also presented the children's series Play School for a time in the late 1960s.
Colin's son Barney was manager of the heavy metal band Reuben, and in 2007 Colin came out of retirement to appear (with full bushy beard) in the video for the band's single Blood, Bunny, Larkhall.

Joseph Furst (Professor Zaroff) Feb 13 1916 to Nov 29 2005
Career highlights
Prolific Viennese-born actor who debuted on screen in Encounter (1953), followed by Counter-Attack! (1960), Ghost Squad (1961), 55 Days at Peking (1963), The High Bright Sun (1964), Theatre of Death (1967), Hammerhead (1968), Goodbye Gemini (1970), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Luke's Kingdom (1976), A Country Practice (1982), Special Squad (1984) and Tusitala (1986).
Joseph originally studied in law before becoming an actor.

Gerald Taylor (Damon's assistant) Oct 11 1940 to Dec 4 1994
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), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967)
Played: Zarbi in The Web Planet (1965)
Played: Voice of WOTAN in The War Machines (1966)
Played: War Machines in The War Machines (1966)
Played: Damon's assistant in The Underwater Menace (1967)
Played: Baker's man in The Daemons (1971)
Played: Vega Nexos in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Career highlights
Gerald's acting career began in Thorndyke (1964), followed by St Ives (1967), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), The Sex Thief (1974) and Moody and Pegg (1974).

Graham Ashley (Overseer) Apr 26 1927 to Oct 30 1979
Career highlights
Graham debuted in The Pickwick Papers (1952), followed by roles in Stryker of the Yard (1957), The Tell-Tale Heart (1960), The Young Detectives (1963), Danger Man (1966), Steptoe and Son (1970), Billy Liar (1974), Churchill's People (1975), Porridge (1974-75), Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976), Holding On (1977), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977), Scorpion Tales (1978), Adventures of a Plumber's Mate (1978) and Licensed to Love and Kill (1978). The roles he will be most remembered for, however, are Tommy Hughes in Z Cars (1958-62), Mr Garfield in Grange Hill (1979) and the small but remembered part of Gold Five (aka Pops and Davish Krail) in Star Wars (1977).

Tony Handy (Zaroff's guard) Born Jul 2 1934
Career highlights
Tony also had roles in United! (1966), The Three Musketeers (1966-67), The White Rabbit (1967), The Informer (1967) and All Gas and Gaiters (1969).
Tony later moved into public relations.

Paul Anil (Jacko)
Career highlights
Paul's other work includes It Happened Like This (1963), The Avengers (1963), The Troubleshooters (1968), Juliet Bravo (1981), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), A Passage to India (1984) and The Bill (1988).

P G Stephens (Sean) 1923 to May 13 2014
Career highlights
Debuted in Pat's Private Angels (1957), followed by The Exiles (1959), The Secret Kingdom (1960), Our Man at St Mark's (1964), A Farewell to Arms (1966), The Newcomers (1967), The Liver Birds (1971), Once Upon a Time (1973), I Didn't Know You Cared (1978), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1983), The Doctor and the Devils (1985), Only Fools and Horses (1986), Ticket to Ride (1989) and The Bill (1995).
The "P G" stood for Patrick Gerard.

Noel Johnson (Thous) Dec 28 1916 to Oct 1 1999
Doctor Who credits
Played: Thous in The Underwater Menace (1967)
Played: Charles Grover MP in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Career highlights
Debuted in Highly Dangerous (1950), then Appointment with Venus (1951), Ivanhoe (1958), An Age of Kings (1960), The Spread of the Eagle (1963), It's a Woman's World (1964), David Copperfield (1966), The Golden Age (1967),Husbands and Lovers (1970), Fraud Squad (1970), Colditz (1972), Warship (1974), Frightmare (1974), Oil Strike North (1975), Shadows (1978), Buccaneer (1980), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Harry's Game (1982), Withnail & I (1987), Inspector Morse (1990) and A Touch of Frost (1997). Noel was the first actor to play sleuth Dick Barton in the BBC radio series (1946-49), a role he reprised for the BBC's jubilee celebrations in 1972. He also voiced Dan Dare for Radio Luxembourg between 1951-56, and on TV played J M Osborne in A for Andromeda (1961) and The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962).

Roma Woodnutt (Nola) Aug 15 1925 to Nov 17 1997
This is Roma's only known acting credit, although it is known that prior to her death she worked for the Society of Authors, in particular alongside the estate of George Bernard Shaw.

Ralph Watson (Technician) Born Jan 20 1936
Doctor Who credits
Played: Technician in The Underwater Menace (1967)
Played: Captain Knight in The Web of Fear (1968)
Played: Ettis in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Played: Ben in Horror of Fang Rock (1977)
Career highlights
His first credit was Front Page Story (1965), then The Three Musketeers (1966), The Anniversary (1968), Barlow at Large (1973), Edward the Seventh (1975), Battle of the Sexes (1976), When the Boat Comes In (1976), Dave Allen At Large (1976-78), Hazell (1979), One By One (1985), Prospects (1986), Boon (1989), Spender (1992), The Glass Virgin (1995), Shooting Fish (1997), A Soldier's Tunic (2004) and Casualty (2007).
In the early 1980s Ralph worked as a teacher in London. Here he is, on Twitter!
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Ralph here.


Geoffrey Orme (writer) Jun 10 1904 to Jan 21 1978
Career highlights
Geoffrey's screenwriting career began with 1936's Sunshine Ahead, followed by Talking Feet (1937), Let the People Sing (1942), The Last Load (1953), Ivanhoe (1958), The Avengers (1963), No Hiding Place (1965) and The Long Duel (1967). However, he might be best remembered for writing several Old Mother Riley films between 1941-43.

Julia Smith (director) May 26 1927 to Jun 19 1997 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Smugglers (1966), The Underwater Menace (1967)
Career highlights
Julia's directing career began with soap Compact in 1962, after which she worked on Suspense (1962), Swizzlewick (1964), The Newcomers (1965), The Railway Children (1968), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1963-69), Z Cars (1971-74), Angels (1976-76), Katy (1976), EastEnders (1985-88) and Civvy Street (1988). While becoming a respected director she also worked as producer on many of the same shows, as well as The District Nurse (1984-87) and Medics (1990). Along with Tony Holland, she also helped create the BBC soaps EastEnders in 1985 (which she also produced 1985-89) and Eldorado (1992-93). On top of all that, she also wrote, predominantly for EastEnders but also The District Nurse.

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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