Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Tomb of the Cybermen

You will be like us...
Four episodes (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4)
First broadcast Sep 2 to 23 1967
Average audience for serial: 6.75m

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.

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.

Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield) Jan 2 1948 to Jul 21 2017 (lung cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Victoria Waterfield in 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 (1967-68). Return appearance in Dimensions in Time (1993)
Career highlights
Debbie first appeared on TV at the age of 10 as Sally in 11 episodes of The Invisible Man (1958-59), then appeared in William Tell (1959), A Life of Bliss (1960), Alice in Wonderland (1965, as Alice), The Power Game (1966), This Man Craig (1966), Out of the Unknown (1966), Mister Misfit (1967), No Hiding Place (1967), Crime of Passion (1971), Doctor in Charge (1972), Arthur of the Britons (1973), That'll Be the Day (1973), Take Me High (1973), Electric Cinema (1975), A Roof Over My Head (1977), Rising Damp (1978), Lillie (1978), Accident (1979) and five editions of The Jim Davidson Show (1981). Other regular roles included Julie Robertson in 26 episodes of The Newcomers (1969) and Norma in Danger UXB (1979). She also reprised the role of Victoria Waterfield (alongside Nicholas Courtney's Brigadier, Elisabeth Sladen's Sarah Jane Smith and her father Jack as Professor Travers) in the fan spin-off production Downtime (1995).
Facts
Her father was actor Jack Watling, who appeared alongside her in the Doctor Who stories The Abominable Snowmen (1967) and The Web of Fear (1968), as well as spin-off Downtime (1995). In the early 1970s Debbie opened her own boutique. Her brother Giles may be best known as Oswald in sitcom Bread (1988-91), while her sister Dilys appeared in various light entertainment shows in the 1970s and 80s alongside the likes of Frankie Howerd, Morecambe and Wise and the Two Ronnies.

Roy Stewart (Toberman) May 15 1925 to Oct 27 2008 (heart disease)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Saracen warrior in The Crusade (1965, uncredited)
Played: Toberman in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Played: Strongman in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Career highlights
Jamaican Roy made his screen debut in The Mummy (1959), then On the Fiddle (1961), The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964), She (1965), Slave Girls (1967), The Avengers (1968), Carry On Up the Jungle (1970), Up Pompeii (1970), Twins of Evil (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), I, Claudius (1976), Rentaghost (1978), Arabian Adventure (1979) and Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective (1981).
Facts
Roy - 6ft 4in - arrived in the UK in the 1940s intent on becoming a doctor, but had his head turned by acting when he got into stuntwork. In 1954 he opened his own gym in North Kensington, London, one of the first to allow mixed race training and which boasted among its customers Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse (the gym also doubled as a late night drinking club, and by 1964 Roy had been convicted four times of operating without a liquor licence). In the 1960s he opened the Globe, a Caribbean restaurant and bar in Notting Hill, frequented by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. It was Roy who gave vital tips and encouragement to bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger to enter the Mr Universe title in London in 1969. There's a nice pictorial tribute to Roy here.

Aubrey Richards (Professor Parry) Jun 6 1920 to May 29 2000
Career highlights
Debuting in Women of Dolwyn (1949), Aubrey's long career went on to take in Time Without Pity (1957), The Davy Jones Saga (1959), Barbara in Black (1962), Emergency Ward 10 (1962), Sergeant Cork (1964), Davy Jones (1964), Undermind (1965), The Ipcress File (1965), It! (1967), The Avengers (1965/68), The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), Doomwatch (1970), Under Milk Wood (1972), Villains (1972), Sporting Scenes (1974), Carrie's War (1974), Piano Smashers of the Golden Sun (1975), How Green Was My Valley (1975-76), The Onedin Line (1979), Thomas and Sarah (1979), Travelling Man (1984), Cadfael (1994) and A Mind to Kill (1994).
Facts
Aubrey was married to successful stage manager Diana Boddington, a close colleague of Sir Laurence Olivier.

Cyril Shaps (John Viner) Oct 13 1923 to Jan 1 2003
Doctor Who credits
Played: John Viner in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Played: Lennox in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Professor Clegg in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Played: Archimandrite in The Androids of Tara (1978)
Career highlights
Prolific character actor Cyril's first credit was in 1955's The Vale of Shadows, followed by Quatermass II (1955), Miracle in Soho (1957), Follow That Horse! (1960), Supercar (1961-62, as the voices of Professor Popkiss and Masterspy), The Third Man (1965), Man in a Suitcase (1967), Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width (1967-70), Please Sir! (1971), The Liver Birds (1971-72), The Onedin Line (1971/73), Freewheelers (1973), Porridge (1975), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Holocaust (1978), Private Schulz (1981), The Young Ones (1982), Running Scared (1986), Dark Season (1991), The Madness of King George (1994), Our Mutual Friend (1998), Doctors (2000), Murder Rooms (2001), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) and The Pianist (2002).
Facts
Starting out as a child radio broadcaster at the age of 12, Cyril was also one of the voices of Mr Kipling in those "exceedingly good" cake commercials. One of Cyril's children was Simon Shaps, a sometime director of programmes for London Weekend Television and Granada.

Clive Merrison (Jim Callum) Born Sep 15 1945
Doctor Who credits
Played: Jim Callum in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Played: Deputy Chief Caretaker in Paradise Towers (1987)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Clive's first TV credit, after which he appeared in Frontier (1968), Counterstrike (1969), Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972), The Glittering Prizes (1976), A Christmas Carol (1977), Prince Regent (1979), The Borgias (1981), Maybury (1981), The Kit Curran Radio Show (1984), Shine on Harvey Moon (1984-85), The District Nurse (1987), The Labours of Erica (1989-90), Chancer (1990), Heavenly Creatures (1994), Space Precinct (1995), The Tomorrow People (1995), An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), The English Patient (1996), Lexx (2001), The Brief (2004-05), The History Boys (2006), Monday Monday (2009), Peep Show (2010), Bert & Dickie (2012), Lewis (2014), The Lady in the Van (2015), Midsomer Murders (2003/2016) and Comedy Shorts: Smutch (2016). He also had the role of Damien Appleby in The Kit Curran Radio Show (1984) and Kit Curran (1986).
Facts
Clive played the role of Sherlock Holmes on BBC Radio against Michael Williams and Andrew Sachs as Watson more than 75 times between 1989-98 and 2002, 2004 and 2008-10, and is the only actor ever to play the detective in all of Conan Doyle's stories. Until she died in 2003, Clive was married to the actor Gillian Barge. Here he is on Twitter.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Clive here.

Shirley Cooklin (Kaftan) Born Mar 3 1930
Career highlights
Shirley debuted in Stage By Stage (1954), then The Children of the New Forest (1955), Leave It to Todhunter (1958), This Man Craig (1966), The Tyrant King (1968), Macbeth (1970) and Public Eye (1973). She was also a scriptwriter on the likes of Knockback (1984), The Bill (1989) and Emmerdale (1990).
Facts
Shirley married Doctor Who story editor/ producer Peter Bryant in 1958, but they later divorced. She is also credited as having written the 1989 book From Arrest to Release: The Inside/ Outside Survival Guide.

George Roubicek (Captain Hopper) Born May 25 1935
Career highlights
Austrian born George made his screen debut in The One That Got Away (1957), followed by roles in Maigret (1961), Badger's Bend (1963), The Baron (1966), Billion Dollar Brain (1967), You Only Live Twice (1967), Department S (1969), Dad's Army (1971), Tightrope (1972), Star Wars (1977), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Bergerac (1981), Mr Palfrey of Westminster (1985), Soldier Soldier (1993) and The Infiltrator (1995). He has also worked as an English translator for various foreign language productions, such as Lupin the Third: The Secret of Mamo (1978), Asterix and the Big Fight (1989) and X (1996), and in 2004 directed the dubbing of 13 episodes of the English language version of the Japanese TV series Monkey which hadn't been adapted in the 1970s (George had also been involved in a minor role in the dubbing of 39 of the original episodes in 1979).

George Pastell (Eric Klieg) Mar 13 1923 to Apr 4 1976 (heart attack)
Career highlights
Cypriot George (born Nino Pastellides) made his debut in Adam and Evalyn (1949), and then took roles in The Gambler and the Lady (1952), Destination Downing Street (1957), Battle of the V-1 (1958), The Mummy (1959), Interpol Calling (1959-60), Konga (1961), Maniac (1963), From Russia With Love (1963), The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964), The Avengers (1966), The Magus (1968) and Department S (1969).
Facts
In the 1970s he gave up acting to work in the American music industry. In 1958 George married Gloria George, who became a member of Top of the Pops dancing group Pan's People in the 1960s, as well as Benny Hill's female troupe the Ladybirds.

Alan Johns (Ted Rogers) Aug 30 1944 to Dec 19 2002
Alan's only other work was As You Like It (1953), Z Cars (1967) and The Persuaders! (1971, uncredited).

Bernard Holley (Peter Haydon) Born Aug 9 1940
Doctor Who credits
Played: Peter Haydon in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Played: Axon man in The Claws of Axos (1971)
Career highlights
His CV includes The Newcomers (1966), Elizabeth R (1971), Please Sir! (1971-2), General Hospital (1974), Carry on Laughing (1975), Rocky O'Rourke (1976), Clayhanger (1976), A Question of Guilt (1980), Mackenzie (1980), The Deceivers (1981), Now and Then (1983-84), The Tripods (1985), Eureka (1982-86), After Henry (1988-89), Surgical Spirit (1990), Taggart (1990), Thatcher: The Final Days (1991), The Knock (1994), Birds of a Feather (1998), Hollyoaks (2001), Sweet Medicine (2003), The Courtroom (2004), Tanner (2007), That's English (2011), A Voice to Die For (2013), Extended Rest (2014), By Lethe Betrayed (2016). Bernard is best known as PC Bill Newcombe in over 270 episodes of Z Cars (1967-71) and A Lot of Fuss About Light (2010), and Mike Turnbull in The Gentle Touch (1982-84) and CATS Eyes (1985).
Facts
Here's Bernard on Twitter!
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Bernard here.

Ray Grover (Crewman)
Career highlights
Ray's other work includes Hancock's Half Hour (1957/60), Maigret (1963), Let's Go Out (1965), The Expert (1969) and Ryan International (1970).

Michael Kilgarriff (Cyber Controller) Born Jun 16 1937
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyber Controller in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), Attack of the Cybermen (1985)
Played: Ogron in Frontier in Space (1972)
Played: Robot K1 in Robot (1974-75)
Career highlights
6ft 6in Michael's other appearances include Whack-O! (1959), The Golden Spur (1959), We Joined the Navy (1962), Taxi! (1963), UFO (1970), Aquarius (1972), Men of Affairs (1974), The Upchat Line (1977), The Moon Stallion (1978), 3-2-1 (1979), The Borgias (1981), Artists and Models (1986) and Tipping the Velvet (2002). Michael has also done a lot of voice work, including Obelix in the English version of The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (1976), the General in The Dark Crystal (1982), various voices in The Storyteller (1987-88), Watt's uncle in Watt on Earth (1991), Mr Crotchit in Oscar's Orchestra (1995), the Ogre in the English version of Snow White: The Sequel (2007), God in Albert's Speech (2008) and Lenigrast in the video game Dark Souls II (2014).
Facts
Michael, who is 6ft 6in tall, is a music hall enthusiast, and wrote what is considered the definitive guide to music hall songs, Sing Us One of the Old Songs: A Guide to Popular Song from 1860-1920 (1998), as well as Grace, Beauty and Banjos (1999) and various children's joke books in the 1970s and 80s. For 36 years Michael was Mr Chairman at the Players' Theatre Victorian music hall. Michael also once established a theatre company specialising in corporate work as well as music hall, with fellow music hall enthusiast Johnny Dennis (who himself appeared in Delta and the Bannermen (1987) - indeed, Johnny was best man at Michael's wedding to his wife Sarah in 1968).

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).
Facts
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.

Hans de Vries (Cyberman)
Career highlights
Hans debuted in The Saint (1966), then appeared in You Only Live Twice (1967), Billion Dollar Brain (1967), Man in a Suitcase (1968), Shalako (1968), UFO (1970), The Onedin Line (1973) and Dixon of Dock Green (1967/74).
Facts
Life magazine featured him as one of five actors who screen-tested for the part of James Bond in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Here's a photo of him posing with the other four actors (he's at the back on the left). More on this and the other actors (including Anthony Rogers, who played a Sensorite in Doctor Who!) to be shortlisted here.

Tony Harwood (Cyberman) Dec 17 1929 to Aug 11 2005
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyberman in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Played: Yeti in The Abominable Snowmen (1967)
Played: Ice Warrior in The Ice Warriors (1967), The Seeds of Death (1969), The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Flynn in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Career highlights
Further credits include Billion Dollar Brain (1967), Maigret at Bay (1969) and The Regiment (1972).

John Hogan (Cyberman)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyberman in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Played: Yeti in The Abominable Snowmen (1967)
Career highlights
John's other work includes Blake's 7 (1978) and Law and Order (1978).

Richard Kerley (Cyberman) Jul 3 1942 to Sep 11 1994
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyberman in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Played: Yeti in The Abominable Snowmen (1967)
Career highlights
Richard's CV also includes appearances in The Caesars (1968), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1970, as the semi-regular Sergeant Hinds), The Rainbirds (1971) and Colditz (1972).

Ronald Lee (Cyberman)
Career highlights
Ronald's other acting work includes The Racket (1951), The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) and The Alamo (1960), sadly all uncredited.

Charles Pemberton (Cyberman) Sep 19 1939 to May 13 2007 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyberman in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Played: Alien technician in The War Games (1969)
Career highlights
Charles' debut came in Crossroads (1964), The Man in Room 17 (1965), Callan (1970), My Wife Next Door (1972), Coronation Street (1973), Doctor in Charge (1973), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976), Sapphire and Steel (1979), Minder (1980), Sink or Swim (1981), A Fine Romance (1983), The Box of Delights (1984), Bread (1987), Simon and the Witch (1987-88), The Upper Hand (1990), Virtual Murder (1992), Pat and Margaret (1994), The Vicar of Dibley (1999) and Foyle's War (1994).
Facts
Charles' partner of 39 years was fellow actor David Cleeve (who himself appeared in Doctor Who several times as an uncredited extra between 1973-80, and credited as David Woolliscroft in The Space Museum (1965)). Charles, who was an accomplished magician and held the Inner Magic Circle Silver Star, had his own one-man show which he toured the world with entitled WS Gilbert: A Disagreeable Man?. Charles also played Yorkshireman Alf in a series of TV commercials for John Smith's Bitter.

Kenneth Seeger (Cyberman) Feb 21 1931 to Sep 20 2009
Career highlights
Debuted in Before Your Very Eyes (1956), then Quatermass and the Pit (1958-59), The Haunted House (1960), Knock on Any Door (1966), Dixon of Dock Green (1967) and Z Cars (1969).

Reg Whitehead (Cyberman) 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).
Facts
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.

CREW

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.
Facts
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!

Gerry Davis (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.

Morris Barry (director) Feb 9 1918 to Nov 20 2000
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Moonbase (1967), The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), The Dominators (1968)
Played: Tollund in The Creature from the Pit (1979)
Career highlights
Morris started out behind the cameras, directing Escape (1957), Barnaby Rudge (1960), Compact (1962), 199 Park Lane (1965), Spy Trap (1972) and Angels (1975), as well as producing The Common Room (1959), Swizzlewick (1964), Compact, The Donati Conspiracy (1973), Spy Trap (1972-75), State of Emergency (1975), Poldark (1975-76) and Count Dracula (1977), but in the 1970s he moved into acting, debuting in Blake's 7 (1979) and including All Creatures Great and Small (1980), Nanny (1983), Hi-De-Hi! (1984) and Mapp and Lucia (1986).
Facts
His wife was actress Sally Lahee.

Peter Bryant (producer) Oct 27 1923 to May 19 2006 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Associate producer: The Faceless Ones (1967 - credited on episodes 1-3 only), The Evil of the Daleks (1967, uncredited)
Story edited: The Evil of the Daleks (1967, episodes 4-7), The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors, The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Produced: The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), 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 (1968-69)
Career highlights
Peter started out as an actor in TV such as BBC Sunday Night Theatre's Wuthering Heights (1953) and (playing Jack Grove) in The Grove Family (1954-57, the first British soap opera - here's a clip), and after a spell as a radio announcer, became head of the Drama Script Unit for BBC Radio. He later trained to go behind the camera, dabbling in a number of roles while on Doctor Who. After leaving the series, he worked as producer on Special Project Air (1969) and Paul Temple (1970-71), and then became a literary agent for actors and writers, including Eric Pringle, who would write for Doctor Who in 1984.
Facts
He was for a time married to actress Shirley Cooklin, who appeared in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967).

Victor Pemberton (script editor) Oct 10 1931 to Aug 13 2017
Doctor Who credits
Played: Scientist Jules Faure in The Moonbase (1967)
Script edited: The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Wrote: Fury from the Deep (1968), Doctor Who and the Pescatons (audio, 1976)
Career highlights
Victor was first and foremost a behind-camera man, writing radio serials in the early 1960s and, on TV, Send Foster (1967), Ace of Wands (1970), Timeslip (1971), The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972), Within These Walls (1974) and The Case of the Frightened Lady (1983). He also acted as script editor on A Handful of Thieves (1969), script consultant on Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock (1983-87), and producer of Benny Hill: The World's Favourite Clown (1991).
Facts
Victor is one of only a handful of people to have both written and appeared in Doctor Who credited (along with Glyn Jones, Mark Gatiss and Toby Whithouse). Victor's script for Fury from the Deep was based on his radio serial The Slide (1966), which starred Roger Delgado. From 1990 Victor wrote romantic novels based on his biographical radio series Our Family. During the 1950s and 60s Victor had a correspondence with comedy legend Stan Laurel. In 2016 Victor undertook a solo Arctic Adventure, driving 10,000km alone by car across seven countries of Europe and Scandinavia, from Murla in Spain to Bodo in Norway, all in aid of Help for Heroes (watch his video diaries here). His partner was actor David Spenser (who appeared in The Abominable Snowmen in 1967).

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