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

An episode by episode review of this story can be read at Time Space Visualiser here.

REGULAR CAST

Patrick Troughton (The Doctor) Mar 25 1920 to Mar 28 1987 (heart attack) See Patrick Troughton's entry on The Power of the Daleks

Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) Born Sep 22 1944 Click here for Frazer Hines's entry on The Highlanders

Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield) Jan 2 1948 to Jul 21 2017 (lung cancer) Click here for Deborah Watling's entry on The Evil of the Daleks

GUEST CAST

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.

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 to be shortlisted 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).

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).

Peter Hawkins (Cyberman voice) Apr 3 1924 to Jul 8 2006 Click here for Peter Hawkins's entry on The Daleks

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).

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.

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).

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).

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).
In 2017 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Michael here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

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: John in The Abominable Snowmen (1967, uncredited)
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) Click here for Kit Pedler's entry on The War Machines

Gerry Davis (writer) Feb 23 1930 to Aug 31 1991 Click here for Gerry Davis's entry on The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve

Morris Barry (director) Feb 9 1918 to Nov 20 2000 Click here for Morris Barry's entry on The Moonbase

Peter Bryant (producer) Oct 27 1923 to May 19 2006 (cancer) Click here for Peter Bryant's entry on The Faceless Ones

Victor Pemberton (script editor) Oct 10 1931 to Aug 13 2017 Click here for Victor Pemberton's entry on The Moonbase

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