Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fury from the Deep

The terrifying Mr Quill (Bill Burridge)
Six episodes (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6)
First broadcast Mar 16 to Apr 20 1968
Average audience for serial: 7.20m

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). Her mother was actor Patricia Hicks, while she also had several siblings: half-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; brother Giles was also an actor, best known as Oswald in the sitcom Bread (1988-91); her younger brother Adam died tragically in 1952 when he was buried by a snowdrift which slid off the roof; fourth sibling Nicola also acted on stage for a while. Between 1957-81 the Watling family lived at the Grade II-listed medieval farmhouse Alderton Hall, Loughton, which was said to be haunted by a poltergeist. In the late 1960s Deborah opened her own clothes boutique in Buckhurst Hill, Epping, called The Pink Clock. Deborah was diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2017, and died in a care home the following month.

Victor Maddern (Robson) Mar 16 1928 to Jun 22 1993 (brain tumour)
Career highlights
Victor appeared in well over 100 productions, starting with Morning Departure (1950) and including The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954), The Cockleshell Heroes (1955), Private's Progress (1956), Blood of the Vampire (1958), Dunkirk (1958), Mess Mates (1960), HMS Defiant (1962), Fair Exchange (1962), Bonanza (1963), The Avengers (1966), Circus of Fear (1966), Take a Pair of Private Eyes (1966), The Prisoner (1967), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Shadows of Fear (1971), The Frighteners (1972), Steptoe and Son (1973), 1990 (1977), The Dick Emery Show (1968-80, as Lampwick's son-in-law), It's a Knockout (1979), Together (1980), That's My Boy (1983), The Beiderbecke Tapes (1987), CAB (1988), The Darling Buds of May (1992) and Freddie as FRO7 (1992). Victor, who'd turn down scripts that included profanities, also appeared in five Carry On films (1960-78) and the series Carry On Laughing (1975).
Facts
He was also a tireless fundraiser for religious charities. In 1991 Victor opened a public speaking school called The Talking Point frequented by politicians, and at another time ran a mushroom farm, as well as a printing company for film and TV scripts.

John Abineri (Van Lutyens) May 18 1928 to Jun 29 2000 (motor-neurone disease)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Van Lutyens in Fury from the Deep (1968)
Played: General Carrington in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Richard Railton in Death to the Daleks (1974)
Played: Ranquin in The Power of Kroll (1978-79)
Career highlights
John's first credit was in The Children of the New Forest (1955), and later appeared in The Third Man (1959), Formula for Danger (1960), The Odd Man (1962), Redcap (1965), Funeral in Berlin (1966), The Witch's Daughter (1971), The Last of the Mohicans (1971), General Hospital (1972), The Legend of Robin Hood (1975), The Moon Stallion (1978), Blake's 7 (1979), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), Jamaica Inn (1983), Maelstrom (1985), Red Dwarf (1988, as Rimmer's father), The Godfather Part III (1990), Seaforth (1994), Wycliffe (1995) and The Window Bed (1999). John also had regular roles as Hubert Goss in Survivors (1976-77) and Herne the Hunter in Robin of Sherwood (1984-86); he was also the butler in the original series of Ferrero Rocher advertisements.
Facts
John's son Daniel is an actor and voiceover artist who claims to have discovered Russell Crowe (Daniel is married to TV producer Claudia Rosencrantz). John's other son Sebastian is also an actor. When actor Duncan Lamont died during the film of the 1979 Blake's 7 episode Hostage, John took over the role (both had co-starred in the Doctor Who story Death to the Daleks (1974)). In 1973 John was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for playing Chingachgook in Last of the Mohicans and Hawkeye, the Pathfinder (he lost to Anthony Murphy).

Roy Spencer (Harris)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Manyak in The Ark (1966)
Played: Harris in Fury from the Deep (1968)
Career highlights
Roy's career began uncredited in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), then an ITV Play of the Week (1961), R3 (1965), The Expert (1969), War and Peace (1972-73), Dracula (1973), Barry Lyndon (1975), Grange Hill (1978), Julius Caesar (1979), The Gentle Touch (1983), Howards' Way (1986), Bomber Harris (1989) and Campion (1990).
Facts
Roy is an authority on the life and works of D H Lawrence, having written books and a one-man stage show about him

June Murphy (Maggie Harris)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Maggie Harris in Fury from the Deep (1968)
Played: Jane Blythe in The Sea Devils (1972)
Career highlights
June's other roles include Who Killed Menna Lorraine? (1960), then Z Cars (1962), Compact (1962), The Avengers (1962), Ricochet (1963), Londoners (1965) and Cock, Hen and Courting Pit (1966).
Facts
BBC Enterprises was for many years unable to locate June to pay her fees resulting from the VHS release of The Sea Devils in 1995, but it was discovered in 2007 that she changed her name to Laura Langley. She met her future husband - Brian Cullingford - on the set of Fury from the Deep.

Graham Leaman (Price) 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), 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).
Facts
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.

Peter Ducrow (Guard) Oct 19 1917 to Dec 19 1976 (heart attack)
Career highlights
Peter's earliest role was in Children of Chance (1949) and he went on to appear in A for Andromeda (1961), A Man Called Harry Brent (1965), Where the Bullets Fly (1966), The Expert (1969) and The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1973). Peter's most memorable role was as villain The Face in Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67).
Facts
In the early 1960s Peter worked as a DJ on pirate radio station Radio Caroline, but although he left in 1964 to pursue his acting career, he continued to perform in over 4,000 radio schools programmes over a 15-year period. Peter was born with the surname Bailey, but took his stage name from an ancestor of his, Andrew Ducrow, a prominent British circus and equestrian performer from the early 19th century.

John Garvin (Carney)
Career highlights
Debuting in For the Children (1948), John's other credits include Arrow to the Heart (1952), Out of this World (1962), Emergency Ward 10 (1963), It's a Woman's World (1964), Undermind (1965), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969), Public Eye (1972), Thriller (1974), The Nearly Man (1975) and The Citadel (1983).

Hubert Rees (Chief engineer) Apr 27 1928 to Oct 20 2009
Doctor Who credits
Played: Chief engineer in Fury from the Deep (1968)
Played: Captain Ransom in The War Games (1969)
Played: John Stevenson in The Seeds of Doom (1976)
Career highlights
Hubert's career began with 1958's Uncle Harry, followed by roles in 1962's Richard the Lionheart, Ring Out an Alibi (1964), Menace (1970), Fish (1973), Public Eye (1971-75, as George), The Government Inspector (1976), Sweeney 2 (1978), The Sandbaggers (1978), Buccaneer (1980), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, as Inspector Lestrade to Tom Baker's Sherlock Holmes), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982), The Baker Street Boys (1983, as Dr Watson), Howards' Way (1985), Chance in a Million (1986), Jeeves and Wooster (1991), Dandelion Dead (1994), Class Act (1995), Darklands (1996), Daylight Robbery (2000) and Sunburn (2000).

Richard Mayes (Chief Baxter) Dec 26 1922 to Oct 22 2006
Career highlights
Debuting in A for Andromeda (1961), experienced stage actor Richard went on to appear in Oliver Twist (1962), Out of the Past (1970), The Crezz (1976), A Bunch of Fives (1977), Wings (1978), Tycoon (1978), Gandhi (1982), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), How We Used to Live (1990), Van der Valk (1992), Heartbeat (1997), Emmerdale (2002, as Jed Dingle), Waking the Dead (2004) and Casualty (2005).
Facts
Richard spent most of World War Two as an RAF pilot, and flew 29 sorties to Germany, for which he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross. In 2004 he suffered a stroke, and against doctors' expectations made a startling recovery, regaining the use of his arms and legs and getting back into acting. 

Bill Burridge (Quill) (Possibly) died 1975
Doctor Who credits
Played: Extra in The Savages (1966, uncredited)
Played: Priest in The Underwater Menace (1967, uncredited)
Played: Quill in Fury from the Deep (1968)
Played: Villager/ coven member in The Daemons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Draconian in Frontier in Space (1973, uncredited)
Career highlights
Bill's earliest credit was in Flower of Evil (1961) and he also appeared in Frontier Drums (1961), The King's Breakfast (1963), Taxi! (1964), The Man in the Iron Mask (1968), The Worker (1970) and Upstairs, Downstairs (1972).
Facts
The BBC has reportedly stated that Bill has passed away; a William Burridge died in 1975, which could have been him.

John Gill (Oak) 1912 to Mar 31 2007
Career highlights
John's first credit was At Your Service Ltd (1951), and later Rich Girl (1956), Barnaby Rudge (1960), The Avengers (1962), This Sporting Life (1963), Swizzlewick (1964, as Fidgett), Orlando (1966), Privilege (1967), Nicholas Nickleby (1968), Middlemarch (1968), Paul Temple (1970), Father, Dear Father (1973), David Copperfield (1974), Two's Company (1979), To Serve Them All My Days (1980), Juliet Bravo (1984), After Pilkington (1987), All Creatures Great and Small (1989-90), The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994), Crime Traveller (1997) and The Land Girls (1998).

Margaret John (Megan Jones) Dec 14 1926 to Feb 2 2011 (liver cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Megan Jones in Fury from the Deep (1968)
Played: Grandma Connolly in The Idiot's Lantern TARDISode and The Idiot's Lantern (2006)
Career highlights
Margaret's first credit was The Prodigal Tenor (1957), and later How Green Was My Valley (1960), Badger's Bend (1963), Coronation Street (1965), Z Cars (1967), The First Lady (1968-69), The Challengers (1972), Emmerdale Farm (1972), New Scotland Yard (1974), Crown Court (1975), Last of the Summer Wine (1977), Blake's 7 (1978), International Velvet (1978), The Boy Merlin (1979), Breakaway (1980), Crossroads (1979-80, as Marian Owen), The District Nurse (1984, as Gwen Harris), Dear John (1987), B&B (1992), Mortimer's Law (1998), Fun at the Funeral Parlour (2001), Eyes Down (2003-04, as Kay), According to Bex (2005), Tea and Biscuits with Maggie Pritchard (2004-05), The Mighty Boosh (2005), Little Britain (2005), Run Fatboy Run (2007), Being Human (2010), Skins (2010) and Game of Thrones (2011). She also played Elsie Hepplewhite in High Hopes (2002-08) and Doris in Gavin and Stacey (2007-09).
Facts
Her husband Ben Thomas - who died aged 39 just three years after they married - was viola player with the London Symphony Orchestra and once performed with Frank Sinatra, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Sammy Davis Jr and Jerry Lee Lewis. Margaret received a BAFTA Cymru Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Brian Cullingford (Perkins) Born Apr 14 1937
Career highlights
Further credits include The Old Campaigner (1967), Z Cars (1968) and Out of the Unknown (1969).
Facts
Brian was a presenter on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the pirate radio station Radio 390 and worked on TV in series such as What the Papers Say, Songs of Praise and Nationwide. More recently he has been involved in a company supplying speakers, actors and musicians for world events. He met his future wife - June Murphy - on the set of Fury from the Deep.

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Victor Pemberton (writer) 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).

Hugh David (director) Jul 17 1925 to Sep 11 1987
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Highlanders (1966-67), Fury from the Deep (1968)
Career highlights
Hugh originally started as an actor in series such as The Buccaneers (1956) and Knight Errant Limited (1960-61, as Stephen Drummond) until he moved behind the cameras to direct Compact (1962), Swizzlewick (1964), Christ Recrucified (1969), Doomwatch (1970), Jude the Obscure (1971), Cranford (1972), The Pallisers (1974), Beryl's Lot (1975), Rooms (1977), The Clifton House Mystery (1978), Grange Hill (1981) and Sophia and Constance (1988). He was also producer on Dominic and Boy Dominic (1976).
Facts
Hugh was offered the lead role of the Doctor in 1963 by unofficial producer Rex Tucker, but turned it down as he didn't want to get involved with another long-running series so soon after leaving Knight Errant (see the face of the alternative First Doctor here!). He was originally offered The Underwater Menace to direct, but turned it down, saying the serial could not be produced on the allocated budget! His wife was the actress Wendy Williams, who played Vira in Doctor Who's The Ark in Space (1975).

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).

Derrick Sherwin (script editor) Born Apr 16 1936
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: The Web of Fear, Fury from the Deep, The Wheel in Space, The Dominators, The Mind Robber (all 1968), The Space Pirates (1969)
Produced: The War Games (1969), Spearhead from Space (1970)
Wrote: The Mind Robber (episode 1, 1968, uncredited), The Invasion (1968)
Played: UNIT commissionaire in Spearhead from Space (1970, uncredited)
Career highlights
First and foremost an actor, Derrick had appeared in William Tell (1959), Danger Man (1960), Saki (1962), The Spanish Sword (1962), The Plane Makers (1964), The Baron (1967) and The Vengeance of She (1968). He also wrote scripts for Theatre 625 (1965), Boy Meets Girl (1967), Thirty-Minute Theatre (1966-67), Paul Temple (1970-71), Kim & Co (1975), Nobody's House (1976) and Magic Circle (1977), while taking producer's duties on Paul Temple (1970-71), The Man Outside (1972) and The Perils of Pendragon (1974).
Facts
Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale, a big influence on the direction Derrick took Doctor Who in Seasons 6 and 7, was Sherwin's next-door neighbour in 1969, while his wife is actress Jane Sherwin, who appeared in The War Games.

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