Thursday, February 06, 2014

The Abominable Snowmen

It wasn't until the end of the adventure
that the Yeti realised he was
too big to get into the TARDIS.
The Doctor would have to get a
different new companion...
Six episodes (Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four, Episode Five, Episode Six)
First broadcast Sep 30 to Nov 4 1967
Average audience for serial: 6.85m

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.

Jack Watling (Travers) Jan 13 1923 to May 22 2001 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Professor Travers in The Abominable Snowmen (1967), The Web of Fear (1968) + fan spin-off Downtime (1995)
Career highlights
Jack was a veteran film actor by the time he appeared in Doctor Who, alongside his daughter Debbie. His first CV credit was in 1943's We Dive at Dawn (although he'd been acting uncredited since before the war), and subsequent credits included The Way Ahead (1944), The Winslow Boy (1948), Under Capricorn (1949), Stryker of the Yard (1953), A Time to Kill (1955), The Admirable Crichton (1957), A Night to Remember (1958), Invisible Man (1959), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), Hancock (1961), The Newcomers (1965), The Nanny (1965), Nearest and Dearest (1969), Paul Temple (1970), The Pathfinders (1972-73), Jason King (1972), Father, Dear Father (1972), Lord Tramp (1977), The Cedar Tree (1977-78), Doctor's Daughters (1981), Family Fortunes (1981), Andy Robson (1982-83), Hot Metal (1986), Fortunes of War (1987), Bergerac (1989-91) and Heartbeat (1994). His last role was reprising Prof Travers in Downtime (1995), which reunited him with his daughter, as well as the Great Intelligence, the Yeti and the Brigadier. Travers was also supposed to appear in the Doctor Who story The Invasion (1968), but Jack was unavailable. One of Jack's other longer-running roles was as Don Henderson in The Plane Makers (1963-65) and The Power Game (1965-69).
Facts
Jack's other children are actors Giles and Dilys and sculptor Nicky Matthews. In the 1940s Jack was pestered by love letters sent to him from Viennese psychiatrist and vocal coach Keith Newman, who Jack was eventually forced to commit to a mental institution. Jack also suffered from acute anxiety neurosis. Jack's widow Patricia Hicks died just three days after the tenth anniversary of his passing.

Wolfe Morris (Padmasambhava) Jan 5 1925 to Jul 21 1996
Career highlights
Wolfe's earliest credit was in A Place of Execution (1953), followed by Return to the Lost Planet (1955), The Abominable Snowman (1957), The Camp on Blood Island (1958), Ask for King Billy (1959), The Six Proud Walkers (1962), Orlando (1965), The Rat Catchers (1967), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Jason King (1972), The Good Life (1975), Beasts (1976), The Famous Five (1979), Bird of Prey (1982), Dirty Dozen: The Series (1988), Shining Through (1992) and Daisies in December (1995).
Facts
His brother was fellow actor Aubrey Morris, while his daughter Shona is a theatrical movement director (head of movement at Stratford Theatre in Canada) and a creative associate of Watford Palace Theatre.

Norman Jones (Khrisong) Jun 16 1932 to Apr 23 2013 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Khrisong in The Abominable Snowmen (1967)
Played: Major Baker in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Hieronymous in The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Career highlights
Norman's earliest role was in an episode of Out of This World (1962), followed by Crossroads (1964), You Only Live Twice (1967), Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971), All Our Saturdays (1973), South Riding (1974), The XYY Man (1977), Thomas and Sarah (1979), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), The Borgias (1981), Jemima Shore Investigates (1983), Angels (1983), Boon (1986), Inspector Morse (1987) and The Assassinator (1992). He regularly played Adam Charlton in Andy Robson (1982-83).

David Spenser (Thonmi) Mar 12 1934 to Jul 20 2013
Career highlights
Ceylon born David's other credits include Wild Justice (1950), The Bell Family (1951), Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School (1952), Anne of Green Gables (1952), Jesus of Nazareth (1956), Paul of Tarsus (1960), The Stranglers of Bombay (1960), Studio 4 (1962), Secret Beneath the Sea (1963), The Earth Dies Screaming (1965), Battle Beneath the Earth (1967), Carry On Up the Khyber (1968) and Pretenders (1972).
Facts
David's partner since the 1960s was Doctor Who script editor/ writer Victor Pemberton. As a child actor in 1948 David was personally chosen by Just William writer Richmal Crompton to play the character on radio, and he later went on to work for the Children's Television Network in New York and as a director, producer and writer for BBC Radio. In 1991 David directed two TV tributes to comedian Benny Hill, as part of his production company Saffron, and also directed a documentary about Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies which won an international Emmy Award. David's brother is actor Jeremy Spenser.

David Grey (Rinchen)
Career highlights
Other credits include Dr Kabil (1959), The Pen of My Aunt (1960), Police Surgeon (1960), two episodes of The Avengers (1961/68), The Power Game (1966/69), Naughty! (1971) and The Asphyx (1973).

Raymond Llewellyn (Sapan)
Career highlights
Raymond's CV includes roles in Under Milk Wood (1957), Starr and Company (1958), Curtain of Fear (1964), The Owl Service (1969-70), The Brothers (1976), Cyrano de Bergerac (1985), The Bill (1990), Cadfael (1994), Heaven on Earth (1998), William and Mary (2003), Doctors (2005) and The Edge of Love (2008).

Charles Morgan (Songsten) Mar 23 1909 to Mar 11 2000
Doctor Who credits
Played: Songsten in The Abominable Snowmen (1967)
Played: Gold Usher in The Invasion of Time (1978)
Career highlights
First appearing in Train of Events (1949), Charles went on to appear in The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957), All Aboard (1958), Hell is a City (1960), Maigret (1961), Call Oxbridge 2000 (1962), Softly Softly (1966-67), Sexton Blake (1967), Hadleigh (1969), Ace of Wands (1971), Helen: A Woman of Today (1973), Bless This House (1974), The Howerd Confessions (1976), Within These Walls (1976-78, as Ted Armitage), Tenko (1981), Angels (1983), Cover Her Face (1985) and After Henry (1989). Charles was best known for playing Superintendant Rodway in over 40 episodes of Sergeant Cork (1964-68).

David Baron (Ralpachan)
Career highlights
David also appeared in Ninety Sail (1954), The Infamous John Friend (1959), The Reptile (1966), The Avengers (1969), Dead of Night (1972), The Tamarind Seed (1974), The Professionals (1978), Minder (1979), Buccaneer (1980), Storyboard (1989) and Foyle's War (2010).
Facts
Acclaimed playwright Harold Pinter was acting under the name David Baron in the 1960s, but this is a different man.

Tony Harwood (Yeti) 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 (Yeti)
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 (Yeti) 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).

Reg Whitehead (Yeti) 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

Mervyn Haisman (writer) Born Mar 15 1928 to Oct 29 2010 (heart failure)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Abominable Snowmen (1967), The Web of Fear (1968), The Dominators (1968, as Norman Ashby)
Career highlights
Mervyn's other writing duties have been on Dr Finlay's Casebook (1967), Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968), The Expert (1968-69), Hadleigh (1971), Crown Court (1973), The Onedin Line (1977-79), Jane (1982-84), Howards' Way (1988-90) and Revelations (2002). Mervyn also acted as script editor on series such as Sutherland's Law (1973) and Squadron (1982), and dabbled with acting with an appearance in No Hiding Place (1963).
Facts
He, along with co-writer Henry Lincoln, used the name Norman Ashby on The Dominators following a falling-out with the production team over rewrites. Prior to becoming a writer, Mervyn worked as an actor, theatre director and in insurance.

Henry Lincoln (writer) Born 1930
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Abominable Snowmen (1967), The Web of Fear (1968), The Dominators (1968, as Norman Ashby)
Career highlights
Henry's other writing credits include Once Aboard the Lugger (1963), The Expert (1968-69), Hadleigh (1971), Warship (1974), Chronicle (1971/74/79) and Henry Lincoln's Guide to Rennes-le-Chateau (2002). Henry's real surname is Soskin, using which he acted in a number of programmes in the 1950 and 60s, including A Man from the Sun (1956), Our Mutual Friend (1958), The Haunted House (1960), Strange Concealments (1962), The Avengers (1961/63), The Villains (1965), The Woman in White (1966), The Saint (1967), The Champions (1969) and L'homme sans visage (1975).
Facts
In 2003 Henry was awarded an Honorary Knighthood in the Militi Templi Scotia Order in recognition of his work in the fields of sacred geometry and Templar history. In the 1970s Henry began a series of TV programmes and books about the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau, and in 1982 co-wrote the book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, promoting the hypothesis that the true nature of the quest for the Holy Grail was that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a child together, and founded a blood line which later married into a French royal dynasty, and was all tied together by a society known as the Priory of Sion. These hypotheses were later used as a basis for Dan Brown's international bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code.

Gerald Blake (director) Dec 3 1928 to Apr 5 1991
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Abominable Snowmen (1967), The Invasion of Time (1978)
Career highlights
Gerald's earliest directing work was on Dr Finlay's Casebook (1962), followed by work on Rupert of Hentzau (1964), Curtain of Fear (1964, which he also produced), Legend of Death (1965), Girl in a Black Bikini (1967), Out of the Unknown (1969), Mr Rolls and Mr Royce (1972), Dial M for Murder (1974), Survivors (1975), The Mackinnons (1977), The Onedin Line (1972-78), The Omega Factor (1979), Blake's 7 (1980), The Gentle Touch (1982-84), Super Gran (1986-87) and Coronation Street (1987).

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).
Facts
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.

Peter Bryant (script editor) 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).

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