|The lost companion: Astrid, |
played by Mary Peach
First broadcast Dec 23 1967 to Jan 27 1968
Average audience for serial: 7.42m
An episode by episode review of this story can be read at Time Space Visualiser here.
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
Bob Anderson (Fighting guard) Sep 15 1922 to Jan 1 2012
Bob was one of the UK's most experienced swordmasters and stuntmen, having worked on films such as The Moonraker (1958), The Guns of Navarone (1961), Kidnapped (1971), One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), Star Wars Episodes IV-VI (1977-83), Superman II (1980), First Knight (1985), Highlander (1986), The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03), Die Another Day (2002), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and The Legend of Zorro (2005).
Starting as an Olympic fencer for Great Britain, competing at the 1952 Helsinki Games, Bob got into the film business when asked to train Errol Flynn in using swords for The Master of Ballantrae (1953), and doubled for Darth Vader actor David Prowse during light saber fight scenes in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. At the time of his death Bob was working on Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit (2012-14).
Christopher Burgess (Swann) Dec 15 1926 to Aug 25 2013
Doctor Who credits
Played: Swann in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Professor Philips in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Barnes in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Christopher's first credited role was in In a Backward Country (1958), followed by Who Killed Menna Lorraine? (1960), Suspense (1963), This Man Craig (1966), Sherlock Holmes (1968), Menace (1970), Crown Court (1973), The Growing Pains of PC Penrose (1975, as Inspector Fox), Treasure Island (1977), Danger UXB (1979), Together (1980), Jane Eyre (1983), Jossy's Giants (1986-87, as Albert Hanson), Shadow of the Noose (1989) and Can You Hear Me Thinking? (1990).
Christopher spent his final years as one of 40 male pensioners (or "Brothers") living at the London Charterhouse almshouse.
Simon Cain (Curly)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Curly in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Silurian in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Simon was also in six Carry On films (1966-71), as well as No Hiding Place (1966), The Blood Beast Terror (1968), Vendetta (1967-68), School for Sex (1969), Manhunt (1970), Ryan International (1970) and Doomwatch (1970).
Elliott Cairnes (Guard captain)
Other work includes Homicide (1966) and Lady Windermere's Fan (1967).
Colin Douglas (Donald Bruce) Jul 28 1912 to Dec 21 1991 (heart failure)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Donald Bruce in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Reuben in Horror of Fang Rock (1977)
Colin's earliest credit was Dick Barton: Special Agent (1948) and later appeared in The Six Proud Walkers (1954), The Children of the New Forest (1955 and 1964), The Count of Monte Cristo (1956), Treasure Island (1957), The Black Arrow (1958), Invisible Man (1959), Emergency Ward 10 (1959), The Splendid Spur (1960), Benny Hill (1962), Bonehead (1960-62), Danger Man (1965), Softly Softly (1966), Quick Before They Catch Us (1966), The Railway Children (1968), Follyfoot (1972), Rooms (1975), The Sweeney (1975), Bill Brand (1976), The Flockton Flyer (1978), Telford's Change (1979), The Good Companions (1980-81), Nanny (1981-83, as Donald Gray), Highway (1983), The Pickwick Papers (1985), Ex (1991) and GBH (1991). He played Edwin Ashton in over 40 episodes of A Family at War (1970-72).
In the late 1920s Colin worked as a sheep farmer and a lumberjack while in New Zealand. During World War Two he took part in the Allied invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky) in 1943, and spent two days waiting to be rescued from the sea after his glider released too early. He also took part in 1944's Operation Market Garden, the unsuccessful Allied attempt to enter Germany via the Netherlands over the Rhine. Colin had five children with actress wife Gina Cachia, but their daughter Amanda was tragically killed in a traffic accident at the age of 20 at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus.
Gordon Faith (Guard captain) Born Mar 14 1931
Other credits include The Mask of Janus (1965), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Champion House (1967), Strange Report (1970), War and Peace (1972), Churchill's People (1975), Funny Man (1981), Last of the Summer Wine (1981), Oedipus the King (1986) and Screen Two: Border (1988).
He is now a vocal and stage confidence coach, and also a professional counsellor and hypnotherapist.
Margaret Hickey (Mary) Aug 31 1944 to Jun 1 2010 (cancer)
This is Margaret's only screen credit, although she is credited as appearing in two plays in Australia - Duchess on Thursday at the Brisbane Arts Theatre in 1969, and Children's Day at the Twelfth Night Theatre, Bowen Hills, in 1976.
Milton Johns (Benik) Born May 13 1938
Doctor Who credits
Played: Benik in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Guy Crayford in The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: Castellan Kelner in The Invasion of Time (1978)
Milton's career began in The Shop at Sly Corner (1960), then Orlando (1965), The Three Musketeers (1966), The Devil in the Fog (1968), The Flaxton Boys (1969), Sense and Sensibility (1971), Budgie (1972), The Jensen Code (1973), South Riding (1974), Poldark (1975), The Good Life (1977), King of the Castle (1977), Midnight is a Place (1977-78), Going Straight (1978), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1978), A Horseman Riding By (1978), Spearhead (1978-81), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Gaffer (1982), Pink Floyd's The Wall (1982), Tucker's Luck (1983), Butterflies (1979-83), Foxy Lady (1982-84), The Pickwick Papers (1985), Ever Decreasing Circles (1986), Supergran (1987), Campion (1989), Happy Families (1989-90), Haggard (1992), Harry's Mad (1995-96), Glam Metal Detectives (1995), Chalk (1997), The X-Files (1998), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999-2000), Micawber (2001), Born and Bred (2002), The Basil Brush Show (2003-07, as Mr Rossiter) and Kidz Time TV (2015). He also had a long-running role as shop owner Brendan Scott in soap Coronation Street (1991-93).
For a number of years he served as treasurer of actors' union Equity, and also as course announcer and MC at Lingfield racecourse.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Milton here.
Bill Kerr (Giles Kent) Jun 10 1922 to Aug 28 2014
South Africa born Bill's first notable role was as a child star in Harmony Row (1933), as well as one of Australia's first talking films, The Silence of Dean Maitland (1934). Further credits included Penny Points to Paradise (1951), Appointment in London (1952), The Dam Busters (1954), Secombe Here! (1955), Citizen James (1960), Ghost Squad (1961), Garry Halliday (1962), Benny Hill (1963), Compact (1964-65), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Tiffany Jones (1973), House of Mortal Sin (1976), Father, Dear Father in Australia (1978), The Young Doctors (1980), Gallipoli (1981), The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), Return to Eden (1983/86), The Coca-Cola Kid (1985), Anzacs (1985), Platypus Cove (1986), Over the Hill (1992), Minty (1998), Changi (2001), Peter Pan (2003) and Southern Cross (2004). He also regularly played Harry Carter in Glenview High (1977-79), Samuel Burton in The New Adventures of Black Beauty (1990-91) and Stuart MacLachlan in Snowy (1993).
Bill was one of Tony Hancock's regular sidekicks in his radio series Hancock's Half Hour in the 1950s, but had also been a regular on BBC Radio's Variety Bandbox in the 1940s, his catchphrase being: "I'm only here for four minutes!" He was twice nominated for Australian Film Institute Awards - Best Actor for Dusty (1983 - ironically, he missed out to Ray Barrett, who appeared in The Rescue (1965)) and Best Supporting Actor for Gallipoli (1981). Bill passed away while watching an episode of Seinfeld at home in Perth, Australia.
Reg Lye (Griffin) Oct 14 1912 to Mar 23 1988
Australian Reg's long career began with King of the Coral Sea (1954), and included Smiley (1956), The Stowaway (1958), The Madhouse on Castle Street (1963), The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963), Emergency Ward 10 (1963-64), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1965), The Wrong Box (1966), King of the River (1966), The Jazz Age (1968), Paul Temple (1970), Smith (1970), Ace of Wands (1970), 10 Rillington Place (1971), The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972), The Morecambe and Wise Show (1973), The Kids from 47A (1973), Dracula (1974), The Tomorrow People (1975), The Dick Emery Show (1971-76), The Ghosts of Motley Hall (1976-78), Wombling Free (1977), Wings (1977-78), George and Mildred (1978), Tarka the Otter (1979), Freedom (1982) and Joe Wilson (1988).
Reg received an Honourable Mention at the 1975 Australian Academy of Cinema, Television and the Arts Awards for his supporting role of Old Garth in the film Sunday Too Far Away.
Bill Lyons (Guard on Denes) Born Feb 25 1945
Bill's career is prolific and prestigious, and now takes place mostly behind camera. His earliest acting job was in Softly Softly (1967), and he also appeared in Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), A Family at War (1970), The Worker (1970), seven episodes of Z Cars (1964-72) and The Liver Birds (1972/74). He began writing scripts for TV as early as Z Cars (1972-76), and also Crossroads (1973), Marked Personal (1974), Rooms (1977), Angels (1979-83), Blake's 7 (1981), EastEnders (1985-89, which he also script edited between 1988-89), Gems (1985), Eldorado (1992-93), Heartbeat (1997) and over 200 episodes of Emmerdale (1994-2016). He also directs and produces, such as In Search of the Trojan War (1985, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy), Savage Skies/ Seas (1996/99) and Secrets of the Dead (2003-04). Bill was one of the judges for the ITV1 series Soapstars, which chose a new family to appear in Emmerdale in 2001.
2010: British Soap Special Achievement Award for his writing contribution to Emmerdale
Dibbs Mather (Guard in caravan) 1932 to Jun 21 2010
Australian Dibbs' other credits include The Hidden Truth (1964), The Australian Londoners (1965), Echoes of Paradise (1989) and The Leaving of Liverpool (1992).
Dibbs (born Donald Allan Mather-Brown) suffered a severe stroke in 2003, the same year his son, ITN director William Mather-Brown, drowned in the Var River near Nice in France, while rescuing his 11-year-old son Nicholas. In 1989, Dibbs had already lost his only other child, 19-year-old Ben, in a motorcycle accident. Dibbs, who in the 1960s worked for the BBC World Service and also produced a newsletter called Australarts to keep Aussie actors living in the UK up to date with news from back home, once interviewed the Beatles for radio in December 1963, one of the Fab Four's earliest interviews. Dibbs also captured a rare interview with ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev soon after his defection from the Soviet Union in 1961, and ailing poet and critic Edith Sitwell in 1964. Between 1962-74, Dibbs was married to Meg Bailey-Tart, granddaughter of Australian politician Earle Page, who served as the country's caretaker Prime Minister for three weeks in April 1939. Dibbs's brother was Bill Mather-Brown, an Australian sportsman who won four Golds, four Silvers and a Bronze in various sports at the Paralympics between 1960-68.
Rhys McConnochie (Rod) Born Dec 28 1936
New Zealander Rhys's debut was as a young Scrooge in a 1962 adaptation of A Christmas Carol, followed by roles in The Wars of the Roses (1965), Churchill's People (1975), The Amorous Dentist (1983), The Wild Duck (1983), Bodyline (1984), Anzacs (1985), Bullseye (1987), Return to Snowy River (1988), Brides of Christ (1991), Mother and Son (1992), Stingers (2003), MDA (2002-03), Missing the Boat (2008), The Trial (2009), Paper Giants: Magazine Wars (2013) and The Secret River (2014).
Rhys also works as a theatre director and acting tutor now in Australia, including at the Victoria College of the Arts.
William McGuirk (Guard in corridor) Dec 27 1930 to 2001
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guard in corridor in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Policeman in Terror of the Autons (1971 - credited, but scenes deleted)
Further credits include The Gamblers (1968), Never a Cross Word (1969), Z Cars (1975), The Professionals (1980), The Bill (1986) and Persuasion (1995).
Carmen Munroe (Fariah) Born Nov 12 1932
Guyana-born Carmen first appeared in sketch show How Do You View? in the early 1950s before going on to appear in First Night: The Strain (1963), No Hiding Place (1965), Naked Evil (1966), All Neat in Black Stockings (1968), Ace of Wands (1971), You're Only Young Twice (1971), The Fenn Street Gang (1971), The Fosters (1976-77), The Sweepstakes Game (1976), Black Christmas (1977), Mixed Blessings (1978), Rumpole of the Bailey (1983), The Final Passage (1996) and The Dumping Ground (2013). She regularly played Sister Frances Washington in General Hospital (1975-80), but is best known for playing Shirley Ambrose, wife of the eponymous barber in 71 episodes of the sitcom Desmond's (1989-94), and presented Play School for a time in the 1960s.
2007: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama
In 1985, Carmen founded the black theatre company Talawa along with Inigo Espegel, Yvonne Brewster and (fellow Doctor Who actress) Mona Hammond, and has for many years been at the forefront of developing black theatre in the UK. Her son was actor Gregory Munro (who also played her son in Mixed Blessings - he sadly died in 1998 of a heart condition).
David Nettheim (Fedorin) Jul 10 1925 to Mar 11 2008
Australian David debuted at the age of just two in Kid Stakes (1927), followed by various roles in Yes, It's the Cathode Ray Tube Show! (1957, which he co-created), The Budds of Paragon Row (1959), The Army Game (1959/60), The Avengers (1963), The Baron (1967), The Prisoner (1967), Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width (1970), Elizabeth R (1971), Dial M for Murder (1974), Glenview High (1978), Ripkin (1978), Sons and Daughters (1982-84, as Scott Thompson), Prisoner: Cell Block H (1980-82), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1986), A Country Practice (1992), GP (1991-94, as Murray Phipps), Paws (1997) and Love is a Four-Letter Word (2001).
His nephew is director Daniel Nettheim, who has directed episodes of both Doctor Who and spin-off K-9 in the 21st century. Another nephew is on-set feature films stills photographer Matt Nettheim, while his niece Jennifer White is a dialect coach and nephew Rodric White is a successful jazz pianist. David was a child actor since the 1920s (he played "Baby in pram" in 1927's Kid Stakes at the age of two, which was incidentally filmed in Woolloomooloo, where Griffin the chef says he's from in The Enemy of the World!) and worked as a radio drama writer and director in the 1940s. He lived and worked in the UK between 1956-77. He was an old school friend of the Australian conductor Sir Charles Mackerras, for whom he prepared classical music programmes for radio.
Mary Peach (Astrid) Born Oct 20 1934
South Africa born Mary's debut was in Esme Divided (1957), then Room at the Top (1959), The Lady is a Square (1959), Juke Box Jury (1961), A Gathering of Eagles (1963), The Saint (1967), Scrooge (1970), Menace (1973), Rooms (1975), Couples (1976), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976), Disraeli (1978), Fox (1980), The Gentle Touch (1982), The Far Pavilions (1984), Mothers and Daughters (1992) and Cutthroat Island (1995). She had regular roles as Kathy Webb in Inside Story (1960) and Milady de Winter in The Three Musketeers (1966-67), and appeared various times on the panel show Call My Bluff between 1968-74.
Her husband was writer/ director Jimmy Sangster, most closely associated with his work for Hammer. She was considered for a starring role in The Avengers when Diana Rigg left, but lost out to Linda Thorson. In 1959 she was BAFTA-nominated for Most Promising Film Newcomer for Room at the Top (she lost to Paul Massie).
George Pravda (Denes) Jun 19 1916 to May 1 1985
Doctor Who credits
Played: Denes in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Jaeger in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Castellan Spandrell in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Prague-born George's extensive career began with Muzi bez kridel (1946), followed by The Antlers (1947), Sailor of Fortune (1956), The Battle of the V-1 (1958), Jo's Boys (1959), The Avengers (1961), The Monsters (1962), Ring of Spies (1964), Thunderball (1965), The Prisoner (1967), Inspector Clouseau (1968), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), Department S (1970), Hadleigh (1971), Dracula (1973), Spy Trap (1973), QB VII (1974), The Duchess of Duke Street (1976), I, Claudius (1976), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), Strangers (1981-82), Chessgame (1983), Gulag (1985) and Cold War Killers (1986).
His wife was actress Hana Maria Pravda, best known as Emma Cohen in Survivors (1975). He was fluent in six languages, and sometimes acted on stage under the name Jiri Pravda (his birth name). His son is Dr Alex Pravda, an Emeritus Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford University.
Andrew Staines (Sergeant to Benik) Died Sep 16 2016
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sergeant to Benik in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Goodge in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Captain in Carnival of Monsters (1973)
Played: Keaver in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Andrew's only other screen credits are on Justice (1971) and The Woman in White (1982), although he worked extensively in theatre.
Andrew was Doctor Who producer Barry Letts' nephew. In 2008 Andrew was interviewed for the British Library's Theatre Archive Project, and had this to say about his time on Doctor Who: "I was in one - Pertwee had been the Doctor for several episodes then - but he had a change of personnel and had Katy Manning as his female sidekick and Roger Delgado as the Master, and then I was in two or three others after that, and then there I was in Jon's final one. They got Tom Baker in on the last day of rehearsal so that he could be transformed from Jon Pertwee - I was very interested, standing on the sidelines and watching them do it. I rather regret that I never went on to do an episode with Tom Baker." A transcript of the full interview can be found here.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Andrew here.
Henry's further credits include Detective (1964), Redcap (1965), A Man of Our Times (1968), The Avengers (1969), Clayhanger (1976), Elizabeth Alone (1981), Bulman (1985) and Oliver Twist (1985).
Henry was an expert at regional dialects and on one occasion he performed 56 separate voices in a single radio play, They Came to Britain, an achievement that earned him a place in the Guinness Book of Records. An inability to break through to larger acting success sometimes led Henry to turn to drink, and a darker side (according to The Scotsman).
Adam's other credits include Crossroads (1964), Redcap (1966), Great Big Blonde (1966), The Inside Man (1969), The Mind of J G Reeder (1969), Doctor in the House (1969/70), The Fenn Street Gang (1972) and Suez 1956 (1979).
Barry Letts (director) Mar 26 1925 to Oct 9 2009 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Enemy of the World (1967-68), Inferno (1970, episodes 3-7 (studio), uncredited), Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited), Carnival of Monsters (1973), Planet of the Spiders (1974), The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: Man in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Police radio voice in Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Wrote: The Daemons (1971, as Guy Leopold), The Time Monster (1972, uncredited), The Green Death (1973, uncredited), Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited), The Paradise of Death (radio, 1993), The Ghosts of N-Space (radio, 1996)
Produced: Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death, Inferno, Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, Colony in Space, The Daemons, Day of the Daleks, The Curse of Peladon, The Sea Devils, The Mutants, The Time Monster, The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monsters, Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks, The Green Death, The Time Warrior, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Death to the Daleks, The Monster of Peladon, Planet of the Spiders (uncredited), Robot (1970-75)
Executive producer: The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis (1980-81)
Barry started out as an actor in San Demetrio London (1943), and also popped up in Scott of the Antarctic (1948), A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949), The Cruel Sea (1953), The Mulberry Accelerator (1955), The Gordon Honour (1955-56), Sara Crewe (1957), The Silver Sword (1957-58), The Black Arrow (1958), The Moonstone (1959), The Long Way Home (1960), Coronation Street (1961), City Beneath the Sea (1962), The Last Man Out (1962), The Avengers (1964), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), Z Cars (1963-64/65), Softly Softly (1966), The Man Who Never Was (1966) and This Man Craig (1966).
Barry moved behind the cameras as a director on the police series Z Cars, working on six episodes between 1967-68, followed by stints on Adventure Weekly (1968-69), The Newcomers (1967-69), The Doctors (1969), The Prince and the Pauper (1976), Gulliver in Lilliput (1982), Alice in Wonderland (1986), David Copperfield (1986) and EastEnders (1990-92).
As a producer, he helmed Moonbase 3 (1973), Lorna Doone (1976), Katy (1976), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1976), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Children of the New Forest (1977), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), The Mill on the Floss (1978-79), The Old Curiosity Shop (1979-80), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), The Talisman (1980-81), Sense and Sensibility (1981), Great Expectations (1981), Stalky & Co (1982), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982), Beau Geste (1982), Dombey and Son (1983), Jane Eyre (1983), The Invisible Man (1984), The Prisoner of Zenda (1984) and The Pickwick Papers (1985).
And if all that wasn't quite enough, he also wrote scripts for Skyport (1960), Emergency Ward 10 (1966), The Newcomers (1966-67), Moonbase 3, Gulliver in Lilliput and Alice in Wonderland.
1981: Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series (Once Upon a Classic: A Tale of Two Cities) - shared with Jay Rayvid, James A DeVinney and Christine Ochtun
His sister was actress Pauline Letts, while his sons are actors Dominic and Crispin Letts. The 2009 Doctor Who story The Waters of Mars was dedicated to his memory.