Monday, February 10, 2014

The Ice Warriors

"Of course I meant to land this way up!"
Six episodes (ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX)
First broadcast Nov 11 to Dec 16 1967
Average audience for serial: 7.33m

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

Michael Attwell (Ice Warrior Isbur) Jan 16 1943 to Mar 18 2006
Doctor Who credits
Played: Isbur in The Ice Warriors (1967)
Played: Bates in Attack of the Cybermen (1985)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Michael's first credit, after which he appeared in The First Churchills (1969), Turtle's Progress (1979-80), Bergerac (1983), Oliver Twist (1985), Are You Being Served? (1985), CATS Eyes (1987), Buster (1988), Westbeach (1993), The Scarlet and the Black (1993), Bugs (1995), Wycliffe (1997-98, as Stevens), My Family (2001), Daniel Deronda (2002), Dinotopia (2003), Trial and Retribution (2004), Hotel Babylon (2006) and Agatha Christie's Marple (2006). He may be best remembered as Kenny Beale in the soap EastEnders (1988).
Facts
Michael, 6ft 4in, was also a political cartoonist for the News of the World, The People and The Sun in the 1980s, using the name Zoke, and also drew comic strips for the likes of Bunty, Hotspur, Whizzer and Chips and Buster. His son is TV producer Jake Attwell.

Peter Barkworth (Clent) Jan 14 1929 to Oct 21 2006 (broncho-pneumonia following a stroke)
Career highlights
Prolific Peter's CV begins with a BBC Sunday Night Theatre entitled Adam's Apple (1952), followed by appearances in A Touch of Larceny (1959), Maigret (1960), Tiara Tahiti (1962), Emergency Ward 10 (1963), The Protectors (1964), Undermind (1965), Haunted (1967), Where Eagles Dare (1968), Patton (1970), The Guardians (1971), Anyone for Sex? (1973), Good Girl (1974), Mr Smith (1976), Secret Army (1977), The Morecambe and Wise Show (1980), Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981), The Price (1985), London Embassy (1987), Heartbeat (1993) and Wilde (1997). Peter's best remembered roles were as Kenneth Bligh in The Power Game (1965-66), Vincent in Manhunt (1970) and Mark Telford in Telford's Change (1979).
Awards
1975: BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor
1978: BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor (BBC2 Play of the Week: Professional Foul)
Facts
Peter was also an acting tutor at RADA, and taught Sir Anthony Hopkins and Simon Ward; his book About Acting is an oft-recommended read for drama students. Peter spent his final nine years in retirement, but his last interview was for Doctor Who missing episode reconstructors Loose Cannon, for whom he is pictured here in 2004, aged 75.
This is Your Life: Peter was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on March 14th, 1979, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews in a backstreet in central London, with the help of his Telford's Change co-star and fellow Doctor Who actor Hannah Gordon. His co-star in The Ice Warriors, Peter Sallis, was a guest on the show.

Bernard Bresslaw (Ice Warrior Varga) Feb 25 1934 to Jun 11 1993 (heart attack)
Career highlights
6ft 7in Bernard made his first appearance in The Men of Sherwood Forest (1954), followed by roles in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1956), Blood of the Vampire (1958), Too Many Crooks (1959), Meet the Champ (1960), Alice Through the Looking Box (1960), Our House (1961-62), Danger Man (1965), Emergency Ward 10 (1966), Mum's Boys (1968), Tickertape (1968, as presenter), Spring and Port Wine (1970), Up Pompeii (1971), Clochemerle (1972), Ooh La La! (1973), Vampira (1974), One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), Jabberwocky (1977), Hawk the Slayer (1980), Terry and June (1982), Krull (1983), The Giddy Game Show (1985), Mann's Best Friends (1985), T-Bag Bounces Back (1987), The Book Tower (1987), Asterix and the Big Fight (1989), Virtual Murder (1992), Leon the Pig Farmer (1992) and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1993). Bernard is best remembered as one of the regular Carry On film gang, appearing in 14 movies (1966-75) as well as the Carry On Christmas specials (1969-73) and Carry On Laughing series (1975). He also secured earlier fame as Private "Popeye" Popplewell in The Army Game (1957-58, alongside William Hartnell) and its spin-off I Only Arsked! (1958).
Facts
Bernard had two Top 10 hits in 1958 - the solo release Mad Passionate Love, and along with Michael Medwin, Alfie Bass and Leslie Fyson, The Signature Tune of The Army Game. In 1991 he appeared in an advert for British Telecom alongside The Idiot's Lantern's Maureen Lipman.

Sonny Caldinez (Ice Warrior Turoc) Born Jul 1 1932
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kemel in The Evil of the Daleks (1967)
Played: Turoc in The Ice Warriors (1967)
Played: Ice Warrior in The Seeds of Death (1969)
Played: Ssorg in The Curse of Peladon (1972)
Played: Sskel in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Career highlights
Trinidadian Sonny's other appearances include Scott On... (1964), Virgin of the Secret Service (1968), The Spy Killer (1969), White Cargo (1973), The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), Mind Your Language (1978), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), Arabian Adventure (1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997).
Facts
Sonny, who is 6ft 4in, emigrated to the UK in 1952 and started working on the railways and as a wrestler, before moving into stuntwork and acting. He also worked for a time as bodyguard for music legend Michael Jackson. He moved to Spain in 2005.

Peter Diamond (Davis) Aug 10 1929 to Mar 27 2004 (stroke) Click here for Peter Diamond's entry on The Romans

Wendy Gifford (Miss Garrett) Born Dec 9 1932
Career highlights
Wendy's earliest credit was Playhouse 90: A Town Has Turned to Dust in 1960, followed by appearances in No Cloak - No Dagger (1963), Detective (1964), The Man in the Mirror (1966), The Troubleshooters (1965-66, as Hilary Dawson), The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), The Gold Robbers (1969), Sentimental Education (1970), Spy Trap (1972), Man at the Top (1972), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), Shadows (1975), Couples (1976), Nobody's House (1976), Love for Lydia (1977), A Family Affair (1979), Champions (1984), Shine on Harvey Moon (1984), Boon (1989), Casualty (1991), ChuckleVision (1994), Where the Heart Is (1997) and Oktober (1998). She regularly played Laura Challis in The Plane Makers (1964-65).
Facts
Wendy married actor John Cater in 1963 (he appeared in Doctor Who story The War Machines (1966)). In July 1989, Wendy and John wrote a letter to Mark Fisher MP to be read out as part of his speech during a parliamentary debate about the taxation of actors, who invariably find themselves unemployed for erratic periods during a tax year. Wendy is also a qualified English and French teacher.

Tony Harwood (Ice Warrior Rintan) 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).

Roger Jones (Ice Warrior Zondal)
Other work includes Crossroads (1964), Ironhand (1965), The Wars of the Roses (1965-66), The Deadly Affair (1967) and Home Sweet Honeycombe (1968).

Angus Lennie (Storr) Apr 18 1930 to Sep 14 2014
Doctor Who credits
Played: Storr in The Ice Warriors (1967)
Played: Angus in Terror of the Zygons (1975)
Career highlights
Angus first appeared in The Mortimer Touch (1957) and later Para Handy - Master Mariner (1959-60), Tunes of Glory (1960), Petticoat Pirates (1961), The Great Escape (1963), 633 Squadron (1964), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1967), Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), The Borderers (1970), Paul Temple (1971), The Onedin Line (1973), One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), Send in the Girls (1978), Doom Castle (1980), Lovejoy (1986), Hannay (1988), All Night Long (1994), The Upper Hand (1995), Dad (1997) and Monarch of the Glen (2002-03). His most famous role was as chef Shughie McFee in the soap Crossroads (1974-80/85), as well as Murdoch in HMS Paradise (1964-65).

Peter Sallis (Penley) Feb 1 1921 to Jun 2 2017
Career highlights
Peter first emerged in 1947's A Midsummer Night's Dream, then The March of the Peasants (1952), Strange Experiences (1956), The Black Arrow (1958), The Widow of Bath (1959), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), The Mouse on the Moon (1963), Clash By Night (1964), Charlie Bubbles (1967), Scream and Scream Again (1970), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Wuthering Heights (1970), Catweazle (1970), The Moonstone (1972), The Pallisers (1974), The Ghosts of Motley Hall (1976-78, as Mr Gudgin), The Haunting of Julia (1977), Leave it to Charlie (1978), Strangers and Brothers (1984), The New Statesman (1987), Rumpole of the Bailey (1992), Holby City (2001), Belonging (2004) and Kingdom (2009). He is best known as Norman Clegg in every single one of the 295 episodes of the world's longest running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine (1973-2010), as well as Clegg's father in spin-off First of the Summer Wine (1988-89). His distinctive voice is that of eccentric inventor Wallace in the Wallace and Gromit animations since 1989, and that of Ratty in The Wind in the Willows (1984-88) and Oh! Mr Toad (1989-90).
Awards
2007: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama
Facts
Peter was cast as Striker in the Doctor Who story Enlightenment (1983) until industrial action forced him to pull out (the role was eventually played by Keith Barron). Peter retired due to the effects of macular degeneration, and died peacefully in the actors' home Denville Hall. His son is production designer Crispian Sallis, who has worked on the sets for the likes of Camelot, The Tudors, Gladiator and 12 Monkeys.

Roy Skelton (Computer voice) Jul 20 1931 to Jun 8 2011 (pneumonia following a stroke) Click here for Roy Skelton's entry on The Ark

Malcolm Taylor (Walters) Nov 8 1937 to Feb 6 2012 (heart attack)
Career highlights
Malcolm has worked both in front of and behind the cameras, having directed The First Lady (1968), Softly Softly (1968-69), The Troubleshooters (1969), Counterstrike (1969), Thriller (1974-75), Beryl's Lot (1975), Crossroads (1977), The Glamour Girls (1980-82), Me and My Girl (1985, which he also produced), EastEnders (1985), Coronation Street (1979-80/ 1984-87), Fair City (1988) and Ros na Run (1996). He has acted in The Plane Makers (1963), The New Forest Rustlers (1966), The Avengers (1962/67), The White Bus (1967), The Duchess of Duke Street (1977) and Blake's 7 (1978).
Facts
His wife was actress Anne Rutter. Film director Lindsay Anderson asked Malcolm to be Richard Harris's dialect coach in the 1963 film This Sporting Life, also starring William Hartnell. In the 1970s he was artistic director of York's Theatre Royal, and also set up a production company with actor David Jason called Topaz Productions. In 1994 he wrote the book The Actor and the Camera.

George Waring (Arden) Feb 20 1925 to Feb 15 2010 (cancer)
Career highlights
George's acting career began with The Big Pull (1962), then The Plane Makers (1964), Mrs Thursday (1966-67), Castle Haven (1969), Doomwatch (1971), Ace of Wands (1971), Tightrope (1972), Sam (1973), Emmerdale Farm (1974), Sam (1973), Marked Personal (1974), Six Days of Justice (1972-75), Dickens of London (1976), Love for Lydia (1977), Mixed Blessings (1978), Tarka the Otter (1979), Telford's Change (1979), Coronation Street (1980-81, as Arnold Swain, the bigamist husband of Emily Bishop), That's My Boy (1983), Terry and June (1985), God's Outlaw (1986), Andy Capp (1988), Forever Green (1992), As Time Goes By (1998), Casualty (1999) and Peak Practice (2000).
Facts
George's father was Wing Commander H J Barton-Chapple, who had worked alongside John Logie Baird in pioneering television, while his brother was fellow actor Derek Waring (who appeared in Castrovalva in 1982) and his sister-in-law was actress Dorothy Tutin. Extending the sibling connections further, George's other brother was Richard Waring, known as a writer on sitcoms such as The Marriage Lines, My Wife Next Door, And Mother Makes Three/ Five and Robin's Nest. George's son is graphic designer Geoffrey (whose handwriting makes up the logo for Red magazine).

CREW

Brian Hayles (writer) Mar 7 1931 to Oct 30 1978 Click here for Brian Hayles's entry on The Celestial Toymaker

Derek Martinus (director) Apr 4 1931 to Mar 27 2014 (Alzheimer's Disease) Click here for Derek Martinus's entry on Galaxy 4

Innes Lloyd (producer) Dec 24 1925 to Aug 23 1991 Click here for Innes Lloyd's entry on The Celestial Toymaker

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

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