Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Web of Fear

"C'mon, we're going to be late for work!"
Six episodes (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6)
First broadcast Feb 3 to Mar 9 1968
Average audience for serial: 7.62m

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.

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.

Tina Packer (Ann Travers) Born Sep 28 1938
Career highlights
Tina's earliest acting role was in No Hiding Place (1964), after which she appeared in The Avengers (1965), David Copperfield (1966), Two a Penny (1967), Boy Meets Girl (1968), Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition (1970) and Crime of Passion (1972). She also appeared as herself in It's Saturday Night (1959), Charlie Rose (2013) and the 2017 documentary Nothing is Truer Than the Truth (about Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford).
Facts
Tina was a drama teacher in London before leaving the UK for the US in 1972, where in 1978 she founded and became artistic director of the Shakespeare and Company Theatre in Lenox, Massachusetts until her retirement in 2009. Although not proven, it is thought Tina may have directed more productions of Shakespeare's plays than any other woman in the world. She is the subject of Helen Epstein's biography, The Companies She Keeps, and the WGBH film Sex, Violence & Poetry: a Portrait of Tina Packer. She continues to spearhead an international effort to reconstruct an historically accurate reproduction of the 1587 Rose Playhouse, where Shakespeare's plays were first performed. Her first husband was actor Laurie Asprey, with whom she had son Jason, now an actor.

Frederick Schrecker (Julius Silverstein) Jan 10 1892 to Jul 13 1976
Career highlights
Austrian Fritz/ Frederick's earliest known credit was in Der Feldherrnhugel (1926), followed by roles in Die Koffer des Herrn O.F (1931), Counterspy (1953), Breakaway (1955), The Trollenberg Terror (1956-57), Dixon of Dock Green (1957), Women in Love (1958), The Cheaters (1961), Billion Dollar Brain (1968), The Liver Birds (1971), The Man Outside (1972), The Glittering Prizes (1976) and Killers (1976).

Rod Beacham (Corporal Lane) Dec 3 1940 to Feb 12 2013
Career highlights
After debuting in Doctor Who, Rod's further work included Strange Report (1969), The Brothers (1972), Van der Valk (1973), Within These Walls (1975), The Squeeze (1977), Enemy at the Door (1978) and Shoestring (1980). He gave up acting to move behind the camera to script-write for Blake's 7 (1981), Bergerac (1983-90), Coasting (1990), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1991) and The Bill (1997-2000), and also wrote extensively for radio and the stage, most notably the production Lies Have Been Told, a one-man play about newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell. Rod was adapting the play into a film script at the time of his death.
Facts
He was also a founder member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre, and the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond.

Richardson Morgan (Corporal Blake)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Corporal Blake in The Web of Fear (1968)
Played: Rogin in The Ark in Space (1975)
Career highlights
Debuting in Vendetta (1967), Detective (1968), Richardson's career took in Tales of Unease (1970), New Scotland Yard (1972), Van der Valk (1973), The Adventurer (1973), Holding On (1977), Rebecca (1979), Two People (1979), Shine on Harvey Moon (1984), Inspector Morse (1987), EastEnders (1994) and A Respectable Trade (1998). He also wrote an episode of the anthology series Tales of Unease in 1970.
Facts
From the 1980s he went by the professional name of Ric Morgan.

Ralph Watson (Captain Knight) Born Jan 20 1936
Doctor Who credits
Played: Technician in The Underwater Menace (1967)
Played: Captain Knight in The Web of Fear (1968)
Played: Ettis in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Played: Ben in Horror of Fang Rock (1977)
Career highlights
His first credit was Front Page Story (1965), then The Three Musketeers (1966), The Anniversary (1968), Barlow at Large (1973), Edward the Seventh (1975), Battle of the Sexes (1976), When the Boat Comes In (1976), Dave Allen At Large (1976-78), Hazell (1979), One By One (1985), Prospects (1986), Boon (1989), Spender (1992), The Glass Virgin (1995), Shooting Fish (1997), A Soldier's Tunic (2004) and Casualty (2007).
Facts
In the early 1980s Ralph worked as a teacher in London. Here he is, on Twitter!
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Ralph here.

Jon Rollason (Harold Chorley) Apr 9 1931 to Feb 20 2016
Career highlights
Jon's screen acting debut came in The Children of the New Forest (1955), after which he appeared in First Night (1963), Swizzlewick (1964), Danger Man (1966), The Troubleshooters (1967), The Borderers (1970), Barlow (1973) and Robin's Nest (1979). He also played semi-regular Dave Robbins in soap Coronation Street (1963-64/69/71) but will be best remembered as short-lived regular Dr Martin King in The Avengers (1962). Jon also wrote many radio serials, as well as The Double Dealers (1974) and episodes of soap Crossroads (1976, for which he invented the popular character of Benny) for TV, before moving to North Wales to get involved in local politics, becoming mayor of the town of Llanrwst for a time.

Jack Woolgar (Staff Sergeant Arnold) Sep 15 1913 to Jul 14 1978
Career highlights
After debuting in The Artful Dodger (1959), Jack's CV included roles in Skyport (1960), Biggles (1960), It's Dark Outside (1964), Orlando (1966), The Avengers (1967), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1967), Hammerhead (1968), The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (1969, as the titular character), Kate (1970), Paul Temple (1970), The Liver Birds (1971), Ace of Wands (1971), Follyfoot (1972), Review (1972), Our Kid (1973), Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1974), Crown Court (1973/74), The Sweeney (1975) and Last of the Summer Wine (1975). In his last years he became best known for playing Sam Carne in soap Crossroads (1975-78).
Facts
A tribute site to Jack created by his son Tim can be found here.

Stephen Whittaker (Craftsman Weams) Jun 28 1947 to Feb 7 2003
Career highlights
Other credits include The Edwardians (1964), The Gun (1967), Sat'day While Sunday (1967), Chastity (1969), Strange Report (1969), Callan (1972), Crown Court (1973), I Escaped from Devil's Island (1973), The Legend of Robin Hood (1975), Target (1977), Spearhead (1979), Yanks (1979), Only a Game (1981), The Keep (1983) and Blott on the Landscape (1985). After giving up acting Stephen moved behind the scenes to go into directing, working on What If It's Raining (1986), Eurocops (1988), Portrait of a Marriage (1988), Inspector Morse (1993), Grafters (1999), Dalziel and Pascoe (2000), Sons and Lovers (2003) and The Rocket Post (2004).

Bernard G High (Soldier) Born Mar 21 1944
Doctor Who credits
Played: Soldier in The Web of Fear (1968)
Played: Corporal in Terror of the Zygons (1975)
Career highlights
Bernard debuted in A Game of Murder (1966), then took roles in Z Cars (1967), Detective (1968), Night After Night After Night (1969) and Within These Walls (1975). Bernard also wrote plays for the stage.

John Levene (Yeti) Born Dec 24 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyberman in The Moonbase (1967, uncredited)
Played: Yeti in The Web of Fear (1968), The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Sergeant/ RSM Benton in The Invasion (1968), The Ambassadors of Death (1970), Inferno (1970), Terror of the Autons (1971), The Mind of Evil (1971), The Claws of Axos (1971), The Daemons (1971), Day of the Daleks (1972), The Time Monster (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Green Death (1973), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974), Robot (1974-75), Terror of the Zygons (1975), The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: Platoon Under Leader Benton in Inferno (1970)
Career highlights
John's other appearances include Undermind (1965), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Z Cars (1967), Germinal (1970), UFO (1970), Callan (1972), Psychomania (1973), The Jensen Code (1973), Carry On Laughing! (1975), Big Bad Beetleborgs (1997), CanniBallistic! (2002), Automatons (2006) and Satan Hates You (2010).
Facts
John was inspired to become an actor after meeting Telly Savalas in a men's clothing shop. He quit acting in 1977 and set up his own audio-visual production company, before moving to America, where he started acting once more after working for some years as an entertainer on cruise liners. In 1987 he reprised the role of Benton for the fan video spin-off Wartime. John's wife Jeni is an executive at Warner Bros Studios. If you have a desire to hear John sing, then why not try out his 2012 album The Ballads of Sergeant Benton?

John Lord (Yeti)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Yeti in The Web of Fear (1968)
Played: Masters in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Career highlights
His other credits include Doomwatch (1970), No, That's Me Over Here! (1970) and The Man Outside (1972).

Gordon Stothard (Yeti)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Yeti in The Web of Fear (1968)
Played: Cyberman in The Wheel in Space (1968)
Played: Man carrying caskets in The Invasion (1968, uncredited)
Played: Prison officer in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: Grun in The Curse of Peladon (1972, as Gordon St Clair)
Career highlights
Gordon's only other credited role was in Paul Temple (1970).

Colin Warman (Yeti)
Colin's only other credit is Z Cars (1968).

Jeremy King (Yeti)
This is Jeremy's only known credit.

Roger Jacombs (Yeti) Apr 7 1940 to Dec 26 1999
Career highlights
Roger's other work includes Adam Adamant Lives! (1966) and Up Pompeii (1970), as well as the Morecambe and Wise vehicle Two of a Kind (1967-68).

Joseph O'Connell (Soldier)
Career highlights
Joseph's other work include Z Cars (1967), Thingumybob (1968), Callan (1969), Public Eye (1969) and Special Branch (1970).

Derek Pollitt (Driver Evans) 1926 to Jul 11 2010
Doctor Who credits
Played: Driver Evans in The Web of Fear (1968)
Played: Private Wright in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Professor Caldera in Shada (1980, untransmitted)
Career highlights
Further work included Such is Life (1950), Strife (1960), Coronation Street (1966), The Body Stealers (1969), Bread (1971) and The Onedin Line (1978).
Facts
Derek sadly went blind in 1997 and moved into an RNIB hostel, but this didn't stop him raising money for a hospice in Llandudno, North Wales, by walking from John O'Groats to Land's End for a penny a mile (raising £1,301). His brother was fellow actor Clyde Pollitt, who appeared in two Doctor Who stories - The War Games (1969) and The Three Doctors (1972-73). His mother was Betty (Lloyd-) Davies, who was also a noted Welsh bard called Branwen Ellis. In 1955, Derek and his wife formed the Galleon touring theatre company, and ran two others with his brothers Brian and Clyde.

Nicholas Courtney (Colonel Lethbridge Stewart) Dec 16 1929 to Feb 22 2011 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Bret Vyon in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart in The Web of Fear (then ranked as Colonel, 1968), The Invasion (1968), Spearhead from Space (1970), Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970), The Ambassadors of Death (1970), Inferno (1970), Terror of the Autons (1971), The Mind of Evil (1971), The Claws of Axos (1971), Colony in Space (1971), The Daemons (1971), Day of the Daleks (1972), The Time Monster (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Green Death (1973), The Time Warrior (1973-74), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974), Robot (1974-75), Terror of the Zygons (1975), Mawdryn Undead (1983), The Five Doctors (1983), Battlefield (1989), Dimensions in Time (1993), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane (2008)
Played: Brigade Leader Lethbridge Stewart in Inferno (1970)
Played: Tourist in Silver Nemesis (1988, uncredited)
Career highlights
His TV career began in Escape (1957), followed by roles in Looking About (1962), The Avengers (1962/67), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), The Saint (1965), The Champions (1968), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969), Jason King (1971), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1973), Shelley (1980), Then Churchill Said To Me (1982), Minder (1984), Yes, Prime Minister (1987), Only Fools and Horses (1988), Bullseye! (1990), French Fields (1990-91), Satellite City (1996), Doctors (2005), The Bill (2007) and Incendiary (2008).
Facts
Egypt born Nicholas also reprised the role of the Brigadier in the fan-made video production Downtime (1995), an episode of Harry Hill (2000) and a handful of Big Finish audio adventures. Nicholas acted alongside seven of the TV Doctors in the series, and on audio with Eighth Doctor Paul McGann. Nicholas was one of only two actors to have appeared in Doctor Who as the same character in its first three decades (1960s, 70s and 80s, along with Patrick Troughton). He also appeared in Dimensions in Time in the 1990s, and spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures in the 2000s - thus beating Troughton!

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.

Douglas Camfield (director) May 8 1931 to Jan 27 1984 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Production assistant: An Unearthly Child (uncredited, 1963), Marco Polo (uncredited, 1964)
Directed: An Unearthly Child (film inserts, uncredited, 1963), Planet of Giants (episode 4, material from which was edited into episode 3, 1964), The Crusade (1965), The Time Meddler (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), The Web of Fear (1968), The Invasion (1968), Inferno (1970), Terror of the Zygons (1975), The Seeds of Doom (1976).
Career highlights
Douglas's Doctor Who career began as production assistant on the very first story, and could have included a stint as its producer had he accepted the post when offered it in 1969. It may be just as well he didn't, as during production of Inferno the following year he was taken ill with a heart ailment, which he suffered with for the rest of his life. Formerly a lieutenant in the Army, Douglas also directed for Swizzlewick (1964), The Troubleshooters (1965), Out of the Unknown (1969), Z Cars (1969), Paul Temple (1969-71), Van der Valk (1972-73), Public Eye (1971-75), The Sweeney (1975-78), Blake's 7 (1978), The Professionals (1977/80), Shoestring (1979-80), The Nightmare Man (1981), Beau Geste (1982) and Missing from Home (1984). He also dabbled in writing, and had written Adventure to Order in 1961 before he pitched a script to Doctor Who in 1975 involving aliens, the French Foreign Legion and the death of companion Sarah Jane Smith, but this was never developed.
Facts
Douglas was married to actress Sheila Dunn, who he cast in three of his Doctor Who stories. He made a cameo as one of the faces seen during the mind battle between the Doctor and Morbius in The Brain of Morbius (1976).

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.

1 comment:

  1. Was Derek Pollitt born in 1926 or 1927? That is the question.

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