Friday, February 28, 2014

The Wheel in Space

Jamie (Frazer Hines) in a space
suit familiar to viewers of The
Tenth Planet...
Six episodes (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6)
First broadcast Apr 27 to Jun 1 1968
Average audience for serial: 7.25m

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.

Wendy Padbury (Zoe Heriot) Born Dec 7 1947
Doctor Who credits
Played: Zoe Heriot in 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 appearance in The Five Doctors (1983)
Career highlights
Coming second in the 1964 talent series Search for a Star (the winner was Judi Johnson, who appeared uncredited in two Carry On films, then disappeared back into obscurity), Wendy secured a role in the soap Crossroads as Stevie Harris, Meg Mortimer's foster daughter, and also appeared briefly in Charlie Bubbles (1967), Aladdin (1967) and The Dickie Henderson Show (1968) before getting the role of Zoe. After leaving Doctor Who she found work as a co-presenter on the second series of the musical game show Score with the Scaffold (1970), as well as acting roles in The Blood on Satan's Claw (1970), Z Cars (1971), Seasons of the Year (1971), Crown Court (1974), The Many Wives of Patrick (1976), Emmerdale Farm (1987) and The Bill (1991). She also had a regular role as Sue Craig in Freewheelers (1971-73), and took presenting roles on You and Me (1976) and Merry-Go-Round (1977).
Facts
Wendy stopped acting in the early 1990s to become a theatrical agent, and counted Doctor Who luminaries Nicholas Courtney, Mark Strickson, Colin Baker and Matt Smith among her clients. Wendy was, until 1987, married to actor Melvyn Hayes. Wendy made a return to Doctor Who in 1974, playing companion Jenny to Trevor Martin's Doctor in the stageplay Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday at the Adelphi Theatre in London. Her daughter is actress Charley Hayes.

Freddie Foote (Servo robot) Born 1953
Career highlights
Freddie made his debut in King of the River (1966), after which he found roles in Blandings Castle (1967), The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1967), Nicholas Nickleby (1968), Orlando (1968), The Dick Emery Show (1970), Catweazle (1970), Mr Digby Darling (1970), Jamie (1971), Whack-O! (1972), Crossroads (1972-73) and My Old Man (1975).
Facts
As an adult he quit acting to work for Royal Mail.

Eric Flynn (Leo Ryan) Dec 13 1939 to Mar 4 2002 (cancer)
Career highlights
China-born Eric's debut came with Skyport (1959), then The Voodoo Factor (1959), The Silent Invasion (1962), As You Like It (1963), Dr Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (1963), Miss Adventure (1964), Weavers Green (1966), Glamour (1966), A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967), The Avengers (1967), The Caesars (1968), Ivanhoe (1970), Freewheelers (1971), The Black Arrow (1972-73), Maggie and Her (1978), Deadly Passion (1985), Empire of the Sun (1987), An Actor's Life for Me (1991), The All New Alexei Sayle Show (1995) and Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1999).
Facts
His children are actors Jerome and Daniel Flynn, and singer songwriter Johnny Flynn (of Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit - he sang the theme song for the BBC4 comedy Detectorists (2014)), while his daughter-in-law is actress Serena Evans (best remembered as Sergeant Dawkins in the sitcom The Thin Blue Line). Born in China as his father was a customs officer for the Hong Kong government, Eric and his family spent some of World War Two in a Japanese concentration camp following the invasion of China by Japan.

Anne Ridler (Dr Gemma Corwyn) 1930 to Feb 2 2011 (throat cancer)
Career highlights
Chinese-born Anne debuted in Portrait of Alison (1955), then made appearances in My Friend Charles (1956), A Time of Day (1957), The Camp on Blood Island (1958), Suspense (1962), The Scarlet and the Black (1965), Thursday's Child (1973), Moonbase 3 (1973), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), Whodunnit? (1974), The Tomorrow People (1975), Kizzy (1976), Tenko (1981), Tucker's Luck (1984), Strike It Rich! (1986), Wyatt's Watchdogs (1988), The Bill (1998) and Up at the Villa (2000). She also had a long-running role as Sergeant Chris Freeman in Dixon of Dock Green (1962-64) and will forever be immortalised as the voice of Kate Kestrel and Cy-Star in the children's puppet series Terrahawks (1983-86).
Facts
She was for a time married to actor Emrys Jones, who appeared in the Doctor Who story The Mind Robber (1968).

Clare Jenkins (Tanya Lernov)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Nanina in The Savages (1966)
Played: Tanya Lernov in The Wheel in Space (1968), The War Games (1969)
Career highlights
Clare's other credits include Crossroads (1964), Weavers Green (1966), The Revenue Men (1967), Z Cars (1968), Ivanhoe (1970) and The Death of Adolf Hitler (1973).

Michael Turner (Jarvis Bennett) Jul 19 1921 to Jul 14 2012
Career highlights
South African born Michael made his debut in The Black Arrow (1951), after which he popped up in many productions, such as Sherlock Holmes (1955), The Moonstone (1959), Crosstrap (1962), Othello (1965), Emergency Ward 10 (1967), The Gamblers (1967), The Avengers (1968), Big Breadwinner Hog (1969), Strange Report (1969), Cranford (1972), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1973), The Brothers (1974), Public Eye (1975), The New Avengers (1977), A Question of Guilt (1980), To Serve Them All My Days (1980), Mr Pye (1986), Cry Freedom (1987), Lady Chatterley (1993), Pie in the Sky (1996) and The Bill (1998).

Donald Sumpter (Enrico Casali) Born Feb 13 1943
Doctor Who credits
Played: Enrico Casali in The Wheel in Space (1968)
Played: Commander Ridgeway in The Sea Devils (1972)
Played: Erasmus Darkening in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Eternity Trap (2009)
Played: Rassilon in Hell Bent (2015)
Career highlights
Prolific Donald debuted in Softly Softly (1967), then found work in Gazette (1968), Groupie Girl (1970), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), Hadleigh (1973), Sadie, It's Cold Outside (1975), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), The Black Panther (1977), Antony and Cleopatra (1981), The Brack Report (1982), Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), Bleak House (1985), Boon (1986), Big Deal (1985-86), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1990), Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1990), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Between the Lines (1994), Our Friends in the North (1996), Cold Lazarus (1996), Bombay Blue (1997), Great Expectations (1999), The Queen's Nose (1995-2000), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), The Last Detective (2004), Dracula (2006), New Tricks (2008), Einstein and Eddington (2008), Being Human (2009-2010), Spooks (2010), Merlin (2010), The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2011), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Game of Thrones (2011-12), Wallander (2012), The Mill (2013), Atlantis (2013), Quirke (2014), New Worlds (2014), Jekyll and Hyde (2015) and The Knackerman (2016).
Facts
In 1978 Donald turned down the role of Blake in sci-fi show Blake's 7. The gap of 43 years between his second and third appearances in Doctor Who make him the record holder for biggest period of time between appearances in the programme.

Kenneth Watson (Bill Duggan) Nov 16 1931 to Jul 21 1998 (pancreatic cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Craddock in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966)
Played: Bill Duggan in The Wheel in Space (1968)
Career highlights
Debuted in Kidnapped (1956), then Formula for Danger (1960), Mill of Secrets (1960), Man of the World (1962), Taxi! (1963), The Liars (1966), The Revenue Men (1968), Public Eye (1969), Dad's Army (1969), Timeslip (1970), Budgie (1972), Holly (1972), The Brothers (1973), Funny Ha-Ha (1974), Crown Court (1974-76), Horse in the House (1977), The New Avengers (1977), Murder at the Wedding (1979), Coronation Street (1975/79/80), Grandad (1980), Wycliffe (1994) and The Bill (1996). He had a long-running role as Brian Blair in Scottish soap High Road (1987-90).
Facts
Coincidentally, Kenneth's character in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966) was played by his Wheel in Space co-star Michael Goldie in the TV version, The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964).

Michael Goldie (Elton Laleham) Feb 26 1932 to Jun 17 2013
Doctor Who credits
Played: Craddock in The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964)
Played: Elton Laleham in The Wheel in Space (1968)
Career highlights
Having previously appeared in The Avengers (1963), Michael later appeared in The Children of the New Forest (1964), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969), Smith (1970), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1973), Secret Army (1978), Matilda's England (1979), Get Lost! (1981), Fighting Back (1986), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and Wycliffe (1996). Michael also played Bob Statham, owner of the Weatherfield Recorder, in soap Coronation Street (1983 & 1987-88).
Facts
Coincidentally, Michael's character in The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964) was played by his Wheel in Space co-star Kenneth Watson in the movie version, Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966).

Derrick Gilbert (Armand Vallance) Born May 26 1937
Career highlights
Derrick's CV also includes work on Parade's End (1964), Turn Out the Lights (1967), Haunted (1967), The Borderers (1970), The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine (1971), A Traveller in Time (1978), A Horse Called Jester (1979), Grandad (1979) and In Suspicious Circumstances (1991).
Facts
Derrick's third wife was actress Xanthi Gardner, who also presented children's show You and Me for a time in the 1970s.

Kevork Malikyan (Kemel Rudkin) Born Jun 2 1943
Career highlights
Prolific Turkish-born Kevork made his debut in The Portrait of a Lady (1968), then took roles in Virgin of the Secret Service (1968), The Avengers (1969), The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), Jason King (1972), Little Big Time (1973), Midnight Express (1978), Sphinx (1981), Duty Free (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Press Gang (1992), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1993), Birds of a Feather (1994), The Final Cut (1995), The Commissioner (1998), Spooks (2002), Judge John Deed (2002), Saddam's Tribe (2007), Taken 2 (2012), Strike Back (2013), Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), The Promise (2016) and Silent Witness (2008/2017). He also had a long-running role as Maximillian Papandrious in the sitcom Mind Your Language (1977-79).

Peter Laird (Chang)
Career highlights
Debuting in Crane (1964), Peter's further work includes Vanity Fair (1969), George and the Dragon (1968), Take Three Girls (1969), Sense and Sensibility (1971), The Edwardians (1972), The Cedar Tree (1978), The Sandbaggers (1980), Sapphire and Steel (1981), Stay With Me Til Morning (1981), The Glory Boys (1984), The Man Who Cried (1993), Doctors (2000) and Dream Team (2002).

James Mellor (Sean Flannigan) Feb 4 1933 to Jan 28 1976
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sean Flannigan in The Wheel in Space (1968)
Played: Varan in The Mutants (1972)
Career highlights
James' debut was in Eugene O'Neill: Three Plays of the Sea (1960), followed by The Madhouse on Castle Street (1963), The Man in Room 17 (1965), Marat/ Sade (1967), The Oblong Box (1969), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), Doomwatch (1972), The Edwardians (1972), The Regiment (1973), Last of the Summer Wine (1973), On the Game (1974), Churchill's People (1975) and Moll Flanders (1975).

Jerry Holmes (Cyberman)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Parisian man in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966, uncredited)
Played: Cyberman in The Wheel in Space (1968)
Career highlights
Other work includes Hancock (1967) and Mooney and His Caravans (1968).

Gordon Stothard (Cyberman)
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).

Peter Hawkins (Cyberman voice) Apr 3 1924 to Jul 8 2006
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Daleks in The Daleks (1963-64), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Space Museum (1965), The Chase (1965), Dr Who and the Daleks (1965, film), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966, film), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967)
Played: Voice of the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet (1966), The Moonbase (1967), The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), The Wheel in Space (1968)
Played: Voice of Marc Cory in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Career highlights
Peter also provided memorable voices for series such as Whirligig (1950), The Flowerpot Men (1952), The Woodentops (1955), A Rubovian Legend (1955-56), Captain Pugwash (1957), Bleep and Booster (1963), Stories from ToyTown (1972), Rainbow (1972, as Zippy), The Perishers (1978), SuperTed (1982-84), The Family Ness (1984), Jimbo and the Jet-Set (1986) and Penny Crayon (1989-90), among others. He was also the legendary announcer for "Herge's Adventures of Tintin!" and the laughing Martian robots from the Smash adverts. Acting credits include The Machine Breakers (1957), Softly Softly (1966), A Family at War (1971), Dial M for Murder (1974) and The Four Corners of Nowhere (1995).
Facts
Peter was originally going to provide the voice of Gromit the dog of Wallace and Gromit fame (1989), but animator Nick Park decided he was more expressive without a voice. However, none of the legendary voices Peter created in his lifetime would have happened if he had not survived the sinking of HMS Limbourne in Canada in 1943. Ironically, Peter died on the same day Doctor Who's first ever Dalek/ Cyberman battle was broadcast in Doomsday (2006). He was married to actress Rosemary Miller.

Roy Skelton (Cyberman voice) Jul 20 1931 to Jun 8 2011 (pneumonia following a stroke)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Monoids in The Ark (1966)
Played: Voice of the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet (1966), The Wheel in Space (1968)
Played: Control technician in The Tenth Planet (1966, uncredited)
Played: Voice of the Daleks in The Evil of the Daleks (1967), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Destiny of the Daleks (1979), The Five Doctors (1983), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Computer voice in The Ice Warriors (1967)
Played: Voice of the Krotons in The Krotons (1968-69)
Played: Norton in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Wester in Planet of the Daleks (1973)
Played: James in The Green Death (1973)
Played: Chedaki in The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: King Rokon in The Hand of Fear (1976)
He also performed Dalek voices for the Comic Relief spoof The Curse of Fatal Death (1999)
Career highlights
As a specialist voice artist, Roy also provided voices for A Rubovian Legend (1958-59), Out of the Unknown (1967) and Ghosts of Albion (2003-04). Roy's most famous voices, apart from the Daleks, were for Zippy and George in the children's series Rainbow (1973-92), for which he also wrote over 25 scripts.

CREW

David Whitaker (writer) Apr 18 1928 to Feb 4 1980 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Story edited:
 An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Edge of Destruction, Marco Polo, The Keys of Marinus, The Aztecs, The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, Planet of Giants, The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1963-64)
Wrote: The Edge of Destruction (1964), The Rescue (1965), The Crusade (1965), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967), The Enemy of the World (1967-68), The Wheel in Space (1968), The Ambassadors of Death (episodes 1-3, 1970)
Career highlights
David was a writer at heart, having begun writing the continuity script on A Christmas Night with the Stars in 1958, followed by Compact (1962), Undermind (1965), Mr Rose (1968), Paul Temple (1970) and Elephant Boy (1973).
Facts
He also wrote the Dalek comic strips in TV Century 21 magazine and the 1965 stage play The Curse of the Daleks. David was the first person to write a novelisation of a Doctor Who story, namely Doctor Who in An Exciting Adventure with the Daleks in 1964. He also novelised The Crusade, but died before completing a novelisation of The Enemy of the World (it was finished by Ian Marter).

Kit Pedler (story idea) Jun 11 1927 to May 27 1981 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The War Machines (1966, came up with the story idea), The Tenth Planet (1966), The Moonbase (1967), The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), The Wheel in Space (1968, came up with the story idea), The Invasion (1968, came up with the story idea)
Career highlights
Kit also had writing credits on Doomwatch (1970) and its 1972 big screen spin-off. Kit trained as a doctor and surgeon, and was awarded a Ph.D for his research into the causes of infant blindness and became a senior lecturer at the Institute of Ophthalmology, part of the University of London, where he studied the function of the retina and was one of the pioneers in electron microscopy. In the mid-1960s Kit became Doctor Who's science fiction advisor, helping add factual weight to the scientific ideas in the series, and was also a contributor to science series Horizon and Tomorrow's World.
Facts
In the 1970s, Kit became an advocate for alternative technology and energy supplies which did not create irreversible or damaging pollution; he rejected harmful or wasteful products generated by modern industrial society. This led to his 1979 book The Quest for Gaia. The day after the third episode of Mind Over Matter - his documentary series on psychics and the paranormal - was transmitted, Kit was found dead in the conservatory of his home in Kent. His daughter is novelist Carol Topolski, writer of Monster Love and Do No Harm.
Note: This biog has been put together with the kind personal involvement of Kit's biographer, Michael Seely, who was determined to dispel some common myths about Dr Pedler. He says: "One of the reasons I wrote his life story was because of the misinformation out there about his life and achievements." Thanks Michael!

Tristan de Vere Cole (director) Born Mar 16 1935
Doctor Who credits
Production assistant: The Gunfighters (1966, uncredited)
Directed: The Wheel in Space (1968)
Career highlights
Tristan's directing work includes United! (1965), Kenilworth (1967), Take Three Girls (1969-70), The Doctors (1971-72), Emmerdale Farm (1972-73, including its first episode), Marked Personal (1974), Survivors (1977), Angels (1976-78), Secret Army (1979), The Odd Job Man (1984), Howards' Way (1985-88), Bergerac (1988-91) and Trainer (1991-92). He also directed and produced the series Sally Ann in 1979.
Facts
Tristan believes himself to be the last surviving illegitimate child of infamously amorous bohemian Welsh painter Augustus John, said to have fathered more than 100 children in his 83-year lifetime.

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.

2 comments:

  1. Wonder if Anne Ridler's birth year will turn up?

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  2. Well, the US IMDb are now saying she was born in 1930. They also say she died in August 2011 but this isn't true as this was when Equity reported her death. For the meantime, her date of death should stay as 2011. It's possible the cause of death was throat cancer (http://www.rulit.me/books/the-mammoth-book-of-best-new-horror-volume-23-read-282074-151.html).

    Please make these changes and delete these comments afterwards.

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