Friday, March 07, 2014

The Invasion

Cybermen invade London - 1968 and 2010!
Eight episodes (Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four, Episode Five, Episode Six, Episode Seven, Episode Eight)
First broadcast Nov 2 to Dec 21 1968
Average audience for serial: 6.91m


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).
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).
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).
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.

Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier 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).
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!

John Levene (Benton) 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).
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?

Kevin Stoney (Tobias Vaughn) Jan 22 1921 to Jan 22 2008 (skin cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Mavic Chen in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Tobias Vaughn in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Tyrum in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975)
Career highlights
Kevin's career began in 1950's The Gentle Gunman, followed by David Copperfield (1956), William Tell (1959), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1958-60), The Six Proud Walkers (1962), Murder at the Gallop (1963), The Prisoner (1967), Doomwatch (1970), Spy Trap (1972), The Tomorrow People (1973), The New Avengers (1976), Quatermass (1979), Bergerac (1981-83), Hannay (1988), Inspector Morse (1993) and Alleyn Mysteries (1993). Kevin also played the character Thrasyllus in both The Caesars (1968) and I, Claudius (1976).
Kevin was voted the Daily Mail's Villain of the Year in 1965 for his memorable role in The Daleks' Master Plan. In 1985 Kevin's very premature death was announced in a Doctor Who fanzine, but he made an appearance at a 1987 convention to prove he was still alive and kicking!

Sally Faulkner (Isobel Watkins) Born 1944
Career highlights
Sally made her TV debut in a 1967 episode of Boys Meets Girl, and went on to appear in The Body Stealers (1969), The Culture Vultures (1970), Vampyres (1974), I'm Not Feeling Myself Tonight (1976), Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976), Target (1978), Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair (1979), The Professionals (1982), Just Good Friends (1986), Brookside (1988), House of Cards (1990), She-Wolf of London (1990), Chancer (1991), Hollyoaks (1996), Big Kids (2000), Silent Witness (2002), Doctors (2005/07), Identity (2010), The Bill (1988/92/97/2004/10) and The Verity (2016).

Murray Evans (Lorry driver)
Career highlights
Murray's earliest work was in Payroll (1961), then This Sporting Life (1963), The Sicilians (1963), Orlando (1966), The Shuttered Room (1967), The Troubleshooters (1969) and Youngblood (1986).

Walter Randall (Patrolman) 1918 to 2008
Doctor Who credits
Played: Tonila in The Aztecs (1964)
Played: El Akir in The Crusade (1965)
Played: Hyksos in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Patrolman in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Harry Slocum in Inferno (1970)
Played: Guard captain in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
Dancer/ actor Walter's long career began in Rock You Sinners (1958), then Nudist Paradise (1959), Man from Interpol (1960), The Hands of Orlac (1961), Ghost Squad (1963), Danger Man (1964), All Gas and Gaiters (1967), Trial (1971), Follyfoot (1973), The Double Dealers (1974), Target (1977), The Professionals (1980) and Yes, Minister (1982).
Former dancer Walter went into partnership with Jon Pertwee in the 1970s, owning a hamburger diner.

Geoffrey Cheshire (Tracy) Mar 26 1927 to Oct 5 2004
Doctor Who credits
Played: Viking leader in The Time Meddler (1965)
Played: Garge in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Roboman in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966)
Played: Tracy in The Invasion (1968)
Career highlights
Geoffrey's other credits include The Skull (1965), The Saint (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Doctor in Charge (1972), The Thief of Baghdad (1978) and The Bill (1989).

Peter Halliday (Packer) Jun 2 1924 to Feb 18 2012
Doctor Who credits
Played: Packer in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Silurian voices in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Alien voices in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Pletrac in Carnival of Monsters (1973)
Played: Soldier in City of Death (1979)
Played: Vicar in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Career highlights
Peter's career began with 1954's Fatal Journey and he then took roles in The Count of Monte Cristo (1956), Dunkirk (1958), The Citadel (1960), Garry Halliday (1962), Sierra Nine (1963), Danger Man (1965), Write a Play (1965), The Avengers (1968), UFO (1970-71), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), The Befrienders (1972), Bowler (1973), The Boy with Two Heads (1974), The Sweeney (1975), Keep It Up Downstairs (1976), Beasts (1976), Angels (1982), The Tripods (1984), No 73 (1986), Hannay (1989), The Remains of the Day (1993), Our Friends in the North (1996), Goodnight Sweetheart (1997), Esther (1999), Micawber (2001) and Lassie (2005). He also played Dr John Fleming in A for Andromeda (1961) and The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962).
Peter was for a time married to the actress Simone Lovell, daughter of the actors Raymond Lovell and Margot Collis (who had an affair with the poet W B Yeats during her marriage to Lovell).

Ian Fairbairn (Gregory) Sep 17 1931 to Dec 2 2014
Doctor Who credits
Played: Questa in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: Gregory in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Bromley in Inferno (1970)
Played: Dr Chester in The Seeds of Doom (1976)
Career highlights
Ian's career began with a 1960 episode of Scotland Yard, and then appeared in Emergency Ward 10 (1961-62), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), The Troubleshooters (1969), The Lotus Eaters (1973), The Professionals (1977/80), Dramarama (1986) and Last of the Summer Wine (1991). Self-confessed hoarder Ian, who played Dr Frazer in Timeslip between 1970-71, retained the only original Timeslip scripts known to exist!

James Thornhill (Sergeant Walters)
Career highlights
James had previously appeared in The Entertainer (1960), Girl in a Black Bikini (1967), Z Cars (1967), Poor Cow (1967) and The Limbo Line (1968). Doctor Who was his final credit.

Robert Sidaway (Captain Turner) Born Jan 24 1942
Doctor Who credits
Played: Avon in The Savages (1966)
Played: Captain Turner in The Invasion (1968)
Career highlights
Further acting credits include It Happened Like This (1962), Out of the Unknown (1965), The Avengers (1968), A Nice Girl Like Me (1969), Crossroads (1973), Joy Division (2006) and Chuck the Eco Duck (as narrator, 2009). Robert also slipped behind the camera to become a producer on The Game of the Century (1978), The Optimist (1983-85), Best of British (1987-94), The World of Hammer (1994) and Chuck the Eco Duck. He also scripted many of the programmes he produced.
Robert is married to actor Maggie Don. In the 1970s Robert worked in public relations and marketing for London theatre managers. In 1987 he wrote a book based on his documentary series Best of British, focusing on the Rank Organisation, and in 1996 wrote a novelisation of his film Rainbow (which was the first theatrically distributed all-digital feature film). In 1995 Robert co-founded the International Football Hall of Fame.

Edward Burnham (Professor Watkins) Dec 25 1916 to Jun 30 2015
Doctor Who credits
Played: Professor Watkins in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Professor Kettlewell in Robot (1974-75)
Career highlights
Edward's career began in 1938 with The Marvellous History of St Bernard, followed by Destination Downing Street (1957), Quatermass and the Pit (1959), The Citadel (1960), The Plane Makers (1964), The Saint (1966), To Sir, With Love (1967), The Avengers (1967/69), Christ Crucified (1969), The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971), 10 Rillington Place (1971), The Pallisers (1974), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), Van der Valk (1977), Tales of the Unexpected (1982), Muck and Brass (1982), Eh Brian! It's a Whopper (1984), The Gentle Touch (1984), Oliver Twist (1985), Little Dorrit (1988), Nightingales (1990), The Bill (1992), Black Books (2002) and Swiss Toni (2003).
Edward was the first director to put Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood on the stage at the 1956 Edinburgh Festival. Edward's daughter Vinilla Burnham has some impressive claims to fame, including designing the Batsuit for Tim Burton's Batman (1989), Aslan the Lion for The Chronicles of Narnia TV series (1988-90) and various creatures and costumes for Brazil (1985), The Fifth Element (1997), The Wind in the Willows (2006) and The Seeker: The Dark is Rising (2007). In 2008, at the age of 92, Edward released his first novel, Moosia, set during the Russian Revolution.

Sheila Dunn (Phone operator, computer voice) Apr 11 1940 to Mar 3 2004
Doctor Who credits
Played: Blossom Lefevre in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Computer voice/ telephone operator in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Petra Williams in Inferno (1970)
Played: Dr Petra Williams in Inferno (1970)
Career highlights
Sheila's other credits include R3 (1965), Z Cars (1967), Mistress of Hardwick (1972), The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974), Accident (1978), Kessler (1981), The Bill (1997) and Harry Hill (1997-2000, in which she played Harry's mother).
Sheila was married to director Douglas Camfield, who cast her in three of his Doctor Who stories, and her father was Bill Dunn, inventor of the bullet-proof Spitfire engine and chairman of ICI. In the 1980s and 90s Sheila was a leading light in the Richmond Shakespeare Society (as Sheila Camfield), and popped up on TV in the oddest of places - including playing an old and obese Baby Spice in An Audience with the Spice Girls (1997)!

Edward Dentith (Major-General Rutlidge) Sep 22 1917 to Jan 1999
Career highlights
First performing under the name Edward Dain in Without the Prince (1952), My Wife Jacqueline (1952), Operation Diplomat (1953) and Portrait of Alison (1955), Edward also appeared in Abigail and Roger (1956), Yangtse Incident (1957), The Moonraker (1958), The Avengers (1961), Gideon's Way (1965), Crossroads (1966), The Jazz Age (1968), The First Churchills (1969), The Onedin Line (1971), War and Peace (1972), Son of the Bride (1973), Affairs of the Heart (1975), King of the Castle (1977), The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1977), Lillie (1978), Emmerdale Farm (1979), All Creatures Great and Small (1988), Around the World in 80 Days (1989), Mulberry (1992) and Leon the Pig Farmer (1992).
Edward's son was Professor Simon Dentith, latterly of the University of Reading, who died in 2014 aged 62.

Peter Thompson (Workman) Born 1925
Doctor Who credits
Played: Workman in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Primord in Inferno (1970)
Career highlights
Peter made his debut in Stranger on the Shore (1961), and then popped up in Z Cars (1964), Six Shades of Black (1965), Frankie Howerd (1966), Ollie and Fred's Five O'Clock Club (1966), Freewheelers (1968), Kemek (1970), Twins of Evil (1971), Plugg (1975), High Rolling (1977), Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979/80), The Other Woman (1981), Channel Chaos (1984) and Neighbours (1986).

Dominic Allan (Policeman)
Career highlights
Dominic's other credits include The Troubleshooters (1968), The Girl with a Pistol (1968), The Railway Children (1970), A Pin to See the Peepshow (1973), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), The Tomorrow People (1978), Law and Order (1978), Rebecca (1979), Minder (1982) and The Russian Soldier (1986). 

Stacy Davies (Private Perkins)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Private Perkins in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Veros in State of Decay (1980)
Career highlights
Stacy's earliest credit was on 1963's The Human Jungle, and subsequently King of the River (1966), The Revenue Men (1967), Sex and the Other Woman (1972), Barlow (1975), Clayhanger (1976), The Flockton Flyer (1977), 1990 (1977), A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979), Terry and June (1982), Eh Brian! It's a Whopper (1984), The Magnificent Evans (1984), Scene: Your Place or Mine (1985), Rockcliffe's Folly (1988), Bernard and the Genie (1991), Virtual Murder (1992), Backup (1997), Big Women (1998), Lady Audley's Secret (2000) and London's Burning (2001). He had a recurring role as Dick Willoughby in medical drama Angels (1981-83).

Pat Gorman (Cyberman)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Freedom fighter/ Rebel in The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964, uncredited)
Played: Planetarian in Mission to the Unknown (1965, uncredited)
Played: Greek soldier in The Myth Makers (1965, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966, uncredited), The Enemy of the World (1967-68, uncredited), Day of the Daleks (1972, uncredited), Frontier in Space (1973, uncredited), The Green Death (1973, uncredited), The Monster of Peladon (1974, uncredited), Robot (1974-75, uncredited), The Seeds of Doom (1976, uncredited), The Deadly Assassin (1976, uncredited)
Played: Worker in The War Machines (1966, uncredited), Attack of the Cybermen (1985, uncredited)
Played: Monk in The Abominable Snowmen (1967, uncredited)
Played: Cyberman in The Invasion (1968), Revenge of the Cybermen (1975), Attack of the Cybermen (1985, uncredited)
Played: Military policeman in The War Games (1969)
Played: Silurian in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Technician in The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited)
Played: Primord in Inferno (1970)
Played: Auton leader in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Primitive in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Voice in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Long/ colonist in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Coven member in The Daemons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Film cameraman in Day of the Daleks (1972, uncredited)
Played: Sea Devil in The Sea Devils (1972), Frontier in Space (1973, uncredited)
Played: UNIT soldier in The Three Doctors (1972-73, uncredited), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Played: 'Nuthutch' resident in The Green Death (1973, uncredited)
Played: Thal soldier in Genesis of the Daleks (1975)
Played: Soldier in The Masque of Mandragora (1976), The Caves of Androzani (1984, uncredited)
Played: Brother in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited)
Played: Medic in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Played: Kro in The Ribos Operation (1978, uncredited)
Played: Pilot in The Armageddon Factor (1979)
Played: Thug in City of Death (1979, uncredited)
Played: Gundan in Warriors' Gate (1981, uncredited)
Played: Foster in The Keeper of Traken (1981, uncredited)
Played: Grogan in Enlightenment (1983, uncredited)
Career highlights
Many of Pat's roles in other TV shows and films went uncredited too, including Girl in the Headlines (1963), The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964), The Forsyte Saga (1967), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67), The Prisoner (1967), Dad's Army (1969), Trog (1970), Fawlty Towers (1975), The Sweeney (1975), The Sandbaggers (1978), The Tomorrow People (1979), Secret Army (1978-79), The Plank (1979), Hammer House of Horror (1980), The Elephant Man (1980), The Nightmare Man (1981), Blake's 7 (1978-81), Minder (1979-82), The Professionals (1978-82), The Young Ones (1982), Batman (1989), Dark Season (1991) and Soldier, Soldier (1994).

Ralph Carrigan (Cyberman) Nov 1 1933 to Apr 4 2007
Doctor Who credits
Played: Extra in The Myth Makers (1965, uncredited)
Played: Monoid in The Ark (1966)
Played: Cheerleader in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: White Robot in The Mind Robber (1968)
Played: Cyberman in The Invasion (1968)
Career highlights
Ralph's only other credit is a Wednesday Play (1965) and The Body Stealers (1969).

Charles Finch (Cyberman)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyberman in The Invasion (1968)
Played: UNIT soldier in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Villager in The Daemons (1971, uncredited)
Career highlights
Charles also appeared in Softly Softly (1968-69), Z Cars (1968-71), Groupie Girl (1970), Universal Soldier (1971) and The Morecambe and Wise Show (1973).

John Spradbury (Cyberman) Aug 3 1930 to Jun 6 2014
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyberman in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Foot soldier in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Alien technician in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: UNIT soldier in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Career highlights
John's other work includes No Hiding Place (1963), The First Churchills (1969) and Curry and Chips (1969).
John - whose father was Walter Spradbery, designer of many London Underground and LNER posters in the 1920s to 40s, and whose mother was opera singer Dorothy D'Orsay - was also a trained set designer and lighting technician. He had close professional associations with dancer and choreographer Lindsay Kemp, with whom he collaborated on the stage directions for David Bowie's legendary live show for Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in 1972. Their working relationship continued for decades to come, including Kemp's memorable performance Flowers, seen in the West End and on Broadway, for which John was lighting designer. In the 1990s John worked for the Paris and New York Metropolitan Opera companies, and in his latter years wrote books, including one about his father and another about his work with Lindsay Kemp.

Derek Chafer (Cyberman) Born May 30 1935
Doctor Who credits
Played: Saxon in The Time Meddler (1965, uncredited)
Played: Greek soldier in The Myth makers (1965, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966, uncredited), The Curse of Peladon (1972, uncredited), The Monster of Peladon (1974, uncredited)
Played: Lynch mob member in The Gunfighters (1966, uncredited)
Played: Cyberman in The Moonbase (1967, uncredited), The Invasion (1968)
Played: Extra in The Space Pirates (1969, uncredited)
Played: UNIT soldier in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Prisoner in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: Exxilon in Death to the Daleks (1974, uncredited)
Played: Armourer in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited)
Career highlights
Further work includes Softly Softly (1969), Doomwatch (1970), The Moonstone (1972), Upstairs Downstairs (1974), Star Wars (1977), Enemy at the Door (1980), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and No Problem! (1983).

Terence Denville (Cyberman) Nov 22 1930 to Oct 26 2015 (dementia)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyberman in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Foot soldier in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Alien technician in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Technician in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Prison guard in Frontier in Space (1973, uncredited)
Played: Exxilon in Death to the Daleks (1974, uncredited)
Played: Ice Warrior in The Monster of Peladon (1974, uncredited)
Career highlights
Other work includes No Hiding Place (1963), Hadleigh (1969), Callan (1972), Moonbase 3 (1973), Ripping Yarns (1976), Lytton's Diary (1986), Love Soup (2005) and Miranda (2010).
Terence - real name Terence Faulkner - had been a member of the British far right nationalist party the National Front since 1970. He added Denville to his surname by deed poll in return for a lifelong income from the estate of theatrical impresario Alfred Denville, who founded Denville Hall, the Actors' Charitable Trust retirement and care home for elderly actors and performers, in 1925. Alfred was also associated with far right politics, and between 1931-45 was Conservative MP for Newcastle Upon Tyne, and was a leading member of the Friends of National Spain and a supporter of Italy's Benito Mussolini. Terence stood for the National Front in several elections, including a March 1976 by-election in Carshalton, London, when he received 4.6% of the ballot; the May 1979 General Election in Carshalton, when he received 1.8% of the ballot; and the June 1983 General Election in Twickenham, London, when he received 0.5% of the ballot.

Peter Thornton (Cyberman)
Career highlights
Peter's debut was in Man with a Gun (1958), followed by Lorna Doone (1963), The Benny Hill Show (1965), Coronation Street (1968), Jackanory (1970), Man of Violence (1971), Theatre of Blood (1973), Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973), When the Boat Comes In (1976) and Thomas and Sarah (1979). He also regularly played PC Burton in Dixon of Dock Green (1964-68).

Richard King (Cyberman)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyberman in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Technician in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Lunar guard in Frontier in Space (1973, uncredited)
Played: Draconian Emperor guard in Frontier in Space (1973, uncredited)
Career highlights
Richard also had roles in Softly Softly (1967), Doomwatch (1971), Emma (1972), The Two Ronnies (1973), Upstairs Downstairs (1972/74) and Within These Walls (1975).

Clifford Earl (Major Branwell) Aug 29 1933 to Jul 30 2015
Doctor Who credits
Played: Station sergeant in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Major Branwell in The Invasion (1968)
Career highlights
Clifford's CV also includes appearances in The History of Mr Polly (1959), Private Investigator (1959), The Franchise Affair (1962), Gideon's Way (1965), Department S (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Jason King (1972), Edward and Mrs Simpson (1978), Ike (1979), The Sea Wolves (1980), Third Time Lucky (1982) and The Upper Hand (1990). Clifford provided continuity announcements for Southern TV in the 1970s and TVS in the 1980s.
Clifford's real name was Kenneth Clifford Earl and he was a survivor/ victim of the Porton Down chemical tests into the common cold carried out on British soldiers by the MoD in the 1950s, which resulted in his colleague Ronald Maddison's death in 1953. Ken suffered from a number of health problems throughout his adult life, which he put down to being administered nerve agent Sarin while at Porton Down in 1953 - including prostate cancer, carcinoma, spondylosis, hepatic liver cysts, a lung embolism and depression.

Norman Hartley (Sergeant Peters)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ulf in The Time Meddler (1965)
Played: Sergeant Peters in The Invasion (1968)
Career highlights
Norman's debut came in The Shop at Sly Corner (1948), followed by The Gay Lady (1949), The History of Mr Polly (1959), Our Man at St Mark's (1964), The Spies (1966), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Paul Temple (1971), Beasts: The Dummy (1976), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), Breakaway (1980), Blake's 7 (1981), John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985), The Piglet Files (1990) and Between the Lines (1993). Norman also co-wrote the Canadian TV play The Insurance Man from Ingersoll (1975).
Norman was the godfather of the son of director Douglas Camfield and actor wife Sheila Dunn.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Norman here.


Derrick Sherwin (writer) 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).
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.

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.
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!

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.
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.
He was for a time married to actress Shirley Cooklin, who appeared in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967).

Terrance Dicks (script editor) Born Apr 14 1935
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: The Invasion, The Krotons, The Seeds of Death, The War Games, Spearhead from Space, 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 (1968-74)
Wrote: The War Games (1969), Robot (1974-75), The Brain of Morbius (1976, as Robin Bland), Horror of Fang Rock (1977), State of Decay (1980), The Five Doctors (1983)
Played: Man in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Career highlights
Prolific writer Terrance also wrote for Crossroads (1964), The Avengers (1962-69), Moonbase 3 (1973), Space: 1999 (1976) and Beau Geste (1982). He took script editor duties on Moonbase 3 (1973), Great Expectations (1981), Stalky & Co. (1982), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, with Tom Baker as Sherlock Holmes), Dombey and Son (1983), Jane Eyre (1983), The Invisible Man (1984) and The Pickwick Papers (1985). As a producer, he worked on Oliver Twist (1985), Alice in Wonderland (1986), Brat Farrar (1986), David Copperfield (1986), The Diary of Anne Frank (1987) and Vanity Fair (1987).
Terrance has maintained his links to Doctor Who over the years, having written over 60 TV story novelisations, as well as two stageplays - Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday (1974) and The Ultimate Adventure (1989) - a number of spin-off video and audio dramas, and original titles in the Virgin New Adventures, Missing Adventures, BBC Books and Quick Reads ranges. Away from Doctor Who, Terrance has also written extensively for children's fiction and non-fiction book ranges since 1976, including Star Quest, The Mounties, The Baker Street Irregulars, Cry Vampire, The Adventures of Goliath, Chronicles of a Computer Game Addict, The Unexplained and many more.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Terrance here.

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