Friday, March 14, 2014

The Krotons

Jamie (Frazer Hines) is surprised
 from behind by a terrifying Kroton
Four episodes (Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four)
First broadcast Dec 28 1968 to Jan 18 1969
Average audience for serial: 8.0m

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.

James Copeland (Selris) May 1 1918 to Apr 17 2002
Career highlights
Debuting in 1953's Scotch on the Rocks, James has appeared in a great number of productions, including The Maggie (1954), Kidnapped (1956), Redgauntlet (1959), Emergency Ward 10 (1960), Rob Roy (1961), Summerhouse (1961), Kidnapped (1963), The Avengers (1965), The Saint (1965), Ransom for a Pretty Girl (1966), Torture Garden (1967), Dad's Army (1969), The Main Chance (1970), Spy Trap (1972), The Brothers (1972-73), Are You Being Served? (1973), Oil Strike North (1975), The Mackinnons (1977), Doom Castle (1980), Strangers (1979-81), High Road (1980), The Walls of Jericho (1981), The Citadel (1983), The Campbells (1990) and A Rage in Harlem (1991). He also had a regular role as Alec Mcleod in The Flying Doctor (1959).
Facts
James, an expert on Robbie Burns, was also a poet and writer, having penned episodes of Dr Finlay's Casebook and the popular folk song These Are My Mountains. He was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1955, and was also Grampian TV's start-up and continuity announcer in 1961. James's son is well-known actor James Cosmo.

Terence Brown (Abu)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Abu in The Krotons (1968-69)
Played: UNIT soldier/ motorcyclist in Day of the Daleks (1972, uncredited)
Career highlights
Other work includes Life with Father (1953) and Over the Bridge (1961).

Madeleine Mills (Vana) Feb 28 1941 to Aug 18 2010 (cancer)
Career highlights
Madeleine's most high profile role was as Wendy Yapp in Swizzlewick (1964), but she also popped up in The Hellfire Club (1961), The Plane Makers (1963), No Hiding Place (1964), Quick Before They Catch Us (1966), Haunted (1967), Mr Rose (1968), The Adventures of Don Quick (1970), Please, Sir! (1972) and Late Night Drama (1974).
Facts
In the 1950s Madeleine took part in BBC children's programmes as a child performer under the surname Merrington. She was married to fellow actor Simon Brent, who played Howard in Swizzlewick.

Gilbert Wynne (Thara) Born 1934
Career highlights
Gilbert first appeared in Studio 4 (1962), followed by Teletale (1964), Sinking Fish Move Sideways (1968), Uncle Silas (1968), Night After Night After Night (1969), Clegg (1970), Permissive (1970), Hawkeye, the Pathfinder (1973), Follow You Follow Me (1979), Coronation Street (1981, as Maurice Dodds), Bergerac (1985), The District Nurse (1987), Prime Suspect 3 (1993), Kavanagh QC (1998), The Courtroom (2004), The Duchess (2008), Torchwood (2011) and Da Vinci's Demons (2013). He also had a long-running role as Detective Constable Reg Dwyer in Softly Softly (1966-67).
Facts
Gilbert played the main dance judge in Geri Halliwell's It's Raining Men music video in 2001.

Philip Madoc (Eelek) Jul 5 1934 to Mar 5 2012 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Brockley in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD (1966)
Played: Eelek in The Krotons (1968-69)
Played: War Lord in The War Games (1969)
Played: Solon in The Brain of Morbius (1976)
Played: Fenner in The Power of Kroll (1978-79)
Career highlights
Prolific Philip made his debut in 1961's Amelia and went on to appear in Out of This World (1962), The Monsters (1962), The Scarlet and the Black (1965), A High Wind in Jamaica (1965), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1965), The Power Game (1966), five episodes of The Avengers (1962-69), Man in a Suitcase (1968), The Tyrant King (1968), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969), Manhunt (1970), UFO (1970-71), Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971), Woodstock (1973), Dad's Army (1973), The Inheritors (1974), Barlow At Large (1973-75, as Rizzi), Space: 1999 (1975), Porridge (1975),Survivors (1976), Another Bouquet (1977), Target (1977-78, as DS Tate), Flickers (1980), The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1981, as the title character), Rainbow (1981), Ennal's Point (1982), If Tomorrow Comes (1986), The Ronnie Corbett Show (1987), First Born (1988), Moonacre (1994), A Mind to Kill (1991-2002, as Detective Chief Inspector Noel Bain), Best (2000), Spine Chillers (2003), He Knew He Was Right (2004), Peter Ackroyd's London (2004), Midsomer Murders (2007), Y Pris (2007) and Hawk (2011).
Facts
Between 1961-81 he was married to Welsh actress Ruth Madoc (of Hi-De-Hi! and Little Britain fame). In 2001 Philip - who acted as an interpreter in languages such as Welsh, Swedish, German and even Huron Indian and Mandarin before becoming an actor - was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Glamorgan.

Richard Ireson (Axus) Born Dec 16 1946
Doctor Who credits
Played: Soldier in The Mind Robber (1968)
Played: Axus in The Krotons (1968-69)
Career highlights
Richard's further credits include Dr Finlay's Casebook (1967), The Onedin Line (1972), The Hole in the Wall (1972), Bill Brand (1977), The New Avengers (1977), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), Juliet Bravo (1984), The New Statesman (1987), The Nineteenth Hole (1989), Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990), The Object of Beauty (1991), Love Hurts (1992), Sharpe's Rifles (1993) and Woof! (1993). He had a regular role as Frank McNab in Hold the Back Page (1985-86) and Reg Sparrow in EastEnders (1987-88). In 1989 he wrote an episode of The Bill.
Facts
In 1986 he set up his own theatrical agency with actor Tim Brown called The Narrow Road Company.

James Cairncross (Beta) Dec 21 1915 to Dec 17 2009
Doctor Who credits
Played: Lemaitre in The Reign of Terror (1964)
Played: Beta in The Krotons (1968-69)
Career highlights
Other credits include The Old Lady Shows Her Medals (1952), Kidnapped (1956), Run to Earth (1958), Jango (1961), Ask Mr Pastry (1961), The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), Tom Jones (1963), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Edna, the Inebriate Woman (1971), Van Der Valk (1972), Slater's Day (1974), Crown Court (1973/75), Sutherland's Law (1975), Airport Chaplain (1980), Small World (1988), Taggart (1988) and The Fool (1990). As well as appearing in various Mr Pastry series, James also wrote many scripts for the character, including Mr Pastry's Progress and Mr Pastry's Pet Shop (both 1962).
Facts
Devout Catholic James made no fewer than 16 appearances at the Edinburgh Festival during his career, and was also a gifted lyricist, instrumental in the success of the musical Salad Days when it debuted in 1954 at the Bristol Old Vic.

Bronson Shaw (Student)
Bronson's only other credits are Etes-vous malades? and 'Kiss' et la theatre de la cruaute (1973).

Maurice Selwyn (Custodian) Jul 18 1919 to Dec 5 1972
Doctor Who credits
Played: Revolutionary soldier in The Reign of Terror (1964, uncredited)
Played: Custodian in The Krotons (1968-69)
Played: Waxworks visitor/ Auton replica in Spearhead from Space (1970, uncredited)
Career highlights
Maurice (real surname Solomon) had just two other credits in Theatre 625: Parade's End (1964) and Count of Monte Cristo (1964).

Roy Skelton (Kroton 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.

Patrick Tull (Kroton voice) Jul 28 1941 to Sep 23 2006
Career highlights
Patrick's other roles include Z Cars (1962), Sherlock Holmes (1968), Mosquito Squadron (1969), Sentimental Education (1970), Sex Farm (1973), Parting Glances (1986) and Sleepers (1996).
Facts
Patrick was a founder member of Tony Randall's National Actors' Theatre after moving to New York in 1973, and appeared on and off Broadway in many productions. He was a prolific narrator of TV documentaries and talking books, including the 1997/98 US series Sea Tales.

Robert La'Bassiere (Kroton) Born Apr 25 1940
Career highlights
Robert also appeared in The Boy Friend (1971), Moonbase 3 (1973), Great Mysteries (1973), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), Arabian Adventure (1979), The Two Ronnies (1979), The Boy Who Never Was (1980) and Into the Night (1985).

Miles Northover (Kroton)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Man carrying caskets in The Invasion (1968, uncredited)
Played: Kroton in The Krotons (1968-69)
These are Miles's sole credits.

CREW

Robert Holmes (writer) Apr 2 1926 to May 24 1986 (chronic liver ailment)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Krotons (1968-69), The Space Pirates (1969), Spearhead from Space (1970), Terror of the Autons (1971), Carnival of Monsters (1973), The Time Warrior (1973-74), The Ark in Space (1975), Pyramids of Mars (1975, uncredited), The Brain of Morbius (1976, uncredited), The Deadly Assassin (1976), The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977), The Sun Makers (1977), The Ribos Operation (1978), The Power of Kroll (1978-79), The Caves of Androzani (1984), The Two Doctors (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Script edited: Robot, The Ark in Space (uncredited), The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, Terror of the Zygons, Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Android Invasion, The Brain of Morbius, The Seeds of Doom, The Masque of Mandragora, The Hand of Fear, The Deadly Assassin (uncredited), The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang (uncredited), Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers (uncredited) (1974-78)
Career highlights
He began writing for TV as early as Knight Errant Limited (1960), and went on to write scripts for Deadline Midnight (1961), Ghost Squad (1962), Emergency Ward 10 (1962-63), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1964-65), Undermind (1965), No Hiding Place (1965-67), Public Eye (1965-68), Mr Rose (1967-68), Doomwatch (1971), Spyder's Web (1972), Dixon of Dock Green (1974), Jukes of Piccadilly (1980), The Nightmare Man (1981), Blake's 7 (1979/81), Into the Labyrinth (1981-82) and Bergerac (1983-87). He was also story editor on Armchair Thriller and Shoestring, both in 1980.
Facts
Robert was the youngest ever commissioned officer in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, serving in Burma. After he left the Army he joined the police, then became a journalist and sports writer - he was the last ever editor of British lifestyle publication John Bull Magazine in 1964. He was originally going to write Doctor Who's 20th anniversary tale in 1983, but when he found the numerous elements he'd been asked to incorporate unworkable, he was replaced by Terrance Dicks. Robert died while writing the final two episodes of The Trial of a Time Lord, and due to tensions in the Doctor Who production office at the time, his original ending for the story had to be changed and written afresh by Pip and Jane Baker. His face was also one of those seen during the Time Lord mind battle in The Brain of Morbius.

David Maloney (director) Dec 14 1933 to Jul 18 2006 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Production assistant: The Rescue (1965, uncredited), The Romans (1965, uncredited), The Time Meddler (1965, uncredited), The Myth Makers (1965, uncredited), The Ark (1966, uncredited)
Directed: The Mind Robber (1968), The Krotons (1968-69), The War Games (1969), Frontier in Space (episode 6, 1973, uncredited), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Planet of Evil (1975), The Deadly Assassin (1976), The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977)
Career highlights
David also directed for Ivanhoe (1970), The Last of the Mohicans (1971), Hawkeye, the Pathfinder (1973), Woodstock (1973), Angels (1976), Blake's 7 (1979-80), Juliet Bravo (1982), Maelstrom (1985), Strike It Rich! (1986) and Family Pride (1991), while taking producing duties on Blake's 7 (1978-80), When the Boat Comes In (1981) and The Day of the Triffids (1981).
Facts
David started out as a jobbing repertory actor, as well as working for the Birmingham Mail.

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).

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).
Facts
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.

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