Thursday, March 06, 2014

The Mind Robber

"Sausages!"
Five episodes (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5)
First broadcast Sep 14 to Oct 12 1968
Average audience for serial: 6.86m

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.

Hamish Wilson (Jamie McCrimmon) Born Dec 13 1942
Career highlights
Hamish, who played the "wrong-faced" Jamie in episodes 2-3 of this story while Frazer Hines had chicken pox, had previously appeared in Para Handy: Master Mariner (1960), Greyfriars Bobby: the True Story of a Dog (1961), This Man Craig (1966), The Revenue Men (1967) and Softly Softly (1967), and later acted in The Borderers (1969), Adam Smith (1972), The View from Daniel Pike (1973), Taggart (2004), Monarch of the Glen (2005), Still Game (2007), The Wicker Tree (2011) and TimeLock (2013). He also appeared in the 2013 Doctor Who/ Alien crossover fan film Besieged.
Facts
Having worked as an actor since 1956, Hamish joined Radio Forth in Edinburgh in the 1970s where he pioneered in-house drama production in commercial radio. Thereafter he made award-winning drama at Radio Clyde and the BBC. He has been a juror and jury chairman in the Prix Italia, Prix Futura Berlin and Prix Europa international radio competitions.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Hamish here.

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.

Emrys Jones (Master of the Land of Fiction) Sep 22 1915 to Jul 10 1972 (heart attack)
Career highlights
Emrys debuted in One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942), followed by The Wicked Lady (1945), This Was a Woman (1948), Deadly Nightshade (1953), I've Got a Secret (1957), The History of Mr Polly (1959), The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), Jezebel ex UK (1963), The Scarlet and the Black (1965), The Troubleshooters (1966), Doomwatch (1970) and Paul Temple (1971).
Facts
Emrys was an international footballer in the 1930s before being cast as a footballer in Powell and Pressburger's 1942 wartime film. He was for a time married to actress Anne Ridler, who appeared in the Doctor Who story The Wheel in Space (1968).

John Atterbury (Robot) Born Aug 4 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: White Robot in The Mind Robber (1968)
Played: Alien guard in The War Games (1969)
Career highlights
John's other roles include Time of My Life (1980), Blind Justice (1988), Scarlett (1994), The Parent Trap (1998), Gosford Park (2001), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Robin Hood (2010) and Love's Kitchen (2011).
Facts
John acts a lot for radio plays and narrates audiobooks.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with John here.

Terry Wright (White Robot)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cheerleader in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: White Robot in The Mind Robber (1968)
Career highlights
Further credits include An Enemy of the State (1965), Crossroads (1966), Callan (1972), You're On Your Own (1975) and Fox (1980).

Ralph Carrigan (White Robot) 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).

Bill Weisener (Robot) Jun 4 1933 to May 23 2006
Career highlights
Other screen credits were The Judge (1968), Sentimental Education (1970) and The Last of the Mohicans (1971).
Facts
Since the 1960s, Belfast-born Bill lived in Barnes, UK, and was involved in amateur theatre in the community and with the local church. He married fellow actor Beth Surgenor in 1958, but Beth died in 1992. In the 1990s Bill co-founded Poplar's Emery Theatre and a production company with playwright David Hill.

Bernard Horsfall (Gulliver) Nov 20 1930 to Jan 28 2013
Doctor Who credits
Played: Gulliver in The Mind Robber (1968)
Played: Time Lord in The War Games (1969)
Played: Taron in Planet of the Daleks (1973)
Played: Chancellor Goth in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Career highlights
Prolific character actor Bernard debuted in The Steel Bayonet (1957) and went on to appear in Dancers in Mourning (1959), The Angry Silence (1960), Captain Moonlight: Man of Mystery (1960), Pathfinders to Space (1960), Family Solicitor (1961), Harpers West One (1962), Guns at Batasi (1964), The Avengers (1965/67/68), Department S (1969), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Ivanhoe (1970), Elizabeth R (1971), Freewheelers (1973), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), South Riding (1974), Within These Walls (1976), Big Boy Now! (1977), Enemy at the Door (1978-80, as Dr Philip Martel), Minder (1982), Gandhi (1982), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988), The Bill (1989), Thatcher: The Final Days (1991), Virtual Murder (1992), Braveheart (1995), Murder Rooms (2000), Doctors (2005) and Stone of Destiny (2008).
Facts
Bernard claimed he was a descendant of William the Conqueror. In the 1980s Bernard moved with his actress wife Jane Jordan Rogers to the Isle of Skye in Scotland, where he became a crofter, producing fruit and vegetables. His son Christian predeceased him in 2012.

Barbara Loft (Child)
This is Barbara's sole credit. However, in 2013, a Barbara Loft was one of many signatories to a letter in The Stage making clear that her former training ground, the Corona Academy, closed its doors in 1989, and had no links with Corona Theatre School, which closed due to financial reasons in 2013.

Sylvestra Le Touzel (Child) Born 1958
Career highlights
Sylvestra's first TV was Doctor Who, after which she grew up to become one of the UK's busiest actresses. Further appearances include Look and Read's The Boy from Space (1971), The Brontes of Haworth (1973), My Honourable Mrs (1975), Westway (1976), Rooms (1977), A Family Affair (1979), Metal Mickey (1981), Maybury (1981), Mansfield Park (1983), Making Out (1989), Harry Enfield and Chums (1994), Between the Lines (1994), Alas Smith and Jones (1986/97), The Uninvited (1997), Beast (2000-01), Hearts and Bones (2000), Judge John Deed (2005), The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (2006), Housewife, 49 (2006), Bonkers (2007), Northanger Abbey (2007), Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008), Doc Martin (2009), New Tricks (2011), Dirk Gently (2012), Titanic (2012), Cloud Atlas (2012), Blandings (2013), Father Brown (2014), Mr Turner (2014), Utopia (2014), Death in Paradise (2014) and Endeavour (2017).
Facts
Sylvestra's husband is actor Owen Teale, who also appeared in Doctor Who story Vengeance on Varos (1985). Her brother is actor Joshua le Touzel. In 1984 she appeared in a TV commercial for Heineken lager spoofing My Fair Lady. In an extract from her biography, Sylvestra recalls: "Though I idolised [Wendy Padbury], [Patrick Troughton's and Frazer Hines's] tremendous affection for her came as a great surprise to me. We were not a tactile family at home. [Wendy] was mauled, squeezed, her pert bottom patted, and generally groped, continually, especially when she was trying to be serious. And she seemed happy, took it in her stride, week after week along with having to look scared by a succession of overweight actors dressed as beings from other galaxies in saggy all-in-one catsuits which showed the line of their y-fronts. To [Wendy], the endless wellingtons sprayed silver, the alien face masks improvised by a resourceful costume department out of an egg box, a length of plastic tubing and a drinking straw, were water off a duck's back."

Timothy Horton (Child)
Career highlights
Timothy also appeared in The World of Wooster (1967), Nicholas Nickleby (1968), Merry-Go-Round (1968) and the Jackanory adaptation of No One Must Know, in June 1969.

Christopher Reynalds (Child) Born Dec 13 1952
Career highlights
Christopher also appeared in Pickwick (1969), Alma Mater (1971) and The Road Builder (1971).
Facts
Christopher's birth name was Christopher Peter Tempest Reynalds!

David Reynalds (Child)
Career highlights
David's other work as an actor include One More Saturday Night (1986), Crime Story (1986), Soul Man (1986), China Beach (1988) and Raising Miranda (1988), but he is now a highly successful screenwriter in the United States, having written material for Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993-94), Dumb and Dumber (1996), Mulan (1998), Fantasia 2000 (1999), Tarzan (1999), Toy Story 2 (1999), The Emperor's New Groove (2000), Finding Nemo (2003), Chicken Little (2005), The Polar Bears (2012) and Aldabra: Once Upon an Island (2015).
Facts
David's writing work for Finding Nemo saw him nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar and BAFTA in 2004.

Martin Langley (Child)
This is Martin's only credit.

Paul Alexander (Soldier) Born Aug 18 1945
Career highlights
After debuting in Doctor Who, Paul later appeared in Persuasion (1971), The Kids from 47A (1974), Beryl's Lot (1975-77, as Derek), County Hall (1982), Casualty (1988), A Touch of Frost (1996), Perfect Strangers (2001), Jane Hall (2006), EastEnders (2008), War Horse (2011) and Inhaler (2013). In 2015 he directed a film based upon the life of St Francis of Assisi.
Facts
Paul joined the Third Order of the Society of St Francis in 1975 and has developed a deep interest in contemplation and action. Here he is on Twitter.

Ian Hines (Soldier)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Central European guard in The Enemy of the World (1967-68, uncredited)
Played: Soldier in The Mind Robber (1968)
Facts
This was Ian's only acting credit. He is also Frazer Hines's brother. Frazer got him this job in return for Ian dealing with his publicity. Ian and Frazer were also to collaborate together on the 1972 prog-rock album The Marvel World of Icarus, which featured tracks - most written by Ian, but some by Marvel supremo Stan Lee - about Marvel World characters.

Richard Ireson (Soldier) 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.

Philip Ryan (Redcoat) 1921 to 2009
Doctor Who credits
Played: Soldier in The Web of Fear (1968, uncredited)
Played: Redcoat in The Mind Robber (1968)
Played: Primord in Inferno (1970)
Career highlights
Philip's first credit was in The Hands of Orlac (1960), followed by Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Paul Temple (1971), North and South (1975), Shoestring (1979), Sorry! (1985), Dempsey and Makepeace (1986), The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986) and Me and My Girl (1987).

Christine Pirie (Princess Rapunzel)
This is Christine's only credit, although she also contributed an uncredited narration of an extract from Little Women for episode 3 of this story.

Sue Pulford (Medusa) Born Apr 21 1943
Career highlights
This was Sue's only credit with the surname Pulford, but she later married fellow actor Philip Bowen and continued to act under the name Sue or Susanna Best in The Purple Twilight (1979), Angels (1981), Capital City (1990), Kavanagh QC (1999) and Rosemary and Thyme (2004). She also had a regular role as Aunt Fanny Kirrin in The Famous Five (1978-79).
Facts
Sue and her husband Philip set up the charity Shakespeare Link, which promotes the belief that Shakespeare's work offers a behavioural resource and an international medium for communication and debate. It is based at the naturally grown Willow Globe Theatre in Llandrindod Wells.

Christopher Robbie (The Karkus) Born May 30 1938
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Karkus in The Mind Robber (1968)
Played: Cyber Leader in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975)
Career highlights
Christopher debuted in The Avengers (1964), followed by Where Has Poor Mickey Gone? (1964), The Expert (1969), Codename (1970), Pardon My Genie (1973), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), The Lady and the Highwayman (1989), Taggart (1993), One Foot in the Grave (1997), The Commander (2003), Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006), Holby City (2008) and Enemies Closer (2013).
Facts
Christopher's other talents include writing and directing stage plays, design and photography. He may also be remembered in the Southern Television region for his role as an in-vision announcer, a role he also performed over the years for Associated Rediffusion, Thames TV, TVS and Anglia TV.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Christopher here.

John Greenwood (D'Artagnan, Sir Lancelot) Born Aug 3 1929
Doctor Who credits
Played: D'Artagnan in The Mind Robber (1968)
Played: Sir Lancelot in The Mind Robber (1968)
Fight arranger: The Mind Robber (1968)
Career highlights
John also appeared, acting or stunting, in carried out fight arrangement duties on Who Destroyed the Earth (1957), The Budds of Paragon Row (1959), An Age of Kings (1960), The Spread of the Eagle (1963), The Avengers (1964), A Tale of Two Cities (1965) and Out of the Unknown (1969).

David Cannon (Cyrano de Bergerac)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyrano de Bergerac in The Mind Robber (1968)
Played: Foot soldier in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Career highlights
His only other credits are St Ives (1967), Z Cars (1968), Son of Man (1969) and Sole Survivor (1970).

Gerry Wain (Blackbeard)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Soldier in The Reign of Terror (1964, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Romans (1965, uncredited)
Played: Stunt sailor in The Chase (1965, uncredited)
Played: Blackbeard in The Mind Robber (1968)
Stunts: The Chase (1965, uncredited), The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Confederate horseman in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Alien guard in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Career highlights
Other credits include Dial RIX (1962), Taxi! (1963), Martin Chuzzlewit (1964), St Ives (1967), The Benny Hill Show (1967), Virgin of the Secret Service (1968), Arthur of the Britons (1973) and Z Cars (1962/68/74).

CREW

Peter Ling (writer, episodes 2-5) May 27 1926 to Sep 14 2006 (heart attack following Alzheimer's disease)
Career highlights
Peter is best remembered as co-creator of the soaps Compact (1962-65) and Crossroads (1964-88), but his writing career began in 1950 with Whirligig, followed by stints on Happy Holidays (1954), Dead Giveaway (1957), Murder Bag (1958), The Roving Reasons (1960), The Avengers (1961/63), Dixon of Dock Green (1966), Champion House (1967), Sexton Blake (1967-68) and The Pathfinders (1972).
Facts
As a child in the 1930s Peter appeared in the Radio Luxembourg children's series The Ovaltinies, and started writing while in the Army during World War Two, and honed his craft while spending two years in a sanatorium recovering from tuberculosis. Success on radio led to him becoming a script editor and head of children's series for Associated-Rediffusion, and he launched the popular serial Waggoners' Walk in 1969. Peter also wrote stories for the Eagle comic in the 1950s and 1960s, and under the psuedonym Petra Lee, various novels known as "bodice-rippers". Peter's wife was 1950s/60s scriptwriter Sheilagh Ward.

Derrick Sherwin (writer and 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.

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).

Note: The year 2006 was a tragic one for this story, as we lost its co-writer, its director and its producer, as well as actor Bill Weisener.

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