Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Space Pirates

"Zoe, I do wish you hadn't dropped
your contact lens on this mesh floor!"
Six episodes (Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four, Episode Five, Episode Six)
First broadcast Mar 8 to Apr 12 1969
Average audience for serial: 5.93m

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.

Gordon Gostelow (Milo Clancey) May 14 1925 to Jun 3 2007
Career highlights
New Zealander Gordon's career began with 1954's Rain Before Seven, followed by A Tale of Two Cities (1957), An Age of Kings (1960), Lorna Doone (1963), Second City Reports (1964), Cluff (1965), David Copperfield (1966), Mr Aitch (1967), Nicholas Nickleby (1968), The Railway Children (1968), Wuthering Heights (1970), Elizabeth R (1971), The Pallisers (1974), Dominic/ Boy Dominic (1976), Rooms (1977), The Day Christ Died (1980), County Hall (1981), Shelley (1982), Tripper's Day (1984), Capstick's Law (1989), How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989), Merlin of the Crystal Cave (1991) and Wives and Daughters (1999).
Facts
His wife was actress Vivian Pickles, and their son is actor Harry Gostelow. An attack of tuberculosis confined Gordon to a sanatorium for several months in 1955, aged 30.

Lisa Daniely (Madeleine Issigri) Jun 4 1929 to Jan 24 2014
Career highlights
Born Elizabeth Bodington (which she reverted back to in 1978), Lisa debuted in The Case of Thomas Pyke in 1949, followed by the title role of Lilli Marlene in 1950. She had a prolific career in productions such as Hindle Wakes (1952), The Wedding of Lilli Marlene (1953), Sailor of Fortune (1956), Interpol Calling (1959), The Pursuers (1961), Jezebel ex UK (1963), Voodoo Blood Death (1965), Pardon the Expression (1966), The Saint (1966), Strange Report (1969), The First Churchills (1969), Fraud Squad (1970), The Protectors (1973), The Spencer Side (1978), The Enigma Files (1980), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984), Souvenir (1989) and Princess in Love (1996). She regularly played Diane Brady in the series Invisible Man (1958-59), alongside a very young Deborah Watling.
Facts
Lisa's one-woman show for the Edinburgh Fringe told the story of Theroigne de Mericourt, an avid supporter of the French Revolution, who spent the last 20 years of her life in a mental hospital. She was working on turning the script into a novel when she died.

Esmond Knight (Dom Issigri) May 4 1906 to Feb 23 1987 (heart attack)
Career highlights
Esmond - who suffered from terrible stage fright and a debilitating stutter - appeared in over 120 productions, starting with The Blue Peter (1928), followed by The Ringer (1931), Girls Will Be Boys (1934), Some Day (1935), Derby Day (1938), The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1940), The Silver Fleet (1943), Uncle Silas (1947), Black Narcissus (1947), The Red Shoes (1948), The Wild Heart (1952), Richard III (1955), Helen of Troy (1956), The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), Nicholas Nickleby (1957), Invisible Man (1959), Peeping Tom (1960), A for Andromeda (1961), The Midnight Men (1964), Z Cars (1969), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Elizabeth R (1971), Cousin Bette (1971), The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972), Fall of Eagles (1974), I, Claudius (1976), Supernatural (1977), The Borgias (1981), The Invisible Man (1984), Blott on the Landscape (1985), Superman IV (1987) and Fortunes of War (1987).
Facts
While serving in the Second World War in 1941, Esmond lost an eye and was almost totally blinded in the other during an engagement aboard the Bismarck. This stood him in good stead for playing a Royal Navy officer in the film Sink the Bismarck! (1960). Esmond's daughter Rosalind may be best recognised as neighbour Beryl in the sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme. His second wife was actress Nora Swinburne, while his granddaughter is actress Su Elliott.
This is Your Life: Esmond was the subject of the BBC's This is Your Life on February 18th, 1957, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews at the King's Theatre, Hammersmith (Esmond was actually TiYL's earliest Doctor Who subject). Link to The Big Red Book entry.

Brian Peck (Dervish) Born Oct 24 1930
Career highlights
Debuting in the title role of The Voyage of Peter Joe in 1946, Brian's further credits include The Crime of the Century (1956), Nicholas Nickleby (1957), Follow That Man (1961), The Valiant (1962), What Every Woman Wants (1962), Mary Barton (1964), Cluff (1965), The Beverly Hillbillies (1968), Twisted Nerve (1968), Trial (1971), The Dragon's Opponent (1973), Survivors (1975), Rooms (1977), Shadows (1978), Rising Damp (1978, as Rigsby's brother Ron), Break in the Sun (1981), Open All Hours (1981), Minder (1984), Sorry! (1988), London's Burning (1989), Peak Practice (1997), Last of the Summer Wine (1988/2004), M.I High (2008), Merlin (2009), Rev (2011) and A Touch of Cloth (2012). He had regular roles as Culliford in Codename (1970) and Headmaster (1977), and Bowers in The Long Chase (1972).
Facts
He is married to actress Jennifer Wilson, best known as Jennifer Hammond in The Brothers.

Dudley Foster (Caven) Aug 7 1924 to Jan 8 1973 (suicide)
Career highlights
Dudley's first appearance was in Six Characters in Search of an Author (1954), then Fast and Loose (1955), The Two-Headed Spy (1958), Police Surgeon (1960), Coronation Street (1961), Ricochet (1963), Crane (1964), A Study in Terror (1965), Bat Out of Hell (1966), The Avengers (1965/67/68), The Expert (1969), If It Moves, File It (1970), That's Your Funeral (1971), The Fenn Street Gang (1971), Catweazle (1971), Jason King (1972), It's Murder But Is It Art? (1972), Harriet's Back in Town (1972) and Mistress Pamela (1974). Dudley also had a regular role as Detective Inspector Dunn in Z Cars (1962/64), and in 1970 appeared in a 30-minute documentary called Two in a Tiger in which he learnt to fly a De Havilland Tiger Moth plane.
Facts
His wife was Eileen Kennally, best known for her roles in The Liver Birds (1975-76) and In Sickness and in Health (1986-87). Although unsubstantiated, there is one school of thought that believes Dudley killed himself due to terminal illness.

Jack May (General Hermack) Apr 23 1922 to Sep 19 1997
Career highlights
Jack's screen debut came in Give Me the Stars (1945), followed by The Oracle (1953), Cat Girl (1957), The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1957), An Age of Kings (1960), The Citadel (1960-61), A for Andromeda (1961), The Avengers (1964), Thorndyke (1964), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), Goodbye, Mr Chips (1969), Trog (1970), The Ten Commandments (1971), The Pathfinders (1972-73, as Squadron Leader Shanks), Poldark (1977), A Horseman Riding By (1978), Sammy's Super T-Shirt (1978), Ripping Yarns (1979), The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981), The Cleopatras (1983), Scarecrow and Mrs King (1984), The Doctor and the Devils (1985), Jeeves and Wooster (1990), The Mixer (1992) and The Ring (1996). Jack's more prominent roles were as William E Simms in Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67) and the voice of Igor in Count Duckula (1988-93). He also provided the voice of Nelson Gabriel on BBC Radio 4's soap The Archers for over 45 years.
Facts
His wife was actress Petra Davies. Jack also ran an antiques dealership in London for many years.

Donald Gee (Major Ian Warne) Born Sep 28 1937
Doctor Who credits
Played: Major Ian Warne in The Space Pirates (1969)
Played: Eckersley in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Career highlights
Donald debuted in 1965's Ferry Cross the Mersey, and later went on to appear in Z Cars (1965, as PC Walker), The Forsyte Saga (1967), The Avengers (1968), The Expert (1971), Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973), If There Weren't Any Blacks You'd Have to Invent Them (1974), Churchill's People (1975), One-Upmanship (1976-78), 1990 (1977), The Olympian Way (1981), Driving Ambition (1984), Wish Me Luck (1989), Coronation Street (1994-95, as Roger Crompton), Oh, Doctor Beeching! (1996), Doctors (2001) and Killing Me Softly (2002). Donald also had a regular role as village shopkeeper Mr Boynton in Born and Bred (2002-05).
Facts
Donald is married to award-winning stage and radio playwright Shirley Gee (nee Thieman).

George Layton (Technician Penn) Born Mar 2 1943
Career highlights
Multi-talented George made his debut as an actor and presenter playing Eustace Hadden in Swizzlewick (1964), followed by The Likely Lads (1965), United! (1965), Look and Read (1968), Jackanory (1969), Dixon of Dock Green (1969), The Liver Birds (1969/71), Coronation Street (1971), That's Life! (1973), The Sweeney (1975), Carry On Behind (1975), Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976), Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977), Keep It in the Family (1980), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1986), Metropolis (2000), Holby City (2004), Einstein's Big Idea (2005), Heartbeat (2006) and One Candle One Man (2013). George became most famous for playing Dr Paul Collier in the Doctor... sitcom franchise - Doctor in the House (1969-70), Doctor At Large (1971), Doctor in Charge (1972-73) and Doctor at the Top (1991). He also found success as Bombardier Solomons in It Ain't Half Hot, Mum (1974-75), Brian Booth in My Brother's Keeper (1975-76), the narrator for children's animation Pigeon Street (1981), Vernon Potter in Robin's Nest (1979-81), Des in Minder (1979-82), Alan Brookes in Sunburn (1999-2000) and Norman Simmonds in EastEnders (2011-12). Interestingly, he played the Doctor in the never transmitted French and Saunders Doctor Who spoof later included on the VHS release of the Comic Relief skit The Curse of Fatal Death (1999). George has also written for many series, such as the various Doctor... series (1971-91), Nearest and Dearest (1972), On the Buses (1972-73), My Name is Harry Worth (1974), Don't Wait Up (1983-87), Me and My Girl (1985) and Executive Stress (1986). He has also written three books, once part of the National Curriculum reading list, concerning life in the north of England in the 1940s and 50s.
This is Your Life: George was the subject of BBC TV's This is Your Life on January 18th, 1999, surprised by host Michael Aspel during a photoshoot at Holborn Studios, London.

Nik Zaran (Lieutenant Sorba) Jan 19 1933 to Jan 3 2014
Career highlights
Nik's other credits include Man in a Suitcase (1968), Department S (1969), Jason King (1971), Hine (1971), The Regiment (1973), Shaft in Africa (1973) and It Ain't Half Hot, Mum (1974).
Facts
Nik's real name was Tracy Connell, and he was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines. He left there in 1952 and worked as an actor in the UK for the next 25 years before returned to his home country and working in performing arts. Here's a lovely tribute to him by his nephew Chester.

Anthony Donovan (Space guard) Died 2016
Career highlights
His CV also includes Cross Now (1977) and Knightmare (1993, as Grimaldine and the Brollachan), Utz (1992), Witchcraft (1992) and Vanity Fair (1998).

Steve Peters (Pirate guard)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Extra in The Romans (1965, uncredited)
Played: Leader Roboman in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD (1966)
Played: Ice Warrior in The Seeds of Death (1969)
Played: Pirate guard in The Space Pirates (1969)
Played: Lefee/ Astronaut in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Career highlights
Steve's other appearances include The Mind of the Enemy (1965), Touch of Leather (1968), The Doctors (1969), Out of the Unknown (1969), The Onedin Line (1971), Virgin Witch (1972), Menace (1973) and Moonbase 3 (1973).

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.

Michael Hart (director) Mar 31 1930 to Feb 21 2012
Career highlights
Michael's other directing work includes 199 Park Lane (1965), Softly Softly (1968-69), Boy Meets Girl (1969), Z Cars (1968-71), Raven (1977) and 90 episodes of soap Crossroads (1972-80).
Facts
Michael was the younger brother of British artist and children's TV presenter Tony Hart.

Peter Bryant (producer) Oct 27 1923 to May 19 2006 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Associate producer: The Faceless Ones (1967 - credited on episodes 1-3 only), The Evil of the Daleks (1967, uncredited)
Story edited: The Evil of the Daleks (1967, episodes 4-7), The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors, The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Produced: The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), The Web of Fear, Fury from the Deep, The Wheel in Space, The Dominators, The Mind Robber, The Invasion, The Krotons, The Seeds of Death, The Space Pirates (1968-69)
Career highlights
Peter started out as an actor in TV such as BBC Sunday Night Theatre's Wuthering Heights (1953) and (playing Jack Grove) in The Grove Family (1954-57, the first British soap opera - here's a clip), and after a spell as a radio announcer, became head of the Drama Script Unit for BBC Radio. He later trained to go behind the camera, dabbling in a number of roles while on Doctor Who. After leaving the series, he worked as producer on Special Project Air (1969) and Paul Temple (1970-71), and then became a literary agent for actors and writers, including Eric Pringle, who would write for Doctor Who in 1984.
Facts
He was for a time married to actress Shirley Cooklin, who appeared in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967).

Derrick Sherwin (script editor) Born Apr 16 1936
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: The Web of Fear, Fury from the Deep, The Wheel in Space, The Dominators, The Mind Robber (all 1968), The Space Pirates (1969)
Produced: The War Games (1969), Spearhead from Space (1970)
Wrote: The Mind Robber (episode 1, 1968, uncredited), The Invasion (1968)
Played: UNIT commissionaire in Spearhead from Space (1970, uncredited)
Career highlights
First and foremost an actor, Derrick had appeared in William Tell (1959), Danger Man (1960), Saki (1962), The Spanish Sword (1962), The Plane Makers (1964), The Baron (1967) and The Vengeance of She (1968). He also wrote scripts for Theatre 625 (1965), Boy Meets Girl (1967), Thirty-Minute Theatre (1966-67), Paul Temple (1970-71), Kim & Co (1975), Nobody's House (1976) and Magic Circle (1977), while taking producer's duties on Paul Temple (1970-71), The Man Outside (1972) and The Perils of Pendragon (1974).
Facts
Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale, a big influence on the direction Derrick took Doctor Who in Seasons 6 and 7, was Sherwin's next-door neighbour in 1969, while his wife is actress Jane Sherwin, who appeared in The War Games.

1 comment:

  1. What are the correct birth years for Michael Hart & Lisa Daniely?

    Tardis Wikia says Hart was born in 1929, and Daniely was born in 1930.

    Your site says Hart was born in 1930, and Daniely was born in 1929.

    Any idea what is going on with the birth years? :)

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