Friday, April 04, 2014

Doctor Who and the Silurians

The Silurians show off their molecular
disperser to the Doctor (Jon Pertwee)
Seven episodes (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6, Episode 7)
First broadcast Jan 31 to Mar 14 1970
Average audience for serial: 7.71m

CAST

Jon Pertwee (The Doctor) Jul 7 1919 to May 20 1996 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in 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 (1970-74). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983), Dimensions in Time (1993).
Jon also played the Doctor in two BBC radio plays - The Paradise of Death (1993) and The Ghosts of N-Space (1996)
Career highlights
Jon made his acting debut in an uncredited role in A Yank at Oxford (1938), and then took roles in The Four Just Men (1939), Toad of Toad Hall (1946), Murder at the Windmill (1949, in which his surname was mis-spelt as Pertwer), Helter Skelter (1949), Will Any Gentleman...? (1953), Ivanhoe (1958), Just Joe (1960), Nearly a Nasty Accident (1961), four Carry On films (1964-92), Ollie and Fred's Five O'Clock Show (1965), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), The Jon Pertwee Show (1966), Beggar My Neighbour (1967), The Avengers (1967, ironically as a Brigadier), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Whodunnit! (1974-78), The Goodies (1975), One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977), Wombling Free (1977), The Water Babies (1978), The Curious Case of Santa Claus (1982), The Boys in Blue (1982), Virtual Murder (1992) and Young Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Hawkmen (1995). Aside from Doctor Who, he was most famous for playing scatty scarecrow Worzel Gummidge (1979-81 and 1987-89), voicing Spotty in the SuperTed cartoons (1982-84 & 1989), playing Chief Petty Officer Pertwee (among others) in the radio series The Navy Lark (1959-77) and hosting TV murder mystery series Whodunnit (1972-78). Jon also appeared in a number of Doctor Who spin-off videos, including The Airzone Solution (1993) and The Zero Imperative (1994).
Facts
Born John Devon Roland Pertwee (the anglicised version of the real family name of Perthuis de Laillevault), he was the son of scriptwriter Roland Pertwee, brother of writer Michael Pertwee, and cousin to actor Bill Pertwee (best known for his role in the sitcom Dad's Army). His children are actress Dariel Pertwee and actor Sean Pertwee, and he was married to actress (and Doctor Who luminary) Jean Marsh between 1955-60. During World War Two he served in the Navy aboard HMS Hood, and luckily managed to return to shore shortly before it was sunk by the Bismarck. According to his biography Moon Boots and Dinner Suits, as a young boy he played with the son of the gamekeeper on the family estate. The gamekeeper was A A Milne, and his son was Christopher, the inspiration for Milne's later tales of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh. Jon was a founder member of The Waistcoat Club (of which he owned more than 300, some dating back hundreds of years to King George III), set up to counter the drabness of men's dress (film Doctor Peter Cushing was also a member). Jon's godfather was the actor Henry Ainley, father to Anthony, who would play the Master in Doctor Who in the 1980s. Jon's musical efforts should also be remembered, including his 1972 vocal version of the Doctor Who theme, Who is the Doctor?, and his 1980 Top 40 single Worzel's Song. Following instructions in his will, Jon was cremated with an effigy of Worzel Gummidge attached to his casket. The British premiere of the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie was dedicated to Jon Pertwee, as it was broadcast just seven days after his death.

Caroline John (Liz Shaw) Sep 19 1940 to Jun 5 2012 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Elizabeth Shaw in Spearhead from Space, Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death, Inferno (all 1970). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983) and Dimensions in Time (1993).
Career highlights
Caroline made her debut uncredited in Raising a Riot (1955), then The King's Breakfast (1963), Much Ado About Nothing (1967), The Power Game (1969), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971), Z Cars (1972), The Roses of Eyam (1973), Crown Court (1973), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, starring Tom Baker), The Bill (1985), Santa Claus (1985), A Perfect Spy (1987), The Woman in Black (1989), Wish Me Luck (1990), Harry Enfield's Television Programme (1990), London's Burning (1992), The House of Eliott (1994), The Choir (1995), EastEnders (1995), Silent Witness (1996), Midsomer Murders (2000), Love, Actually (2003), Vital Signs (2006) and Doctors (2008).
Facts
Caroline, who was married to actor Geoffrey Beevers (who played the Master in The Keeper of Traken (1981)), also appeared in various Doctor Who spin-off videos, including Breach of the Peace (1994), and reprised her role as Liz Shaw in The Zero Imperative (1994), The Devil of Winterborne (1995), Ghosts of Winterborne (1996) and Unnatural Selection (1996).

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).
Facts
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!

Fulton Mackay (Dr Quinn) Aug 12 1922 to Jun 6 1987 (stomach cancer)
Career highlights
Distinctive character actor Fulton made his screen debut in Sarah Simple (1949), followed by roles in I'm a Stranger (1952), Brand (1959), The Army Game (1960), Mess Mates (1960), Coronation Street (1961), Tempo (1963), Witch Wood (1964), Between the Lines (1964-65, as presenter), The Heart of Midlothian (1966), Frontier (1968), Paul Temple (1971), Nothing But the Night (1973), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973), Shoulder to Shoulder (1974), Rob Roy (1977), King of the Castle (1977), If You Go Down in the Woods Today (1981), Strangers (1981), Britannia Hospital (1982), Shelley (1983), To Catch a King (1984), Looks Familiar (1984), Mann's Best Friends (1985) and A Wreath of Roses (1987). Fulton will be best remembered for his role as stuffy prison warden Mr Mackay in the sitcom Porridge (1974-77), its big screen version (1979) and its TV spin-off Going Straight (1978). Other recurring roles included DCI Inman in Special Branch (1969-70), Sam Wyatt in The Foundation (1977-78) and the Captain in the UK version of Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock (1983-84). Fulton also wrote a couple of screenplays - Dalhousie's Luck (1980, under the pseudonym of Aeneas MacBride) and The Great Kopalski (1966) and The House on the Hill (1981).
Awards
1984: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama
Facts
Fulton was considered for the role of the Fourth Doctor in 1974. He was married to actress Sheila Manahan. He has a flower named after him in Hyde Park, London.

Norman Jones (Major Baker) Jun 16 1932 to Apr 23 2013 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Khrisong in The Abominable Snowmen (1967)
Played: Major Baker in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Hieronymous in The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Career highlights
Norman's earliest role was in an episode of Out of This World (1962), followed by Crossroads (1964), You Only Live Twice (1967), Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971), All Our Saturdays (1973), South Riding (1974), The XYY Man (1977), Thomas and Sarah (1979), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), The Borgias (1981), Jemima Shore Investigates (1983), Angels (1983), Boon (1986), Inspector Morse (1987) and The Assassinator (1992). He regularly played Adam Charlton in Andy Robson (1982-83).

Peter Miles (Dr Lawrence)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Dr Lawrence in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Professor Whitaker in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Played: Nyder in Genesis of the Daleks (1975)
Played: Tragan in The Paradise of Death (1993, radio)
Career highlights
Peter made his first appearance in The Ballad of the Artificial Mash (1968), followed by Softly Softly (1968), The Borderers (1970), Colditz (1972), The Sweeney (1975), Survivors (1975), The Hill of the Red Fox (1975), The Eagle Has Landed (1976, uncredited as Hitler), Disraeli (1978), Blake's 7 (1978-79, as Rontane), The Whistle Blower (1986), Little Dorrit (1987), Bergerac (1990), The Punk (1993) and Monarch (2000).
Facts
Peter is also an accomplished jazz singer, and enjoyed a primetime set with his band at the 2006 Ealing Jazz Festival. He was a childhood friend of legendary singer Dusty Springfield - in fact the first recording Dusty ever made was with Peter. He appeared in a South Bank Show special about Dusty in 2006.

Thomasine Heiner (Miss Dawson) Jun 20 1930 to Mar 2002
Career highlights
American-born Thomasine debuted in the Somerset Maugham Hour (1962), then various television plays in 1965 before landing her Doctor Who role, after which she appeared in Affairs of the Heart (1975), Katy (1976), Kids (1979), Saigon: Year of the Cat (1983), Maelstrom (1985), Deceptions (1985), Dreamchild (1985), Selling Hitler (1991), Jeeves and Wooster (1993), French Kiss (1995) and Animated Tales of the World (2000, voice).
Fact
Thomasine was married to actor Frederick Danner.

Ian Cunningham (Dr Meredith)
Career highlights
Ian's other work includes Drama '62: Luck of the Draw (1962), It Happened Like This (1963), The Avengers (1963), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1965), The Troubleshooters (1966) and Poldark (1975).

Roy Branigan (Roberts)
Career highlights
Roy's only other credits were for Z Cars (1969), This, That and the Other! (1970) and Rembrandt (1971).

John Newman (Spencer)
Career highlights
John, who gave up acting to become a theatre producer, had previously worked on Gunsmoke (1964), Object Z (1965), The Mind of Mr J G Reeder (1969), Special Branch (1969) and The Worker (1969).

Bill Matthews (Davis)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Davis in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Prison officer in The Mind of Evil (1971)
Played: Draconian in Frontier in Space (1973, uncredited)
Played: Extra in Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Career highlights
Other work includes Quatermass and the Pit (1958-59), A for Andromeda (1961), Maigret (1962), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Doomwatch (1970) and Spy Trap (1975).

Paul Darrow (Captain Hawkins) Born May 2 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Captain Hawkins in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Tekker in Timelash (1985)
Career highlights
Paul debuted in The Odd Man (1963), then took roles in The Saint (1967), Coronation Street (1969), Manhunt (1970), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971), Murder Must Advertise (1973), The Legend of Robin Hood (1975), Couples (1976), Killers (1976), Rooms (1977), Hammer House of Horror (1980), The Adventure Game (1980), Dombey and Son (1983), Making News (1990), Haggard (1992), The Strangerers (2000), Hollyoaks (2002), Die Another Day (2002), Little Britain (2004), Emmerdale (1991-92 & 2009), Law and Order: UK (2009-2014, as Justice Prentice) and Toast of London (2014). Paul's most memorable role was as Kerr Avon in BBC sci-fi show Blake's 7 (1978-81), in which he appeared in all but the very first episode.
Facts
Paul's birth surname was Birkby, but he changed it professionally to Darrow, named after American criminal defense lawyer Clarence Darrow. In 2003 Paul was part of a consortium called B7 Enterprises which acquired the rights to Blake's 7 from the widow of creator Terry Nation, but due to disagreements, he has since left the group. Until her death in 2012, Paul was married to actress Janet Lees-Price. In October 2015, Paul suffered an aortic aneurysm which caused a severe loss of blood to his legs. As a result he had to have both legs partially amputated, leaving him wheelchair-bound.

Nancie Jackson (Doris Squire) Apr 28 1921 to Jan 18 1977
Career highlights
Nancie debuted in Yellow Sands (1954), then A Man for All Seasons (1957), The Claverdon Road Job (1957), Hilda Lessways (1959), Swizzlewick (1964, as Miss Hart), Les Miserables (1967), Nana (1968), The Vortex (1969), Upstairs, Downstairs (1972), Romany Jones (1973), Sadie, It's Cold Outside (1975), Angels (1976) and Holding On (1977).
Facts
Her husband was actor Bernard Hepton.

Gordon Richardson (Squire) Aug 12 1911 to Dec 18 1994
Career highlights
Gordon debuted in Paul of Tarsus (1960), then Court of Mystery (1961), Emergency Ward 10 (1962), David Copperfield (1966), The Expert (1969), Carry On Loving (1970), Emmerdale Farm (1972), Karate Killer (1976) and Kill and Kill Again (1981).
Facts
In the 1940s Gordon lived in the same lodging house on 129 Beaufort Street, Fulham, London as gay writer and raconteur Quentin Crisp. Gordon was said to be an eccentric homosexual, just like Crisp, and would hold parties in his flat, during which his party trick of taking out his glass eye and polishing it would delight and appall guests in equal measure! It was through Gordon's acquaintances that Crisp met many of the major influences in his life, including close friend and novelist Paul Bailey, and playwright Harold Pinter.

Pat Gorman (Silurian)
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).

Paul Barton (Silurian)
Doctor Who credits
Played: UNIT soldier in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Silurian in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Courtier in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited)
Played: Skonnos guard in The Horns of Nimon (1979-80, uncredited)
Played: Rebel in State of Decay (1980, uncredited)
Career highlights
Paul's other work includes Z Cars (1969), Doomwatch (1970-71), Moonbase 3 (1973), Ripping Yarns (1976) and Little Miss Perkins (1982).

Simon Cain (Silurian)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Curly in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Silurian in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Career highlights
Simon was also in five Carry On films (1966-71), as well as Whiplash (1961), The Blood Beast Terror (1968), School for Sex (1969), Manhunt (1970) and Doomwatch (1970).

John Churchill (Silurian)
This is John's only credit.

Dave Carter (Silurian)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Rebel in The Power of the Daleks (1966, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Invasion (1968, uncredited), The Mutants (1972, uncredited)
Played: Silurian/ Old Silurian in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Ambulance man in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Primord in Inferno (1970)
Played: Museum attendant in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Prisoner officer in The Mind of Evil (1971)
Played: Roundhead officer in The Time Monster (1972)
Played: Sergeant Duffy in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Played: Grierson in The Android Invasion (1975)
Career highlights
Non-Doctor Who work includes Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Callan (1969), The Love Box (1972), New Scotland Yard (1972), The Sex Thief (1974), Eskimo Nell (1975), The Sexplorer (1975), Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977), Poldark (1975/77), The Tomorrow People (1978), Adventures of a Plumber's Mate (1978), Worzel Gummidge (1980) and The Bill (1989). But it wasn't all fleeting bit-parts - Dave also had the recurring role of Brigadier Stribos in detective series Van der Valk (1972-73).

Peter Halliday (Silurian voices) 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), 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).
Facts
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).

Geoffrey Palmer (Masters) Born Jun 4 1927
Doctor Who credits
Played: Masters in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Administrator in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Captain Hardaker in Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Career highlights
Frighteningly prolific Geoffrey made his debut in St Ives in 1955, followed by roles in The Killing Stones (1958), Police Surgeon (1960), The Army Game (1959-60), The Odd Man (1960), Incident at Midnight (1963), Bootsie and Snudge (1960-63), The Saint (1963), The Baron (1966), Mrs Thursday (1967), Z Cars (1969), Now, Take My Wife (1971), Colditz (1972-73), Edward the Seventh (1975), Bill Brand (1976), The Sweeney (1978), Fawlty Towers (1979), Whoops Apocalypse (1982), Death of an Expert Witness (1983), Clockwise (1986), Executive Stress (1986), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), The Madness of King George (1994), Mrs Brown (1997), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The Savages (2001), Stig of the Dump (2002), Dickens (2002), He Knew He Was Right (2004), Ashes to Ashes (2008), The Pink Panther 2 (2009), Lost Christmas (2011), Rev (2011), The Hollow Crown (2012), Parade's End (2012) and Paddington (2014). Geoffrey's curmudgeonly face will be best recognised for his recurring roles of Jimmy Anderson in the sitcoms The Fall and Rise and Reginald Perrin (1976-79) and its sequel The Legacy of Reginald Perrin (1996), Leo Bannister in The Last Song (1981-83), Ben in sitcom Butterflies (1978-83) and the 2000 reunion special, Major Harry Kitchener Wellington Truscott in Fairly Secret Army (1984-86), Harold Stringer in Hot Metal (1986/89) and Lionel Hardcastle in sitcom As Time Goes By (1992-2005).
Awards
2005: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama
Facts
In the 1980s Geoffrey was also known for his appearances in TV commercials for Scotch lamb ("Slam in the lamb"). Geoffrey's son is TV director Charles Palmer, who directed episodes of Doctor Who in 2007 and 2017. And there's another link to Doctor Who in that Charles's wife is actress Claire Skinner, who appeared in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe in 2011. Geoffrey recites Walter Kauffman's translation of Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy on the introduction to the 12" Fruitness mix of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Welcome to the Pleasuredome (1985).

Richard Steele (Sergeant Hart) Nov 15 1926 to Apr 30 2004
Doctor Who credits
Played: Commander Gorton in The War Games (1969)
Played: Sergeant Hart in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Guard in The Mark of the Rani (1985)
Career highlights
Richard started his CV off with Quatermass and the Pit in 1959, then subsequently appeared in Suspense (1962), Sergeant Cork (1963), The Ugliest Girl in Town (1968), Coronation Street (1970), The Witch's Daughter (1971), Hawkeye, the Pathfinder (1973), The Venturers (1975), The Stars Look Down (1975), Within These Walls (1975-76), Grange Hill (1978), All Creatures Great and Small (1978), The Glums (1979), Juliet Bravo (1982), Bergerac (1983), No 73 (1983), Grange Hill (1984), First Among Equals (1986) and Three Up Two Down (1989). He also appeared regularly as PC Pierce in Andy Robson (1982-83).

Ian Talbot (Travis) Born Dec 19 1942
Doctor Who credits
Played: Travis in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Klout in The Leisure Hive (1980)
Career highlights
Debuted in Champion House (1968), then Up the Front (1972), The Jensen Code (1973), Drowning By Numbers (1988), Spatz (1991), Terry and Julian (1992), Degrees of Error (1995), As Time Goes By (1996), Midsomer Murders (2005) and Run for Your Wife (2012).
Awards
2008: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama
Facts
Until her death in 1996, Ian was married to actress Liz Gebhardt, best known for playing Maureen Bullock in the sitcoms Please, Sir! and The Fenn Street Gang (1968-73). Ian was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 for Best Director, and was artistic director of the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park in London between 1987-2007.
In 2017 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Ian here.

Nigel Johns (Young Silurian)
This is Nigel's only screen credit. He got the job after director Timothy Combe mentioned to actor Peter Miles that he was stuck for someone to play the Young Silurian, who had to be 6ft 2in, and Miles recommended Johns.

Harry Swift (Private Robins)
This is Harry's only credit.

Alan Mason (Corporal Nutting) Feb 11 1931 to Dec 25 2015
Career highlights
Alan's debut came in The Golden Spur (1959), followed by roles in The Avengers (1962), Strange Report (1969), BJ and the Bear (1979), Jane (1982), Big Deal (1984), Albion Market (1985), The Chef's Apprentice (1989), Inspector Morse (1998) and Casualty (2002/05).
Facts
Alan's wife was actor Diana Bishop.

Derek Pollitt (Private Wright) 1926 to Jul 11 2010
Doctor Who credits
Played: Driver Evans in The Web of Fear (1968)
Played: Private Wright in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Professor Caldera in Shada (1980, untransmitted)
Career highlights
Further work included Such is Life (1950), Strife (1960), Coronation Street (1966), The Body Stealers (1969), Bread (1971) and The Onedin Line (1978).
Facts
Derek sadly went blind in 1997 and moved into an RNIB hostel, but this didn't stop him raising money for a hospice in Llandudno, North Wales, by walking from John O'Groats to Land's End for a penny a mile (raising £1,301). His brother was fellow actor Clyde Pollitt, who appeared in two Doctor Who stories - The War Games (1969) and The Three Doctors (1972-73). His mother was Betty (Lloyd-) Davies, who was also a noted Welsh bard called Branwen Ellis. In 1955, Derek and his wife formed the Galleon touring theatre company, and ran two others with his brothers Brian and Clyde.

Brendan Barry (Hospital doctor)
Career highlights
Brendan's earliest credit was on The Valiant Varneys (1965), followed by Z Cars (1969), Elizabeth R (1971), Cheri (1973), Skinflicker (1973), Disraeli (1978) and Brass (1984).

CREW

Malcolm Hulke (writer) Nov 21 1924 to Jul 6 1979
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Faceless Ones (1967), The War Games (1969), Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970), The Ambassadors of Death (1970), Colony in Space (1971), The Sea Devils (1972), Frontier in Space (1973), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Career highlights
He had earlier written for This Day in Fear (1958), Gert and Daisy (1959), Target Luna (1960), the Pathfinders series (1960-61), Ghost Squad (1961), Sergeant Cork (1963), The Protectors (1964) and Danger Man (1965), and his career also saw him penning nine scripts for The Avengers (1962-69), Woobinda, Animal Doctor (1969-70) and Crossroads (1972-74).
Facts
He was also author of the industry "bible" Writing for Television in the 70s (1974), and in the 1950s was a member of the British Communist Party. In 1959 he helped to set up the Writers' Guild of Great Britain. His other non-Who titles included Bring Your Own Towel (1977) and The Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine and Self-Help (1978). Malcolm's first connection with Doctor Who was in 1963 when he pitched scripts called The Hidden Planet and Britain 408AD for Season 1, but neither were developed. Malcolm also wrote a pilot for a planned radio series starring Peter Cushing as the Doctor in the late 1960s entitled Journey into Time, which was produced but never aired.

Timothy Combe (director) Born Oct 17 1936
Doctor Who credits
Assistant floor manager: The Keys of Marinus (1964)
Production assistant: The Reign of Terror (1964), The Evil of the Daleks (1967, uncredited)
Directed: The Reign of Terror (1964, episode 6, uncredited), The Evil of the Daleks (1967, fight sequence in episode 7), Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970), The Mind of Evil (1971)
Played: Prisoner in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Career highlights
Timothy later directed for Z Cars (1968-73), Ballet Shoes (1975), The Brothers (1976) and Angels (1979). He subsequently became an actors' agent.

Barry Letts (producer) Mar 26 1925 to Oct 9 2009 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Enemy of the World (1967-68), Inferno (1970, episodes 3-7 (studio), uncredited), Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited), Carnival of Monsters (1973), Planet of the Spiders (1974), The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: Man in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Police radio voice in Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Wrote: The Daemons (1971, as Guy Leopold), The Time Monster (1972, uncredited), The Green Death (1973, uncredited), Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Produced: 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 (uncredited), Robot (1970-75)
Executive producer: The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis (1980-81)
Barry also wrote two BBC Radio serials starring Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen - The Paradise of Death (1993) and The Ghosts of N-Space (1996).
Career highlights
Barry started out as an actor in San Demetrio London (1943), and also popped up in Scott of the Antarctic (1948), The Cruel Sea (1953), The Silver Sword (1957-58), The Black Arrow (1958), The Moonstone (1959), Coronation Street (1961), City Beneath the Sea (1962), The Avengers (1964), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), Z Cars (1963-64/65), Softly Softly (1966), The Man Who Never Was (1966) and This Man Craig (1966). His directing career began with The Newcomers (1965), and also included Z Cars (1967-68), Adventure Weekly (1969), The Prince and the Pauper (1976), Gulliver in Lilliput (1982), Brookside (1982), David Copperfield (1986), Alice in Wonderland (1986) and EastEnders (1990-92). As a producer, he worked on and helped create Moonbase 3 (1973), Lorna Doone (1976), Katy (1976), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Children of the New Forest (1977), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), Pinocchio (1978), The Old Curiosity Shop (1979-80), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), Sense and Sensibility (1981), Great Expectations (1981), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, starring Tom Baker), Dombey and Son (1983), Goodbye Mr Chips (1984), The Invisible Man (1984) and The Pickwick Papers (1985).
Facts
His sister was actress Pauline Letts, while his sons are actors Dominic and Crispin Letts. The 2009 Doctor Who story The Waters of Mars was dedicated to his memory.

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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