Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Spearhead from Space

Channing (Hugh Burden) resisted the urge
 to run his finger along the ribbed glass
 to make that cool xylophone noise
Four episodes (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4)
First broadcast Jan 3 to 24 1970
Average audience for serial: 8.23m

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.
This is Your Life: Jon was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on April 14th, 1971 (between the broadcast of episodes 1 and 2 of Colony in Space, and just prior to location filming for The Daemons). Jon was the first Doctor to be honoured by TiYL.

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!

Hugh Burden (Channing) Apr 3 1913 to May 17 1985
Career highlights
Sri Lanka-born Hugh's earliest role was in Turn Round (1937), followed by Charles and Mary (1938), One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942), Nocturne in Scotland (1951), Ghost Ship (1952), The Last Chronicle of Barset (1959), Hotel Incident (1962), The Avengers (1963), Funeral in Berlin (1966), Strange Report (1969), Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971), The House in Nightmare Park (1973), One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), Sykes (1979), Jemima Shore Investigates (1983) and Dr Fischer of Geneva (1984). He also starred as the title character in The Mind of Mr J G Reeder (1969-71) and played Dr Balfour-Harvey in The Crezz (1976). Hugh also wrote for the stage and screen, including for J G Reeder (1969), Myself a Stranger (1949 & 1957) and an episode of Suspense called Wormwood (1963).

Neil Wilson (Sam Seeley) Jun 24 1916 to Jan 24 1975
Career highlights
Debuting as Stephano in a 1951 adaptation of The Tempest, Neil's work took in The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), Appointment with Venus (1951), The Quatermass Experiment (1953), The Ladykillers (1955), 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956), Fun at St Fanny's (1956), Shadow Squad (1957), The Long Way Home (1960), Barnaby Rudge (1960), Dimensions of Fear (1963), The Plane Makers (1963), Alfie (1966), The Mind of Mr J G Reeder (1969), All Neat in Black Stockings (1969), For the Love of Ada (1970), The Horror of Frankenstein (1970), Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971), A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Stone Tape (1972), Steptoe and Son (1973) and Six Days of Justice (1975). He also enjoyed regular roles as PC Tubb Barrell in Dixon of Dock Green (1955-57 & 1963) and Sergeant Gilbey in Dr Finlay's Casebook (1963-70).

Talfryn Thomas (Mullins) Oct 31 1922 to Nov 4 1982 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Mullins in Spearhead from Space (1970)
Played: Dave in The Green Death (1973)
Career highlights
Talfryn's other work included The Squeeze (1960), Suspense (1963), Ring Out an Alibi (1964), Sky West and Crooked (1965), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), St Ives (1967), The Avengers (1965/68), Tales of Unease (1970), Tottering Towers (1971-72), Coronation Street (1971-72), The Kids from 47A (1973), Get Some In! (1975), King of the Castle (1977), Poems and Pints (1978), The Ken Dodd Laughter Show (1979), Worzel Gummidge (1980), Hi-De-Hi! (1982) and The Citadel (1983). He also regularly played Private Cheeseman in sitcom Dad's Army (1973-74) and Tom Price in Survivors (1975).
Facts
In 1944 Talfryn was a rear gunner on a Lancaster bomber and took part in many bombing expeditions into Germany. On one training expedition his aircraft crashed and he was the lone survivor; the crash was so traumatising (Talfryn witnessed the cockpit go through the navigator) that he suffered a mental breakdown and spent several months in a sanitorium. Coincidentally, the very first production Talfryn appeared in on TV was an adaptation of A J Cronin's novel The Citadel in November 1960, while the very last production he appeared in was another adaptation of The Citadel in February 1983!

John Breslin (Captain Munro) Mar 16 1929 to Jul 11 2009
Career highlights
Debuting as Alan a Dale in Robin Hood (1953), John's other work includes Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School (1952), Montserrat (1954), Emergency Ward 10 (1957), Shake Hands with the Devil (1959), The Secret Kingdom (1960), Three Ring Circus (1961), Oliver Twist (1962), Rupert of Hentzau (1964), Curtain of Fear (1964), United! (1966-67, as Bob McIver), The Troubleshooters (1967), UFO (1971), War and Peace (1972-73), The Edwardians (1973), General Hospital (1974-75, as Dr Donald Ferris), Dickens of London (1976), The Walls of Jericho (1981), Shine on Harvey Moon (1985), Heartbeat (1992), Casualty (2001) and Doctors (2006).
Facts
He acted as dialect advisor on various productions in the 1950s and 60s (including Moby Dick (1956), Disney's Kidnapped (1960), Disney's Greyfriars Bobby (1961) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962)) as he was an expert multi-linguist. He also dubbed the voice for actor Steve Reeves in many Italian productions. He was a lifelong close friend of actor John Fraser, who appeared in Doctor Who story Logopolis (1981), and learnt to play the piano from Frederick Lamond, one of the last pupils of composers Liszt and Wagner.

Antony Webb (Dr Henderson) Born 1934
Career highlights
Antony debuted in Emergency Ward 10 (1963), then The Marriage Lines (1963), Journey to Midnight (1968), Daniel Deronda (1970), Z Cars (1970), The Silver Sword (1971), Napoleon and Love (1974), She's Out (1995) and The Bill (1996/99).

Helen Dorward (Nurse) Born 1933
Career highlights
Helen's earliest work was in The Power Game (1969), after which she appeared in Hark at Barker (1970), Are You Being Served? (1974), Bouquet of Barbed Wire (1976), Hi-De-Hi! (1988), Winners and Losers (1989), Keeping Up Appearances (1993) and Two Thousand Acres of Sky (2003). She also had recurring roles as Avis Warren in soap Crossroads (1976-76) and Mabel Dwyer in Children of Fire Mountain (1979).
Facts
Helen was involved in the Christchurch earthquake of 2011, and tells of her experience here. She was married to actor Ian Mullins for 57 years until his death in 2014.

George Lee (Corporal Forbes)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Corporal Forbes in Spearhead from Space (1970)
Played: Farm worker in The Time Monster (1972)
Career highlights
Debuted in Detective (1964), then Night Train to Surbiton (1965), Take a Pair of Private Eyes (1966), Special Branch (1969), Scum (1977), Fawlty Towers (1975/79), Blake's 7 (1981), Chiefs (1983) and The Fear (1988).

Tessa Shaw (UNIT officer) Born Apr 30 1936
Career highlights
Tessa debuted in Doctor Who, after which she appeared in Doomwatch (1970), General Hospital (1972-74, as Sister Rochford), The Venturers (1975), Fox (1980), Tucker's Luck (1985), Press Gang (1990) and Diana: Her True Story (1993, as Diana's mother Raine).
Facts
Tessa, who now lives in Los Angeles, is married to film producer Richard Winter-Stanbridge, while her son is actor Daniel Fathers. Tessa claims to be descended from actor William Powell (protege of the legendary 18th century thespian David Garrick), as well as Victorian folk heroine Grace Darling. Her father was Oliver Shaw, one-time Attorney-General of Sierra Leone.

Ellis Jones (Technician) Born Nov 15 1943
Career highlights
Ellis debuted in The Liars (1966), followed by Fraud Squad (1969), Z Cars (1974), King Lear (1974), Raven (1977), The Citadel (1983), 1914 All Out (1987) and Cadfael (1996). Ellis had recurring roles as Hal Adden in Pardon My Genie (1972-73) and Burke in The Squirrels (1974-77).
Facts
In 1993 Ellis became Head of Acting at RADA, becoming its vice-principal in 1998 and creative director of RADA Enterprises in 2005. In more recent years he has been acting, directing and tutoring in Singapore and China, and in 2010 directed the first ever Chinese language version of an Alan Ayckbourn play, in Shanghai. He is also director of Teach Yourself Acting and blogs regularly via the website.

Allan Mitchell (Wagstaffe)
Career highlights
Allan's further work includes Ivanhoe (1958), Hamlet (1961), Londoners (1965), Moody and Pegg (1975), Who Pays the Ferryman? (1977), McVicar (1980), Take a Letter Mr Jones (1981), The Disappearance of Harry (1982), The Nation's Health (1983), Prospects (1986), Never the Twain (1991), Paul Merton: The Series (1993) and Sense and Sensibility (1995).

Prentis Hancock (Second reporter) Born May 14 1942
Doctor Who credits
Played: Second reporter in Spearhead from Space (1970)
Played: Vaber in Planet of the Daleks (1973)
Played: Salamar in Planet of Evil (1975)
Played: Captain in The Ribos Operation (1978)
Career highlights
Prentis debuted in Dr Finlay's Casebook (1969), then became prolific in the 1970s in series such as The Last of the Mohicans (1971), Z Cars (1971), The Shadow of the Tower (1972), Colditz (1973), The Protectors (1973), Life and Death of Penelope (1976), The New Avengers (1976), Survivors (1977), Return of the Saint (1979) and Secret Army (1979), followed by roles in Fox (1980), The House on the Hill (1981), Kim (1984), Defence of the Realm (1986), Bergerac (1989), Bodyguards (1997), CI5: The New Professionals (1999) and Outlander (2014). He may also be recognised as Lieutenant Saunders in Spy Trap (1972-73), Paul Morrow in Space: 1999 (1975-76) and Arnold Meyer in Chocky's Children (1985) and Chocky's Challenge (1986).
Facts
In 2010 Prentis wrote a children's book called Hotshot - A Chilling Tale.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Prentis here.

Hamilton Dyce (Major General Scobie) Mar 14 1912 to Jan 8 1972
Career highlights
Hamilton debuted in Big Guns in 1958, followed by The Day After Tomorrow (1960), Whistle Down the Wind (1961), The Six Proud Walkers (1962), The Human Jungle (1963), Dr Crippen (1963), Becket (1964), The Scarlet and the Black (1965), The Mask of Janus (1965), The Spies (1966), The Wrong Box (1966), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), St Ives (1967), Triton (1968), The Power Game (1969), Special Branch (1969), Wicked Women (1970), Elizabeth R (1971), The Brothers (1972) and Pretenders (1972).

Henry McCarthy (Dr Beavis) Mar 27 1906 to Dec 22 1993
Career highlights
Henry's other work includes Oliver Twist (1962), The Saint (1964), Mr Rose (1968), Wicked Women (1970) and The Zoo Gang (1974).

John Woodnutt (Hibbert) Mar 3 1924 to Jan 2 2006
Doctor Who credits
Played: Hibbert in Spearhead from Space (1970)
Played: Draconian Emperor in Frontier in Space (1973)
Played: Duke of Forgill/ Broton in Terror of the Zygons (1975)
Played: Seron in The Keeper of Traken (1981)
Career highlights
John became a prolific character actor after he first appeared in The Black Brigand (1956), then The Cabin in the Clearing (1959), Gamble for a Throne (1961), Swizzlewick (1964), The Avengers (1966), Rogues' Gallery (1969), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970, as Henry VII), Look and Read: The Boy from Space (1971, as the spooky Thin Man), The Tomorrow People (1973), The Secret Garden (1975), Children of the Stones (1977), Shoestring (1979), Stalky and Co. (1982), Lifeforce (1985), Porterhouse Blue (1987), Jeeves and Wooster (1990-93, as Sir Watkyn), Wycliffe (1995) and Harry Enfield and Chums (1997). He also played Mr Quelch in Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School (1959), Judge Weightman in Crown Court (1977-84) and Merlin/ Mogdred in children's virtual reality show Knightmare (1987-90).
Facts
John ended his years in the actors' retirement home Denville Hall.

Derek Smee (Ransome) Dec 10 1930 to Jun 3 2014
Career highlights
Derek debuted in The Rebel Heiress (1958), then took roles in Three Golden Nobles (1959), Gamble for a Throne (1961), Moonstrike (1963), King of the River (1966), The Saint (1969), The Agatha Christie Hour (1982), Ghostwatch (1992), Tom & Viv (1994), Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1997), The Genius of Mozart (2004) and Perfume: the Story of a Murderer (2006).

Betty Bowden (Meg Seeley) Oct 7 1904 to Aug 20 1991
Career highlights
Betty's other work includes Strange Orchestra (1952), No Hiding Place (1960), The Company of Five (1968), Kate (1972) and Angels (1976). She also had the regular role of Doris Sharpe in Sixpenny Corner (1955-56).

Clifford Cox (Sergeant)
Career highlights
Clifford was a prolific bit part player who made his debut in Quatermass and the Pit (1958-59), then Your World (1961), Deadline Midnight (1961), The Monsters (1962), The Man in Room 17 (1965), The Troubleshooters (1966), The Avengers (1967), Big Brother (1970), The Onedin Line (1971), Shoulder to Shoulder (1974), Nightingale's Boys (1975) and Midnight is a Place (1977).

Edmund Bailey (Attendant) Oct 28 1904 to Dec 21 1982
Doctor Who credits
Played: Attendant in Spearhead from Space (1970)
Played: Atlantis elder in The Time Monster (1972, uncredited)
Career highlights
Edmund's other work includes Money for Jam (1939), Crane (1963), Dombey and Son (1969), War and Peace (1972), The Carnforth Practice (1974) and Spring and Autumn (1976).

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.

Derek Martinus (director) Apr 4 1931 to Mar 27 2014 (Alzheimer's Disease)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Galaxy 4 (1965), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Tenth Planet (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967), The Ice Warriors (1967), Spearhead from Space (1970).
Career highlights
After appearing as an extra in Carry on Sergeant in 1958, Derek first directed the soap United! (1965) and also worked on The Expert (1969), Crown Court (1974), Angels (1975-76), The Paper Lads (1977), Blake's 7 (1979), Penmarric (1979), Spearhead (1978-81) and Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest (1985). He also adapted and directed Vargen (1984).
Facts
In his later years Derek was heavily involved with the Chiswick Pier Trust, of which he was a director.

Derrick Sherwin (producer) 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.

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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  2. I wonder if the birth year for Derek Smee will turn up at some point?

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