Thursday, April 17, 2014

Terror of the Autons

The new-look Autons were hoping
 to get jobs at Maplins holiday camp
Four episodes (Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four)
First broadcast Jan 2 to 23 1971
Average audience for serial: 7.95m


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).
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.

Katy Manning (Jo Grant) Born Oct 14 1946
Doctor Who credits
Played: Josephine Grant in 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 (1971-73). Returned in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010).
Career highlights
Katy made her debut in two episodes of the series Man At the Top (1971), followed by roles in The Golden Road (1973), Serendipity (1973, as presenter), Whodunnit? (1975), Target (1977), All Saints (2002), Oakie's Outback Adventures (2011) and The Haunting of Harry Payne (2014). Katy has voiced numerous cartoons and won several awards including Best Supporting Actress at the Melbourne Film Festival and several European awards as the voice of the ten-year-old Gloria in the animated cartoon Gloria’s House. On Australian TV Katy even had her own chat show, interviewing the likes of Lenny Henry, Robson Green and even Basil Brush! Since 2002 Katy has also played scatty Time Lady Iris Wildthyme in Big Finish audio plays.
Since the age of 12, Katy (who was offered, but turned down, a five-year contract with MGM in the early 1960s) has been a lifelong friend of actress and singer Liza Minnelli, who is one of 12 godparents to her two children - along with the actor Derek Fowlds, director Douglas Camfield, actor Derek Nimmo, entertainer Lionel Blair and actor Jimmy Edwards. Her partner is the actor/ singer Barry Crocker (the man who wrote the theme tune to Australian soap Neighbours) and in 1977 Katy appeared in the Australian magazine Girl Illustrated, posing nude with a Dalek (Katy says: "The Dalek pics in the Australian mag were never approved and in those days there was no comeback, so I live with and accept my responsibility (or lack of) but always hope that my career has been a little more than that!"). In 1962 Katy was involved in a car accident ("We went over a roundabout and into a garage. There were no seatbelts in those days. I was thrown through the windscreen and a plate-glass window") which left her with broken ribs and legs, an injured back and facial injuries which required reconstructive surgery. Katy's father was journalist James L Manning OBE, whose most notable journalistic achievement may be his expose of the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the 1967 Tour de France, specifically by British cyclist Tom Simpson, who died during the race. He also fought to have a doctor at the side of the ring in professional boxing matches, fought against apartheid in schools in Africa, for pensions for journalists' families and for the rights of female journalists, and was carried through the streets of Wales after fighting for miners' rights.
Note: This biog has been put together with the kind personal involvement of Katy herself, who was determined to make sure the facts were present - even down to her birth year! Any professional work listed on other websites which does not appear here may well be inaccurate, or indeed the work of another person (ie, Kate Manning). Thanks Katy!

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).
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!

John Levene (Benton) Born Dec 24 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyberman in The Moonbase (1967, uncredited)
Played: Yeti in The Web of Fear (1968), The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Sergeant/ RSM Benton in The Invasion (1968), The Ambassadors of Death (1970), Inferno (1970), Terror of the Autons (1971), The Mind of Evil (1971), The Claws of Axos (1971), The Daemons (1971), Day of the Daleks (1972), The Time Monster (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Green Death (1973), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974), Robot (1974-75), Terror of the Zygons (1975), The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: Platoon Under Leader Benton in Inferno (1970)
Career highlights
John's other appearances include Undermind (1965), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Z Cars (1967), Germinal (1970), UFO (1970), Callan (1972), Psychomania (1973), The Jensen Code (1973), Carry On Laughing! (1975), Big Bad Beetleborgs (1997), CanniBallistic! (2002), Automatons (2006) and Satan Hates You (2010).
John was inspired to become an actor after meeting Telly Savalas in a men's clothing shop. He quit acting in 1977 and set up his own audio-visual production company, before moving to America, where he started acting once more after working for some years as an entertainer on cruise liners. In 1987 he reprised the role of Benton for the fan video spin-off Wartime. John's wife Jeni is an executive at Warner Bros Studios. If you have a desire to hear John sing, then why not try out his 2012 album The Ballads of Sergeant Benton?

Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates) Born Jan 15 1936
Doctor Who credits
Played: Captain Mike Yates in Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, The Daemons, Day of the Daleks, The Time Monster, The Green Death, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Planet of the Spiders (1971-74). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983), Dimensions in Time (1993).
Career highlights
Richard debuted in Dixon of Dock Green (1966), then appeared in The Saint (1968), Crossroads (1969), Little Women (1970), The Pathfinders (1973), Blake's 7 (1980), Harry (1993), Heartbeat (1997), Feedback (2004), Chemical Wedding (2008) and Twilight of the Gods (2013), although he was in advertising before he went into acting. He also had a recurring role as Denis Rigg in soap Emmerdale (1988-89). Richard wrote, directed and performed in a stage play called Recall UNIT - The Great T-Bag Mystery at the 1984 Edinburgh Festival.
Richard is a fiercely political man and has stood as a candidate in four UK General Elections - in 1992 he stood for the Liberal Democrats in Sheffield Brightside, receiving 12.5% of the vote (placing third); in 1997 he stood for the Referendum Party in Hackney South and Shoreditch, garnering 1.8% of the vote (placing fifth); in 2001 he stood for the UK Independence Party in Hove, attracting 0.9% (placing sixth); and in 2005 he represented the Silent Majority Party in Hove, securing 0.2% (placing eighth). In 1993 he gave a speech at the Liberal Democrat conference. In 2009 he appeared in music videos by band Noah and the Whale.

Roger Delgado (The Master) Mar 1 1918 to Jun 18 1973 (car accident)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Master in Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, Colony in Space, The Daemons, The Sea Devils, The Time Monster, Frontier in Space (1971-73)
Career highlights
Born Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto in London, Roger made his first appearance in Operation Diplomat (1952), followed by The Belles of St Trinian's (1954), The Three Musketeers (1954, as Athos), Quatermass II (1955), The Battle of the River Plate (1956), First Man Into Space (1959), Danger Man (1961), The Terror of the Tongs (1961), The Road to Hong Kong (1962), Hot Enough for June (1964), The Sandwich Man (1966), The Mummy's Shroud (1967), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969), The Avengers (1961/69), Underground (1970), Antony and Cleopatra (1972), Jason King (1972) and The Zoo Gang (1974).
For years it was reported that Roger died when the car he was travelling in on the way to film the never-completed comedy movie Bell of Tibet in Turkey plunged into a ravine outside Nevsehir. However, in 2015 it came to light that Roger in fact did do Bell of Tibet. In actual fact, it was a French TV series called La Cloche tibétaine. Roger appears in episode 4 (transmitted December 23, 1974). The story goes that his plane had to be diverted to another airport due to bad weather. Roger then called for a taxi to take him to the shoot. However, the driver was running late and to save time, took a mountain path. There, the car collided with another and plunged down a ravine, killing Delgado and a technician. It was Delgado's death which contributed to Jon Pertwee's decision to leave Doctor Who in 1974. Roger's body was cremated at Mortlake, London. He had been a Major in the Royal Signals in India during World War Two. Roger, whose wife Kismet provided the voice of the Queen Spider in Planet of the Spiders, also appeared in the 1966 radio play The Slide, upon which writer Victor Pemberton based his Doctor Who story Fury from the Deep (1968).
Note: Very special thanks to Tom Lingwood for the information regarding La Cloche tibétaine.

Michael Wisher (Rex Farrel) May 19 1935 to Jul 21 1995 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: John Wakefield in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Rex Farrel in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Kalik in Carnival of Monsters (1973)
Played: Dalek voice in Frontier in Space (1973), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975, uncredited)
Played: Davros in Genesis of the Daleks (1975)
Played: Magrik in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975)
Played: Morelli in Planet of Evil (1975)
Career highlights
Michael made his acting debut in a 1963 edition of Suspense, and also appeared in No Hiding Place (1963), Adventure Weekly (1969), Colditz (1972), Moonbase 3 (1973), Dixon of Dock Green (1975), The Prince and the Pauper (1976), Airline (1982), Cover Her Face (1985), Alice in Wonderland (1986), Vanity Fair (1987), The Bill (1989) and EastEnders (1991).
Michael also appeared in a number of Doctor Who spin-off videos, such as Wartime (1987), Summoned by Shadows (1992), The Airzone Solution (1993) and Shakedown (1994). He also briefly appeared in the 1995 documentary Dalekmania. He was asked to reprise his iconic role of Davros in both 1979 and 1984, but stage tours restricted his availability. However, he did play Davros again in the 1993 stage play The Trial of Davros. Michael's son Andrew is also an actor.

Harry Towb (McDermott) Jul 27 1925 to Jul 24 2009 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Osgood in The Seeds of Death (1969)
Played: McDermott in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Career highlights
Irishman Harry first appeared in Is Life Worth Living? (1949), followed by The Gentle Gunman (1950), Strictly Personal (1953), Above Us the Waves (1955), Joan and Leslie (1956), The Army Game (1959, as Private Dooley), Jacks and Knaves (1961), The Scarlet Blade (1963), Front Page Story (1965), Orlando (1967), The Avengers (1968), Carry On At Your Convenience (1971), Tottering Towers (1971-72, as Hairy O'Hara), Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (1973), Marked Personal (1974), Barry Lyndon (1975), The Good Old Days (1976), The Professionals (1980), Pictures (1983), The Comic Strip Presents... (1983), Home, James! (1987-90, as Henry Compton), So You Think You've Got Troubles (1991), Brighton Belles (1993), Moll Flanders (1996), Doctors (2002), Heartbeat (2005), Casualty (1992/2006), EastEnders (2008) and Gardens with Red Roses (2009). Harry also wrote short radio plays for the BBC and RTE, and between 1985-91 presented the children's series You and Me.
He was married to actress Diana Hoddinott, best known as Annie Hacker in sitcom Yes, Minister/ Prime Minister.

David Garth (Time Lord) Apr 15 1921 to May 3 1988
Doctor Who credits
Played: Solicitor Grey in The Highlanders (1966-67)
Played: Time Lord in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Career highlights
Indian born David first appeared in George and Margaret (1946), then Busman's Honeymoon (1947) The Strange World of Planet X (1956), Emergency Ward 10 (1964, as Leon Dorsey), Detective (1964), The Baron (1967), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67), Special Branch (1969-70), The Avengers (1962/66/68), Nearest and Dearest (1971), General Hospital (1972-76, as Dr Matthew Armstrong), The Flaxton Boys (1973), Return of the Saint (1979), To the Manor Born (1980), Shine on Harvey Moon (1984-85) and A Month in the Country (1987).
David was married to actress Geraldine Newman, better known as Hilda in sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles. He was also a writer, having penned a handful of screenplays in the 1930s and 40s; his novel Fury at Furnace Creek was made into a film starring Victor Mature in 1948, and ten years earlier his story Four Men and a Prayer was made into a film by director John Ford and starring David Niven.

Frank Mills (Radio telescope operator) Born 1929
Career highlights
Frank's earliest screen appearance came in The Avengers (1964), after which he popped up in Undermind (1965), A Handful of Thieves (1969), Hardy Heating Company Ltd (1970), Away from It All (1973), Bedtime Stories (1974), The treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974), North and South (1975), Rentaghost (1976), The Crezz (1976), Jubilee (1977), Sally Ann (1979), Strangers (1981), Bergerac (1984), Hannay (1988), Campion (1990), Love Hurts (1992), Harry (1993), The Tribe (1998), Mrs Caldicott's Cabbage War (2002), The Brief (2004), The Palace (2008), Minder (2009) and Heartbeat (1997/2009). Frank has also enjoyed several running roles in series over the years, including Toby Wilson in Sam (1973-74), Fowler in Flambards (1979), Jimmy Nunn in The Good Companions (1980-81), Frank Rudd in Nanny (1981-82), Matthew Saltmarsh in By the Sword Divided (1983), Gil Roach in Big Deal (1984-86), Fig Newton in Rumpole of the Bailey (1983-91) and Frank Wainthropp in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1998). His most successful role was playing Billy Williams, who married Betty Turpin in soap Coronation Street (1995-97).
Before breaking into acting in his 30s, Frank had been employed variously as a golf caddy, a page boy at the Savoy Hotel, for London Civil Defence, at a holiday camp, as an under-butler at a large country house, and as a commis waiter at the House of Commons.

Andrew Staines (Goodge) Died Sep 16 2016
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sergeant to Benik in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Goodge in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Captain in Carnival of Monsters (1973)
Played: Keaver in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
Andrew's only other screen credits are on Justice (1971) and The Woman in White (1982), although he worked extensively in theatre.
Andrew was Doctor Who producer Barry Letts' nephew. In 2008 Andrew was interviewed for the British Library's Theatre Archive Project, and had this to say about his time on Doctor Who: "I was in one - Pertwee had been the Doctor for several episodes then - but he had a change of personnel and had Katy Manning as his female sidekick and Roger Delgado as the Master, and then I was in two or three others after that, and then there I was in Jon's final one. They got Tom Baker in on the last day of rehearsal so that he could be transformed from Jon Pertwee - I was very interested, standing on the sidelines and watching them do it. I rather regret that I never went on to do an episode with Tom Baker." A transcript of the full interview can be found here.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Andrew here.

Christopher Burgess (Professor Philips) Dec 15 1926 to Aug 25 2013
Doctor Who credits
Played: Swann in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Professor Philips in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Barnes in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
Christopher's first credited role was in In a Backward Country (1958), followed by Who Killed Menna Lorraine? (1960), Suspense (1963), This Man Craig (1966), Sherlock Holmes (1968), Menace (1970), Crown Court (1973), The Growing Pains of PC Penrose (1975, as Inspector Fox), Treasure Island (1977), Danger UXB (1979), Together (1980), Jane Eyre (1983), Jossy's Giants (1986-87, as Albert Hanson), Shadow of the Noose (1989) and Can You Hear Me Thinking? (1990).
Christopher spent his final years as one of 40 male pensioners (or "Brothers") living at the London Charterhouse almshouse.

John Baskcomb (Rossini) Feb 7 1916 to Mar 29 2000
Career highlights
John debuted in 1957's The Railway Children, then took roles in Sergeant Cork (1964), Fire Crackers (1965), The Devil in the Fog (1968), Oliver! (1968), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Battle of Britain (1969), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), Dad's Army (1971), I Want What I Want (1972), Quiller (1975), Victorian Scandals (1976), The Final Conflict (1981), The Lady and the Highwayman (1989) and Memento Mori (1992). He might be best remembered as Petty Officer Woodward in Tell It to the Marines (1959-60), Timothy Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga (1967) or Nat Pearce in Poldark (1975-77).

Dave Carter (Museum attendant)
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).

Stephen Jack (Farrel Senior) Jan 20 1902 to Sep 17 1987 (natural causes)
Career highlights
Stephen's other work includes R.U.R (1938), Gallows Glorious (1938), Treasure Island (1950), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1963), Danger Man (1965), Hine (1971), The Tomorrow People (1974), Poldark (1975) and Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic (1978).
Stephen's son is dialect coach Andrew Jack, who has advised on countless blockbuster films since the 1980s, including the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings films (he even coached Amy Pond actress Karen Gillan on Guardians of the Galaxy!). You can read an interview with Andrew here, where he talks about life growing up with his father in the 1940s and 50s. Stephen, who was himself a skilled expert on British regional accents, was highly prolific as a broadcaster for BBC Radio's Children's Hour and was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society for his services to language, accent and dialect.

Barbara Leake (Mrs Farrel) May 14 1903 to Aug 18 1991
Career highlights
Barbara debuted in the horror portmanteau film Dead of Night (1945), then appeared in Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), Vanity Fair (1957), Murder She Said (1961), The Eyes of Annie Jones (1964), Danger Man (1965), A Study in Terror (1965), Vanity Fair (1967), Budgie (1972) and The Pearcross Girls (1973).
Barbara began her acting career at the Old Vic in the 1920s and went on to work with the company of R. Meadow White, and with the David Garrick Players. After the Second World War she appeared regularly in the West End. She married the actor, dramatist and director Stafford Byrne in 1949 (she is described in one biography of Byrne's as "a woman of charm and distinction"!).

Roy Stewart (Strongman) May 15 1925 to Oct 27 2008 (heart disease)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Saracen warrior in The Crusade (1965, uncredited)
Played: Toberman in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Played: Strongman in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Career highlights
Jamaican Roy made his screen debut in The Mummy (1959), then On the Fiddle (1961), The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964), She (1965), Slave Girls (1967), The Avengers (1968), Carry On Up the Jungle (1970), Up Pompeii (1970), Twins of Evil (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), I, Claudius (1976), Rentaghost (1978), Arabian Adventure (1979) and Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective (1981).
Roy - 6ft 4in - arrived in the UK in the 1940s intent on becoming a doctor, but had his head turned by acting when he got into stuntwork. In 1954 he opened his own gym in North Kensington, London, one of the first to allow mixed race training and which boasted among its customers Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse (the gym also doubled as a late night drinking club, and by 1964 Roy had been convicted four times of operating without a liquor licence). In the 1960s he opened the Globe, a Caribbean restaurant and bar in Notting Hill, frequented by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. It was Roy who gave vital tips and encouragement to bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger to enter the Mr Universe title in London in 1969. There's a nice pictorial tribute to Roy here.

Dermot Tuohy (Brownrose) Aug 12 1921 to Dec 14 1986
Career highlights
Dermot's debut came in Freedom to Die (1961), followed by Young Cassidy (1965), Undermind (1965), The Violent Enemy (1967), Middlemarch (1968), Ours is a Nice House (1970), Ace of Wands (1971), The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1981) and The End of the World Man (1986).

Norman Stanley (Telephone mechanic)
Career highlights
Norman's other roles included Girl Gang (1954), The Plane Makers (1964), Carry on Cowboy (1966) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1967).
Norman played the Master while he was disguised as a telephone mechanic, which means that, technically, he counts as the second actor to play the renegade Time Lord!

Terry Walsh (Auton policeman) May 5 1939 to Apr 21 2002 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Militiaman in The Smugglers (1966, uncredited)
Played: Soldier in The Web of Fear (1968, uncredited), The Invasion (1968, uncredited), The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited), Inferno (1970, uncredited)
Fight arranger/ stunts: Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited), Day of the Daleks (1972, uncredited), The Curse of Peladon (1972, uncredited), The Green Death (1973), The Time Warrior (1973-74), Death to the Daleks (1974), The Monster of Peladon (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), Revenge of the Cybermen (1975, uncredited), The Android Invasion (1975), The Seeds of Doom (1976), The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited), The Deadly Assassin (1976), The Face of Evil (1977), The Androids of Tara (1978), The Creature from the Pit (1979), Dimensions in Time (1993)
Played: Auton policeman in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Stangmoor man in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: UNIT motorcyclist in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: IMC guard Rogers in Colony in Space (1971, uncredited)
Played: Castle guard Barclay in The Sea Devils (1972)
Played: Guard in The Mutants (1972, uncredited), The Green Death (1973), Genesis of the Daleks (1975, uncredited), The Face of Evil (1977, uncredited)
Played: Window cleaner in The Time Monster (1972)
Played: Warehouse looter in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Played: Jack in Death to the Daleks (1974, uncredited)
Played: Exxilon in Death to the Daleks (1974, uncredited)
Played: Zombie in Death to the Daleks (1974, uncredited)
Played: Guard captain in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Played: Man with boat in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Played: SRS meeting security in Robot (1974-75, uncredited)
Played: Wirrn operator in The Ark in Space (1975, uncredited)
Played: Zake in The Sontaran Experiment (1975)
Played: Muto in Genesis of the Daleks (1975, uncredited)
Played: Kaled scientist in Genesis of the Daleks (1975, uncredited)
Played: Crewmember in Planet of Evil (1975, uncredited)
Played: Executioner in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited)
Played: Mensch in The Power of Kroll (1978-79)
Played: Doran in The Creature from the Pit (1979)
Career highlights
Prolific stuntman Terry first appeared in The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) and went on to both act and perform stunts in Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67), Ace of Wands (1970), The Persuaders! (1971), Space: 1999 (1976), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Superman (1978), To Serve Them All My Days (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Never Say Never Again (1983), Robin of Sherwood (1984-86), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Jekyll and Hyde (1990), First Knight (1995) and The Abduction Club (2002).
Terry saved actress Elisabeth Sladen from drowning during filming for Revenge of the Cybermen in 1975 when an action scene went wrong, after which Terry fell ill. He also came up with some of the Third Doctor's more ambitious Venusian aikido moves. When Terry wasn't stunting, he drove a black cab from Edgware station taxi rank in London.

Pat Gorman (Auton leader)
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).

Haydn Jones (Auton voice) Dec 7 1920 to Nov 7 1984
Doctor Who credits
Played: Auton voice in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Vosper in The Mind of Evil (1971)
Career highlights
Hadyn's debut came in Touch Wood (1958), then Dancers in Mourning (1959), Out of This World (1962), The Avengers (1963), The Villains (1964), United! (1965), Counterstrike (1969), Elizabeth R (1971), War and Peace (1972), The Pallisers (1974) and Bergerac (1983). He also enjoyed regular roles as Professor Westfield in City Beneath the Sea (1962) and Ernest Carter in Swizzlewick (1964).
Haydn was the voice of Joe Grundy in BBC radio soap The Archers until his death. Ironically, when Haydn met his acting friend Edward Kelsey (also a Doctor Who alumni) in 1984, he suggested Kelsey would be ideal for a role in The Archers. When Jones passed away soon after, Kelsey auditioned to replace him, and made his debut as Joe Grundy in February 1985.

Note: Actor Bill McGuirk (who had previously appeared in The Enemy of the World) was credited on episode 3 as playing a policeman, but did not appear due to his scenes being cut.


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.
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.

Barry Letts (director (uncredited) and 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).
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).
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.

1 comment:

  1. The UNIT stories from Jon Pertwee,s time are my favourite.


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