Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Ambassadors of Death

Martian ambassador?
Or Vashta Nerada?
Seven episodes (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6, Episode 7)
First broadcast Mar 21 to May 2 1970
Average audience for serial: 7.34m

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!

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).
Facts
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?

Ronald Allen (Ralph Cornish) Dec 16 1930 to Jun 18 1991 (lung cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Rago in The Dominators (1968)
Played: Ralph Cornish in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Career highlights
Ronald's earliest credit was on Romeo and Juliet (1957), and further credits included A Night to Remember (1958), The Four Just Men (1960), The Avengers (1964), Hell Boats (1970), The Liver Birds (1971), The Fiend (1972), Eat the Rich (1987), Generations (1989), Bergerac (1990), five of the Comic Strip Presents... strand (1982-90) and The Happening (1991). Ronald's most famous role was as David Hunter in 195 episodes of the soap opera Crossroads (1972-83), but he also played recurring characters in two other soaps - Ian Harmon in 223 episodes of Compact (1962-65) and Mark Wilson in 53 episodes of United! (1966-67).
Facts
Ronald lived for many years with Crossroads co-star Brian Hankins before Brian's death from cancer, after which Ronald wed his Crossroads co-star Sue Lloyd when he learnt he himself had terminal cancer. Ronald died within three months of their marriage. Ronald had been dogged my rumours he was gay for years, which he referred to in a 1985 interview: "I'm not going to deny the gay rumours. What I will say is that my relationship with Sue is fulfilled and fulfilling in every way, a very passionate sexual relationship. The constant rumours do not upset me any more. People are free to interpret things however they like. The simple truth is that I've never found a woman I've wanted to share my life with until Sue came along."

Robert Cawdron (Taltalian) Dec 29 1921 to Sep 14 1997
Career highlights
French born Robert made his uncredited debut in Night Beat (1947), then appeared in A Christmas Carol (1950), Treasure Island (1951), The Railway Children (1951), Goonreel (1952), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1956), The Count of Monte Cristo (1956), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), The Massingham Affair (1964), Triton (1968), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), From a Bird's Eye View (1971), Doomwatch (1971), The Death of Adolf Hitler (1973) and Days of Hope (1975). His last TV work was in The Dick Emery Show in 1981. Robert also had regular roles as Detective Inspector Cherry in Z Cars (1956-65) and Sergeant Luduc in The Saint (1962-67).
Facts
Robert's nephew is actor/ director Nick Cawdron.

John Abineri (General Carrington) May 18 1928 to Jun 29 2000 (motor-neurone disease)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Van Lutyens in Fury from the Deep (1968)
Played: General Carrington in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Richard Railton in Death to the Daleks (1974)
Played: Ranquin in The Power of Kroll (1978-79)
Career highlights
John's first credit was in The Children of the New Forest (1955), and later appeared in The Third Man (1959), Formula for Danger (1960), The Odd Man (1962), Redcap (1965), Funeral in Berlin (1966), The Witch's Daughter (1971), The Last of the Mohicans (1971), General Hospital (1972), The Legend of Robin Hood (1975), The Moon Stallion (1978), Blake's 7 (1979), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), Jamaica Inn (1983), Maelstrom (1985), Red Dwarf (1988, as Rimmer's father), The Godfather Part III (1990), Seaforth (1994), Wycliffe (1995) and The Window Bed (1999). John also had regular roles as Hubert Goss in Survivors (1976-77) and Herne the Hunter in Robin of Sherwood (1984-86); he was also the butler in the original series of Ferrero Rocher advertisements.
Facts
John's son Daniel is an actor and voiceover artist who claims to have discovered Russell Crowe (Daniel is married to TV producer Claudia Rosencrantz). John's other son Sebastian is also an actor. When actor Duncan Lamont died during the film of the 1979 Blake's 7 episode Hostage, John took over the role (both had co-starred in the Doctor Who story Death to the Daleks (1974)). In 1973 John was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for playing Chingachgook in Last of the Mohicans and Hawkeye, the Pathfinder (he lost to Anthony Murphy).

Ric Felgate (Van Lyden) Jun 4 1933 to Jul 31 1999
Doctor Who credits
Played: American journalist in The War Machines (1966)
Played: Brent in The Seeds of Death (1969)
Played: Van Lyden in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Career highlights
Ric's other credits include Quick Before They Catch Us (1966), Jackanory (1969), Softly Softly (1968-70), The Passenger (1971) and The Sweeney (1976).
Facts
He was married to Cynthia Felgate (1935-91), co-creator and producer of children's programme Play School.

Michael Wisher (John Wakefield) 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).
Facts
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.

Cheryl Molineaux (Miss Rutherford) Mar 19 1946 to Mar 8 2012 (lung cancer)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Cheryl's final TV credit, after having appeared in Eight O'Clock Walk (1954), O.S.S. (1957), The Skewbald (1961), Dixon of Dock Green (1963), No Hiding Place (1964), Carry On Doctor (1967) and Z Cars (1969).
Facts
Cheryl was married to Canadian actor Bob Howay, with whom she had a daughter, artist Juliette Milner. She later married again. As well as being an actress, Cheryl was also a dancer, having performed alongside the Beatles.

Ray Armstrong (Grey)
Career highlights
Ray's career began as an uncredited extra in Around the World in 80 Days (1956), and later took in Where Has Poor Mickey Gone? (1964), Department S (1969), The Regiment (1972), The Venturers (1972), The New Avengers (1976), The Famous Five (1978), Harry's Game (1982), Tucker's Luck (1983), A Dorothy L Sayers Mystery (1987), Shirley Valentine (1989), Lovejoy (1992), Oasis (1993), Chef! (1996) and Casualty (2001). He regularly played Colin Wade in Freewheelers (1972).
Facts
In the 1950s, Ray worked for the Forestry Commission, and after becoming an actor, was a member of the Children's Theatre Company in the 1960s, driving a bus around the UK to perform in different communities. Ray now lives in the Findhorn spiritual eco-village in north-east Scotland. 

Robert Robertson (Collinson) Jul 3 1930 to Jan 17 2001 (heart attack)
Career highlights
Robert's CV also includes roles in Scott On... (1969), Rumour (1970), Paul Temple (1971), The Man Outside (1972), Murder Not Proven? (1984), First Sight (1987), High Road (1993) and Breaking the Waves (1996), while he also enjoyed a long-running role as pipe-smoking pathologist Dr Stephen Andrews in more than 50 episodes of crime series Taggart (1983-2001).
Facts
Robert, who was artistic director of Dundee Repertory Theatre between 1976-92, suffered a heart attack on stage in Perth while reciting the Robert Burns poem Holy Willie's Prayer. 

Dallas Cavell (Quinlan) Sep 19 1925 to Feb 15 1993
Doctor Who credits
Played: Roadworks overseer in The Reign of Terror (1964)
Played: Bors in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Captain Jebb Trask in The Highlanders (1966)
Played: Quinlan in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Head of security in Castrovalva (1982)
Career highlights
Dallas (real first name Norman) debuted in The Voodoo Factor (1960), then Maigret (1961), The Avengers (1963), Crossroads (1964), The Caesars (1968), Brett (1971), The New Avengers (1976) and The Pickwick Papers (1985).
Facts
Dallas also worked as a bingo caller in London for a time.

Bernard Martin (Control room assistant) Oct 29 1927 to Oct 25 1993
Career highlights
First appeared in Bat Out of Hell (1966), then The Big M (1967), Owen, MD (1972), The Regiment (1972), Warship (1976), Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1986) and The Bill (1989).

Joanna Ross (Control room assistant)
Career highlights
Debuting in 1961's Bus Stop, Joanna's other credits include Z Cars (1970), Up Pompeii (1970), My Wife Next Door (1972), Moonbase 3 (1973), Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974), The Brothers (1974), Second Time Around (1975), Doctor on the Go (1975) and Under Arrest (1983).

Carl Conway (Control room assistant) Feb 6 1922 to Feb 10 2017
Doctor Who credits
Played: US correspondent in The War Machines (1966)
Played: Control room assistant in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Career highlights
Carl's acting CV takes in The Counterfeit Plan (1957), Nudist Paradise (1959), Man from Interpol (1960), Watch Your Stern (1961), The Saint (1966), Pegasus (1969) and Out of the Unknown (1969). In 1964 Carl joined the unlicensed off-shore Radio Caroline at its launch but did not care for life at sea and mainly took part in the advertisements and interviews conducted on dry land (the pirate radio station transmitted from a former passenger ferry anchored off Felixstowe). In the 1980s Carl worked for BBC Radio Kent, and later kept himself busy organising film shows in old people's homes and community centres.

Juan Moreno (Dobson) Born Mar 4 1939
Career highlights
After debuting in Nathaniel Titlark (1957), Frenchman Juan made appearances in Cupido Contrabandista (1962), The Troubleshooters (1968), Dombey and Son (1969), Hine (1971, as Frank the chauffeur), Pretenders (1972), Moonbase 3 (1973), Knots (1975), My Brother's Keeper (1976), The Onedin Line (1977), The Sweeney (1978), The Talisman (1980-81), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Kessler (1981), Only Fools and Horses (1982), One By One (1985), Stay Lucky (1989), Eldorado (1992), Lovejoy (1993), Touching Evil (1998), Heartbeat (2004) and Balls (2011).
Facts
Juan changed his professional name to John in 1976.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with John here.

James Haswell (Corporal Champion)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guard in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966, uncredited)
Played: Pirate in The Space Pirates (1969, uncredited)
Played: Prisoner in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Corporal Champion in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Policeman in The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977, uncredited)
Career highlights
After debuting in the 1965 play Up the Junction, James went on to appear in various episodes of Z Cars (1967-70), Wuthering Heights (1967), Pegasus (1969), And Mother Makes Three (1971), Mathshow (1976) and Blake's 7 (1980).

Derek Ware (UNIT sergeant) Feb 27 1938 to Sep 22 2015 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Fight arranger: An Unearthly Child (1963, uncredited), The Crusade (1965), The Myth Makers (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), The Smugglers (1966), The Underwater Menace (1967), The Web of Fear (1968)
Stunts: The Aztecs (1964, uncredited), Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Saracen warrior in The Crusade (1965)
Played: Bus conductor in The Chase (1965, uncredited)
Played: Trojan soldier in The Myth Makers (1965, uncredited)
Played: Tuthmos in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Spaniard in The Smugglers (1966)
Played: Soldier in The Web of Fear (1968, uncredited)
Played: UNIT sergeant in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Private Wyatt in Inferno (1970)
Played: Pigbin Josh in The Claws of Axos (1971)
Career highlights
Derek was a successful stuntman who worked in this capacity on The Spread of the Eagle (1963), The Changes (1975), Krull (1983), Hannay (1988), Willow (1988) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), as well as acting in small roles in An Age of Kings (1960), The Avengers (1965), Up the Junction (1968), Witchfinder General (1968), The Italian Job (1969), The Lotus Eaters (1972), The Legend of Robin Hood (1975), Mind Your Language (1979), London's Burning (1988), Haggard (1990) and Revenge of Billy the Kid (1992).
Facts
Derek sustained an injury in 1990 which brought an end to his stunting career, but he became a fencing tutor soon after. In 1965, Derek formed the stunt team HAVOC to work in TV (namely Doctor Who (1970-72), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67) and Dick Barton: Special Agent (1979)); the name hails from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: "And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge, With Ate by his side come hot from hell, Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war".

William Dysart (Reegan) Nov 26 1929 to Oct 2002
Doctor Who credits
Played: Alexander in The Highlanders (1966-67)
Played: Reegan in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Career highlights
William's other credits include Emergency Ward 10 (1962), The Verdict (1964), Crossroads (1964), Submarine X-1 (1968), Strange Report (1970), The Massacre of Glencoe (1971), Edward the Seventh (1975), Survivors (1977) and New York Nights (1984).
Facts
William's grandson Steven Macfadyen said in 2013: "I only ever met him once as a boy, he was a wonderfully warm and captivating man from what I remember. He was very much into poetry and if I remember right he was working as an orthopaedic surgeon or something along those lines when I met him for the first time. We spoke only in phone calls after that meeting, but I remember him encouraging me to pursue my artistic side because at the time I was very much interested in writing stories and poems as well as drawing. I've never known much about my granddad's life other than very vague things like TV and movie parts. I was also was told his cousin was Richard Dysart who was an actor in the US series LA Law." Additionally, William's nephew named his daughter Reegan (the name of the character Dysart played in The Ambassadors of Death!).

Cyril Shaps (Lennox) Oct 13 1923 to Jan 1 2003
Doctor Who credits
Played: John Viner in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Played: Lennox in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Professor Clegg in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Played: Archimandrite in The Androids of Tara (1978)
Career highlights
Prolific character actor Cyril's first credit was in 1955's The Vale of Shadows, followed by Quatermass II (1955), Miracle in Soho (1957), Follow That Horse! (1960), Supercar (1961-62, as the voices of Professor Popkiss and Masterspy), The Third Man (1965), Man in a Suitcase (1967), Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width (1967-70), Please Sir! (1971), The Liver Birds (1971-72), The Onedin Line (1971/73), Freewheelers (1973), Porridge (1975), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Holocaust (1978), Private Schulz (1981), The Young Ones (1982), Running Scared (1986), Dark Season (1991), The Madness of King George (1994), Our Mutual Friend (1998), Doctors (2000), Murder Rooms (2001), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) and The Pianist (2002).
Facts
Starting out as a child radio broadcaster at the age of 12, Cyril was also one of the voices of Mr Kipling in those "exceedingly good" cake commercials. One of Cyril's children was Simon Shaps, a sometime director of programmes for London Weekend Television and Granada.

Gordon Sterne (Heldorf) Jan 16 1923 to Apr 4 2017
Career highlights
Gordon's first credit was in I Spy (1955), then O.S.S (1958), The Battle of the V1 (1958), Hancock's Half Hour (1960), Zero One (1962/65), The Prisoner (1968), UFO (1971), Sex Play (1974), Anne of Avonlea (1975), The New Avengers (1976), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Highlander (1986), Jeeves and Wooster (1992), Melissa (1997), Little Britain (2005), Screaming Blue Murder (2006) and The Tudors (2007-09, as Bishop Tunstall).
Facts
Gordon was originally going to play a Cyberman in The Moonbase (1967) but was replaced by Peter Greene.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Gordon here.

Neville Simons (Michaels) Jul 2 1936 to Dec 20 1987 (murdered)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Space Corps technician in The Space Pirates (1969, uncredited)
Played: Soldier [German and Roman] in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Alien student in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Michaels in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Career highlights
Neville's only other credits were in The Tyrant King (1968) and Whoops Baghdad (1973).
Facts
Neville was killed after being beaten with a glass ash tray and a vase by steel worker Paul Cratchley, 23, who had been visiting Neville's flat in Camberwell, London, along with a female friend late one night. After the woman left, Neville apparently made advances towards Cratchley, who later claimed he did not recall the attack and subsequently called the police and waited for them outside. Neville was still alive at that time, but died later: two head wounds had pierced his brain. Cratchley, who pleaded not guilty to murder, was given a life sentence for manslaughter in June 1988 and imprisoned at HMP Blakenhurst (with thanks to Craig Buntin).

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

Max Faulkner (UNIT soldier) 1931 to Feb 13 2010
Doctor Who credits
Played: UNIT soldier in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Exxilon in Death to the Daleks (1974, uncredited)
Played: Miner in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Played: Second guard captain in Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Played: Guard in Genesis of the Daleks (1975), The Face of Evil (1977, uncredited)
Played: Crewmember in Planet of Evil (1975, uncredited)
Played: Corporal Adams in The Android Invasion (1975)
Fight/ stunt arranger: The Hand of Fear (1976)
Played: Rebel in The Sun Makers (1977, uncredited)
Played: Nesbin in The Invasion of Time (1978)
Career highlights
Prolific stuntman Max debuted in Potts in Parovia (1956), then The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1957), Private Investigator (1959), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1957-60), From Russia with Love (1963), The Ipcress File (1965), The Prisoner (1968), Poldark (1976), The Goodies (1977), Blake's 7 (1980), The Day of the Triffids (1981), Krull (1983), Robin of Sherwood (1984-86), Willow (1988), Nightbreed (1990), Far and Away (1992) and Goldeneye (1995).

John Lord (Masters)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Yeti in The Web of Fear (1968)
Played: Masters in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Career highlights
His other credits include Doomwatch (1970), No, That's Me Over Here! (1970) and The Man Outside (1972).

Tony Harwood (Flynn) Dec 17 1929 to Aug 11 2005
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyberman in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Played: Yeti in The Abominable Snowmen (1967)
Played: Ice Warrior in The Ice Warriors (1967), The Seeds of Death (1969), The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Flynn in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Career highlights
Further credits include Billion Dollar Brain (1967), Maigret at Bay (1969) and The Regiment (1972).

James Clayton (Private Parker)
Career highlights
James had previously appeared in Softly Softly (1968) and various episodes of Z Cars (1968-69) as PC Foley.

Roy Scammell (Technician) Born Jul 28 1932
Doctor Who credits
Played: Soldier in The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited)
Played: Technician in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: RSF sentry in Inferno (1970)
Stunt arranger: Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited), Delta and the Bannermen (1987, uncredited)
Played: Prison officer in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: UNIT motorcyclist in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Career highlights
Debuting in Circus of Fear (1966), stuntman Roy's other credits include The Dirty Dozen (1967), A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Onedin Line (1971-72), The Benny Hill Show (1972), Psychomania (1973), The Sexplorer (1975), Rollerball (1975), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Midnight Express (1978), The World is Full of Married Men (1979), Alien (1979), Flash Gordon (1980), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Into the Labyrinth (1981-82), Nuns on the Run (1990), Goldeneye (1995), Do Not Disturb (1999), Ultra Obscura (2008), Tell Him Next Year (2010) and Seize the Night (2015).
Facts
Roy's extensive daredevil career has taken in acting, stuntwork, ice skating (which he did for the Festival of Britain in 1951), roller skating, hockey, gymnastics - and lithographic printing.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Roy, along with stuntmen Royston Farrell and Derek Martin, here.

Peter Noel Cook (Alien space captain)
Career highlights
Peter's other credits include The Strong are Lonely (1956), Shadow of Heroes (1959), Cards with Uncle Tom (1959), Maigret (1963), Z Cars (1964) and Out of the Unknown (1966).

Peter Halliday (Alien 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 Beevers (Private Johnson) Born 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Private Johnson in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: The Master in The Keeper of Traken (1981)
Career highlights
Geoffrey made his debut in a 1970 edition of Sentimental Education, and then appeared in The Jensen Code (1973), Edward the King (1975), Anna Karenina (1977), Breakaway (1980), The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981), Stalky & Co (1982), Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Bust (1988), A Very British Coup (1988), Grange Hill (1989), Spatz (1990), Taggart (1992), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Seaforth (1994), Medics (1995), Bramwell (1996), Bodyguards (1996-97), Shooting the Past (1999), Boyz Unlimited (1999), Red Dwarf (1999), The Queen's Nose (1998/2000), Jeffrey Archer: The Truth (2002), Down to Earth (2004), Miss Potter (2006), The Edge of Love (2008), Cass (2008), Clash of the Titans (2010), Reggie Perrin (2010), Bad Education (2013) and Legend (2015).
Facts
Geoffrey's wife was Doctor Who actress Caroline John. After playing the Master in The Keeper of Traken, he has reprised the role several times in a number of Big Finish audio dramas.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Geoffrey here.

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David Whitaker (writer) Apr 18 1928 to Feb 4 1980 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Story edited:
 An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Edge of Destruction, Marco Polo, The Keys of Marinus, The Aztecs, The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, Planet of Giants, The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1963-64)
Wrote: The Edge of Destruction (1964), The Rescue (1965), The Crusade (1965), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967), The Enemy of the World (1967-68), The Wheel in Space (1968), The Ambassadors of Death (episodes 1-3, 1970)
Career highlights
David was a writer at heart, having begun writing the continuity script on A Christmas Night with the Stars in 1958, followed by Compact (1962), Undermind (1965), Mr Rose (1968), Paul Temple (1970) and Elephant Boy (1973).
Facts
He also wrote the Dalek comic strips in TV Century 21 magazine and the 1965 stage play The Curse of the Daleks. David was the first person to write a novelisation of a Doctor Who story, namely Doctor Who in An Exciting Adventure with the Daleks in 1964. He also novelised The Crusade, but died before completing a novelisation of The Enemy of the World (it was finished by Ian Marter).

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.

Trevor Ray (writer, uncredited)
Career highlights
Trevor's connections to Doctor Who have sadly always been uncredited on-screen, having written the final version of episode 1 of this story, and also acting as an associate script editor on seven serials between 1968-70. He also played an uncredited ticket collector in Doctor Who and the Silurians.
Work on other series includes writing the scripts for Raven and Children of the Stones (both 1977), and script editing Paul Temple (1970). His on-screen career also includes appearances in Rentadick (1972), Emmerdale Farm (1972-73/86), The Perils of Pendragon (1974), Sky (1975), Edward and Mrs Simpson (1978), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Buddy (1986), Shadow of the Noose (1989), Aristocrats (1999), Heartbeat (1997/2003-04) and Ladies in Lavender (2004).

Michael Ferguson (director) Born Jun 14 1937
Doctor Who credits
Assistant floor manager: The Daleks (1963-64)
Directed: The War Machines (1966), The Seeds of Death (1969), The Ambassadors of Death (1970), The Claws of Axos (1971).
Career highlights
Other directing work includes Z Cars (1962), Out of the Unknown (1969), Hadleigh (1969), Paul Temple (1970-71), Colditz (1972-73), Quiller (1975), Flambards (1979), Airline (1982), Lytton's Diary (1986) and The Bill (1985/87-89/96/2000-02). He also produced The Sandbaggers (1978), EastEnders (1989-91) and Casualty (1993-94). He wrote ITV Playhouse: Too Close to the Edge in 1980.
Facts
Michael has the honour of being the very first Dalek seen on TV, operating the sink plunger seen in the cliffhanger to The Dead Planet in 1963!
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Michael here.

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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