Friday, May 30, 2014

Frontier in Space

A deleted scene, showing how the President
 of Earth (Vera Fusek) unwound after the
 constant interference of General Williams
Six episodes (Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four, Episode Five, Episode Six)
First broadcast Feb 24 to Mar 31 1973
Average audience for serial: 8.02m

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.

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.
Facts
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!

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).
Facts
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 is thought to have been donated to medical research, although there is also a belief he 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.

Vera Fusek (President of Earth) Born May 20 1932
Career highlights
Czech Vera's first appearances were in a number of BBC Sunday Night Theatres in 1956 and 1957, followed by The Adventures of Aggie (1957), The Schirmer Inheritance (1957), The Third Man (1959), The Four Just Men (1960), The Troubleshooters (1968/71), The Adventurer (1972) and Treasures of the Snow (1980).
Facts
Vera's son is children's poet and children's author Andrew Fusek-Peters

Michael Hawkins (General Williams) Nov 26 1928 to Oct 26 2014
Career highlights
Michael debuted in 1957's Ordeal by Fire, and then appeared in Dentist in the Chair (1960), Z Cars (1962), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1964), R3 (1965), The Baron (1967), They Came from Beyond Space (1967), Champion House (1967-68), Decline and Fall of a Birdwatcher (1968), Coronation Street (1969), Brett (1971), The Brothers (1972), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), Nightingale's Boys (1975), I, Claudius (1976), The Duchess of Duke Street (1976-77), The Devil's Crown (1978) and A Family Affair (1979). He also took on presenting duties on Played Upon a Stage and The Terrible Choice in 1960.

Peter Birrel (Draconian prince) Jul 19 1935 to Jun 23 2004 (cancer)
Career highlights
Debuting in a 1962 episode of Studio Four, Peter went on to act in Crane (1964), You Can't Win (1966), The Saint (1967), Market in Honey Lane (1967-68), Budgie (1971), Holly (1972), Warship (1973), Steptoe and Son (1974), Sadie, It's Cold Outside (1975), The XYY Man (1976), George and Mildred (1979), The Gentle Touch (1980), Angels (1982), Minder (1984), One By One (1987), War and Remembrance (1989), Lovejoy (1992), Sharpe's Company (1994), London's Burning (1996-97) and The Jump (1998).
Facts
Peter married actress Stephanie Cole in 1995. 

Ray Lonnen (Gardiner) May 18 1940 to Jul 11 2014 (cancer)
Career highlights
After making his debut in 1965's Love Story, Ray's CV went on to include The Fellows (1967), Honey Lane (1967-69), The Troubleshooters (1970), Zeppelin (1971), The Pathfinders (1972), Holly (1972), Whodunnit? (1973), Melissa (1974), Coronation Street (1975), General Hospital (1977), Rooms (1977), Send in the Girls (1978), Harry's Game (1982), The Brief (1984), Lovejoy (1986), Rich Tea and Sympathy (1991), Cluedo (1993), Harry (1993), Crime Traveller (1997), Starhunter (2001), Crossroads (2002), Treasure of Albion (2006), Midsomer Murders (2007) and For Love's Sake (2013). He also had regular roles as Detective Sergeant Moffat in Z Cars (1972-77), Willie Caine in The Sandbaggers (1978-80) and Alex Vale in Yellowthread Street (1990). He also provided the voice for children's cartoon series Budgie the Little Helicopter (1994-96).
Facts
His wife was actress Tara Ward, who appeared in Warriors of the Deep (1984).
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Ray and his wife Tara Ward here.

Barry Ashton (Kemp) 1935 to May 1978
Doctor Who credits
Played: Scientist Franz Schultz in The Moonbase (1967)
Played: Proctor in The Time Monster (1972)
Played: Kemp in Frontier in Space (1973)
Career highlights
Other credits include Out of the Unknown (1965), Menace (1970), Trial (1971) and Thriller (1973).

John Rees (Hardy) Mar 6 1927 to Oct 6 1994 (possible heart attack while horse riding in Spain)
Career highlights
Prolific John's first role was in A Farthing Damages (1959), followed by The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961), The Plane Makers (1963), Moulded in Earth (1965), The Quiller Memorandum (1966), The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1967), The Prisoner (1968), Strange Report (1969), The Go Between (1970), A Family At War (1971), Under Milk Wood (1972), Black Arrow (1972-74), All Creatures Great and Small (1975), Holocaust (1978), The Shout (1978), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Citadel (1983), Sky Bandits (1986), White Mischief (1987) and Saracen (1989).

James Culliford (Stewart) Sep 8 1927 to Mar 23 2002
Career highlights
Making his debut in 1958's Three Seasons, James went on to appear in 1959's The History of Mr Polly, The Men from Room 13 (1959), Deadline Midnight (1960), Corrigan Blake (1962), The Flying Swan (1965), Gideon's Way (1965), The Trygon Factor (1966), Quatermass and the Pit (1967), Honey Lane (1969), Elizabeth R (1971), The Protectors (1972) and Death Line (1973). James also appeared in Shakespeare plays on Broadway in 1958-59.
Facts
Doctor Who was one of his last roles before suffering a stroke at the age of 45, after which he was cared for until his death by his partner, actor Alfred Lynch (who was in Doctor Who in 1989).

Louis Mahoney (Newscaster) Born Sep 8 1938
Doctor Who credits
Played: Newscaster in Frontier in Space (1973)
Played: Ponti in Planet of Evil (1975)
Played: Old Billy in Blink (2007)
Career highlights
Making his debut in The Sword in the Web (1962), Gambian Louis's CV includes Danger Man (1965), Voodoo Blood Death (1965), Slave Girls (1967), Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition (1970), The Troubleshooters (1970), Adam Smith (1972), Quiller (1975), Fawlty Towers (1975, as Sybil's doctor), Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981), Cry Freedom (1987), White Mischief (1987), The Lenny Henry Show (1987, as Jake), The Real Eddy English (1989), Saracen (1989), Love Hurts (1992), Runaway Bay (1992-93), One Foot in the Grave (1993), Turning World (1997), Harbour Lights (1999), Urban Gothic (2000), Oscar Charlie (2001-02), Sea of Souls (2004), Casualty@Holby City (2005), 10 Days to War (2008), Being Human (2012-13) and Captain Phillips (2013). In 2009 he also wrote and narrated a documentary about Victoria Falls in the Nature series.
Facts
Louis, who initially came to the UK to become a doctor, was a key campaigner within the acting industry in the anti-Apartheid movement, and co-created the Black Theatre Workshop.

Roy Pattison (Draconian space pilot) Dec 4 1926 to Sep 20 1997
Doctor Who credits
Played: Draconian space pilot in Frontier in Space (1973)
Played: Zazzka in The Hand of Fear (1976)
Career highlights
Roy's first role was in Street Scene (1959), then Dr Finlay's Casebook (1962), Battle Beneath the Earth (1967), The Borderers (1970), Colditz (1972), Oh, Father! (1973), The Stars Look Down (1975), Edward and Mrs Simpson (1978), The Mallens (1979), Andy Robson (1983), Return to Treasure Island (1986), Crocodile Shoes (1994) and The Bill (1995).

Karol Hagar (Secretary) Born 1943
Career highlights
Karol's other credits include No Hiding Place (1963), Where Has Poor Mickey Gone? (1964), Steptoe and Son (1965) and The Lion in Winter (1968).

Harold Goldblatt (Professor Dale) Jul 5 1899 to Apr 22 1982
Career highlights
Debuting in Jacqueline (1956), Harold also appeared in A Night to Remember (1958), Pathfinders in Space (1960), Coronation Street (1961), The Running Man (1963), The Mind Benders (1963), Children of the Damned (1964), The Reptile (1966), Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971), The Abdication (1974), Our Mutual Friend (1976), The Devil's Crown (1978), The Day Christ Died (1980) and The Winter's Tale (1981).
Facts
Harold was a leading figure in Northern Irish theatre, and was related to Talmudic scholars on his Baltic mother's side. In the 1920s he was founder, producer and principal actor of the Jewish Institute Dramatic Society, and in 1963 founded the Ulster Theatre Company. Harold was honorary secretary to the Belfast Hebrew Society, and in 1976 was awarded an honorary degree from Queen's University, Belfast for his services to theatre. His family created the Goldblatt Archive of theatre-related material in the Linen Hall library, Belfast. He died while filming the Barbara Streisand movie Yentl (released 1983).

Madhav Sharma (Patel) Born 1944
Career highlights
Madhav debuted in The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), and then took roles in Escape (1967), The First Lady (1968), Public Eye (1971), The Moonstone (1972), The Regiment (1973), Moonbase 3 (1973), Angels (1976), The Awakening (1980), Maybury (1981), Cold Warrior (1984), Boon (1987), Medics (1992), East is East (1999), Bugs (1999), Dalziel and Pascoe (2001), The Gathering (2002), Grease Monkeys (2004), Chopratown (2005), Ashes to Ashes (2008), The Blue Tower (2008), Going Postal (2010) and Monroe (2011). He also played regular character Jas Sandhu in Casualty (2005-06) and Prem Mandal in Coronation Street (2008).
Facts
In 2004, Madhav was to play the lead in controversial play Behzti by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti at the Birmingham Rep, a role which would have seen him play a corrupt Sikh councillor who rapes the daughter of his former gay lover. The play caused so much outrage in the Sikh community during rehearsals that it was eventually cancelled, and the playwright had police protection. In the 1980s Madhav was married to actress Jenny Seagrove, but this was not a happy marriage. According to Seagrove, Sharma became very possessive, following her everywhere she went. In his ruling granting divorce, High Court Judge Clive Callman said: "I find as a fact, to fulfill his own needs [Sharma] literally sapped his wife's self-confidence and self-esteem. He, with an extraordinary, almost hypnotic power, was a Svengali to Jenny Seagrove. Unable to star in his own right, his wife became his crutch." Seagrove went on to marry film director Michael Winner.

Dennis Bowen (Prison governor) Dec 7 1916 to Oct 5 1999
Other credits include Out of the Unknown (1969) and Paul Temple (1970).

Richard Shaw (Cross) Nov 19 1920 to Apr 11 2010
Doctor Who credits
Played: Lobos in The Space Museum (1965)
Played: Cross in Frontier in Space (1973)
Played: Lakh in Underworld (1978)
Career highlights
Richard's career began uncredited in Johnny Comes Flying Home (1946) and included roles in Black Orchid (1953), Man from Tangier (1957), Quatermass and the Pit (1958), Sir Francis Drake (1962), 633 Squadron (1964), Carry On Don't Lose Your Head (1966), Market in Honey Lane (1968-69), The Onedin Line (1976), The Sandbaggers (1978), Coronation Street (1980), Matlock (1987) and Young Toscanini (1988). He regularly played Ryan in Freewheelers (1971).
Facts
In interview, Richard said: "Bill Hartnell was a long standing friend and we had worked together many times. When I played Lobos I sustained a severe blow to my left eye which caused some problems for the first episodes but we had to carry on." Two years after Richard's death, someone called Sven posted this credulity-stretching comment on Toby Hadoke's obituary for him (did Richard really believe in alien lizards and UFOs?).

Caroline Hunt (Technician)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Danielle in The Reign of Terror (1964)
Played: Technician in Frontier in Space (1973)
Career highlights
Other appearances include 199 Park Lane (1965), Detective (1968), The Remains of the Day (1993) and Casualty (1999). Caroline is now a theatre director and acting workshop trainer. In 2013 she became involved with the Dark Mountain Project.

Luan Peters (Sheila) Born Jun 18 1946
Doctor Who credits
Played: Chicki in The Macra Terror (episode 4, 1967 - as Karol Keyes)
Played: Sheila in Frontier in Space (1973)
Career highlights
Karol (born Carol Hirsch) also appeared in Dixon of Dock Green (1967), The Caesars (1968) and Strange Report (1969), and after changing her name in 1970 (to Luan Peters, derived from a town in Russia, and the Hollywood actress Jean Peters), made further appearances in Lust for a Vampire (1971), On the Buses (1971), Man of Violence (1971), Coronation Street (1971), Albert! (1971), Twins of Evil (1971), The Flesh and Blood Show (1972), Vampira (1974), The Boys and Mrs B (1977), The Wildcats of St Trinian's (1980) and The Bill (1989/90). She also appeared as a Maid of the Month in several episodes of The Golden Shot (1971), and that same year took the lead role as an adventuring go-go girl in the 13-part series Go Girl aka Give Me a Ring Sometime or Passport to Murder, which was never shown on TV but episode one was later released on video. She also appeared as herself in episodes of Thank Your Lucky Stars (1964), The Beat Room (1964), Musikladen (1977) and Cannon and Ball (1980). She started out leading the band Carol Keyes and the Big Sound (aka The Fat Sound, but Karol made them change it to Big!) in 1964 with the single No One Can Take Your Place, and later appeared on Top of the Pops in 1975 singing I'm on Fire by fronting the band 5,000 Volts (miming to the vocals of Tina Charles!). She recorded various tracks throughout the 1960s and 70s, the last being the song Trouble from the soundtrack to the 1981 Australian sex comedy Pacific Banana (in which she appeared as Candy Bubbles). Luan's appearance in The Psychiatrist episode of Fawlty Towers (1979) has immortalised her as the busty lady Basil mistakes for a light-switch! A comprehensive summary of her career can be found here.

Laurence Harrington (Lunar guard) Born Sep 30 1938
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: Lunar guard in Frontier in Space (1973)
Career highlights
His earliest role was playing Frank Nugent in Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School (1956-57), and he later popped up in Julius Caesar (1970), Wipers Three (1973), Upstairs, Downstairs (1974), Van der Valk (1977), Pennies from Heaven (1978), Grange Hill (1978), Agony (1979), Worzel Gummidge (1980/81), Car Trouble (1985), Prospects (1986), Boon (1988), Lazarus & Dingwall (1991), Poirot (1992), Eskimo Day (1996), Dalziel and Pascoe (1997) and Julie and the Cadillacs (1999).
Facts
Laurence can also be seen in the video for Naked Eyes' (What) In the Name of Love (1984).

Bill Wilde (Draconian captain)
Career highlights
Debuting in Jungle Street (1960), Bill's CV also includes Sherlock Holmes (1965), Emergency Ward 10 (1967), The Blood Beast Terror (1968), Department S (1969), Notorious Woman (1974), Oil Strike North (1975), The Canal Children (1976), The Mackinnons (1977), Accident (1978-79), The Aphrodite Inheritance (1979), The Omega Factor (1979), Buccaneer (1980), Smiley's People (1982), Lytton's Diary (1986), Parting Shots (1998) and Jack of Diamonds (2001).
Facts
Bill aka William Hornet Wilde now runs three vintage clothes shops in Kensington, London (established 1982) and has supplied garments for the likes of designers Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren. He deals in style, not fashion.

John Woodnutt (Draconian emperor) 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.

Ian Frost (Draconian messenger) Born Dec 18 1928
Doctor Who credits
Played: Baccu in The Ark (1966)
Played: Draconian messenger in Frontier in Space (1973)
Career highlights
Ian's further credits include Silent Evidence (1962), Lorna Doone (1963), Z Cars (1968), Out of the Unknown (1969), Ivanhoe (1970), Something in Disguise (1982) and Girls on Top (1986).
Facts
Ian, who now lives in Florida, has since become heavily involved in stage plays and monologues centred on Lord Byron, Shelley and Keats, touring in North America, Europe and the UK, accompanied by playwright Bill Studdiford. He was a founder member of Actors' Touring Company London.

Clifford Elkin (Earth cruiser captain) 1935 to 2012
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Clifford's final credit, after appearing in Time is the Enemy (1958), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1960), The Scarlet Blade (1963), Orlando (1966) and Dixon of Dock Green (1971).

Stephen Thorne (Ogron)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Azal in The Daemons (1971)
Played: Omega in The Three Doctors (1972-73)
Played: Ogron in Frontier in Space (1973)
Played: Eldrad (Kastrian version) in The Hand of Fear (1976)
Career highlights
Stephen's earliest role was in Jezebel ex UK (1963), followed by Z Cars (1971), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), Crossroads (1978-79), Death of an Expert Witness (1983), David Copperfield (1986), EastEnders (1991), Madison (1993), Shakespeare: the Animated Tales (1992/94) and Last of the Summer Wine (2006). Stephen's voice can also be heard narrating numerous Fred Dibnah documentary series, and playing Aslan in the 1979 animation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He is a prolific radio actor and audiobook narrator.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Stephen here.

Michael Kilgarriff (Ogron) Born Jun 16 1937
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyber Controller in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), Attack of the Cybermen (1985)
Played: Ogron in Frontier in Space (1972)
Played: Robot K1 in Robot (1974-75)
Career highlights
6ft 6in Michael's other appearances include Whack-O! (1959), The Golden Spur (1959), We Joined the Navy (1962), Taxi! (1963), UFO (1970), Aquarius (1972), Men of Affairs (1974), The Upchat Line (1977), The Moon Stallion (1978), 3-2-1 (1979), The Borgias (1981), Artists and Models (1986) and Tipping the Velvet (2002). Michael has also done a lot of voice work, including Obelix in the English version of The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (1976), the General in The Dark Crystal (1982), various voices in The Storyteller (1987-88), Watt's uncle in Watt on Earth (1991), Mr Crotchit in Oscar's Orchestra (1995), the Ogre in the English version of Snow White: The Sequel (2007), God in Albert's Speech (2008) and Lenigrast in the video game Dark Souls II (2014).
Facts
Michael, who is 6ft 6in tall, is a music hall enthusiast, and wrote what is considered the definitive guide to music hall songs, Sing Us One of the Old Songs: A Guide to Popular Song from 1860-1920 (1998), as well as Grace, Beauty and Banjos (1999) and various children's joke books in the 1970s and 80s. For 36 years Michael was Mr Chairman at the Players' Theatre Victorian music hall. Michael also once established a theatre company specialising in corporate work as well as music hall, with fellow music hall enthusiast Johnny Dennis (who himself appeared in Delta and the Bannermen (1987) - indeed, Johnny was best man at Michael's wedding to his wife Sarah in 1968).

Rick Lester (Ogron)
Doctor Who credits
Fight arranger: Day of the Daleks (1972)
Played: Ogron in Day of the Daleks (1972), Carnival of Monsters (1973, uncredited), Frontier in Space (1973)
Career highlights
Rick's stuntman CV stems back to the first ever James Bond film Dr No (1962), followed by From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), The Dirty Dozen (1967), Where Eagles Dare (1968), The Italian Job (1969), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Diamonds are Forever (1971), Dracula AD 1972 (1972), Live and Let Die (1973), Stardust (1974), Space: 1999 (1975-76), Star Wars (1977), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Superman (1978), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985).
Facts
After performing stunts on so many 007 films since 1962, the film franchise producers auditioned Rick to replace Sean Connery as Bond, but Roger Moore got the job. Rick was an original member of the British Jousting Society. Nowadays he is a voiceover artist and precision driving tutor.

Ramsay Williams (Congressman Brook) 1917 to May 29 1981
Career highlights
Ramsay's other credits include The Big Story (1949), Treasury Men in Action (1950), Dragnet (1954-55), Spy Trap (1973), Katy (1976), Brideshead Revisited (1981) and The Professionals (1983).

Bill Mitchell (Newscaster) Dec 26 1934 to Aug 20 1997 (cancer)
Career highlights
Canadian Bill's earliest credit was in Folio (1958), then Night of the Eagle (1962), Finders Keepers (1966), You Only Live Twice (1967), Billion Dollar Brain (1967), The Hanged Man (1975), Ubu (1978), The Bitch (1979), Riding High (1981) and SuperGran (1985-87, playing the reporter as Bill McAllister).
Facts
Bill was also known as "Deep Voice" for his distinctive tones used extensively in commercials and on radio, and most famously on cinema movie trailers across the world. Amongst the products Bill vocalised for were Pan Am Airways, Seiko watches, Cadbury's Flake, Denim aftershave ("for men who don't have to try too hard") and famously Carlsberg's "Probably the best lager... in the world" promotion.

Stanley Price (Pilot of spaceship)
Career highlights
Stanley's earliest role was in Detective (1964), followed by Z Cars (1967), Colditz (1972), Law and Order (1978), Dick Turpin (1979) and Mackenzie (1980).

John Scott Martin (Dalek operator) Apr 1 1926 to Jan 6 2009 (Parkinson's Disease)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Zarbi in The Web Planet (1965)
Played: Daleks in The Chase (1965), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967), Day of the Daleks (1972), Frontier in Space (1973), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), The Five Doctors (1983), Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Mechanoids in The Chase (1965)
Played: IMC robot in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Charlie in The Daemons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Mutt in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Gell Guard in The Three Doctors (1972-73)
Played: Hughes in The Green Death (1973)
Played: Reading guard in Robot (1974-75)
Played: Kriz in The Brain of Morbius (1975)
Played: Nucleus in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Career highlights
John's long career began in 1952's The Life and Death of King John, and went to play usually bit-part roles in Quatermass and the Pit (1958), Ghost Squad (1963), The Likely Lads (1965-66), The Blood Beast Terror (1968), Upstairs, Downstairs (1972), The Good Life (1975), The Duchess of Duke Street (1977), Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), The Tripods (1984), Erik the Viking (1989), Bullseye! (1990), London's Burning (1991), Ali G Indahouse (2002) and Mine All Mine (2004).
Facts
John also appeared in Catatonia's video for Dead from the Waist Down (1999). In later years he was a church warden and school governor in Essex.

Murphy Grumbar (Dalek operator) Aug 16 1928 to May 5 1991
Doctor Who credits
Played:
 Daleks in The Daleks (1963-64, as Peter Murphy), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964, as Peter Murphy), The Space Museum (1965, as Murphy Grumbar), The Evil of the Daleks (1967, as Murphy Grumbar), Day of the Daleks (1972, as Murphy Grumbar), Frontier in Space (1973, as Murphy Grumbar), Planet of the Daleks (1973, as Murphy Grumbar), Death to the Daleks (1974, as Murphy Grumbar)
Played: Mechanoids in The Chase (1965, as Murphy Grumbar)
Played: Arcturus in The Curse of Peladon (1972, as Murphy Grumbar)
Career highlights
Other credits include Moody and Pegg (1974), Churchill's People (1975), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977) and Jack of Diamonds (1983).
Facts
Peter Stanley C Murphy performed as Peter Murphy until 1964, after which he changed his professional name to Murphy Grumbar for the next decade (no doubt influenced by his marriage to the actor Dorothy Grumbar in 1963). From 1974 on he went by the name Peter Bex.

Cy Town (Dalek operator) Born 1931
Doctor Who credits
Played: Technician in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Medical orderly in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: Dalek operator in Frontier in Space (1973), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Destiny of the Daleks (1979), Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Extra in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974, uncredited), The Invisible Enemy (1977, uncredited), Attack of the Cybermen (1985, uncredited)
Played: Vogan in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975, uncredited)
Played: Brother in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Sun Makers (1977, uncredited)
Played: Harold V's brother in The Happiness Patrol (1988, uncredited)
Played: Haemovore in The Curse of Fenric (1989, uncredited)
Career highlights
Other acting work includes All Gas and Gaiters (1970), Steptoe and Son (1972), Moonbase 3 (1973), Carry On Girls (1973), Dad's Army (1973), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977), Star Wars (1977), Blake's 7 (1981) and Crown Prosecutor (1995).

Michael Wisher (Dalek voice) 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.

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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.

Paul Bernard (director) Jun 20 1929 to Sep 25 1997
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Day of the Daleks (1972), The Time Monster (1972), Frontier in Space (1973)
Career highlights
Paul's other direction work includes Emergency Ward 10 (1957), Z Cars (1964-65), Cluff (1964), Virgin of the Secret Service (1968, on which he was also supervising producer), Honey Lane (1969), Happy Ever After (1970), This Is Tom Jones (1970), The Tomorrow People (1973), Under the Same Sun (1979-80) and Coronation Street (22 episodes between 1971-87), although he had other talents too, including production design on ITV Television Playhouse (1958-59), Our House (1960), Ghost Squad (1961), Hugh and I (1962), The Avengers (1961-63), ITV Play of the Week (1960-65) and Virgin Witch (1972).
Facts
In later life, Paul became a successful artist. In a 1989 interview, Paul said: "Pertwee was a bit of a prima donna. He'd had a very successful career in music hall and, quite rightly, had a very high opinion of himself."

David Maloney (director, uncredited) Dec 14 1933 to Jul 18 2006 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Production assistant: The Rescue (1965, uncredited), The Romans (1965, uncredited), The Time Meddler (1965, uncredited), The Myth Makers (1965, uncredited), The Ark (1966, uncredited)
Directed: The Mind Robber (1968), The Krotons (1968-69), The War Games (1969), Frontier in Space (episode 6, 1973, uncredited), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Planet of Evil (1975), The Deadly Assassin (1976), The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977)
Career highlights
David also directed for Ivanhoe (1970), The Last of the Mohicans (1971), Hawkeye, the Pathfinder (1973), Woodstock (1973), Angels (1976), Blake's 7 (1979-80), Juliet Bravo (1982), Maelstrom (1985), Strike It Rich! (1986) and Family Pride (1991), while taking producing duties on Blake's 7 (1978-80), When the Boat Comes In (1981) and The Day of the Triffids (1981).
Facts
David started out as a jobbing repertory actor, as well as working for the Birmingham Mail.

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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