Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Curse of Peladon

Alpha Centauri (Stuart Fell)
 looking a little limp
Four episodes (Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four)
First broadcast Jan 29 to Feb 19 1972
Average audience for serial: 9.38m

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!

David Troughton (King Peladon) Born Jun 9 1950
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guard in The Enemy of the World (1967-68, uncredited)
Played: Moor in The War Games (1969)
Played: King Peladon in The Curse of Peladon (1972)
Played: Professor Hobbes in Midnight (2008)
Career highlights
David - the son of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton - made his acting debut aged 13 in The Tin Whistle Man in 1963, then appeared in two of his father's Doctor Who stories until moving on to roles in The Regiment (1972), Wessex Tales (1973), David Copperfield (1974), Our Mutual Friend (1976), Survivors (1976), Crime and Punishment (1979), Smuggler (1981), Dance with a Stranger (1985), Bergerac (1989), Tales of Sherwood Forest (1989), Rab C Nesbitt (1990), Boon (1992), Bonjour la Classe (1993), Underworld (1997), Cider with Rosie (1998), Paradise Heights (2002), Trevor's World of Sport (2003), Jericho (2005), Outnumbered (2011), Father Brown (2014), The Interceptor (2015), Unforgotten (2015), Grantchester (2014-16), The Hollow Crown (2016), The Levelling (2016) and ChickLit (2016). David also enjoyed regular roles as Lieutenant Richard Bravington in Wings (1976-78), Dr Bob Buzzard in A Very Peculiar Practice (1986-88) and A Very Polish Practice (1992), Hurry Fenwick in Casualty 1906/1907/1909 (2006-09), Ricky Hanson in New Tricks (2006-09) and Stan Astill in The Cafe (2011-13). In 2014 he took over the role of Tony Archer in BBC radio soap The Archers, which had been played by Colin Skipp for 46 years.
Facts
David played his father's role of the Second Doctor in a 2011 BBC audio featuring Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor. Here's a quick Troughton dynasty rundown - David, who is married to actress Alison Groves, has an actor half-brother called Michael, while David's son Sam is also in the profession (memorably playing Much in the BBC's 21st century version of Robin Hood). Another son, Jim, is a professional cricket player, and last but not least there's William (Wigsy), who is also an actor. David's nephew (Michael's son) is Harry Melling, an actor best known as Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films. In the early 1970s David shared a flat with fellow actor Colin Baker, who would go on to become the Sixth Doctor and star opposite David's father in Doctor Who in 1985. Colin was also the best man at David and Alison's wedding, and is godfather to Sam Troughton. It's almost as involved as the Davison/ Tennant clan!
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with David here.

Geoffrey Toone (Hepesh) Nov 15 1910 to Jun 1 2005 (natural causes)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Temmosus in Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965)
Played: Hepesh in The Curse of Peladon (1972)
Career highlights
Irishman Geoffrey's earliest credit was in 1938's Queer Cargo, followed by An Englishman's Home (1940), The Woman's Angle (1952), The Man Between (1953), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), The King and I (1956), The Entertainer (1960), The Odd Man (1960), The Terror of the Tongs (1961), Dr Crippen (1962), The Troubleshooters (1971), A Little Princess (1973), Warship (1974), The New Avengers (1976), Anna Karenina (1977), Citizen Smith (1979), Yes, Minister (1981), Only Fools and Horses (1982), Strangers and Brothers (1984), War and Remembrance (1988), Jeeves and Wooster (1991-93), Middlemarch (1994) and The Apocalypse Watch (1997). He also had a recurring role as Von Gelb in Freewheelers (1968-69).
Facts
Geoffrey was something of a matinee idol in his younger years, and enjoyed great success on stage alongside Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, being one of the longest-lived founding members of the Old Vic repertory company of the 1930s. His partner was actor Frank Middlemass.

Henry Gilbert (Torbis) Apr 4 1913 to Jan 29 1973
Career highlights
Henry was originally a writer, having written material for a couple of European films in 1931, and had his acting debut in 1948's Kid Flanagan. Further credits include The Seekers (1954), Long John Silver (1954), The Adventures of Long John Silver (1956-57), The Seagull (1959), Hamlet (1959), Jonah (1963), The Saint (1965), Death is a Good Living (1966), The Caesars (1968), The Borderers (1970), Song of Norway (1970), Jason King (1971) and Inferno (1973).

Alan Bennion (Izlyr)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Slaar in The Seeds of Death (1969)
Played: Izlyr in The Curse of Peladon (1972)
Played: Azaxyr in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Career highlights
Alan made his debut in 1967's Send Foster before going on to appear in Sexton Blake (1967, as the Scorpion), The Troubleshooters (1970), Psychomania (1971), Thriller (1974), The Wilde Alliance (1978), Juliet Bravo (1981), Oliver Twist (1985), Sorry! (1986), Spatz (1992), B&B (1992) and Holding the Baby (1997).
Facts
A nod to Alan is included in Gary Russell's 1994 Doctor Who novel Legacy, in which it is said Supreme Lord Izlyr retired to the planet Bennion.

Sonny Caldinez (Ssorg) Born Jul 1 1932
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kemel in The Evil of the Daleks (1967)
Played: Turoc in The Ice Warriors (1967)
Played: Ice Warrior in The Seeds of Death (1969)
Played: Ssorg in The Curse of Peladon (1972)
Played: Sskel in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Career highlights
Trinidadian Sonny's other appearances include Scott On... (1964), Virgin of the Secret Service (1968), The Spy Killer (1969), White Cargo (1973), The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), Mind Your Language (1978), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), Arabian Adventure (1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997).
Facts
Sonny, who is 6ft 4in, emigrated to the UK in 1952 and started working on the railways and as a wrestler, before moving into stuntwork and acting. He also worked for a time as bodyguard for music legend Michael Jackson. He moved to Spain in 2005.

Stuart Fell (Alpha Centauri) Born 1942
Doctor Who credits
Stunt/ fight arranger: Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited), The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977), The Ribos Operation (1978, uncredited), State of Decay (1980)
Played: UNIT soldier in The Claws of Axos (1971, uncredited)
Played: Alpha Centauri (body) in The Curse of Peladon (1972), The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Played: Sea Devil in The Sea Devils (1972, uncredited)
Played: Functionary in Carnival of Monsters (1973, uncredited)
Played: Tramp in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Played: Field guard in Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Played: Wirrn operator in The Ark in Space (1975)
Played: Kraal in The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: Morbius monster in The Brain of Morbius (1975)
Played: Guard in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited), The Face of Evil (1977, uncredited), The Sun Makers (1977, uncredited)
Played: Entertainer in The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Played: Sontaran in The Invasion of Time (1978)
Played: Roga in State of Decay (1980)
Career highlights
Stuntman Stuart had bit-parts and action roles in a great number of productions, starting with Doomwatch (1970), then Colditz (1972), Steptoe and Son (1974), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Last of the Summer Wine (1978-2008), Superman (1978), The Dick Emery Show (1979-80), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Blake's 7 (1978-81), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Open All Hours (1981), Octopussy (1983), The Goodies (1977-82), The Invisible Man (1984), The Two Ronnies (1973-85), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1981-86), Aliens (1986), Chocky's Challenge (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), French and Saunders (1990), The Les Dennis Laughter Show (1991), Keeping Up Appearances (1992-95) and Duck Patrol (1998).
Facts
Stuart performs at events as Taro the Jester (voted Jester of the Year 1993), and at locations such as country hotels, castles and even the Tower of London. His skills include stilt-walking, fire-eating and juggling.

Ysanne Churchman (Voice of Alpha Centauri) Born May 14 1925
Doctor Who credits
Played: Alpha Centauri (voice) in The Curse of Peladon (1972), The Monster of Peladon (1974), Empress of Mars (2017)
Played: Spider voice in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
Ysanne made her debut aged 13 in Gallows Glorious (1938), followed by roles in Craven House (1950), Murder in the Cathedral (1951), The Railway Children (1951 & 1957), Sara and Hoppity (1962), Space Patrol (1964), Swizzlewick (1964), Rainbow City (1967), Z Cars (1968), Sadie, It's Cold Outside (1975), Madame Bovary (1975), Beasts (1976), 1990 (1978), Artemis 81 (1981), Ghost in the Water (1982), Alice in Wonderland (1986), Starlings (1988), Lipstick on Your Collar (1993) and Oliver Twist (1999). She is a prolific voice artiste best known for playing Grace Archer in radio soap The Archers (1952-55), as well as being the voice for Children's Hour on BBC Radio.

Murphy Grumbar (Arcturus) 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 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.

Terry Bale (Voice of Arcturus) Mar 8 1928 to 2013
Doctor Who credits
Played: Soldier in The Reign of Terror (1964)
Played: Voice of Arcturus in The Curse of Peladon (1972)
Career highlights
Further credits include The Seven Faces of Jim (1961), King of the River (1966), The Revenue Men (1967), Doomwatch (1971), Warship (1973), The Sweeney (1975), 1990 (1977) and Grange Hill (1980).

Gordon St Clair (Grun)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Yeti in The Web of Fear (1968, as Gordon Stothard)
Played: Cyberman in The Wheel in Space (1968, as Gordon Stothard)
Played: Man carrying caskets in The Invasion (1968, as Gordon Stothard, uncredited)
Played: Prison officer in The Mind of Evil (1971, as Gordon Stothard, uncredited)
Played: Grun in The Curse of Peladon (1972)
Career highlights
Gordon's only other credited role was in Paul Temple (1970).

Nick Hobbs (Aggedor)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Technician in The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited)
Played: Daffodil man in Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Auton in Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited)
Played: American aide in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: Driver in The Claws of Axos (1971, uncredited)
Played: UNIT soldier in Day of the Daleks (1972, uncredited)
Played: Aggedor in The Curse of Peladon (1972), The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Played: Guard in The Time Monster (1972, uncredited)
Played: Wirrn operator in The Ark in Space (1975)
Played: Mr Nainby in Amy's Choice (2010)
Career highlights
Prolific stuntman and bit-part actor Nick's further work includes The Guardians (1971), The Edwardians (1972), Space: 1999 (1977), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Krull (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Willow (1988), Batman (1989), Lovejoy (1991), The Darling Buds of May (1992), Braveheart (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Billy Elliott (2000), Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001), 24 Hour Party People (2002), Closer (2004), Little Britain (2004), The Worst Week of My Life (2004-05), The Last Enemy (2008), Ashes to Ashes (2008), Valkyrie (2008), Wild Target (2009), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Silent Witness (2012), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Off Their Rockers (2014).

George Giles (Guard captain) Aug 28 1930 to Aug 17 2007
Career highlights
Other credits include No Trams to Lime Street (1970), The Troubleshooters (1970), Paul Temple (1970/71), Bless This House (1972) and Arthur of the Britons (1973).

Wendy Danvers (Amazonia) Born c.1927
Career highlights
Wendy's only other credits include Don't Open 'Til Christmas (1984), voice work on Space Warriors 2000 (1985) and a 1988 episode of Bad Boyes.
Facts
Wendy, then about 75, appeared in the My Old Tart? episode of comedian Russell Brand's 2002 series RE: Brand, about social taboos, in which Brand tries to seduce her on a dirty weekend in Eastbourne. It's a fascinating programme, in which Wendy talks about why she doesn't feel sexually active any longer, and her penchant for gentlemen's bottoms!
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Wendy here.

CREW

Brian Hayles (writer) Mar 7 1931 to Oct 30 1978
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Celestial Toymaker (1966), The Smugglers (1966), The Ice Warriors (1967), The Seeds of Death (1969), The Curse of Peladon (1972), The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Career highlights
Brian had previously written for Suspense (1963), Public Eye (1965) and United! (1965), and went on to write for series such as Doomwatch (1971-72), The Regiment (1973), Warlords of Atlantis (1978), The Moon Stallion (1978) and Arabian Adventure (1979). Brian also wrote scripts for BBC radio soap The Archers, and wrote a novel based on the series in 1975. He penned numerous children's stage plays, including The Curse of the Labyrinth, The Doomsday Buttons and The Hour of the Werewolf.
Facts
In a rare interview, Brian said: "I wanted to keep the Toymaker very vague, I didn’t want to explain exactly who he was. At the time, I had grand visions of his becoming like the Daleks, coming back again and again, and then of course something very like that happened a few years later with the Master."

Lennie Mayne (director) Nov 8 1927 to May 20 1977 (drowned)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Curse of Peladon (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Monster of Peladon (1974), The Hand of Fear (1976)
Career highlights
Lennie also directed series such as The First Lady (1969), The Borderers (1970), The Troubleshooters (1969-70), Doomwatch (1971-72), Warship (1973), The Brothers (1974-75) and The Onedin Line (1976-77).
Facts
Australian Lennie, who was married to actress Frances Pidgeon (who appeared in The Hand of Fear), started out as a dancer and choreographer before going into direction, and was a credited performer on 1960's Dial for Music. He was tragically drowned in a boating accident soon after finishing The Hand of Fear, when a dinghy he was using on the English Channel with two other yachtsmen (one of whom was actor Ian McCulloch, who was in Warriors of the Deep (1984)) was capsized by a freak wave, and the search-and-rescue team were unable to find him. It is his whistling you can hear in Sarah Jane actress Elisabeth Sladen's final scene in The Hand of Fear, as Sladen couldn't whistle.

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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