Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Green Death

Pertwee the Milk
Six episodes (Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four, Episode Five, Episode Six)
First broadcast May 19 to Jun 23 1973
Average audience for serial: 7.72m


Jon Pertwee (The Doctor) Jul 7 1919 to May 20 1996 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Spearhead from Space, Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death, Inferno, Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, Colony in Space, The Daemons, Day of the Daleks, The Curse of Peladon, The Sea Devils, The Mutants, The Time Monster, The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monsters, Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks, The Green Death, The Time Warrior, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Death to the Daleks, The Monster of Peladon, Planet of the Spiders (1970-74). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983), Dimensions in Time (1993).
Jon also played the Doctor in two BBC radio plays - The Paradise of Death (1993) and The Ghosts of N-Space (1996)
Career highlights
Jon made his acting debut in an uncredited role in A Yank at Oxford (1938), and then took roles in The Four Just Men (1939), Toad of Toad Hall (1946), Murder at the Windmill (1949, in which his surname was mis-spelt as Pertwer), Helter Skelter (1949), Will Any Gentleman...? (1953), Ivanhoe (1958), Just Joe (1960), Nearly a Nasty Accident (1961), four Carry On films (1964-92), Ollie and Fred's Five O'Clock Show (1965), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), The Jon Pertwee Show (1966), Beggar My Neighbour (1967), The Avengers (1967, ironically as a Brigadier), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Whodunnit! (1974-78), The Goodies (1975), One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977), Wombling Free (1977), The Water Babies (1978), The Curious Case of Santa Claus (1982), The Boys in Blue (1982), Virtual Murder (1992) and Young Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Hawkmen (1995). Aside from Doctor Who, he was most famous for playing scatty scarecrow Worzel Gummidge (1979-81 and 1987-89), voicing Spotty in the SuperTed cartoons (1982-84 & 1989), playing Chief Petty Officer Pertwee (among others) in the radio series The Navy Lark (1959-77) and hosting TV murder mystery series Whodunnit (1972-78). Jon also appeared in a number of Doctor Who spin-off videos, including The Airzone Solution (1993) and The Zero Imperative (1994).
Born John Devon Roland Pertwee (the anglicised version of the real family name of Perthuis de Laillevault), he was the son of scriptwriter Roland Pertwee, brother of writer Michael Pertwee, and cousin to actor Bill Pertwee (best known for his role in the sitcom Dad's Army). His children are actress Dariel Pertwee and actor Sean Pertwee, and he was married to actress (and Doctor Who luminary) Jean Marsh between 1955-60. During World War Two he served in the Navy aboard HMS Hood, and luckily managed to return to shore shortly before it was sunk by the Bismarck. According to his biography Moon Boots and Dinner Suits, as a young boy he played with the son of the gamekeeper on the family estate. The gamekeeper was A A Milne, and his son was Christopher, the inspiration for Milne's later tales of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh. Jon was a founder member of The Waistcoat Club (of which he owned more than 300, some dating back hundreds of years to King George III), set up to counter the drabness of men's dress (film Doctor Peter Cushing was also a member). Jon's godfather was the actor Henry Ainley, father to Anthony, who would play the Master in Doctor Who in the 1980s. Jon's musical efforts should also be remembered, including his 1972 vocal version of the Doctor Who theme, Who is the Doctor?, and his 1980 Top 40 single Worzel's Song. Following instructions in his will, Jon was cremated with an effigy of Worzel Gummidge attached to his casket. The British premiere of the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie was dedicated to Jon Pertwee, as it was broadcast just seven days after his death.

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

Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart) Dec 16 1929 to Feb 22 2011 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Bret Vyon in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart in The Web of Fear (then ranked as Colonel, 1968), The Invasion (1968), Spearhead from Space (1970), Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970), The Ambassadors of Death (1970), Inferno (1970), Terror of the Autons (1971), The Mind of Evil (1971), The Claws of Axos (1971), Colony in Space (1971), The Daemons (1971), Day of the Daleks (1972), The Time Monster (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Green Death (1973), The Time Warrior (1973-74), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974), Robot (1974-75), Terror of the Zygons (1975), Mawdryn Undead (1983), The Five Doctors (1983), Battlefield (1989), Dimensions in Time (1993), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane (2008)
Played: Brigade Leader Lethbridge Stewart in Inferno (1970)
Played: Tourist in Silver Nemesis (1988, uncredited)
Career highlights
His TV career began in Escape (1957), followed by roles in Looking About (1962), The Avengers (1962/67), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), The Saint (1965), The Champions (1968), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969), Jason King (1971), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1973), Shelley (1980), Then Churchill Said To Me (1982), Minder (1984), Yes, Prime Minister (1987), Only Fools and Horses (1988), Bullseye! (1990), French Fields (1990-91), Satellite City (1996), Doctors (2005), The Bill (2007) and Incendiary (2008).
Egypt born Nicholas also reprised the role of the Brigadier in the fan-made video production Downtime (1995), an episode of Harry Hill (2000) and a handful of Big Finish audio adventures. Nicholas acted alongside seven of the TV Doctors in the series, and on audio with Eighth Doctor Paul McGann. Nicholas was one of only two actors to have appeared in Doctor Who as the same character in its first three decades (1960s, 70s and 80s, along with Patrick Troughton). He also appeared in Dimensions in Time in the 1990s, and spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures in the 2000s - thus beating Troughton!

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

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

Stewart Bevan (Clifford Jones) Born Mar 10 1948
Career highlights
Stewart first appeared in The Troubleshooters (1966), and later in To Sir, With Love (1967), The Flesh and Blood Show (1972), Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973), The Ghoul (1975), Brannigan (1975), Shoestring (1979), Blake's 7 (1980), The Gentle Touch (1983), Casualty (1988), The House of Eliott (1994), Silent Witness (1997), Murder in Mind (2002), Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004) and Chromophobia (2005).
Stewart, a vegetarian since 1989, was Katy Manning's partner at the time of filming The Green Death, and they remain good friends.

Jerome Willis (Stevens) Oct 23 1928 to Jan 11 2014
Career highlights
Jerome's prolific career began with a role in 1957's The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, followed by Bleak House (1959), An Age of Kings (1960), The Spread of the Eagle (1963), Redcap (1965), The Portsmouth Defence (1966), The Caesars (1968), Freewheelers (1971), War and Peace (1972), Winstanley (1975), Return of the Saint (1979), Kessler (1981), The Pickwick Papers (1985), Yes, Prime Minister (1988), The New Statesman (1989-90), Wish Me Luck (1988-90), Orlando (1992), Goodnight Sweetheart (1993), McCallum (1997), Care (2000), The Last Detective (2004), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) and Doctors (2004/07). He also had regular roles as Charles Radley in Within These Walls (1974-78), Matthew Peele in The Sandbaggers (1978-80) and Captain Rexton Podley in Space Precinct (1994-95).
Quaker Jerome's early career also included newsreading and radio presenting while stationed in Ceylon in the 1940s. His sister was opera singer Nuala Willis, whose husband is singer and actor John Rawnsley.

Tony Adams (Elgin) Born Dec 11 1940
Career highlights
Debuting aged 11 in The Magic Box (1951), Tony's CV includes roles in Reluctant Bride (1955), Kiss Me Kate (1964), The Two Ronnies (1972), Crown Court (1972), Hardly Working (1980), Bergerac (1989), The Upper Hand (1992), The Grimleys (2001), Doctors (2006) and Rosamund Pilcher (2010). After a regular role as Dr Neville Bywaters in General Hospital (1973-80), Tony won his most memorable role in soap Crossroads as Adam Chance between 1978-88, returning for the show's revival between 2001-02. 

Ben Howard (Hinks) Born 1940
Career highlights
Ben's first credit was in Londoners (1965), and his CV subsequently included United! (1965), Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), Zeppelin (1971), Villain (1971), Running Scared (1972), The Sex Victims (1973), From Beyond the Grave (1973), The Land That Time Forgot (1975), Kizzy (1976), A Bridge Too Far (1977), That Summer! (1979), Blake's 7 (1980), Who Dares Wins (1982), Terry and June (1983), Eh Brian! It's a Whopper (1984), Jenny's War (1985), Prospects (1986), Dempsey and Makepeace (1986) and El CID (1991). He also had a regular role as Detective Constable Len Clayton in Dixon of Dock Green (1976). 

Mostyn Evans (Dai Evans) Jul 7 1923 to Nov 23 1990
Doctor Who credits
Played: Extra in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Dai Evans in The Green Death (1973)
Played: High Priest in Death to the Daleks (1974)
Career highlights
Mostyn's small CV began with Espionage (1964) and took in Brett (1971), Man About the House (1975), Killers (1976), Grange Hill (1983) and The District Nurse (1984).

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

Roy Evans (Bert) Born 1930
Doctor Who credits
Played: Trantis in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Bert in The Green Death (1973)
Played: Miner in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Career highlights
After debuting in Touch of Death (1961), Roy went on to appear in Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Oliver! (1968), Budgie (1971), Poldark (1975), Jabberwocky (1977), Dick Turpin (1979), The Elephant Man (1980), The Black Adder (1983), Porterhouse Blue (1987), Only Fools and Horses (1989), Forever Green (1992), Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1997), Children of the New Forest (1998), Fortysomething (2003) and Life Beyond the Box: Norman Stanley Fletcher (2003); he also appeared in Global Conspiracy (2004), an extra on the DVD for The Green Death in which he played the brother of the character he originally played.
Roy started out as a professional ballet dancer.

Mitzi McKenzie (Nancy) Born Nov 18 1934
Doctor Who credits
Played: Mrs Martin in Colony in Space (1971, as Mitzi Webster)
Played: Nancy in The Green Death (1973, as Mitzi McKenzie)
Career highlights
Mitzi had earlier appeared in The Wanderer (1959), Scotland Yard (1960), Resurrection (1968), Boys Meets Girl (1969) and Anne of Green Gables (1972), and later appeared with her new surname in The Hole in the Wall (1972), Upstairs, Downstairs (1974), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) and The Darling Buds of May (1991).
She later became a schoolteacher.

Ray Handy (Milkman) Jun 1 1929 to Oct 19 1987
Career highlights
Other work includes Suspense (1963), Conqueror's Road (1967), A Class By Himself (1972), The Liver Birds (1974), Poems and Pints (1975/78) and The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1981).
In 1985 Welshman Ray toured the United States with a one-man play about poet Ezra Pound, after a similar project on Dylan Thomas. 

John Scott Martin (Hughes) 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).
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.

John Rolfe (Fell)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Captain in The War Machines (1966)
Played: Sam Becket in The Moonbase (1967)
Played: Fell in The Green Death (1973)
Career highlights
John's long career began in Agib and Agab (1953), then The River Flows East (1962), Cluff (1964, as Det Con Barker), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Out of the Unknown (1971), The Brothers (1974), The Chinese Puzzle (1974), Hadleigh (1976), Blake's 7 (1978), Thomas and Sarah (1979), To Serve Them All My Days (1980), One By One (1985), Howard's Way (1985-86, as James Sinclair), Mr Bean (1992) and Joking Apart (1995).
John was apparently named after the English colonist who married Pocahontas in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1614.

John Dearth (Voice of BOSS) Oct 16 1920 to Mar 17 1984
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of BOSS in The Green Death (1973)
Played: Lupton in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
John's career began with The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1956), then Onion Boys (1957), Look Back in Anger (1958), The Voodoo Factor (1959), The World of Tim Frazer (1960), The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), Strongroom (1962), The Runaway (1963), Esther Waters (1964), Mr Rose (1968), Vienna 1900 (1973), Angels (1976), Treasure Island (1977) and Kessler (1981).

Richard Beale (Minister for Ecology) May 13 1920 to Mar 27 2017
Doctor Who credits
Played: Refusian voice in The Ark (1966)
Played: Bat Masterson in The Gunfighters (1966)
Played: Broadcaster in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: Minister of ecology in The Green Death (1973)
Career highlights
Richard's career began in The Battle of the River Plate (1956), followed by roles in Private Investigator (1958), Madame Bovary (1964), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1965), The Mating Machine (1970), Jude the Obscure (1971), Emmerdale Farm (1972), Special Branch (1974), Treasure Island (1977), Blake's 7 (1978), Secret Army (1979), Camille (1984), CATS Eyes (1985), The Tripods (1985), Return to Treasure Island (1986), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1990), EastEnders (1990-91), Lovejoy (1994), Family Money (1996), Down to Earth (2001) and Afterlife (2005). He also regularly played Edward Derwent in A Horseman Riding By (1978).
After leaving the Royal Navy, Richard worked for his father's print firm for a decade until becoming an actor. He retired from the profession in 2005, aged 85, but continued this love of sailing and racing single-handedly until he turned 90. In 2015 he released a memoir entitled One Man's War.

Jean Burgess (Cleaner) Jul 24 1925 to May 10 2002 (natural causes)
Career highlights
Other credits were The Signal (1959), Small Time (1960), The Arthur Askey Show (1961), Hancock (1963), Last of the Summer Wine (1975) and Q.E.D (1982).

Brian Justice (Yates's guard)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guerilla in Day of the Daleks (1972, uncredited)
Played: Castle guard Wilson in The Sea Devils (1972)
Played: Yates's guard in The Green Death (1973)
Career highlights
Brian debuted in The Fossett Saga (1969), then The First Churchills (1969), Z Cars (1971) and War and Peace (1972).

Roy Skelton (James) Jul 20 1931 to Jun 8 2011 (pneumonia following a stroke)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Monoids in The Ark (1966)
Played: Voice of the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet (1966), The Wheel in Space (1968)
Played: Control technician in The Tenth Planet (1966, uncredited)
Played: Voice of the Daleks in The Evil of the Daleks (1967), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Destiny of the Daleks (1979), The Five Doctors (1983), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Computer voice in The Ice Warriors (1967)
Played: Voice of the Krotons in The Krotons (1968-69)
Played: Norton in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Wester in Planet of the Daleks (1973)
Played: James in The Green Death (1973)
Played: Chedaki in The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: King Rokon in The Hand of Fear (1976)
He also performed Dalek voices for the Comic Relief spoof The Curse of Fatal Death (1999)
Career highlights
As a specialist voice artist, Roy also provided voices for A Rubovian Legend (1958-59), Out of the Unknown (1967) and Ghosts of Albion (2003-04). Roy's most famous voices, apart from the Daleks, were for Zippy and George in the children's series Rainbow (1973-92), for which he also wrote over 25 scripts.

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


Robert Sloman (writer) Jul 18 1926 to Oct 24 2005
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Daemons (1971, under the pseudonym Guy Leopold), The Time Monster (1972), The Green Death (1973), Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
Starting out as an actor, Robert subsequently worked for the Sunday Times's circulation department, eventually becoming distribution manager. Robert also co-wrote the play The Tinker, on which the 1962 film The Wild and the Willing, starring (War Doctor) John Hurt and Ian McShane, was based.
He was a close friend of Doctor Who producer Barry Letts. One Sloman script which never saw the light of day was called The Daleks in London, intended to close Season 9 in 1972, but which was dropped for being too similar to The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964).

Barry Letts (writer, uncredited, and producer) Mar 26 1925 to Oct 9 2009 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Enemy of the World (1967-68), Inferno (1970, episodes 3-7 (studio), uncredited), Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited), Carnival of Monsters (1973), Planet of the Spiders (1974), The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: Man in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Police radio voice in Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Wrote: The Daemons (1971, as Guy Leopold), The Time Monster (1972, uncredited), The Green Death (1973, uncredited), Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Produced: Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death, Inferno, Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, Colony in Space, The Daemons, Day of the Daleks, The Curse of Peladon, The Sea Devils, The Mutants, The Time Monster, The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monsters, Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks, The Green Death, The Time Warrior, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Death to the Daleks, The Monster of Peladon, Planet of the Spiders (uncredited), Robot (1970-75)
Executive producer: The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis (1980-81)
Barry also wrote two BBC Radio serials starring Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen - The Paradise of Death (1993) and The Ghosts of N-Space (1996).
Career highlights
Barry started out as an actor in San Demetrio London (1943), and also popped up in Scott of the Antarctic (1948), The Cruel Sea (1953), The Silver Sword (1957-58), The Black Arrow (1958), The Moonstone (1959), Coronation Street (1961), City Beneath the Sea (1962), The Avengers (1964), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), Z Cars (1963-64/65), Softly Softly (1966), The Man Who Never Was (1966) and This Man Craig (1966). His directing career began with The Newcomers (1965), and also included Z Cars (1967-68), Adventure Weekly (1969), The Prince and the Pauper (1976), Gulliver in Lilliput (1982), Brookside (1982), David Copperfield (1986), Alice in Wonderland (1986) and EastEnders (1990-92). As a producer, he worked on and helped create Moonbase 3 (1973), Lorna Doone (1976), Katy (1976), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Children of the New Forest (1977), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), Pinocchio (1978), The Old Curiosity Shop (1979-80), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), Sense and Sensibility (1981), Great Expectations (1981), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, starring Tom Baker), Dombey and Son (1983), Goodbye Mr Chips (1984), The Invisible Man (1984) and The Pickwick Papers (1985).
His sister was actress Pauline Letts, while his sons are actors Dominic and Crispin Letts. The 2009 Doctor Who story The Waters of Mars was dedicated to his memory.

Michael Briant (director) Born Feb 14 1942
Doctor Who credits
Assistant floor manager: The Crusade (1965, uncredited)
Production assistant: The Power of the Daleks (1966, uncredited), Fury from the Deep (1968, uncredited)
Directed: Colony in Space (1971), The Sea Devils (1972), The Green Death (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Revenge of the Cybermen (1975, as Michael E Briant), The Robots of Death (1977, as Michael E Briant)
Played: Radio DJ (voice) in The Sea Devils (1972, uncredited)
Played: Monitor voice in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975, uncredited)
Career highlights
Michael's first directing credit was on The Newcomers (1965), then The Doctors (1969), Z Cars (1970/74), Sutherland's Law (1973), Warship (1976-77), Treasure Island (1977), Blake's 7 (1978), The Onedin Line (1978), Secret Army (1978-79), Breakaway (1980), Blood Money (1981), Kessler (1981), One By One (1985), Howards' Way (1987), Spijkerhoek (1989-90), Zonder Ernst (1992) and EastEnders (1995). He had also taken an acting role in the 1952 series Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School, as well as The Little Round House (1955) and True as a Turtle (1957); he also wrote and directed the 1980 adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities.
Michael is now a keen Spain-based yachtsman and sailor and travels the world filming excursions - and occasionally getting attacked by pirates, according to his website! Michael says he was asked by Doctor Who producer Graham Williams to direct a Season 15 story, but was unavailable - after that, he was not asked back. Michael directed his final two Doctor Who stories as Michael E Briant (E for Edwin).

Terrance Dicks (script editor) Born Apr 14 1935
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: The Invasion, The Krotons, The Seeds of Death, The War Games, Spearhead from Space, Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death, Inferno, Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, Colony in Space, The Daemons, Day of the Daleks, The Curse of Peladon, The Sea Devils, The Mutants, The Time Monster, The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monsters, Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks, The Green Death, The Time Warrior, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Death to the Daleks, The Monster of Peladon, Planet of the Spiders (1968-74)
Wrote: The War Games (1969), Robot (1974-75), The Brain of Morbius (1976, as Robin Bland), Horror of Fang Rock (1977), State of Decay (1980), The Five Doctors (1983)
Played: Man in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Career highlights
Prolific writer Terrance also wrote for Crossroads (1964), The Avengers (1962-69), Moonbase 3 (1973), Space: 1999 (1976) and Beau Geste (1982). He took script editor duties on Moonbase 3 (1973), Great Expectations (1981), Stalky & Co. (1982), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, with Tom Baker as Sherlock Holmes), Dombey and Son (1983), Jane Eyre (1983), The Invisible Man (1984) and The Pickwick Papers (1985). As a producer, he worked on Oliver Twist (1985), Alice in Wonderland (1986), Brat Farrar (1986), David Copperfield (1986), The Diary of Anne Frank (1987) and Vanity Fair (1987).
Terrance has maintained his links to Doctor Who over the years, having written over 60 TV story novelisations, as well as two stageplays - Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday (1974) and The Ultimate Adventure (1989) - a number of spin-off video and audio dramas, and original titles in the Virgin New Adventures, Missing Adventures, BBC Books and Quick Reads ranges. Away from Doctor Who, Terrance has also written extensively for children's fiction and non-fiction book ranges since 1976, including Star Quest, The Mounties, The Baker Street Irregulars, Cry Vampire, The Adventures of Goliath, Chronicles of a Computer Game Addict, The Unexplained and many more.


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  2. Interesting to find out from Katy Manning that she was born in 1946 (the same year as Elisabeth Sladen). Some books list Katy as having been born in 1948, so it's good to hear from Katy herself about the correct date. :)

  3. I watched the horror film 'The Flesh and Blood Show' (1972). Stewart Bevan (or Stuart as he is credited) has a nude scene in the movie in case any of his fans are interested. ;)


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