Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Mutants

A mutt. Not pretty.
Six episodes (Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four; Episode Five; Episode Six)
First broadcast Apr 8 to May 13 1972
Average audience for serial: 7.78m

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!

Paul Whitsun-Jones (Marshal) Apr 25 1923 to Jan 14 1974 (appendicitis)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Squire in The Smugglers (1966)
Played: Marshal in The Mutants (1972)
Career highlights
Paul's familiar face (and figure!) first graced our screens when he played James Fullalove in The Quatermass Experiment (1953), but viewers might also recognise him from Huntingtower (1957), The Moonraker (1958), Bonehead (1957-62, as the Boss), Tunes of Glory (1960), Doctor in Distress (1963), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), United! (1965), Mr Rose (1967), Wild, Wild Women (1969), Up Pompeii (1970), Elephant's Eggs in a Rhubarb Tree (1971), Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971), Jason King (1972), Follyfoot (1973) and Keep It Up, Jack (1975). Paul played Porthos in The Three Musketeers (1954), and was the original Mr Bumble in the stage musical Oliver! in 1960.

Garrick Hagon (Ky) Born Sep 27 1939
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ky in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Abraham in A Town Called Mercy (2012)
Career highlights
Garrick's earliest showbiz work was as a host of the series Junior Magazine (1959-60), followed by acting work in The Hired Gun (1961), The Forest Rangers (1964), The Gingham Dog (1970), Antony and Cleopatra (1972), The Adventurer (1972-73, as Gavin Jones), Moonbase 3 (1973, as Bruno Ponti), Colditz (1974), Couples (1975-76), The Message (1976), Star Wars (1977), A Bridge Too Far (1977), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), The XYY Man (1977), Lillie (1978), Oppenheimer (1980), Stookie (1985), Cry Freedom (1987), Batman (1989), Moomin (1990), Love Hurts (1992), Fatherland (1994), Balto (1995), Mission Impossible (1996), Spy Game (2001), The Magnificent Ambersons (2002), The Jacket (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), The Line of Beauty (2006), The Walker (2007), Is Anybody There? (2008), Me and Orson Welles (2008), Ninja (2009) and RED 2 (2013).
Facts
His scenes as Luke Skywalker's friend Biggs Darklighter in Star Wars were largely deleted, but they can be seen in later DVD editions. He has his own audio production business, The Story Circle.

John Hollis (Sondergaard) Nov 12 1927 to Oct 18 2005 (natural causes)
Career highlights
John's earliest work was in the 1958 TV movie You're a Long Time Dead, followed by the role of Kaufman in both A for Andromeda (1961) and The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962). Further work includes Bootsie and Snudge (1962), Dixon of Dock Green (1965), Legend of Death (1965), Boy Meets Girl (1967), four episodes of The Avengers (1963-68), The Onedin Line (1972), Captain Cronos - Vampire Hunter (1974), The Tomorrow People (1975), Superman (1978), Blake's 7 (1980), Flash Gordon (1980), Superman II (1980), The Day of the Triffids (1981), Badger Girl (1984), Superman IV (1987), Turn On to T-Bag (1988), The Great Kandinsky (1995) and Esther (1999). John may be most remembered as Lando Calrissian's silent aide Lobot in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in For Your Eyes Only (1981) - he went uncredited due to a dispute between the filmmakers and the owners of the character.

James Mellor (Varan) Feb 4 1933 to Jan 28 1976
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sean Flannigan in The Wheel in Space (1968)
Played: Varan in The Mutants (1972)
Career highlights
James' debut was in Eugene O'Neill: Three Plays of the Sea (1960), followed by The Madhouse on Castle Street (1963), The Man in Room 17 (1965), Marat/ Sade (1967), The Oblong Box (1969), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), Doomwatch (1972), The Edwardians (1972), The Regiment (1973), Last of the Summer Wine (1973), On the Game (1974), Churchill's People (1975) and Moll Flanders (1975).

Geoffrey Palmer (Administrator) Born Jun 4 1927
Doctor Who credits
Played: Masters in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Administrator in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Captain Hardaker in Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Career highlights
Frighteningly prolific Geoffrey made his debut in St Ives in 1955, followed by roles in The Killing Stones (1958), Police Surgeon (1960), The Army Game (1959-60), The Odd Man (1960), Incident at Midnight (1963), Bootsie and Snudge (1960-63), The Saint (1963), The Baron (1966), Mrs Thursday (1967), Z Cars (1969), Now, Take My Wife (1971), Colditz (1972-73), Edward the Seventh (1975), Bill Brand (1976), The Sweeney (1978), Fawlty Towers (1979), Whoops Apocalypse (1982), Death of an Expert Witness (1983), Clockwise (1986), Executive Stress (1986), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), The Madness of King George (1994), Mrs Brown (1997), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The Savages (2001), Stig of the Dump (2002), Dickens (2002), He Knew He Was Right (2004), Ashes to Ashes (2008), The Pink Panther 2 (2009), Lost Christmas (2011), Rev (2011), The Hollow Crown (2012), Parade's End (2012) and Paddington (2014). Geoffrey's curmudgeonly face will be best recognised for his recurring roles of Jimmy Anderson in the sitcoms The Fall and Rise and Reginald Perrin (1976-79) and its sequel The Legacy of Reginald Perrin (1996), Leo Bannister in The Last Song (1981-83), Ben in sitcom Butterflies (1978-83) and the 2000 reunion special, Major Harry Kitchener Wellington Truscott in Fairly Secret Army (1984-86), Harold Stringer in Hot Metal (1986/89) and Lionel Hardcastle in sitcom As Time Goes By (1992-2005).
Awards
2005: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama
Facts
In the 1980s Geoffrey was also known for his appearances in TV commercials for Scotch lamb ("Slam in the lamb"). Geoffrey's son is TV director Charles Palmer, who directed episodes of Doctor Who in 2007 and 2017. And there's another link to Doctor Who in that Charles's wife is actress Claire Skinner, who appeared in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe in 2011. Geoffrey recites Walter Kauffman's translation of Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy on the introduction to the 12" Fruitness mix of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Welcome to the Pleasuredome (1985).

Christopher Coll (Stubbs) Born Jan 28 1938
Doctor Who credits
Played: Phipps in The Seeds of Death (1969)
Played: Stubbs in The Mutants (1972)
Career highlights
Debuting in The Big Pull (1962), Christopher's career has seen appearances in Emergency Ward 10 (1962), United! (1965-66, as Dave Rockway), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Mr Rose (1968), Follyfoot (1971), Warship (1973), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Sam and the River (1975), Grange Hill (1978), Shoestring (1979), Strangers (1982), Whoops Apocalypse (1986) and The Bill (1994). His most memorable roles are as Detective Constable Kane in Z Cars (1967-68) and stationery magnate Victor Pendlebury in Coronation Street (1982-92).
Facts
His wife is actress Elizabeth Weaver, who played Dr Anne Tarrant in Doomwatch (1970-72).

Rick James (Cotton)
Career highlights
Further work includes two Play for Todays (1972), Dixon of Dock Green (1972) and Blake's 7 (1981).

Jonathan Sherwood (Varan's son)
Career highlights
Jonathan's brief CV has the distinction of only including series with "Doctor" in the title, as he also appeared in Doctor At Large (1971) and Doctor in Charge (1972).

George Pravda (Jaeger) Jun 19 1916 to May 1 1985
Doctor Who credits
Played: Denes in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Jaeger in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Castellan Spandrell in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Career highlights
Prague-born George's extensive career began with Muzi bez kridel (1946), followed by The Antlers (1947), Sailor of Fortune (1956), The Battle of the V-1 (1958), Jo's Boys (1959), The Avengers (1961), The Monsters (1962), Ring of Spies (1964), Thunderball (1965), The Prisoner (1967), Inspector Clouseau (1968), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), Department S (1970), Hadleigh (1971), Dracula (1973), Spy Trap (1973), QB VII (1974), The Duchess of Duke Street (1976), I, Claudius (1976), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), Strangers (1981-82), Chessgame (1983), Gulag (1985) and Cold War Killers (1986).
Facts
His wife was actress Hana Maria Pravda, best known as Emma Cohen in Survivors (1975). He was fluent in six languages, and sometimes acted on stage under the name Jiri Pravda (his birth name). His son is Dr Alex Pravda, an Emeritus Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford University.

Sidney Johnson (Old man) Apr 29 1904 to May 3 1990
Career highlights
Debuted in Crossroads (1964), then Z Cars (1967), A Nice Girl Like Me (1969), Dead of Night (1972), The Venturers (1975), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978), Runners (1983) and Little Dorrit (1988).

Roy Pearce (Solos guard) Mar 2 1934 to Oct 7 1983
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guard in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966, uncredited)
Played: Soldier/ engineer in The Tenth Planet (1966, uncredited)
Played: Chameleon in The Faceless Ones (1967, uncredited)
Played: Cyberman in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Extra in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Villager in The Daemons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Solos guard in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Exxilon in Death to the Daleks (1974, uncredited)
Played: Courtier/ Brother in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited)
Career highlights
Roy's other work includes The Three Princes (1968), 20 episodes of Z Cars (1969-77, as an uncredited PC), The Shadow of the Tower (1972), Within These Walls (1975), Blake's 7 (1978) and Little Miss Perkins (1982).

Damon Sanders (Solos guard)
Career highlights
Australian born Damon's other credits include Roads to Freedom (1970), Doomwatch (1972), Silent Number (1974), Worzel Gummidge (1980), 1915 (1982), Golden Pennies (1985), The Time Guardian (1987), Golden Fiddles (1991), Tracks of Glory (1992) and A Country Practice (1992).

David Arlen (Warrior guard) Born Jan 16 1937
Career highlights
Debuting in No Hiding Place (1966), David later appeared in The Prisoner (1967), Assassin (1973), Scorpion Tales (1978), Fox (1980), Triangle (1981), The Woman in White (1982), The Monocled Mutineer (1986), Buster (1988), The Krays (1990), Lovejoy (1993-94, as Cavendish Porter), Ghostbusters of East Finchley (1995), Pie in the Sky (1996) and three episodes of The Bill (1986/1993/2003).

Martin Taylor (Skybase guard)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Skybase guard in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Corporal Norton in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Career highlights
Other work includes Love and Mr Lewisham (1972) and Frightmare (1974).

John Scott Martin (Mutt) 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.

Peter Howell (Investigator) Oct 25 1919 to Apr 20 2015
Career highlights
Prolific Peter's earliest role was playing Dr Peter Harrison in more than 100 episodes of Emergency Ward 10 (1958-67); other work includes Tarzan the Magnificent (1960), Watch Your Stern (1961), Espionage (1963), The Avengers (1965), The Prisoner (1967), Elizabeth R (1971), The Ten Commandments (1971), Freewheelers (1973), Edward the Seventh (1975), Scum (1977), The Mill on the Floss (1978-79), Love in a Cold Climate (1980), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), A.D. (1985), The One Game (1988), Harry Enfield's Television Programme (1990), Shadowlands (1993), Emma (1996), Hippies (1999), Being Dom Joly (2001) and The Libertine (2004).
Facts
Sir Ian McKellen is godfather to Peter's daughter Tamara. Peter was instrumental in raising the funds to build the Watermans Arts Centre in Brentford. Peter served under Field Marshal Montgomery in North Africa during World War Two, but was invalided out of the Army in 1943 with dysentery. He was also a very political person, being a staunch Labour Party supporter, campaigner for the homosexual age of consent, and campaigner against the England cricket team's tour of Apartheid South Africa in 1968.

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Bob Baker (writer) Born Jul 26 1939
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Claws of Axos (1971), The Mutants (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), The Hand of Fear (1976), The Invisible Enemy (1977), Underworld (1978), The Armageddon Factor (1979), Nightmare of Eden (1979)
Career highlights
With writing partner Dave Martin, Bob wrote eight Doctor Who serials, and a ninth on his own. Bob's writing career began with Doctor Who, followed by stints on Thick as Thieves (1971), Pretenders (1972), Arthur of the Britons (1972), Z Cars (1974), Public Eye (1975), Sky (1976), Machinegunner (1976), King of the Castle (1977), Follow Me (1977), Scorpion Tales (1978), Target (1977-78), Shoestring (1979), Into the Labyrinth (1981-82), Jangles (1982), Bergerac (1981/83), Call Me Mister (1986), Succubus (1987), The Jazz Detective (1992), Kipper (1997) and The Mysti Show (2004). As co-creator of the Doctor's robot dog K9, Bob was also series producer and one of the writers of the 2009 spin-off series K9. In recent years he has enjoyed international success as writer of the Wallace and Gromit Aardman animations, including The Wrong Trousers (1993), A Close Shave (1995), The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008, for which he won a BAFTA and an Alexander Korda Award) and Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention (2010, which he also produced). Bob also acted as script editor on Pretenders, Shoestring, Jangles, Into the Labyrinth, Call Me Mister and Peace One Day (2004), and was producer on Function Room (2004).
Facts
The character of Baker Bob in A Matter of Loaf and death is named after Bob. Bob also helped create some of the animations for the BBC children's series Vision On in the late 1960s.

Dave Martin (writer) Jan 1 1935 to Mar 30 2007 (lung cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Claws of Axos (1971), The Mutants (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), The Hand of Fear (1976), The Invisible Enemy (1977), Underworld (1978), The Armageddon Factor (1979)
Career highlights
With writing partner Bob Baker, Dave wrote eight Doctor Who serials. Dave's writing career began with Doctor Who, followed by stints on Thick as Thieves (1971), Pretenders (1972), Arthur of the Britons (1972), Z Cars (1974), Late Night Drama (1974), Public Eye (1975), Sky (1976), Machinegunner (1976), King of the Castle (1977), Follow Me (1977), Scorpion Tales (1978), Target (1977-78), Into the Labyrinth (1981-82) and Succubus (1987). He was also story editor, along with Bob Baker, on Pretenders. Dave also wrote a 1986 Doctor Who choose your own adventure book, entitled Search for the Doctor, featuring several of his previous inventions, including K9, Omega and Drax.
Facts
His second wife Celia was the daughter of prolific TV script writer Denis Constanduros.

Christopher Barry (director) Sep 20 1925 to Feb 7 2014 (following a fall)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Daleks (episodes 1-2 & 4-5, 1963-64), The Rescue (1965), The Romans (1965), The Savages (1966), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Daemons (1971), The Mutants (1972), Robot (1974-75), The Brain of Morbius (1976), The Creature from the Pit (1979).
Career highlights
His directing career began on an episode of Starr and Company (1958) and through his long career he worked on series such as Private Investigator (1958-59), Take a Pair of Private Eyes (1966), Paul Temple (1970-71), Moonbase 3 (1973), Poldark (1975), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Onedin Line (1977), All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80), Juliet Bravo (1981-82) and The Tripods (1984-85). He was also producer on The Net (1962), No Cloak - No Dagger (1962), Broome Stages (1966) and Nanny (1981-83). His earliest TV work was as an uncredited third assistant director on A Run for Your Money (1949).
Facts
Christopher was also one of the many faces used during the mind battle sequence in The Brain of Morbius. In 1995 he directed the straight-to-video fan production Downtime. Christopher died following a fall down an escalator in a Banbury shopping centre.

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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