Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Sea Devils

A Sea Devil (Pat Gorman) and the
 Doctor (Jon Pertwee) at the weigh-in
 before their boxing match
Six episodes (Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four; Episode Five; Episode Six)
First broadcast Feb 26 to Apr 1 1972
Average audience for serial: 8.17m


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!

Roger Delgado (The Master) Mar 1 1918 to Jun 18 1973 (car accident)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Master in Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, Colony in Space, The Daemons, The Sea Devils, The Time Monster, Frontier in Space (1971-73)
Career highlights
Born Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto in London, Roger made his first appearance in Operation Diplomat (1952), followed by The Belles of St Trinian's (1954), The Three Musketeers (1954, as Athos), Quatermass II (1955), The Battle of the River Plate (1956), First Man Into Space (1959), Danger Man (1961), The Terror of the Tongs (1961), The Road to Hong Kong (1962), Hot Enough for June (1964), The Sandwich Man (1966), The Mummy's Shroud (1967), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969), The Avengers (1961/69), Underground (1970), Antony and Cleopatra (1972), Jason King (1972) and The Zoo Gang (1974).
For years it was reported that Roger died when the car he was travelling in on the way to film the never-completed comedy movie Bell of Tibet in Turkey plunged into a ravine outside Nevsehir. However, in 2015 it came to light that Roger in fact did do Bell of Tibet. In actual fact, it was a French TV series called La Cloche tibétaine. Roger appears in episode 4 (transmitted December 23, 1974). The story goes that his plane had to be diverted to another airport due to bad weather. Roger then called for a taxi to take him to the shoot. However, the driver was running late and to save time, took a mountain path. There, the car collided with another and plunged down a ravine, killing Delgado and a technician. It was Delgado's death which contributed to Jon Pertwee's decision to leave Doctor Who in 1974. Roger's body is thought to have been donated to medical research, although there is also a belief he was cremated at Mortlake, London. He had been a Major in the Royal Signals in India during World War Two. Roger, whose wife Kismet provided the voice of the Queen Spider in Planet of the Spiders, also appeared in the 1966 radio play The Slide, upon which writer Victor Pemberton based his Doctor Who story Fury from the Deep (1968).
Note: Very special thanks to Tom Lingwood for the information regarding La Cloche tibétaine.

Edwin Richfield (Captain Hart) Sep 11 1921 to Aug 2 1990 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Captain Hart in The Sea Devils (1972)
Played: Mestor in The Twin Dilemma (1984)
Career highlights
Prolific Edwin debuted in 1949's The Jack of Diamonds and had roles in The Bosun's Mate (1953), The Blue Parrot (1953), Radio Cab Murder (1954), The Brain Machine (1955), The Blue Peter (1955), The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1956), X: The Unknown (1956), Quatermass II (1957), Invisible Man (1959), International Detective (1960), The Strange World of Gurney Slade (1960), The Protectors (1964), R3 (1964-65), The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), Quatermass and the Pit (1967), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), six episodes of The Avengers (1961-68), Christ Recrucified (1969), The Owl Service (1969), Trial (1971), For the Love of Ada (1971), Crossroads (1975), Crown Court (1974/76), Rooms (1977), Bergerac (1984), Tripper's Day (1984), All Creatures Great and Small (1988) and Tumbledown (1988). Edwin also had regular roles in several series, including Armando in The Buccaneers (1956-57), Inspector Mornay in Interpol Calling (1959-60), Steve Gardiner in The Odd Man (1962-63) and Frank Chapman in Harriet's Back in Town (1972-73). He also wrote the heist thriller Calculated Risk in 1963 and various episodes of Interpol Calling (1959/60), Harriet's Back in Town (1973) and Marked Personal (1973).
As well as acting, Edwin and his wife, the actress Jan Holden, also ran a business manufacturing portable cabins. Edwin was the only actor (other than Patrick Macnee) to appear in all six series of The Avengers (albeit as different characters).

Clive Morton (Trenchard) Mar 16 1904 to Sep 24 1975 (cancer)
Career highlights
Clive's earliest work was The Last Coupon (1932), followed by The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936), Dead Men Tell No Tales (1939), Jassy (1947), Scott of the Antarctic (1948), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Blue Lamp (1950), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), Richard III (1955), Lucky Jim (1957), The Navy Lark (1959), The Last Chronicle of Barset (1959), Shake Hands with the Devil (1959), The Pure Hell of St Trinian's (1960), A Matter of WHO (1961), The Monsters (1962), The Alphabet Murders (1965), The Corridor People (1966), Our Man at St Mark's (1965-66, as the Bishop), Stranger in the House (1967), A Man of Our Times (1968), Lock Up Your Daughters! (1969), Goodbye, Mr Chips (1969), Wives and Daughters (1971), Zeppelin (1971), Woodstock (1973), Whodunnit? (1973), 11 Harrowhouse (1974), Sykes (1974), 11 Harrowhouse (1974), Rogue's Rock (1974) and Edward the Seventh (1975).
Clive was married twice: first to actress Joan Harben, who often appeared on the BBC Radio series It's That Man Again. Joan's brother was Philip Harben, the first British TV chef, and their parents were actors Mary Jerrold (Arsenic and Old Lace) and Hubert Harben (Scroogie). Clive's second wife was actress Fanny Rowe, who played Emily Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga and Nancy Penrose in sitcom Fresh Fields. Clive worked for the East India Dock Company before deciding to tread the boards. After weeks of being pointedly ignored by Sir John Gielgud during a stage tour, Clive plucked up the courage to knock on his dressing room door. Gielgud opened it, saying: "Thank God it's you! For one dreadful moment I thought it was going to be that ghastly bore Clive Morton."

Royston Tickner (Robbins) Sep 8 1922 to Jul 7 1997
Doctor Who credits
Played: Steinberger P Green in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Robbins in The Sea Devils (1972)
Career highlights
Royston's long career began in an Armchair Mystery Theatre (1960) and included roles in The Avengers (1963), Mrs Thursday (1967), ITV Playhouse (1968), Goodbye, Mr Chips (1969), Timeslip (1970), 10 episodes of Z Cars (1962-70), Emmerdale Farm (1973), Porridge (1974), Treasure Island (1977), Danger UXB (1979), Nanny (1981), Just Good Friends (1983-84) and One by One (1985).
Royston became an actor in the early 1940s on the stage, also working as a stage manager. Between 1947-58, he left acting to work as a lighthouse keeper, fireman, publican and miner.

Neil Seiler (Radio operator) Sep 2 1925 to Feb 14 2003
Doctor Who credits
Played: Radio operator in The Sea Devils (1972)
Played: Commander Stewart in Death to the Daleks (1974)
Career highlights
After taking up acting in 1948, Neil made appearances in The Villains (1964), Crown Court (1972), Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974), Marked Personal (1974) and Days of Hope (1975).
Neil was for a time married to actress Irene Inescort, most famous as Aunt Edie in Aussie soap Neighbours. Neil had to retire from acting early because of ill-health.

Declan Mulholland (Clark) Dec 6 1932 to Jun 29 1999 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Clark in The Sea Devils (1972)
Played: Till in The Androids of Tara (1978)
Career highlights
Belfast-born Declan started acting in HMS Defiant (1962), and later had credits in As You Like It (1963), The Three Musketeers (1966), The Avengers (1967), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968), Great Catherine (1968), Guns in the Heather (1969), Naughty! (1971), The Ruling Class (1972), Theatre of Blood (1973), The Land That Time Forgot (1975), A Roof Over My Head (1977), The Losers (1978), Quatermass (1979), Hawk the Slayer (1980), Time Bandits (1981), Up the Elephant and Round the Castle (1985), Rockcliffe's Babies (1987), The Brittas Empire (1991), Lovejoy (1993), Father Ted (1996) and The Pig's Family (1997).
Declan's greatest claim to fame was a role that nobody actually saw, playing the original humanoid Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars (1977). The scene was cut from the original film, and when it was reinstated in the 1997 Special Edition, a CGI Jabba (in his Return of the Jedi form) was laid on top of the footage Declan had filmed with Harrison Ford. The scene as shot in 1977 can be seen in the special features of the DVD, but here's a comparison. After Declan died, as a legacy to encourage a new generation of actors, he left the residuals that come in from his work to help students financially while they train. The money goes to the Declan Mulholland Trust, which makes scholarships available to deserving trainees. Declan was found dead on a train, and his body was identified by actor Michael Sheard (another Doctor Who luminary).

Hugh Futcher (Hickman) Born Oct 29 1937
Career highlights
Debuting in Death of a Ghost (1960), Hugh has popped up in The Arthur Askey Show (1961), The Saint (1962), The Protectors (1964), Rattle of a Simple Man (1964), Repulsion (1965), The Pleasure Girls (1965), Orlando (1966-68, as Hedgehog), Quatermass and the Pit (1967), Mrs Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter (1968), Special Branch (1970), Jason King (1972), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), The Sweeney (1975), Just Liz (1980), Nanny (1983), Minder (1984), Selling Hitler (1991), The Pig's Family (1997), 102 Dalmatians (2000), The Robinsons (2005), Casualty (2007), M.I High (2011) and The Crown (2017), as well as having minor roles in seven Carry On films (1964-75).
Hugh was considered for the role of the Seventh Doctor in 1987. In 2009 he appeared in an advertisement for Specsavers where he mistakenly goes on a rollercoaster ("What sort of cheese was that?").

June Murphy (Third Officer Jane Blythe)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Maggie Harris in Fury from the Deep (1968)
Played: Jane Blythe in The Sea Devils (1972)
Career highlights
June's other roles include Who Killed Menna Lorraine? (1960), then Z Cars (1962), Compact (1962), The Avengers (1962), Ricochet (1963), Londoners (1965) and Cock, Hen and Courting Pit (1966).
BBC Enterprises was for many years unable to locate/ contact June to pay her fees resulting from the VHS release of The Sea Devils in 1995, but it was discovered in 2007 that she changed her name to Laura Langley. She met her future husband - actor Brian Cullingford - on the set of Fury from the Deep.

Alec Wallis (Ldg Telegraphist Bowman) Dec 2 1920 to Aug 12 2004
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ldg Telegraphist Bowman in The Sea Devils (1972)
Played: Warner in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975)
Career highlights
Debuting in Escape (1957), Alec's other work includes The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), R3 (1965), Happy Ever After (1969), Colditz (1972), Within These Walls (1975), Dickens of London (1976), Treasure Island (1977), Cowboys (1980), Bognor (1981), RHINO: Really Here In Name Only (1983), The Bill (1985/89), First of the Summer Wine (1988), Grange Hill (1983/89), 2Point4 Children (1992) and London's Burning (1994).

Brian Justice (Castle guard Wilson)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Extra in Spearhead from Space (1970, uncredited)
Played: UNIT soldier in The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited), The Claws of Axos (1971, uncredited)
Played: IMC guard in Colony in Space (1971, uncredited)
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).

Terry Walsh (Castle guard Barclay) 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.

Pat Gorman (Sea Devil)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Freedom fighter/ Rebel in The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964, uncredited)
Played: Planetarian in Mission to the Unknown (1965, uncredited)
Played: Greek soldier in The Myth Makers (1965, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966, uncredited), The Enemy of the World (1967-68, uncredited), Day of the Daleks (1972, uncredited), Frontier in Space (1973, uncredited), The Green Death (1973, uncredited), The Monster of Peladon (1974, uncredited), Robot (1974-75, uncredited), The Seeds of Doom (1976, uncredited), The Deadly Assassin (1976, uncredited)
Played: Worker in The War Machines (1966, uncredited), Attack of the Cybermen (1985, uncredited)
Played: Monk in The Abominable Snowmen (1967, uncredited)
Played: Cyberman in The Invasion (1968), Revenge of the Cybermen (1975), Attack of the Cybermen (1985, uncredited)
Played: Military policeman in The War Games (1969)
Played: Silurian in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Technician in The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited)
Played: Primord in Inferno (1970)
Played: Auton leader in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Primitive in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Voice in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Long/ colonist in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Coven member in The Daemons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Film cameraman in Day of the Daleks (1972, uncredited)
Played: Sea Devil in The Sea Devils (1972), Frontier in Space (1973, uncredited)
Played: UNIT soldier in The Three Doctors (1972-73, uncredited), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Played: 'Nuthutch' resident in The Green Death (1973, uncredited)
Played: Thal soldier in Genesis of the Daleks (1975)
Played: Soldier in The Masque of Mandragora (1976), The Caves of Androzani (1984, uncredited)
Played: Brother in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited)
Played: Medic in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Played: Kro in The Ribos Operation (1978, uncredited)
Played: Pilot in The Armageddon Factor (1979)
Played: Thug in City of Death (1979, uncredited)
Played: Gundan in Warriors' Gate (1981, uncredited)
Played: Foster in The Keeper of Traken (1981, uncredited)
Played: Grogan in Enlightenment (1983, uncredited)
Career highlights
Many of Pat's roles in other TV shows and films went uncredited too, including Girl in the Headlines (1963), The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964), The Forsyte Saga (1967), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67), The Prisoner (1967), Dad's Army (1969), Trog (1970), Fawlty Towers (1975), The Sweeney (1975), The Sandbaggers (1978), The Tomorrow People (1979), Secret Army (1978-79), The Plank (1979), Hammer House of Horror (1980), The Elephant Man (1980), The Nightmare Man (1981), Blake's 7 (1978-81), Minder (1979-82), The Professionals (1978-82), The Young Ones (1982), Batman (1989), Dark Season (1991) and Soldier, Soldier (1994).

Eric Mason (CPO Smedley) Died Jun 7 2010
Doctor Who credits
Played: Senior prison officer Green in The Mind of Evil (1971)
Played: CPO Smedley in The Sea Devils (1972)
Career highlights
Eric's first credit was in They Met in the Dark (1943), and other work includes Dual Alibi (1948), Suspense (1963), The Baron (1967), The Limbo Line (1968), Arthur of the Britons (1973), The Hanged Man (1975), Accident (1978), Dick Turpin (1979), Fox (1980), Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1986), Perfect Scoundrels (1990), London's Burning (1992), Pie in the Sky (1997), Grafters (1998), Shiner (2000), Sea of Souls (2004), The Calcium Kid (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007).

Donald Sumpter (Commander Ridgeway) Born Feb 13 1943
Doctor Who credits
Played: Enrico Casali in The Wheel in Space (1968)
Played: Commander Ridgeway in The Sea Devils (1972)
Played: Erasmus Darkening in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Eternity Trap (2009)
Played: Rassilon in Hell Bent (2015)
Career highlights
Prolific Donald debuted in Softly Softly (1967), then found work in Gazette (1968), Groupie Girl (1970), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), Hadleigh (1973), Sadie, It's Cold Outside (1975), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), The Black Panther (1977), Antony and Cleopatra (1981), The Brack Report (1982), Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), Bleak House (1985), Boon (1986), Big Deal (1985-86), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1990), Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1990), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Between the Lines (1994), Our Friends in the North (1996), Cold Lazarus (1996), Bombay Blue (1997), Great Expectations (1999), The Queen's Nose (1995-2000), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), The Last Detective (2004), Dracula (2006), New Tricks (2008), Einstein and Eddington (2008), Being Human (2009-2010), Spooks (2010), Merlin (2010), The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2011), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Game of Thrones (2011-12), Wallander (2012), The Mill (2013), Atlantis (2013), Quirke (2014), New Worlds (2014), Jekyll and Hyde (2015) and The Knackerman (2016).
In 1978 Donald turned down the role of Blake in sci-fi show Blake's 7. The gap of 43 years between his second and third appearances in Doctor Who make him the record holder for biggest period of time between appearances in the programme.

David Griffin (Lt Commander Mitchell) Born Jul 19 1943
Career highlights
David debuted in A French Mistress (1960), and subsequently took roles in The Fifth Form at St Dominic's (1961), Outbreak of Murder (1962), Quick Before They Catch Us (1966), The Blood Beast Terror (1968), Battle of Britain (1969), Trog (1970), Out of the Unknown (1971), Freewheelers (1973), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), Ripping Yarns (1977/79), Shoestring (1979), Maybury (1981), Privates on Parade (1983), 'Allo 'Allo (1989), Till We Meet Again (1989), Killing Me Softly (1995) and Julian Fellowes Investigates (2005). David will be best recognised as holiday camp manager Clive Dempster in the sitcom Hi-De-Hi! (1984-88) and latterly as Hyacinth Bucket's neighbour Emmet Hawksworth in sitcom Keeping Up Appearances (1991-95).

Stanley McGeagh (Castle guard Drew) Born 1940
Doctor Who credits
Played: Allen in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Castle guard Drew in The Sea Devils (1972)
Career highlights
Stanley's other credits include Haunted (1967), Dad's Army (1969), Burke and Hare (1972), The Land That Time Forgot (1975), Law and Order (1978), Carry On Emmannuelle (1978), Blood Money (1981), Gandhi (1982), Big Deal (1986), Neighbours (1993), Worst Best Friends (2002) and You and Your Stupid Mate (2005).
In 1970, Stanley married fellow actor Deborah Brayshaw, who appeared in Day of the Daleks (1972). They later divorced.

Christopher Wray (Ldg Seaman Lovell) Mar 8 1940 to Sep 12 2014
Doctor Who credits
Played: PC Groom in The Daemons (1971)
Played: Ldg Seaman Lovell in The Sea Devils (1972)
Career highlights
Other work included playing PC Anderson in Z Cars (1962-64), Ernest MacDonald in The Plane Makers (1963) and PC Ball in soap Emmerdale Farm (1972-73), as well as roles in No Hiding Place (1965), A Game of Murder (1966), The Big M (1967) and Upstairs, Downstairs (1972). Christopher - who had high hopes of becoming a magician when he left school at 17 - opened a stall on Chelsea Antiques Market in 1964 frequented by the likes of Twiggy and Dusty Springfield, and from there developed his hugely successful interior design and lighting business, based on London's King's Road.

Colin Bell (CPO Summers) Jun 11 1931 to Apr 1995
Doctor Who credits
Played: CPO Summers in The Sea Devils (1972)
Played: Private Bryson in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Career highlights
Colin's further work includes Quick Before They Catch Us (1966), The Misfit (1970), Michael Regan (1971), The Liver Birds (1972), Follyfoot (1973), Beasts (1976) and Come the Revolution (1977).

Brian Vaughan (Lt Commander Watts) Nov 19 1930 to Apr 8 1990
Career highlights
Brian debuted in Endless Adventures (1959), followed by roles in Scotland Yard (1960), Z Cars (1962), The Avengers (1963), Smuggler's Bay (1964), Les Miserables (1967), The Charlie Drake Show (1968), Brett (1971), Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1974), Dial M for Murder (1974), World's End (1981) and Death is Part of the Process (1986).

Rex Rowland (A/B Girton) Died 2004
Career highlights
Other work includes The Men from Room 13 (1959), No Hiding Place (1963), The Troubleshooters (1967) and Les Miserables (1967).

Martin Boddey (Walker) Apr 16 1907 to Oct 24 1975
Career highlights
Martin's prolific career kicked off with A Song for Tomorrow (1948), followed by Cairo Road (1950), Seven Days to Noon (1950), Laughter in Paradise (1951), Appointment with Venus (1951), Doctor in the House (1954), Svengali (1954), Fabian of the Yard (1955), Escape in the Sun (1956), You Can't Escape (1956), Cat Girl (1957), Carry On sergeant (1958), Carry On Nurse (1959), Killers of Kilimanjaro (1959), The Army Game (1959), Sands of the Desert (1960), Danger Man (1961), Girl in the Headlines (1963), Fire Crackers (1965), The Champions (1968), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1968-70, as Mr Dougal), Tales from the Crypt (1972), Psychomania (1973) and The Naked Civil Servant (1975).
Martin was a founder of the Lord's Taverners cricket charity in 1950, and served as its President twice - in 1953 and 1971.

Norman Atkyns (Rear Admiral) Dec 13 1905 to Aug 7 1980
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guardian in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Rear Admiral in The Sea Devils (1972)
Career highlights
Australian Norman debuted (uncredited) in Emil and the Detectives (1935), followed by roles in Anthony and Anna (1947), Playbox (1959), Idol on Parade (1959), followed by roles in Dr Finlay's Casebook (1965), Resurrection (1968), For the Love of Ada (1972), Follyfoot (1973), Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973), The Good Life (1975), Doctor on the Go (1977) and A Tale of Two Cities (1980).
He was a close friend of Doctor Who director Michael Briant.

Peter Forbes-Robertson (Chief Sea Devil) Jan 16 1927 to Dec 7 1995
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guard in The Power of the Daleks (1966)
Played: Time Lord in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Chief Sea Devil in The Sea Devils (1972)
Career highlights
Peter's first credit is in The Case of Charles Peace (1949) and over the years he appeared in Let's Have a Murder (1950), Those People Next Door (1953), Girl in the Headlines (1963), Take a Pair of Private Eyes (1966), Island of Terror (1966), The Persuaders! (1971), Scream... and Die! (1974), Sex Play (1974), Enemy at the Door (1980), The Tripods (1985), The Love Boat (1986) and Foreign Body (1986).
Little-known fact: Peter provided the spoken word parts on the 1974 ELO album Eldorado.

John Caesar (CPO Myers) Jan 23 1926 to Jun 11 2000
Doctor Who credits
 Second man in market in The Romans (1965)
Played: Egyptian warrior in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66, uncredited)
Played: Monoid Four in The Ark (1966)
Played: Cowboy in The Gunfighters (1966, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: Pirate guard in The Space Pirates (1969, uncredited)
Played: CPO Myers in The Sea Devils (1972)
Played: R/T soldier in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Career highlights
John's first credit was in The Escape of RD7 (1961), then Maigret (1963), Bat Out of Hell (1966), No Hiding Place (1967), War and Peace (1972), The Legend of Robin Hood (1975), Janet and Company (1982) and The Bill (1989).


Malcolm Hulke (writer) Nov 21 1924 to Jul 6 1979
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Faceless Ones (1967), The War Games (1969), Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970), The Ambassadors of Death (1970), Colony in Space (1971), The Sea Devils (1972), Frontier in Space (1973), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Career highlights
He had earlier written for This Day in Fear (1958), Gert and Daisy (1959), Target Luna (1960), the Pathfinders series (1960-61), Ghost Squad (1961), Sergeant Cork (1963), The Protectors (1964) and Danger Man (1965), and his career also saw him penning nine scripts for The Avengers (1962-69), Woobinda, Animal Doctor (1969-70) and Crossroads (1972-74).
He was also author of the industry "bible" Writing for Television in the 70s (1974), and in the 1950s was a member of the British Communist Party. In 1959 he helped to set up the Writers' Guild of Great Britain. His other non-Who titles included Bring Your Own Towel (1977) and The Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine and Self-Help (1978). Malcolm's first connection with Doctor Who was in 1963 when he pitched scripts called The Hidden Planet and Britain 408AD for Season 1, but neither were developed. Malcolm also wrote a pilot for a planned radio series starring Peter Cushing as the Doctor in the late 1960s entitled Journey into Time which was produced but never aired.

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).
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Michael here.

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