Monday, May 26, 2014

The Three Doctors

If only this actually happened in 1972!
Picture from Whopix blog
Four episodes (Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four)
First broadcast Dec 30 1972 to Jan 20 1973
Average audience for serial: 10.28m

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.

Three and Two face-off!
Patrick Troughton (The Doctor) Mar 25 1920 to Mar 28 1987 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in The Power of the Daleks, The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase, The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones, The Evil of the Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors, The Enemy of the World, The Web of Fear, Fury from the Deep, The Wheel in Space, The Dominators, The Mind Robber, The Invasion, The Krotons, The Seeds of Death, The Space Pirates, The War Games (1966-69). Return appearances in The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Five Doctors (1983), The Two Doctors (1985).
Played: Salamander in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Career highlights
Patrick appeared in over 130 productions, starting in 1947's Hamlet and including the title role in Robin Hood (1953), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1956), The Moonraker (1958), Sir Francis Drake (1962), Compact (1962), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), A Family at War (1970-72, as Harry Porter), The Sweeney (1975), The Omen (1976), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977), The Devil's Crown (1978), Nanny (1981-82, as Mr Jessop), The Box of Delights (1984), The Two of Us (1986, as Perce), Super Gran (1987) and Knights of God (1987).
Facts
When he was announced as William Hartnell's successor in the role of the Doctor, Hartnell said: "He's the only man in Britain who could do it!". When the Second World War broke out, Patrick was on a Belgian ship sailing from the US, but just in sight of the British coast it hit a mine and sank. He was fortunate enough to escape in a lifeboat. Patrick is the father of acting brothers Michael and David Troughton - Michael appeared in Doctor Who's Christmas special in 2014, and David appeared in the series four times, in 1966, 1969, 1972 and 2008. Patrick is grandfather to actor Harry Melling, better known as Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, and actor Sam Troughton, whose most high profile role was as Much in Robin Hood (2006-07). Another grandchild, Jim Troughton, was a Warwickshire and England cricketer. Patrick died in Georgia, US, while attending a Doctor Who convention.

William Hartnell (The Doctor) Jan 8 1908 to Apr 23 1975 (heart failure after a series of strokes) For a full career biography for William Hartnell, click here.

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!

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).
Facts
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).
Facts
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?

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

Rex Robinson (Dr Tyler) Feb 16 1926 to Apr 13 2015
Doctor Who credits
Played: Dr Tyler in The Three Doctors (1972-73)
Played: Gebek in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Played: Dr Carter in The Hand of Fear (1976)
Career highlights
Debuting in The Merry Wives of Windsor (1955), Rex's other work includes Champion Road (1958), The Big Pull (1962), The Trial and Torture of Sir John Rampayne (1965), Mrs Thursday (1967), Brett (1971), Warship (1973), Six Days of Justice (1973-75), Within These Walls (1978), Terry and June (1980), Just Good Friends (1984), Superman IV (1987), Bread (1987) and Shadow of the Noose (1989).
Facts
Rex was married to his The Three Doctors co-star Patricia Prior.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Rex, and his wife Patricia Prior, here.

Roy Purcell (President of the Council) Jan 26 1919 to Jul 31 2000 (complications from an operation)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Chief prison officer Powers in The Mind of Evil (1971)
Played: President of the Council in The Three Doctors (1972-73)
Career highlights
Roy made his first appearance in The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By (1952), then The Secret of the Forest (1956), Beyond Mombasa (1956), William Tell (1958), House of Mystery (1961), Emergency Ward 10 (1961), The Avengers (1963), R3 (1965), The Three Musketeers (1966), That's Your Funeral (1971), Doomwatch (1971), The Dragon's Opponent (1973), I, Claudius (1976), The New Avengers (1977), Angels (1979), The Cleopatras (1983), The Collectors (1986) and Casualty (1987). He also had various roles in 23 episodes of The Buccaneers (1956-57).

Clyde Pollitt (Time Lord Chancellor) Apr 17 1924 to Nov 10 1989
Doctor Who credits
Played: Time Lord in The War Games (1969), The Three Doctors (1972-73)
Career highlights
Clyde's work began with How Green Was My Valley (1960), after which he popped up in Scotland Yard (1960), Sherlock Holmes (1968), Ivanhoe (1970), Soap Opera in Stockwell (1973), Moll Flanders (1975), Clayhanger (1976), Lady Jane (1986) and The War of the Roses (1990).
Facts
His brother was actor Derek Pollitt, who appeared in Doctor Who three times himself. With Derek and second brother Brian, the siblings ran theatre companies in Clacton-on-Sea and North Wales in the 1950s and 60s, after which Clyde worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and English Shakespeare Company.

Graham Leaman (Time Lord) Aug 9 1920 to Jun 14 1985 (multiple sclerosis)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Controller in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: Price in Fury from the Deep (1968)
Played: Grand Marshall in The Seeds of Death (1969)
Played: Time Lord in Colony in Space (1971), The Three Doctors (1972-73)
Career highlights
His earliest credit was in Where's Charley? (1952), then Before Your Very Eyes (1956), Hancock's Half Hour (1956-59), The Strange World of Gurney Slade (1960), Deadline Midnight (1961), Kenilworth (1967), The First Churchills (1969), Dead of Night (1972) and Father Brown (1974).
Facts
In 1943 Graham was on the selection panel for the formation of an entertainment troupe for 2 AGRA (Army Group Royal Artillery) in North Africa. Among those selected was comedian Spike Milligan. When the Battery Band held a reunion in 1983, Milligan noticed Graham's absence (due to him suffering from multiple sclerosis) and went to his home to transport him to the reunion. His brother John (Jack) was also an amateur actor.

Laurie Webb (Mr Ollis) Born May 6th 1924
Career highlights
Laurie debuted in Sid Caesar Invites You (1958), then popped up in The Eustace Diamonds (1959), Hancock's Half Hour (1958-60), Paul Temple (1971), Brett (1971), Warship (1973) and Softly Softly (1975).
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Laurie here.

Patricia Prior (Mrs Ollis) Born 1928
Career highlights
Patricia's other work includes The Troubleshooters (1969), Warship (1973), The Brothers (1975), Strong Medicine (1986), One By One (1987), You Must Be the Husband (1988) and Shadow of the Noose (1989). She also regularly played Mrs Gibson in The Onedin Line (1977-80).
Facts
Patricia was married to her The Three Doctors co-star Rex Robinson.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Patricia, and her husband Rex Robinson, here.

Denys Palmer (Corporal Palmer) Oct 8 1928 to Sep 1991
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Denys's only acting credit, but he has plenty of credits working as a choreographer, including on Life is a Circus (1960), The Ghost Goes Gear (1966), The Witches (1966), Slave Girls (1967), The Corbett Follies (1969), Sez Les (1971), The Two Ronnies (1971-72), Mantovani and His Concert Orchestra (1973-74) and Napoleon and Love (1974).

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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.
In 2017 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Bob here.

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.

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

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

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

5 comments:

  1. Superman IV is actually titled Superman IV: The Quest for Peace {REX ROBINSON}.

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  2. Interesting to read that Patricia Prior is married to co-star Rex Robinson. I didn't know that. I guess that means she is still with us. Wonder what happened to Laurie Webb who played Mr. Ollis? His credits seem to stop in the mid-70's. Presumably no longer alive.

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    1. Actually, his last credit was in The Clairvoyent in 1986. I think I also remember him doing a signing for the original release of The Three Doctors DVD in 2003 so he was alive until at least then.

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    2. Laurie Webb is still alive and lives just 10 minutes away from Patricia Prior and Rex Robinson (source: https://twitter.com/tobyhadoke/status/570209196970516480)

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    3. Interesting. Thanks for the information. I would assume that Laurie Webb is in his 80's now.

      Didn't know that he lived near Patricia & Rex (RIP).

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