Monday, May 26, 2014

The Time Monster

Galleia, played by the
beautiful Ingrid Pitt
Six episodes (Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four, Episode Five, Episode Six)
First broadcast May 5 to Jun 24 1972
Average audience for serial: 7.38m


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

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

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

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

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

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.

Ingrid Pitt (Galleia) Nov 21 1937 to Nov 23 2010 (heart failure)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Galleia in The Time Monster (1974)
Played: Solow in Warriors of the Deep (1984)
Career highlights
Polish born Ingrid first appeared in The Saint (1963), then Doctor Zhivago (1965), Sound of Horror (1966), Ironside (1967), Where Eagles Dare (1968), The Vampire Lovers (1970), Countess Dracula (1971), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Jason King (1972), The Wicker Man (1973), Thriller (1975), Artemis 81 (1981), Who Dares Wins (1982), Smiley's People (1982), Underworld (1985), Bulman (1987), Hanna's War (1988), The Asylum (2000), Urban Gothic (2000), Minotaur (2006) and Sea of Dust (2008). Ingrid also wrote several books, including The Ingrid Pitt Bedside Companion for Vampire Lovers (1998), and also wrote regularly for genre magazines and her own website.
Before getting into acting Ingrid was a well known figure on the East Berlin stage as part of the Berliner Ensemble in the early 1960s, after living in a Nazi concentration camp for three years. She became well known for her seductive roles in various Hammer horror films in the 1970s. Ingrid also narrated on the 1998 Cradle of Filth album Cruelty and the Beast, though her narration was done in character as Elizabeth Bathory, the countess allegedly involved in witchcraft and murder. Ingrid's writing penchant even stretched to co-writing (with her husband Tony Rudlin) a script for Doctor Who's 22nd season entitled The Macro Men, which was never developed but which would have seen the Doctor and Peri involved in events surrounding the mysterious Philadelphia Experiment. Ingrid collapsed while on her way to a birthday dinner organised by her fan club, and died days later. An American newspaper once asked Ingrid to write her own obituary, in which she said: "Two days before her 100th birthday, she played five sets of tennis with world champion Randy Semola and was narrowly beaten in the fifth after nine set points. That night, after attending her great granddaughter's hen party, she died in her sleep. She did not live to see the impact on humanity that her last invention, the anti-gravity Zimmer-frame, had. Her last words were: 'Where did I put my teeth?'."

Wanda Moore (Dr Ruth Ingram) Born c.1942
Career highlights
Wanda's earliest credit is a 1965 edition of R3, followed by roles in The Jazz Age (1968), Kate (1970-71), Freewheelers (1972), Van der Valk (1973), Lillie (1978), Emmerdale Farm (1981), Triangle (1981), Howards' Way (1985) and The Father Dowling Mysteries (1990). 

Ian Collier (Stuart Hyde) Jan 25 1943 to Oct 1 2008
Doctor Who credits
Played: Stuart Hyde in The Time Monster (1974)
Played: Omega in Arc of Infinity (1983)
Career highlights
Debuting in Hamlet (1969), Ian's further work includes The Pathfinders (1973), Rentaghost (1976), The Sweeney (1978), Cribb (1980), Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981), Hi-De-Hi! (1982), A Fine Romance (1983), Are You Being Served? (1985), EastEnders (1985), Howards' Way (1986), CATS Eyes (1987), Colin's Sandwich (1988), Heritage Africa (1989), House of Cards (1990), Keeping Up Appearances (1992) and Jeeves and Wooster (1993).
Ian also did a lot of voice work, and was involved in a number of audio products related to The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03).

John Wyse (Dr Percival) Nov 24 1904 to Mar 1989
Career highlights
Other credits include Twelfth Night (1937), The Importance of Being Earnest (1938), Cyrano de Bergerac (1938), Puck of Pook's Hill (1951), Danger Man (1961), Blackmail (1966), The Informer (1967), Justice (1972) and Clouds of Witness (1972).
John's wife Jonquil Anthony was a scriptwriter for, among other things, BBC Radio's Mrs Dale's Diary (1948-69) and TV's Sixpenny Corner (1955-56), while John also directed for the stage during the 1940s and 50s.

Neville Barber (Dr Cook) Mar 1 1931 to Mar 21 2002
Career highlights
Neville made his debut in Queen's Champion (1958), followed by The Long Way Home (1960), Coronation Street (1961/64), The Flying Swan (1965), The New Forest Rustlers (1966), Danger Island (1967), Mystery Hall (1967), The Yes Girls (1971), Scoop (1972), The Onedin Line (1972), The Edwardians (1972), The Tomorrow People (1973), The Sex Thief (1974), Happy Ever After (1976), Anna Karenina (1977), Secret Army (1977), Adventures of a Plumber's Mate (1978), K9 & Company (1981), Grange Hill (1980-81), Nanny (1981), Number 10 (1983), Paradise Postponed (1986) and Cardiac Arrest (1994).

Dave Prowse (Minotaur) Born Jul 1 1935
Career highlights
David is, of course, synonymous with playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars film trilogy (1977-83), although his distinctly Cornish vocal tones were dubbed with the far richer voice of American actor James Earl Jones (the two actors have never met). Dave was also the original Green Cross Code Man who helped promote road safety in TV adverts in 1975-76, although ironically his voice was dubbed for those too! His earliest appearance was in Casino Royale (1967) and later Boy Meets Girl (1967), Hammerhead (1968), The Beverly Hillbillies (1968), Ace of Wands (1970), The Horror of Frankenstein (1970), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Carry On Henry (1971), Up the Chastity Belt (1971), Vampire Circus (1972), The Tomorrow People (1973), Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974), Confessions of a Pop Performer (1975), The Morecambe and Wise Show (1976/80), The Kenneth Williams Show (1976), Jabberwocky (1977), The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981), Crossbow (1988), William Tell (1989), Ravedactyl: Project Evolution (2003), Open Mic'rs (2006), The Kindness of Strangers (2010), Southern Troopers (2015) and Mission Backup Earth (2016).
2000: Member of the order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to charity and road safety
Dave, who is 6ft 6in tall, won the British Heavyweight Weightlifting Championships in 1962, 1963 and 1964 and represented England in the weightlifting category at the 1962 Commonwealth Games. He helped train Christopher Reeve for his role as Superman in 1978. In 2008 David revealed that he had been in dispute with Star Wars creator George Lucas for years after he allegedly leaked the fact that Darth Vader dies in Return of the Jedi (sorry if that's a spoiler, readers!) and as a result Vader's true appearance was played by Sebastian Shaw in that film, not Prowse. In 2010 Lucas banned Prowse from appearing at all official Star Wars conventions, saying the actor had burnt too many bridges. David has suffered from arthritis since 1948, and was diagnosed with but beat prostate cancer in 2009. In 2001 both of his arms became paralysed as a result of an allergy to anti-inflammatory drugs, and extensive surgery in his later years has reduced both his mobility and his impressive height.

Barry Ashton (Proctor) 1935 to May 1978
Doctor Who credits
Played: Scientist Franz Schultz in The Moonbase (1967)
Played: Proctor in The Time Monster (1972)
Played: Kemp in Frontier in Space (1973)
Career highlights
Other credits include Out of the Unknown (1965), Menace (1970), Trial (1971) and Thriller (1973).

Donald Eccles (Krasis) Apr 26 1908 to Feb 2 1986 (road accident)
Career highlights
Debuted in Geneva (1939), then Jenny Villiers (1948), Buoyant Billions (1949), Back to Methuselah (1952), Boyd QC (1960), A Taste of Honey (1960), The Arthur Askey Show (1961), Oliver Twist (1962), A Play in the Making (1962), The Avengers (1963), Silas Marner (1964), Knock on Any Door (1965), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), The Caesars (1968), Doomwatch (1970), The Adventurer (1972), Emma (1972), The Wicker Man (1973), The Nine Tailors (1974), Killers (1976), I, Claudius (1976), Supernatural (1977), Rumpole of the Bailey (1979), Quatermass IV (1979), Brideshead Revisited (1981), The Dresser (1983), Minder (1984), A Private Function (1984), Oliver Twist (1985), Silas Marner (1985), Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), The Return of the Antelope (1986), Paradise Postponed (1986) and Blood Royal: William the Conqueror (1990). He also occasionally played Wilkins the butler in Never the Twain (1983/86).
Donald first appeared on stage in New York in 1930 and became well known at the Malvern Festival of the Arts and for working for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Aidan Murphy (Hippias)
Career highlights
His only other credits are The Sinners (1970), Stephen D (1972), According to the Rules (1974) and Inside Story (1986).

Keith Dalton (Neophite)
Keith's only other known work was on The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1973).

Simon Legree (UNIT sergeant)
Simon's only other credit was The Love Box (1972).

Marc Boyle (Kronos) Sep 5 1945 to Jul 21 1999 (brain aneurysm)
Doctor Who credits
Stunts/ fight arranger: Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited), The Time Warrior (1973-74)
Played: Prisoner in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: UNIT motorcyclist in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: Kronos in The Time Monster (1972)
Played: Exxilon in Death to the Daleks (1974, uncredited)
Career highlights
Prolific stuntman Marc worked on countless productions, including You Only Live Twice (1967), The Gold Robbers (1969), The Insomniac (1971), Pardon My Genie (1973), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973/75), Steptoe and Son (1974), A Bridge Too Far (1977), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), The New Avengers (1976-77), Superman (1978), Warlords of Atlantis (1978), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Long Good Friday (1980), Outland (1981), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Return of the Jedi (1983), Octopussy (1983), Superman III (1983), Never Say Never Again (1983), The Company of Wolves (1984), Death Wish 3 (1985), Dempsey and Makepeace (1986), CATS Eyes (1986-87), The Living Daylights (1987), Batman (1989), Licence to Kill (1989), The Krays (1990), Chimera (1991), Alien 3 (1992), Heartbeat (1993), Judge Dredd (1995), The Fifth Element (1997), Dangerfield (1995/98), The Avengers (1998) and The Beach (2000).

George Cormack (Dalios) Aug 8 1907 to May 27 1983
Doctor Who credits
Played: Dalios in The Time Monster (1972)
Played: K'anpo in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
Scotsman George's earliest credit was in Count Albany (1938), followed by The Smallest Show on Earth (1957), Robbery Under Arms (1957), A Matter of WHO (1961), The Massingham Affair (1964), The Walrus and the Carpenter (1965), The Borderers (1970), Paul Temple (1971), Adam Smith (1972), Demons of the Mind (1972), Victorian Scandals (1976), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1978), The Feathered Serpent (1976-78) and Penmarric (1979).

Gregory Powell (Knight) Born May 13 1954
Career highlights
Prolific stuntman and horsemaster Gregory has worked on productions such as You Can't Win 'Em All (1970), Follyfoot (1971), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), Who Dares Wins (1982), Superman III (1983), Krull (1983), Sahara (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Supergirl (1984), Brazil (1985), Super Gran (1985), Robin of Sherwood (1986), Willow (1988), Nightbreed (1990), Far and Away (1992), Soldier Soldier (1994), Mission Impossible (1996), The Borrowers (1997), Lost in Space (1998), The Mummy (1999), The World is Not Enough (1999), Band of Brothers (2001), Spudmonkey (2001), The Phantom of the Opera (2004), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Children of Men (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Bank Job (2008), Valkyrie (2008), Tormented (2009), Skyfall (2012), World War Z (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Lost in London (2017) and The Foreigner (2017). 6ft 4in Gregory has also worked heavily on the Lord of the Rings (2001-03) and Harry Potter (2001-12) franchises (he broke his shoulder while filming a motorcycle stunt for The Deathly Hallows in 2010).
His father was renowned stuntman Nosher Powell, while his uncle Dinny and brother Gary were also stuntmen. In 2002 Gregory was nominated for an Emmy for his stunt coordination on Band of Brothers. He also co-won the 2014 World Stunt Awards Taurus Award for his work on Furious 6.

Terry Walsh (Window cleaner) 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.

Dave Carter (Roundhead officer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Rebel in The Power of the Daleks (1966, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Invasion (1968, uncredited), The Mutants (1972, uncredited)
Played: Silurian/ Old Silurian in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Ambulance man in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Primord in Inferno (1970)
Played: Museum attendant in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Prison officer in The Mind of Evil (1971)
Played: Roundhead officer in The Time Monster (1972)
Played: Sergeant Duffy in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Played: Grierson in The Android Invasion (1975)
Career highlights
Non-Doctor Who work includes Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Callan (1969), The Love Box (1972), New Scotland Yard (1972), The Sex Thief (1974), Eskimo Nell (1975), The Sexplorer (1975), Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977), Poldark (1975/77), The Tomorrow People (1978), Adventures of a Plumber's Mate (1978), Worzel Gummidge (1980) and The Bill (1989). But it wasn't all fleeting bit-parts - Dave also had the recurring role of Brigadier Stribos in detective series Van der Valk (1972-73).

George Lee (Farm worker)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Corporal Forbes in Spearhead from Space (1970)
Played: Farm worker in The Time Monster (1972)
Career highlights
Debuted in Detective (1964), then Night Train to Surbiton (1965), Take a Pair of Private Eyes (1966), Special Branch (1969), Scum (1977), Fawlty Towers (1975/79), Blake's 7 (1981), Chiefs (1983) and The Fear (1988).

Derek Murcott (Crito) Apr 9 1925 to Jun 10 2008
Career highlights
Derek's career began with The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1958), followed by Sin You Sinners (1963), Cluff (1965), Please Sir! (1970), The Upper Crusts (1973), The Tomorrow People (1974), McCloud (1977), The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), Sextette (1978), Charlie's Angels (1978), BJ and the Bear (1979), Simon & Simon (1984) and Eat and Run (1987).
In 1978 Derek married Hollywood model and bit-part player Edna Ryan.

Susan Penhaligon (Lakis) Born Jul 3 1949
Career highlights
Born in the Philippines, Susan made her screen debut in Say Hello to Yesterday (1971), then Private Road (1971), Upstairs, Downstairs (1971), The Visitors (1972), No Sex Please, We're British (1973), The Land That Time Forgot (1975), House of Mortal Sin (1976), Bouquet of Barbed Wire (1976), The Uncanny (1977), Return of the Saint (1978), A Kind of Loving (1982), A Fine Romance (1981-84, as Helen Barker), Remington Steele (1984), Bergerac (1989), Teenage Health Freak (1993), A Touch of Frost (2002), Emmerdale (2006), Top Dog (2014), Doctors (2001/10/12/16) and An Unkind Word (2017).
Susan's first husband was actor Nicholas Loukes; her second was actor and writer David Munro (brother of Tim Munro, who appeared in Doctor Who in 1979 and 1983); her third was actor Duncan Preston (they divorced in 1992 but have since reunited). Her brother is TV producer Sean Miller, while her cousin was David Penhaligon, MP for Truro between 1974-86. In 1968 Susan was a roommate of Peter Hammill, lead singer of prog-rock band Van der Graaf Generator, and she is referenced in their 1970 song Refugees (as Susie). Susan auditioned for the role of the Doctor's companion Sarah Jane Smith in 1973, as well as Octopussy in 1983. In 2008 she wrote her first novel, The Love of an Angel, and has also spoken in the past of her bad experience with Botox, which she says left her looking like she was "from the Planet of the Apes". Here she is on Twitter.

Michael Walker (Miseus)
Doctor Who credits
Played: First radar operator in The Claws of Axos (1971)
Played: Miseus in The Time Monster (1972)
Career highlights
Starting out as a child actor, Michael's other credits include Bob's Your Uncle (1949), Chu Chin Chow On Ice (1953), Family Portrait  (1955), Dead Giveaway (1957), Crossroads (1973), Target (1977), The Onedin Line (1979), Terry and June (1981), Cold Warrior (1984), Howards' Way (1988), Coronation Street (1997) and Jericho (2000).

Melville Jones (Guard)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guard in The Time Monster (1972)
Played: Cyberman in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975)
Career highlights
Melville's other work includes Warship (1977), Fathers and Families (1977) and Phoelix (1980).
Melville gave up acting to become a writer, including plays for BBC Radio, and the first ever dramatisation of an Inspector Morse novel (in 1985), years before the ITV series (it starred Andrew Burt (from Doctor Who story Terminus) as Morse). In the late 1990s Melville began lecturing in creative writing at Cornwall College.

Ingrid Bower (Face of Kronos)
Career highlights
Ingrid's other work includes The Shuttered Room (1967), Going Dutch (1973), Confessions from a Holiday Camp (1977), King of Kensington (1978), The Pink Chiquitas (1987), Concrete Angel (1987) and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993).


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

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

Paul Bernard (director) Jun 20 1929 to Sep 25 1997
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Day of the Daleks (1972), The Time Monster (1972), Frontier in Space (1973)
Career highlights
Paul's other direction work includes Emergency Ward 10 (1957), Z Cars (1964-65), Cluff (1964), Virgin of the Secret Service (1968, on which he was also supervising producer), Honey Lane (1969), Happy Ever After (1970), This Is Tom Jones (1970), The Tomorrow People (1973), Under the Same Sun (1979-80) and Coronation Street (22 episodes between 1971-87), although he had other talents too, including production design on ITV Television Playhouse (1958-59), Our House (1960), Ghost Squad (1961), Hugh and I (1962), The Avengers (1961-63), ITV Play of the Week (1960-65) and Virgin Witch (1972).
In later life, Paul became a successful artist. In a 1989 interview, Paul said: "Pertwee was a bit of a prima donna. He'd had a very successful career in music hall and, quite rightly, had a very high opinion of himself."

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.


  1. Dave Carter passed away a few years ago - just thought id let you know.


  2. So it looks like Ian Collier's full birth date finally showed up? Where were you able to locate the 1943 date of birth?

  3. As you included VI DELMAR on The Pirate Planet, I wonder if it's worth mentioning DARREN PLANT (Baby Benton) who has the sad distinction of being the youngest person in Doctor Who to die? JOHN LEVENE says on the commentary for The Time Monster DVD that he died before his first birthday. Cross referencing on Ancestry & Find My Past, I've seen a Darren William Plant who was born on 3 June 1971 and had his death registered in the September 1972 which most likely is him. (Perhaps the cause was a cot death, which may have resulted in the death not being registered for a few months?)

    1. MARC BOYLE has Career highlights for Doctor Who credits.

      BTW DARREN PLANT died from a rare form of cancer aged 15 months.


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