Sunday, June 08, 2014

Death to the Daleks

The Exxilons knew how
 to keep warm in winter
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Feb 23 to Mar 16 1974
Average audience for serial: 9.40m

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.

Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) Feb 1 1946 to Apr 19 2011 (pancreatic cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sarah Jane Smith in The Time Warrior (1973-74), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974), Death to the Daleks (1974), The Monster of Peladon (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974), Robot (1974-75), The Ark in Space (1975), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Revenge of the Cybermen (1975), Terror of the Zygons (1975), Planet of Evil (1975), Pyramids of Mars (1975), The Android Invasion (1975), The Brain of Morbius (1976), The Seeds of Doom (1976), The Masque of Mandragora (1976), The Hand of Fear (1976), K9 & Company (1981), The Five Doctors (1983), Dimensions in Time (1993), School Reunion (2006), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Eye of the Gorgon (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy (2007), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Last Sontaran (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Day of the Clown (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mark of the Berserker (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mad Woman in the Attic (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Eternity Trap (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift (2009), The End of Time Part Two (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Vault of Secrets (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Lost in Time (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky (2011), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Curse of Clyde Langer (2011), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was (2011).
Elisabeth also played Sarah in the 1975 audio story Doctor Who and the Pescatons, two BBC Radio stories - The Paradise of Death (1993) and The Ghosts of N-Space (1996) - and the fan video production Downtime (1995), as well as reprising the role for various Big Finish audio plays.
Career highlights
Elisabeth's earliest (uncredited) role was in Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965), then Coronation Street (1970), Z Cars (1971/72), Doomwatch (1972), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973), Hickory House (1973), Merry-Go-Round (1977), Send in the Girls (1978), Take My Wife (1979), Silver Dream Racer (1980), In Loving Memory (1980), Name for the Day (1980), Gulliver in Lilliput (1982), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Alice in Wonderland (1986), The Bill (1989), Men of the World (1994), Peak Practice (1996) and Faith in the Future (1996).
Facts
She was married to actor Brian Miller, also a Doctor Who alumni. Elisabeth appeared alongside seven of the TV Doctors (Doctors 1-5 either during her own era or in The Five Doctors, plus the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in either 21st century Doctor Who or her own spin-off series). The Impossible Astronaut (2011) was dedicated to Elisabeth on its transmission, while a special programme entitled My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen aired on Children's BBC. BBC4 also repeated The Hand of Fear (1976) as a tribute.

Duncan Lamont (Dan Galloway) Jun 17 1918 to Dec 19 1978 (heart attack)
Career highlights
Portuguese-born Duncan's first credit was 1950's She Shall Have Murder, followed by roles in The Man in the White Suit (1951), The Quatermass Experiment (1953, as Victor Carroon), Meet Mr Malcolm (1954), The Other Man (1956), Dial 999 (1958), I Was Monty's Double (1958), The Texan (1959-60), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), Murder at the Gallop (1963), The Evil of Frankenstein (1964), The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964), Arabesque (1966), The Witches (1966), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), Quatermass and the Pit (1967), The Avengers (1969), Battle of Britain (1969), The Persuaders! (1971), Man About the House (1973-74), The Creeping Flesh (1973), Poldark (1975), Our Mutual Friend (1976), Secret Army (1978) and The Case of Cruelty to Prawns (1979). Duncan also had a regular role as Sgt Bob Cooper in Dixon of Dock Green (1965-68).
Facts
Duncan died while filming the Blake's 7 episode Hostage; his role was taken over by John Abineri, ironically a co-star in Death to the Daleks. He was married to actress Patricia Driscoll, best known as Maid Marian in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1957-60). Duncan was a member of the Lamont clan, the oldest registered clan in Scotland. Future Prime Minister Edward Heath was head boy at the school in Ramsgate, UK, where he was educated.

John Abineri (Richard Railton) May 18 1928 to Jun 29 2000 (motor-neurone disease)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Van Lutyens in Fury from the Deep (1968)
Played: General Carrington in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Richard Railton in Death to the Daleks (1974)
Played: Ranquin in The Power of Kroll (1978-79)
Career highlights
John's first credit was in The Children of the New Forest (1955), and later appeared in The Third Man (1959), Formula for Danger (1960), The Odd Man (1962), Redcap (1965), Funeral in Berlin (1966), The Witch's Daughter (1971), The Last of the Mohicans (1971), General Hospital (1972), The Legend of Robin Hood (1975), The Moon Stallion (1978), Blake's 7 (1979), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), Jamaica Inn (1983), Maelstrom (1985), Red Dwarf (1988, as Rimmer's father), The Godfather Part III (1990), Seaforth (1994), Wycliffe (1995) and The Window Bed (1999). John also had regular roles as Hubert Goss in Survivors (1976-77) and Herne the Hunter in Robin of Sherwood (1984-86); he was also the butler in the original series of Ferrero Rocher advertisements.
Facts
John's son Daniel is an actor and voiceover artist who claims to have discovered Russell Crowe (Daniel is married to TV producer Claudia Rosencrantz). John's other son Sebastian is also an actor. When actor Duncan Lamont died during the film of the 1979 Blake's 7 episode Hostage, John took over the role (both had co-starred in the Doctor Who story Death to the Daleks (1974)). In 1973 John was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for playing Chingachgook in Last of the Mohicans and Hawkeye, the Pathfinder (he lost to Anthony Murphy).

Neil Seiler (Commander Stewart) 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).
Facts
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.

Julian Fox (Peter Hamilton) Born Apr 13 1938
Career highlights
Julian's first credit was playing a constable in 20 episodes of No Hiding Place (1959-60), followed by work in It Happened Like This (1963), Mr Rose (1968), The Troubleshooters (1971), Colditz (1972), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Stand Up Virgin Soldiers (1977), Secret Army (1979), Blood Money (1981), The Nation's Health (1983), Drummonds (1987), The Charmer (1987), Gems (1988), The Chief (1991), Anglo Saxon Attitudes (1992) and The Wingless Bird (1997).
Facts
Julian has also worked as a tour guide in Switzerland.

Joy Harrison (Jill Tarrant)
Career highlights
Other credits on Joy's CV include Love Story (1967), The Venturers (1972), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), Second Time Around (1974), Escort Girls (1975), The Bill (1995), The Heart Surgeon (1997), Colour Blind (1998), Oliver Twist (1999) and Silent Witness (2003).
Facts
Joy now lives in Canada.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Joy here.

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

Arnold Yarrow (Bellal) Born Apr 17 1920
Career highlights
Multi-talented 5ft 3in Arnold's other acting credits include Over to William (1956), Doomsday for Dyson (1958), The Roving Reasons (1960), The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962), Coronation Street (1965), The Man in the Mirror (1966), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1968), Mahler (1974), The Onedin Line (1980), Cold Warrior (1984) and Genghis Cohn (1993); he had a regular role as Jewish bricklayer Benny Bloom in soap EastEnders (1988-89), a potential husband for Ethel Skinner. Behind the camera, Arnold acted as script editor on almost 80 episodes of Softly Softly (1968-71) and a handful of Barlow At Large (1971) and Second Verdict (1976), while also writing scripts for Suspense (1960), Warship (1973), Crown Court (1974) and EastEnders (1992-93).

Roy Heymann (Gotal) Sep 11 1941 to Feb 23 1996
Doctor Who credits
Played: Alien priest in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Gotal in Death to the Daleks (1974)
Career highlights
Roy's only other credit is a 1962 edition of Dixon of Dock Green.

John Scott Martin (Dalek operator) Apr 1 1926 to Jan 6 2009 (Parkinson's Disease)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Zarbi in The Web Planet (1965)
Played: Daleks in The Chase (1965), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967), Day of the Daleks (1972), Frontier in Space (1973), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), The Five Doctors (1983), Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Mechanoids in The Chase (1965)
Played: IMC robot in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Charlie in The Daemons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Mutt in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Gell Guard in The Three Doctors (1972-73)
Played: Hughes in The Green Death (1973)
Played: Reading guard in Robot (1974-75)
Played: Kriz in The Brain of Morbius (1975)
Played: Nucleus in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Career highlights
John's long career began in 1952's The Life and Death of King John, and went to play usually bit-part roles in Quatermass and the Pit (1958), Ghost Squad (1963), The Likely Lads (1965-66), The Blood Beast Terror (1968), Upstairs, Downstairs (1972), The Good Life (1975), The Duchess of Duke Street (1977), Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), The Tripods (1984), Erik the Viking (1989), Bullseye! (1990), London's Burning (1991), Ali G Indahouse (2002) and Mine All Mine (2004).
Facts
John also appeared in Catatonia's video for Dead from the Waist Down (1999). In later years he was a church warden and school governor in Essex.

Murphy Grumbar (Dalek operator) Aug 16 1928 to May 5 1991
Doctor Who credits
Played:
 Daleks in The Daleks (1963-64, as Peter Murphy), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964, as Peter Murphy), The Space Museum (1965, as Murphy Grumbar), The Evil of the Daleks (1967, as Murphy Grumbar), Day of the Daleks (1972, as Murphy Grumbar), Frontier in Space (1973, as Murphy Grumbar), Planet of the Daleks (1973, as Murphy Grumbar), Death to the Daleks (1974, as Murphy Grumbar)
Played: Mechanoids in The Chase (1965, as Murphy Grumbar)
Played: Arcturus in The Curse of Peladon (1972, as Murphy Grumbar)
Career highlights
Other credits include Moody and Pegg (1974), Churchill's People (1975), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977) and Jack of Diamonds (1983).
Facts
Peter Stanley C Murphy performed as Peter Murphy until 1964, after which he he changed his professional name to Murphy Grumbar for the next decade (no doubt influenced by his marriage to the actor Dorothy Grumbar in 1963). From 1974 on he went by the name Peter Bex.

Cy Town (Dalek operator) Born 1931
Doctor Who credits
Played: Technician in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Medical orderly in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: Dalek operator in Frontier in Space (1973), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Destiny of the Daleks (1979), Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Extra in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974, uncredited), The Invisible Enemy (1977, uncredited), Attack of the Cybermen (1985, uncredited)
Played: Vogan in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975, uncredited)
Played: Brother in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Sun Makers (1977, uncredited)
Played: Harold V's brother in The Happiness Patrol (1988, uncredited)
Played: Haemovore in The Curse of Fenric (1989, uncredited)
Career highlights
Other acting work includes All Gas and Gaiters (1970), Steptoe and Son (1972), Moonbase 3 (1973), Carry On Girls (1973), Dad's Army (1973), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977), Star Wars (1977), Blake's 7 (1981) and Crown Prosecutor (1995).

Michael Wisher (Dalek voice) May 19 1935 to Jul 21 1995 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: John Wakefield in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Rex Farrel in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Kalik in Carnival of Monsters (1973)
Played: Dalek voice in Frontier in Space (1973), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975, uncredited)
Played: Davros in Genesis of the Daleks (1975)
Played: Magrik in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975)
Played: Morelli in Planet of Evil (1975)
Career highlights
Michael made his acting debut in a 1963 edition of Suspense, and also appeared in No Hiding Place (1963), Adventure Weekly (1969), Colditz (1972), Moonbase 3 (1973), Dixon of Dock Green (1975), The Prince and the Pauper (1976), Airline (1982), Cover Her Face (1985), Alice in Wonderland (1986), Vanity Fair (1987), The Bill (1989) and EastEnders (1991).
Facts
Michael also appeared in a number of Doctor Who spin-off videos, such as Wartime (1987), Summoned by Shadows (1992), The Airzone Solution (1993) and Shakedown (1994). He also briefly appeared in the 1995 documentary Dalekmania. He was asked to reprise his iconic role of Davros in both 1979 and 1984, but stage tours restricted his availability. However, he did play Davros again in the 1993 stage play The Trial of Davros. Michael's son Andrew is also an actor.

CREW

Terry Nation (writer) Aug 6 1930 to Mar 9 1997 (emphysema)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Daleks (1963-64), The Keys of Marinus (1964), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Chase (1965), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), The Android Invasion (1975), Destiny of the Daleks (1979)
Career highlights
Terry's writing career began in the 1950s writing radio scripts for comedians such as Spike Milligan, Frankie Howerd, Eric Sykes and Terry Scott, before working with legendary comic actor Tony Hancock in 1962. Terry turned down an initial offer to write for Doctor Who, but when he was sacked by Hancock he approached the production team and came up with the serial The Daleks. He also created the cult shows Survivors (1975-77 - in a British High Court of Justice case in the mid-1970s, which was abandoned by both sides due to escalating costs, writer Brian Clemens claimed he had told Nation the concept for Survivors in the late 1960s and had registered the idea with the Writers' Guild of Great Britain in 1965. Nation strenuously denied this) and Blake's 7 (1978-81), worked for a time on Out of This World (1962), The Baron (1966-67), The Saint (1964-68), Department S (1969), The Avengers (1968-69), The Persuaders! (1971-72), The House in Nightmare Park (1973), The Protectors (1973-74), Thriller (1974) and Ticket to Ride (1989), and toward the end of his career in the US helped create the action series MacGyver (1985).

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.
Facts
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).

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

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

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