Saturday, June 28, 2014

Planet of Evil

Who knew anti-matter was red?
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Sep 27 to Oct 18 1975
Average audience for serial: 9.88m

CAST

Tom Baker (The Doctor) Born Jan 20 1934
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Robot, The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, Terror of the Zygons, Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Android Invasion, The Brain of Morbius, The Seeds of Doom, The Masque of Mandragora, The Hand of Fear, The Deadly Assassin, The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers, Underworld, The Invasion of Time, The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, The Armageddon Factor, Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada (unbroadcast), The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis (1974-81). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983, archive footage), Dimensions in Time (1993), The Day of the Doctor (2013, as The Curator - but I think we all know who he was really!).
Tom also played the Doctor in the 1975 audio story Doctor Who and the Pescatons, and in several BBC and Big Finish audios since 2009.
Played: Meglos in Meglos (1980)
Career highlights
Tom's career began with a 1968 adaptation of The Winter's Tale, followed by roles in George and the Dragon (1968), Z Cars (1968), Softly Softly (1970), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), The Canterbury Tales (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), The Mutations (1974), Piccadilly Circus (1977), Late Night Story (1978), The Book Tower (1979-81), The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, as Sherlock Holmes), Jemima Shore Investigates (1983), Remington Steele (1984), Blackadder II (1986), Roland Rat: The Series (1986), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1986), The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986), The Silver Chair (1990), Selling Hitler (1991), The Law Lord (1992), Cluedo (1992), Backtime (1998), Max Bear (2000), Dungeons and Dragons (2000), Fun at the Funeral Parlour (2001), Strange (2003), Fort Boyard (2003), Swiss Toni (2003), The Magic Roundabout (2005), Agatha Christie's Marple (2007), The Beeps (2007-08) and The Genie in the Bottle (2010). Tom has also had regular roles as Prof Geoffrey Hoyt in Medics (1992-95), Professor Wyvern in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000-01) and Donald MacDonald in Monarch of the Glen (2004-05). He is probably most famous in his latter career for providing the eccentric narration for sketch series Little Britain between 2003-08.
Facts
Tom left home at 15 to become a monk with the Brothers of Ploermel on Jersey, but abandoned this profession at the age of 21 in favour of National Service. In 1971 Tom was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for his portrayal of Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra (he was beaten by Ben Johnson and Desi Arnaz Jr). In December 1980 he married actress Lalla Ward (who had been companion Romana in Doctor Who since 1979), but the marriage ended 18 months later. He married third wife Sue Jerrard in 1986, previously an assistant editor on Doctor Who. Tom's old drinking buddies in the 1960s and 70s included artist Francis Bacon at the infamous Colony Room. Tom has several links to popular music - appearing on Technocat's single Only Human (1995), and providing a monologue on Witness to a Murder (Part Two) by Mansun (1998 - his Doctor and the TARDIS also appeared on the cover of the band's album Six). Pop band The Human League released a song entitled Tom Baker in 1980. In 1999 Tom published a short fairytale novel called The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, which has since been adapted for the stage. Tom's distinctive vocals can also be heard at various tourist attractions in the UK, such as the London Dungeon, Natural History Museum and Alton Towers' Nemesis ride. In 2006 Tom recorded 11,593 phrases so his voice could be used for BT's text messaging service to raise money for homeless charity Shelter - as a result record producer Mark Murphy created a single of Tom "singing" You Really Got Me by the Kinks.

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.

Ewen Solon (Vishinsky) Sep 7 1917 to Jul 7 1985
Doctor Who credits
Played: Chal in The Savages (1966)
Played: Vishinsky in Planet of Evil (1975)
Career highlights
Ewen was born in New Zealand and first acting credit was in The Fur Coat (1949), followed by roles in Valley of Eagles (1951), Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue (1953), The Dam Busters (1955), Yangtse Incident (1957), Jack the Ripper (1959), The Sundowners (1960), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), Mystery Submarine (1963), No Hiding Place (1965), The Sandwich Man (1966), Bellbird (1967), The Ugliest Girl in Town (1968), Spyforce (1971), Moving On (1974), The Message (1976), Kidnapped (1978), The Doombolt Chase (1978), Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979), A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979), Into the Labyrinth (1981-82) and Nutcracker (1983). He also played Sgt Lucas in 50 episodes of Maigret (1960-63) and Caesar Smith in almost 40 episodes of The Revenue Men (1967-68).
Facts
Before going into the acting profession, Ewen worked as a farmer, a dock labourer, a door to door salesman, a timber mill worker and a journalist. His wife was actor Vicki Woolf.

Frederick Jaeger (Sorenson) May 9 1928 to Jun 18 2004
Doctor Who credits
Played: Jano in The Savages (1966)
Played: Sorenson in Planet of Evil (1975)
Played: Professor Marius in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Career highlights
German born Frederick's career began in 1950's Probation Officer and went on to see roles in The Grove Family (1955), The One That Got Away (1957), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), Interpol Calling (1960), Farewell Performance (1963), Hit and Run (1965), The Jazz Age (1968), Ryan International (1970), The Befrienders (1972), Scorpio (1973), The New Avengers (1976), The Omega Factor (1979), Yes, Minister (1980), Remington Steele (1984), The Chief (1990), Selling Hitler (1991), Keeping Up Appearances (1993) and Cold Comfort Farm (1995). He also played Dr James Austen in The Inside Man (1969), Commander Fletcher in Special Branch (1974) and Max Van Der Rheede in The Onedin Line (1980).
Facts
Frederick's family fled Berlin for France when the Nazi party took control in 1933, and then moved to the UK in 1939. He became a naturalized British citizen 11 years later.

Prentis Hancock (Salamar) Born May 14 1942
Doctor Who credits
Played: Second reporter in Spearhead from Space (1970)
Played: Vaber in Planet of the Daleks (1973)
Played: Salamar in Planet of Evil (1975)
Played: Captain in The Ribos Operation (1978)
Career highlights
Prentis debuted in Dr Finlay's Casebook (1969), then became prolific in the 1970s in series such as The Last of the Mohicans (1971), Z Cars (1971), The Shadow of the Tower (1972), Colditz (1973), The Protectors (1973), Life and Death of Penelope (1976), The New Avengers (1976), Survivors (1977), Return of the Saint (1979) and Secret Army (1979), followed by roles in Fox (1980), The House on the Hill (1981), Kim (1984), Defence of the Realm (1986), Bergerac (1989), Bodyguards (1997), CI5: The New Professionals (1999) and Outlander (2014). He may also be recognised as Lieutenant Saunders in Spy Trap (1972-73), Paul Morrow in Space: 1999 (1975-76) and Arnold Meyer in Chocky's Children (1985) and Chocky's Challenge (1986).
Facts
In 2010 Prentis wrote a children's book called Hotshot - A Chilling Tale.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Prentis here.

Tony McEwan (Baldwin)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Redcoat in The War Games (1969)
Played: Baldwin in Planet of Evil (1975)
Career highlights
Tony's further credits include Z Cars (1972), Hawkeye, the Pathfinder (1973), Juliet Bravo (1982) and Howards' Way (1986).

Graham Weston (De Haan) Born Sep 10 1944
Doctor Who credits
Played: Russell in The War Games (1969)
Played: De Haan in Planet of Evil (1975)
Career highlights
Graham's debut came in The Hen House (1964), followed by roles in Rainbow City (1967), Parkin's Patch (1969), Ivanhoe (1970), The Brothers (1972), The Dragon's Opponent (1973), My Brother's Keeper (1975-76), Crown Court (1974-77, as DS Fenton), Coronation Street (1978), Empire Road (1978), Tess (1979), Prisoners of Conscience (1981), Angels (1983), London's Burning (1989), Chalkface (1991) and Lovejoy (1992). He regularly played Gregg Harris in soap United! (1965-67) and Colin Dutton in Crossroads (1979).
Facts
Graham's wife was actor Pamela Greenall.

Louis Mahoney (Ponti) Born Sep 8 1938
Doctor Who credits
Played: Newscaster in Frontier in Space (1973)
Played: Ponti in Planet of Evil (1975)
Played: Old Billy in Blink (2007)
Career highlights
Making his debut in The Sword in the Web (1962), Gambian Louis's CV includes Danger Man (1965), Voodoo Blood Death (1965), Slave Girls (1967), Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition (1970), The Troubleshooters (1970), Adam Smith (1972), Quiller (1975), Fawlty Towers (1975, as Sybil's doctor), Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981), Cry Freedom (1987), White Mischief (1987), The Lenny Henry Show (1987, as Jake), The Real Eddy English (1989), Saracen (1989), Love Hurts (1992), Runaway Bay (1992-93), One Foot in the Grave (1993), Turning World (1997), Harbour Lights (1999), Urban Gothic (2000), Oscar Charlie (2001-02), Sea of Souls (2004), Casualty@Holby City (2005), 10 Days to War (2008), Being Human (2012-13) and Captain Phillips (2013). In 2009 he also wrote and narrated a documentary about Victoria Falls in the Nature series.
Facts
Louis, who initially came to the UK to become a doctor, was a key campaigner within the acting industry in the anti-Apartheid movement, and co-created the Black Theatre Workshop.

Michael Wisher (Morelli) 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.

Terence Brook (Braun) Feb 10 1924 to Oct 4 1990
Doctor Who credits
Played: Braun in Planet of Evil (1975)
Played: Servant in The King's Demons (1983, uncredited)
Played: Retrograde in Frontios (1984, uncredited)
Career highlights
Terence debuted in The Vise (1954), then The Colditz Story (1955), Our Mutual Friend (1958), The History of Mr Polly (1959), Jezebel ex UK (1963), Girl in the Headlines (1963), The Punch and Judy Man (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Softly Softly (1966), Counterstrike (1969), And Mother Makes Three (1971), A Pin to See the Peepshow (1973), Poldark (1977), The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1981), Blake's 7 (1981) and The Fourth Arm (1983).
Facts
Terence also appeared as The Lonely Man in the TV commercial for Strand cigarettes in 1959, shot by The Third Man director Carol Reed. The campaign is regarded in the advertising industry as disastrous, as the advert failed to convince anybody to take the brand (just 1% of the UK's smoker population switched the Strand, which was apparently a "lousy smoke"). The music to the advert, composed by Cliff Adams, got to number 39 in the singles chart but stalled when the BBC banned the disc when it discovered it was promoting tobacco. The only positive to come out of all of this seems to be that Terence Brook (who had a look of Frank Sinatra) received several proposals of marriage as well as "several less respectable forms of enjoyment"! The advert also influenced the music video for David Bowie's Absolute Beginners (1986).

Haydn Wood (O'Hara)
Career highlights
Further credits include Fall of Eagles (1974), The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1982) and The Bill (1985). 

Melvyn Bedford (Reig)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Reig in Planet of Evil (1975)
Played: Mummy in Pyramids of Mars (1975)
Career highlights
His further credits include Waiting for God (1993), Casualty (1994), Peak Practice (1998), EastEnders (2000) and In Deep (2001).

CREW

Louis Marks (writer) Mar 23 1928 to Sep 17 2010
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Planet of Giants (1964), Day of the Daleks (1972), Planet of Evil (1975), The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Career highlights
Louis's writing career began with Skyport (1959-60), followed by duties on The Four Just Men (1960), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1958-60), Ghost Squad (1963), Danger Man (1964), No Hiding Place (1966), Doomwatch (1971-72), Bedtime Stories (1974) and Silas Marner (1985). He was also a prolific script editor - working on The Four Just Men (1959), No Hiding Place (1965-66), No Exit (1972), The Stone Tape (1972), Orde Wingate (1976), Brensham People (1976) and Premiere (1977) - and producer on programmes such as Centre Play (1974-77), The Lost Boys (1978), Baal (1982), Time and the Conways (1985), Thunder Rock (1985), Precious Bane (1989), The Trial (1993), Middlemarch (1994), Plotlands (1997) and Daniel Deronda (2002).
Facts
In 1955 Louis founded the magazine Books and Bookmen, aimed at authors, illustrators and avid readers, which was published until 1980. Oxford University graduate Louis started out as a history teacher at a boarding school before moving into TV production, and after retiring in 2002 ran a B&B with his wife Sonia.

David Maloney (director) Dec 14 1933 to Jul 18 2006 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Production assistant: The Rescue (1965, uncredited), The Romans (1965, uncredited), The Time Meddler (1965, uncredited), The Myth Makers (1965, uncredited), The Ark (1966, uncredited)
Directed: The Mind Robber (1968), The Krotons (1968-69), The War Games (1969), Frontier in Space (episode 6, 1973, uncredited), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Planet of Evil (1975), The Deadly Assassin (1976), The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977)
Career highlights
David also directed for Ivanhoe (1970), The Last of the Mohicans (1971), Hawkeye, the Pathfinder (1973), Woodstock (1973), Angels (1976), Blake's 7 (1979-80), Juliet Bravo (1982), Maelstrom (1985), Strike It Rich! (1986) and Family Pride (1991), while taking producing duties on Blake's 7 (1978-80), When the Boat Comes In (1981) and The Day of the Triffids (1981).
Facts
David started out as a jobbing repertory actor, as well as working for the Birmingham Mail.

Philip Hinchcliffe (producer) Born Oct 1 1944
Doctor Who credits
Produced: The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, Terror of the Zygons, Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Android Invasion, The Brain of Morbius, The Seeds of Doom, The Masque of Mandragora, The Hand of Fear, The Deadly Assassin, The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1975-77)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was one of Philip's first TV jobs, after being script editor on Alexander the Greatest (1971), You're Only Young Twice (1971), The Jensen Code (1973) and The Kids from 47A (1973-74). After leaving Doctor Who, Philip became producer on Target (1977-78), Private Schulz (1981), Nancy Astor (1982), Strangers and Brothers (1984), The Charmer (1987), Bust (1987-88), Friday On My Mind (1992), An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), Seesaw (1998), McCallum (1998), Rebus (2000-01) and Taggart (1999-2001). Philip has also written scripts for Crossroads (1970), Target (1977) and Bust (1987-88), and novelised three Doctor Who stories for Target Books.
Facts
Philip won the 1990 Prix Europa Fiction Prize for And a Nightingale Sang, a film adapted from C P Taylor's play by screenwriter Jack Rosenthal. In 1977 he was nominated for a BAFTA for his work on Doctor Who, and received a further nomination for Private Schulz. There was also an Emmy nomination for Nancy Astor, a mini-series he produced in 1982. His daughter Celina Hinchcliffe is a British TV sports presenter, including for SkySports. His brother-in-law is actor Geoffrey Whitehead. In 2014 Philip returned to the world of Doctor Who by writing two new audio serials for the Fourth Doctor and Leela for Big Finish Productions.

Robert Holmes (script editor) Apr 2 1926 to May 24 1986 (chronic liver ailment)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Krotons (1968-69), The Space Pirates (1969), Spearhead from Space (1970), Terror of the Autons (1971), Carnival of Monsters (1973), The Time Warrior (1973-74), The Ark in Space (1975), Pyramids of Mars (1975, uncredited), The Brain of Morbius (1976, uncredited), The Deadly Assassin (1976), The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977), The Sun Makers (1977), The Ribos Operation (1978), The Power of Kroll (1978-79), The Caves of Androzani (1984), The Two Doctors (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Script edited: Robot, The Ark in Space (uncredited), The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, Terror of the Zygons, Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Android Invasion, The Brain of Morbius, The Seeds of Doom, The Masque of Mandragora, The Hand of Fear, The Deadly Assassin (uncredited), The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang (uncredited), Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers (uncredited) (1974-78)
Career highlights
He began writing for TV as early as Knight Errant Limited (1960), and went on to write scripts for Deadline Midnight (1961), Ghost Squad (1962), Emergency Ward 10 (1962-63), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1964-65), Undermind (1965), No Hiding Place (1965-67), Public Eye (1965-68), Mr Rose (1967-68), Doomwatch (1971), Spyder's Web (1972), Dixon of Dock Green (1974), Jukes of Piccadilly (1980), The Nightmare Man (1981), Blake's 7 (1979/81), Into the Labyrinth (1981-82) and Bergerac (1983-87). He was also story editor on Armchair Thriller and Shoestring, both in 1980.
Facts
Robert was the youngest ever commissioned officer in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, serving in Burma. After he left the Army he joined the police, then became a journalist and sports writer - he was the last ever editor of British lifestyle publication John Bull Magazine in 1964. He was originally going to write Doctor Who's 20th anniversary tale in 1983, but when he found the numerous elements he'd been asked to incorporate unworkable, he was replaced by Terrance Dicks. Robert died while writing the final two episodes of The Trial of a Time Lord, and due to tensions in the Doctor Who production office at the time, his original ending for the story had to be changed and written afresh by Pip and Jane Baker. His face was also one of those seen during the Time Lord mind battle in The Brain of Morbius.

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