Thursday, June 12, 2014

Planet of the Spiders

A tear, Sarah Jane...?
Six episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six)
First broadcast May 4 to Jun 8 1974
Average audience for serial: 9.02m

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.

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

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

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.
Facts
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.

John Dearth (Lupton) Oct 16 1920 to Mar 17 1984
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of BOSS in The Green Death (1973)
Played: Lupton in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
John's career began with The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1956), then Onion Boys (1957), Look Back in Anger (1958), The Voodoo Factor (1959), The World of Tim Frazer (1960), The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), Strongroom (1962), The Runaway (1963), Esther Waters (1964), Mr Rose (1968), Vienna 1900 (1973), Angels (1976), Treasure Island (1977) and Kessler (1981).

Cyril Shaps (Professor Clegg) Oct 13 1923 to Jan 1 2003
Doctor Who credits
Played: John Viner in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
Played: Lennox in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Professor Clegg in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Played: Archimandrite in The Androids of Tara (1978)
Career highlights
Prolific character actor Cyril's first credit was in 1955's The Vale of Shadows, followed by Quatermass II (1955), Miracle in Soho (1957), Follow That Horse! (1960), Supercar (1961-62, as the voices of Professor Popkiss and Masterspy), The Third Man (1965), Man in a Suitcase (1967), Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width (1967-70), Please Sir! (1971), The Liver Birds (1971-72), The Onedin Line (1971/73), Freewheelers (1973), Porridge (1975), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Holocaust (1978), Private Schulz (1981), The Young Ones (1982), Running Scared (1986), Dark Season (1991), The Madness of King George (1994), Our Mutual Friend (1998), Doctors (2000), Murder Rooms (2001), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) and The Pianist (2002).
Facts
Starting out as a child radio broadcaster at the age of 12, Cyril was also one of the voices of Mr Kipling in those "exceedingly good" cake commercials. One of Cyril's children was Simon Shaps, a sometime director of programmes for London Weekend Television and Granada.

John Kane (Tommy) Born Oct 27 1945
Career highlights
John was the youngest actor ever to become an Associate Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1965, aged 20. His career has taken in acting, writing and teaching drama. His first acting credit was in 1972's Villains, followed by roles in Son of the Bride (1973), The Gathering Storm (1974), Z Cars (1975), Devenish (1977), Rings on Their Fingers (1978-79), The Dick Emery Christmas Show (1980), The House on the Hill (1981), Terry and June (1982), Paradise Postponed (1986), Prick Up Your Ears (1987), A Cowboy on Jupiter (1989), The Chief (1994), Pie in the Sky (1995), Bob Martin (2000), Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003) and Foyle's War (2007). He also had a regular role as Dr Andrew Mackenzie in the sitcom Doctor on the Go (1975-77). His writing work includes Scott On... (1972), The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972), Funny Ha-Ha (1974), The Kids from 47A (1973-74), A Little Bit of Wisdom (1974-76), Four Idle Hands (1976), The Feathered Serpent (1976-78), Marti (1977), Cloppa Castle (1978-79), Smuggler (1981), Dick Turpin (1980/82), Me and My Girl (1984-85), Never the Twain (1984-88), Terry and June (1979-87, which he also devised), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986), All in Good Faith (1985-88) and Daisies in December (1995).
Facts
He has also acted as publicist on various productions, and wrote the novel on which the 2000 production Best Actress was based. His children include actress Suzy Kane and comedy writer Simon Kane, and his wife is opera singer Alison Warner.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with John here.

Christopher Burgess (Barnes) Dec 15 1926 to Aug 25 2013
Doctor Who credits
Played: Swann in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Professor Philips in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Barnes in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
Christopher's first credited role was in In a Backward Country (1958), followed by Who Killed Menna Lorraine? (1960), Suspense (1963), This Man Craig (1966), Sherlock Holmes (1968), Menace (1970), Crown Court (1973), The Growing Pains of PC Penrose (1975, as Inspector Fox), Treasure Island (1977), Danger UXB (1979), Together (1980), Jane Eyre (1983), Jossy's Giants (1986-87, as Albert Hanson), Shadow of the Noose (1989) and Can You Hear Me Thinking? (1990).
Facts
Christopher spent his final years as one of 40 male pensioners (or "Brothers") living at the London Charterhouse almshouse.

Terence Lodge (Moss)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Medok in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: Orum in Carnival of Monsters (1973)
Played: Moss in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
His CV also includes An Age of Kings (1960), The Avengers (1963/64), The Baron (1966), Germinal (1970), Jason King (1972), Barlow at Large (1975), Angels (1983), David Copperfield (1986), Hands of a Murderer (1990), The Bill (1995) and London's Burning (1995).
Facts
His birthname was William (possibly Terence) Stockting (incidentally, a Terence Stockting wrote a few episodes of TV soap Compact in 1964 - could that have been the same man?). Terence, who in 1959 wrote a stage play called Who's Who performed at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, briefly left the acting industry in the mid-1970s, but returned in the early 1980s. He finally retired in the late 1990s, reportedly after a negative experience on the soap Family Affairs.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Terence here.

Carl Forgione (Land) May 3 1944 to Sep 10 1998 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Land in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Played: Nimrod in Ghost Light (1989)
Career highlights
Cricket fan Carl's earliest role was in The Wars of the Roses (1965), followed by Dixon of Dock Green (1972), Big Zapper (1973), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Blake's 7 (1978), Don't Forget to Write! (1979), The Borgias (1981), Sorry! (1986), Star Cops (1987), South of the Border (1990), Coronation Street (1991), The Day Today (1994), Fist of Fun (1995), Knowing Me, Knowing You (1994-95) and The Moonstone (1997).
Facts
There is a lovely tribute site to Carl (real name Carlo, due to his Italian father) by his school friend Harper John here.

Andrew Staines (Keaver) Died Sep 16 2016
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sergeant to Benik in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Goodge in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Captain in Carnival of Monsters (1973)
Played: Keaver in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
Andrew's only other screen credits are on Justice (1971) and The Woman in White (1982), although he worked extensively in theatre.
Facts
In 2008 Andrew was interviewed for the British Library's Theatre Archive Project, and had this to say about his time on Doctor Who: "I was in one - Pertwee had been the Doctor for several episodes then- but he had a change of personnel and had Katy Manning as his female sidekick and Roger Delgado as the Master, and then I was in two or three others after that, and then there I was in Jon's final one. They got Tom Baker in on the last day of rehearsal so that he could be transformed from Jon Pertwee - I was very interested, standing on the sidelines and watching them do it. I rather regret that I never went on to do an episode with Tom Baker." A transcript of the full interview can be found here.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Andrew here.

Kevin Lindsay (Cho-je) Apr 17 1924 to Apr 26 1975 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Linx in The Time Warrior (1973-74)
Played: Cho-je in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Played: Styre in The Sontaran Experiment (1975)
Played: The Marshal in The Sontaran Experiment (1975)
Career highlights
Australian Kevin's earliest credit was in One Got Fat (1963), followed by roles in Love Story (1966), Mr Rose (1968), Paul Temple (1969), War and Peace (1972) and Eleanor (1974). Kevin died of a long-standing heart condition nine days after his 51st birthday, and less than two months after his appearance as Styre in Doctor Who.

George Cormack (K'anpo) 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).

Terry Walsh (Man with boat) 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).
Facts
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.

Chubby Oates (Policeman) Dec 23 1942 to Nov 10 2006 (stroke*)
Career highlights
Chubby's other credits include Dixon of Dock Green (1973/75), Killer's Moon (1978), The Famous Five (1978) and Cribb (1980).
Facts
After leaving school, Chubby (real name Arthur) worked as a reporter on the South London Observer where he shared an office with a young Kelvin MacKenzie, future editor of The Sun, and taught the budding journalist to type. In 1968 he co-wrote A Pictorial History of Female Impersonation. Chubby, who in 1997 suffered a stroke while on stage in Margate but bravely recovered, was a well known pantomime dame and "ugly sister" and was also well established as a comic on the London Soho clubland circuit.
*Some sources claim Chubby died of diabetic complications and a heart attack, but his obituary in The Stage cites a stroke.

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

Stuart Fell (Tramp) Born 1942
Doctor Who credits
Stunt/ fight arranger: Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited), The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977), The Ribos Operation (1978, uncredited), State of Decay (1980)
Played: UNIT soldier in The Claws of Axos (1971, uncredited)
Played: Alpha Centauri (body) in The Curse of Peladon (1972), The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Played: Sea Devil in The Sea Devils (1972, uncredited)
Played: Functionary in Carnival of Monsters (1973, uncredited)
Played: Tramp in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Played: Field guard in Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Played: Wirrn operator in The Ark in Space (1975)
Played: Kraal in The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: Morbius monster in The Brain of Morbius (1975)
Played: Guard in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited), The Face of Evil (1977, uncredited), The Sun Makers (1977, uncredited)
Played: Entertainer in The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Played: Sontaran in The Invasion of Time (1978)
Played: Roga in State of Decay (1980)
Career highlights
Stuntman Stuart had bit-parts and action roles in a great number of productions, starting with Doomwatch (1970), then Colditz (1972), Steptoe and Son (1974), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Last of the Summer Wine (1978-2008), Superman (1978), The Dick Emery Show (1979-80), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Blake's 7 (1978-81), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Open All Hours (1981), Octopussy (1983), The Goodies (1977-82), The Invisible Man (1984), The Two Ronnies (1973-85), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1981-86), Aliens (1986), Chocky's Challenge (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), French and Saunders (1990), The Les Dennis Laughter Show (1991), Keeping Up Appearances (1992-95) and Duck Patrol (1998).
Facts
Stuart performs at events as Taro the Jester (voted Jester of the Year 1993), and at locations such as country hotels, castles and even the Tower of London. His skills include stilt-walking, fire-eating and juggling.

Michael Pinder (Hopkins) Born Mar 10 1940
This is Michael's only known work.

Gareth Hunt (Arak) Feb 7 1942 to Mar 14 2007 (pancreatic cancer)
Career highlights
Gareth's earliest role was in Frontier (1968), followed by For the Love of Ada (1972), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), Bless This House (1974), Space: 1999 (1975), The World is Full of Married Men (1979), That Beryl Marston! (1981), Minder (1982), Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984), Gabrielle and the Doodleman (1984), The Lady and the Highwayman (1989), The Castle of Adventure (1990), Side By Side (1992-93), Sooty & Co. (1994), Fierce Creatures (1997), Animal Ark (1997-98), Parting Shots (1998), EastEnders (2001), Powers (2004), New Tricks (2006) and The Riddle (2007). Gareth is best known for his role as Mike Gambit in The New Avengers (1976-77), as well as footman Frederick Norton in Upstairs, Downstairs (1974-75) and various TV commercials for Nescafe coffee in the 1980s in which he famously shook coffee beans in his hand.
Facts
In 1957 Gareth (born Alan) joined the Merchant Navy, but after six years he jumped ship while in New Zealand and worked in a car plant for 12 months before the law caught up with him and he was jailed for three months in a military prison. His aunt was actress Martita Hunt, best known for playing Miss Havisham in the 1946 adaptation of Great Expectations. Gareth suffered a heart attack in December 1999, and collapsed while performing on stage in July 2002, before being diagnosed with cancer in 2005.

Geoffrey Morris (Sabor) Jun 28 1902 to Mar 1 1989
Career highlights
Debuting in Jean's Plan (1946), Geoffrey's CV includes Once Upon a Dream (1949), African Gold (1965), Detective (1968), Clinic Exclusive (1971), New Scotland Yard (1972), War and Peace (1972) and Fawlty Towers (1975), as well as playing the vet in a number of episodes of Follyfoot (1972-73).

Ysanne Churchman (Spider voice [Lupton's spider]) Born May 14 1925
Doctor Who credits
Played: Alpha Centauri (voice) in The Curse of Peladon (1972), The Monster of Peladon (1974), Empress of Mars (2017)
Played: Spider voice in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
Ysanne made her debut aged 13 in Gallows Glorious (1938), followed by roles in Craven House (1950), Murder in the Cathedral (1951), The Railway Children (1951 & 1957), Sara and Hoppity (1962), Space Patrol (1964), Swizzlewick (1964), Rainbow City (1967), Z Cars (1968), Sadie, It's Cold Outside (1975), Madame Bovary (1975), Beasts (1976), 1990 (1978), Artemis 81 (1981), Ghost in the Water (1982), Alice in Wonderland (1986), Starlings (1988), Lipstick on Your Collar (1993) and Oliver Twist (1999). She is a prolific voice artiste best known for playing Grace Archer in radio soap The Archers (1952-55), as well as being the voice for Children's Hour on BBC Radio.

Kismet Delgado (Spider voice [Queen]) Born Sep 27 1929
Career highlights
Kismet also appeared as a hotel receptionist in a 1975 episode of Dixon of Dock Green, but also performed under her maiden name of Shahani in Bikini Baby (1951), The Alien Sky (1956) and The Three Princes (1959).
Facts
Kismet was Master actor Roger Delgado's wife for 17 years until his tragic death in 1973, after which she married another actor, William Marlowe, who appeared in Doctor Who in The Mind of Evil (1971) and Revenge of the Cybermen (1975).

Maureen Morris (Spider voice [Great One]) Born Sep 17 1941
Career highlights
Maureen's earliest credit was for Middlemarch (1968), after which she appeared in The First Churchills (1969), The Moonstone (1972), Within These Walls (1975), Famous Five (1978), The Omega Factor (1979), The Tripods (1985), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1988) and Strathblair (1993).
Facts
Maureen is married to George Gallaccio, who was a production manager on Doctor Who between 1974-76 and went on to become a prolific drama producer. The couple's daughter, Anya, is an award-winning artist who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2003, and who in 2006 was on the Independent newspaper's Pink Power list of 100 most influential gay and lesbian people.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Maureen here.

Jenny Laird (Neska) Feb 13 1912 to Oct 31 2001
Career highlights
By the time Jenny was in Doctor Who she was already an acting veteran of some 40 years, having debuted in The Morals of Marcus (1935), followed by Passenger to London (1937), Hay Fever (1938), Murder on the Second Floor (1939), Just William (1940), The Lamp Still Burns (1943), Black Narcissus (1947), The Long Dark Hall (1951), Gilbert Harding Speaking of Murder (1954), Face in the Night (1957), Village of the Damned (1960), The Forsyte Saga (1967), The Onedin Line (1972), 1990 (1978), The Masks of Death (1984) and Inspector Morse (1991).
Facts
Jenny was married to American actor and director John Fernald (son of Broadway star C B Fernald), and together they had a daughter, actress Karin Fernald. RADA awards a Jenny Laird Prize for acting in a minor role, which one year was won by one Richard Franklin (Mike Yates)!

Joanna Monro (Rega) Born 1956
Career highlights
Debuted in The View from Daniel Pike in 1973, followed by The Brontes of Haworth (1973), Monster Cafe (1994), Dream Team (1998-99), People Like Us (1999), Emmerdale (2001), Confessions of a Diary Secretary (2007), Doctors (2010) and Wasted (2014). She also had regular roles as Anna Newcross in medical drama Angels (1978-81), and appeared in many episodes of children's sketch series Fast Forward (1984-86). Joanna was also one of the presenters on light-hearted consumer programme That's Life! between 1982-84, recognition from which saw her make appearances on game shows such as Punchlines (1984), Blankety Blank (1984), The Adventure Game (1986) and Weakest Link (2008, in which she proved herself to be the strongest link and won over £14,000 for breast cancer research).
Facts
She is married to actor Granville Saxton, and her mother was actress Frances Bennett.

Ralph Arliss (Tuar)
Career highlights
Ralph made his earliest appearance in Paul Temple (1970), followed by roles in The Troubleshooters (1972), The Asphyx (1973), The Sweeney (1976), Survivors (1977), Love for Lydia (1977), The Devil's Crown (1978), Quatermass IV (1979), The Day Christ Died (1980), The Lost Tribe (1980), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Boon (1992), Retrace (1996-98), The Bill (1999) and Grange Hill (2002).
Facts
Ralph is also involved in political training for the UK Green Party. He stood for the party in Dorset North in the 2005 UK General Election, coming fifth with 2.1% of the vote.

Walter Randall (Guard captain) 1918 to 2008
Doctor Who credits
Played: Tonila in The Aztecs (1964)
Played: El Akir in The Crusade (1965)
Played: Hyksos in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Patrolman in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Harry Slocum in Inferno (1970)
Played: Guard captain in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Career highlights
Dancer/ actor Walter's long career began in Rock You Sinners (1958), then Nudist Paradise (1959), Man from Interpol (1960), The Hands of Orlac (1961), Ghost Squad (1963), Danger Man (1964), All Gas and Gaiters (1967), Trial (1971), Follyfoot (1973), The Double Dealers (1974), Target (1977), The Professionals (1980) and Yes, Minister (1982).
Facts
Former dancer Walter went into partnership with Jon Pertwee in the 1970s, owning a hamburger diner.

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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.
Facts
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), director 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).
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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