|The deadly fingers!|
First broadcast Nov 22 to Dec 13 1975
Average audience for serial: 11.68m
Tom Baker (The Doctor) Born Jan 20 1934
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)
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.
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)
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).
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.
Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan) Oct 28 1944 to Oct 28 1986 (diabetes-related heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: John Andrews in Carnival of Monsters (1973)
Played: Harry Sullivan in Robot, The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, Terror of the Zygons, The Android Invasion (1974-75)
Ian played John Andrews in Carnival of Monsters (1973) and companion Harry Sullivan in seven serials between 1974-75. Ian's first acting credit was in Doctor Faustus (1967), followed by roles in The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971), Holly (1972), The Venturers (1975), Softly Softly (1975), The Brothers (1976), The Medusa Touch (1978, in which he was wrongly credited as Ian Master), ten episodes of Crown Court (1972/74/78), Hazell (1979), The Specialist (1980), Close to Home (1982), Shine On Harvey Moon (1984), Bergerac (1985) and The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986).
He left Oxford University in 1969 to become a stage manager at the Bristol Old Vic circa 1970. He auditioned for the role of Captain Mike Yates in Doctor Who in 1970, and in later years took to writing, including nine novelisations of Doctor Who TV stories (courting controversy by using the word "bastard" in The Enemy of the World), as well as the original novel Harry Sullivan's War (1986), set a decade after Harry stopped travelling with the Doctor (Marter originally planned to kill Harry off at the end, but the publisher banned the idea). Ian died before completing his adaptation of The Rescue, which had to be completed by Nigel Robinson, and before he could adapt his promised sequel to Harry Sullivan's War. With the pen-name Ian Don, he also wrote the novelisation of the Hollywood films Splash (1984), Baby (1985), Tough Guys (1986) and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), and several unpublished books based on the cartoon series The Gummi Bears. Another writing project that never saw the light of day was the script for an unmade film called Doctor Who Meets Scratchman, which he co-wrote with Tom Baker and James Hill in the mid-1970s.
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)
John's other appearances include Undermind (1965), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Z Cars (1967), Germinal (1970), UFO (1970), Callan (1972), Psychomania (1973), The Jensen Code (1973), Carry On Laughing! (1975), Big Bad Beetleborgs (1997), CanniBallistic! (2002), Automatons (2006) and Satan Hates You (2010).
John was inspired to become an actor after meeting Telly Savalas in a men's clothing shop. He quit acting in 1977 and set up his own audio-visual production company, before moving to America, where he started acting once more after working for some years as an entertainer on cruise liners. In 1987 he reprised the role of Benton for the fan video spin-off Wartime. John's wife Jeni is an executive at Warner Bros Studios. If you have a desire to hear John sing, then why not try out his 2012 album The Ballads of Sergeant Benton?
Martin Friend (Styggron) 1930 to Mar 14 2014
Martin's earliest credit was in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1958), after which he appeared in Emergency Ward 10 (1963), two episodes of The Avengers (1963/64), Public Eye (1965), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1967), The Prince and the Pauper (1976), Airline (1982), Prospects (1986), Jack the Ripper (1988), The New Statesman (1991), Red Dwarf (1991), Grace and Favour (1993), Baddiel's Syndrome (2001), Only Fools and Horses (2002), Night and Day (2001-02), Hustle (2009) and Reuniting the Rubins (2010).
Max Faulkner (Corporal Adams) 1931 to Feb 13 2010
Doctor Who credits
Played: UNIT soldier in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Exxilon in Death to the Daleks (1974, uncredited)
Played: Miner in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Played: Second guard captain in Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Played: Guard in Genesis of the Daleks (1975), The Face of Evil (1977, uncredited)
Played: Crewmember in Planet of Evil (1975, uncredited)
Played: Corporal Adams in The Android Invasion (1975)
Fight/ stunt arranger: The Hand of Fear (1976)
Played: Rebel in The Sun Makers (1977, uncredited)
Played: Nesbin in The Invasion of Time (1978)
Prolific stuntman Max debuted in The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1957), later appearing in Private Investigator (1959), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1957-60), From Russia with Love (1963), The Ipcress File (1965), The Prisoner (1968), Poldark (1976), The Goodies (1977), Blake's 7 (1980), The Day of the Triffids (1981), Krull (1983), Robin of Sherwood (1984-86), Willow (1988), Nightbreed (1990), Far and Away (1992) and Goldeneye (1995).
Milton Johns (Guy Crayford) Born May 13 1938
Doctor Who credits
Played: Benik in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Guy Crayford in The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: Castellan Kelner in The Invasion of Time (1978)
Milton's career began in The Shop at Sly Corner (1960), then Orlando (1965), The Three Musketeers (1966), The Devil in the Fog (1968), The Flaxton Boys (1969), Sense and Sensibility (1971), Budgie (1972), The Jensen Code (1973), South Riding (1974), Poldark (1975), The Good Life (1977), King of the Castle (1977), Midnight is a Place (1977-78), Going Straight (1978), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1978), A Horseman Riding By (1978), Spearhead (1978-81), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Gaffer (1982), Pink Floyd's The Wall (1982), Tucker's Luck (1983), Butterflies (1979-83), Foxy Lady (1982-84), The Pickwick Papers (1985), Ever Decreasing Circles (1986), Supergran (1987), Campion (1989), Happy Families (1989-90), Haggard (1992), Harry's Mad (1995-96), Glam Metal Detectives (1995), Chalk (1997), The X-Files (1998), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999-2000), Micawber (2001), Born and Bred (2002), The Basil Brush Show (2003-07, as Mr Rossiter) and Kidz Time TV (2015). He also had a long-running role as shop owner Brendan Scott in soap Coronation Street (1991-93).
For a number of years he served as treasurer of actors' union Equity, and also as course announcer and MC at Lingfield racecourse.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Milton here.
Peter Welch (Morgan) Mar 30 1922 to Nov 20 1984
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sergeant in The Highlanders (1966-67)
Played: Morgan in The Android Invasion (1975)
His career began in Dial 999 (1955) and included The Admirable Crichton (1957), The House of the Seven Hawks (1959), Danger Man (1961), The Secret of Blood Island (1964), Callan (1969), Doomwatch (1970), Spy Trap (1972-75, as Clark), Law and Order (1978) and Juliet Bravo (1982).
Dave Carter (Grierson)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Rebel in The Power of the Daleks (1966, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Invasion (1968, uncredited), The Mutants (1972, uncredited)
Played: Silurian/ Old Silurian in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Ambulance man in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Primord in Inferno (1970)
Played: Museum attendant in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Prison officer in The Mind of Evil (1971)
Played: Roundhead officer in The Time Monster (1972)
Played: Sergeant Duffy in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Played: Grierson in The Android Invasion (1975)
Non-Doctor Who work includes Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Callan (1969), The Love Box (1972), New Scotland Yard (1972), The Sex Thief (1974), Eskimo Nell (1975), The Sexplorer (1975), Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977), Poldark (1975/77), The Tomorrow People (1978), Adventures of a Plumber's Mate (1978), Worzel Gummidge (1980) and The Bill (1989). But it wasn't all fleeting bit-parts - Dave also had the recurring role of Brigadier Stribos in detective series Van der Valk (1972-73).
Roy Skelton (Chedaki) Jul 20 1931 to Jun 8 2011 (pneumonia following a stroke)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Monoids in The Ark (1966)
Played: Voice of the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet (1966), The Wheel in Space (1968)
Played: Control technician in The Tenth Planet (1966, uncredited)
Played: Voice of the Daleks in The Evil of the Daleks (1967), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Destiny of the Daleks (1979), The Five Doctors (1983), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Computer voice in The Ice Warriors (1967)
Played: Voice of the Krotons in The Krotons (1968-69)
Played: Norton in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Wester in Planet of the Daleks (1973)
Played: James in The Green Death (1973)
Played: Chedaki in The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: King Rokon in The Hand of Fear (1976)
He also performed Dalek voices for the Comic Relief spoof The Curse of Fatal Death (1999)
As a specialist voice artist, Roy also provided voices for A Rubovian Legend (1958-59), Out of the Unknown (1967) and Ghosts of Albion (2003-04). Roy's most famous voices, apart from the Daleks, were for Zippy and George in the children's series Rainbow (1973-92), for which he also wrote over 25 scripts.
Stuart Fell (Kraal) 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)
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).
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.
Patrick Newell (Colonel Faraday) Mar 27 1932 to Jul 22 1988 (heart attack)
Prolific character actor Patrick first appeared uncredited in Dial 999 (1955), followed by Web (1957-58), Skyport (1960), Jango (1961), Walk a Crooked Mile (1961), Six More Faces of Jim (1962), Thorndyke (1964), The Alphabet Murders (1965), A Study in Terror (1965), The Sandwich Man (1966), The Illustrated Weekly Hudd (1966), Send Foster (1967), The Troubleshooters (1968), Never Say Die (1970), Casanova (1971), The Misfit (1971), Vampira (1974), Bootsie and Snudge (1974), Sadie, It's Cold Outside (1975), The Incredible Sarah (1976), The Duchess of Duke Street (1976-77), Thundercloud (1979), Worzel Gummidge (1981), Kinvig (1981), Whizkid's Guide (1981-83), Bottle Boys (1984), CATS Eyes (1985), Galloping Galaxies! (1986) and Consuming Passions (1988). He also had a regular role as Steed and Tara's boss Mother in The Avengers (1968-69).
It is reputed that Patrick gained weight as a deliberate attempt to boost his career. His entry in Who's Who on Television in the late 1970s described him as an "actor with a weight problem - the more he diets, the less work he seems to get". Despite losing a lot of weight in later life, he died of a heart attack at the age of 56. In the 1970s he moved to Cyprus, but when the Turks invaded he had to leave, but lost everything.
Hugh Lund (Matthews) Born c.1925
Doctor Who credits
Played: Zarbi in The Web Planet (1965). Note: Despite being credited as operating a Zarbi, Hugh revealed in a 2008 interview that he actually operated the larvae gun, and never a Zarbi at all.
Played: Matthews in The Android Invasion (1975)
Hugh's other work includes A for Andromeda (1961), Suspense (1963) and The Borgias (1981).
Heather Emmanuel (Tessa)
Heather, just 4ft 10in in height, first played a nurse in two episodes of Dixon of Dock Green (1961), and then appeared in The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962, as a nurse!), Sergeant Cork (1964), Special Branch (1969), Moody and Pegg (1974), Within These Walls (1975), Angels (1976, as a nurse!), Grange Hill (1978, as a nurse!), The Professionals (1982, as a nurse!), Rockcliffe's babies (1987), Family Pride (1991), Casualty (1994), Prime Suspect (1995, as a nurse!), and Coronation Street (in 1969, as a nurse, and again in 2005, promoted to a doctor!). In 2005, she also appeared in an episode of Doctors. Heather may be typecast, although ironically her uncredited role in Carry On Again Doctor (1969) saw her playing a "plump native girl"!
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)
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).
Barry Letts (director) 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).
Barry started out as an actor in San Demetrio London (1943), and also popped up in Scott of the Antarctic (1948), The Cruel Sea (1953), The Silver Sword (1957-58), The Black Arrow (1958), The Moonstone (1959), Coronation Street (1961), City Beneath the Sea (1962), The Avengers (1964), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), Z Cars (1963-64/65), Softly Softly (1966), The Man Who Never Was (1966) and This Man Craig (1966). His directing career began with The Newcomers (1965), and also included Z Cars (1967-68), Adventure Weekly (1969), The Prince and the Pauper (1976), Gulliver in Lilliput (1982), Brookside (1982), David Copperfield (1986), Alice in Wonderland (1986) and EastEnders (1990-92). As a producer, he worked on and helped create Moonbase 3 (1973), Lorna Doone (1976), Katy (1976), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Children of the New Forest (1977), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), Pinocchio (1978), The Old Curiosity Shop (1979-80), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), Sense and Sensibility (1981), Great Expectations (1981), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, starring Tom Baker), Dombey and Son (1983), Goodbye Mr Chips (1984), The Invisible Man (1984) and The Pickwick Papers (1985).
His sister was actress Pauline Letts, while his sons are actors Dominic and Crispin Letts. The 2009 Doctor Who story The Waters of Mars was dedicated to his memory.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.