|Wirrn, Wirrn, Wirrn...|
First broadcast Jan 25 to Feb 15 1975
Average audience for serial: 11.10m
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.
Wendy made her debut in A Party for Christmas (1954), then The Woman for Joe (1955), The Vise (1959), Crash Drive (1959), The Eustace Diamonds (1959), The Cheaters (1961), No Hiding Place (1964), The Further Adventures of the Musketeers (1967), Trial (1971), The Regiment (1972), Jack the Ripper (1973), Dominic (1974), Survivors (1976), Poldark (1977), Wuthering Heights (1978), Butterflies (1979), The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1981), Tenko (1981), Late Starter (1985), The District Nurse (1987), Saracen (1989), The Black Velvet Gown (1991), The Darling Buds of May (1991) and The Bill (1993). Wendy also had a regular role as Frances Graham in Knight Errant (1960-61).
Wendy was married to former Doctor Who director Hugh David until he died in 1987.
Doctor Who credits
Played: Suicidal Roboman in The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964, uncredited)
Played: Noah in The Ark in Space (1975)
Kenton made his debut appearance in The Pot Carriers (1960), then appeared in Looking About (1961), The Big Spender (1965), The Expert (1971), Elizabeth R (1971), Spy Trap (1973), Churchill's People (1975), Target (1977), Dombey and Son (1983) and Rumpole of the Bailey (1983/87/88). He also regularly played Chief Inspector Logie in Z Cars (1972-74).
Christopher's other credits include Frontier (1968), Trial (1971), The Regiment (1972), The Protectors (1974) and Dickens of London (1976).
Christopher quit acting to become a theatre director, setting up the Millstream Theatre Company. More recently he has moved to France to become an author and also runs residential drama workshops.
American-born Gladys's first credit is The Pleasure Garden (1953), followed by St Ives (1955), The Silver Sword (1957), No Hiding Place (1960), Psyche 59 (1964), Gordon of Khartoum (1966), Fraud Squad (1969), One More Time (1970), Crime of Passion (1972), Dead of Night (1972), The Protectors (1973), Crown Court (1975), The Ice House (1978), Tales of the Unexpected (1979/82) and Objects of Affection (1982).
She was a prolific voice artiste and radio actor, who came to prominence in the 1930s as part of the BBC's radio repertory company.
Doctor Who credits
Played: Computer voice in The Ark in Space (1975)
Played: Mandragora Helix Titan voice in The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Played: Brain voice in Time and the Rani (1987)
Peter's earliest role was in An English Summer (1949), followed by roles in Our Marie (1953), The Granville Melodramas (1955), followed by roles in Musical Playhouse (1959), The Valiant Varneys (1965), Weavers Green (1966), Nearest and Dearest (1968), The Nine Tailors (1974), Quiller (1975), The Expert (1976), Backs to the Land (1977-78), The Onedin Line (1980), Nanny (1981-82), Maelstrom (1985), Only Fools and Horses (1986), Campion (1989), The Camomile Lawn (1992), Waiting for God (1993), One Foot in the Grave (1995) and The Bill (1995). Peter's most famous role was voicing ship computers Zen and Slave, as well as the mobile computer Orac, in 49 episodes of sci-fi series Blake's 7 (1978-81) - and he reprised the role of Orac in 2004 for the Blake's 7 spoof Blake's 7 Junction.
Prolific voice actor Peter was an authority on the East Anglian dialect, and coached performers in the Suffolk accent for Glyndebourne operas.
Richardson Morgan (Rogin)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Corporal Blake in The Web of Fear (1968)
Played: Rogin in The Ark in Space (1975)
Debuting in Vendetta (1967), Detective (1968), Richardson's career took in Tales of Unease (1970), New Scotland Yard (1972), Van der Valk (1973), The Adventurer (1973), Holding On (1977), Rebecca (1979), Two People (1979), Shine on Harvey Moon (1984), Inspector Morse (1987), EastEnders (1994) and A Respectable Trade (1998). He also wrote an episode of the anthology series Tales of Unease in 1970.
From the 1980s he went by the professional name of Ric Morgan.
John Gregg (Lycett) Born 1940
Tasmanian born John debuted in Consider Your Verdict (1964), and has since appeared in Wandjina! (1966), Riptide (1968), Paul Temple (1971), Harriet's Back in Town (1972), Within These Walls (1974), The Glittering Prizes (1976), Rooms (1977), Disraeli (1978), Charlie Muffin (1979), The Gentle Touch (1980), A Country Practice (1984), Bodyline (1984), Bootleg (1985), Two Brothers Running (1988), Captain James Cook (1988), The Flying Doctors (1990), Cluedo (1992), One of Us (1995), Emmerdale: The Dingles Down Under (1997), The Ripper (1997), Adrenaline Junkies (1998), Medivac (1998), All Saints (2001), Farscape (2001), Blue Heelers (2002), Young Lions (2002), Grass Roots (2000-03), Home and Away (1989/2004/2006), Rogue Nation (2009), Spirited (2010), Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story (2013), Old School (2014) and House of Bond (2017). John's regular roles include Charles Keally in Contrabandits (1967-68), Jeff Mallow in Delta (1969-70) and Principal Alan Carson in Heartbreak High (1999).
He is on the board of the Actors' Benevolent Fund of New South Wales, Australia.
Stuart Fell (Wirrn operator) 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.
Nick Hobbs (Wirrn operator)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Technician in The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited)
Played: Daffodil man in Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Auton in Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited)
Played: American aide in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: Driver in The Claws of Axos (1971, uncredited)
Played: UNIT soldier in Day of the Daleks (1972, uncredited)
Played: Aggedor in The Curse of Peladon (1972), The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Played: Guard in The Time Monster (1972, uncredited)
Played: Wirrn operator in The Ark in Space (1975)
Played: Mr Nainby in Amy's Choice (2010)
Prolific stuntman and bit-part actor Nick's further work includes The Guardians (1971), The Edwardians (1972), The Flaxton Boys (1973), One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), Space: 1999 (1977), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Krull (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Willow (1988), Batman (1989), Lovejoy (1991), The Darling Buds of May (1992), Braveheart (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Billy Elliott (2000), Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001), 24 Hour Party People (2002), Closer (2004), Little Britain (2004), The Worst Week of My Life (2004-05), The Last Enemy (2008), Ashes to Ashes (2008), Valkyrie (2008), Wild Target (2009), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Silent Witness (2012), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Game of Thrones (2015), Agatha Raisin (2016), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016).
Robert Holmes (writer and script editor (uncredited)) 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.
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Ark in Space (1975), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Rodney started out as a BBC radio producer before moving into TV with the advent of BBC2. Some examples of the series he directed are 10 Thirty Minute Theatres (1969-73), Z Cars (1969-74), Trial (1971), The Regiment (1972), Mistress of Hardwick (1972), North and South (1975), The Lost Boys (1978), Sense and Sensibility (1981), Dombey and Son (1983), Rumpole of the Bailey (1987), The Darling Buds of May (1991-93), Soldier Soldier (1993-94) and Doctor Finlay (1996).
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Rodney here.
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.