Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Deadly Assassin

The Fourth Doctor's new outfit
certainly turned some heads
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Oct 30 to Nov 20 1976
Average audience for serial: 12.18m

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.

Peter Pratt (The Master) Mar 21 1923 to Jan 11 1995
Career highlights
Peter's earliest TV credit was Six Characters in Search of an Author (1964), followed by Orlando (1967), The Challengers (1972), The Edwardians (1972), The Brontes of Haworth (1973), Murder Must Advertise (1973), Village Hall (1974), The Story of Ruth (1981) and Squadron (1982), but he was best known as a singer who started his career in Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas and with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1945. He later moved into radio and television, and was for a time married to singer and actress Joyce Wright.
Facts
If you've ever wondered what Peter really looked like under that mask, here's a picture of him looking rather sinister as Bunthorne in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera Patience.

Llewellyn Rees (The President) Jun 18 1901 to Jan 7 1994
Career highlights
Llewellyn's earliest credit is in The Inward Eye (1955), followed by Sword of Freedom (1957), The Navy Lark (1959), The House in Marsh Road (1960), The Power Game (1966), The Tempest (1968), Strange Report (1969), Doomwatch (1970), The Ruling Glass (1972), Coronation Street (1973), Comet Amongst the Stars (1975), Crossroads (1978), Carry On Emmannuelle (1978), The Dresser (1983), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1986), Withnail and I (1987), Mr Majeika (1988), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Chancer (1990) and Splitting Heirs (1993).
Facts
Between 1940-46, he served as general secretary of the British Actors' Equity. 

Angus Mackay (Cardinal Borusa) Jul 15 1926 to Jun 8 2013
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cardinal Borusa in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Played: Headmaster in Mawdryn Undead (1983)
Career highlights
Angus's prolific career began in Death of a Ghost (1960), then Nothing But the Best (1964), Mogul (1966), The Tyrant King (1968), Paul Temple (1970), Inn of the Frightened People (1971), The Golden Bowl (1972), Warship (1973), The Pallisers (1974), Edward the King (1975), Flesh and Blood (1980), When the Boat Comes In (1981), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Clockwise (1986), Hot Metal (1986), Chance in a Million (1984/86), Alexei Sayle's Stuff (1986), One Foot in the Grave (1990), Brass (1990), King Ralph (1991) and If You See God, Tell Him (1993).
Facts
After Angus's wife Dorothy died of motor neurone disease in 1977, he decided to combat his loneliness by renting out room space in his house to up-and-coming actors, one of whom was Kenneth Branagh, who cites copious diarist Angus's expert knowledge on theatrical history as a major inspiration to him. He had an enormous archive of theatre magazines and programmes, and there are hopes to make them publicly available.

Bernard Horsfall (Chancellor Goth) Nov 20 1930 to Jan 28 2013
Doctor Who credits
Played: Gulliver in The Mind Robber (1968)
Played: Time Lord in The War Games (1969)
Played: Taron in Planet of the Daleks (1973)
Played: Chancellor Goth in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Career highlights
Prolific character actor Bernard debuted in The Steel Bayonet (1957) and went on to appear in Dancers in Mourning (1959), The Angry Silence (1960), Captain Moonlight: Man of Mystery (1960), Pathfinders to Space (1960), Family Solicitor (1961), Harpers West One (1962), Guns at Batasi (1964), The Avengers (1965/67/68), Department S (1969), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Ivanhoe (1970), Elizabeth R (1971), Freewheelers (1973), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), South Riding (1974), Within These Walls (1976), Big Boy Now! (1977), Enemy at the Door (1978-80, as Dr Philip Martel), Minder (1982), Gandhi (1982), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988), The Bill (1989), Thatcher: The Final Days (1991), Virtual Murder (1992), Braveheart (1995), Murder Rooms (2000), Doctors (2005) and Stone of Destiny (2008).
Facts
Bernard claimed he was a descendant of William the Conqueror. In the 1980s Bernard moved with his actress wife Jane Jordan Rogers to the Isle of Skye in Scotland, where he became a crofter, producing fruit and vegetables. His son Christian predeceased him in 2012.

George Pravda (Castellan Spandrell) Jun 19 1916 to May 1 1985
Doctor Who credits
Played: Denes in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Played: Jaeger in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Castellan Spandrell in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Career highlights
Prague-born George's extensive career began with Muzi bez kridel (1946), followed by The Antlers (1947), Sailor of Fortune (1956), The Battle of the V-1 (1958), Jo's Boys (1959), The Avengers (1961), The Monsters (1962), Ring of Spies (1964), Thunderball (1965), The Prisoner (1967), Inspector Clouseau (1968), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), Department S (1970), Hadleigh (1971), Dracula (1973), Spy Trap (1973), QB VII (1974), The Duchess of Duke Street (1976), I, Claudius (1976), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), Strangers (1981-82), Chessgame (1983), Gulag (1985) and Cold War Killers (1986).
Facts
His wife was actress Hana Maria Pravda, best known as Emma Cohen in Survivors (1975). He was fluent in six languages, and sometimes acted on stage under the name Jiri Pravda (his birth name). His son is Dr Alex Pravda, an Emeritus Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford University.

Hugh Walters (Commentator Runcible) Mar 2 1939 to Feb 13 2015
Doctor Who credits
Played: William Shakespeare in The Chase (1965)
Played: Commentator Runcible in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Played: Vogel in Revelation of the Daleks (1985)
Career highlights
Other credits include The Larkins (1963), Nicholas Nickleby (1968), Ivanhoe (1970), Never Say Die (1970), Doctor at Large (1971), The Fenn Street Gang (1971-72), Jason King (1972), Survivors (1975), Clayhanger (1976), Thomas and Sarah (1979), Holding the Fort (1982), Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984), Chance in a Million (1986), The Russ Abbot Show (1991), The Brittas Empire (1996), Bernard's Watch (1999), Cor Blimey! (2000, as Charles Hawtrey), Doctors (2006), Sold (2007) and M.I High (2011). He also wrote for and played Peter Pringle in the series The Train Now Standing (1971-72).
Facts
Some lovely tributes to Hugh can be found here.

Erik Chitty (Coordinator Engin) Jul 8 1907 to Jul 22 1977
Doctor Who credits
Played: Preslin in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966)
Played: Coordinator Engin in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Career highlights
Erik's prolific career began with James Simpson (1937) and continued through Alice (1946), The Pickwick Papers (1953), Footsteps in the Fog (1955), The Devil's Disciple (1959), The Strange World of Gurney Slade (1960), Emergency Ward 10 (1960, as Ignatius Small), The Victorians (1963), Danger Man (1965), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Casino Royale (1967), Virgin of the Secret Service (1968), Strange Report (1969), Doomwatch (1970), Lust for a Vampire (1971), The Stalls of Barchester (1971), The Vault of Horror (1973), Man About the House (1975), One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), Midnight is a Place (1977) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). He also had a regular role as Mr Smith in the sitcom Please Sir! (1968-72).
Facts
Erik was a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and had carried out extensive research into the genealogy of his surname. He was also a founder of the Cambridge University Mummers.

Derek Seaton (Commander Hilred) Oct 1 1943 to Sep 2 1979 (brain haemorrhage)
Career highlights
Debuted in Coriolanus (1965), then Troilus and Cressida (1966), The Likely Lads (1966), Dombey and Son (1969), The Strauss Family (1972), Tittertime (1975), Within These Walls (1976), Miss Jones and Son (1977), People Like Us (1978), Telford's Change (1979), Shoestring (1979) and Only a Game (1981).
Facts
Derek was married to actress Paula Wilcox between 1969-79.

Maurice Quick (Gold Usher) Aug 24 1911 to Dec 17 2000
Doctor Who credits
Played: Auton VIP in Spearhead from Space (1970, uncredited)
Played: Priest in The Masque of Mandragora 91976, uncredited)
Played: Gold Usher in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Career highlights
Also appeared uncredited in Spearhead from Space (1970) and The Masque of Mandragora (1976). After debuting in The Other Man (1964), Maurice's CV includes The Forsyte Saga (1967), Sherlock Holmes (1968), Sentimental Education (1970), Father Dear Father (1971), The Edwardians (1973), The Pallisers (1974, as Collingwood), Rooms (1975), The Basil Brush Show (1975), Raffles (1977), Penmarric (1979), Kessler (1981), Beau Geste (1982), Potter (1983) and Strangers and Brothers (1984).

John Dawson (Time Lord)
Career highlights
John first appeared in Quatermass and the Pit in 1959, then took roles in Dead Lucky (1960), Deadline Midnight (1961), Suspense (1963), Smuggler's Bay (1964), Dixon of Dock Green (1965), The Newcomers (1967), The Dirtiest Girl I Ever Met (1970), The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), The Witch's Daughter (1971), Moody and Pegg (1974), The Brothers (1975), Poldark (1975), Scorpion Tales (1978) and A Family Affair (1979). He also played Mr Mumford, the original next door neighbour to the spooks in Rentaghost (1976-78).

Peter Mayock (Solis) May 31 1940 to Dec 15 1998
Doctor Who credits
Played: Namin in Pyramids of Mars (1975)
Played: Solis in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Career highlights
Peter made his debut in The Wright People (1959), then Triton (1961), The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), Ulysses (1967), Emmerdale Farm (1972), My Old Man (1974-75) and Spend Spend Spend (1977).

Michael Bilton (Time Lord) Dec 14 1919 to Nov 5 1993
Doctor Who credits
Played: Teligny in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966)
Played: Collins in Pyramids of Mars (1975)
Played: Time Lord in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Career highlights
Michael's first credit is in Sing Along With Me (1952), and over the course of his career he appeared in Quatermass II (1955), A Taste of Honey (1961), The Mind of the Enemy (1965), The Prisoner (1967), The Avengers (1968), Doctor at Large (1971), The Fenn Street Gang (1973), South Riding (1974), The Haunting of Julia (1977), The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1977), Pennies from Heaven (1978), Bognor (1981), Brideshead Revisited (1981), Coronation Street (1983), The Fourth Protocol (1987), The New Statesman (1990) and the Alleyn Mysteries (1993). He had memorable roles as Ned in To the Manor Born (1979-81), Mr Thorpe in Grace and Favour (1992-93) and Basil Makepeace in Waiting for God (1990-93). He may also be remembered for playing an elderly gardener in a TV commercial for Yellow Pages.
Facts
Crippling arthritis prevented him from working on stage toward the end of his career. While serving in World War Two, he was wounded in the stomach at the Battle of El Alamein.

Helen Blatch ([Matrix] Voice) Born 1933
Doctor Who credits
Played: Matrix voice in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Played: Fabian in The Twin Dilemma (1984)
Career highlights
Helen first appeared in Peer Gynt (1972), then A Doll's House (1973), Within These Walls (1976), Secret Army (1979), Blake's 7 (1980), Sorry! (1982), Tenko (1984), London Embassy (1987), A Doll's House (1992, a different character!), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Baddiel's Syndrome (2001), Harry Hill's TV Burp (2002), Wimbledon (2004), Waking the Dead (2007), Kingdom (2008), Frankie (2013) and Casualty (2014).

CREW

Robert Holmes (writer and 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.

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.

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