Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Hand of Fear

Talk to the hand (of fear)
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Oct 2 to 23 1976
Average audience for serial: 10.95m

CAST

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

Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) Feb 1 1946 to Apr 19 2011 (pancreatic cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sarah Jane Smith in The Time Warrior (1973-74), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974), Death to the Daleks (1974), The Monster of Peladon (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974), Robot (1974-75), The Ark in Space (1975), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Revenge of the Cybermen (1975), Terror of the Zygons (1975), Planet of Evil (1975), Pyramids of Mars (1975), The Android Invasion (1975), The Brain of Morbius (1976), The Seeds of Doom (1976), The Masque of Mandragora (1976), The Hand of Fear (1976), K9 & Company (1981), The Five Doctors (1983), Dimensions in Time (1993), School Reunion (2006), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Eye of the Gorgon (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy (2007), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Last Sontaran (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Day of the Clown (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mark of the Berserker (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mad Woman in the Attic (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Eternity Trap (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift (2009), The End of Time Part Two (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Vault of Secrets (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Lost in Time (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky (2011), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Curse of Clyde Langer (2011), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was (2011).
Elisabeth also played Sarah in the 1975 audio story Doctor Who and the Pescatons, two BBC Radio stories - The Paradise of Death (1993) and The Ghosts of N-Space (1996) - and the fan video production Downtime (1995), as well as reprising the role for various Big Finish audio plays.
Career highlights
Elisabeth's earliest (uncredited) role was in Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965), then Coronation Street (1970), Z Cars (1971/72), Doomwatch (1972), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973), Hickory House (1973), Merry-Go-Round (1977), Send in the Girls (1978), Take My Wife (1979), Silver Dream Racer (1980), In Loving Memory (1980), Name for the Day (1980), Gulliver in Lilliput (1982), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Alice in Wonderland (1986), The Bill (1989), Men of the World (1994), Peak Practice (1996) and Faith in the Future (1996).
Facts
She was married to actor Brian Miller, also a Doctor Who alumni. Elisabeth appeared alongside seven of the TV Doctors (Doctors 1-5 either during her own era or in The Five Doctors, plus the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in either 21st century Doctor Who or her own spin-off series). The Impossible Astronaut (2011) was dedicated to Elisabeth on its transmission, while a special programme entitled My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen aired on Children's BBC. BBC4 also repeated The Hand of Fear (1976) as a tribute.

Judith Paris (Female Eldrad) Born 1946
Career highlights
Judith made her debut in 1965's Seaside Swingers as a member of the Gillian Lynne Dancers, then worked on Dante's Inferno (1967, as Lizzie Siddall), Dance of the Seven Veils (1970), The Devils (1971), The Squirrels (1976), Take Three Women (1982), The Happy Apple (1983), High Street Blues (1989), CAB (1989), Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1990), Lovejoy (1992), Lady Chatterley (1993), A Dance to the Music of Time (1997), Lady Audley's Secret (2000), The Phantom of the Opera (2004) and Doctors (2005).
Facts
She is a long-time collaborator with film-maker Ken Russell. In 2011 Judith wrote and appeared in a one-woman play about the life of Madame Tussaud.

Stephen Thorne (Kastrian Eldrad)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Azal in The Daemons (1971)
Played: Omega in The Three Doctors (1972-73)
Played: Ogron in Frontier in Space (1973)
Played: Eldrad (Kastrian version) in The Hand of Fear (1976)
Career highlights
Stephen's earliest role was in Jezebel ex UK (1963), followed by Z Cars (1971), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), Crossroads (1978-79), Death of an Expert Witness (1983), David Copperfield (1986), EastEnders (1991), Madison (1993), Shakespeare: the Animated Tales (1992/94) and Last of the Summer Wine (2006). Stephen's voice can also be heard narrating numerous Fred Dibnah documentary series, and playing Aslan in the 1979 animation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He is a prolific radio actor and audiobook narrator.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Stephen here.

Rex Robinson (Dr Carter) Feb 16 1926 to Apr 13 2015
Doctor Who credits
Played: Dr Tyler in The Three Doctors (1972-73)
Played: Gebek in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Played: Dr Carter in The Hand of Fear (1976)
Career highlights
Debuting in The Merry Wives of Windsor (1955), Rex's other work includes Champion Road (1958), The Big Pull (1962), The Trial and Torture of Sir John Rampayne (1965), Mrs Thursday (1967), Brett (1971), Warship (1973), Six Days of Justice (1973-75), Within These Walls (1978), Terry and June (1980), Just Good Friends (1984), Superman IV (1987), Bread (1987) and Shadow of the Noose (1989).
Facts
Rex was married to his The Three Doctors co-star Patricia Prior.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Rex, and his wife Patricia Prior, here.

Renu Setna (Intern)
Career highlights
Pakistani Renu is a prolific and instantly recognisable face on British TV. Debuting in The Mind Benders in 1963, he subsequently appeared in The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), Rainbow City (1967), The Misfit (1970), Doomwatch (1972), The Edwardians (1972), Marked Personal (1974), Look and Read: Cloud Burst (1974), I, Claudius (1976), Crossroads (1977), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1978), Are You Being Served? (1979), Open All Hours (1981), It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974-81), Only Fools and Horses (1981), Moonlighting (1982), Up the Elephant and Round the Castle (1985), Running Scared (1986), In Sickness and in Health (1986-87, as shopkeeper Mr Kittel), Stay Lucky (1993), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), The Calcium Kid (2004), Banglatown Banquet (2006), No Angels (2006), Silent Witness (2007), K (2009), Vera (2011) and The Interceptor (2015).
Facts
He was building houses as a manual labourer in the early 1950s, but then won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1960. He has played in Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Calcutta, Hyderabad and Bangalore. He is an authority and seasoned performer of Khalil Gibran's The Prophet. In the 1970s he ran his own yoga classes in London.

Roy Skelton (King Rokon) 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)
Career highlights
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.

David Purcell (Abbott)
Career highlights
David debuted in Doomwatch (1971), and then appeared in The Main Chance (1972), The Brothers (1974/75), Circus (1975), The New Avengers (1976), Kids (1979), Bless Me Father (1981), Educating Marmalade (1982), The Cleopatras (1983), Loose Connections (1985) and Watch Me (1995).
Facts
In later years David worked as a solicitor advocate and part-time judge.

Glyn Houston (Professor Watson) Born Oct 23 1926
Doctor Who credits
Played: Professor Watson in The Hand of Fear (1976)
Played: Colonel Wolsey in The Awakening (1984)
Career highlights
Glyn's first work was uncredited in The Blue Lamp (1950), after which he appeared in Wide Boy (1952), The Cruel Sea (1953), The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954), Colonel March of Scotland Yard (1956), The Bulldog Breed (1960), How Green was My Valley (1960), Mill of Secrets (1960), Deadline Midnight (1961), Panic (1963), Taxi! (1964), The Secret of Blood Island (1964), Girl in a Black Bikini (1967), Softly Softly (1966-69, as DS Arthur Jones), Paul Temple (1969), The Befrienders (1972), The Long Chase (1972), Reg Varney (1973), My Name is Harry Worth (1974), Nigel Kneale's Beasts (1976), The XYY Man (1977), A Horseman Riding By (1978), It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1980), The Jim Davidson Show (1982), Inspector Morse (1988), After Henry (1990), Troublemakers (1990), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1993) and The Beach Inspector (1996). He also had a regular role as Duncan Thomas in Keep It in the Family (1980-83).
Facts
His brother was fellow actor Donald Houston. Glyn had the "honour" of officially opening the new pedestrianisation scheme in his Welsh hometown of Tonypandy in 2000. That same year he unveiled a memorial to the thousands of miners who lost their lives in the mines of South Wales at Rhondda Heritage Park. His wife is actress and former model Shirley Lawrence.

Roy Pattison (Zazzka) Dec 4 1926 to Sep 20 1997
Doctor Who credits
Played: Draconian space pilot in Frontier in Space (1973)
Played: Zazzka in The Hand of Fear (1976)
Career highlights
Roy's first role was in Street Scene (1959), then Dr Finlay's Casebook (1962), Battle Beneath the Earth (1967), The Borderers (1970), Colditz (1972), Oh, Father! (1973), The Stars Look Down (1975), Edward and Mrs Simpson (1978), The Mallens (1979), Andy Robson (1983), Return to Treasure Island (1986), Crocodile Shoes (1994) and The Bill (1995).

Roy Boyd (Driscoll) Born Aug 18 1938
Career highlights
Roy's earliest role was in Dr Finlay's Casebook (1963), followed by The Fiction Makers (1968), The Saint (1968), The Borderers (1970), The Regiment (1972), Mandog (1972), The Wicker Man (1973), Emmerdale Farm (1974), The Omen (1976), The New Avengers (1976), Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Devil's Crown (1978), Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1980), Scarf Jack (1981), Blake's 7 (1981), The Fourth Arm (1983), Chocky's Challenge (1986), Knights of God (1987), The Silver Chair (1990), Natural Lies (1992), Asylum (2005) and New Tricks (2010).

Frances Pidgeon (Miss Jackson) Jul 16 1930 to Dec 21 2015
Doctor Who credits
Played: Handmaiden in The Monster of Peladon (1974, uncredited)
Played: Miss Jackson in The Hand of Fear (1976)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was one of dancer Frances's final credits, having previously appeared in This is Bobby Darin (1960), Up Jumped a Swagman (1965), Three of a Kind (1967), Doomwatch (1971-72), The Brothers (1975), Within These Walls (1975) and Quiller (1975). She also choreographed dance routines for the screen, such as a 1976 episode of sitcom Are You Being Served?
Facts
Frances, who was married to The Hand of Fear director Lennie Mayne, was also a member of the all-girl dancing octet The Visionettes. In March 1956 Frances was photographed as part of a set of photos by film-maker Ken Russell, called Penny Farthing Girl

John Cannon (Elgin)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Miner in The Monster of Peladon (1974, uncredited)
Played: Elgin in The Hand of Fear (1976)
Played: Passer-by in The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977, uncredited)
Played: Trog in Underworld (1978, uncredited)
Played: Technician in The Pirate Planet (1978, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Armageddon Factor (1979, uncredited), The Creature from the Pit (1979, uncredited)
Played: Extra in Time-Flight (1982, uncredited)
Played: Striker's helmsman in Enlightenment (1983, uncredited)
Played: Servant in The King's Demons (1983, uncredited)
Career highlights
His other work includes The Onedin Line (1972), Frenzy (1972), Moonbase 3 (1973), When the Boat Comes In (1976), Secret Army (1977-78), Blake's 7 (1978-80), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Beau Geste (1982), Classic Ghost Stories (1986) and Out of Town (1988).

Robin Hargrave (Guard)
This is Robin's only acting credit.

CREW

Bob Baker (writer) Born Jul 26 1939
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Claws of Axos (1971), The Mutants (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), The Hand of Fear (1976), The Invisible Enemy (1977), Underworld (1978), The Armageddon Factor (1979), Nightmare of Eden (1979)
Career highlights
With writing partner Dave Martin, Bob wrote eight Doctor Who serials, and a ninth on his own. Bob's writing career began with Doctor Who, followed by stints on Thick as Thieves (1971), Pretenders (1972), Arthur of the Britons (1972), Z Cars (1974), Public Eye (1975), Sky (1976), Machinegunner (1976), King of the Castle (1977), Follow Me (1977), Scorpion Tales (1978), Target (1977-78), Shoestring (1979), Into the Labyrinth (1981-82), Jangles (1982), Bergerac (1981/83), Call Me Mister (1986), Succubus (1987), The Jazz Detective (1992), Kipper (1997) and The Mysti Show (2004). As co-creator of the Doctor's robot dog K9, Bob was also series producer and one of the writers of the 2009 spin-off series K9. In recent years he has enjoyed international success as writer of the Wallace and Gromit Aardman animations, including The Wrong Trousers (1993), A Close Shave (1995), The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008, for which he won a BAFTA and an Alexander Korda Award) and Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention (2010, which he also produced). Bob also acted as script editor on Pretenders, Shoestring, Jangles, Into the Labyrinth, Call Me Mister and Peace One Day (2004), and was producer on Function Room (2004).
Facts
The character of Baker Bob in A Matter of Loaf and death is named after Bob. Bob also helped create some of the animations for the BBC children's series Vision On in the late 1960s.
In 2017 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Bob here.

Dave Martin (writer) Jan 1 1935 to Mar 30 2007 (lung cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Claws of Axos (1971), The Mutants (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), The Hand of Fear (1976), The Invisible Enemy (1977), Underworld (1978), The Armageddon Factor (1979)
Career highlights
With writing partner Bob Baker, Dave wrote eight Doctor Who serials. Dave's writing career began with Doctor Who, followed by stints on Thick as Thieves (1971), Pretenders (1972), Arthur of the Britons (1972), Z Cars (1974), Late Night Drama (1974), Public Eye (1975), Sky (1976), Machinegunner (1976), King of the Castle (1977), Follow Me (1977), Scorpion Tales (1978), Target (1977-78), Into the Labyrinth (1981-82) and Succubus (1987). He was also story editor, along with Bob Baker, on Pretenders. Dave also wrote a 1986 Doctor Who choose your own adventure book, entitled Search for the Doctor, featuring several of his previous inventions, including K9, Omega and Drax.
Facts
His second wife Celia was the daughter of prolific TV script writer Denis Constanduros.

Lennie Mayne (director) Nov 8 1927 to May 20 1977 (drowned)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Curse of Peladon (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Monster of Peladon (1974), The Hand of Fear (1976)
Career highlights
Lennie also directed series such as The First Lady (1969), The Borderers (1970), The Troubleshooters (1969-70), Doomwatch (1971-72), Warship (1973), The Brothers (1974-75) and The Onedin Line (1976-77).
Facts
Australian Lennie, who was married to actress Frances Pidgeon (who appeared in The Hand of Fear), started out as a dancer and choreographer before going into direction, and was a credited performer on 1960's Dial for Music. He was tragically drowned in a boating accident soon after finishing The Hand of Fear, when a dinghy he was using on the English Channel with two other yachtsmen (one of whom was actor Ian McCulloch, who was in Warriors of the Deep (1984)) was capsized by a freak wave, and the search-and-rescue team were unable to find him. It is his whistling you can hear in Sarah Jane actress Elisabeth Sladen's final scene in The Hand of Fear, as Sladen couldn't whistle.

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

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

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