Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The Masque of Mandragora

Hieronymous (Norman Jones)
worships Mandragora
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four
First broadcast Sep 4 to 25 1976
Average audience for serial: 9.48m


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.
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).
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.

Jon Laurimore (Count Federico)
Career highlights
Debuted in Julius Caesar (1959), followed by roles in Echo Four Two (1961), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling in 1964, Orlando (1966), The Prisoner (1967), Gazette (1968), Spindoe (1968), Die Screaming Marianne (1971), Spy Trap (1972), Warship (1973), Space: 1999 (1975), My Old Man (1974-75), I, Claudius (1976), Emmerdale Farm (1976), Stigma (1977), Crossroads (1977-78), Smuggler (1981), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), Minder (1985), Jack the Ripper (1988), Frankenstein (1992), Dalziel and Pascoe (1996), Deceit (2000), Casualty (1987/2001/2004) and Wallander (2008).

Norman Jones (Hieronymous) Jun 16 1932 to Apr 23 2013 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Khrisong in The Abominable Snowmen (1967)
Played: Major Baker in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Hieronymous in The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Career highlights
Norman's earliest role was in an episode of Out of This World (1962), followed by Crossroads (1964), You Only Live Twice (1967), Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971), All Our Saturdays (1973), South Riding (1974), The XYY Man (1977), Thomas and Sarah (1979), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), The Borgias (1981), Jemima Shore Investigates (1983), Angels (1983), Boon (1986), Inspector Morse (1987) and The Assassinator (1992). He regularly played Adam Charlton in Andy Robson (1982-83).

Antony Carrick (Captain Rossini) Born 1932
Career highlights
Antony made his first appearance in The Black Arrow in 1958, after which he took roles in Dan, Dan, the Charity Man (1965), Nelson: A Study in Miniature (1966), Mr Rose (1967), Colditz (1973), The Pallisers (1974), Killers (1976), Dickens of London (1976), Jabberwocky (1977), The Devil's Crown (1978), Grange Hill (1979), Hammer House of Horror (1980), The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981), The Brack Report (1982), The Cleopatras (1983), The Monocled Mutineer (1986), The Living Daylights (1987), The Return of Shelley (1988), Spender (1993), Frontiers (1996), Crime Traveller (1997), Dark Realm (2001), What a Girl Wants (2003), Rosemary and Thyme (2003), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Casualty (2007), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) and Holby City (2010). He also had a regular role as Bill Pritchard in sitcoms Yes, Minister (1980-82) and Yes, Prime Minister (1987-88).

Gareth Armstrong (Giuliano) Born Jun 25 1948
Career highlights
Shakespearean actor, playwright and director Gareth debuted in Heil Caesar! (1973), then appeared in Z Cars (1974), Blake's 7 (1979), The Professionals (1980), Hammer House of Horror (1980), Terry and June (1983), Mitch (1984), A Gentleman's Club (1988), One Foot in the Grave (1990), Tracey Ullman: A Class Act (1992), Birds of a Feather (1993), EastEnders (1998) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2011). He also provided the voice for Sandy in the 1978 English language adaptations of the Japanese series Monkey.
Talented Gareth is also an acting teacher and examiner, particularly in the field of Shakespearean theatre, and was founder of the Made in Wales Theatre Company.

Tim Pigott-Smith (Marco) May 13 1946 to Apr 7 2017 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Captain Harker in The Claws of Axos (1971)
Played: Marco in The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Tim's first TV job. Further credits include Boswell's Life of Johnson (1971), The Regiment (1972), North and South (1975), The Lost Boys (1978), Hannah (1980), Clash of the Titans (1981), I Remember Nelson (1982), Struggle (1983-84), The Jewel in the Crown (1984, as Ronald Merrick), The Challenge (1986), The Remains of the Day (1993), Dr Terrible's House of Horrible (2001), Kavanagh QC (2001), Spooks (2002), Gangs of New York (2002), Johnny English (2003), Alexander (2004), V for Vendetta (2005), Normal for Norfolk (2006), Holby Blue (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), Alice in Wonderland (2010), The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2011/13), The Hour (2011), Downton Abbey (2012), The Bletchley Circle (2014), 37 Days (2014), Houdini (2014), Jupiter Ascending (2015), Lewis (2015), Decline and Fall (2017), King Charles III (2017) and Victoria and Abdul (2017). He regularly played John Stafford in The Chief (1990-93) and Frank Vickers in The Vice (2001-03).
1985: BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor (The Jewel in the Crown)
Tim graduated from the University of Bristol and frequently lectured at its drama department. Tim's voice was often heard on programme voiceovers and audiobooks. His wife was actress Pamela Miles, and his son Tom is a concert solo violinist.

Robert James (High priest) Mar 28 1924 to Jul 31 2004 (Alzheimer's disease)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Lesterson in The Power of the Daleks (1966)
Played: High priest in The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Career highlights
Trained lawyer Robert's extensive career began in Robert's Wife (1955), then Around the World in 80 Days (1956), All Aboard (1959), Two Way Stretch (1960), Silent Evidence (1962), five episodes of The Avengers (1961-68), Smuggler's Bay (1964), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1965), The Love Bug (1968), Sinister Street (1969), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), The Borderers (1970), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974), Sutherland's Law (1973-74, as Hamish McNab), Steptoe and Son (1974), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Mackinnons (1977), Blake's 7 (1978), Doom Castle (1980), Nanny (1982), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), The Return of the Antelope (1986), Century Falls (1993), Cold Comfort Farm (1995), The Crow Road (1996), Looking After JoJo (1998) and Existo (1999). He also had a regular role as James Gibson in Dr Finlay's Casebook (1962-69).
Robert's wife was fellow actor Mona Bruce.

Brian Ellis (Brother) Born Jul 21 1937
Doctor Who credits
Played: Prisoner in The Sontaran Experiment (1975)
Played: Brother in The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Career highlights
Brian's debut came in Z Cars (1969), then The Challengers (1972) and Marked Personal (1974).

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

James Appleby (Guard) Jan 21 1932 to Apr 1992
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guard in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966, uncredited), The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Played: Policeman in The Faceless Ones (1967)
Career highlights
James debuted in An Enemy of the State (1965), then The Troubleshooters (1967/68), Hine (1971), My Name is Harry Worth (1974),  Fawlty Towers (1975), Our Mutual Friend (1976), Bless This House (1972/73/74/76), Shoestring (1979), Potter (1983), Bluebell (1986), and The Countess Alice (1993).
He was awarded the Military Medal in 1952 for gallant and distinguished service in Malaya the previous year.

John Clamp (Guard)
Career highlights
John's only other credits were in Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Blake's 7 (1980) and Morons from Outer Space (1985).

Peter Walshe (Pikeman) Born May 10 1948
Doctor Who credits
Played: Erak in The Sontaran Experiment (1975)
Played: Pikeman in The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Career highlights
Peter's other work includes New Scotland Yard (1974), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Z Cars (1978) and Winterspelt (1979).

Jay Neill (Pikeman) May 21 1932 to Jun 14 2006
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guard in The Enemy of the World (1967-68, uncredited)
Played: Policeman in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Pikeman in The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Played: Silvey in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Played: Klimt in Underworld (1978)
Career highlights
Jay's career began in Softly Softly (1968), then The First Lady (1969), Trial (1971), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973), Not on Your Nellie (1975), Fawlty Towers (1975), The Emigrants (1976), Edward and Mrs Simpson (1978), The Dick Emery Show (1979), Yes, Minister (1981), Terry and June (1982), Sorry! (1985) and Kit Curran (1986).
Between 1958-63 Jay was a member of the Dior Dancers variety act, which specialised in apache/ adagio aerobatic dance and reached great success, including in Las Vegas and at the 1960 Royal Variety Performance.

Peter Tuddenham (Mandragora Helix Titan voice) Nov 27 1918 to Jul 9 2007
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)
Career highlights
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.

Peggy Dixon (Dancer) May 25 1921 to Jul 30 2005 (cancer)
Peggy was a celebrated choreographer of early dance and poetry, and helped found the Nonsuch History and Dance educational charity in the 1960s. Her work also included choreography for Opera Restor'd. For some time she also taught at the Drama Studio London in Ealing. A tree was planted in Peggy's honour in May 2006 at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park near Morley College, London. Her other screen choreography work included Dragonslayer (1981).

Alistair Fullarton (Dancer) Dec 16 1950 to Dec 25 1988
Career highlights
Alistair was a professional puppeteer, and a pioneer of the art form in the 1960s and 70s, also working on children's series Button Moon (1980) and for Jim Henson on Labyrinth (1986) and The Storyteller (1988). He also operated the David Steel puppet for the series Spitting Image.

Michael Reid (Dancer)
Michael also performed in Back to School in 1986 as part of the Twist and Shout Band.

Jack Edwards (Dancer) May 28 1937 to Mar 1 2015
Jack, a member of the Nonsuch History and Dance charity, was trained by mentor Peggy Dixon (see above). Former tailor Jack later lectured on the subject of Medieval dance and costume, and co-founded Opera Restor'd, which revived pre-18th century operas.

Kathy Wolff (Dancer) Born Jul 14 1938
This is Kathy's only screen credit.

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


Louis Marks (writer) Mar 23 1928 to Sep 17 2010
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Planet of Giants (1964), Day of the Daleks (1972), Planet of Evil (1975), The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Career highlights
Louis's writing career began with Skyport (1959-60), followed by duties on The Four Just Men (1960), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1958-60), Ghost Squad (1963), Danger Man (1964), No Hiding Place (1966), Doomwatch (1971-72), Bedtime Stories (1974) and Silas Marner (1985). He was also a prolific script editor - working on The Four Just Men (1959), No Hiding Place (1965-66), No Exit (1972), The Stone Tape (1972), Orde Wingate (1976), Brensham People (1976) and Premiere (1977) - and producer on programmes such as Centre Play (1974-77), The Lost Boys (1978), Baal (1982), Time and the Conways (1985), Thunder Rock (1985), Precious Bane (1989), The Trial (1993), Middlemarch (1994), Plotlands (1997) and Daniel Deronda (2002).
In 1955 Louis founded the magazine Books and Bookmen, aimed at authors, illustrators and avid readers, which was published until 1980. Oxford University graduate Louis started out as a history teacher at a boarding school before moving into TV production, and after retiring in 2002 ran a B&B with his wife Sonia.

Rodney Bennett (director) Mar 24 1935 to Jan 3 2017
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Ark in Space (1975), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Career highlights
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)
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.
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.
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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