Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Pirate Planet

The Pirate Captain (Bruce Purchase)
ponders his next dastardly move
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Sep 30 to Oct 21 1978
Average audience for serial: 8.28m
  • A pictorial guide to the guest cast is at the bottom of this entry
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.

Mary Tamm (Romana) Mar 22 1950 to Jul 26 2012 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Romana in The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, The Armageddon Factor (1978-79)
Career highlights
Mary's earliest TV was Hunter's Walk (1973), followed by The Donati Conspiracy (1973), Tales That Witness Madness (1973), Coronation Street (1973/2002), A Raging Calm (1974), The Odessa File (1974), The Girls of Slender Means (1975), The Likely Lads (1976), Return of the Saint (1978), Only When I Laugh (1981), Jane Eyre (1983), Bergerac (1984), The Hello Goodbye Man (1984), Perfect Scoundrels (1991), Crime Traveller (1997), The New Adventures of Robin Hood (1997), Sorted (2000), Amazons and Gladiators (2001), Jonathan Creek (2001), Paradise Heights (2002), Twisted Tales (2005), Holby City (2006), Diamond Geezer (2007), Wire in the Blood (2008), Doghouse (2009) and EastEnders (2009). Mary had a regular role in soap Brookside (1993-96) as Penny Crosbie, and also played Jill Fraser in two series - The Assassination Run (1980) and The Treachery Game (1981). Mary reprised the role of Romana for Big Finish's audio plays from 2005.
Facts
Mary's first language was Estonian, and she didn't learn English until she started school in the 1950s. Tragically, Mary's husband Marcus Ringrose collapsed and died on August 7 2012, just hours after returning from his wife's funeral, and 12 days since Mary's death. Initial reports suggested a heart attack, but a post mortem could find no evidence of this - his heart had simply stopped beating (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome). He was sitting at his computer writing thank you letters to people who had passed on their condolences since Mary's passing. The double tragedy left their daughter Lauren, 32, and grandson Max, seven.

John Leeson (Voice of K-9) Born Mar 16 1943
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of K-9 in The Invisible Enemy (1977), The Sun Makers (1977), Underworld (1978), The Invasion of Time (1978), The Ribos Operation (1978), The Pirate Planet (1978), The Stones of Blood (1978), The Androids of Tara (1978), The Armageddon Factor (1979), The Leisure Hive (1980), Meglos (1980), Full Circle (1980), State of Decay (1980), Warriors' Gate (1981), The Five Doctors (1983), Dimensions in Time (1993), School Reunion (2006), Journey's End (2008).
John has also voiced K-9 in Doctor Who's spin-offs, including K9 & Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981), The Sarah Jane Adventures stories Invasion of the Bane (2006), The Lost Boy (2007), the Comic Relief special From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love (2009), The Mad Woman in the Attic (2009), The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (2009), Mona Lisa's Revenge (2009), The Gift (2009), The Nightmare Man (2010) and Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (2010), and the K9 TV series stories Regeneration, Liberation, The Korven The Bounty Hunter, Siren of Ceres, Fear Itself, The Fall of the House of Gryffen, Jaws of Orthrus, Dream-eaters, Curse of Anubis, Oroborus, Alien Avatar, Aeolian, The Last Oak Tree in England, Black Hunger, The Cambridge Spy, Lost Library of UKKO, Mutant Copper, The Custodians, Taphony and the Time Loop, Robot Gladiators, Mind Snap, Angel of the North, The Last Precinct, Hound of the Korven, Eclipse of the Korven (2009-10). John has also voiced K9 in Search Out Space (1991), the BBC1 animated audio Shada (2003), on various episodes of Blue Peter (1977/2006), The Weakest Link (2007), Comic Relief (2009), Pointless (2013) and Stargazing Live: Back to Earth (2013-14), as well as in Big Finish audios since 2003.
Played: Voice of the Nucleus of the Swarm in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Played: Dugeen in The Power of Kroll (1978-79)
Played: Voice of the Dalek battle computer in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Career highlights
John's acting career began with The Spanish Farm in 1968, followed by roles in Dad's Army (1969), My Wife Next Door (1972), Headmaster (1977), Jigsaw (1979), Tarka the Otter (1979), Blake's 7 (1978/79), Sorry! (1981), Tucker's Luck (1985), Whoops Apocalypse (1986), 'Allo 'Allo (1989), The Bill (1993), Bugs (1995), Vanity Fair (1998), Doctors (2001), ChuckleVision (2007) and Rebels Without a Clue (2009). He also voiced Bungle in 50 episodes of children's programme Rainbow in the 1970s.
Facts
In the 70s John was a question writer for quiz show Mastermind. He is also a good chef, having prepared period feasts for Agatha Christie's Poirot (1993), been a wine consultant to five-star restaurant staff, and was a serving magistrate in Ealing, and adviser on court etiquette and procedures to film and TV. In 2002 John stood (under his birth name of John Ducker) as a Liberal Democrat candidate in the Ealing Council elections for the Perivale constituency (he got 326 votes, finishing in last place unelected). He stood again in 2010, attracting 1,104 votes, finishing seventh out of nine. His wife is Judy Ducker, a property buyer on productions such as Hugo, Snow White and the Huntsman and Diana.

Bruce Purchase (Captain) Oct 2 1938 to Jun 5 2008 (cancer)
Career highlights
6ft 2in New Zealander Bruce first appeared in The Big Spender (1965), then The Paradise Makers (1967), The Flaxton Boys (1969), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), Doomwatch (1972), Alice Through the Looking Glass (1974, incidentally starring Nyssa actress Sarah Sutton as Alice), Fall of Eagles (1974), Clayhanger (1976), The New Avengers (1976), I, Claudius (1976), London Belongs To Me (1977), A Horseman Riding By (1978), Quatermass IV (1979), The Quiz Kid (1979), Blake's 7 (1979), Freud (1984), The Tripods (1985), Casanova (1987), Law and Disorder (1994), David (1997), Killer Net (1998), ChuckleVision (2000) and Another Life (2001).
Facts
Bruce was a founding actor-member of Sir Laurence Olivier's National Theatre. Bruce became seriously ill while touring with the production The Last Confession in 2007. Bruce was once declared bankrupt, and emerged from the hearing in court to encounter a tramp, to whom he confessed his difficult situation. He was so taken with the tramp's response - "Yes, it's happening to so many" - that he gave him the £6 in his pocket. Bruce was married for a time to New Zealand historical novelist Elspeth Sandys.

Andrew Robertson (Mr Fibuli) Born 1941
Career highlights
Andrew's first credit was in The Master of Ballantrae (1962), then The Likely Lads (1966), Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), The Rebellious Red Gauntlets (1970), Hold the Front Page (1974), Oil Strike North (1975), Blake's 7 (1979), Take the High Road (1980), One By One (1987), Colin's Sandwich (1988-90), KYTV (1992), The Blackheath Poisonings (1992), The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (1995), Rab C Nesbitt (1996), The Creatives (1998), Gimme Gimme Gimme (2000) and Anybody's Nightmare (2001).

Rosalind Lloyd (Nurse)
Career highlights
Debuted in Menace (1970), and then took roles in Wives and Daughters (1971), The Wild Geese (1978), A Question of Guilt (1980), Inseminoid (1981), Only Fools and Horses (1982), Bergerac (1984) and The Optimist (1985).
Facts
Rosalind is the daughter of film producer Euan Lloyd and actress Jane Hylton, who sadly died of a heart attack four months after The Pirate Planet aired. Rosalind's stepfather was actor Peter Dyneley, the voice of Thunderbird Jeff Tracey. In the 1980s Rosalind appeared in an in-store promotional video for Hoover.

Ralph Michael (Balaton) Sep 26 1907 to Nov 9 1994
Career highlights
Ralph enjoyed a long career, beginning with False Evidence (1937), and then The Girl Who Forgot (1940), Gert and Daisy Clean Up (1943), They Came to a City (1944), Dead of Night (1945), Emma (1948), Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952), The Count of Monte Cristo (1956), A Night to Remember (1958), Date at Midnight (1959), The World of Tim Frazer (1960-61), It Happened Like This (1962-63), Children of the Damned (1963), The Heroes of Telemark (1965), Khartoum (1966), The Avengers (1969), Gazette (1968), Doctor in the House (1969-70), Doctor At Large (1971), Justice (1974), Hadleigh (1976), Rob Roy (1977), The Devil's Crown (1978), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), Kessler (1981), The Borgias (1981), Scarecrow and Mrs King (1984), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Empire of the Sun (1987), A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1990), Selling Hitler (1991), The Camomile Lawn (1992), Jeeves and Wooster (1990-93) and The All New Alexei Sayle Show (1994).
Facts
Ralph was married twice, to actresses Fay Compton and Joyce Heron.

David Sibley (Pralix) Born Jul 16 1948
Career highlights
David debuted in Survivors (1976), and has since gone on to appear in Wings (1977), Rooms (1977), A Family Affair (1979), Blake's 7 (1980), An Inspector Calls (1982), Gandhi (1982), Stars of the Roller Skate Disco (1984), Willow (1988), Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1989), The Manageress (1989-90), Middlemarch (1994), Princess Caraboo (1994), Frontiers (1996), Guest House Paradiso (1999), Attachments (2000), Fun at the Funeral Parlour (2001), Judge John Deed (2001), Trial and Retribution (2007), Land Girls (2009), New Tricks (2012), Utopia (2013), Broadchurch (2013) and Closed Circuit (2013).

David Warwick (Kimus) Born Jan 15 1948
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kimus in The Pirate Planet (1978)
Played: Police commissioner in Army of Ghosts (2006)
Career highlights
David debuted in Savage Messiah (1972), then Buggins' Ermine (1972), The Prince of Denmark (1974), The Glittering Prizes (1976), The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976, as son Mark Perrin), Ripping Yarns (1979), Shelley (1980), Dear John (1987), On the Up (1990), The Bill (1990), Peak Practice (1994), All About Me (2002) and EastEnders (2012).
Facts
David is the ex-partner of Doctor Who companion actress Louise Jameson.

Primi Townsend (Mula) Born Mar 2 1951
Career highlights
Primi's other credits include Harriet's Back in Town (1972), My Honourable Mrs (1975), Schizo (1976), 1990 (1978), Tycoon (1978), Blake's 7 (1980), Bergerac (1984), Lame Ducks (1984), Life Without George (1987) and Grange Hill (1991).

Clive Bennett (Citizen) Born Aug 10 1942
Clive's only other credit is Who Do You Do (1976).

Bernard Finch (Mentiad) Feb 11 1939 to Oct 15 1990
Career highlights
Debuting in The Spread of the Eagle (1963), Bernard's further credits include The Liars (1966), Blackmail (1966), Out of the Unknown (1969), The Regiment (1973), Tycoon (1978), Robin's Nest (1981), I Remember Nelson (1982), Lytton's Diary (1985) and The Bill (1989/90).

Adam Kurakin (Guard) Oct 21 1945 to Apr 8 1989
Career highlights
Debuted in The Mating Machine (1970), then Doomwatch (1970), Colditz (1974), Accident (1978), Enemy at the Door (1980) and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare (1982-84).

Vi Delmar (Old Xanxia) Sep 26 1902 to Nov 26 1994
Career highlights
Vi's other credits include No Hiding Place (1963), A Little Big Business (1965), Z Cars (1970), Within These Walls (1975/78) and Everyday Maths (1978). Vi, who was uncredited for her role, surely deserves recognition here if just for the fact she asked for extra payment to remove her false teeth in her scenes!

CREW

Douglas Adams (writer) Mar 11 1952 to May 11 2001 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Pirate Planet (1978), City of Death (1979, as David Agnew), Shada (1980, unbroadcast)
Script edited: Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada (1979-80)
Career highlights
Douglas is most famous for writing the BBC radio series The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy in 1978, which then became a series of books (1979-92), a TV series (1981), a film (2005), a stage play, a computer game and even a bath towel. Douglas's first TV writing was for Monty Python's Flying Circus (1974), followed by Out of the Trees (1976), Doctor on the Go (1977), Doctor Snuggles (1979), Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979) and Hyperland (1990). He also made appearances in front of the camera in Monty Python's Flying Circus, Out of the Trees, The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy and Rockstar (2000).
Facts
Douglas, who was heavily involved in computer technology, created the Digital Village/ h2g2, and inspired the online encyclopedia Babelfish. It was Douglas who popularised the now commonly accepted belief that 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything. He owned the first two Apple Macintosh computers ever in the UK. Douglas also wrote the Dirk Gently series of novels, and a short-lived TV series of the same name based on them was made by the BBC 2010/12. Further trivia... Douglas helped come up with the title for Pink Floyd's 1994 album The Division Bell... He was part of the team that originally founded the UK charity Comic Relief in 1985... There are asteroids named after both Douglas and his Hitch Hikers "hero" Arthurdent... Towel Day is celebrated every year on May 25 by fans as a tribute to Douglas, on which people carry a towel around with them all day because "a towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have", according to his multi-million selling book!

Pennant Roberts (director) Dec 15 1940 to Jun 22 2010 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Face of Evil (1977), The Sun Makers (1977), The Pirate Planet (1978), Shada (1980, unfinished), Warriors of the Deep (1984), Timelash (1985)
Career highlights
Pennant's directing career began with Doomwatch in 1972, followed by work on The Regiment (1973), Sutherland's Law (1974), Oil Strike North (1975), Survivors (1975-76), Blake's 7 (1978), The Onedin Line (1979), Juliet Bravo (1980), Tenko (1981), Cold Warriors (1984), Howards' Way (1985), The Snow Spider (1988, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Children's Drama), The Bubblegum Brigade (1989), Emlyn's Moon (1990), The Chestnut Soldier (1991), Crime Story (1992), Wycliffe (1993) and The Sherman Plays (1993-97). He also acted as producer on a handful of these latter series.
Facts
Pennant was also chairman of the Directors' and Producers' Rights Society (now Directors UK), vice-president of the Strasbourg European Film Forum, chair of Media Skills Wales, a governor of the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a board member of Sgrîn, the Welsh audiovisual media agency. He campaigned for many years for the rights of actors and directors to receive fees when programmes are repeated on television.

Graham Williams (producer) May 24 1945 to Aug 17 1990 (shooting incident)
Doctor Who credits
Produced: 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) (1977-80)
Wrote: The Invasion of Time (1978, as David Agnew), City of Death (1979, as David Agnew)
Career highlights
Graham wrote for Target (1977), was script editor on The View from Daniel Pike (1971-73), Sutherland's Law (1973), Barlow at Large (1975) and Z Cars (1975-77), and produced Super Gran (1986-87).
Facts
In 1985 Graham helped design the text computer game Doctor Who and the Warlord. In 1986 Graham pitched a script for Doctor Who's 23rd season, The Nightmare Fair, but when the programme was put on hiatus for 18 months, he eventually wrote the story as a novel in 1989. It was adapted as an audio adventure featuring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant in 2009. At the time of his death Graham was running the Hartnoll Hotel in Tiverton, Devon. It is commonly believed that Graham may have accidentally shot himself while cleaning his firearm, although there is another, unsubstantiated, rumour that he may have committed suicide.

Anthony Read (script editor) Apr 21 1935 to Nov 21 2015
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Image of the Fendahl (uncredited), The Sun Makers (uncredited), 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 (1977-79)
Wrote: The Invasion of Time (1978, as David Agnew), The Horns of Nimon (1979-80)
Career highlights
Anthony's writing career began with episodes of Detective in 1962, followed by stints on This Man Craig (1967), Sherlock Holmes (1967), Mogul (1966-70), The Black Arrow (1974-75), Z Cars (1976-77), The Omega Factor (1979), Into the Labyrinth (1980), Sapphire and Steel (1981), the Chocky trilogy (1984-86), The Chief (1995), Heartbeat (1998) and Revelations (2002-03). He also acted as script editor on many of these series, as well as Hammer House of Horror (1980), and was producer on Mogul, The Lotus Eaters (1972) and The Dragon's Opponent (1973).
Facts
In later years Anthony has become an author and historian, concentrating on World War Two, often teaming up with Doctor Who colleague David Fisher, as well as writing prose based on his 1980s series The Baker Street Boys.

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