Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Ribos Operation

The Doctor (Tom Baker) meets his new
assistant, Romanadvoratrelundar
(Mary Tamm)
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Sep 2 to 23 1978
Average audience for serial: 8.13m
  • 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.

Cyril Luckham (White Guardian) Jul 25 1907 to Feb 8 1989 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: White Guardian in The Ribos Operation (1978), Enlightenment (1983)
Career highlights
Cyril's earliest credit was in Query (1945), then The Poppenkast (1952), Immediate Disaster (1954), Out of the Clouds (1955), The End Begins (1956), How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1957), An Age of Kings (1960), Coronation Street (1960-61), Invasion Quartet (1961), Some People (1962), Billy Budd (1962), No Cloak No Dagger (1963), The Alphabet Murders (1965), The Forsyte Saga (1967), Angel Pavement (1967), Happy Deathday (1968), Ryan International (1970), The Guardians (1971), Scotch on the Rocks (1973), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973-74), The Venturers (1975), Return of the Saint (1979), The Omega Factor (1979), To Serve Them All My Days (1980-81), L for Lester (1982), The Barchester Chronicles (1982), Hallelujah! (1984), In Loving Memory (1986) and The Houseman's Tale (1987). Cyril also had a regular role as Charles Ashley in The Cedar Tree (1976-77).
Facts
Thomas Hardy fan Cyril was married to actress Violet Lamb, with whom he performed recitals at festivals and National Trust properties until his death.

Iain Cuthbertson (Garron) Jan 4 1930 to Sep 4 2009
Career highlights
Iain's screen debut came in 1960's Para Handy - Master Mariner, after which he turned up in the likes of Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), The Avengers (1969), Department S (1970), The Railway Children (1970), Tom Brown's Schooldays (1971), The Chastity Belt (1971), The Stone Tape (1972), Scotch on the Rocks (1973), Caesar and Cleopatra (1976), Children of the Stones (1977), Survivors (1977), The Standard (1978), Danger UXB (1979), The Walls of Jericho (1981), Vice Versa (1981), The Assam Garden (1985), Bulman (1987), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), Scandal (1989), Rab C Nesbitt (1988/90/92), Seaforth (1994), The Tales of Para Handy (1995), The Baldy Man (1997), Brotherly Love (2000) and Strictly Sinatra (2001). He is indelibly linked with the roles of Charlie Endell in both Budgie (1971-72) and Charles Endell Esq (1979-80), as well as John Sutherland in Sutherland's Law (1973-76). He also had a regular role as Sir Walter Ker of Cessford in The Borderers (1968-70) and baddie Scunner Campbell in Super Gran (1985-87).
Facts
Iain suffered a serious stoke in January 1982, leaving him with speech loss and partial paralysis, and which led to him giving up stage acting. But after an 18-month recovery period he returned to TV acting as he had the opportunity of multiple takes which were not possible on stage. His first wife was actress Anne Kristen. As associate director of the Royal Court in 1965, Iain had been cautioned by the police for staging Edward Bond's Saved, with its notorious scene of a baby being stoned in a pram. His support of the play led to pressure for the 1968 Theatres Act and the abolition of stage censorship. Iain's father was medical researcher and nutritionist Sir David Cuthbertson, in whose name the annual Cuthbertson Medal is awarded to promising young scientists, and the annual Sir David Cuthbertson lectures are held at the Nutrition Society's Winter Meeting.

Nigel Plaskitt (Unstoffe) Born Jul 27 1950
Career highlights
Nigel's acting career began with Warship in 1976, after which he took roles in Spy Story (1976), Young at Heart (1981), The Cleopatras (1983) and The Pickwick Papers (1985). However, he has been most successful as a puppeteer, working on the likes of Pipkins (1973-81), Spitting Image in the 1980s, Labyrinth (1986), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Potamus Park (1997), Lost in Space (1998), Mopatop's Shop (2000), The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Bunnytown (2007), That Puppet Game Show (2013-14) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014), as well as providing various voices for the animated Captain Scarlet (2005) and puppeteering for TV commercials such as the ITV Digital/ PG Tips Monkey.
Facts
Nigel is also the consultant for many touring live shows involving puppets, including Peppa Pig and Avenue Q. He might also be remembered playing Malcolm in a series of TV commercials for Vicks Sinex nasal spray in the 1980s.

Paul Seed (Graff Vynda-K) Born Sep 18 1947
Career highlights
Paul started out as an actor but later went into directing. His other acting credits include Doomwatch (1972), The Double Dealers (1974), Survivors (1977), The Human Factor (1979), Escape (1980) and Tales of the Unexpected (1982), after which he moved behind the camera on productions such as Belles (1983), The Man from Moscow (1985), Fighting Back (1986), House of Cards (1990), To Play the King (1993), Have Your Cake and Eat It (1997), Murder Rooms (2000), Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (2002), New Tricks (2004), Lark Rise to Candleford (2010), Just William (2010), Blandings (2013) and Doc Martin (2011-13).
Facts
Paul is married to actress Elizabeth Cassidy. Here he is, on Twitter!

Robert Keegan (Sholakh) Dec 3 1924 to Jan 16 1988
Career highlights
Robert's earliest screen role was also the one he enjoyed most exposure with, playing Sergeant Bob Blackitt in over 100 episodes of Z Cars (1962-65) and then in Softly Softly (1966-67). After leaving the police franchise in May 1967, Robert found work in Julius Caesar (1970), All the Right Noises (1971), Straw Dogs (1971), Frenzy (1972), Endless Night (1972), Lizzie Dripping (1973), A Little Bit of Wisdom (1976), The Children of the New Forest (1977), Airline (1982), A Kind of Loving (1982), Crown Court (1983), Brookside (1985) and Business As Usual (1988). He also had two other regular roles, as Horace Harris in sitcom Beryl's Lot (1973-77) and Maurice Froggitt in Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt (1976-77).

Prentis Hancock (Captain) Born May 14 1942
Doctor Who credits
Played: Second reporter in Spearhead from Space (1970)
Played: Vaber in Planet of the Daleks (1973)
Played: Salamar in Planet of Evil (1975)
Played: Captain in The Ribos Operation (1978)
Career highlights
Prentis debuted in Dr Finlay's Casebook (1969), then became prolific in the 1970s in series such as The Last of the Mohicans (1971), Z Cars (1971), The Shadow of the Tower (1972), Colditz (1973), The Protectors (1973), Life and Death of Penelope (1976), The New Avengers (1976), Survivors (1977), Return of the Saint (1979) and Secret Army (1979), followed by roles in Fox (1980), The House on the Hill (1981), Kim (1984), Defence of the Realm (1986), Bergerac (1989), Bodyguards (1997), CI5: The New Professionals (1999) and Outlander (2014). He may also be recognised as Lieutenant Saunders in Spy Trap (1972-73), Paul Morrow in Space: 1999 (1975-76) and Arnold Meyer in Chocky's Children (1985) and Chocky's Challenge (1986).
Facts
In 2010 Prentis wrote a children's book called Hotshot - A Chilling Tale.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Prentis here.

Oliver Maguire (Shrieve) Died Jan 10 2012
Career highlights
Oliver's earliest work was in The Sugar Cubes (1966), followed by Paul Temple (1971), The Fenn Street Gang (1971), Father Brown (1974), Hennessy (1975), The Ash Tree (1975), The XYY Man (1977), The Tomorrow People (1979), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Educating Rita (1983), Cover Her face (1985), Hidden Agenda (1990), In the Name of the Father (1993), The Hanging Gale (1995), Ballykissangel (1996), The Boxer (1997), Angela's Ashes (1999), Bloody Sunday (2002), Omagh (2004) and Pure Mule (2005).

John Hamill (Shrieve) Born May 3 1947
Career highlights
John's other work includes A Dandy in Aspic (1968), The Beast in the Cellar (1970), Trog (1970), The Shadow of the Tower (1972), Horror on Snape Island (1972), The National Health (1973), Crossroads (1973), Space: 1999 (1975), Under the Bed (1977), The Professionals (1978) and Black Sun (1978).
Facts
John left acting in the late 1970s as he wasn't making enough money, and opened his own pine furniture shop. One of the ways he tried to make a living acting in the 1970s was the ubiquitous sex movie, one of which he tried to direct and star in himself - Doing the Best I Can (1975) - which he never finished, but the making of which was chronicled in the Man Alive documentary Xploitation (interestingly, in 1995, David McGillivray claimed the Man Alive documentary was mostly a "pack of lies"). Years later, John said: "The sex movies ruined my career. But you know how it is, I was out of work, the birds were smashing, and I've always been a born flasher". As a "born flasher", he was referring to his earlier career in the 1960s as a physique model and bodybuilder (one of the first to pose nude in the UK), appearing on the cover of various beefcake publications and in 8mm "posing strap" films (here's one example of him stripping out of a leather/ PVC outfit). He also appeared in both straight and gay pornographic movies. Here he is shirtless and nude.

Timothy Bateson (Binro) Apr 3 1926 to Sep 16 2009
Career highlights
The enormously prolific Timothy's earliest screen credit was in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby in 1947, after which he appeared in The Outsider (1948), White Corridors (1951), Richard III (1955), The Adventures of Peter Simple (1957), Mother Courage and Her Children (1959), The Mouse That Roared (1959), The Girl on the Boat (1961), The Unstoppable Man (1961), No Place Like Homicide! (1961), Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! (1962), Crooks Anonymous (1962), Nightmare (1964), The Knack... and How to Get It (1965), Champion House (1967), Torture Garden (1967), The Anniversary (1968), Twisted Nerve (1968), The Italian Job (1969), Shine a Light (1970), Both Ends Meet (1972), The Dick Emery Show (1976), All Creatures Great and Small (1978), Famous Five (1978-79), Chintz (1981), Grange Hill (1980-82), Ever Decreasing Circles (1984), Chelmsford 123 (1988), Morris Minor's Marvellous Motors (1989), 2Point4 Children (1992), Zorro (1990-93), Paul Merton's Life of Comedy (1995), Neverwhere (1996), Les Miserables (1998), Relic Hunter (2001), Barbara (2002), Midsomer Murders (1998-99/2005), My Hero (2006), Hogfather (2006) and Kreacher in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
Facts
Timothy's father was prestigious solicitor Sir Dingwall "Dingo" Latham Bateson, sometime financial advisor to Noel Coward, while his mother's father was composer Walter Galpin Alcock, who had the distinction of playing the organ at the coronation of three British monarchs (Edward VII, George V and George VI). Timothy's wife was actress Sheila Shand Gibbs.

Anne Tirard (The Seeker) Jun 5 1917 to Aug 12 2003
Doctor Who credits
Played: Locusta in The Romans (1965)
Played: The Seeker in The Ribos Operation (1978)
Career highlights
Anne's earliest credit was on Nathaniel Titlark (1957), then Violent Playground (1958), Emergency Ward 10 (1960), The Avengers (1961), Let's Go Out (1965), Witchfinder General (1968), Rogues' Gallery (1969), Jane Eyre (1973), Crossroads (1966-67), Within These Walls (1976-78), Schalcken the Painter (1979), Moonlighting (1982), The Witches (1990) and Devil's Advocate (1995).
Facts
Anne was married to actor William Lyon-Brown.

CREW

Robert Holmes (writer) 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.

George Spenton-Foster (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Image of the Fendahl (1977), The Ribos Operation (1978)
Career highlights
After starting out as a call boy on The Quatermass Experiment in 1953, George's directing CV begins with Dr Finlay's Casebook in 1963, and also includes Londoners (1965), Out of the Unknown (1965/66), Paul Temple (1971), The Brothers (1972), Survivors (1977), Blake's 7 (1979) and Cribb (1981). George also acted as associate producer on the sci-fi anthology series Out of the Unknown between 1965-67, and produced Boy Meets Girl (1967), Thirty-Minute Theatre (1967-68) and The Link Men (1970).
Facts
It is believed George has died, thought to be through alcoholism.

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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2 comments:

  1. I wonder if research will be able to uncover George Spenton-Foster's dates some day? Based on the comments of Tom Baker & Wanda Ventham on the DVD commentary for "Image of the Fendahl" it sounds like he is deceased, but there are no birth or death dates for him on any sites yet.

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    1. The US IMDb is now saying a drink problem led to his early death.

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