Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Seeds of Doom

Poor Winlett (John Gleeson) is
consumed by the Krynoid
Six episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six)
First broadcast Jan 31 to Mar 6 1976
Average audience for serial: 10.97m


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.

Tony Beckley (Harrison Chase) Oct 7 1929 to Apr 19 1980 (brain tumour)
Career highlights
Tony made his first appearance in Miss Em (1958), followed by War and Peace (1963), Suspense (1963), Z Cars (1964), Knock on Any Door (1965), The Penthouse (1967), The Long Day's Dying (1968), The Lost Continent (1968), Parkin's Patch (1970), Callan (1970), In the Devil's Garden (1971), Jason King (1972), Sitting Target (1972), Gold (1974), Diagnosis: Murder (1975), The Velvet Glove (1977), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) and When a Stranger Calls (1979). He may be best remembered as playing Camp Freddie in The Italian Job (1969) and Peter the Dutchman in Get Carter (1971).
Tony was a veteran stage actor in more than 1,000 productions by the time of his death. His next acting engagement was to be acting alongside Elizabeth Montgomery in a TV movie called My Fat Friend (this never got made, but the original West End stage production in 1972 starred Doctor Who movie actress Jennie Linden and was directed by Eric Thompson, who appeared in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve in 1966 - it also starred Bernard Holley, who appeared in 1971's The Claws of Axos), and then a film called American Dreamer (eventually released in 1984 starring JoBeth Williams and Tom Conti). Tony's death was given at the time as cancer (brain tumour), but in her autobiography, actress and close friend Sheila Hancock suggests it could have been the then relatively unknown AIDS. Tony's partner was film producer Barry Krost, who has worked on movies such as the aforementioned American Dreamer and Tina: What's Love Got to Do With It (1993).

John Challis (Scorby) Born Aug 16 1942
Career highlights
Debuting in Where Has Poor Mickey Gone? (1964), John's further credits include Softly Softly (1968), Dixon of Dock Green (1969), Brett (1971), Nightingale's Boys (1975), The Sweeney (1975), Z Cars (1967/71/72-75), The Cedar Tree (1976), Open All Hours (1976), Citizen Smith (1980), Beau Geste (1982), Juliet Bravo (1985), Roland Rat: The Series (1986), CATS Eyes (1987), Ever Decreasing Circles (1987), Wish Me Luck (1988), Sitting Pretty (1992), Soldier Soldier (1996), Heartbeat (1998), My Family (2007) and Last of the Summer Wine (2008). He also provided the narration for the 1979 cartoon series Dr Snuggles, but will be best known as car dealer Boycie in sitcom Only Fools and Horses (1981-2003) and its spin-off The Green Green Grass (2005-09).
John's past wives include actress Debbie Arnold and Sabina Franklyn. Here he is on Twitter!
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with John here.

Mark Jones (Arnold Keeler, Voice of the Krynoid) Apr 22 1939 to Jan 14 2010
Career highlights
Mark first appeared in The Twelfth Hour (1966), followed by roles in Marat/ Sade (1967), Tell Me Lies (1968), Germinal (1970), Tom Grattan's War (1970), The Adventurer (1972), Under Milk Wood (1972), Layout for 5 Models (1972), ADAM (1973), Whodunnit? (1975), The Sexplorer (1975), It's Getting Harder All the Time (1976), The New Avengers (1976), Secrets of a Superstud (1976), Bear Island (1979), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Don't Open Till Christmas (1984), Blott on the Landscape (1985), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Call Me Mister (1986) and Casualty (1986). Mark also had regular roles as Michael Armstrong in A Family at War (1970-72) and Ray Mason in Buccaneer (1980).

Hubert Rees (John Stevenson) Apr 27 1928 to Oct 20 2009
Doctor Who credits
Played: Chief engineer in Fury from the Deep (1968)
Played: Captain Ransom in The War Games (1969)
Played: John Stevenson in The Seeds of Doom (1976)
Career highlights
Hubert's career began with 1958's Uncle Harry, followed by roles in 1962's Richard the Lionheart, Ring Out an Alibi (1964), Menace (1970), Fish (1973), Public Eye (1971-75, as George), The Government Inspector (1976), Sweeney 2 (1978), The Sandbaggers (1978), Buccaneer (1980), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, as Inspector Lestrade to Tom Baker's Sherlock Holmes), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982), The Baker Street Boys (1983, as Dr Watson), Howards' Way (1985), Chance in a Million (1986), Jeeves and Wooster (1991), Dandelion Dead (1994), Class Act (1995), Darklands (1996) and Sunburn (2000).

John Gleeson (Charles Winlett)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Thal soldier in Genesis of the Daleks (1975)
Played: Charles Winlett in The Seeds of Doom (1976)
Career highlights
John's other credits include Public Eye (1975), The Sweeney (1978), Accident (1978), Butterflies (1978), To the Manor Born (1979-80), Terry and June (1985), Lovejoy (1986), The Les Dennis Laughter Show (1991) and Lexx (2001).
John's father was early cinema and Broadway actor Leon Quatermaine.

Michael McStay (Derek Moberley) Born 1933
Career highlights
Michael first appeared in Dixon of Dock Green in 1960, followed by Playdate (1961), Psyche 59 (1964), Battle Beneath the Earth (1967), The Avengers (1968), Jason King (1971), Bread (1971), The Lotus Eaters (1972), The Black Arrow (1973-74), The Sweeney (1975), Tycoon (1978), A Spy at Evening (1981), Juliet Bravo (1983), Super Gran (1985), Starlings (1988), French Fields (1990), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991), Jack and Sarah (1995), EastEnders (2000), Ted and Alice (2002), The Grotlyn (2005), The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2006) and Coronation Street (2011). He also wrote the 1984 series Pull the Other One.
On November 18th, 1975 Michael was involved in a car accident on the way home after completing studio recording, but survived to tell the tale. 

Kenneth Gilbert (Richard Dunbar) Jun 24 1931 to Oct 29 2015
Career highlights
Kenneth debuted in The Three Musketeers (1954), followed by roles in The Granville Melodramas (1955-56), Over to William (1956), Sir Francis Drake (1962), Spindoe (1968), The Legend of Young Robin Hood (1969), Twins of Evil (1971), Crown Court (1972), On the Buses (1973), The Changes (1975), The Sweeney (1976), Buccaneer (1980), The Gentle Touch (1980), Stig of the Dump (1981), One By One (1987), The Lady and the Highwayman (1989), House of Cards (1990), To Play the King (1993), Cracker (1995), Midsomer Murders (2003) and Hustle (2011).
After completing studio recording on November 17th, 1975, Kenneth discovered he had caught his daughter's chicken pox and so had to miss the rest of recording until the final sessions. He was married to actress Beth Harris.

Michael Barrington (Sir Colin Thackeray) Jul 3 1924 to Jun 5 1988 (heart attack)
Career highlights
Michael's career started out in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1957), followed by appearances in Maigret (1961), The Dark Island (1962), The Victorians (1963), Coronation Street (1963), The Villains (1964), You Can't Win (1966), Privilege (1967), Haunted (1967), Up the Junction (1968), Department S (1969), The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970), Freewheelers (1972), South Riding (1974), Raffles (1975), Edward the King (1975), The New Avengers (1976), The Stud (1978), Can We Get On Now, Please? (1980), Janet and Company (1981-82) and Number 10 (1983). Michael, who was married to actress Barbara New, might be best remembered as Governor Venables of HM Prison Slade in the sitcom Porridge (1974-77).
Michael had to retire from acting in 1983 due to being diagnosed with lung disease.

Seymour Green (Hargreaves) Oct 9 1912 to May 7 1998
Doctor Who credits
Played: Hargreaves in The Seeds of Doom (1976)
Played: Chamberlain in The Twin Dilemma (1984)
Career highlights
Seymour debuted in Adventure Story (1950), followed by The Fake (1953), The Grove Family (1954), Sixpenny Corner (1955-56), The Crooked Sky (1957), Maverick (1958), Top Secret (1962), Zero One (1963), The Wild Wild West (1966), Spy Trap (1973), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973), The Phoenix and the Carpet (1976), Get Some In! (1975/78), The Professionals (1983), Chessgame (1983), Bleak House (1985) and The Bill (1988/89).

Sylvia Coleridge (Amelia Ducat) Dec 10 1909 to May 31 1986
Career highlights
Sylvia, born in Darjeeling, India, made her earliest credited appearance in Cross My Heart (1937), after which she became a familiar face in productions such as The Importance of Being Earnest (1937), I Met a Murderer (1939), Jailbirds (1940), Bonehead (1957), Cluff (1965), The Avengers (1966), Pride and Prejudice (1967), Sinister Street (1969), Paul Temple (1971), Jason King (1972), The Lotus Eaters (1972), Ace of Wands (1972), The Tomorrow People (1974), Beryl's Lot (1975), Survivors (1977), Supernatural (1977), Quiet as a Nun (1978), Blake's 7 (1979), The Ghost Sonata (1980), Angels (1976/79/82), Who Dares Wins (1984), Victoria Wood As Seen on TV (1985), Bleak House (1985) and Paradise Postponed (1986).

David Masterman (Guard leader)
Career highlights
David's other credits include Dixon of Dock Green (1974-75), The Sweeney (1975), The Greek Tycoon (1978), Bottle Boys (1984), The Two Ronnies (1985), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1983-88) and The Les Dennis Laughter Show (1991).

Ian Fairbairn (Dr Chester) Sep 17 1931 to Dec 2 2014
Doctor Who credits
Played: Questa in The Macra Terror (1967)
Played: Gregory in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Bromley in Inferno (1970)
Played: Dr Chester in The Seeds of Doom (1976)
Career highlights
Ian's career began with a 1960 episode of Scotland Yard, and then appeared in Emergency Ward 10 (1961-62), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), The Troubleshooters (1969), The Lotus Eaters (1973), The Professionals (1977/80), Dramarama (1986) and Last of the Summer Wine (1991). Self-confessed hoarder Ian, who played Dr Frazer in Timeslip between 1970-71, retained the only original Timeslip scripts known to exist!

Alan Chuntz (Chauffeur) Apr 21 1927 to Aug 8 2009
Doctor Who credits
Played: Harvey in The Seeds of Death (1969, uncredited)
Played: Thug in The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited)
Played: Technician in Inferno (1970, uncredited)
Played: UNIT soldier in Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Prisoner in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: Mercenary in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: Omega's champion in The Three Doctors (1972-73, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Green Death (1973, uncredited), Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited), Genesis of the Daleks (1975, uncredited), State of Decay (1980, uncredited)
Played: Kaled soldier in Ravon's HQ in Genesis of the Daleks (1975, uncredited)
Played: Chauffeur in The Seeds of Doom (1976)
Career highlights
Stuntman Alan's other work includes Danger Man (1966), You Only Live Twice (1967), The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Avengers (1965/67), The Champions (1968), Ace of Wands (1970-71), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973), The Onedin Line (1976), Gangsters (1978), Hazell (1979), Minder (1984) and Cover Her Face (1985).
Alan was a member of the short-lived stunt group HAVOC. The infamous 1960s gangsters the Krays asked Alan for martial arts training, but he politely declined the offer.

Harry Fielder (Guard) Born Apr 26 1940
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guard in The Enemy of the World (1967-68, uncredited), The Seeds of Doom (1976), The Ribos Operation (1978, uncredited), The Armageddon Factor (1979), Castrovalva (1982, uncredited)
Played: Wheel crewmember in The Wheel in Space (1968, uncredited)
Played: Vogan in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975, uncredited)
Played: Second assassin in The Face of Evil (1977, uncredited)
Played: Titan Base crewman in The Invisible Enemy (1977, uncredited)
Played: Tigellan in Meglos (1980, uncredited)
Played: Voice of the Krargs in Shada (1992 video release, uncredited)
Career highlights
Frighteningly prolific bit-part actor Harry's first appearance was in A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967), although he wouldn't get his first on screen credit until 1971's Freelance. His many other appearances include Billion Dollar Brain (1967), The Vengeance of She (1968), Oliver! (1968), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), Cry of the Banshee (1970), The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971), Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Frenzy (1972), Mutiny on the Buses (1972), five Carry On films (1967-74), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), Moonbase 3 (1973), Steptoe and Son (1973), The Mutations (1974), Poldark (1975), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Survivors (1977), Star Wars (1977), Force 10 from Navarone (1978), Superman (1978), Quadrophenia (1979), Fawlty Towers (1979), Secret Army (1977-79), McVicar (1980), Superman II (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Blake's 7 (1978-81), The Les Dawson Show (1982), Walter (1982), Hi-De-Hi! (1982), Maybury (1983), The Man from Moscow (1985), Oscar (1985), The Doctor and the Devils (1985), Mona Lisa (1986), Casualty (1987), London's Burning (1990), Mission: Impossible (1996), Wilde (1997) and Entrapment (1999).

John Acheson (Major Beresford) Died Feb 19 1998
Career highlights
John's only other known appearances were in Department S (1970), You Can't Win 'Em All (1970), Paul Temple (1971) and The Persuaders! (1971).

Ray Barron (Sergeant Henderson)
Career highlights
Ray's career began with Danger Man (1965), followed by Poor Cow (1967), Mrs Lawrence Will Look After It (1968), Ace of Wands (1970), 10 Rillington Place (1971), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), Rooms (1975), The Famous Five (1978), Shoestring (1979), The Incredible Mr Tanner (1981) and Lytton's Diary (1985).

Note: The uncredited actors inside the Krynoid costume were Ronald Gough and Keith Ashley.


Robert Banks Stewart (writer) Jul 16 1931 to Jan 14 2016 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Terror of the Zygons (1975), The Seeds of Doom (1976), The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977, story outline only)
Career highlights
Robert's writing career began with the 1959 series Knight Errant, and he went on to pen scripts for Interpol Calling (1959-60), Danger Man (1960-61), The Human Jungle (1963), Thorndyke (1964), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1964-65), Undermind (1965), The Avengers (1965-66), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Callan (1967-69), Special Branch (1969), Jason King (1972), Arthur of the Britons (1973), The Protectors (1974), The Sweeney (1975), Sutherland's Law (1975-76), Rooms (1977), Shoestring (1979-80), Jukes of Piccadilly (1980), Bergerac (1981-91), The Darling Buds of May (1991), Moon and Son (1992) and My Uncle Silas (2001-03). He also worked on many of these dramas as a producer, as well as Intrigue (1966), Lovejoy (1986), Hannay (1988) and Frank Stubbs (1993). He was also script editor on series such as The Human Jungle, Undermind, Harriet's Back in Town (1973), Van der Valk (1973) and Armchair Thriller (1978).
In 1981 he was nominated for BAFTA's Best Drama Series for Shoestring. Robert published his first novel in 2011 at the age of 81, called The Hurricane's Tale, and his memoirs, To Put You in the Picture, in 2015.

Douglas Camfield (director) May 8 1931 to Jan 27 1984 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Production assistant: An Unearthly Child (uncredited, 1963), Marco Polo (uncredited, 1964)
Directed: An Unearthly Child (film inserts, uncredited, 1963), Planet of Giants (episode 4, material from which was edited into episode 3, 1964), The Crusade (1965), The Time Meddler (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), The Web of Fear (1968), The Invasion (1968), Inferno (1970), Terror of the Zygons (1975), The Seeds of Doom (1976)
Career highlights
Douglas's Doctor Who career began as production assistant on the very first story, and could have included a stint as its producer had he accepted the post when offered it in 1969. It may be just as well he didn't, as during production of Inferno the following year he was taken ill with a heart ailment, which he suffered with for the rest of his life. Formerly a lieutenant in the Army, Douglas also directed for Swizzlewick (1964), The Troubleshooters (1965), Out of the Unknown (1969), Z Cars (1969), Paul Temple (1969-71), Van der Valk (1972-73), Public Eye (1971-75), The Sweeney (1975-78), Blake's 7 (1978), The Professionals (1977/80), Shoestring (1979-80), The Nightmare Man (1981), Beau Geste (1982) and Missing from Home (1984). He also dabbled in writing, and had written Adventure to Order in 1961 before he pitched a script to Doctor Who in 1975 involving aliens, the French Foreign Legion and the death of companion Sarah Jane Smith, but this was never developed.
Douglas was married to actress Sheila Dunn, who he cast in three of his Doctor Who stories. He made a cameo as one of the faces seen during the mind battle between the Doctor and Morbius in The Brain of Morbius (1976).

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.

1 comment:

  1. Would be good if we could find out the birth date for John Acheson (Major Beresford). :)


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