Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Stones of Blood

Vivien Fay (Susan Engel) tries to
out-stare the Doctor (Tom Baker).
She lost, obviously.
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Oct 28 to Nov 18 1978
Average audience for serial: 8.03m
  • 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.

Beatrix Lehmann (Professor Rumford) Jul 1 1903 to Jul 31 1979
Career highlights
Beatrix's earliest screen credit was in The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935), and later had roles in Strangers on Honeymoon (1936), Candles at Nine (1944), The Key (1958), Operation Snafu (1961), The Ghost Sonata (1962), The Spread of the Eagle (1963), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), Out of the Unknown (1967, the episode The Prophet, which featured the black versions of the White Robots from The Mind Robber), The Portrait of a Lady (1968), Staircase (1969), Paul Temple (1970), Affairs of the Heart (1975), Just William (1977), Love for Lydia (1977), Armchair Thriller: The Limbo Connection (1977), The Cat and the Canary (1979) and Crime and Punishment (1979).
Facts
Beatrix started her acting career predominantly on the classical stage in the 1920s, moving into TV and films in later life. Beatrix was also an author, having written books such as Rumour of Heaven (1934) and a number of short stories. Her father was writer Rudolph Chambers Lehmann who most famously wrote for Punch magazine and was founding editor of Granta magazine, and was also Liberal MP for Harborough between 1906-10. Her brother was poet and writer John Lehmann, one of the 20th century's foremost literary editors and a contemporary of Virginia Woolf; her sister was author Rosamond Lehmann, a member of the infamous Bloomsbury set; and her great-uncles were artists Henri and Rudolf Lehmann. Beatrix was a strong, openly gay woman throughout her career, and her links to homosexuality don't end there - sister Rosamond's most popular book Dusty Answer (1927) boldly depicted homosexuality among the university set of the age, while brother John was a key chronicler of gay male life in London during World War Two. Beatrix was also a friend of gay author Christopher Isherwood, who dedicated his The Berlin Stories (the basis for the musical Cabaret) to Beatrix and John Lehmann. It is also thought Beatrix may have enjoyed a sexual relationship with infamous Hollywood legend Tallulah Bankhead in the 1920s during a period when she was understudying Bankhead in a series of plays in London. At the time of her death, Beatrix had been in a relationship with actor Shelagh Fraser (best known as Aunt Beru in Star Wars: A New Hope) for 15 years. Beatrix left Shelagh her house, but her sister Rosamond prevented Shelagh from inheriting the property. Thirteen portraits of Beatrix are housed by London's National Portrait Gallery.

Susan Engel (Vivien Fay) Born Mar 25 1935
Career highlights
Austrian born Susan first appeared in The Comedy of Errors (1964) before taking roles in The Wars of the Roses (1965), A Farewell to Arms (1966), The Rat Catchers (1966), Charlie Bubbles (1967), The Queen's Traitor (1967), Inspector Clouseau (1968), King Lear (1971), The Lotus Eaters (1973), Moody and Pegg (1975), The Barry Humphries Show (1977), Armchair Thriller: Quiet as a Nun (1978), Scorpion Tales (1978), Hopscotch (1980), We'll Meet Again (1982), A Kind of Alaska (1984), Damage (1992), Inspector Morse (1997), Underworld (1997), Trial and Retribution (2002), Dalziel and Pascoe (2005), Afterlife (2005) and The Cafe (2011/13). She will be best remembered as Helen Bourne in the series The Cedar Tree (1976).

Nicholas McArdle (De Vries)
Career highlights
Nicholas started out playing various roles in the series Broaden Your Mind (1968-69), and was then cast in Softly Softly (1969), The Gnomes of Dulwich (1969), The Liver Birds (1971), Colditz (1974), Heidi (1974), Late Call (1975),The Howerd Confessions (1976), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1976), The Mike Reid Show (1978), Z Cars (1978), Butterflies (1978), Porridge (1979), To the Manor Born (1979-80), The Goodies (1980), The Flipside of Dominick Hyde (1980), Only When I Laugh (1982), No Place Like Home (1984/86), Wipe Out (1988), Taggart (1990), Strathblair (1992-93) and Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War (2000). 

Elaine Ives-Cameron (Martha) Dec 5 1938 to Nov 15 2006
Career highlights
Debuting in Illegal Abortion (1966), American-born Elaine's further roles include Codename (1970), The Road Builder (1971), The Message (1977), Terror (1978), Murder By Decree (1979), Ragtime (1981), Supergirl (1984), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Northanger Abbey (1987), Selling Hitler (1991), Revenge of Billy the Kid (1992) and Dead Babies (2000).
Facts
Elaine was particularly prolific on the stage, having written and performed the one-woman show Sylvia Plath: Reflections in a Psychic Landscape. In the early 1990s Elaine was embroiled in a bitter legal battle to evict squatters from her home after a former tenant who failed to pay rent brought in other illegal occupiers and locked her out of her own home. She wrote about her ordeal in the Independent in 1994.

Gerald Cross (Megara voice) Feb 20 1912 to Feb 26 1981
Career highlights
Gerald debuted in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955), and then The Adventures of the Big Man (1956), The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1956), A Time of Day (1957), William Tell (1958), Our Mutual Friend (1958-59), Law and Disorder (1958), Bleak House (1959), The World of Tim Frazer (1960), Murder She Said (1961), The Avengers (1962), Murder Ahoy (1964), The Scarlet and the Black (1965), The Newcomers (1967), Doctor in Charge (1972), Doctor on the Go (1975-77), Rumpole's Return (1980) and Bless Me Father (1978/81).
Facts
He was married to actress Nuna Davey. 

David McAlister (Megara voice) Apr 2 1951 to Jun 26 2015 (cancer)
Career highlights
Debuted in Secret Army (1977), and was then cast in The Sandbaggers (1978), Triangle (1982), Widows 2 (1985), Brookside (1985), Kit Curran (1986), A Taste for Death (1988), Traffik (1989), Waterfront Beat (1991), Specials (1991), Harry Enfield and Chums (1994), Fatherland (1994), Bugs (1995), Rab C Nesbitt (1996), Cor, Blimey! (2000), Starhunter (2000), Two Thousand Acres of Sky (2003), Red Cap (2004), Mike Bassett: Manager (2005) and Silk (2014). He also narrated 16 episodes of the children's series Time Commanders (2003) and played rapist Dennis Richardson in soap Hollyoaks in 1999 and 2003. He was a prolific voice actor and worked extensively in this field, including voiceovers for commercials for HSBC Bank, Kleenex tissues and Marks and Spencer. He ran the Crystal Clear Voiceovers agency.

James Murray (Camper) Aug 6 1952 to Aug 5 1981 (suicide)
Career highlights
James's other credits include The Fenn Street Gang (1971), The Dancing Years (1976), Raffles (1977) and 1990 (1978).
Facts
James (real full name Michael Murray James) was the son of actor and DJ Peter Murray OBE, a BBC and commercial radio DJ and presenter of Top of the Pops. James suffered from depression, which led to him taking his own life one day before his birthday.

Shirin Taylor (Camper) Born 1956
Doctor Who credits
Played: Camper in The Stones of Blood (1978)
Played: Customer in Dragonfire (1987)
Career highlights
Shirin's further credits include Men of Affairs (1974), Crown Court (1982), Nana (1982), Give Us a Break (1983), The Cleopatras (1983), Crossroads (1985), Turn On To T-Bag (1988), Bust (1988), Streetwise (1989), A Touch of Frost (1995), London's Burning (1998), Night and Day (2001), Doctors (2001) and Extended Rest (2014). She may be best remembered as Mike Baldwin's love interest Jackie Ingram in Coronation Street (1990-92).

CREW

David Fisher (writer) Born Apr 13 1929
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Stones of Blood (1978), The Androids of Tara (1978), The Creature from the Pit (1979), The Leisure Hive (1980), and provided the original concept for what became City of Death (1979).
Career highlights
David's other writing work includes Orlando (1967), Dixon of Dock Green (1969), Mogul (1969-70), The Lotus Eaters (1972), Crown Court (1972-75), The Mackinnons (1977), Hammer House of Horror (1980) and Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (1984). More recently David has written several non-fiction books about World War Two with Anthony Read, his sometime script editor on Doctor Who.
Facts
He submitted a script entitled A Gamble with Time for Doctor Who's 17th season, but due to a tricky divorce he had to withdraw, and the concept became City of Death, one of the series' best loved stories.

Darrol Blake (director) Born May 15 1937
Career highlights
Darrol started his TV career as a production designer on the likes of Blue Peter (the original set from 1958), Peridot Flight (1960), What's New? (1962), The World of Wooster (1966) and Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), but then moved into directing on programmes such as BBC3 (1965), Paul Temple (1971), The Onedin Line (1971), Doomwatch (1971-72), Ace of Wands (1972), The Tomorrow People (1974), Shadows (1975), Crossroads (1976-77), Coronation Street (1977), The Boy Merlin (1979), Triangle (1981-83), Tucker's Luck (1984-85, which he also produced), EastEnders (1989-90), Emmerdale (1980-94), Brookside (1992) and Family Affairs (1997).
Facts
Darrol is married to actress Anne Cunningham, who may be best remembered as Linda Cheveski in soap Coronation Street (1960-84).
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Darrol here.

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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