Tuesday, August 12, 2014

City of Death

Doctor Who's first filming trip overseas
was in Paris for City of Death, starring
Tom Baker and wife-to-be Lalla Ward
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Sep 29 to Oct 20 1979
Average audience for serial: 14.50m

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.

Lalla Ward (Romana) Born Jun 28 1951
Doctor Who credits
Played: Princess Astra in The Armageddon Factor (1979)
Played: Romana in 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 (1979-81). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983) and Dimensions in Time (1993). Lalla has also reprised the role for various audio plays since 2000.
Career highlights
Lalla's earliest acting credit was in Dr Finlay's Casebook (1969), then Vampire Circus (1972), Shelley (1972), The Upper Crusts (1973), England Made Me (1973), Rosebud (1975), Quiller (1975), The Ash Tree (1975), The Duchess of Duke Street (1977), The Professionals (1978), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980), Schoolgirl Chums (1982) and Riviera (1987).
Facts
Lalla, whose real name is the Honourable Sarah Ward as she is the daughter of Edward Ward, the seventh Viscount Bangor, married Tom Baker on December 13 1980, but divorced him in April 1982. Her second husband since September 1992 has been controversial biologist Dr Richard Dawkins, who is most famous for his theories debunking religion and exploring the possibilities of evolution, particularly in the book The God Delusion. The two met at the 40th birthday party of one-time Doctor Who script editor/ writer Douglas Adams in March 1992. Of course, this means that both of Lalla's husbands have appeared in Doctor Who as Richard enjoyed a cameo as himself in The Stolen Earth (2008). In 1974 Lalla appeared in a film called Got It Made (aka Sweet Virgin), which the makers later re-released with added sex scenes performed by other actors. Lalla won a libel action against Club International magazine after it ran stills from the film claiming them to be of her. Since quitting acting she has written and painted for various children's books, as well as her husband's biology books. Lalla's forebears include George Plantagenet, brother of King Edward IV, and scientist Mary Ward, who has the dubious honour of being the first person in the world to die in a car accident, in 1869. In 1985/87 Lalla wrote and illustrated two knitting books, Beastly Knits and Fowl Knits, and various patterns were modelled by Lalla in the book. Lalla's father was a BBC war correspondent during World War Two, while her mother was a writer and BBC producer (she committed suicide in July 1991). Lalla has a main-belt asteroid named after her (8347 Lallaward) following its discovery in April 1987.

Julian Glover (Count Scarlioni/ Scaroth) Born Mar 27 1935
Doctor Who credits
Played: Richard the Lionheart in The Crusade (1965)
Played: Count Scarlioni/ Scaroth in City of Death (1979)
Career highlights
Prolific character actor Julian made his screen debut in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959), followed by roles in An Age of Kings (1960), The Alphabet Murders (1965), Quatermass and the Pit (1967), The Champions (1968), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Spy Trap (1972), Churchill's People (1975), Couples (1976), Blake's 7 (1978), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), For Your Eyes Only (1981), By the Sword Divided (1983), Remington Steele (1985), Cry Freedom (1987), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), King Ralph (1991), The Chief (1995), Holby City (2000), Troy (2004), Scoop (2006), Merlin (2012), Spies of Warsaw (2013), Atlantis (2013) and We Still Steal the Old Way (2016). He has also played Grand Maester Pycelle in Game of Thrones since 2011.
Awards
1993: Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Henry V)
2013: Commander of the order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to drama
Facts
Julian was married to actress Eileen Atkins between 1957-66, and latterly actress Isla Blair (who appeared in 1983's The King's Demons) since 1968. Julian and Isla's son is actor Jamie Glover, who played William Russell in An Adventure in Space and Time (2013). Julian's half-brother is musician Robert Wyatt, founder of the band Soft Machine.

Catherine Schell (Countess Scarlioni) Born Jul 17 1944
Career highlights
Hungarian born Catherine made her first credited appearance in Lana: Queen of the Amazons in 1964, under the name Catherina von Schell. She took later roles in Hell is Empty (1967), Amsterdam Affair (1968), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Paul Temple (1971), Mogul (1971), Madame Sin (1972), The Adventurer (1972-73), Napoleon and Love (1974), The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), Supernatural (1977), Gulliver's Travels (1977), The Spoils of War (1980-81), Bergerac (1983), One By One (1985), Mog (1985-86), Wish Me Luck (1990), Moon and Son (1992), The Wimbledon Poisoner (1994) and The Knock (1996). She had a regular role as Maya in the sci-fi series Space: 1999 (1975-77).
Facts
Catherine's father, Baron Paul Schell von Bauschlott, was a well-respected diplomat until the Nazis confiscated their estates during World War II, while her mother was Countess Katharina Maria Etelka Georgina Elisabeth Teleki de Szék. Her family was living in poverty until 1948 when they sought asylum in Vienna and Salzburg as the Communist regime began to take hold in Hungary. In 1950 her family emigrated to the USA and Baron von Schell Bauschlott renounced his title in order for his family to gain citizenship. Catherine was married to actor William Marlowe (who appeared in The Mind of Evil and Revenge of the Cybermen) between 1968-77. She retired from acting in the 1990s to run a guesthouse in Bonneval, France, after marrying TV director Bill Hays in 1982 (she reportedly sold the guesthouse after Bill's death in 2006). She was sister-in-law to German actress Hildegard Knef, and is a great-niece of King Louis XIV of France. She is also related to Louis XIV of France, Philip II, Duke of Orleans and the Roman Emperor Francis I. Catherine was the first actress considered for the role of Captain Kathryn Janeway in the series Star Trek: Voyager, but lost out to Genevieve Bujold (who resigned after two days, the role finally going to Kate Mulgrew).

Tom Chadbon (Duggan) Born Feb 27 1946.
Doctor Who credits
Played: Duggan in City of Death (1979)
Played: Merdeen in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Career highlights
Tom's earliest role was in The Jazz Age (1968), followed by Shadows of Fear (1971). Hadleigh (1971), The Alf Garnett Saga (1972), The Stone Tape (1972), The Beast Must Die (1974), Rooms (1975), The Changes (1975), The Flight of the Heron (1976), Jubilee (1977), The Liver Birds (1977-79, as Derek Paynton), Blake's 7 (1979), The Brack Report (1982), Mitch (1984), Paradise Postponed (1986), Wish Me Luck (1989), Chancer (1990), Devices and Desires (1991), The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994), Space Precinct (1995), Crown Prosecutor (1995), Shooting Fish (1997), The 10th Kingdom (2000), Holby City (2000), Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real (2004), Taggart (2005), Casino Royale (2006), Peep Show (2008) and Agatha Christie: Poirot (2013). More recently he has been seen as Assistant Chief Constable John Brandon in Wire in the Blood (2002-04), Dr Kenworthy in Where the Heart Is (2001-06) and Henry Williams in Casualty (2008-11).
Facts
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David Graham (Professor Kerensky) Born Jul 11 1925
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Daleks in The Daleks (1963-64), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Chase (1965), Dr Who and the Daleks (1965, film), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966, film)
Played: Voice of the Mechanoids in The Chase (1965)
Played: Charlie in The Gunfighters (1966)
Played: Professor Kerensky in City of Death (1979)
Career highlights
David's acting career began in 1952 with the TV movie Portrait of Peter Perowne, followed by roles in Dial 999 (1959), The Avengers (1963), Danger Man (1965), Late Night Horror (1968), Timeslip (1970-71), Supergirl (1984), Shadow of the Noose (1989), Casualty (2002) and The Fixer (2008). David has also given his vocal skills to many series over the years, including Four Feather Falls (1960, as Fernando and Grandpa Twink), Sara and Hoppity (1962), Supercar (1961-62, as Dr Horatio Beaker, Mitch the Monkey and Bill Gibson), Fireball XL5 (1962-63, as Prof Matthew Matic, Lieutenant Ninety and Zoonie the Lazoon), Stingray (1964-65), Thunderbirds (1965-66, as Gordon Tracy, Parker and Brains), The Secret Service (1969), Space Precinct (1995) and Peppa Pig (2011-12, as Grandpa Pig). He also provided English voices for Moomin (1990) and had a recurring role in the sitcom So Haunt Me (1992-94) as Mr Bloom.

Kevin Flood (Hermann)
Career highlights
Debuted in The Sentimental Agent (1963), then appeared in The Riordans (1965), Insurrection (1966), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), Elizabeth R (1971), Black and Blue (1973), Kids (1979), Shoestring (1979), The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1981), The End of the World Man (1985), The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987), Bloodlines: Legacy of a Lord (1998), The General (1998), Sweety Barrett (1998), Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog (1998), Tristan + Isolde (2006), Waiting for Dublin (2007) and Ferocious Planet (2011).

Pamela Stirling (Louvre guide) Mar 14 1920 to May 25 2013
Career highlights
It's fitting that Pamela played a Frenchwoman in City of Death as, although she was born in London, she grew up and was educated in France, where her father ran an English language theatre. Her earliest role was in Le Coupable (1937), followed by roles in The Marseillaise (1938), They Were Twelve Women (1940), Candlelight in Algeria (1944), The Echo Murders (1945), The Lost People (1949), Madness of the Heart (1949), To Paris with Love (1955), The Kid from Canada (1958), Elephant Gun (1958), Return from the Ashes (1965), Uncle Charles (1967), General Hospital (1972), Nanny (1982), Just Good Friends (1986), The Pied Piper (1990), Inspector Morse (1991) and As Time Goes By (1994).
Facts
Pamela also served as French language coach at the Royal Opera House in London. She was married to actor Claude Le Sache.

Peter Halliday (Soldier) Jun 2 1924 to Feb 18 2012
Doctor Who credits
Played: Packer in The Invasion (1968)
Played: Silurian voices in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Alien voices in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Pletrac in Carnival of Monsters (1973)
Played: Soldier in City of Death (1979)
Played: Vicar in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Career highlights
Peter's career began with 1954's Fatal Journey and he then took roles in The Count of Monte Cristo (1956), Dunkirk (1958), The Citadel (1960), Garry Halliday (1962), Sierra Nine (1963), Danger Man (1965), Write a Play (1965), The Avengers (1968), UFO (1970-71), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), The Befrienders (1972), Bowler (1973), The Boy with Two Heads (1974), The Sweeney (1975), Keep It Up Downstairs (1976), Beasts (1976), Angels (1982), The Tripods (1984), Hannay (1989), The Remains of the Day (1993), Our Friends in the North (1996), Goodnight Sweetheart (1997), Esther (1999), Micawber (2001) and Lassie (2005). He also played Dr John Fleming in A for Andromeda (1961) and The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962).
Facts
Peter was for a time married to the actress Simone Lovell, daughter of the actors Raymond Lovell and Margot Collis (who had an affair with the poet W B Yeats during her marriage to Lovell).

Eleanor Bron (Art gallery visitor) Born Mar 14 1938
Doctor Who credits
Played: Art gallery visitor in City of Death (1979)
Played: Kara in Revelation of the Daleks (1985)
Career highlights
Eleanor's acting career began with 1964's Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life and Second City Reports, later appearing in the Beatles' Help! (1965), BBC3 (1965-66), Alfie (1966), Bedazzled (1967), Women in Love (1969), The National Health (1973), After That, This (1975), The Day Christ Died (1980), Yes Minister (1982), Alice in Wonderland (1985), Little Dorrit (1988), French and Saunders (1990), Heartbeat (1992), Micky Love (1993), Black Beauty (1994), Wycliffe (1995), Vanity Fair (1998), Hippies (1999), Iris (2001), Wimbledon (2004), Fat Friends (2000-05), Streetdance 3D (2010) and The Tractate Middoth (2013). She may also be recognised as Patsy's mother in Absolutely Fabulous (1992/94/2003). Eleanor is also a writer, for series such as Where Was Spring? (1969), Six Days of Justice (1975), Couples (1976) and Crown Court (1978).
Facts
Eleanor turned down the role of Emma Peel in The Avengers, and was in Paul McCartney's mind when he wrote the Beatles track Eleanor Rigby. Her brother is record producer Gerry Bron, who worked on albums by Uriah Heep, Motorhead and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Eleanor's husband until his death in 2003 was the architect Cedric Price, who in 1984 proposed the redevelopment of London's South Bank and anticipated the London Eye by suggesting a giant ferris wheel was erected next to the River Thames. She has also been a leading light in the various Amnesty International Secret Policeman's Ball benefit shows. She was one of the first female performers of the Cambridge Footlights Reuve in 1959. It used to be all male with the female characters portrayed by men in drag. In 1985, Eleanor was selected for her authoritative tone to become "the voice of British Telecom" and can still be heard on various error messages such as "Please hang up and try again" and "The number you have dialled has not been recognised".

John Cleese (Art gallery visitor) Born Oct 27 1939
Career highlights
John is one of Britain's greatest and most celebrated comedy actors and writers, first emerging as a promising talent in The Frost Report (1966-67). His talents were later seen in At Last the 1948 Show (1967), The Avengers (1968), The Ronnie Barker Yearbook (1971), Sez Les (1971-74), The Goodies (1973), The Strange Case of the End of Civilisation As We Know It (1977), Ripping Yarns (1979), Peter Cook and Co (1980), Time Bandits (1981), Privates on Parade (1982), Clockwise (1986), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Splitting Heirs (1993), The Wind in the Willows (1996), Fierce Creatures (1997), 3rd Rock from the Sun (1998/2001), Scorched (2003), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Will and Grace (2003-04), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), Igor (2008), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), The Pink Panther 2 (2009), Shrek Forever After (2010), The Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (2011), Whitney (2012-13) and Planes (2013). He also played Q's deputy R in Bond film The World is Not Enough (1999) and the second incarnation of Q in Die Another Day (2002), as well as Nearly Headless Nick in the Harry Potter film franchise (2001-02). However, John will be most remembered for his part in the internationally successful Monty Python's Flying Circus series (1969-74) and its film spin-offs And Now for Something Completely Different (1971), The Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979), Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982) and The Meaning of Life (1983); as well as the sitcom Fawlty Towers (1975/79). John is also prolific behind the camera, having written and produced countless productions both in the UK and Hollywood since 1962.
Facts
His first wife between 1968-78 was Connie Booth, with whom he wrote and starred in Fawlty Towers; his second was actress Barbara Trentham (1981-90); and his third (which led to messy divorce proceedings and John owing £12 in alimony) was Alyce Faye Eichelberger (1992-2008). He married his fourth wife Jennifer Wade in 2012.

CREW

Graham Williams (writer (under the pseudonym David Agnew) and 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.

Douglas Adams (writer (under the pseudonym David Agnew) and script editor) 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!

Michael Hayes (director) Apr 3 1929 to Sep 16 2014
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Androids of Tara (1978), The Armageddon Factor (1979), City of Death (1979)
Career highlights
His earliest directing duties were on An Age of Kings (1960), and then A for Andromeda (1961, which he also produced), Moonstrike (1963), Maigret (1963), Sherlock Holmes (1965), Boy Meets Girl (1967), Take Three Girls (1971, which he also produced), Churchill's People (1974-75), Rooms (1977), The Standard (1978), All Creatures Great and Small (1980) and Skorpion (1983).
Facts
Michael's son Patrick (who was 14 at the time) had two unseen roles in The Androids of Tara - pushing the boat K-9 gets marooned in at the end of the story, and waving some bushes around prior to the attack on Romana by the terrifying Taran wood beast! Between 1986-94 Michael read the news bulletins on the BBC World Service.

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