|The Doctor (Tom Baker) meets Davros|
(David Gooderson) for a second time
First broadcast Sep 1 to 22 1979
Average audience for serial: 13.48m
Tom Baker (The Doctor) Born Jan 20 1934
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)
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.
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.
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).
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.
David Gooderson (Davros) Born Feb 24 1941
Indian-born David's first credit was The Golden Age (1967), followed by The Mind of Mr J G Reeder (1969), The Adventures of Don Quick (1970), Hazell (1978), Bognor (1981), Tenko (1981), Seaview (1985), Mapp and Lucia (1985), Relative Strangers (1987), Hannay (1988), London's Burning (1990), Lovejoy (1991), Boon (1992), Murder Most Horrid (1991/94), Searching (1995), Footballers' Wives (2003), Casualty (2004), Talk to Me (2007) and Mr Sloane (2014). David had a regular role as pathologist Derek Simpkins in A Touch of Frost (1992-2006), and was vice-president of the Cambridge Footlights between 1963-64. He also writes and adapts plays for the stage.
Tim Barlow (Tyssan) Born Jan 18 1936
Tim, who was left profoundly deaf in the 1950s while testing a high muzzle velocity rifle, left the Army in 1969 to become an actor, making his debut in soap Emmerdale Farm (1972) before moving on to The Nearly Man (1975), Victorian Scandals (1976), The Eagle Has Landed (1976), Poldark (1975/77), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1978), A Horseman Riding By (1978), Grange Hill (1979), The Omega Factor (1979), Buccaneer (1980), In Loving Memory (1984), Hannay (1988), The Tall Guy (1989), Moon and Son (1992), Frank Stubbs Promotes (1993), Cracker (1993), Mary Reilly (1996), Cousin Bette (1998), Cleopatra (1999), Gormenghast (2000), Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) (2001), Mile High (2003), Blue Murder (2003-04), My Life in Film (2004), Mike Bassett: Manager (2005), Rome (2007), Hot Fuzz (2007), White Heat (2012), Cockneys vs Zombies (2012), Holby City (2013) and the regular role of Jack in Ricky Gervais's sitcom Derek (2012-14).
His remarkable tale of perseverance in becoming an actor was turned into the one-man show Earfull in 2007, which was also the title of a BBC Radio 4 programme about his experience in 2008 when he had a cochlear implant, which allowed him to hear for the first time in over 50 years.
Suzanne Danielle (Agella) Born Jan 14 1957
After training as a dancer and appearing in this capacity in various light entertainment shows in the mid-1970s (such as Bruce Forsyth's Bruce and More Girls), Suzanne's first acting role came in The Professionals (1978), and then she was cast in roles in The Wild Geese (1978), The Stud (1978), Arabian Adventure (1979), Hammer House of Horror (1980), The Morecambe and Wise Show (1980), Flash Gordon (1980), The Boys in Blue (1982), Jane (1982), Strangers (1982), California Cowboys (1984) and The Trouble with Spies (1987). She also performed as an impressionist, principally of Princess Diana, in Mike Yarwood in Persons (1981-2), but will be best remembered as playing the title character in Carry On Emmannuelle (1978).
In 1983 Suzanne appeared in her own exercise instruction album, Shape Up and Dance. In 1988 Suzanne quit acting and married professional golfer and ex-Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance.
Peter Straker (Commander Sharrel) Born Nov 7 1943
Jamaica-born Peter debuted in Up the Chastity Belt (1971) and also made appearances in Girl Stroke Boy (1971), Village Hall (1974), The Gentle Touch (1980), Morons from Outer Space (1985), The Orchid House (1991), Urban Gothic (2000), What's Your Name 41? (2005), Casualty (2008) and The Sound of Spying (2014). He also played regular Dev in Connie (1985).
Peter is something of a legend in musical theatre and cabaret circles, having been an original cast member for Hair in 1968, a Phantom of the Opera and a former Frank N Furter from The Rocky Horror Show. He also had a brief music career produced by his close friend Freddie Mercury, including the single Ragtime Piano Joe (1977, which got to number 1 in the Netherlands!) and the album This One's On Me (1978). In 1999 he also found acclaim as an interpreter of Jacques Brel's work.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Peter here.
Tony Osoba (Lan) Born Mar 15 1947
Doctor Who credits
Played: Lan in Destiny of the Daleks (1979)
Played: Kracauer in Dragonfire (1987)
Played: Duke in Kill the Moon (2014)
Scottish born Tony made his earliest appearance in Antony and Cleopatra (1974), and then Crown Court (1976), Target (1978), Charles Endell Esq (1979-80), The Flame Trees of Thika (1981), Educating Marmaldade (1982), The Cleopatras (1983), Brookside (1984), Return to Treasure Island (1986), Gruey (1988), Snakes and Ladders (1989), Making News (1990), Coronation Street (1982/90), Watt on Earth (1991), Between the Lines (1994), Bugs (1997), The Demon Headmaster (1998), Taggart (1999), Family Affairs (2000), Fran's People (2002), Mersey Beat (2002-03), Dinotopia (2002-03), Revolver (2004), Tanner (2007), The Shadow Line (2011) and Extended Rest (2014). He will forever be remembered as Jock McLaren in the hit sitcom Porridge (1974-77) and its spin-off Going Straight (1978). He also had a regular role as Detective Sergeant Chas Jarvis in Dempsey and Makepeace (1985-86).
Tony's mother Margaret Osoba, a former BBC researcher, popularised the theory that crime writer Agatha Christie "stole" her character Hercule Poirot from thriller writer Frank Howel Evans, who in 1909 published a story featuring a detective named Poiret.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Tony here.
Cy Town (Dalek operator) Born 1931
Doctor Who credits
Played: Technician in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Medical orderly in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: Dalek operator in Frontier in Space (1973), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Destiny of the Daleks (1979), Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Extra in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974, uncredited), The Invisible Enemy (1977, uncredited), Attack of the Cybermen (1985, uncredited)
Played: Vogan in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975, uncredited)
Played: Brother in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Sun Makers (1977, uncredited)
Played: Harold V's brother in The Happiness Patrol (1988, uncredited)
Played: Haemovore in The Curse of Fenric (1989, uncredited)
Other acting work includes All Gas and Gaiters (1970), Steptoe and Son (1972), Moonbase 3 (1973), Carry On Girls (1973), Dad's Army (1973), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977), Star Wars (1977), Blake's 7 (1981) and Crown Prosecutor (1995).
Mike Mungarvan (Dalek operator)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Mutt in The Mutants (1972, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Face of Evil (1977, uncredited), The Androids of Tara (1978, uncredited)
Played: Outcast Time Lord in The Invasion of Time (1978, uncredited)
Played: Druid in The Stones of Blood (1978, uncredited)
Played: Dalek operator in Destiny of the Daleks (1979)
Played: Plain clothes detective in Louvre in City of Death (1979, uncredited)
Played: Argolin in The Leisure Hive (1980, uncredited)
Played: Citizen in Full Circle (1980, uncredited)
Played: Kilroy in Warriors' Gate (1981, uncredited)
Played: Hostage in Kinda (1982, uncredited)
Played: Knight in The King's Demons (1983, uncredited)
Played: Soldier in Resurrection of the Daleks (1984, uncredited)
Played: Jacondan in The Twin Dilemma (1984, uncredited)
Played: Extra in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986, uncredited)
Played: Duty officer in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Played: Lakertyan in Time and the Rani (1987, uncredited)
Played: Tetrap in Time and the Rani (1987, uncredited)
Played: Genius in Time and the Rani (1987, uncredited)
Played: Policeman in Silver Nemesis (1988, uncredited)
Played: Passer-by in The Christmas Invasion (2005, uncredited)
Mike's earliest role was in Doctor At Large (1971), then Sykes (1975), Scum (1977), The Professionals (1980), Blake's 7 (1978-81), The Gentle Touch (1983), American Roulette (1988), Young Soul Rebels (1991), Nelson's Column (1995) and Charlie (2004).
Roy Skelton (Dalek voice) Jul 20 1931 to Jun 8 2011 (pneumonia following a stroke)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Monoids in The Ark (1966)
Played: Voice of the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet (1966), The Wheel in Space (1968)
Played: Control technician in The Tenth Planet (1966, uncredited)
Played: Voice of the Daleks in The Evil of the Daleks (1967), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Destiny of the Daleks (1979), The Five Doctors (1983), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Computer voice in The Ice Warriors (1967)
Played: Voice of the Krotons in The Krotons (1968-69)
Played: Norton in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Wester in Planet of the Daleks (1973)
Played: James in The Green Death (1973)
Played: Chedaki in The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: King Rokon in The Hand of Fear (1976)
He also performed Dalek voices for the Comic Relief spoof The Curse of Fatal Death (1999)
As a specialist voice artist, Roy also provided voices for A Rubovian Legend (1958-59), Out of the Unknown (1967) and Ghosts of Albion (2003-04). Roy's most famous voices, apart from the Daleks, were for Zippy and George in the children's series Rainbow (1973-92), for which he also wrote over 25 scripts.
Penny Casdagli (Jall) Born Aug 12 1948
Greek-born Penny had previously appeared in Judge Dee (1969), Puppet on a Chain (1971) and Jubilee (1977), and later appeared in Grange Hill (1982) and The Brief (1984).
Penny gave up acting after encountering difficulties when she came out as a lesbian in the early 1980s, and has since become a playwright, with a particular emphasis on lesbianism and the feminist movement, and in 1987 received the British Drama Award for the Best Young People's Play for Pardon Mr Punch. Penny also writes plays for young people, often with an emphasis on the use of sign language for the deaf. She also worked between 1983-90 under the alias Maro Green. Here she is on Twitter.
David Yip (Veldan) Born Jun 4 1951
David made his debut in Whodunnit? (1975), after which he appeared in It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1978), Quatermass IV (1979), The Cuckoo Waltz (1980), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), A View to a Kill (1985), King & Castle (1988), Making Out (1989-90), Every Silver Lining (1993), Bugs (1996), Rich Deceiver (1997), My Kingdom (2001), Oscar Charlie (2002), Zoltan the Great (2005), Liverpool Nativity (2007), ChuckleVision (2008), Holby City (2013) and 24: Live Another Day (2014). David's most high profile role was as the titular character of Detective Sergeant John Ho in The Chinese Detective (1981-82), but was also a regular in soap Brookside (1989) as Michael Choi. He also wrote and directed the 10-minute short Chinese Whispers (2000), and appeared in the controversial comedy The Missing Chink (2004).
David was once married to actress Lynn Farleigh.
Cassandra (Movellan guard)
Very little is known about the mysterious Cassandra, except for the fact the IMDb has her also appearing in 1975's Italian-American sex film The Erotic Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (aka Never on Friday). A line in the film's credits apparently reads: "The producers wish to thank the makers of Planet of the Apes (1968) for their inspiration, without which this picture would possibly have been better." Any readers know any more about Cassandra...?
Note: Although uncredited, Romana's briefly seen discarded regenerations were played by Yvonne Gallagher (tiny Romana), Lee Richards (buxom Romana) and Maggy Armitage (giant Romana).
Terry Nation (writer) Aug 6 1930 to Mar 9 1997 (emphysema)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Daleks (1963-64), The Keys of Marinus (1964), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Chase (1965), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), The Android Invasion (1975), Destiny of the Daleks (1979)
Terry's writing career began in the 1950s writing radio scripts for comedians such as Spike Milligan, Frankie Howerd, Eric Sykes and Terry Scott, before working with legendary comic actor Tony Hancock in 1962. Terry turned down an initial offer to write for Doctor Who, but when he was sacked by Hancock he approached the production team and came up with the serial The Daleks. He also created the cult shows Survivors (1975-77 - in a British High Court of Justice case in the mid-1970s, which was abandoned by both sides due to escalating costs, writer Brian Clemens claimed he had told Nation the concept for Survivors in the late 1960s and had registered the idea with the Writers' Guild of Great Britain in 1965. Nation strenuously denied this) and Blake's 7 (1978-81), worked for a time on Out of This World (1962), The Baron (1966-67), The Saint (1964-68), Department S (1969), The Avengers (1968-69), The Persuaders! (1971-72), The House in Nightmare Park (1973), The Protectors (1973-74), Thriller (1974) and Ticket to Ride (1989), and toward the end of his career in the US helped create the action series MacGyver (1985).
Ken Grieve (director) Mar 17 1942 to Nov 15 2016 (myeloma)
Ken's directing career began on Coronation Street in 1974, after which he worked on The XYY Man (1976-77), The Omega Factor (1979), Buccaneer (1980), Strangers (1980/82), Chessgame (1983), Bulman (1985), Game, Set and Match (1988), Moon and Son (1992), Bugs (1995), Cadfael (1997-98), Peak Practice (1999), The Royal (2005), The Bill (2000-05), Casualty (2007) and Law and Order UK (2009).
It was Ken who helped to film the location footage representing Manchester in the opening titles of soap Coronation Street seen between 1976-90, which included the first "Corrie cat"! He was diagnosed with myeloma in 2008 but continued to work for as long as he could, even refusing the help of a Macmillan Nurse.
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)
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).
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 (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)
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).
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!