First broadcast Oct 25 to Nov 15 1980
Average audience for serial: 5.25m
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.
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)
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.
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.
Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) Born Dec 19 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Adric in Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis, Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Kinda, The Visitation, Black Orchid, Earthshock, Time-Flight (1980-82). Return appearance in The Caves of Androzani (1984)
Matthew's only other TV work prior to Doctor Who was To Serve Them All My Days (1980), and after Doctor Who he pursued a career on the stage; in 2006 he self-published his debut novel, Fates, Flowers: A Comedy of New York, and has since written two more, as well as his autobiography Blue Box Boy (2010).
Matthew, who started at the BBC as a clerk in the news department, has lived in Connecticut, US, since 1998 with his partner, and since 2003 has also worked as a tour guide at the Mark Twain Museum, Hartford, Connecticut. He collects rare books by obscure mid-century poets. In 2014 Matthew appeared as Adric in a number of audio productions by Big Finish. Here he is on Twitter.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Matthew here.
Richard Willis (Varsh) Born Apr 6 1958
Richard's earliest role was in Ghost in the Noonday Sun (1973), followed by Soldier and Me (1974), Shadows (1975), A Bunch of Fives (1977), The Doombolt Chase (1978), The Feathered Serpent (1976-78), Rebecca (1979), Diary of a Nobody (1979), The Quiz Kid (1979), Flesh and Blood (1980-82), The Prodigal (1983), The Bill (1989), Maigret (1992), Wycliffe (1997), Law and Order (2005), The Big Bad Swim (2006), Flashpoint (2009), Nikita (2011), Lost Girl (2011) and Dreadful Sorry (2013).
In 2001 Richard moved to the US and became a citizen in 2007. In 2005 Richard performed Shakespeare at the White House for President George W Bush. After meeting on Doctor Who, Richard married co-star June Page. His second wife between 1993-96 was Rani actress Kate O'Mara.
Bulgaria born George was the son of a British consul, and secured his first acting credit in The Intruder (1953), followed by roles in The Dam Busters (1955), Hell in Korea (1956), The Moonraker (1958), Nick of the River (1959), Sword of Lancelot (1963), Rupert of Hentzau (1964), Curse of the Fly (1965), Undermind (1965), The Prisoner (1967), The Sex Game (1968), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Up Pompeii (1970), The Fenn Street Gang (1971), Bowler (1973), Survivors (1975), I, Claudius (1976), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Ladykillers (1980), The Chinese Detective (1982), Goodbye Mr Chips (1984), The Canterville Ghost (1986), Robin of Sherwood (1984-86), The Charmer (1987), No Job for a Lady (1990-91), Johnny and the Dead (1995), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), Coronation Street (2003), Spooks (2005) and New Tricks (2007). He will be best remembered as Detective Chief Inspector Reg Wexford in ITV's adaptation of Ruth Rendell's thrillers between 1987-2000, although he also had a regular role as David West in ill-fated soap Triangle (1982-83).
George, who was awarded an MBE in 2007 for his charitable work, also adapted some of the Ruth Rendell books himself for TV (1991-98), and reportedly submitted a script to the Doctor Who production office in the 1980s. In 1980 he wrote a TV play called Fatal Spring about war poets Vidal Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Robert Graves, and which won a United Nations peace award. He also did screen tests for the role of Ben-Hur in 1959, as can be seen on the film's DVD extras. His first wife was costume designer Julia Squire, who died in 1989 aged 63 after falling downstairs; his second wife was actress Sally Home, who died of cancer aged 57 in 1992; and his third wife was actress Louie Ramsay, who played his screen wife Dora Wexford in the Ruth Rendell Mysteries, and who died in March 2011 aged 81.
This is Your Life: George was the subject of BBC TV's This is Your Life on April 5th, 1995, surprised by host Michael Aspel during a photoshoot on board a boat at Port Solent. Three Doctor Who actors appeared as guests on the show - Sylvia Sims, Peter Sallis and Maureen Lipman. Link to The Big Red Book entry.
Tony first emerged in Masters of Venus (1962), followed by roles in Suspense (1963), The Counterfeit Constable (1964), A Family At War (1970), Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971), John Halifax, Gentleman (1974), Sutherland's Law (1975), Shades of Greene (1975), The Voyage of Charles Darwin (1978), The Professionals (1978), Fox (1980) and The Nation's Health (1983).
Leonard's earliest acting credit was in Kidnapped (1956), followed by Ivanhoe (1958), Redgauntlet (1959), Rob Roy (1961), Dixon of Dock Green (1962), Z Cars (1967), Paul Temple (1969), Hine (1971), Emmerdale Farm (1973), Scotch on the Rocks (1973), Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1974), Huntingtower (1978), The Awakening (1980), The Day Christ Died (1980), Icebound in the Antarctic (1983), The Doctor and the Devils (1985), Rockcliffe's Babies (1987), EastEnders (1986-88), The Girl in a Swing (1988), Dodgem (1991), Memento Mori (1992) and Victory (1996). He also hosted the arts programme Tempo between 1962-64, and took part in a number of Scotland on Film productions in the 1950s and 60s.
Leonard primarily worked in theatre and radio, performing in almost 2,000 plays from the early 1950s to the early 60s. His second wife was actress Maxine Audley.
James Bree (Nefred) Jul 20 1923 to Dec 1 2008
Doctor Who credits
Played: Security Chief in The War Games (1969)
Played: Nefred in Full Circle (1980)
Played: Keeper of the Matrix in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
James's earliest appearance was in What's in Store (1953), then Give Them a Ring (1954), Stage By Stage: The Relapse, or Virtue in Danger (1954), Just My Luck (1957), Probation Officer (1962), R3 (1965), The Prisoner (1968), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), On the Buses (1971), Ace of Wands (1972), The Donati Conspiracy (1973), I, Claudius (1976), Secret Army (1977), Rumpole of the Bailey (1979), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Galloping Galaxies! (1985-86), Executive Stress (1986), Without a Clue (1988), Anna Lee (1994), Silent Witness (1996) and Ruth Rendell: The Orchard Walls (1998). James also appeared in the Doctor Who fan video spin-off Downtime (1995) and Lust in Space (1998, his final work).
He was a close friend of Doctor Who film actor Peter Cushing, and read a tribute out at his funeral. James suffered a stroke in 1998 which left him without the power of speech for the rest of his life. James was born as James Rutherfoord Worsfold Thomson, but became Thomson-Bree (just Bree professionally) after inheriting land from his great-uncle, Archdeacon William Bree. Through this inheritance, James became patron of the benefice and rectory of Allesley in Coventry. James's long-time partner, Albert Yates, died in 2006.
June debuted in Softly Softly (1971), then appeared in Intimate Strangers (1974), Sam and the River (1975), A Place to Hide (1976), Survivors (1976), Somebody's Daughter (1978), Crown Court (1981), Brideshead Revisited (1981), Grange Hill (1983), Relative Strangers (1985), Thin Air (1988), Birds of a Feather (1989), Wild Justice (1993), nine episodes of The Bill (1987-2001) and Bad Girls (2004).
After meeting on Doctor Who, June married co-star Richard Willis.
Alan Rowe (Garif) Dec 14 1926 to Oct 21 2000
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice from Space Control in The Moonbase (1967)
Played: Dr Evans in The Moonbase (1967)
Played: Edward of Wessex in The Time Warrior (1973-74)
Played: Skinsale in Horror of Fang Rock (1977)
Played: Garif in Full Circle (1980)
New Zealander Alan's career began with You Never Can Tell (1955), then Sword of Freedom (1957) An Age of Kings (1960), Maigret (1963), The Forsyte Saga (1967), The First Churchills (1969), Heil Caesar! (1973), The XYY Man (1976), Crown Court (1975-79, as Justice Quinlan), Number 10 (1983), Morgan's Boy (1984), Lovejoy (1986), The Manageress (1989-90), Forever Green (1989-92) and Wycliffe (1997).
He was the long-term partner of actor Geoffrey Bayldon, who appeared in Doctor Who: The Creature from the Pit (1979).
Bernard Padden (Tylos) Born Dec 29 1956
Bernard made his debut in The Dustbinmen (1970), and also took roles in How We Used to Live (1975), Emmerdale Farm (1979), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Valentine Park (1987), Binky and Boo (1987), Erik the Viking (1989), England, My England (1995), Grange Hill (1997), Sunnyside Farm (1997), The Dark Room (1999) and Zemanovaload (2005). Since 2003 Bernard has been writing scripts for daytime soap Doctors, and also wrote the 12-minute animated short Binky and Boo.
Andrew Forbes (Omril) Born Apr 20 1955
Andrew debuted in Crown Court (1979), then appeared in Shoestring (1980), Super Gran (1985), Strike It Rich! (1986-87), Lovejoy (1991), Birds of a Feather (1991), Incognito (1997), The Hello Girls (1998), Starhunter (2001), Keen Eddie (2003), Bad Girls (2006), Hollyoaks (2008), Bronson (2008), EastEnders (2011) and Doctors (2013). Like co-star Bernard Padden, Andrew has also written for Doctors (2004-05).
Adrian Gibbs (Rysik)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Rysik in Full Circle (1980)
Played: The Watcher in Logopolis (1981, uncredited)
Played: Extra in Black Orchid (1982, uncredited)
Adrian also played, uncredited, the iconic role of The Watcher in Tom Baker's final story, Logopolis (1981), and later appeared uncredited in Black Orchid (1982) as an extra. Adrian had previously appeared in A Bridge Too Far (1977), The Dancing Princesses (1978) and A Man Called Intrepid (1979).
In 2017 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Adrian here.
Barney Lawrence (Marshman)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Marshman in Full Circle (1980)
Played: Guard in State of Decay (1980, uncredited), Warriors of the Deep (1984, uncredited)
Played: Foster in The Keeper of Traken (1981, uncredited)
Played: Hostage in Kinda (1982, uncredited)
Played: Android in Earthshock (1982, uncredited)
Played: Dave Culshaw in Time-Flight (1982, uncredited)
Played: Royal servant in Snakedance (1983, uncredited)
Played: Sailor on the Shadow in Enlightenment (1983, uncredited)
Barney also appeared uncredited in four episodes of Blake's 7 (1978-81).
Norman Bacon (Marshchild)
Norman's earliest credit was in William (1962), followed by Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), The First Lady (1969), Out of the Unknown (1971), The Goodies (1977), Blake's 7 (1979), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), Classic Ghost Stories (1986) and You Rang, M'Lord?(1991). He also appeared in the concert film for the Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams in 1983.
Andrew Smith (writer) Born 1962
Scottish-born Andrew was the first Doctor Who fan to send a script to the production office which was actually made. His early work included scripts for Not the Nine O'Clock News, Radio Scotland's Naked Radio, Radio 4's satirical Week Ending and a play called Thieves in Scottish Television's Preview series.
Andrew's subsequent Doctor Who submissions The Secret of Cassius, The First Sontarans and The Torson Triumvirate were not developed, although the Sontaran serial was adapted on audio by Big Finish in 2012, and he has written other audios for them too. He worked for 25 years as part of the British police force's Special Branch. Here he is, on Twitter!
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Andrew here.
Peter Grimwade (director) Jun 8 1942 to May 15 1990 (leukaemia)
Doctor Who credits
Production assistant: Spearhead from Space (1970, uncredited), The Daemons (1971, uncredited), Robot (1974-75), Pyramids of Mars (1975), The Robots of Death (1977), Horror of Fang Rock (1977)
Directed: Full Circle (1980), Logopolis (1981), Kinda (1982), Earthshock (1982)
Wrote: Time-Flight (1982), Mawdryn Undead (1983), Planet of Fire (1984)
Peter also worked as production assistant on Five Red Herrings (1975), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979) and All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80). Further directing work was on The Omega Factor (1979) and a Dramarama story in 1986 entitled The Come-Uppance of Captain Katt, a thinly veiled attack on his former producer John Nathan-Turner (he also wrote it).
Peter was originally going to direct a Dalek story for Season 20 entitled The Return, but when the story was delayed a year due to industrial strikes, he lost the remount to Matthew Robinson. After Doctor Who, Peter mainly produced industrial training videos.
John Nathan-Turner (producer) Aug 12 1947 to May 1 2002 (liver failure)
Doctor Who credits
Floor assistant: The Space Pirates (1969, uncredited)
Assistant floor manager: The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited), Colony in Space (1971, uncredited)
Production unit manager: 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)
Produced: The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis, K-9 & Company, Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Kinda, The Visitation, Black Orchid, Earthshock, Time-Flight, Arc of Infinity, Snakedance, Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, Enlightenment, The King's Demons, The Five Doctors, Warriors of the Deep, The Awakening, Frontios, Resurrection of the Daleks, Planet of Fire, The Caves of Androzani, The Twin Dilemma, Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos, The Mark of the Rani, The Two Doctors, Timelash, Revelation of the Daleks, The Trial of a Time Lord, Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol, Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, Survival (1980-89), plus Dimensions in Time (1993)
Wrote: Dimensions in Time (1993)
John started out as an assistant floor manager on Doctor Who, and also worked as a production assistant on programmes such as The Pallisers (1974), Barlow (1975) and How Green Was My Valley (1975-76). He soon graduated to become production unit manager on Doctor Who, as well as on series such as All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80) and Flesh and Blood (1980). After Doctor Who was taken off air in 1989, John maintained his links to the series by producing a number of special video releases, such as The Years Tapes which included various single episodes from partly lost 1960s stories, as well as the 1992 release of Shada.
John's long-time partner was Gary Downie, who acted as production manager on some of the 1980s serials. In the 2013 book The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner, author Richard Marson alleges that John and partner Gary "preyed" sexually on young male teenage Doctor Who fans. The gay age of consent in the 1980s was 21.
Barry Letts (executive producer) Mar 26 1925 to Oct 9 2009 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Enemy of the World (1967-68), Inferno (1970, episodes 3-7 (studio), uncredited), Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited), Carnival of Monsters (1973), Planet of the Spiders (1974), The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: Man in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Police radio voice in Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Wrote: The Daemons (1971, as Guy Leopold), The Time Monster (1972, uncredited), The Green Death (1973, uncredited), Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Produced: Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death, Inferno, Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, Colony in Space, The Daemons, Day of the Daleks, The Curse of Peladon, The Sea Devils, The Mutants, The Time Monster, The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monsters, Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks, The Green Death, The Time Warrior, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Death to the Daleks, The Monster of Peladon, Planet of the Spiders (uncredited), Robot (1970-75)
Executive producer: The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis (1980-81)
Barry also wrote two BBC Radio serials starring Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen - The Paradise of Death (1993) and The Ghosts of N-Space (1996).
Barry started out as an actor in San Demetrio London (1943), and also popped up in Scott of the Antarctic (1948), The Cruel Sea (1953), The Silver Sword (1957-58), The Black Arrow (1958), The Moonstone (1959), Coronation Street (1961), City Beneath the Sea (1962), The Avengers (1964), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), Z Cars (1963-64/65), Softly Softly (1966), The Man Who Never Was (1966) and This Man Craig (1966). His directing career began with The Newcomers (1965), and also included Z Cars (1967-68), Adventure Weekly (1969), The Prince and the Pauper (1976), Gulliver in Lilliput (1982), Brookside (1982), David Copperfield (1986), Alice in Wonderland (1986) and EastEnders (1990-92). As a producer, he worked on and helped create Moonbase 3 (1973), Lorna Doone (1976), Katy (1976), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Children of the New Forest (1977), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), Pinocchio (1978), The Old Curiosity Shop (1979-80), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), Sense and Sensibility (1981), Great Expectations (1981), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, starring Tom Baker), Dombey and Son (1983), Goodbye Mr Chips (1984), The Invisible Man (1984) and The Pickwick Papers (1985).
His sister was actress Pauline Letts, while his sons are actors Dominic and Crispin Letts. The 2009 Doctor Who story The Waters of Mars was dedicated to his memory.
Christopher H Bidmead (script editor) Born Jan 18 1941
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis (1980-81)
Wrote: Logopolis (1981), Castrovalva (1982), Frontios (1984)
Christopher originally trained as an actor and enjoyed roles in series such as Emergency Ward 10 and Waggoner's Walk. After that he moved into script writing, on series such as Harriet's Back in Town (1973) and Rooms (1975), and then started writing for scientific journals, something he continues to do, particularly on the magazines Wired and PC Plus.
The H stands for Hamilton. Here he is, on Twitter.