Sunday, August 24, 2014

Meglos

There were reports that Tom
Baker could be a bit spiky
on set...
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Sep 27 to Oct 18 1980
Average audience for serial: 4.65m

CAST

Tom Baker (The Doctor & Meglos) 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.

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.

Jacqueline Hill (Lexa) Dec 17 1929 to Feb 18 1993 (bone cancer) For a full career biography for Jacqueline Hill, click here.

Edward Underdown (Zastor) Dec 3 1908 to Dec 15 1989
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Edward's final screen credit, after a long career, debuting in The Warren Case (1934). He later appeared in Girls Please (1934), Inspector Hornleigh (1939), Mail Train (1941), The October Man (1947), Man on the Run (1949), The Dark Man (1951), Recoil (1953), Beat the Devil (1953), The Camp on Blood Island (1959), The Two-Headed Spy (1958), Call Oxbridge 2000 (1961), The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), Dr Crippen (1963), Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965), Thunderball (1965), Khartoum (1966), Oh in Colour (1970), Follyfoot (1971), Dad's Army (1972), Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (1973), Survivors (1977) and Tarka the Otter (1979).
Facts
Before entering acting, Edward was a jockey and steeplechase rider; in later life he acted as a steward at Newbury racecourse. Edward was author Ian Fleming's first choice to play his creation James Bond in Dr No, but the film's producers never considered him for the role. Edward was reportedly quite ill during the making of Meglos.

Bill Fraser (General Grugger) Jun 5 1908 to Sep 5 1987 (emphysema)
Doctor Who credits
Played: General Grugger in Meglos (1980)
Played: Commander Pollock in K-9 & Company (1981)
Career highlights
Bill's first credit was in The Strangler (1941), and later Helter Skelter (1949), Tonight at 8.30 (1952), Terror on a Train (1953), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), Fast and Loose (1955), The Tony Hancock Show (1956), Hancock's Half Hour (1957), The Man Who Liked Funerals (1959), What a Crazy World (1963), The Americanization of Emily (1964), Barney is My Darling (1965-66), The Avengers (1966), Vacant Lot (1967), Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969), Father Dear Father (1969), That's Your Funeral (1970-71), Up Pompeii (1971), The Train Now Standing (1972-73), The Goodies (1973), The Amorous Milkman (1975), The Corn is Green (1979), Ripping Yarns (1979), Doctor's Daughters (1981), Cover Her Face (1985), The Giddy Game Show (1985) and Little Dorrit (1988). He also had a regular role as Claude Snudge in The Army Game (1959-60) and its spin-offs Foreign Affairs (1964) and Bootsie and Snudge (1960-63 & 1974), as well as Henry Brassington in Flesh and Blood (1980-82), Judge Roger Bullingham in Rumpole of the Bailey (1978-87) and Bert Baxter in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (1985) and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1987).
Facts
Bill was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1987 for Best Comedy Performance for When We Are Married. He served in a Royal Air Force Special Liaison Unit, reaching the rank of Flight Lieutenant, serving with actor Eric Sykes. His wife was actress Pamela Cundell (best remembered as Mrs Fox in sitcom Dad's Army). During those periods when Bill was not acting, he ran a small sweet shop in Ilford, Essex.
This is Your Life: Bill was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on October 21st, 1981 (just weeks before recording began on K-9 & Company), surprised by host Eamonn Andrews at the Royalty Theatre, London.

Christopher Owen (Earthling)
Career highlights
Christopher first appeared in a 1966 Out of the Unknown, followed by Paul Temple (1970), Mandog (1972), Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974), Lucky Feller (1976), Maggie and Her (1979), The Day of the Triffids (1981), The Old Men at the Zoo (1983), Bad Boyes (1987-88), House of Cards (1990), Selling Hitler (1981), Men Behaving Badly (1992), To Play the King (1993), Sharpe's Honour (1994), The Buccaneers (1995), Life As We Know It (2005) and Unlawful Killing (2011).

Frederick Treves (Lieutenant Brotadac) Mar 29 1925 to Jan 30 2012
Career highlights
Frederick appeared in a great many productions starting with 1953's Wheel of Fate, and including The Grove Family (1956), The Buccaneers (1957), Yorky (1960), A for Andromeda (1961), Garry Halliday (1962), Emergency Ward 10 (1963), The Avengers (1966), The Railway Children (1968), Doomwatch (1971), Tightrope (1972), The Regiment (1973), Follyfoot (1973), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), The Cedar Tree (1977), Suez 1956 (1979), The Elephant Man (1980), Nighthawks (1981), Educating Marmalade (1981), Stalky and Co (1982), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), CATS Eyes (1985), Brat Farrar (1986), Yes, Prime Minister (1986-87), Game, Set and Match (1988), Bomber Harris (1989), Paper Mask (1990), Drop the Dead Donkey (1991), Downtown Lagos (1992), To Play the King (1993), Lipstick on Your Collar (1993), Just William (1994), The Politician's Wife (1995), Mr Bean (1995), The Ambassador (1998), Sunshine (1999), Longitude (2000), The Cazalets (2001) and Rosemary and Thyme (2003).
Facts
On his first voyage with the Merchant Navy, Frederick's freighter the Waimarama was sunk, and he helped save several of his shipmates. Frederick, then just 17, received the British Empire Medal and the Lloyd's War Medal for his actions. He appeared in the film The Elephant Man and coincidentally shares the same name as the man who took John Merrick to hospital (Dr Frederick Treves, 1853-1923). Dr Treves was Frederick's real life great uncle. His son is actor Simon Treves.

Colette Gleeson (Caris) Born Dec 29 1945
Career highlights
Colette's other work includes The Informer (1967), Queen of Hearts (1973), Marti (1977), Hotel du Lac (1986) and sitcom Just Good Friends (1983-86) as Elaine.

Crawford Logan (Deedrix)
Career highlights
Crawford's only other TV credits were for Secret Army (1978) and The Chief (1991), although he has been a prolific radio actor since 1982. He is also an occasional member of the Scottish rock band The Martians, whose musical The Sundowe was staged by Cameron Mackintosh in 2007.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Crawford here.

Simon Shaw (Tigellan guard) Born Aug 19 1956
Career highlights
Simon worked as a bit part actor until the publication of his first novel, Murder Out of Tune, in 1988, since when he has concentrated mostly on writing and journalism. He is assistant editor of The Week and a regular book reviewer for The Mail on Sunday.

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John Flanagan (writer) Born Apr 30 1947
Career highlights
John trained as an actor at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, where he became friendly with fellow student Andrew McCulloch. John won his first TV role as the title character in Parkin's Patch (1969-70). He became a journalist for the Granada Reports programme, but continued to act in programmes such as The Lovers (1970), Father Brown (1974), The Sweeney (1975), Man About the House (1976), Softly, Softly (1976), The Medusa Touch (1978), Andy Robson (1982), The Brief (1984), Brazil (1985), Late Starter (1985), Emmerdale (1987), Sleepers (1991), Love Hurts (1992), Stanley's Dragon (1994), Peak Practice (1997), Shipman (2002), The Royal Today (2008), Whitechapel (2012) and Endeavour (2013). He also had a regular role as John Lloyd in Crown Court (1973-84). John began a successful writing partnership with Andrew McCulloch in 1977, and has penned scripts for Boon (1986), Robin of Sherwood (1986), The Good Guys (1992), Pie in the Sky (1994), Margery and Gladys (2003), Murder in Suburbia (2004), Heartbeat (1999-2009) and The Royal (2003-11). In 1992 they were nominated for a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Sleepers, directed by Doctor Who TV movie helmsman Geoffrey Sax.

Andrew McCulloch (writer) Born Oct 27 1945
Career highlights
Andrew trained as an actor at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, where he became friendly with fellow student John Flanagan. Andrew's earliest acting role was in a 1969 Wednesday Play, then Kidnapped (1971), Wessex Tales (1973), The Land That Time Forgot (1975), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), Ladykillers (1980), Priest of Love (1981), The Baker Street Boys (1983), Cry Freedom (1987), Tumbledown (1988), Stay Lucky (1990), The Chief (1991-93), Father Ted (1996), Rebus (2000), Down to Earth (2003), Roger Roger (1999/2003), Messiah (2005) and Holby City (2009). He began a successful writing partnership with John Flanagan in 1977, and has penned scripts for Boon (1986), Robin of Sherwood (1986), The Good Guys (1992), Pie in the Sky (1994), Margery and Gladys (2003), Murder in Suburbia (2004), Heartbeat (1999-2009) and The Royal (2003-11). In 1992 they were nominated for a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Sleepers, directed by Doctor Who TV movie helmsman Geoffrey Sax.
Facts
His brother is actor Ian McCulloch (known for playing Greg Preston in 1970s series Survivors, as well as Nilson in Doctor Who's own Warriors of the Deep (1984)).

Terence Dudley (director) Sep 28 1919 to Dec 25 1988 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Meglos (1980)
Wrote: K-9 & Company (1981), Four to Doomsday (1982), Black Orchid (1982), The King's Demons (1983)
Career highlights
Terence started out in the 1950s as a playwright and soon went into script writing, his early credits including The River Flows East (1962), and then Moonstrike (1963), Detective (1964), Boy Meets Girl (1967), Doomwatch (1970-72), Survivors (1977) and All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80). He became a BBC producer and director in the early 1960s, and in this capacity worked on productions such as The Nightwatchman's Stories (1959), The World of Tim Frazer (1960-61), The Men from Room 13 (1961), Cluff (1964-65), Champion House (1967), Doomwatch (1970-72), Colditz (1972), Survivors (1975-77), Secret Army (1978), To Serve Them All My Days (1980-81), Triangle (1983) and All Creatures Great and Small (1978-83).
Facts
In 1963 he was invited by Doctor Who's original producer, Verity Lambert, to write the very first story (as a replacement for Anthony Coburn's 100,000 BC), but declined. His son is child actor Stephen Dudley, who appeared in over 20 episodes of Survivors (1975-77) as John Millon.

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)
Career highlights
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.
Facts
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).
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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)
Career highlights
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.
Facts
The H stands for Hamilton. Here he is, on Twitter.

1 comment:

  1. I SAW THE DOCTOR WHO EPISODE MEGLOS. MEGLOS IS PLAYED BY TOM BAKER, WHO ALSO PLAYED THE DOCTOR. TOM'S LAST STORY WAS LOGOPOLIS, IN WHICH HE TRANSFORMS INTO THE FIFTH DOCTOR pLAYED BY PETER DAVISON).

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