|Romana (Mary Tamm) and the Doctor|
(Tom Baker) assess their progress with
the Key to Time
First broadcast Jan 20 to Feb 24 1979
Average audience for serial: 8.48m
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.
Mary Tamm (Romana) Mar 22 1950 to Jul 26 2012 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Romana in The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, The Armageddon Factor (1978-79)
Mary's earliest TV was Hunter's Walk (1973), followed by The Donati Conspiracy (1973), Tales That Witness Madness (1973), Coronation Street (1973/2002), A Raging Calm (1974), The Odessa File (1974), The Girls of Slender Means (1975), The Likely Lads (1976), Return of the Saint (1978), Only When I Laugh (1981), Jane Eyre (1983), Bergerac (1984), The Hello Goodbye Man (1984), Perfect Scoundrels (1991), Crime Traveller (1997), The New Adventures of Robin Hood (1997), Sorted (2000), Amazons and Gladiators (2001), Jonathan Creek (2001), Paradise Heights (2002), Twisted Tales (2005), Holby City (2006), Diamond Geezer (2007), Wire in the Blood (2008), Doghouse (2009) and EastEnders (2009). Mary had a regular role in soap Brookside (1993-96) as Penny Crosbie, and also played Jill Fraser in two series - The Assassination Run (1980) and The Treachery Game (1981). Mary reprised the role of Romana for Big Finish's audio plays from 2005.
Mary's first language was Estonian, and she didn't learn English until she started school in the 1950s. Tragically, Mary's husband Marcus Ringrose collapsed and died on August 7 2012, just hours after returning from his wife's funeral, and 12 days since Mary's death. Initial reports suggested a heart attack, but a post mortem could find no evidence of this - his heart had simply stopped beating (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome). He was sitting at his computer writing thank you letters to people who had passed on their condolences since Mary's passing. The double tragedy left their daughter Lauren, 32, and grandson Max, seven.
John Leeson (Voice of K-9) Born Mar 16 1943
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of K-9 in The Invisible Enemy (1977), The Sun Makers (1977), Underworld (1978), The Invasion of Time (1978), The Ribos Operation (1978), The Pirate Planet (1978), The Stones of Blood (1978), The Androids of Tara (1978), The Armageddon Factor (1979), The Leisure Hive (1980), Meglos (1980), Full Circle (1980), State of Decay (1980), Warriors' Gate (1981), The Five Doctors (1983), Dimensions in Time (1993), School Reunion (2006), Journey's End (2008).
John has also voiced K-9 in Doctor Who's spin-offs, including K9 & Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981), The Sarah Jane Adventures stories Invasion of the Bane (2006), The Lost Boy (2007), the Comic Relief special From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love (2009), The Mad Woman in the Attic (2009), The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (2009), Mona Lisa's Revenge (2009), The Gift (2009), The Nightmare Man (2010) and Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (2010), and the K9 TV series stories Regeneration, Liberation, The Korven The Bounty Hunter, Siren of Ceres, Fear Itself, The Fall of the House of Gryffen, Jaws of Orthrus, Dream-eaters, Curse of Anubis, Oroborus, Alien Avatar, Aeolian, The Last Oak Tree in England, Black Hunger, The Cambridge Spy, Lost Library of UKKO, Mutant Copper, The Custodians, Taphony and the Time Loop, Robot Gladiators, Mind Snap, Angel of the North, The Last Precinct, Hound of the Korven, Eclipse of the Korven (2009-10). John has also voiced K9 in Search Out Space (1991), the BBC1 animated audio Shada (2003), on various episodes of Blue Peter (1977/2006), The Weakest Link (2007), Comic Relief (2009), Pointless (2013) and Stargazing Live: Back to Earth (2013-14), as well as in Big Finish audios since 2003.
Played: Voice of the Nucleus of the Swarm in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Played: Dugeen in The Power of Kroll (1978-79)
Played: Voice of the Dalek battle computer in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
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.
Lalla Ward (Princess Astra) 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.
Valentine Dyall (Black Guardian) May 7 1908 to Jun 24 1985
Doctor Who credits
Played: Black Guardian in The Armageddon Factor (1979), Mawdryn Undead (1983), Terminus (1983), Enlightenment (1983)
Played: Slarn (voice) in Slipback (radio serial, 1985)
Valentine's immense CV stretches back to an uncredited role in The Missing Million (1942), with subsequent roles in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), Pink String and Ceiling Wax (1945), Brief Encounter (1945), The Ghost of Rashmon Hall (1947), Woman Hater (1948), Room to Let (1950), Stranger at my Door (1950), Treasure Island (1951), Stranger from Space (1951), Johnny on the Spot (1954), The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d (1956), A Show Called Fred (1956), Hancock's Half Hour (1956), Son of Fred (1956), The City of the Dead (1960), The Cheaters (1960-62), The Haunting (1963), The Wrong Box (1966), Frankie Howerd Meets the Bee Gees (1968), The Avengers (1968), Decidedly Dusty (1969, as co-host), Freewheelers (1970), Bright's Boffins (1970), The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine (1971-72), Not on Your Nellie (1975), Come Play With Me (1977), The Old Crowd (1979), Blake's 7 (1980), The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981), Nanny (1982-83), The Black Adder (1983) and Love's Labour's Lost (1985). He also had a long-running role as Dr Pascal Keldermans in Secret Army (1977-79). Valentine was perhaps best known for his voice work, his resonant and mellifluous tones creating the Man in Black storyteller on BBC Radio's Appointment With Fear in the 1940s, and also used in various storytelling/ narration capacities on productions such as Man in Black (1949), The Final Test (1953), The Goon Show (1950s), Fury at Smuggler's Bay (1961), The Naked World of Harrison Marks (1965) and A Child's Voice (1979).
After Valentine's death, the Man in Black was portrayed by Edward de Souza, who appeared in Mission to the Unknown (1965). His father was actor and producer Franklin Dyall, who appeared with his son in Yellow Canary (1943), while his son was the late BBC costume designer Christian Dyall.
Barry Jackson (Drax) Mar 29 1938 to Dec 5 2013
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ascaris in The Romans (1965)
Played: Jeff Garvey in Mission to the Unknown (1965)
Played: Drax in The Armageddon Factor (1979)
Barry enjoyed a long career, starting with An Age of Kings (1960) and taking in A for Andromeda (1961), The Desperate People (1963), Kenilworth (1967), Ryan's Daughter (1970), Doomwatch (1972), Diamonds on Wheels (1974), Poldark (1975), Moll Flanders (1975), The New Avengers (1976), Blake's 7 (1978), Churchill and the Generals (1979), Cribb (1981), Them and Us (1985), Fortunes of War (1987), Growing Rich (1992), Three Seven Eleven (1993-94), Bernard's Watch (1999-2000), Wimbledon (2004), Derailed (2005), Toscanini in His Own Words (2009), Foster (2011) and The Wedding Video (2012). He played Walter Peters in A Touch of Frost (1994/2002) and played Dr George Bullard in 76 episodes of Midsomer Murders (1997-2011). Barry also acted as a fight arranger under the name Jack Barry, most notably on Adam Adamant Lives! (1966).
Barry was named after the theatre impresario Sir Barry Jackson, founder of Birmingham Rep.
John Woodvine (Marshal) Born Jul 21 1929
Appearing in over 120 productions since Champion Road (1958), John's CV includes The Haunted House (1960), Danger Man (1961), The Villains (1964), Diary of a Young Man (1964), The Saint (1966), The Further Adventures of the Musketeers (1967), The Caesars (1968), The Dustbinmen (1969), Elizabeth R (1971), The Devils (1971), An Unofficial Rose (1974-75), When the Boat Comes In (1976), Return of the Saint (1978), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Swallows and Amazons Forever! (1984), The Prisoner of Zenda (1984), The Browning Version (1985), The Tripods (1985), Edge of Darkness (1985), Knights of God (1987), Chelmsford 123 (1990), Spender (1992), Leon the Pig Farmer (1992), Runaway Bay (1992), Fatherland (1994), Finney (1994), Peak Practice (1998), Bob and Rose (2001), Paradise Heights (2002), Shameless (2005), Distant Shores (2005), Miss Potter (2006), City of Vice (2008), Emmerdale (2008), Coronation Street (2010), Hebburn (2013) and Vera (2014). John had a regular role as Detective Inspector Witty in Z Cars (1968-69) and DCI John Kingdom in New Scotland Yard (1972-73).
John's daughter is actress Mary Woodvine, while his wife is actress Lynn Farleigh (incidentally, Lynn only ever marries Doctor Who actors - her other husbands include David Yip (Destiny of the Daleks) and Michael Jayston (The Trial of a Time Lord)). In 1988 John was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance for The Henrys (1987).
William's CV began with The Long Dark Hall (1951), followed by The Man Who Never Was (1956), Alexander the Great (1956), Under Milk Wood (1957), Hilda Lessways (1959), The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (1959), How Green Was My Valley (1960), The Wars of the Roses (1965), Where Eagles Dare (1968), Canterbury Tales (1969), Jason King (1972), The Black Arrow (1972-74), The Venturers (1975), The XYY Man (1977), Blake's 7 (1979), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, with Tom Baker as Sherlock Holmes), Marco Polo (1982), Badger Girl (1984), Late Starter (1985) and Rumpole of the Bailey (1988). William also played Hunter 4 in 19 episodes of Callan (1970-72) and provided the voice of Gandalf for the 1978 animated film of The Lord of the Rings.
William was married to actress Juliet Harmer, best remembered as Georgina Jones in Adam Adamant Lives!
Davyd debuted in Stranger in the City (1962), and was then cast in The White Rabbit (1967), Sorry, I'm Single (1967), Big Breadwinner Hog (1969), The First Churchills (1969), Special Branch (1970), Budgie (1971), Tom Brown's Schooldays (1971), Overlord (1975), Target (1977), Anna Karenina (1977), Accident (1978-79), Blake's 7 (1980), Angels (1981), S.W.A.L.K (1982), The Citadel (1983), A.D. (1985), The Charmer (1987), Merlin of the Crystal Cave (1991), Anna Lee (1994), The Chief (1995), Beautiful Thing (1996), Accused (1996), Bugs (1997), Emmerdale (1998-99), The Knock (1999), Prime Suspect 6 (2003), Hollyoaks (2004), Hex (2004), The Queen (2009) and The Other Wife (2012). He also appeared in 39 episodes of Hunter's Walk (1973-76) as Sergeant Ken Ridgeway.
Davyd is married to Pam Valentine, who scripted sitcoms such as How's Your Father? (1979) and That's My Boy (1981).
Ian's further credits include The Corn is Green (1979), The Mallens (1979), The Doom Castle (1980), The Cuckoo Waltz (1980), The District Nurse (1984), Screamtime (1986), Jilting Joe (1998), A Mind to Kill (2002), Dad (2005) and The Tudors (2010).
Ian has worked extensively in Welsh language TV and theatre since the 1980s.
John Cannon (Guard)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Miner in The Monster of Peladon (1974, uncredited)
Played: Elgin in The Hand of Fear (1976)
Played: Passer-by in The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977, uncredited)
Played: Trog in Underworld (1978, uncredited)
Played: Technician in The Pirate Planet (1978, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Armageddon Factor (1979, uncredited), The Creature from the Pit (1979, uncredited)
Played: Extra in Time-Flight (1982, uncredited)
Played: Striker's helmsman in Enlightenment (1983, uncredited)
Played: Servant in The King's Demons (1983, uncredited)
His other work includes The Onedin Line (1972), Frenzy (1972), Moonbase 3 (1973), When the Boat Comes In (1976), Secret Army (1977-78), Blake's 7 (1978-80), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Beau Geste (1982), Classic Ghost Stories (1986) and Out of Town (1988).
Harry Fielder (Guard) Born Apr 26 1940
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guard in The Enemy of the World (1967-68, uncredited), The Seeds of Doom (1976), The Ribos Operation (1978, uncredited), The Armageddon Factor (1979), Castrovalva (1982, uncredited)
Played: Wheel crewmember in The Wheel in Space (1968, uncredited)
Played: Vogan in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975, uncredited)
Played: Second assassin in The Face of Evil (1977, uncredited)
Played: Titan Base crewman in The Invisible Enemy (1977, uncredited)
Played: Tigellan in Meglos (1980, uncredited)
Played: Voice of the Krargs in Shada (1992 video release, uncredited)
Frighteningly prolific bit-part actor Harry's first appearance was in A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967), although he wouldn't get his first on screen credit until 1971's Freelance. His many other appearances include Billion Dollar Brain (1967), The Vengeance of She (1968), Oliver! (1968), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), Cry of the Banshee (1970), The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971), Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Frenzy (1972), Mutiny on the Buses (1972), five Carry On films (1967-74), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), Moonbase 3 (1973), Steptoe and Son (1973), The Mutations (1974), Poldark (1975), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Survivors (1977), Star Wars (1977), Force 10 from Navarone (1978), Superman (1978), Quadrophenia (1979), Fawlty Towers (1979), Secret Army (1977-79), McVicar (1980), Superman II (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Blake's 7 (1978-81), The Les Dawson Show (1982), Walter (1982), Hi-De-Hi! (1982), Maybury (1983), The Man from Moscow (1985), Oscar (1985), The Doctor and the Devils (1985), Mona Lisa (1986), Casualty (1987), London's Burning (1990), Mission: Impossible (1996), Wilde (1997) and Entrapment (1999).
Iain Armstrong (Technician)
Iain's CV also includes The Swordsman (1974), King Lear (1982), Robin of Sherwood (1986) and The Killing Zone (1999).
Iain co-founded AJTC in 1997, a publicly-funded small-scale new writing theatre company, and is a member of the Wildcard Theatre Company based in High Wycombe.
Pat Gorman (Pilot)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Freedom fighter/ Rebel in The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964, uncredited)
Played: Planetarian in Mission to the Unknown (1965, uncredited)
Played: Greek soldier in The Myth Makers (1965, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966, uncredited), The Enemy of the World (1967-68, uncredited), Day of the Daleks (1972, uncredited), Frontier in Space (1973, uncredited), The Green Death (1973, uncredited), The Monster of Peladon (1974, uncredited), Robot (1974-75, uncredited), The Seeds of Doom (1976, uncredited), The Deadly Assassin (1976, uncredited)
Played: Worker in The War Machines (1966, uncredited), Attack of the Cybermen (1985, uncredited)
Played: Monk in The Abominable Snowmen (1967, uncredited)
Played: Cyberman in The Invasion (1968), Revenge of the Cybermen (1975), Attack of the Cybermen (1985, uncredited)
Played: Military policeman in The War Games (1969)
Played: Silurian in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Technician in The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited)
Played: Primord in Inferno (1970)
Played: Auton leader in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Primitive in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Voice in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Long/ colonist in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Coven member in The Daemons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Film cameraman in Day of the Daleks (1972, uncredited)
Played: Sea Devil in The Sea Devils (1972), Frontier in Space (1973, uncredited)
Played: UNIT soldier in The Three Doctors (1972-73, uncredited), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Played: 'Nuthutch' resident in The Green Death (1973, uncredited)
Played: Thal soldier in Genesis of the Daleks (1975)
Played: Soldier in The Masque of Mandragora (1976), The Caves of Androzani (1984, uncredited)
Played: Brother in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited)
Played: Medic in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Played: Kro in The Ribos Operation (1978, uncredited)
Played: Pilot in The Armageddon Factor (1979)
Played: Thug in City of Death (1979, uncredited)
Played: Gundan in Warriors' Gate (1981, uncredited)
Played: Foster in The Keeper of Traken (1981, uncredited)
Played: Grogan in Enlightenment (1983, uncredited)
Many of Pat's roles in other TV shows and films went uncredited too, including Girl in the Headlines (1963), The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964), The Forsyte Saga (1967), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67), The Prisoner (1967), Dad's Army (1969), Trog (1970), Fawlty Towers (1975), The Sweeney (1975), The Sandbaggers (1978), The Tomorrow People (1979), Secret Army (1978-79), The Plank (1979), Hammer House of Horror (1980), The Elephant Man (1980), The Nightmare Man (1981), Blake's 7 (1978-81), Minder (1979-82), The Professionals (1978-82), The Young Ones (1982), Batman (1989), Dark Season (1991) and Soldier, Soldier (1994).
Ian Liston (Hero) Aug 4 1948 to Oct 1 2016 (prostate cancer)
Ian's first role was in The Breaking of Bumbo (1970), then Softly Softly (1973), The Brothers (1974), Coronation Street (1974), Within These Walls (1975), Overlord (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Scum (1979), Thundercloud (1979), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), I Remember Nelson (1982), Crossroads (1981/85), The Bill (1991/95), Bramwell (1995), Bugs (1997) and Captain Jack (1999).
Ian founded the Hiss and Boo Theatre Company in 1974 and became one of the foremost pantomime and Christmas show producers in the UK. Ian was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2003 and told by doctors to "find a hospice". The cancer spread to his shoulder, ribs and hips, but Ian refused to give in and registered for drug trials at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He underwent various drugs trials over the subsequent 12 years based upon revolutionary sampling of his DNA. In March 2016, Ian was given the all-clear.
Susan Skipper (Heroine) Born Jan 27 1951
Susan debuted in Rooms (1974-75), then took roles in Carry On Laughing! (1975), Sweeney! (1977), Raffles (1977), Prince Regent (1979), West End Tales (1981), Airline (1982), Sorry! (1985), Wish You Were Here (1987), No Frills (1988), Westbeach (1993), Home Again (2006) and Re-Evolution (2011). She also played Victoria Bourne in 100 episodes of The Cedar Tree (1976-78) and Madeleine in the sitcom Don't Wait Up (1983-90).
Her husband is actor Anthony Valentine. In 2001 Susan's voice was used as the British English option on OnStar's concierge and navigation system in Jaguar cars. Mega-trivia: Susan's name was the inspiration for Viz Comic's Susan's Kipper.
Bob Baker (writer) Born Jul 26 1939
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Claws of Axos (1971), The Mutants (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), The Hand of Fear (1976), The Invisible Enemy (1977), Underworld (1978), The Armageddon Factor (1979), Nightmare of Eden (1979)
With writing partner Dave Martin, Bob wrote eight Doctor Who serials, and a ninth on his own. Bob's writing career began with Doctor Who, followed by stints on Thick as Thieves (1971), Pretenders (1972), Arthur of the Britons (1972), Z Cars (1974), Public Eye (1975), Sky (1976), Machinegunner (1976), King of the Castle (1977), Follow Me (1977), Scorpion Tales (1978), Target (1977-78), Shoestring (1979), Into the Labyrinth (1981-82), Jangles (1982), Bergerac (1981/83), Call Me Mister (1986), Succubus (1987), The Jazz Detective (1992), Kipper (1997) and The Mysti Show (2004). As co-creator of the Doctor's robot dog K9, Bob was also series producer and one of the writers of the 2009 spin-off series K9. In recent years he has enjoyed international success as writer of the Wallace and Gromit Aardman animations, including The Wrong Trousers (1993), A Close Shave (1995), The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008, for which he won a BAFTA and an Alexander Korda Award) and Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention (2010, which he also produced). Bob also acted as script editor on Pretenders, Shoestring, Jangles, Into the Labyrinth, Call Me Mister and Peace One Day (2004), and was producer on Function Room (2004).
The character of Baker Bob in A Matter of Loaf and death is named after Bob. Bob also helped create some of the animations for the BBC children's series Vision On in the late 1960s.
Dave Martin (writer) Jan 1 1935 to Mar 30 2007 (lung cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Claws of Axos (1971), The Mutants (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), The Hand of Fear (1976), The Invisible Enemy (1977), Underworld (1978), The Armageddon Factor (1979)
With writing partner Bob Baker, Dave wrote eight Doctor Who serials. Dave's writing career began with Doctor Who, followed by stints on Thick as Thieves (1971), Pretenders (1972), Arthur of the Britons (1972), Z Cars (1974), Late Night Drama (1974), Public Eye (1975), Sky (1976), Machinegunner (1976), King of the Castle (1977), Follow Me (1977), Scorpion Tales (1978), Target (1977-78), Into the Labyrinth (1981-82) and Succubus (1987). He was also story editor, along with Bob Baker, on Pretenders. Dave also wrote a 1986 Doctor Who choose your own adventure book, entitled Search for the Doctor, featuring several of his previous inventions, including K9, Omega and Drax.
His second wife Celia was the daughter of prolific TV script writer Denis Constanduros.
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)
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).
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.
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.
Anthony Read (script editor) Apr 21 1935 to Nov 21 2015
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Image of the Fendahl (uncredited), The Sun Makers (uncredited), Underworld, The Invasion of Time, The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, The Armageddon Factor (1977-79)
Wrote: The Invasion of Time (1978, as David Agnew), The Horns of Nimon (1979-80)
Anthony's writing career began with episodes of Detective in 1962, followed by stints on This Man Craig (1967), Sherlock Holmes (1967), Mogul (1966-70), The Black Arrow (1974-75), Z Cars (1976-77), The Omega Factor (1979), Into the Labyrinth (1980), Sapphire and Steel (1981), the Chocky trilogy (1984-86), The Chief (1995), Heartbeat (1998) and Revelations (2002-03). He also acted as script editor on many of these series, as well as Hammer House of Horror (1980), and was producer on Mogul, The Lotus Eaters (1972) and The Dragon's Opponent (1973).
In later years Anthony has become an author and historian, concentrating on World War Two, often teaming up with Doctor Who colleague David Fisher, as well as writing prose based on his 1980s series The Baker Street Boys.