Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Creature from the Pit

"Stop!" exclaimed the Doctor. "This
monster is just too silly!"
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Oct 27 to Nov 17 1979
Average audience for serial: 9.98m


Tom Baker (The Doctor) Born Jan 20 1934
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Robot, The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, Terror of the Zygons, Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Android Invasion, The Brain of Morbius, The Seeds of Doom, The Masque of Mandragora, The Hand of Fear, The Deadly Assassin, The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers, Underworld, The Invasion of Time, The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, The Armageddon Factor, Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada (unbroadcast), The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis (1974-81). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983, archive footage), Dimensions in Time (1993), The Day of the Doctor (2013, as The Curator - but I think we all know who he was really!).
Tom also played the Doctor in the 1975 audio story Doctor Who and the Pescatons, and in several BBC and Big Finish audios since 2009.
Played: Meglos in Meglos (1980)
Career highlights
Tom's career began with a 1968 adaptation of The Winter's Tale, followed by roles in George and the Dragon (1968), Z Cars (1968), Softly Softly (1970), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), The Canterbury Tales (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), The Mutations (1974), Piccadilly Circus (1977), Late Night Story (1978), The Book Tower (1979-81), The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, as Sherlock Holmes), Jemima Shore Investigates (1983), Remington Steele (1984), Blackadder II (1986), Roland Rat: The Series (1986), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1986), The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986), The Silver Chair (1990), Selling Hitler (1991), The Law Lord (1992), Cluedo (1992), Backtime (1998), Max Bear (2000), Dungeons and Dragons (2000), Fun at the Funeral Parlour (2001), Strange (2003), Fort Boyard (2003), Swiss Toni (2003), The Magic Roundabout (2005), Agatha Christie's Marple (2007), The Beeps (2007-08) and The Genie in the Bottle (2010). Tom has also had regular roles as Prof Geoffrey Hoyt in Medics (1992-95), Professor Wyvern in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000-01) and Donald MacDonald in Monarch of the Glen (2004-05). He is probably most famous in his latter career for providing the eccentric narration for sketch series Little Britain between 2003-08.
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).
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 Brierly (Voice of K-9) 1935 to Jun 10 2008 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of K-9 in The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon (1979-80). He also recorded extra dialogue for the 1992 VHS release of the unbroadcast Shada
Career highlights
David's earliest acting credit was on Noddy in Toyland (1957) voicing Jinky, followed by The Voodoo Factor (1959), Emergency Ward 10 (1960), Harpers West One (1961), Calculated Risk (1963), The Valiant Varneys (1964), The Flying Swan (1965), Sex Through the Ages (1974), Escort Girls (1975), Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976), Frankie Howerd Strikes Again (1981), Threads (1984), One By One (1985), The Tripods (1985) and Howards' Way (1986). He also narrated the 1978 series Planet Water, and provided the voice for K-9 during an appearance on children's show Blue Peter in 1979.
David was an expert sailor, long-distance runner and keen fell walker.

Myra Frances (Lady Adrasta) Born Mar 10 1943
Career highlights
Myra first appeared in The Ha Ha (1969), then took roles in The Ten Commandments (1971), Don't Just Lie There, Say Something! (1973), Men of Affairs (1973), Intimate Strangers (1974), Second City Firsts (1974), Heidi (1974), Survivors (1975), Hadleigh (1976), Crown Court (1976/82), Remembrance (1982) and The Gentle Touch (1984).
Myra performed, with Alison Steadman, the first lesbian kiss on British TV in Second City Firsts. Myra married actor Peter Egan, of Ever Decreasing Circles fame, in 1977, and their actress daughter is Rebecca Egan.

Eileen Way (Karela) Sep 2 1911 to Jun 16 1994.
Doctor Who credits
Played: Old Mother in An Unearthly Child (1963)
Played: Old Woman in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (film, 1966)
Played: Karela in The Creature from the Pit (1979)
Career highlights
Eileen's long CV stretches back to The Gay Lord Quex (1938), with subsequent roles in The Happy Family (1952), They Who Dare (1954), Barbie (1955), The Vikings (1958), The Singer Not the Song (1961), Vendetta for the Saint (1968), Poldark (1977), Sphinx (1981), The Rainbow (1988), Birds of a Feather (1991), Century Falls (1993, in which she played Alice Harkness - the series was written by Russell T Davies!) and Sean's Show (1992-93, as Mrs Pebbles). A recurring role was as Minty in By the Sword Divided (1983-85).
Eileen was married to psychiatrist Felix Brown until his death in 1972, and with her husband took part in the Aldermaston anti-nuclear marches in the 1950s and 60s.

Geoffrey Bayldon (Organon) Jan 7 1924 to May 10 2017 (respiratory complications)
Career highlights
Geoffrey appeared in a huge amount of productions since debuting in The Stranger Left No Card in 1952, and his career continued with The Merry Wives of Windsor (1955), Horror of Dracula (1958), A Night to Remember (1958), Portrait of a Sinner (1959), An Age of Kings (1960), Bomb in the High Street (1961), 55 Days at Peking (1963), The Victorians (1963), The Massingham Affair (1964), King Rat (1965), The Woman in White (1966), Casino Royale (1967, as Q), To Sir, With Love (1967), Inspector Clouseau (1968), A Dandy in Aspic (1968), Journey to the Unknown (1969), Scrooge (1970),  The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Tales from the Crypt (1972), Asylum (1972), Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973), Alice Through the Looking Glass (1973), Edward the King (1975), The Tomorrow People (1976), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Devenish (1977), The Monster Club (1981), Blott on the Landscape (1985), Star Cops (1987), Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989), TECX (1990), Magic Grandad (1993-94), Pie in the Sky (1995), Peak Practice (1998), Ladies in Lavender (2004), New Tricks (2007) and My Family (2010). He also played a waiter in the Marc Bolan documentary film Born to Boogie (1972), directed by Beatle Ringo Starr. His most memorable roles were the title character in Catweazle (1970-71), the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge (1979-81) and the Professor in activity game show Fort Boyard (1998-2001).
Geoffrey was originally asked to play the Doctor before William Hartnell and then Patrick Troughton, but he did get his chance in two audio plays produced by Big Finish in 2003-05 (Auld Mortality and A Storm of Angels), playing an alternative Doctor. In interview, Geoffrey said: "I've never been in love with sci-fi. It doesn't terribly interest me. I turned [Doctor Who] down simply because I'd been playing old men and I didn't want to play any more. I didn't read a script so I never turned an offer down – and when I got Catweazle, I thought, 'That's why I turned Doctor Who down!' I've played the part on audios since and thoroughly enjoyed doing it." His long-term partner was actor Alan Rowe, who appeared in Doctor Who stories such as Horror of Fang Rock and Full Circle. In 1986 Geoffrey provided vocals for the song The Wizard by Paul Hardcastle, which was subsequently used as the theme for BBC music show Top of the Pops (without the vocals) between 1986-91.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Geoffrey here.

John Bryans (Torvin) Died Mar 2 1989
Career highlights
John debuted in The Verdict (1964), then took roles in Martin Chuzzlewit (1964), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1965), Take a Pair of Private Eyes (1966), Kenilworth (1967), Nana (1968), The Contenders (1969), Roads to Freedom (1970), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Cousin Bette (1971), Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972), Justice (1971-74), Rock Follies (1976), London Belongs to Me (1977), Backs to the Land (1978), The Glums (1979), Thomas and Sarah (1979), Blake's 7 (1978-80), The Borgias (1981), Nanny (1982-83), Only Fools and Horses (1983) and Me and My Girl (1985).

Edward Kelsey (Edu) Born 1930
Doctor Who credits
Played: Slave buyer in The Romans (1965)
Played: Resno in The Power of the Daleks (1966)
Played: Edu in The Creature from the Pit (1979)
Career highlights
Debuted in Mary Britten MD (1958), then The Men from Room 13 (1961), The Avengers (1962), St Ives (1967), The Saint (1968), Doomwatch (1970), Cranford (1972), Shoestring (1979), Minder (1982), Anna of the Five Towns (1985), Casualty (1987), The Vicar of Dibley (1994), Brush with Fate (2003) and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005). Edward also memorably provided the voice of Baron Silas Greenback and Colonel K in the cartoon series Danger Mouse (1981-92). Since 1985 he has also played Joe Grundy on BBC Radio 4's long-running soap The Archers.

Tim Munro (Ainu) Born Jun 8 1951
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ainu in The Creature from the Pit (1979)
Played: Sigurd in Terminus (1983)
Career highlights
Tim's first TV role was Only the Other Day in 1974, followed by The Anatomist by James Bridie (1980), Nanny (1981), Great Expectations (1981), A Christmas Carol (1984), Running Loose (1988), EastEnders (1991), Minder (1994), Dangerfield (1995), The Murder of Stephen Lawrence (1999), The Alchemists (1999), Casanova's Last Stand (2007) and Holby Blue (2008). He also had a regular role as Norman Children in Judge John Deed (2001-06).
Tim's grandfather was veteran actor Ivor Barnard, his parents were actors Hugh Munro and Pamela Barnard, and his brother is director David Munro. 

David Telfer (Huntsman)
Career highlights
David's first role was in Target (1978), followed by Bognor (1981), Britannia Hospital (1982), The Whistle Blower (1986), Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1990), Spender (1991), Kappatoo (1992), The Famous Five (1995), Accused (1996), Trial and Retribution (1997), EastEnders (1998), At Home with the Braithwaites (2000), The Royal (2003) and Heartbeat (1999/2003). He also played the semi-regular character Councillor Ecclestone in soap Emmerdale (2000/02).
David is married to actress Alison Ambler (whose sister is actress Rachel Ambler - both Amblers made their name in the history series How We Used to Live in the 1970s/80s).

Morris Barry (Tollund) Feb 9 1918 to Nov 20 2000
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Moonbase (1967), The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), The Dominators (1968)
Played: Tollund in The Creature from the Pit (1979)
Career highlights
Morris started out behind the cameras, directing Escape (1957), Barnaby Rudge (1960), Compact (1962), 199 Park Lane (1965), Spy Trap (1972) and Angels (1975), as well as producing The Common Room (1959), Swizzlewick (1964), Compact, The Donati Conspiracy (1973), Spy Trap (1972-75), State of Emergency (1975), Poldark (1975-76) and Count Dracula (1977), but in the 1970s he moved into acting, debuting in Blake's 7 (1979) and including All Creatures Great and Small (1980), Nanny (1983), Hi-De-Hi! (1984) and Mapp and Lucia (1986).
His wife was actress Sally Lahee.

Terry Walsh (Doran) May 5 1939 to Apr 21 2002 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Militiaman in The Smugglers (1966, uncredited)
Played: Soldier in The Web of Fear (1968, uncredited), The Invasion (1968, uncredited), The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited), Inferno (1970, uncredited)
Fight arranger/ stunts: Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited), Day of the Daleks (1972, uncredited), The Curse of Peladon (1972, uncredited), The Green Death (1973), The Time Warrior (1973-74), Death to the Daleks (1974), The Monster of Peladon (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), Revenge of the Cybermen (1975, uncredited), The Android Invasion (1975), The Seeds of Doom (1976), The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited), The Deadly Assassin (1976), The Face of Evil (1977), The Androids of Tara (1978), The Creature from the Pit (1979), Dimensions in Time (1993)
Played: Auton policeman in Terror of the Autons (1971)
Played: Stangmoor man in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: UNIT motorcyclist in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: IMC guard Rogers in Colony in Space (1971, uncredited)
Played: Castle guard Barclay in The Sea Devils (1972)
Played: Guard in The Mutants (1972, uncredited), The Green Death (1973), Genesis of the Daleks (1975, uncredited), The Face of Evil (1977, uncredited)
Played: Window cleaner in The Time Monster (1972)
Played: Warehouse looter in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Played: Jack in Death to the Daleks (1974, uncredited)
Played: Exxilon in Death to the Daleks (1974, uncredited)
Played: Zombie in Death to the Daleks (1974, uncredited)
Played: Guard captain in The Monster of Peladon (1974)
Played: Man with boat in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Played: SRS meeting security in Robot (1974-75, uncredited)
Played: Wirrn operator in The Ark in Space (1975, uncredited)
Played: Zake in The Sontaran Experiment (1975)
Played: Muto in Genesis of the Daleks (1975, uncredited)
Played: Kaled scientist in Genesis of the Daleks (1975, uncredited)
Played: Crewmember in Planet of Evil (1975, uncredited)
Played: Executioner in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited)
Played: Mensch in The Power of Kroll (1978-79)
Played: Doran in The Creature from the Pit (1979)
Career highlights
Prolific stuntman Terry first appeared in The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) and went on to both act and perform stunts in Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67), Ace of Wands (1970), The Persuaders! (1971), Space: 1999 (1976), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Superman (1978), To Serve Them All My Days (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Never Say Never Again (1983), Robin of Sherwood (1984-86), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Jekyll and Hyde (1990), First Knight (1995) and The Abduction Club (2002).
Terry saved actress Elisabeth Sladen from drowning during filming for Revenge of the Cybermen in 1975 when an action scene went wrong, after which Terry fell ill. He also came up with some of the Third Doctor's more ambitious Venusian aikido moves. When Terry wasn't stunting, he drove a black cab from Edgware station taxi rank in London.

Tommy Wright (Guardmaster) Jul 12 1926 to May 5 1999
Career highlights
Tommy made his debut in Stars and Garters (1964-65), then took roles in The Mini-Mob (1967), Frustrated Wives (1973), The Optimists of Nine Elms (1973), Dial M for Murder (1974), The Brothers (1975), Sykes (1976), The Quiz Kid (1979), The Elephant Man (1980), Young At Heart (1980-81), The Boys in Blue (1982), Bread (1987), The Phantom of the Opera (1989), Drop the Dead Donkey (1991), Chaplin (1992), Frankenstein (1994), Soldier Soldier (1997) and Home Farm Twins (1999).

Philip Denyer (Guard)
This was Oxford graduate Philip's only credit, although he isn't completely untraceable on the worldwide web: in 2008 he was an usher at the funeral of theatre director John Chilvers.

Dave Redgrave (Guard)
Career highlights
Dave's further credits include Poppyland (1985), The Chief (1991), London's Burning (1996) and The Last Horror Movie (2003).


David Fisher (writer) Apr 13 1929 to Jan 10 2018
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Stones of Blood (1978), The Androids of Tara (1978), The Creature from the Pit (1979), The Leisure Hive (1980), and provided the original concept for what became City of Death (1979).
Career highlights
David's other writing work includes Orlando (1967), Dixon of Dock Green (1969), Mogul (1969-70), The Lotus Eaters (1972), Crown Court (1972-75), The Mackinnons (1977), Hammer House of Horror (1980) and Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (1984). David also wrote several non-fiction books about World War Two with Anthony Read, his sometime script editor on Doctor Who.
He submitted a script entitled A Gamble with Time for Doctor Who's 17th season, but due to a tricky divorce he had to withdraw, and the concept became City of Death, one of the series' best loved stories.

Christopher Barry (director) Sep 20 1925 to Feb 7 2014 (following a fall)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Daleks (episodes 1-2 & 4-5, 1963-64), The Rescue (1965), The Romans (1965), The Savages (1966), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Daemons (1971), The Mutants (1972), Robot (1974-75), The Brain of Morbius (1976), The Creature from the Pit (1979).
Career highlights
His directing career began on an episode of Starr and Company (1958) and through his long career he worked on series such as Private Investigator (1958-59), Take a Pair of Private Eyes (1966), Paul Temple (1970-71), Moonbase 3 (1973), Poldark (1975), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Onedin Line (1977), All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80), Juliet Bravo (1981-82) and The Tripods (1984-85). He was also producer on The Net (1962), No Cloak - No Dagger (1962), Broome Stages (1966) and Nanny (1981-83). His earliest TV work was as an uncredited third assistant director on A Run for Your Money (1949).
Christopher was also one of the many faces used during the mind battle sequence in The Brain of Morbius. In 1995 he directed the straight-to-video fan production Downtime. Christopher died following a fall down an escalator in a Banbury shopping centre.

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)
Career highlights
Graham wrote for Target (1977), was script editor on The View from Daniel Pike (1971-73), Sutherland's Law (1973), Barlow at Large (1975) and Z Cars (1975-77), and produced Super Gran (1986-87).
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)
Career highlights
Douglas is most famous for writing the BBC radio series The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy in 1978, which then became a series of books (1979-92), a TV series (1981), a film (2005), a stage play, a computer game and even a bath towel. Douglas's first TV writing was for Monty Python's Flying Circus (1974), followed by Out of the Trees (1976), Doctor on the Go (1977), Doctor Snuggles (1979), Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979) and Hyperland (1990). He also made appearances in front of the camera in Monty Python's Flying Circus, Out of the Trees, The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy and Rockstar (2000).
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!


  1. I wonder if John Bryans' birth date will be unearthed one day?

    1. I've searched for it for a long time but can't find it. Maybe it wasn't his real name? Perhaps he died abroad?


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