Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Horns of Nimon

The Nimon. And so soon after Erato
and the Mandrels...
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Dec 22 1979 to Jan 12 1980
Average audience for serial: 8.75m

CAST

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.
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.

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.
Facts
David was an expert sailor, long-distance runner and keen fell walker.

Graham Crowden (Soldeed) Nov 30 1922 to Oct 19 2010
Career highlights
Graham's career stems from his appearance in The Last of Mrs Cheyney (1956), and continued through The Adventures of Robin Hood (1957), Destination Downing Street (1957), Charlesworth at Large (1958), The Eustace Diamonds (1959), Harpers West One (1961), One Way Pendulum (1964), HMS Paradise (1964), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1964-65), If... (1968), Jackanory (1969), Two in Clover (1970), Catweazle (1971), Up the Chastity Belt (1971), Casanova (1971), The Last Days of Man on Earth (1973), Rooms (1974), Star Maidens (1976), The Camerons (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), The Cleopatras (1983), The Company of Wolves (1984), Out of Africa (1985), A Handful of Dust (1988), Thacker (1992), Love on a Branch Line (1994), Vanity Fair (1998), The 10th Kingdom (2000), Dr Terrible's House of Horrible (2001), Possession (2002), Calendar Girls (2003) and Foyle's War (2008). His most famous role was as Tom Ballard in the sitcom Waiting for God (1990-94), as well as Dr Jock McCannon in A Very Peculiar Practice (1986-88).
Facts
Graham was originally offered the role of the Fourth Doctor but declined as he didn't want to be committed to one role. His daughter is actress Sarah Crowden, who appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures in 2007. Graham was invalided out of the Royal Scots Youth Battalion in 1942 after being accidentally shot by his platoon sergeant. In the early 2000s he was involved in an accident while cycling with his wife on the car-free island of Sark, and despite suffering a stroke in later life, Graham remained active, particularly in Equity affairs.

Simon Gipps-Kent (Seth) Oct 25 1958 to Sep 16 1987 (morphine poisoning)
Career highlights
Simon started out as a child actor in Thursday's Child (1972-73), and also appeared in Lost Hearts (1973), The Tomorrow People (1974), Great Expectations (1974), The Firefighters (1975), Westway (1976), The Emigrants (1976), Midnight is a Place (1977-78), A Traveller in Time (1978), The Devil's Crown (1978), Quadrophenia (1979), Noah's Castle (1980), The Gentle Touch (1980), To Serve Them All My Days (1980), Metal Mickey (1982), The Black Adder (1982, the unaired pilot) and Eureka (1983). Simon, who auditioned for the role of Adric, also played Kenton Archer in BBC Radio's The Archers for a time.
Facts
Simon died of a drug overdose at the age of 28, recorded by the coroner as "misadventure". There are some unsavoury rumours on the internet involving Simon and the actor Peter Arne, but I am uncomfortable about linking to them here, despite both parties being dead.

Michael Osborne (Sorak) Born Nov 13 1947
Doctor Who credits
Played: Extra in The Myth Makers (1965, uncredited)
Played: Guardian in The Ark (1966, uncredited)
Played: Sorak in The Horns of Nimon (1979-80)
Career highlights
Michael made his debut in Softly Softly (1968), then Dad's Army (1968), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), Crossroads (1971), Whodunnit? (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Edward the King (1975), Couples (1975-76), Clayhanger (1976), Force 10 from Navarone (1978), Secret Army (1979), The Latchkey Children (1980), Grandad (1980), Bergerac (1981), Grange Hill (1984) and In Sickness and in Health (1985). He also had a regular role as PC Newton in Dixon of Dock Green (1970-72).

Janet Ellis (Teka) Born Sep 16 1955
Career highlights
Janet's acting work is minimal, her other roles being in The Spencer Side (1978), The Sweeney (1978), The Deceivers (1981), Waking the Dead (2001) and Hotel Babylon (2009). Janet is best known as a TV presenter, most notably on children's magazine programme Blue Peter (1983-87), but she also appeared on Jigsaw (1979-83). She went on to present Open Air for the BBC, and has since presented a huge range of programmes on topics such as gardens, cars, holidays, cookery and childcare, including Great Garden Challenge (2005) and Housebusters (2003-05).
Facts
One of her three daughters is the pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, whose father is the programme maker Robin Bextor. In 2007 Janet appeared on the BBC's song-and-dance celebrity show Just the Two of Us, partnered with Alexander O'Neal.

Malcolm Terris (Co-pilot) Born Jan 11 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Etnin in The Dominators (1968)
Played: Co-Pilot in The Horns of Nimon (1979-80)
Career highlights
Malcolm's extensive career began with 1965's Othello, and includes The Informer (1967), Six Days of Justice (1972), Fall of Eagles (1974), Rooms (1974), The Stars Look Down (1975), The First Great Train Robbery (1979), Juliet Bravo (1981), By the Sword Divided (1983), Bleak House (1985), The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986), The Monocled Mutineer (1986), Chaplin (1992), Coronation Street (1994-98, as Eric Firman), Our Friends in the North (1996), Underworld (1997), Family Affairs (1998-99), ChuckleVision (2002), Emmerdale (2004), Elizabeth I (2005), Doctors (2008) and Midsomer Murders (2011). He also had a long-running role as Matt Headley in When the Boat Comes In (1976-77). Before going into acting, Malcolm was a reporter for a newspaper in Sunderland.

Bob Hornery (Pilot) May 28 1931 to May 26 2015
Career highlights
Australian Bob debuted in Burst of Summer (1961), followed by The Magic Boomerang (1965), George and the Dragon (1966), Orlando (1968), The Ugliest Girl in Town (1969), Dad's Army (1973), Shelley (1979), Sapphire and Steel (1981), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (1995), Mercury (1996), Thunderstone (1999), Virtual Nightmare (2000), Something in the Air (2000), Blue Heelers (1995-2002), Crackerjack (2002) and Legacy of the Silver Shadow (2002). He has also appeared in Australian soap Neighbours as Tom Kennedy (Karl's father) on and off between 1996-2007.
Facts
In 2010 Bob received the Equity Lifetime Achievement Award.

Robin Sherringham (Nimon)
Career highlights
Robin's other credits are Out of the Unknown (1967, incidentally as the black version of the White Robots which would eventually turn up in the Doctor Who story The Mind Robber (1968)) and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1974).

Bob Appleby (Nimon) Died Feb 2 2015
Doctor Who credits
Played: Nimon in The Horns of Nimon (1979-80)
Played: Vervoid in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Career highlights
Bob's other work includes Tucker's Luck (1984), Grange Hill (1985), The Lenny Henry Show (1987), A Taste for Death (1988), You Rang, M'Lord? (1988), The Tall Guy (1989), Sketch Pad (1989), One Foot in the Grave (1990) and The Bill (1996).

Trevor St John Hacker (Nimon)
Career highlights
Trevor's other credits include Romeo and Juliet (1976), Tucker's Luck (1985), Bluebell (1986), French Fields (1990), Red Dwarf (1992), Strange But True? (1995) and Firelight (1997).

Clifford Norgate (Voice of the Nimon) Born 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Nimon in The Horns of Nimon (1979-80)
Played: Voice of the Generator in The Leisure Hive (1980)
Career highlights
Clifford's other credits include Dial M for Murder (1974), The Saliva Milkshake (1975) and 20 episodes of the children's computer game show Knightmare (1989-94) as Hordriss.
Facts
Clifford now reads talking books for children, and sometimes visits primary schools as a storyteller.

John Bailey (Sezom) Jun 26 1912 to Feb 18 1989
Doctor Who credits
Played: Commander in The Sensorites (1964)
Played: Edward Waterfield in The Evil of the Daleks (1967)
Played: Sezom in The Horns of Nimon (1979-80)
Career highlights
Debuted as Till the End of Time (1946), then enjoyed roles in Romeo and Juliet (1947), It Happened in Soho (1948), The Night Won't Talk (1952), The Granville Melodramas (1955-56), The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957), Ivanhoe (1958/59), Ghost Squad (1963), Quick Before They Catch Us (1966), The Forsyte Saga (1967), The Champions (1969), Journey to the Unknown (1969), Steptoe and Son (1970), Van der Valk (1973), Thriller (1976), Return of the Saint (1978), Tales of the Unexpected (1983) and Personal Services (1987).
Facts
Alison Bailey has compiled a professional history for John (who was her father's first cousin) here.

CREW

Anthony Read (writer) 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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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.

Kenny McBain (director) Jul 28 1946 to Apr 22 1989 (Hodgkin's disease)
Career highlights
Kenny's other directing work included A Family Affair (1979), The Omega Factor (1979), Mackenzie (1980), The Walls of Jericho (1981), Coronation Street (1981), Grange Hill (1983) and Why Do They Call It Good Friday? (1985), while he produced Maggie (1981), Grange Hill (1983-84), Boon (1986) and Inspector Morse (1987-88). Kenny was the man who instigated and developed the Morse adaptations for TV, as well as The Blackheath Poisonings (1992), broadcast posthumously.
Facts
In 1984 he was nominated for Best Children's Programme at the BAFTAs for Grange Hill. As a student Kenny was a gifted clarinet player and pianist and took a first degree in music at Harvard University.

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).
Facts
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).
Facts
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!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Your comments are welcome! If you have corrections or amendments, please quote/ link to your source.