Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Leisure Hive

The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) embarks
upon his last ever TV run of stories
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Aug 30 to Sep 20 1980
Average audience for serial: 5.10m


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.

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.
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.

Adrienne Corri (Mena) Born Nov 13 1930 to Mar 13 2016
Career highlights
Born and bred in Scotland by Italian parents, Adrienne's career debut was in Naughty Arlette (1949), with subsequent appearances in The River (1951), Devil Girl from Mars (1954), The Three Musketeers (1954), Sword of Freedom (1957), The Big Chance (1957), Corridors of Blood (1958), Epilogue to Capricorn (1959), Dynamite Jack (1961), The Hellfire Club (1961), Doctor Zhivago (1965), A Study in Terror (1965), Bunny Lake is Missing (1965), The Viking Queen (1967), Journey to the Unknown (1968), My Partner the Ghost (1969), A Family at War (1971), A Clockwork Orange (1971), You're Only Young Twice (1971), Vampire Circus (1972), Rosebud (1975), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), Love in a Cold Climate (1980), Shades of Darkness (1986) and Lovejoy (1992).
Adrienne was an expert on 18th century portrait painting and the author of a book about painter Thomas Gainsborough (The Search for Gainsborough (1984)). She was married in the 1960s to actor Daniel Massey.

David Haig (Pangol) Born Sep 20 1955
Career highlights
David made his debut in 1978's The Moon Stallion and has since become one of the most recognised faces on British TV, appearing in Blake's 7 (1980), Diamonds (1981), Morons from Outer Space (1985), Hannay (1989), Campion (1990), Portrait of a Marriage (1990), Chancer (1991), Soldier Soldier (1991), The Darling Buds of May (1993), Cracker (1993), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Love on a Branch Line (1994), Nice Day at the Office (1994), Never Mind the Horrocks (1996), Keeping Mum (1997-98), Talking Heads 2 (1998), Crime and Punishment (2002), Hustle (2004), A for Andromeda (2006), The 39 Steps (2008), Doc Martin (2009), The Thick of It (2009), Strike Back (2011), Yes, Prime Minister (2013) and The Wright Way (2013). He also wrote and starred in My Boy Jack (2007). David's best known role will be as Detective Inspector Derek Grim in sitcom The Thin Blue Line (1995-96).
1988: Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play (Our Country's Good)
2013: Member of the order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to drama
His partner is American actress Jane Galloway.

Laurence Payne (Morix) Jun 5 1919 to Feb 23 2009 (vascular dementia)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Johnny Ringo in The Gunfighters (1966)
Played: Morix in The Leisure Hive (1980)
Played: Dastari in The Two Doctors (1985)
Career highlights
Laurence's further credits include Till Tomorrow (1948), Train of Events (1949), The Face of Love (1954), The Three Musketeers (1954), Ill Met by Moonlight (1957), The Trollenberg Terror (1958), Moonstrike (1963), The Midnight Men (1964), The Saint (1966), Vampire Circus (1972), The Hanged Man (1975), The Sandbaggers (1978), Airline (1982) and Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (1992). He became well known for playing the title character in Sexton Blake (1967-71).
Between 1962-93, Laurence wrote 11 detective novels, the first of which (The Nose on My Face) was adapted into the film Girl in the Headlines aka The Model Murder Case (1963). A sword-fighting accident while filming Sexton Blake in 1968 cost him the sight in his left eye. Laurence's first wife (of three) was actress Sheila Burrell, cousin to Sir Laurence Olivier. In a 1998 interview with Edinburgh's Evening News, Laurence said: "Dr Who was great fun. I was one of the villains in the second series with that strange elderly man as Dr Who. We did about ten weeks filming at a time, and then had a break. I got on very well with the boy playing Dr Who's grandson. I wasn't in any of the ones with those robots [Daleks] in, thank God! I think I would have laughed!" In the 1990s Laurence contracted septicaemia, causing some brain damage, and the last three years of his life were spent in a nursing home suffering from vascular dementia.

John Collin (Brock) Oct 18 1928 to Feb 25 1987
Career highlights
John's debut was in Nearer to Heaven (1961), followed by roles in The Valiant (1962), Dead Man's Chest (1965), Undermind (1965), The Witches (1966), Boy Meets Girl (1967), Star! (1968), Before Winter Comes (1969), The Expert (1969), The Guardians (1971), Crime of Passion (1972), A Raging Calm (1974), Our Mutual Friend (1976), Wuthering Heights (1978), Tess (1979), Coronation Street (1961/69/79), The Guns and the Fury (1981), The Chinese Detective (1982) and All Creatures Great and Small (1978/83). He also played Detective Sergeant Haggar in 50 episodes of Z Cars (1971-78).

Nigel Lambert (Hardin) Born May 11 1944
Career highlights
Nigel made his debut in Mr Browne Comes Home (1959), and then appeared in Katy (1962), Out of the Unknown (1965), The Further Adventures of the Musketeers (1967), The Avengers (1965/67), Scream and Scream Again (1970), The Onedin Line (1972), Sporting Scenes (1974), The Crezz (1976), The Phoenix and the Carpet (1976), The Fuzz (1977), Touch and Go (1978), Blake's 7 (1978), The History of Mr Polly (1980), Shillingbury Tales (1981), Cuffy (1983), Sob Sisters (1989), The Upper Hand (1992), Married for Life (1996), Heartbeat (1998), The Princess and the Pea (2002), Captain Sabertooth (2003), Noggin (2008) and Murder Loves Killers Too (2009). His voice will be best remembered narrating the tongue in cheek comedy series Look Around You (2002), while he also voiced Mr Curry in The Adventures of Paddington Bear (1997-2001).
In the 1980s Nigel contributed extensively to the magazine partwork Story Teller published by Marshall Cavendish. Consisting of a fortnightly magazine and cassette tape featuring children's stories, Nigel narrated over 30 of the stories onto tape, including Grogre the Ogre and Jester Minute. He was also a presenter on children's series You and Me in 1977, and is the voice of Papa in the UK TV commercials for Dolmio cooking sauces.

Martin Fisk (Vargos) Born Apr 28 1946
Career highlights
Martin's further work includes Budgie (1971), Doctor At Large (1971), Poldark (1975-76), The Sweeney (1976), The XYY Man (1977), A Horseman Riding By (1978), Rumpole of the Bailey (1979), Shoestring (1980), Angels (1980), On the Line (1982), Terry on the Fence (1985), Room at the Bottom (1988), London's Burning (1989), Soldier Soldier (1991), Bugs (1998) and Heartbeat (2000).
In the late 1970s Martin achieved recognition as the Yorkie chocolate bar truck driver in British TV commercials.

Roy Montague (Guide)
Roy's only other credits are Yesterday's Hero (1979), Only a Game (1981) and Private Schulz (1981).

Ian Talbot (Klout) Born Dec 19 1942
Doctor Who credits
Played: Travis in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Klout in The Leisure Hive (1980)
Career highlights
Debuted in Champion House (1968), then Up the Front (1972), The Jensen Code (1973), Drowning By Numbers (1988), Spatz (1991), Terry and Julian (1992), Degrees of Error (1995), As Time Goes By (1996), Midsomer Murders (2005) and Run for Your Wife (2012).
Until her death in 1996, Ian was married to actress Liz Gebhardt, best known for playing Maureen Bullock in the sitcoms Please, Sir! and The Fenn Street Gang (1968-73). Ian was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 for Best Director, and was awarded the OBE in 2008, for his services to drama as the artistic director of the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park in London between 1987-2007.
In 2017 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Ian here.

David Allister (Stimson)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Stimson in The Leisure Hive (1980)
Played: Bruchner in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Career highlights
Also appeared in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986). After debuting in The Heiress (1969), David got a regular role as Sergeant Jackson in Softly Softly (1969-71), and then appeared in Budgie (1972), Heil Caesar! (1973), Colditz (1974), The Firefighters (1975), Lillie (1978), Flesh and Blood (1980-82), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), The Jigsaw Man (1984), The Monocled Mutineer (1986), Rockcliffe's Babies (1987), The Franchise Affair (1988), Virtual Murder (1992), The Good Guys (1993), The Uninvited (1997), Anna Karenina (2000) and The Discovery of Heaven (2001).

Harriet Reynolds (Voice) Sep 13 1944 to Jun 18 1992 (cancer)
Career highlights
Harriet made her debut in Abigail's Party (1977, as Susan), then Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1978), Agony (1980), Butterflies (1980), Pig in the Middle (1980), I Remember Nelson (1982), Ever Decreasing Circles (1984), Are You Being Served? (1985), Sorry! (1986), The New Statesman (1990), Lovejoy (1991), The Law Lord (1991) and Jeeves and Wooster (1992).

Clifford Norgate (Voice of the Generator) 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.
Clifford now reads talking books for children, and sometimes visits primary schools as a storyteller.

Andrew Lane (Foamasi) Feb 8 1947 to Dec 10 1999
Career highlights
Further credits include Z Cars (1967), David Copperfield (1974), The Lady of the Camellias (1976), Silver Bears (1978) and Yes Minister (1980).


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.

Lovett Bickford (director) Born Apr 8 1942
Doctor Who credits
Assistant floor manager: The War Machines (1966, uncredited), The Moonbase (1967, uncredited)
Directed: The Leisure Hive (1980)
Career highlights
His other directing work includes Z Cars (1978), The History of Mr Polly (1980), The Enigma Files (1980) and The Olympian Way (1981), while has also worked as assistant floor manager on series such as The Pallisers (1974), Poldark (1977) and All Creatures Great and Small (1978).
In the 1980s, Lovett worked in theatre, often on pantomimes produced by Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner.

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.
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).
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.
The H stands for Hamilton. Here he is, on Twitter.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Christopher here.

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