Friday, September 19, 2014

Black Orchid

The TARDIS crew demonstrating some
very bad dancing
Two episodes (Part One, Part Two)
First broadcast Mar 1 to 2 1982
Average audience for serial: 10.0m

CAST

Peter Davison (The Doctor) Born Apr 13 1951
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Logopolis, 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 (1981-84). Return appearances in Dimensions in Time (1993), Time Crash (2007)
Career highlights
Peter's earliest screen appearance was in a 1974 episode of Warship, after which he popped up in The Tomorrow People (1975), Saint Joan (1979), The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981), Anna of the Five Towns (1985), Magnum PI (1985), Kinsey (1992), Harnessing Peacocks (1993), Black Beauty (1994), Jonathan Creek (1998), Wuthering Heights (1998), Parting Shots (1998), The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (2000), The Complete Guide to Parenting (2006), Marple: At Bertram's Hotel (2007), Fear, Stress and Anger (2007), Unforgiven (2009), Miranda (2009), The Queen (2009), Sherlock (2010), New Tricks (2011), Pat and Cabbage (2013) and Death in Paradise (2014). Peter, whose birth surname is Moffett, has had lead or regular roles in many series, starting with Tom Holland in Love for Lydia (1977), Russell Milburn in Holding the Fort (1980-82), Brian Webber in Sink or Swim (1980-82), Dr Stephen Daker in A Very Peculiar Practice (1986-88) and its spin-off A Very Polish Practice (1992), Albert Campion in Campion (1989-90), Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small (1978-90), Ralph West in Fiddlers Three (1991), Clive Quigley in Ain't Misbehavin' (1994-95), David Braithwaite in At Home with the Braithwaites (2000-03), Bill Shore in Distant Shores (2005-08), DC "Dangerous" Davies in The Last Detective (2003-07) and Henry Sharpe in Law and Order UK (2011-14). He also appeared in a number of fan spin-off videos in the 1990s, and was the mastermind behind the Doctor Who 50th anniversary project The Five(ish) Doctors (Reboot) (2013).
Facts
Peter composed and sang the theme tune for the 1978 comedy Mixed Blessings and the 1980 children's series Button Moon. Between 1978-94 Peter was married to American actress Sandra Dickinson. In 2003 he married actress Elizabeth Morton. In 2001 Peter (on Twitter here) hit the headlines when he made a citizen's arrest after a 15-year-old youth allegedly stole a video camera from his car in Belsize Park, London. Peter gave chase and restrained the youth for 10 minutes before police arrived. Peter's daughter (with Dickinson) is actress Georgia Moffett, who appeared as the title character, Jenny, in The Doctor's Daughter (2008). As if to make matters even more complicated, Tenth Doctor David Tennant married Georgia in 2011 - making him Peter's son-in-law! - and the couple had a daughter together in 2011, Olivia. All this means that Olivia has a Doctor for her father and her grandfather, and the "Doctor's daughter" for her mother! Time for a lie-down...

Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) Born Dec 19 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Adric in Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis, Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Kinda, The Visitation, Black orchid, Earthshock, Time-Flight (1980-82). Return appearance in The Caves of Androzani (1984)
Career highlights
Matthew's only other TV work prior to Doctor Who was To Serve Them All My Days (1980), and after Doctor Who he pursued a career on the stage; in 2006 he self-published his debut novel, Fates, Flowers: A Comedy of New York, and has since written two more, as well as his autobiography Blue Box Boy (2010).
Facts
Matthew, who started at the BBC as a clerk in the news department, has lived in Connecticut, US, since 1998 with his partner, and since 2003 has also worked as a tour guide at the Mark Twain Museum, Hartford, Connecticut. He collects rare books by obscure mid-century poets. In 2014 Matthew appeared as Adric in a number of audio productions by Big Finish. Here he is on Twitter.

Sarah Sutton (Nyssa, Ann Talbot) Born Dec 12 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Nyssa in The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis, Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Kinda, The Visitation, Black Orchid, Earthshock, Time-Flight, Arc of Infinity, Snakedance, Mawdryn Undead, Terminus (1980-83). Return appearances in The Caves of Androzani (1984) and Dimensions in Time (1993)
Played: Ann Talbot in Black Orchid (1982)
Career highlights
Prior to Doctor Who Sarah had appeared in Menace (1973), Alice Through the Looking Glass (1973, as Alice), Late Call (1975), Oil Strike North (1975), Westway (1976), The Moon Stallion (1978) and The Crucible (1980). After leaving Doctor Who she took roles in Casualty (1989) and Unnatural Pursuits (1992), but she then left her acting career to bring up a family. She has been playing Nyssa on Big Finish audios since 2000's Land of the Dead.

Janet Fielding (Tegan) Born Sep 9 1953
Doctor Who credits
Played: Tegan Jovanka in Logopolis, 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 (1981-84). Return appearance in The Caves of Androzani (1984), as well as the Jim'll Fix It sketch A Fix with Sontarans (1985)
Career highlights
Prior to Doctor Who, Australian born Janet had appeared in the Hammer House of Horror episode Charlie Boy (1980), and subsequent credits include Shelley (1982), Minder (1984), Hold the Back Page (1986) and Parnell and the Englishwoman (1991).
Facts
After training as an actor Down Under, Janet moved to the UK in 1977, but in 1991 gave up acting to work for pressure group Women in Film and Television. In the 1990s she became an actors' agent, representing Paul McGann when he was cast as the Eighth Doctor in 1996. In 1982, Janet married Daily Mirror and World in Action journalist Nicholas Davies, who later became notable for allegations of being an arms dealer and Mossad agent, as well as one of Diana, Princess of Wales's lovers. They divorced in 1991. Janet reprised her role as Tegan in 2006 for the Big Finish audio adventure The Gathering, and has played her ever since on audio. In 2012 it was revealed that Janet was fighting cancer. She is heavily involved in the community scheme Project MotorHouse in Ramsgate, UK, and successfully organised two fundraising events in 2013 which reunited firstly five Doctors (numbers 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10) and then 12 companions (along with Peter Davison).

Barbara Murray (Lady Cranleigh) Sep 27 1929 to May 20 2014 (heart attack)
Career highlights
Barbara debuted uncredited in Anna Karenina (1948), and subsequently appeared in Badger's Green (1949), Passport to Pimlico (1949), Mystery Junction (1951), The Frightened Man 91952), Hot Ice (1952), Doctor at Large (1957), The Widow of Bath (1959), The Escape of RD7 (1961), The Punch and Judy Man (1963), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), A Dandy in Aspic (1968), The Caesars (1968), Strange Report (1970), Never a Cross Word (1969-70), Up Pompeii (1971), Albert and Victoria (1971), Jason King (1971), His and Hers (1972), Heartbreak House (1977), The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980), Robin's Nest (1979-80), The Power (1984), Never the Twain (1984/88), Coach (1996) and The Harpist (1999). Barbara's most remembered role was as (Lady) Pamela Wilder in The Plane Makers (1963-64) and The Power Game (1965-69), while she also enjoyed regular roles as Marie Finn in The Pallisers (1974) and Lydia in The Bretts (1987-89).
Facts
Barbara's first husband was actor John Justin, while her second was actor and teacher Peter Holmes (who appeared uncredited in Doctor Who in 1966). In 1976, Barbara spent six weeks in hospital after breaking her jaw when a car she was travelling in was involved in a collision during a British Council-sponsored acting tour of Brazil. In retirement, she moved to Alicante in Spain where she fell and broke her hip in 2014. Admitted to hospital for an operation to fix her injury, she suffered a heart attack.

Moray Watson (Sir Robert Muir) Jun 25 1928 to May 2 2017
Career highlights
Moray first appeared in The Quatermass Experiment (1953), then took roles in Find the Lady (1956), No Wreath for the General (1960), Compact (1962-63), Operation Crossbow (1965), The Avengers (1966), The Expert (1969), Rookery Nook (1970), Hadleigh (1971), Upstairs, Downstairs (1972), But Seriously, It's Sheila Hancock (1972-73), Rooms (1975), Return of the Saint (1978), The Sea Wolves (1980), Pride and Prejudice (1980), Union Castle (1982), The Cleopatras (1983), Who Dares Wins (1986), Still Crazy Like a Fox (1987), Rude Health (1987), Sir Norbert Smith, a Life (1989), Haggard (1992), The Vicar of Dibley (1994), Dangerfield (1995), Kavanagh QC (1999), Bertie and Elizabeth (2002), My Family (2011) and Ace (2013). He had regular roles as Lord Collingford in Catweazle (1971), Barrington Erle in The Pallisers (1974), Angus Kinloch in Quiller (1975), Judge George Frobisher in Rumpole of the Bailey (1978-88) and the Brigadier in The Darling Buds of May (1991-93).
Facts
Moray's daughter is actress Emma Vansittart, who is married to actor Rupert Vansittart (he appeared in Aliens of London in 2005). Before she left acting to home-school her children, Emma performed under the name Emma Watson (her birth name) but was asked by Equity in 2000 if she would relinquish her stage name so that newcomer Emma Watson (aka Hermione in the Harry Potter franchise) could be credited as such. Emma has since returned to acting using her married name.

Michael Cochrane (Lord Cranleigh) Born May 19 1947
Doctor Who credits
Played: Lord Cranleigh in Black Orchid (1982)
Played: Redvers Fenn-Cooper in Ghost Light (1989)
Career highlights
Michael's earliest role was in The Pallisers (1974), followed by credits in Love Thy Neighbour (1975), Love in a Cold Climate (1980), The Citadel (1983), The Far Pavilions (1984), Frankenstein (1984), The Detective (1985), The Collectors (1986), Fortunes of War (1987), Number One Gun (1990), No Job for a Lady (1990), Keeping Up Appearances (1993), The Saint (1997), Coronation Street (1998), Big Bad World (1999), Perfect World (2000-01), Rosemary and Thyme (2003), Spooks (2003), Murphy's Law (2004), The Government Inspector (2005), Suez: A Very British Crisis (2006), To the Manor Born (2007), Criminal Justice (2009), Holy Flying Circus (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), Titanic (2012), Downton Abbey (2011-12) and The Musketeers (2014). He regularly played Charles Gaylion in Wings (1977-78), Nigel Crimmond in The Chief (1990-95) and Sir Henry Simmerson in the Sharpe franchise (1993-2008). He also plays Oliver Sterling in radio soap The Archers.
Facts
He is married to actress Belinda Carroll, the sister of Rani actress Kate O'Mara.

Brian Hawksley (Brewster) Apr 8 1920 to Sep 28 2001
Career highlights
Brian debuted in 1959's The Voodoo Factor, then Secret Beneath the Sea (1963), Mike (1964), Death is a Good Living (1966), Man in a Suitcase (1968), South Riding (1974), Colditz (1974), Whose Child Am I? (1976), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1978), Black Jack (1979), Grandad (1979), The Haunting of Cassie Palmer (1982), Nancy Astor (1982), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Half Moon Street (1986) and The Witches (1990).
Facts
Brian was married to textile artist Rozanne Hawksley, who studied with Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon.

Timothy Block (Tanner) Born Nov 6 1944
Career highlights
Timothy's first acting credit was on Coriolanus (1965), followed by Troilus and Cressida (1966), Shoestring (1979), The Enigma Files (1980), The Professionals (1983), The Keep (1983), Casualty (1986), The Woman in Black (1989), Poirot (1990), 99-1 (1995), Silent Witness (1996), Senet (2012) and Frequencies (2013).
Facts
Timothy's brother Giles appeared in The Dominators in 1968.

Ahmed Khalil (Latoni)
Career highlights
Ahmed's first role was in the 1960s soap Crossroads, later being cast in Paul Temple (1969), The Mummy (1969), The Alf Garnett Saga (1972), Till Death Us Do Part (1975), Are You Being Served? (1976), Gangsters (1976-78), Mind Your Language (1979), The Gentle Touch (1980), Only Fools and Horses (1981), The Irish RM (1984), Mr Palfrey of Westminster (1985), The Piglet Files (1991), Civvies (1992), Son of the Pink Panther (1993), EastEnders (1995), Shooting Fish (1997), The Hamburg Cell (2004) and Children of Streets (2006). Ahmed moved to the Middle East and has appeared in various Egyptian productions, including El-katl El-laziz (1997), Malak rohi (2003), Reesh Naam (2010) and Kayd El-Nisaa (2012).
Facts
Ahmed's son was Bangladeshi actor and director Bulbul Ahmed.

Gareth Milne (George Cranleigh) Born May 7 1953
Doctor Who credits
Played: George Cranleigh in Black Orchid (1982)
Stunts: Warriors of the Deep (1984, uncredited)
Played: Mortuary attendant in Vengeance on Varos (1985, uncredited)
Career highlights
Gareth is a stuntman turned actor who first appeared in 1978 in Sweeney 2. Over the years he has received acting and stuntwork credits on more than 170 productions, including Blake's 7 (1980), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Kessler (1981), Krull (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Bergerac (1985), Howards' Way (1986), Filthy Rich and Catflap (1987), Star Cops (1987), Red Dwarf (1989-92), Taggart (1993), Bugs (1995), Charlotte Gray (2001), Nice Guy Eddie (2002), The Second Coming (2003), Sea of Souls (2007), Death at a Funeral (2007), He Kills Coppers (2008), Dread (2009), Vera (2011), The Shadow Line (2011), Sherlock (2012), Skyfall (2012), Lucan (2013) and Off Their Rockers (2014).

Ivor Salter (Sergeant Markham) Aug 22 1925 to Jun 21 1991
Doctor Who credits
Played:
 Morok commander in The Space Museum (1965)
Played: Odysseus in The Myth Makers (1965)
Played: Sergeant Markham in Black Orchid (1982)
Career highlights
Ivor's career began in The Heart Within (1957) and went on to see roles in Police Surgeon (1960), The Six Proud Walkers (1962), Dog Eat Dog (1964), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Here Come the Double Deckers! (1970), In for a Penny (1972), Westway (1976), All Creatures Great and Small (1978), Crossroads (1979-80), The Invisible Man (1984), In Loving Memory (1986) and Executive Stress (1987).

Andrew Tourell (Constable Cummings) Jan 18 1946 to Jan 17 2004 (heart attack)
Career highlights
Andrew's other credits include Dixon of Dock Green (1976), Shelley (1979), Just Good Friends (1984), No Place Like Home (1986-87) and Terry and June (1987). His most memorable roles were as Napley in It Takes a Worried Man (1981-83) and Geoffrey Ballard in the sitcom Waiting for God (1990-94).

CREW

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

Ron Jones (director) Aug 6 1945 to Jul 9 1993
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Black Orchid (1982), Time-Flight (1982), Arc of Infinity (1983), Frontios (1984), Vengeance on Varos (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Career highlights
Starting out as production manager on Bergerac in 1981, Ron's few other directing credits include Juliet Bravo (1985), the German soap Lindenstraße (1987-88) and the TV movie Burg Wutzenstein (1988). In the 1970s Ron worked as a researcher and writer on the children's show Blue Peter.

John Nathan-Turner (producer) Aug 12 1947 to May 1 2002 (liver failure)
Doctor Who credits
Floor assistant: The Space Pirates (1969, uncredited)
Assistant floor manager: The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited), Colony in Space (1971, uncredited)
Production unit manager: Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers, Underworld, The Invasion of Time, The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, The Armageddon Factor, Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada (unbroadcast) (1977-80)
Produced: The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis, K-9 & Company, Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Kinda, The Visitation, Black Orchid, Earthshock, Time-Flight, Arc of Infinity, Snakedance, Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, Enlightenment, The King's Demons, The Five Doctors, Warriors of the Deep, The Awakening, Frontios, Resurrection of the Daleks, Planet of Fire, The Caves of Androzani, The Twin Dilemma, Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos, The Mark of the Rani, The Two Doctors, Timelash, Revelation of the Daleks, The Trial of a Time Lord, Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol, Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, Survival (1980-89), plus Dimensions in Time (1993)
Wrote: Dimensions in Time (1993)
Career highlights
John started out as an assistant floor manager on Doctor Who, and also worked as a production assistant on programmes such as The Pallisers (1974), Barlow (1975) and How Green Was My Valley (1975-76). He soon graduated to become production unit manager on Doctor Who, as well as on series such as All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80) and Flesh and Blood (1980). After Doctor Who was taken off air in 1989, John maintained his links to the series by producing a number of special video releases, such as The Years Tapes which included various single episodes from partly lost 1960s stories, as well as the 1992 release of Shada.
Facts
John's long-time partner was Gary Downie, who acted as production manager on some of the 1980s serials. In the 2013 book The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner, author Richard Marson alleges that John and partner Gary "preyed" sexually on young male teenage Doctor Who fans. The gay age of consent in the 1980s was 21.

Eric Saward (script editor) Born Dec 9 1944
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Castrovalva, Kinda, Black Orchid, 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 (1982-86)
Wrote: The Visitation (1982), Earthshock (1983), Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Attack of the Cybermen (1985, uncredited), Revelation of the Daleks (1985). He also wrote the BBC Radio story Slipback (1985), and the Jim'll Fix It sketch A Fix with Sontarans (1985)
Career highlights
In the 1960s Eric worked for a time as an estate agent before training to become an English teacher, but around 1975 decided to go into writing, and wrote a number of radio plays before being approached to get involved with Doctor Who. Since leaving the series (acrimoniously) in 1986, Eric has continued to write mainly radio scripts, often for German radio.

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