|The new Doctor (Peter Davison) echoes|
the old (his second self)
First broadcast Jan 4 to 12 1982
Average audience for serial: 9.93m
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)
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).
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...
This is Your Life: Peter was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on March 24th, 1982 (broadcast between parts 2 and 3 of Time-Flight), surprised by host Eamonn Andrews recording a mock Doctor Who promo in Trafalgar Square (it took place on March 17th, 1982). Several Doctor Who actors were guests on the show, including Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Matthew Waterhouse, Anthony Ainley, Robert Glenister and Beryl Reid, as well as producer John Nathan-Turner. Link to The Big Red Book entry.
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)
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).
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) 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)
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)
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).
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).
Anthony Ainley (The Master) Aug 20 1932 to May 3 2004 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Tremas in The Keeper of Traken (1981)
Played: The Master in The Keeper of Traken (1981), Logopolis (1981), Castrovalva (1982), Time-Flight (1982), The King's Demons (1983), The Five Doctors (1983), Planet of Fire (1984), The Mark of the Rani (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986), Survival (1989) - as well as a brief cameo in The Caves of Androzani (1984), and the BBC computer game Destiny of the Doctors (1997).
Anthony's earliest role was aged 10 in The Foreman Went to France (1942), followed by roles in It's Dark Outside (1965), Exorcism at Midnight (1966), Champion House (1967), Inspector Clouseau (1968), The Avengers (1968), Joanna (1968), Oh! What a Lovely War (1968), Department S (1970), The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971), In the Devil's Garden (1971), Elizabeth R (1971), The Adventurer (1972), Spyder's Web (1972, as regular Clive Hawksworth), Upstairs, Downstairs (1973), The Pallisers (1974), The Land That Time Forgot (1975), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Devil's Crown (1978), Mackenzie (1980) and The Boy Who Won the Pools (1983).
Anthony's brother was actor Richard Ainley and his father was silent film star Henry Ainley. Anthony adored cricket (he was a member of the London Theatres' Cricket Club). Anthony shared his birthdate with Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy and Ace actress Sophie Aldred (August 20th). Before his acting career took off, he was well known as a rugby player in London, playing under the name of A A Holmes (his mother's surname). For several seasons in the 1960s he played regularly for Richmond and Middlesex.
Frank Wylie (Ruther) Sep 27 1935 to Apr 16 1994
Frank's earliest credit was in Spindrift (1959), after which he took roles in Rob Roy (1961), A Flea in Her Ear (1967), Three Sisters (1970), Macbeth (1971), The View from Daniel Pike (1973), The Fortunes of Nigel (1974), Thriller (1974), Rooms (1975), The Camerons (1979), Tales of the Unexpected (1982), Inside Story (1986), The Campbells (1990) and Taggart (1992). Frank also played Fergus Jamieson in over 80 episodes of Scottish soap Take the High Road (1987-93).
Derek Waring (Shardovan) Apr 26 1927 to Feb 20 2007 (cancer)
Derek's first screen role was in The Jack Benny Program (1956), followed by appearances in The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1957), All At Sea (1957), Time is the Enemy (1958), The Duke Wore Jeans (1958), The Escape of RD7 (1961), Ghost Squad (1963), Blandings Castle (1967), The Informer (1967), And Mother Makes Three (1973), Crown Court (1973), An Unofficial Rose (1974-75), Killers (1976), The New Avengers (1976), George and Mildred (1977), Thundercloud (1979), The Sun Trap (1980), Partners (1981), The Professionals (1982), The Happy Apple (1983), Heart of the Country (1987), After Henry (1989), Never the Twain (1990) and Keeping Up Appearances (1995). His most famous roles were as Detective Inspector Neil Goss in over 200 episodes of Z Cars (1969-73) and Roland Moody in Moody and Pegg (1974-75).
In 1963 Derek married legendary actress Dorothy Tutin. Their children are both actors - Nick Waring and Amanda Waring. Derek's father was Wing Commander H J Barton-Chapple, who had worked alongside John Logie Baird in pioneering television, while his brother was fellow actor George Waring (who appeared in Doctor Who's The Ice Warriors in 1967). Extending the sibling connections further, Derek's other brother was Richard Waring, known as a writer on sitcoms such as The Marriage Lines, My Wife Next Door, And Mother Makes Three/ Five and Robin's Nest. Derek's nephew is graphic designer Geoffrey (whose handwriting makes up the logo for Red magazine).
Michael Sheard (Mergrave) Jun 18 1938 to Aug 31 2005 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Rhos in The Ark (1966)
Played: Dr Summers in The Mind of Evil (1971)
Played: Laurence Scarman in Pyramids of Mars (1975)
Played: Lowe in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Played: Mergrave in Castrovalva (1982)
Played: Headmaster in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Michael was a prolific character actor, appearing in over 120 productions, starting in a 1962 episode of Suspense. Further roles included The Likely Lads (1965), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), The Borderers (1969), Albert! (1969), Paul Temple (1971), The Onedin Line (1972), On the Buses (1973), The Sweeney (1975), Space: 1999 (1975), The Tomorrow People (1978), Blake's 7 (1980), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Outsider (1983), Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983-84), The Invisible Man (1984), Hannay (1988), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), 'Allo 'Allo (1992), Takin' Over the Asylum (1994), Another Life (2001), The Green Door (2005) and Shadows in the Woods (2006). Michael had a regular role as Mr Bronson in children's school series Grange Hill (1985-89).
During his career, he played Adolf Hitler five times, and Heinrich Himmler three times. He acted alongside five Doctors in the TV series, and a sixth (Paul McGann) in audio story The Stones of Venice (2001). Michael was the one to formally identify actor Declan Mulholland at the police mortuary after he was found dead on a train (as well as being the original actor to play Jabba the Hutt in a scene deleted from Star Wars, Declan also appeared in the Doctor Who stories The Sea Devils and The Androids of Tara).
Dallas Cavell (Head of security) Sep 19 1925 to Feb 15 1993
Doctor Who credits
Played: Roadworks overseer in The Reign of Terror (1964)
Played: Bors in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Captain Jebb Trask in The Highlanders (1966)
Played: Quinlan in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: Head of security in Castrovalva (1982)
Dallas (real first name Norman) debuted in The Voodoo Factor (1960), then Maigret (1961), The Avengers (1963), Crossroads (1964), The Caesars (1968), Brett (1971), The New Avengers (1976) and The Pickwick Papers (1985).
Dallas also worked as a bingo caller in London for a time.
Souska John (Child) Born 1973
This was Souska's sole acting credit. She is the niece of actress Caroline John, known to Doctor Who fans as companion Liz Shaw in Season 7 (1970).
Christopher H Bidmead (writer) 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)
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.
Fiona Cumming (director) Oct 9 1937 to Jan 1 2015
Doctor Who credits
Assistant floor manager: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966, uncredited)
Production assistant: The Highlanders (1966-67), The Seeds of Death (1969, uncredited), The Mutants (1972, uncredited)
Directed: Castrovalva (1982), Snakedance (1983), Enlightenment (1983), Planet of Fire (1984)
Played: Tourist in Silver Nemesis (1988, uncredited)
Fiona started as an actress and continuity announcer in Scotland, then became an assistant floor manager or production assistant, later graduating to directing. She directed The Master of Ballantrae (1975), Z Cars (1974-77), Angels (1978), The Omega Factor (1979), God's Wonderful Railway (1980), Blake's 7 (1980), The Walls of Jericho (1981), Emmerdale Farm (1984), Take the High Road (1987-90, which she also produced over 40 episodes of), Eldorado (1992) and Machair (1993).
Fiona's husband was Doctor Who production manager Ian Fraser, who worked on five stories between 1986-89. He was also an uncredited tourist at Windsor Castle, along with his wife, in Silver Nemesis (1988).
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Fiona here.
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)
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.
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)
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.