Thursday, September 25, 2014

Earthshock

The Doctor (Peter Davison) makes a
date with the Cyber Leader (David
Banks) for a well-prepared meal
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Mar 8 to 16 1982
Average audience for serial: 9.33m

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) 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).

James Warwick (Lieutenant Scott) Born Nov 17 1947
Career highlights
Debuting in Jason King (1971), James has also been cast in The Onedin Line (1971), The Terracotta Horse (1973), Rentaghost (1976), Lillie (1978), The Nightmare Man (1981), Scarecrow and Mrs King (1984), Perfect Scoundrels (1991), Love Hurts (1992), Murder, She Wrote (1995), Babylon 5 (1996), Alias (2001), Dog Gone Love (2004) and It Pleases Aten (2014). James had the role of Tommy Beresford in Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime (1983-84), and since 1999 has provided various voices for Star Wars video games, including Qui-Gon Jinn. He also provided voices for the animated series Fantastic Four (1994) and Iron Man (1994).
Career highlights
James is also a theatre director, with credits from regional theatres across the US. In 2003 he became artistic director for the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachussetts, and in 2005 was made associate artistic director for the Chester Theatre Company in Chester, MA. In 2007 he was appointed West Coast president of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Clare Clifford (Professor Kyle)
Career highlights
Clare debuted in hospital soap Angels (1975-78) as Shirley Brent, and then had roles in Lillie (1978), Holding the Fort (1982), Something in Disguise (1982), Home to Roost (1985), Emmerdale Farm (1986), Personal Services (1987), Wish You Were Here (1987), Aliens in the Family (1987), Fergie and Andrew: Behind the Palace Doors (1992), Cardiac Arrest (1996), This Life (1996-97), Underworld (1997), Maisie Raine (1999), Heartbeat (2001-02), The Deal (2003), Murder in Suburbia (2005), Miss Potter (2006), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008), Torchwood (2008), Doctors (2009) and Through the Lens (2014).
Facts
Clare also performs as a feminist stand-up comedian. 

Beryl Reid (Captain Briggs) Jun 17 1919 to Oct 13 1996 (pneumonia and osteoporosis, following knee surgery)
Career highlights
Prolific and popular comedy actress Beryl received her first credit in the 1948 TV series Wit and Wisdom, then went on to appear in The Services Show (1950), Vic's Grill (1951), The Belles of St Trinian's (1954), The Benny Hill Show (1955), Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper (1957), The Most Likely Girl (1957), Bold As Brass (1963-64), Frankie Howerd (1966), Before the Fringe (1967), Dee Time (1967-68), Beryl Reid Says Good Evening (1968), Inspector Clouseau (1968), Star! (1968), The Killing of Sister George (1968), The Assassination Bureau (1969), Wink to Me Only (1969), Entertaining Mr Sloane (1970), The Beast in the Cellar (1970), Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972), Alcock and Gander (1972), No Sex Please, We're British (1973), Beryl Reid (1977), Carry On Emmannuelle (1978), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), Agony (1981), Mooncat and Company (1981), Worzel Gummidge (1981), The Irish RM (1983), Minder (1984), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (1985), The Doctor and the Devils (1985), The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1987), The Beiderbecke Tapes (1987), Perfect Scoundrels (1991), Cracker (1993, as Fitz's mum) and Blue Heaven (1994).
Facts
Beryl, who was dyslexic, was awarded an OBE in 1986 and a Lifetime British Comedy Award in 1991. She won a BAFTA for her role as Connie Sachs in Smiley's People (1982), and a Tony Award for Best Actress for The Killing of Sister George on Broadway in 1967. She lived in the eccentric Honeypot Cottage, made of circular rooms, on the banks of the Thames in Berkshire, with her collection of stray cats (British Pathe filmed her at home in 1958).
This is Your Life: Beryl was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on March 17th, 1976, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews in the car park of Teddington Studios. Link to The Big Red Book entry.

June Bland (Berger) Born Jun 2 1931
Doctor Who credits
Played: Berger in Earthshock (1982)
Played: Elizabeth Rowlinson in Battlefield (1989)
Career highlights
June's few other screen credits include Bat Out of Hell (1966), The Doctors (1970) and Angels (1980). She also had a long-running role as Vera Harker in The Newcomers (1965-67).
Facts
In 1995 she established the Stagecoach Theatre Arts School in Basingstoke, UK, which she then sold as a franchise ten years later.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with June here.

Steve Morley (Walters) Born 1953
Career highlights
Steve's other credits include The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966), Within These Walls (1975), Hazell (1979), The Protectors (1981), Fame is the Spur (1982), Menace Unseen (1988), Brookside (1988), True Colors (1991), Waiting for God (1994) and Where the Heart Is (1998). Steve also played Sergeant Stuart Lamont in over 40 episodes of police series The Bill (1989-2001).
Facts
Steve is also a novelist and playwright.

Suzi Arden (Snyder)
Career highlights
Suzi's other credits include Sink or Swim (1980), Into the Labyrinth (1981), World's End (1981) and Nancy Astor (1982).

Ann Holloway (Mitchell) Born Jan 29 1947
Career highlights
Ann's first credit was in Stop the World, I Want to Get Off in 1966, after which she took roles in Department S (1970), Emmerdale Farm (1973), Couples (1976), Yes, Honestly (1977), Paradise Postponed (1986), Avonlea (1995), A Pyromaniac's Love Story (1995), Goosebumps (1996), Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996), The White Raven (1998), The Hurricane (1999), Common Ground (2000), Criminal Instincts (2001), The Piano Man's Daughter (2003), Godsend (2004), The Murdoch Mysteries (2004), Being Erica (2009), Kenny vs Spenny (2010) and The Story of Luke (2012). She may be best remembered as Karen Glover in the sitcom Father Dear Father (1968-73).
Career highlights
Ann is married to actor Michael Mackenzie, who played Tarot in Ace of Wands. Ann was one of the 1970s sitcom actresses, along with Paula Wilcox, on a list of obsessions by jailed rapist Iorworth Hoare. It was thought that if he was to ever be released from jail (he was jailed for life in 1989), he would seek out the women on his list and rape them. In 2004 he won £7.2m on the National Lottery while on day release from prison. He was released in 2005.

Anne Clements (First trooper)
Career highlights
Anne's career in TV started as being the producer's secretary on over 60 episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs (1971-75), but in the late 1970s she branched out into acting and made appearances in The Basil Brush Show (1977), Grange Hill (1979), Ike: The War Years (1979), Sorry! (1981), Fresh Fields (1985), About Face (1989), On the Up (1990) and The Upper Hand (1991).

Mark Straker (Second trooper) Born Mar 9 1956
Career highlights
Mark made his debut in Doctor Who, moving on to Henry's Leg (1986), Birds of a Feather (1990), Lovejoy (1994), Melissa (1997), The Lakes (1999), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000), Murphy's Law (2003), Batman Begins (2005), Spooks (2006), Ashes to Ashes (2009) and EastEnders (2012).

David Banks (Cyber Leader) Born Sep 24 1951
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyber Leader in Earthshock (1982), The Five Doctors (1983), Attack of the Cybermen (1985), Silver Nemesis (1988)
Career highlights
David, 6ft 3in, made his acting debut in Keep It in the Family (1980), then made appearances in Bret Maverick (1981/82), The Bill (1991), A Time to Dance (1992), EastEnders (1994), Canary Wharf (1996) and Doctors (2006). Between 1991-92 he had a regular role in soap Brookside as Graeme Curtis.
Facts
In 1989 he played Karl the mercenary in the stage play Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure (a role he reprised for an audio adaptation in 2007). On April 29th 1989, Pertwee fell ill and was replaced for two performances by David, who wore a white suit, t-shirt and Panama hat as the Doctor. In the late 1980s David got involved with Cyber-lore, writing the biographical work Doctor Who - Cybermen in 1988, which he adapted into audio cassettes and narrated as Origins of the Cybermen (1989-90). In 1984 David submitted a script to the Doctor Who production team called FlipBack which was steeped in Cyber-continuity, and was ultimately developed into his New Adventure novel Iceberg in 1993. David would have been cast as the Auton leader if the aborted Season 23 Doctor Who story Yellow Fever and How to Cure It had been filmed.

Mark Hardy (Cyber Lieutenant)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyber Lieutenant in Earthshock (1982), The Five Doctors (1983), Silver Nemesis (1988)
Career highlights
Mark's other credits include A Coming-Out Party (1961), Carry On Cleo (1964), The Corridor People (1966), The Orchard End Murder (1980), Personal Services (1987), Who's the Boss? (1987), Friendships Field (1995) and Bright Young Things (2003). It is unclear whether these are all the same actor (it's a common name!).

Alec Sabin (Ringway) Born Aug 28 1947
Career highlights
Alec's debut was as Colin Lomax in soap Coronation Street (1972), after which he appeared in The Capone Investment (1974), When the Boat Comes In (1976), SOS Titanic (1979), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), Maybury (1981), The Fourth Arm (1983), Call Me Mister (1986), Birds of a Feather (1990) and Silent Witness (1998).
Facts
Alec became the voice and presentation trainer at the BBC World Service in 2001, running presentation workshops and training British and foreign journalists. Between 1989-2003 Alec was senior announcer at BBC World Service Presentation, presenting live news and continuity links to a daily audience of over 40 million listeners worldwide. Alec has also worked as presenter, journalist and programme maker in Monaco, Vienna, Riyadh and London.

Mark Fletcher (First crewmember)
Career highlights
After debuting in My Son, My Son (1979), Mark went on to appear in The Gentle Touch (1982), The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare (1983), Campaign (1988), The Chief (1990-91), All Quiet on the Preston Front (1994), Bugs (1995) and The Bill (1991/2003/2007). He also regularly appeared as Ronnie in Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest (1984-86).

Christopher Whittingham (Second crewmember) Apr 14 1949 to Aug 8 2012 (cancer)
Career highlights
Debuting in Doctor Who, Christopher's subsequent credits include Shine On Harvey Moon (1984), Little Dorrit (1988), The Manageress (1989), Sam Saturday (1992), Anna Lee (1994), The Knock (2000), My Family (2001), ChuckleVision (2003), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Holby City (2007).
Facts
One of Christopher's dying wishes was that his body should be donated to medical science, and his brain was donated to the Brain Bank at King's College, London. In January 2014 Christopher's son Harry and his girlfriend Fran Matthews embarked upon a 2,186 mile hike across the Appalachian Trail in the USA to raise money for the Princess Alice Hospice in Twickenham, which provided Christopher's end-of-life care.

CREW

Eric Saward (writer) 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.

Peter Grimwade (director) Jun 8 1942 to May 15 1990 (leukaemia)
Doctor Who credits
Production assistant: Spearhead from Space (1970, uncredited), The Daemons (1971, uncredited), Robot (1974-75), Pyramids of Mars (1975), The Robots of Death (1977), Horror of Fang Rock (1977)
Directed: Full Circle (1980), Logopolis (1981), Kinda (1982), Earthshock (1982)
Wrote: Time-Flight (1982), Mawdryn Undead (1983), Planet of Fire (1984)
Career highlights
Peter also worked as production assistant on Five Red Herrings (1975), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979) and All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80). Further directing work was on The Omega Factor (1979) and a Dramarama story in 1986 entitled The Come-Uppance of Captain Katt, a thinly veiled attack on his former producer John Nathan-Turner (he also wrote it).
Facts
Peter was originally going to direct a Dalek story for Season 20 entitled The Return, but when the story was delayed a year due to industrial strikes, he lost the remount to Matthew Robinson. After Doctor Who, Peter mainly produced industrial training videos.

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.

Antony Root (script editor) Born Apr 16 1954
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: K-9 & Company (1981), Four to Doomsday, The Visitation, Earthshock (all 1982)
Career highlights
After starting as an assistant floor manager on Blake's 7 (1980) and later Private Schulz (1981), Antony became story editor on The Chinese Detective (1982) before his brief liaison with the world of Doctor Who. He moved on to script edit Strangers and Brothers (1984) and then became a producer on The Fear (1988), Lorna Doone (1990), Edward II (1991), Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1993), Cold Comfort Farm (1995), Call Red (1996), The Grand (1998), Far from the Madding Crowd (1998), Longitude (2000), Strange Relations (2001), Touching Evil (2004), Sofia's Diary UK (2008-09), Burning Bush (2013), Tarsas Jatek (2013) and Terapia (2014). He was also script consultant on Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City (1998).
Facts
After leaving the BBC in 1984, he worked for Euston Films and then Working Title, and in 1995 became head of drama at Thames TV, later working for Granada TV's American arm. He now works for HBO Central Europe as executive vice-president. During his career he has been nominated for two Emmys, a PGA Golden Laurel Award and a Golden Satellite Award. He also holds a directorship of Sony Pictures TV and, until it folded in 2011, the female dance troupe The Cholmondeleys.

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