Sunday, September 14, 2014

Four to Doomsday

Kurkutji (Illario Bisi Pedro), Bigon (Philip
Locke), Villagra (Nadia Hamman) and
Lin Futu (Burt Kwouk) pose for a photo
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Jan 18 to 26 1982
Average audience for serial: 8.88m


Peter Davison (The Doctor) Born Apr 13 1951 Click here for Peter Davison's entry on Logopolis

Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) Born Dec 19 1961 Click here for Matthew Waterhouse's entry on Full Circle

Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) Born Dec 12 1961 Click here for Sarah Sutton's entry on The Keeper of Traken

Janet Fielding (Tegan) Born Sep 9 1953 Click here for Janet Fielding's entry on Logopolis


Illario Bisi-Pedro (Kurkutji) 1939 to May 28 2013
Career highlights
Nigerian Illario's other credits include The Fortrose Incident (1959), Espionage (1964), Shades of Greene (1976), Dogs of War (1980), Squadron (1982), White Mischief (1987), The Bill (1989), Passion Killers (1999), The League of Gentlemen (2002), Ultimate Force (2005), Kinky Boots (2005), Children of Men (2006) and Some Girls (2013).

Nadia Hamman (Villagra)
Nadia's only other credit was A Cotswold Death (1982).

Stratford Johns (Monarch) Sep 22 1925 to Jan 29 2002 (heart disease)
Career highlights
Debuting in The Night My Number Came Up (1955), South African born Stratford later took roles in Tiger in the Smoke (1956), Destination Downing Street (1957), Murder Bag (1958), Formula for Danger (1960), The Days of Vengeance (1960), Coronation Street (1961), The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery (1966), The Plank (1967), The Avengers (1961/68), Department S (1969), Cromwell (1970), I, Claudius (1976), Return of the Saint (1979), Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981), Blake's 7 (1981), Great Expectations (1981), Jemima Shore Investigates (1983), Dance with a Stranger (1985), Brond (1987), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), Shooting Stars (1990), Perfect Scoundrels (1992), Splitting Heirs (1993), Neverwhere (1996) and Heartbeat (1997-98). He will be best remembered for playing Detective Chief Inspector Barlow in 126 episodes of Z Cars (1962-65) and its many spin-offs: 91 episodes of Softly Softly (1966-69), 56 episodes of Softly Softly: Task Force (1969-72), the Jack the Ripper mini-series (1973), 29 episodes of Barlow At Large (1971-75) and the series Second Verdict (1976). In all, Stratford played Barlow in 314 episodes of various productions over a 14-year period.
Stratford's brother was actor Mervyn Johns, and his niece the actress Glynis Johns, while his father-in-law was actor Morris Parsons (Wilf Harvey in Crossroads). He was also the author of the children's book Gumphlumph and in 1966 he read it on the children's television series Jackanory. In 1984, Stratford appeared in the video for the song Young at Heart by the Bluebells. It got to number 8, but topped the chart when re-issued a decade later. His obituary in the Telegraph amusingly stated: "He married, in 1955, the actress Nanette Ryder, with whom he had four children. They enjoyed what he described as a 'very theatrical' marriage, which was vividly documented in the tabloid press. There were several separations - once, it was claimed, because he insisted on doing the housework - and allegations of drunkenness and infidelity. But he died in her arms."
This is Your Life: Stratford was the subject of the BBC's This is Your Life on October 3rd, 1963, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews at BBC TV Centre. Four other Doctor Who actors were guests on the show - Joan Sims, Frank Windsor, James Ellis and Brian Blessed. Link to The Red Book entry.

Burt Kwouk (Lin Futu) Jul 18 1930 to May 24 2016 (cancer)
Career highlights
Burt appeared in over 120 productions after he made his debut in McCreary Moves In (1957), after which he took roles in Hancock's Half Hour (1957), The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), The Sinister Man (1961), The Terror of the Tongs (1961), Danger Man (1961), Satan Never Sleeps (1962), The Sentimental Agent (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Curse of the Fly (1965), The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), Casino Royale (1967), You Only Live Twice (1967), Deep End (1970), Jason King (1972), Rollerball (1975), The Tomorrow People (1978), It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1977-78), The Fiendish Plot of Dr Fu Manchu (1980), Hart to Hart (1983), Tickle on the Tum (1984), Super Gran (1985), Empire of the Sun (1987), Noble House (1988), I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1990), Air America (1990), Leon the Pig Farmer (1992), Carry On Columbus (1992), Space Precinct (1994), Kiss of the Dragon (2001), Fat Slags (2004), Judge John Deed (2005), Low Winter Sun (2006), Honest (2008), Spirit Warriors (2010) and Whatever Happened to Harry Hill? (2012). Other high profile work includes playing Major Yamauchi in Tenko (1981-84), narrating the Japanese game show Banzai (2001-04) and playing Entwistle in over 70 episodes of sitcom Last of the Summer Wine (2002-10). However, he will be best loved for playing Inspector Clouseau's karate-kicking sidekick Cato Fong in the Pink Panther film franchise (1964-93).
2011: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama

Annie Lambert (Enlightenment) Born Jan 3 1946
Career highlights
Former Vogue model Annie's earliest role was in A Dream of Living (1975), followed by roles in The Sweeney (1976), Space: 1999 (1975-76), The New Avengers (1977), The Bitch (1979), All Creatures Great and Small (1983), Bluebell (1986), Rockcliffe's Babies (1988), Les Girls (1988), Howards' Way (1988), Making News (1990), Westbeach (1993), 2point4 Children (1995) and Midsomer Murders (2007).
Her brother was Kit Lambert, manager of rock group The Who, who died in 1981, while her father was Constant Lambert, orchestral composer on films such as Anna Karenina (1948) and at the BBC Proms. In more recent times Annie has been involved in equestrianism and keeps show horses.

Philip Locke (Bigon) Mar 29 1928 to Apr 19 2004
Career highlights
Philip's earliest credit was in Jan at the Blue Fox (1952), after which he built up a prolific body of work in the likes of Operation Conspiracy (1956), Kipps (1960), The Girl on the Boat (1961), Hurricane (1961), Bud (1963), Thunderball (1965), The Avengers (1961/64/67), The Baron (1967), The Saint (1968), The Champions (1969), Department S (1969), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1973), Antony and Cleopatra (1974), Pennies from Heaven (1978), Escape to Athena (1979), The Omega Factor (1979), Dick Turpin (1980), Oliver Twist (1982), Ascendancy (1983), The Box of Delights (1984), Connie (1985), Stealing Heaven (1988), Van der Valk (1991), Inspector Morse (1991), Tom and Viv (1994), Wilde (1997) and The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1990/98).
Philip was nominated for Broadway's 1975 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for Sherlock Holmes, playing Moriarty.

Paul Shelley (Persuasion) Born May 15 1942
Career highlights
Debuting in Nicholas Nickleby in 1968, Paul's further credits include The Borderers (1970), Man at the Top (1972), Nightmare (1972), It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (1977), Blake's 7 (1979), Secret Army (1978-79), Breakaway (1980), The Fourth Arm (1983), Paradise Postponed (1986), Titmuss Regained (1991), Soldier Soldier (1993), 99-1 (1995), Revelations (1994-95), Frighteners (1997), Heartbeat (2002), Crossroads (2003), Doctors (2010-12, as Jed Grey) and Midsomer Murders (2009/17) . He was also the narrator of the Gillian McKeith nutritional series You Are What You Eat (2004-06).
His brother was actor Francis Matthews, best known as Paul Temple (1969-71) and the voice of Captain Scarlet (1967-68), making his sister-in-law actress Angela Browne. Paul's nephews (Francis and Angela's sons) are actors Damien Matthews and Paul Rattigan. Paul Shelley's first wife was actress Eileen Nicholas, and his second wife is actress Paula Stockbridge. He is also a prolific and very popular reader of audiobooks.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Paul here.


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).
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.

John Black (director) Born May 9 1940
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Keeper of Traken (1981), K-9 & Company (1981), Four to Doomsday (1982)
Career highlights
John had previously directed The Zoo Robbery (1973, which he also wrote and produced), The Unbroken Arrow (1976), Centre Play (1975-76), Coronation Street (1976-77), Crown Court (1979) and later directed for The Bill (1991). He also acted as producer on Robin Hood Junior in 1975.
In 2017 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with John here.

John Nathan-Turner (producer) Aug 12 1947 to May 1 2002 (liver failure) Click here for John Nathan-Turner's entry on The Leisure Hive

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), Without Secrets (2013), Mammon (2015), Terapia (2014-17), The Border (2014-17), Easy Living (2015-18) and Terapie (2013-19). He was also script consultant on Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City (1998).
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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