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

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).

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 inn 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 over 120 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 over 300 episodes of various productions over a 14-year period.
Facts
His brother was actor Mervyn Johns, and his niece the actress Glynis Johns. 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 in 1984, 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 (Stratford was actually TiYL's third Doctor Who subject). 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.

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), Midsomer Murders (2009) and Doctors (2010-12, as Jed Gray). He was also the narrator of the Gillian McKeith nutritional series You Are What You Eat (2004-06).
Facts
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's first wife was actress Eileen Nicholas, and his current 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.

Annie Lambert (Enlightenment) Born Jan 3 1957
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).
Facts
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).
Facts
Philip was nominated for Broadway's 1975 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for Sherlock Holmes, playing Moriarty.

Burt Kwouk (Lin Futu) Jul 18 1930 to May 24 2016
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), 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).
Awards
2011: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama

Illario Bisi-Pedro (Kurkutji) 1939 to May 28 2013
Career highlights
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).

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.

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)
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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