|The Doctor (Tom Baker) with his new|
friends, plus a new old enemy!
First broadcast Feb 28 to Mar 21 1981
Average audience for serial: 6.68m
Tom Baker (The Doctor) Born Jan 20 1934
Tom also played the Doctor in the 1975 audio story Doctor Who and the Pescatons, and in several BBC and Big Finish audios since 2009.
Played: Meglos in Meglos (1980)
Tom's career began with a 1968 adaptation of The Winter's Tale, followed by roles in George and the Dragon (1968), Z Cars (1968), Softly Softly (1970), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), The Canterbury Tales (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), The Mutations (1974), Piccadilly Circus (1977), Late Night Story (1978), The Book Tower (1979-81), The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, as Sherlock Holmes), Jemima Shore Investigates (1983), Remington Steele (1984), Blackadder II (1986), Roland Rat: The Series (1986), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1986), The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986), The Silver Chair (1990), Selling Hitler (1991), The Law Lord (1992), Cluedo (1992), Backtime (1998), Max Bear (2000), Dungeons and Dragons (2000), Fun at the Funeral Parlour (2001), Strange (2003), Fort Boyard (2003), Swiss Toni (2003), The Magic Roundabout (2005), Agatha Christie's Marple (2007), The Beeps (2007-08) and The Genie in the Bottle (2010). Tom has also had regular roles as Prof Geoffrey Hoyt in Medics (1992-95), Professor Wyvern in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000-01) and Donald MacDonald in Monarch of the Glen (2004-05). He is probably most famous in his latter career for providing the eccentric narration for sketch series Little Britain between 2003-08.
Tom left home at 15 to become a monk with the Brothers of Ploermel on Jersey, but abandoned this profession at the age of 21 in favour of National Service. In 1971 Tom was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for his portrayal of Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra (he was beaten by Ben Johnson and Desi Arnaz Jr). In December 1980 he married actress Lalla Ward (who had been companion Romana in Doctor Who since 1979), but the marriage ended 18 months later. He married third wife Sue Jerrard in 1986, previously an assistant editor on Doctor Who. Tom's old drinking buddies in the 1960s and 70s included artist Francis Bacon at the infamous Colony Room. Tom has several links to popular music - appearing on Technocat's single Only Human (1995), and providing a monologue on Witness to a Murder (Part Two) by Mansun (1998 - his Doctor and the TARDIS also appeared on the cover of the band's album Six). Pop band The Human League released a song entitled Tom Baker in 1980. In 1999 Tom published a short fairytale novel called The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, which has since been adapted for the stage. Tom's distinctive vocals can also be heard at various tourist attractions in the UK, such as the London Dungeon, Natural History Museum and Alton Towers' Nemesis ride. In 2006 Tom recorded 11,593 phrases so his voice could be used for BT's text messaging service to raise money for homeless charity Shelter - as a result record producer Mark Murphy created a single of Tom "singing" You Really Got Me by the Kinks.
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.
Dolore Whiteman (Aunt Vanessa) Oct 26 1928 to Sep 1 2013
Doctor Who was Australian Dolore's final credit, after having appeared in A Little South of Heaven (1961), The Comedy Game (1971), Mrs Finnegan (1970-71, as Jessie Finnegan), Our Man in the Company (1973-74, as Ena Wheeler), Matlock Police (1972/74), The Unisexers (1975), Rush (1976), The Picture Show Man (1977), Tickled Pink (1978) and Glenview High (1978-79, as Mrs Moore).
Dolore was the mother of sisters Jodie Brooke and Tracey Wilson, who themselves appeared in Delta and the Bannermen (1987). In the 1990s Jodie was hostess on the TV game show Take Your Pick, hosted by Des O'Connor - and in 2007 Des and Jodie married, making Dolore Des O'Connor's mother-in-law! Jodie has had a singing career of her own, including this song, Falling.
John Fraser (The Monitor) Born Mar 18 1931
John made his debut in 1952's Kidnapped, followed by Titanic (1953), Cavalcade of America (1953), The Desert Rats (1953), The Dam Busters (1955), The Good Companions (1957), The Gentle Flame (1959), The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA), Tunes of Glory (1960), El Cid (1961), Repulsion (1965), Kenilworth (1967), Isadora (1968), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969), Columbo (1972), A Legacy (1975), Schizo (1976), Supernatural (1977), Thundercloud (1979), Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House (1982), Rep (1982), Tell-Tale Hearts (1992), Scarlett (1994), Doctor Finlay (1996) and The Bill (1995/96). He also had the regular role of Dr Lawrence Golding in The Practice (1985-86).
It was John who discovered actor Patrick Wymark's body after he died in Australia while on a theatre tour in 1970. John's memoirs, Close Up: An Actor Telling Tales (2004), lifts the lid on the private lives of many of his acting contemporaries, including Michael Redgrave, Dirk Bogarde and Peter Sellers, and reveals that he had a sexual relationship with dancer Rudolf Nureyev. He retired to Tuscany, Italy, to write novels and live with his long-term partner.
Tom Georgeson (Detective inspector) Born Aug 8 1937
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kavell in Genesis of the Daleks (1975)
Played: Detective inspector in Logopolis (1981)
Prolific Tom's earliest credit was in The Assistant (1969), and later took roles in Shabby Tiger (1973), Lizzie Dripping (1975), Rooms (1975), Headmaster (1977), When the Boat Comes In (1981), Maybury (1981), Boys from the Blackstuff (1982), Juliet Bravo (1983), The Last Place on Earth (1985), Strike It Rich! (1986), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Les Girls (1988), The Manageress (1989-90), Stay Lucky (1990), GBH (1991), Bramwell (1996), Fierce Creatures (1997), Cadfael (1997), Liverpool 1 (1998), City Central (2000), Ultimate Force (2002), Bleak House (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Angel (2007), Ashes to Ashes (2009), Justice (2011), The Crimson Petal and the White (2011), The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2011), The Hollow Crown (2012) and Electricity (2014). He also had a long-standing role as Harry Naylor in Between the Lines (1992-94).
Christopher Hurst (Security guard)
Further credits include Cry Freedom (1987) and The Midday Sun (1989).
Christopher H Bidmead (writer and script editor) 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.
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)
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).
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)
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.
Barry Letts (executive producer) Mar 26 1925 to Oct 9 2009 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Enemy of the World (1967-68), Inferno (1970, episodes 3-7 (studio), uncredited), Terror of the Autons (1971, uncredited), Carnival of Monsters (1973), Planet of the Spiders (1974), The Android Invasion (1975)
Played: Man in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Police radio voice in Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Wrote: The Daemons (1971, as Guy Leopold), The Time Monster (1972, uncredited), The Green Death (1973, uncredited), Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Produced: Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death, Inferno, Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, Colony in Space, The Daemons, Day of the Daleks, The Curse of Peladon, The Sea Devils, The Mutants, The Time Monster, The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monsters, Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks, The Green Death, The Time Warrior, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Death to the Daleks, The Monster of Peladon, Planet of the Spiders (uncredited), Robot (1970-75)
Executive producer: The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis (1980-81)
Barry also wrote two BBC Radio serials starring Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen - The Paradise of Death (1993) and The Ghosts of N-Space (1996).
Barry started out as an actor in San Demetrio London (1943), and also popped up in Scott of the Antarctic (1948), The Cruel Sea (1953), The Silver Sword (1957-58), The Black Arrow (1958), The Moonstone (1959), Coronation Street (1961), City Beneath the Sea (1962), The Avengers (1964), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), Z Cars (1963-64/65), Softly Softly (1966), The Man Who Never Was (1966) and This Man Craig (1966). His directing career began with The Newcomers (1965), and also included Z Cars (1967-68), Adventure Weekly (1969), The Prince and the Pauper (1976), Gulliver in Lilliput (1982), Brookside (1982), David Copperfield (1986), Alice in Wonderland (1986) and EastEnders (1990-92). As a producer, he worked on and helped create Moonbase 3 (1973), Lorna Doone (1976), Katy (1976), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Children of the New Forest (1977), Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978), Pinocchio (1978), The Old Curiosity Shop (1979-80), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), Sense and Sensibility (1981), Great Expectations (1981), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, starring Tom Baker), Dombey and Son (1983), Goodbye Mr Chips (1984), The Invisible Man (1984) and The Pickwick Papers (1985).
His sister was actress Pauline Letts, while his sons are actors Dominic and Crispin Letts. The 2009 Doctor Who story The Waters of Mars was dedicated to his memory.