Friday, September 12, 2014

The Keeper of Traken

The birth of a new Master
(Anthony Ainley)
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Jan 31 to Feb 21 1981
Average audience for serial: 6.75m

CAST

Tom Baker (The Doctor) Born Jan 20 1934
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Robot, The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, Terror of the Zygons, Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Android Invasion, The Brain of Morbius, The Seeds of Doom, The Masque of Mandragora, The Hand of Fear, The Deadly Assassin, The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, 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), The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis (1974-81). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983, archive footage), Dimensions in Time (1993), The Day of the Doctor (2013, as The Curator - but I think we all know who he was really!).
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)
Career highlights
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.
Facts
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)
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.

Anthony Ainley (Tremas/ 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).
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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.

Geoffrey Beevers (The Master) Born 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Private Johnson in The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Played: The Master in The Keeper of Traken (1981)
Career highlights
Geoffrey made his debut in a 1970 edition of Sentimental Education, and then appeared in The Jensen Code (1973), Edward the King (1975), Anna Karenina (1977), Breakaway (1980), The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981), Stalky & Co (1982), Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Bust (1988), A Very British Coup (1988), Grange Hill (1989), Spatz (1990), Taggart (1992), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Seaforth (1994), Medics (1995), Bramwell (1996), Bodyguards (1996-97), Shooting the Past (1999), Boyz Unlimited (1999), Red Dwarf (1999), The Queen's Nose (1998/2000), Jeffrey Archer: The Truth (2002), Down to Earth (2004), Miss Potter (2006), The Edge of Love (2008), Cass (2008), Clash of the Titans (2010), Reggie Perrin (2010), Bad Education (2013) and Legend (2015).
Facts
Geoffrey's wife was Doctor Who actress Caroline John. After playing the Master in The Keeper of Traken, he has reprised the role several times in a number of Big Finish audio dramas.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Geoffrey here.

Sheila Ruskin (Kassia) Born Mar 28 1946
Career highlights
Sheila first appeared in This, That and the Other! (1970), and later Passion Potion (1971), The Intruder (1972), The Pallisers (1974), How Green Was My Valley (1975), Life and Death of Penelope (1976), I, Claudius (1976), Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978), Blake's 7 (1979), Mackenzie (1980), Minder (1984), Strangers and Brothers (1984), Space (1985), Lizzie's Pictures (1987), Hard Cases (1989), Parnell and the Englishwoman (1991), The Good Guys (1993), Space Precinct (1995), Grange Hill (1997), The Vanishing Man (1998), Bad Girls (1999), Aristocrats (1999), Midsomer Murders (2006), Moving Wallpaper (2008) and Silk (2011). In 2005 and 2008 she also had the recurring role of Marcia Holland in daytime soap Doctors.
Facts
In the late 1960s Sheila was married to David Wood, now a distinguished writer, playwright and theatre producer.

Denis Carey (The Keeper) Aug 3 1909 to Sep 28 1986
Doctor Who credits
Played: Professor Chronotis in Shada (1980, unbroadcast)
Played: The Keeper in The Keeper of Traken (1981)
Played: Old man in Timelash (1985)
Career highlights
Denis started out as a dancer and choreographer on films such as The Red Shoes (1948), The Queen of Spades (1949) and Oh... Rosalinda! (1955), then moved into acting in productions such as Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (1961 & 65), Champion House (1967-68), A Beast with Two Backs (1968), Codename (1970), Elizabeth R (1971), The Shadow of the Tower (1972), The Day of the Jackal (1973), I, Claudius (1976), Rooms (1977), Blake's 7 (1979), The Borgias (1981), Stalky and Co (1982), Big Deal (1984), Lamb (1986) and Hard Travelling (1986).
Facts
His wife was actress Yvonne Coulette.

John Woodnutt (Seron) Mar 3 1924 to Jan 2 2006
Doctor Who credits
Played: Hibbert in Spearhead from Space (1970)
Played: Draconian Emperor in Frontier in Space (1973)
Played: Duke of Forgill/ Broton in Terror of the Zygons (1975)
Played: Seron in The Keeper of Traken (1981)
Career highlights
John became a prolific character actor after he first appeared in The Black Brigand (1956), then The Cabin in the Clearing (1959), Gamble for a Throne (1961), Swizzlewick (1964), The Avengers (1966), Rogues' Gallery (1969), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970, as Henry VII), Look and Read: The Boy from Space (1971, as the spooky Thin Man), The Tomorrow People (1973), The Secret Garden (1975), Children of the Stones (1977), Shoestring (1979), Stalky and Co. (1982), Lifeforce (1985), Porterhouse Blue (1987), Jeeves and Wooster (1990-93, as Sir Watkyn), Wycliffe (1995) and Harry Enfield and Chums (1997). He also played Mr Quelch in Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School (1959), Judge Weightman in Crown Court (1977-84) and Merlin/ Mogdred in children's virtual reality show Knightmare (1987-90).
Facts
John ended his years in the actors' retirement home Denville Hall.

Margot Van der Burgh (Katura) Oct 26 1918 to Jul 14 2008
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cameca in The Aztecs (1964)
Played: Katura in The Keeper of Traken (1981)
Career highlights
Margot's career began in How Does It End? (1952), followed by Jane Eyre (1956), Great Expectations (1959), The Herries Chronicle (1960), Crane (1963), Crime of Passion (1971), Anna Karenina (1977), Sense and Sensibility (1981), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985) and Blonde Fist (1991).

Robin Soans (Luvic) Born 1947
Doctor Who credits
Played: Luvic in The Keeper of Traken (1981)
Played: Chronolock guy in Face the Raven (2015)
Career highlights
Robin debuted in 1972's The Reprieve, followed by Absolution (1978), Horse in the House (1979), Dream Stuffing (1984), The Last Place on Earth (1985), Tales of Sherwood Forest (1989), Bergerac (1991), So Haunt Me (1993), Blue Juice (1995), Jonathan Creek (1997), Dangerfield (1999), The Russian Bride (2001), Not Only But Always (2004), Waking the Dead (2005), The Queen (2006), Midsomer Murders (2005/10), Silk (2012) and Endeavour (2013).
Facts
In 2003 Robin travelled to Israel and Palestine to speak to people caught up in the conflict, then wrote the play The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, which premiered in 2005 to great acclaim. The play is just one of a number of hard-hitting plays by Soans, including A State Affair (2000) and Talking to Terrorists (2005), during the research for which he almost got beheaded!

Roland Oliver (Neman)
Career highlights
Roland's first role was in Carry On at Your Convenience (1971), followed by The Swordsman (1974), Crown Court (1976), Miracles Take Longer (1983), Brookside (1986), Rumpole of the Bailey (1987), Spatz (1990), Dodgem (1991), Thatcher: The Final Days (1991), London's Burning (1996), Hippies (1999), All the King's Men (1999), EastEnders (2001), The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2006), Skins (2009), Law and Order UK (2011) and Vera (2014). He had a regular role as Simon Stubberfield in Bad Girls (1999-2001).

Liam Prendergast (Foster)
Liam's only other credit was Cover (1981).

Philip Bloomfield (Foster) Born Nov 19 1952
Career highlights
Further credits include Angels (1978), Blake's 7 (1980), Screamtime (1983), The Krays (1990), Class Act (1994) and The Bill (1993/96/97/98).

CREW

Johnny Byrne (writer) Nov 27 1935 to Apr 2 2008
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Keeper of Traken (1981), Arc of Infinity (1983), Warriors of the Deep (1984)
Career highlights
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Johnny first appeared as a bit-part actor in productions such as Till Death Us Do Part (1967) but soon moved into script writing with The Season of the Witch (1970), Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall (1972), Space: 1999 (1975-77), Lionman II: The Witchqueen (1979), Cosmic Princess (1982), Miracles Take Longer (1984), Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest (1985), One By One (1985-87), All Creatures Great and Small (1978-90), Love Hurts (1994), To Die For (1994), Noah's Ark (1997) and Heartbeat (1992-2005). He also worked as script editor on Space: 1999 (1975-76) and was credited as story consultant on almost 50 episodes of All Creatures Great and Small (1988-90). He was also credited as devising Heartbeat in 1992 and Young James Herriot in 2011 (posthumously).
Facts
In 1969 he co-wrote the bestselling novel Groupie, about life in Swinging Sixties London. In 1990 Johnny submitted a script to the BBC for a Doctor Who film, but this went undeveloped. In the 1960s Johnny was a travelling poet as well as a literary editor, and shared a house with the Beatles for a time. He performed as a poet at London's Marquee Club in 1966 alongside Pink Floyd, and was also for a time the tour manager for Shel Talmy, producer of the Kinks and the Who.

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.

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).
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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.

Christopher H Bidmead (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)
Career highlights
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.
Facts
The H stands for Hamilton. Here he is, on Twitter.

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