Friday, September 19, 2014

The Visitation

The Terileptils enjoy a "round the
campfire" moment
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Feb 15 to 23 1982
Average audience for serial: 9.60m

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).

Michael Robbins (Richard Mace) Nov 14 1930 to Dec 11 1992 (cancer)
Career highlights
Former bank clerk Michael got his first acting credit on Hylda Baker Says Be Soon (1957), followed by Scotland Yard (1960), A Prize of Arms (1962), The Plane Makers (1963), Redcap (1965), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Up the Junction (1968), Till Death Us Do Part (1969), Parkin's Patch (1969), Zeppelin (1971), Cider with Rosie (1971), No Sex Please, We're British (1973), How's Your Father? (1974-75), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), The Fuzz (1977), Devenish (1977-78), Brendon Chase (1981), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), Fresh Fields (1985), Fairly Secret Army (1984-86), EastEnders (1989), The New Statesman (1991), One Foot in the Grave (1990/91) and In Sickness and in Health (1992). His most memorable role was as Arthur Rudge in the sitcom On the Buses (1969-72) and their big screen spin-offs On the Buses (1971), Mutiny on the Buses (1972) and Holiday on the Buses (1973).
Facts
Michael was married to actress Hal Dyer, best known as Rose Perkins in children's series Rentaghost. Michael also provided the voices of a number of the chimps in the 1970s and 80s PG Tips TV commercials. In 1987, Michael received a papal award for his work for the Catholic Stage Guild.

John Savident (Squire) Born Jan 21 1938
Career highlights
Guernsey-born John's earliest role was in Redcap (1966), subsequently Mrs Thursday (1967), Inadmissable Evidence (1968), The Avengers (1968), Nearest and Dearest (1969), Manhunt (1970), Doomwatch (1970-71), Budgie (1971), A Clockwork Orange (1971), A Family at War (1970-72), Tightrope (1972), The Lotus Eaters (1973), Quiller (1975), 1990 (1977), Yes Minister (1980), Blake's 7 (1979/81), The Black Adder (1982, pilot), Oliver Twist (1982), Gandhi (1982), The Crystal Cube (1983), David Copperfield (1986), Chelmsford 123 (1990), Hudson Hawk (1991), The Remains of the Day (1993), Middlemarch (1994), Loch Ness (1996), Aladdin (2000), Above Suspicion (2008), Hotel Babylon (2009) and Holby City (2012). However, he will forever be associated with his hugely popular role as Fred Elliott the butcher in almost 300 episodes of soap Coronation Street (1994-2006), for which he won a British Soap Award for best comedy performance in 1999.
Facts
In December 2000 John sustained knife wounds to the neck after being attacked in his Manchester flat by a 28-year-old man he'd met in a gay pub. John claimed he invited Michael Smith back to his house to talk about the theatre, which the attacker took as a metaphor for sex. Smith was jailed for seven years.

Peter Van Dissel (Android)
Career highlights
Peter's earliest credit was in Out of the Unknown (1969), followed by Dog Squad (1973), The Diamond Mercenaries (1976), Flashpoint Africa (1980), The Assassination Run (1980), Hideaway (1986), Between the Lines (1992) and Casualty (2001).

Anthony Calf (Charles) Born May 4 1959
Doctor Who credits
Played: Charles in The Visitation (1982)
Played: Godsacre in Empress of Mars (2017)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Anthony's big break, after which he appeared in Beau Geste (1982), To Catch a King (1984), Drummonds (1985-87), The Monocled Mutineer (1986), Fortunes of War (1987), My Family and Other Animals (1987), Great Expectations (1991), Diana: Her True Story (1993), The Madness of King George (1994), Pride and Prejudice (1995), My Night with Reg (1997, Celeb (2002), Judge John Deed (2003), The Murder Room (2005), The Good Samaritan (2007), Dalziel and Pascoe (2007), Material Girl (2010), Call the Midwife (2013), Dracula (2013), Noel Coward's Private Lives (2014), Home Fires (2015-16) and Power Monkeys (2016). More recently he will be known as playing Michael Beauchamp in Holby City (2005-06) and Robert Strickland in New Tricks (2005-15).
Facts
He is married to actress Caroline Harker, whose sister is actress Susannah Harker (former wife of actor Iain Glen, who was in The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone (2010), and now partner of Eighth Doctor Paul McGann).
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Anthony here.

John Baker (Ralph) Aug 8 1917 to Dec 2 2002
Doctor Who credits
Played: Time Lord in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Audience member/ meditator in Planet of the Spiders (1974, uncredited)
Played: Ralph in The Visitation (1982)
Career highlights
John first appeared in Hotel Reserve (1944), and later had roles in Morning Departure (1946), RUR (1948), Midshipman Barney (1951), Five Children and It (1951), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954), The End of the Road (1957), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1957), Cover Girl Killer (1959), The Frightened City (1961), Echo Four Two (1961), Contract to Kill (1965), It! (1966), Trog (1970), War and Peace (1972), Are You Being Served? (1974), Blake's 7 (1978), Spy! (1980), Shine on Harvey Moon (1982), Bergerac (1985), The Dark Angel (1987), The Brittas Empire (1992) and Class Act (1994).

Valerie Fyfer (Elizabeth)
Career highlights
Valerie's only other credits are Doom Castle (1980) and Mackenzie (1980).
Facts
Valerie's surname is actually an anglicisation of her real surname of Pfeiffer, and she acted under that original spelling both before and after The Visitation. She was among the cast of the 1976 play The Mating Season, which came to an abrupt end when its star, Carry On actor Sid James, died during the tour. With thanks to Nicholas Pegg.

Richard Hampton (Villager) Born Jun 22 1937
Career highlights
Richard debuted in Out of the Unknown (1966), then appeared in Judge Dee (1969), Paul Temple (1970), The Challengers (1972), Warship (1973), The Terrorists (1974), Rooms (1974), The Fight Against Slavery (1975), Dickens of London (1976), Force 10 from Navarone (1978), Betzi (1980), Juliet Bravo (1982), One By One (1987), Wish Me Luck (1988), Seaforth (1994), A Touch of Frost (1999) and Feeling Lucky (2001). He also had the regular role of Padre Simon Armstrong in Soldier Soldier (1991-92).
Facts
Along with actor David Weston, Richard co-wrote the Shakespeare: His Life and Work audiobook released in 2000, and narrated by Dame Judi Dench.

James Charlton (Miller)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Artist in cafe in City of Death (1979, uncredited)
Played: Miller in The Visitation (1982)
Career highlights
James's other work includes Law and Order (1978), Lillie (1978), Butterflies (1979) and Enemy at the Door (1980).

Michael Melia (Terileptil leader) Born 1945
Career highlights
Former teacher Michael's first credit was in Juggernaut (1974), followed by roles in The Sweeney (1978), Coronation Street (1979), Blake's 7 (1980), Maybury (1981), The Hard Word (1983), Rumpole of the Bailey (1983), CATS Eyes (1985), London's Burning (1988), Campion (1990), In Suspicious Circumstances (1992), The Detectives (1993), Dream Team (1998/2000), Daylight Robbery (1999), New Tricks (2009) and Dani's House (2010-12). He is best known for his role as Eddie Royle in soap EastEnders (1990-91), and Frank Dagley in Dangerfield (1996-97).

Neil West (Poacher)
Career highlights
Neil's other credits include Leaving (1985), Three Up, Two Down (1986), In Sickness and in Health (1987) and 'Allo! 'Allo! (1989). He also had a regular role as Dave Nowell in medical drama Angels (1982-83).

Eric Dodson (Headman) Dec 1 1920 to Jan 13 2000
Career highlights
World War Two bomber pilot Eric's debut was in Sherlock Holmes (1951), after which he secured many roles in productions such as Dial 999 (1959), The Little Ship (1960), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1960), Man from Interpol (1960), The Avengers (1961), Call Oxbridge 2000 (1962), Our Man at St Mark's (1964), The Likely Lads (1965), Sexton Blake (1968), Coronation Street (1968-69), Grady (1970), The Regiment (1972), Poldark (1975), Porridge (1975), Crossroads (1978), It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1981), County Hall (1981), Help! (1988), Joint Account (1990), Press Gang (1992), Grace and Favour (1992-93) and Lovejoy (1994). Eric also had a regular role as Jack Pommeroy in Rumpole of the Bailey (1983-91) and Henry Richardson in the sitcoms Fresh Fields (1984-86) and French Fields (1991).
Facts
Eric was sadly unable to work for the last few years of his life due to illness.

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 Moffatt (director) Aug 15 1922 to Oct 21 2007
Doctor Who credits
Directed: State of Decay (1980), The Visitation (1982), Mawdryn Undead (1983), The Five Doctors (1983), The Twin Dilemma (1984), The Two Doctors (1985)
Played: Man outside restaurant in The Two Doctors (1985, uncredited)
Played: Tourist in Silver Nemesis (1988, uncredited)
Career highlights
His training to become an actor was disturbed by the outbreak of World War Two, during which he became a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft 3 in Germany. After the war he went back into acting in programmes such as Emil and the Detectives (1952) and Tales from Soho (1956), but then turned to directing, working on Small Time (1960), Tales of Mystery (1961), It Happened Like This (1963), Crane (1963-64), Seven Deadly Sins (1966-67), Sexton Blake (1968), Hadleigh (1969), Big Brother (1970), Crime of Passion (1971-72), New Scotland Yard (1972), Melissa (1974), Rooms (1974-77), The Camerons (1979), The Gentle Touch (1980), Juliet Bravo (1980/82), EastEnders (1986) and All Creatures Great and Small (1978-88).
Facts
He was married to actress/ director/ producer Joan Kemp-Welch.

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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