Friday, September 26, 2014

Time-Flight

Doctor Who special effects, 1982-style
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Mar 22 to 30 1982
Average audience for serial: 9.0m

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...

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).

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).
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.

Richard Easton (Captain Stapley) Born Mar 22 1933
Career highlights
Debuting in a 1953 adaptation of Othello, Canadian Richard's further credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel (1960), The Saint (1965), The Admirable Crichton (1968), The Expert (1971), A Family at War (1971), Churchill and the Generals (1981), Chintz (1981), The Brief (1984), Dead Again (1991), LA Law (1993), Frasier (1997), Finding Forrester (2000), Ed (2002-03), Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (2004), Pizza (2005), The American Experience (2007), Revolutionary Road (2008), God in America (2010), Mildred Pierce (2011) and Boardwalk Empire (2011). Richard's most memorable TV role will be as Brian Hammond in The Brothers (1972-76).
Facts
Richard won Broadway's 2001 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for The Invention of Love. In October 2006, Richard collapsed on stage at the Lincoln Center in New York during a preview of Tom Stoppard's new play The Coast of Utopia. As his last words before collapsing were "That is my last word", appeals from co-stars Martha Plimpton and Ethan Hawke as to whether there was a doctor in the house went unheeded at first. Richard subsequently underwent a procedure to correct a heart arrhythmia.

Keith Drinkel (Flight Engineer Scobie) Born Nov 14 1944
Career highlights
Keith made his earliest appearance in The Contenders in 1969, followed by roles in Dixon of Dock Green (1972), Country Matters (1973), A Pin to See the Peepshow (1973), Looking for Clancy (1975), How Green Was My Valley (1975-76), A Bridge Too Far (1977), I Didn't Know You Cared (1978-79), Gandhi (1982), Time and the Conways (1985), Grange Hill (1986), Brush Strokes (1991), Thatcher: The Final Days (1991, as John Major), Fanny Hill (1995), Doctors (2001), Midsomer Murders (2007) and Trying Again (2014). He also had regular roles as Philip Ashton in A Family at War (1970-71) and Bob, Liz McDonald's dodgy boyfriend, in soap Coronation Street (2005).
Facts
In July 2005 the Daily Mirror "lifted the lid" on the fact Keith appeared in a gay porn film called Dreamboy USA (x-rated link to DVD sleeve), certificated R18, in 2003. The role was non-sexual. Keith co-runs Chancel Productions with fellow actor Michael Chance.

Michael Cashman (First Officer Bilton) Born Dec 17 1950
Career highlights
Michael's first acting credit was on Gideon CID (1964), and later You and the World (1969), Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971), X, Y and Zee (1972), Crown Court (1973), 1990 (1977), Angels (1978), Matilda's England (1979), The Brief (1984), The Winning Streak (1985), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Season's Greetings (1986), Casualty (1993), Monk Dawson (1998) and Small-Time Revolutionary (2010). Michael had a regular role as Mike Wallace in The Sandbaggers (1980) before finding fame as Colin Russell in soap EastEnders (1986-89). Colin was gay and became the first character on British TV to kiss another man.
Facts
Michael gave up acting to enter politics, and was Labour Euro MP for the West Midlands between 1999-2014. In the European Parliament Michael - who was a founder member of gay rights group Stonewall in 1989 - was Labour's spokesman on human rights and was also president of the European Parliament's intergroup on gay and lesbian issues. In 2013 he was awarded a CBE for his public and political service. In 2014 Michael became the Labour Party's special envoy on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues worldwide, and was also given a life peerage, his title being Baron Cashman of Limehouse. In 2006 Michael registered a civil partnership with his partner of 20 years, Paul Cottingham - who coincidentally played a Lakertyan (uncredited) in Doctor Who story Time and the Rani (1987). Paul sadly died of cancer in October 2014.

Peter Dahlsen (Horton)
Career highlights
Peter debuted in Bellbird (1967), and later took roles in Homicide (1973), Tandarra (1976), Secret Army (1979), Bergerac (1981), Icebound in the Antarctic (1983), Sons and Daughters (1985-86), Dancing Daze (1986), Flying Lady (1987) and London's Burning (1989/91).

Brian McDermott (Sheard) Jul 23 1934 to Nov 5 2003
Career highlights
Brian first gained an acting credit in Starr and Company (1958), and then Crime Sheet (1959), The Four Just Men (1960), Emergency Ward 10 (1963), Melissa (1964), The Villains (1965), Department S (1969), Big Breadwinner Hog (1969), Paul Temple (1969), Menace (1973), The Sweeney (1975), Skyways (1979), Priest of Love (1981), Sons and Daughters (1983), Bergerac (1983), CATS Eyes (1985), Gentlemen and Players (1988), A Country Practice (1982/84/86/89), The Punisher (1989), The Upper Hand (1991), Police Rescue (1993), KYTV (1993), Time Trax (1993/94), Murder Call (1997), Babylon 5 (1998), All Saints (2002), Inspector Gadget 2 (2003) and The Pact (2003).
Facts
Brian was the founder of London's Bush Theatre in 1972. It seems there are/ were two actors named Brian McDermott, and it is possible that their two CVs have been conflated.

John Flint (Captain Urquhart) Aug 1 1929 to Sep 9 1987
Doctor Who credits
Played: William des Preaux in The Crusade (1965)
Played: Captain Urquhart in Time-Flight (1982)
Career highlights
John's debut came in Jo's Boys (1959), then Emergency Ward 10 (1961), The Flying Swan (1965), Spyder's Web (1972), Upstairs, Downstairs (1973), Famous Five (1978), Bognor (1981), King John (1984) and The Fools on the Hill (1986).

Peter Cellier (Andrews) Born 1928
Career highlights
Prolific Peter (a founder member of the National Theatre) made his debut in Patrol Car (1955), after which he acted in Hamlet (1959), Scotland Yard (1960), Morgan! (1966), Softly Softly (1969), The Gold Robbers (1969), Strange Report (1970), Shadows of Fear (1981), Don't Just Lie There, Say Something! (1973), Scotch on the Rocks (1973), The Inheritors (1974), Man Friday (1975), The New Avengers (1976), Graham's Gang (1977), Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Pumaman (1980), Shelley (1981), Chariots of Fire (1981), Codename Icarus (1981), The Last Days of Pompeii (1984), A Room with a View (1985), Clockwise (1986), Personal Services (1987), KYTV (1989), Chancer (1990), Keeping Up Appearances (1990-91), Howards End (1992), Bhaji on the Beach (1993), The Remains of the Day (1993), Our Friends in the North (1996), Ladies in Lavender (2004) and The Crimson Petal and the White (2011). He may be best known as playing Sir Frank Gordon in the sitcoms Yes Minister (1981) and Yes Prime Minister (1986-87).
Facts
Peter's father was the 1930s/40s actor Frank Cellier (he appeared in Hitchcock's The 39 Steps), who himself was the son of Victorian conductor and composer Francois Cellier (Francois's brother Alfred was also a successful conductor and composer, particularly in the world of Gilbert and Sullivan and the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company). Peter's half-sister was the 1930s actress Antoinette Cellier, wife of actor Bruce Seton (best known as Fabian of the Yard on TV in the 1950s, as well as the 11th Baronet of Abercorn). How's that for connections...?!

Judith Byfield (Angela Clifford) Sep 6 1951 to May 20 1989 (cancer)
Career highlights
Further credits include Wuthering Heights (1978), Bergerac (1981) and Minder (1984).

Nigel Stock (Professor Hayter) Sep 21 1919 to Jun 23 1986 (heart attack)
Career highlights
Malta-born Nigel made his debut in The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936), and was later cast in The Monkey's Paw (1939), Goodbye, Mr Chips (1939), Brighton Rock (1947), Malta Story (1953), The Dam Busters (1955), Never Let Go (1960), Victim (1961), The Password is Courage (1962), The Great Escape (1963), Weekend at Dunkirk (1964), Buddenbrooks (1965), The Prisoner (1968, as the "other" Number Six!), The Lion in Winter (1968), Cromwell (1970), Marked Personal (1974), Orde Wingate (1976), Van der Valk (1977), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), Triangle (1981), Strangers (1982), Yes Minister (1981-82), Yellowbeard (1983), The Pickwick Papers (1985), Unnatural Causes (1986) and Knights of God (1987). He also memorably portrayed Dr Watson in the Sherlock Holmes adaptations between 1964-68, and appeared as Dr Thomas Owen in both The Doctors (1971) and Owen, MD (1971-73). Another running role was Jim Turner in Flesh and Blood (1980-82).
Facts
Nigel interrupted his acting career by serving in the Army from 1939-41 with the London Irish Rifles, and with the Assam Regiment, Indian Army between 1941-45 in Burma, China and Kohima. He was honourably discharged with the rank of Major. He was married to actress Richenda Carey when he died.

Hugh Hayes (Anithon) Born Jan 1 1950
Career highlights
After his Doctor Who debut, Hugh appeared in Oedipus the King (1986), Rude Awakening (1989), Bugs (1995), Goodnight, Mr Tom (1998), Rehab (2003), Silent Witness (2003), Holby City (2008), EastEnders (2012) and Suicide is Easy (2014).

Andre Winterton (Zarak)
Career highlights
Andre's other credits include The Talisman (1981), The Cleopatras (1983), Star Cops (1987), Howards' Way (1988) and Work! (1991).
Facts
In 2010, Andre complained to the mayor of Eastbourne when floral tributes to the victims of that April's Polish air disaster were placed on the town's First World War memorial.

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.

CREW

Peter Grimwade (writer) 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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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.

Ron Jones (director) Aug 6 1945 to Jul 9 1993
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Black Orchid (1982), Time-Flight (1982), Arc of Infinity (1983), Frontios (1984), Vengeance on Varos (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Career highlights
Starting out as production manager on Bergerac in 1981, Ron's few other directing credits include Juliet Bravo (1985), the German soap Lindenstraße (1987-88) and the TV movie Burg Wutzenstein (1988). In the 1970s Ron worked as a researcher and writer on the children's show Blue Peter.

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.

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.

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