|Let's be honest, the 1983 special effects|
were far superior to the CGI ones on
the DVD of this story
First broadcast Mar 1 to 9 1983
Average audience for serial: 6.83m
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)
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).
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...
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).
Mark Strickson (Turlough) Born Apr 6 1959
Doctor Who credits
Played: Vislor Turlough in 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 (1983-84)
Before Doctor Who Mark had appeared in Angels, Strangers and Juliet Bravo (all 1982), and later took roles in A Christmas Carol (1984), Bergerac (1985), David Copperfield (1986), Strike It Rich! (1987), Flying Lady (1987), Casualty (1988), Minder (1993) and Police Rescue (1993).
Mark's first acting job in 1980 was as part of the Mikron Theatre Company, which travelled the canals of Britain on a narrow boat performing up and down the country. He wrote many of the plays and songs performed by the company over the two years he worked with them (they were even committed to tape at Abbey Road Studios - listen to him singing Superhutch). He gave up acting to go into TV production, specifically that of wildlife documentaries, after emigrating to Australia in 1988 and studying for a degree in zoology (his thesis was on the over-wintering biochemistry of the light brown apple moth!). He has worked on Australia's Kangaroos (2000), Industrial Revelations (2002), Nature (2003), Mark Williams on the Rails (2004), Massive Engines (2004), Up Close and Dangerous (2006) and Dark Days in Monkey City (2009).
It was Mark who was responsible for bringing the late naturalist Steve Irwin into the public gaze in series such as The Ten Deadliest Snakes in the World. Mark has revisited the character of Turlough in Big Finish audio plays since 1999. Between 2001-04 Mark was head of programming for Oxford Scientific Films in New Zealand, where he oversaw a range of productions, from natural history to presenter-led science and history films. He has since worked for stations such as Al-Jazeera and the Discovery Channel.
Valentine Dyall (Black Guardian) May 7 1908 to Jun 24 1985
Doctor Who credits
Played: Black Guardian in The Armageddon Factor (1979), Mawdryn Undead (1983), Terminus (1983), Enlightenment (1983)
Played: Slarn (voice) in Slipback (radio serial, 1985)
Valentine's immense CV stretches back to an uncredited role in The Missing Million (1942), with subsequent roles in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), Pink String and Ceiling Wax (1945), Brief Encounter (1945), The Ghost of Rashmon Hall (1947), Woman Hater (1948), Room to Let (1950), Stranger at my Door (1950), Treasure Island (1951), Stranger from Space (1951), Johnny on the Spot (1954), The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d (1956), A Show Called Fred (1956), Hancock's Half Hour (1956), Son of Fred (1956), The City of the Dead (1960), The Cheaters (1960-62), The Haunting (1963), The Wrong Box (1966), Frankie Howerd Meets the Bee Gees (1968), The Avengers (1968), Decidedly Dusty (1969, as co-host), Freewheelers (1970), Bright's Boffins (1970), The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine (1971-72), Not on Your Nellie (1975), Come Play With Me (1977), The Old Crowd (1979), Blake's 7 (1980), The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981), Nanny (1982-83), The Black Adder (1983) and Love's Labour's Lost (1985). He also had a long-running role as Dr Pascal Keldermans in Secret Army (1977-79). Valentine was perhaps best known for his voice work, his resonant and mellifluous tones creating the Man in Black storyteller on BBC Radio's Appointment With Fear in the 1940s, and also used in various storytelling/ narration capacities on productions such as Man in Black (1949), The Final Test (1953), The Goon Show (1950s), Fury at Smuggler's Bay (1961), The Naked World of Harrison Marks (1965) and A Child's Voice (1979).
After Valentine's death, the Man in Black was portrayed by Edward de Souza, who appeared in Mission to the Unknown (1965). His father was actor and producer Franklin Dyall, who appeared with his son in Yellow Canary (1943), while his son was the late BBC costume designer Christian Dyall.
Cyril Luckham (White Guardian) Jul 25 1907 to Feb 8 1989 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: White Guardian in The Ribos Operation (1978), Enlightenment (1983)
Cyril's earliest credit was in Query (1945), then The Poppenkast (1952), Immediate Disaster (1954), Out of the Clouds (1955), The End Begins (1956), How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1957), An Age of Kings (1960), Coronation Street (1960-61), Invasion Quartet (1961), Some People (1962), Billy Budd (1962), No Cloak No Dagger (1963), The Alphabet Murders (1965), The Forsyte Saga (1967), Angel Pavement (1967), Happy Deathday (1968), Ryan International (1970), The Guardians (1971), Scotch on the Rocks (1973), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973-74), The Venturers (1975), Return of the Saint (1979), The Omega Factor (1979), To Serve Them All My Days (1980-81), L for Lester (1982), The Barchester Chronicles (1982), Hallelujah! (1984), In Loving Memory (1986) and The Houseman's Tale (1987). Cyril also had a regular role as Charles Ashley in The Cedar Tree (1976-77).
Thomas Hardy fan Cyril was married to actress Violet Lamb, with whom he performed recitals at festivals and National Trust properties until his death.
Keith Barron (Striker) Born Aug 8 1934
Prolific Keith's debut was in The Avengers (1961), followed by roles in Detective (1964), No Hiding Place (1965), The Further Adventures of Lucky Jim (1967), Baby Love (1968), Strange Report (1969), The Man Who Had Power Over Women (1970), The Edwardians (1972), No Strings (1974), Upstairs, Downstairs (1974), The Land That Time Forgot (1975), At the Earth's Core (1976), The New Avengers (1976), Telford's Change (1979), Prince Regent (1979), Holding the Fort (1982), Minder (1984), Leaving (1984), Take Me Home (1989), Plaza Patrol (1991), All Night Long (1994), Pie in the Sky (1997), Peak Practice (2000), Take Me (2001), Dead Man Weds (2005), Johnny and the Bomb (2006), Pickles: The Dog Who Won the World Cup (2006), Coronation Street (2007), Benidorm (2009), In Love with Alma Cogan (2011), Moving On (2013) and Stella (2014). Keith, who has an IQ of 146, has enjoyed a whole host of regular and star roles over his career, starting very early on as Detective Sergeant John Swift in The Odd Man (1962-63) and It's Dark Outside (1964) and continuing with the title character in Dennis Potter's Stand Up, Nigel Barton and Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton (both 1965), David Pearce in the sitcom Duty Free (1984-86), Kevin Hughes in Room at the Bottom (1986-88), the title character in sitcom Haggard (1990-92), Guy Lofthouse in The Good Guys (1992-93), Alan Boothe in Where the Heart Is (2003-04) and George Williams in The Chase (2006-07). Keith's gently Yorkshire tones may also be remembered as the voice of the Tetley tea commercials in the UK following fellow Doctor Who alumni Brian Glover's death.
His wife is stage designer Mary Pickard, while his son Mark writes under the name of Mark Dawson.
This is Your Life: Keith was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on January 9th, 1985, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews during the curtain call for the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at the Richmond Theatre.
Christopher's debut was in Mondo Candido (1975), followed by roles in All Creatures Great and Small (1978), Sense and Sensibility (1981), St Elsewhere (1983), The Twilight Zone (1986), Miami Vice (1987), Poirot (1989), The Remains of the Day (1993) and The Marshal (1995).
Tony Caunter (Jackson) Born Sep 22 1937
Doctor Who credits
Played: Thatcher in The Crusade (1965)
Played: Morgan in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Jackson in Enlightenment (1983)
Tony's long career stems back to 24-Hour Call (1963), then The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), The Likely Lads (1966), The Avengers (1967), The Queen Street Gang (1968), Parkin's Patch (1969), Ace of Wands (1970), War and Peace (1973), Marked Personal (1974), The Legend of Robin Hood (1975), Blake's 7 (1978), Angels (1979), Home to Roost (1985), London's Burning (1988), Boon (1990), Westbeach (1993), May to December (1994), Down to Earth (2004) and Doctors (2004/08). Tony will be best known as Roy Evans in the soap EastEnders (1994-2003), but he also had regular roles in Queenie's Castle (1970-72) as Jack, All Our Saturdays (1973) as Ken Hicks, Beryl's Lot (1973-77) as Trevor Tonks, Juliet Bravo (1980-82) as Jim Logan, Big Deal (1984) as Henry Diamond and The Chief (1990-94) as Arthur Quine.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Tony here.
Clive Kneller (Collier)
Clive's further roles were in I Remember Nelson (1982), Minder (1991), The Scarlet and the Black (1993), Grange Hill (1996), Wycliffe (1997), The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999), The Parole Officer (2001), Bodywork (2001) and Doctors (2003).
James McClure (First officer)
James's other credits were on The Walls of Jericho (1981), The Bill (1991) and EastEnders (1995).
Lynda Baron (Wrack) Born Mar 24 1939
Doctor Who credits
Sang: The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon (soundtrack) in The Gunfighters (1966, uncredited)
Played: Captain Wrack in Enlightenment (1983)
Played: Val in Closing Time (2011)
Lynda debuted in The Rag Trade in 1962, and was then cast in Hide and Seek (1964), Scott On... (1964), Mrs Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter (1968), The Kenneth Williams Show (1970), Universal Soldier (1971), Hands of the Ripper (1971), A Roof Over My Head (1977), Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt (1977), Crossroads (1978), Grundy (1980), Yentl (1983), Last of the Summer Wine (1983), KYTV (1990), Plaza Patrol (1991), Carry On Columbus (1992), The Upper Hand (1992-93), Coronation Street (1997), Dinnerladies (1998), Sunburn (1999), Peak Practice (2001), Down to Earth (2005), Rome (2005), EastEnders (2006), The Road to Coronation Street (2010), Love Matters (2013) and Chasing Shadows (2014). Lynda's most memorable roles are as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in sitcom Open All Hours (1976-85) and spin-off Still Open All Hours (2013), Auntie Mabel in the children's series Come Outside (1993-97), Norma Patterson in Fat Friends (2002-05) and Linda Clarke in soap EastEnders (2006-09).
Lynda started out as a singer and dancer, being a resident singer on satirical sketch show Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life in 1965.
Leee John (Mansell) Born Jun 23 1957
Leee - whose real name is John Leslie McGregor - only ever got one other acting credit after Doctor Who (for 2013's Dumar), as he was actually the lead singer of the band Imagination at the time, which had hits with Body Talk in 1981 (number 4 in the UK singles chart) and Just an Illusion (number 2) and Music and Lights (number 5) in 1982. The band's popularity waned as the decade progressed, although they continued to tour until the early 1990s. After that Leee released a number of UK garage tracks, including Your Mind, Your Body, Your Soul. In 2003 Leee took part in the celebrity talent series Reborn in the USA - Leee came fifth out of 10 performers, beating the likes of Gina G, Elkie Brooks and Sonia. In 2005 he released a jazz album, Feel My Soul, featuring a mix of jazz standards and original compositions, and he has also worked with Doctor Who uber-fan Ian Levine on a Northern Soul project.
Barbara Clegg (writer)
Barbara started her career as an actress in the theatre before moving into film and TV with roles in It's an Ill Wind (1956), Michael and Mary (1957), The Citadel (1960), Deadline Midnight (1961), Strange Concealments (1962, which she also wrote) and The Dream Maker (1963). Her greatest thespian success came playing Nurse Jo Buckley in over 60 episodes of medical soap Emergency Ward 10 (1958-60). She then started writing scripts, contributing six to the soap opera Coronation Street in 1961. She also wrote several radio and television serials, including a radio dramatisation of The Chrysalids, and for TV, One Aboard the Lugger (1963) and Gems (1985-86).
Barbara submitted several other story ideas to the Doctor Who production office but these were never taken up - these included The Elite in 1982 (which was adapted for audio by Big Finish in 2011) and Point of Entry in 1985 (adapted for audio in 2010).
Fiona Cumming (director) Oct 9 1937 to Jan 1 2015
Doctor Who credits
Assistant floor manager: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966, uncredited)
Production assistant: The Highlanders (1966-67), The Seeds of Death (1969, uncredited), The Mutants (1972, uncredited)
Directed: Castrovalva (1982), Snakedance (1983), Enlightenment (1983), Planet of Fire (1984)
Played: Tourist in Silver Nemesis (1988, uncredited)
Fiona started as an actress and continuity announcer in Scotland, then became an assistant floor manager or production assistant, later graduating to directing. She directed The Master of Ballantrae (1975), Z Cars (1974-77), Angels (1978), The Omega Factor (1979), God's Wonderful Railway (1980), Blake's 7 (1980), The Walls of Jericho (1981), Emmerdale Farm (1984), Take the High Road (1987-90, which she also produced over 40 episodes of), Eldorado (1992) and Machair (1993).
Fiona's husband was Doctor Who production manager Ian Fraser, who worked on five stories between 1986-89. He was also an uncredited tourist at Windsor Castle, along with his wife, in Silver Nemesis (1988).
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Fiona 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)
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.
Eric Saward (script editor) 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)
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.