Friday, October 03, 2014

Mawdryn Undead

Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) and Tegan (Janet
Fielding) meet who they think is the
Sixth Doctor (David Collings)
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Feb 1 to 9 1983
Average audience for serial: 7.28m

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).

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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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.

Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart) Dec 16 1929 to Feb 22 2011 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Bret Vyon in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart in The Web of Fear (then ranked as Colonel, 1968), The Invasion (1968), Spearhead from Space (1970), Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970), The Ambassadors of Death (1970), Inferno (1970), Terror of the Autons (1971), The Mind of Evil (1971), The Claws of Axos (1971), Colony in Space (1971), The Daemons (1971), Day of the Daleks (1972), The Time Monster (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Green Death (1973), The Time Warrior (1973-74), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974), Robot (1974-75), Terror of the Zygons (1975), Mawdryn Undead (1983), The Five Doctors (1983), Battlefield (1989), Dimensions in Time (1993), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane (2008)
Played: Brigade Leader Lethbridge Stewart in Inferno (1970)
Played: Tourist in Silver Nemesis (1988, uncredited)
Career highlights
His TV career began in Escape (1957), followed by roles in Looking About (1962), The Avengers (1962/67), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), The Saint (1965), The Champions (1968), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969), Jason King (1971), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1973), Shelley (1980), Then Churchill Said To Me (1982), Minder (1984), Yes, Prime Minister (1987), Only Fools and Horses (1988), Bullseye! (1990), French Fields (1990-91), Satellite City (1996), Doctors (2005), The Bill (2007) and Incendiary (2008).
Facts
Egypt born Nicholas also reprised the role of the Brigadier in the fan-made video production Downtime (1995), an episode of Harry Hill (2000) and a handful of Big Finish audio adventures. Nicholas acted alongside seven of the TV Doctors in the series, and on audio with Eighth Doctor Paul McGann. Nicholas was one of only two actors to have appeared in Doctor Who as the same character in its first three decades (1960s, 70s and 80s, along with Patrick Troughton). He also appeared in Dimensions in Time in the 1990s, and spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures in the 2000s - thus beating Troughton!

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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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.

Angus Mackay (Headmaster) Jul 15 1926 to Jun 8 2013
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cardinal Borusa in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Played: Headmaster in Mawdryn Undead (1983)
Career highlights
Angus's prolific career began in Death of a Ghost (1960), then Nothing But the Best (1964), Mogul (1966), The Tyrant King (1968), Paul Temple (1970), Inn of the Frightened People (1971), The Golden Bowl (1972), Warship (1973), The Pallisers (1974), Edward the King (1975), Flesh and Blood (1980), When the Boat Comes In (1981), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Clockwise (1986), Hot Metal (1986), Chance in a Million (1984/86), Alexei Sayle's Stuff (1986), One Foot in the Grave (1990), Brass (1990), King Ralph (1991) and If You See God, Tell Him (1993).
Facts
After Angus's wife Dorothy died of motor neurone disease in 1977, he decided to combat his loneliness by renting out room space in his house to up-and-coming actors, one of whom was Kenneth Branagh, who cites copious diarist Angus's expert knowledge on theatrical history as a major inspiration to him. He had an enormous archive of theatre magazines and programmes, and there are hopes to make them publicly available.

David Collings (Mawdryn) Born Jun 4 1940
Doctor Who credits
Played: Vorus in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975)
Played: Poul in The Robots of Death (1977)
Played: Mawdryn in Mawdryn Undead (1983)
Career highlights
David debuted in a 1964 ITV Play of the Week, then took roles in Gideon's Way (1965), The Troubleshooters (1966), Point Counterpoint (1968), The Possessed (1969), Strange Report (1969), Scrooge (1970), UFO (1970), Elizabeth R (1971), The Regiment (1972), The Love School (1975), Treasure Island (1977), Midnight is a Place (1977-78), Breakaway (1980), Look and Read: Dark Towers (1981), Blake's 7 (1981), By the Sword Divided (1985), The Return of the Antelope (1988), Love Hurts (1992), The Darling Buds of May (1993), Press Gang (1989/93), Persuasion (1995), Wren: The Man Who Built Britain (2004) and The Invisible Woman (2013). He is perhaps best remembered as Silver in the telefantasy series Sapphire and Steel (1981-82), but fewer people might know he dubbed the English voice for the character of Monkey in the 1978-80 Japanese series of the same name (originally Saiyuki, based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West).
In 2017 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with David here.

Stephen Garlick (Ibbotson) Born Jul 7 1959
Career highlights
Stephen first appeared uncredited in Carry On Doctor (1967 - as the boy with a potty stuck on his head!), and then had roles in Headline Hunters (1968), Scrooge (1970), The Hostages (1975), The Tomorrow People (1976), Butterflies (1980), Minder (1982), Lovejoy (1986), The Storyteller (1987), The Chef's Apprentice (1989), The Bill (1989) and 30 Door Key (1991). He memorably played young boy Dan in the Look and Read serial The Boy from Space (1971/80), and Ned Lewis in The Adventures of Black Beauty (1973-74), and also provided the voice of Jen for the film The Dark Crystal (1982).
Facts
After leaving acting Stephen moved into radio, working for Thames FM, BBC7 and Big L 1395.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Stephen, as well as actor Dorota Rae, here.

Roger Hammond (Dr Runciman) Mar 21 1936 to Nov 8 2012 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Francis Bacon in The Chase (1965)
Played: Dr Runciman in Mawdryn Undead (1983)
Career highlights
Roger's prolific career began in The Villains (1964), and saw appearances in You Can't Win (1966), The Avengers (1967), The First Churchills (1969), Casanova (1971), The Onedin Line (1972), Churchill's People (1975), When the Boat Comes In (1976), The Duchess of Duke Street (1976), Emmerdale (1980), Airline (1982), The Tripods (1984), Miss Marple: Nemesis (1987), One Foot in the Grave (1990), Campion (1990), the Uncle Jack... series (1991-93, playing M), Orlando (1992), The Madness of King George (1994), Kavanagh QC (1997), Bedazzled (2000), Rome (2005), Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006), City of Vice (2008) and The King's Speech (2010).
Facts
Between 1968-75 Roger was married to actress Helen Weir, best remembered as Pat Sugden in soap Emmerdale.

Sheila Gill (Matron) Oct 18 1926 to Mar 17 2005
Career highlights
Sheila's further work included Redcap (1966), Malatesta (1970), The Mating Machine (1970), Jubilee (1977), Supernatural (1977), Dead Ernest (1982), Never the Twain (1983), Paradise Postponed (1986), Personal Services (1987), UFO (1993) and Crime Traveller (1997).

Peter Walmsley (First mutant)
Career highlights
Other credits include Juliet Bravo (1980), The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare (1981-82) and The Ploughman's Lunch (1983).

Brian Darnley (Second mutant) Born Feb 17 1949
Career highlights
Brian's other credits were for Juliet Bravo (1982) and The Fourth Arm (1983).

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.

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.

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)
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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