Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Planet of Fire

A picture to please all persuasions!
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Feb 23 to Mar 2 1984
Average audience for serial: 7.0m

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...

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.

Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown) Born Oct 11 1960
Doctor Who credits
Played: Peri Brown in 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 (1984-86). Return appearance in Dimensions in Time (1993).
Nicola also played Peri in the BBC Radio story Slipback (1985)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Nicola's first acting role, after which she was cast in Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988), The Biz (1995), The 10 Percenters (1996), Animal Ark (1998), Parting Shots (1998), Casualty (2000), My Family (2009/10) and Scoop (2010). She also appeared in a number of fan spin-off videos between 1992-93, and Big Finish audios as Peri since 1999.
Facts
Nicola was encouraged to audition for the role of Peri by agent Terry Carney, who was actually first Doctor William Hartnell's son-in-law! Nicola is also a songwriter, and occasionally pops up in television commercials, such as for Nurofen. Here she is, on Twitter!
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Nicola here.

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.

Gerald Flood (Voice of Kamelion) Apr 21 1927 to Apr 12 1989 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: King John in The King's Demons (1983)
Played: Voice of Kamelion in The King's Demons (1983), Planet of Fire (1984), The Caves of Androzani (1984)
Career highlights
Gerald first found fame as Conway Henderson in the Pathfinders series (in Space, to Mars and to Venus, 1960-61), followed by even more renown as Mark Bannerman in Plateau of Fear and its sequels City Beneath the Sea and Secret Beneath the Sea (1961-63). Later work includes Out of This World (1962), Smokescreen (1964), Callan (1967), Two in Clover (1969), Strange Report (1969), Patton (1970), Steptoe and Son (1970), Tom Brown's Schooldays (1971), Bachelor Father (1970-71), The Main Chance (1972), Second Time Around (1974), Raffles (1977), The Racing Game (1979), Third Time Lucky (1982), Bleak House (1985) and Mornin' Sarge (1989). He also enjoyed regular roles as Colonel Sharif Mahmoud in Crane (1963-65) and Peregrine Smith in The Rat Catchers (1966-67).
Facts
Gerald's grandson is Newcastle and England rugby union player Toby Flood. Gerald suffered a heart attack in 1984 while appearing in pantomime in Portsmouth, UK.

Dallas Adams (Professor Howard Foster) Feb 17 1947 to Aug 29 1991 (AIDS-related illness)
Career highlights
Dallas debuted in a 1967 Wednesday Play called Days in the Trees, then took roles in Strange Report (1969), The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971), Frankenstein: The True Story (1973), From Beyond the Grave (1974), The Fortunes of Nigel (1974), Space: 1999 (1976), The Lost Tribe (1980), Nancy Astor (1982), King's Royal (1983), Robin of Sherwood (1984), Gulag (1985), Pulaski (1987) and King Ralph (1991).
Facts
In the early 1980s, Dallas was the winner of the largest gay palimony lawsuit in English legal history. During the filming of Planet of Fire a tabloid journalist was attempting to get a story on the fact a gay actor was working on a "children's programme". Producer John Nathan-Turner made sure the story never emerged.

Peter Wyngarde (Timanov) Born Aug 23 1928
Career highlights
French-born Peter's credited debut came with 1950's Sunday Night Theatre production of Rope, after which he appeared in The Dybbuk (1952), Liebelei (1954), Alexander the Great (1956), A Tale of Two Cities (1957), The Adventures of Ben Gunn (1958), The Dark is Light Enough (1958), The Innocents (1961), Night of the Eagle (1962), Rupert of Hentzau (1964), Lucy in London (1966), The Avengers (1966/67), The Revenue Men (1967), The Prisoner (1967), Flash Gordon (1980), Crown Court (1984), Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (1984), Bulman (1985), Tank Malling (1989), The Lenny Henry Show (1994) and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994). However, Peter will forever be indelibly linked with the iconic ITC role of Jason King in Department S (1969-70) and its spin-off Jason King (1971-72).
Facts
Peter (whose birthname is the rather less actorly Cyril Goldbert) was for a time married to actress Dorinda Stevens. To cash in on Peter's fame as Jason King, RCA allowed him to record a spoken word album entitled When Sex Leers Its Inquisitive Head in 1970; tracks included Rape, Hippie and the Skinhead and Try to Remember to Forget - it truly is an appallingly distasteful record. Peter's career never quite recovered from his arrest in 1975 for "cottaging" in Gloucester bus station's toilets with a truck driver. He was found guilty of gross indecency and fined £75 (this followed him having been cautioned for a similar offence in Birmingham in 1974). Despite Jason King being a serial womaniser, Peter was known in acting circles to be gay. Indeed, between 1956-66 he had a relationship with fellow actor Alan Bates. During the 1980s, Peter filed for bankruptcy twice: at the first hearing it was stated that Peter's 200-year-old farmhouse in the Cotswolds had been repossessed, that he had no assets and was living on unemployment benefits. Peter's uncle was French theatre and screen director Louis Jouvet. At the age of eight Peter found himself in a concentration camp in Shanghai as a prisoner of the Imperial Japanese Army.

Barbara Shelley (Sorasta) Born Feb 13 1932
Career highlights
Barbara made her debut (under her birthname, Barbara Kowin) in Man in Hiding (1953), then went on to appear in a number of Italian films until her English language breakthrough in Cat-Girl (1957). She subsequently appeared in many films, specialising in horror and thrillers, including The Camp on Blood Island (1958), Blood of the Vampire (1958), Invisible Man (1959), Village of the Damned (1960), The Shadow of the Cat (1961), Postman's Knock (1962), Stranglehold (1962), The New Phil Silvers Show (1963), Rupert of Hentzau (1964), The Gorgon (1964), Man in the Dark (1965), The Man from UNCLE (1965), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966), Five Million Years to Earth (1967), A Cuckoo in the Nest (1970), Dixon of Dock Green (1974), Oil Strike North (1975), People Like Us (1978), Tycoon (1978), Pride and Prejudice (1980), Blake's 7 (1981), The Borgias (1981), Maigret (1988), EastEnders (1988) and Uncle Silas (1989). Her final acting role was in the Doctor Who fan spin-off video More Than a Messiah in 1992, after which she gave up acting to become an interior decorator.
Facts
In 2008, Barbara suffered a stroke at the age of 76 and has since become associated with The Stroke Association.

Edward Highmore (Malkon) Born Apr 3 1961
Career highlights
Edward made his acting debut in Doctor Who, then Lame Ducks (1984), The Tripods (1985), Heidi (1993), Love Hurts (1994), Willie's War (1994), The Politician's Wife (1995), No Child of Mine (1997), Elizabeth (1998), The 10th Kingdom (2000) and Ali G Indahouse (2002). His most memorable role was as Leo Howard in over 75 episodes of Howards' Way (1985-90).
Facts
Edward's son is actor Freddie Highmore, who became a child star in films such as Finding Neverland (2004) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and in 2013 secured a lead role as the young Norman Bates in the TV series Bates Motel. Edward's wife is talent agent Sue Latimer.

James Bate (Amyand) Apr 10 1945 to May 19 1992 (cancer)
Career highlights
James debuted in The Intruder (1972), then The Regiment (1973), The Stars Look Down (1975), When the Boat Comes In (1976), Winterspelt (1979), The Gentle Touch (1982), Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1986) and Spender (1991). He also regularly played David Allman in the spy series Sleuth (1977-80) and Mark Warrington in The Spoils of War (1980-81).
Facts
James (real name Anthony) died while undergoing surgery.

Jonathan Caplan (Roskal) Born Apr 26 1959
Career highlights
Jonathan's further credits include Home Movies (1979), Coronation Street (1980), Metal Mickey (1981/82), The Young Ones (1984), Thin Air (1988), The Bill (1990), Scrappers (2000) and Blue Light Bandits (2009). He had a regular role as drug-dealing hairdresser Brian Kennedy in the soap Brookside between 1992-93 (he also wrote for the show). Jonathan also wrote sketches for Not the Nine O'Clock News in the 1970s.

Michael Bangerter (Curt) 1936 to Aug 25 2016 (cancer)
Career highlights
Michael's other work includes Young Woodley (1960), Boyd QC (1961), Emerald Soup (1963), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), Champion House (1967), Colditz (1972), Menace (1973), O Lucky Man! (1973), And Mother Makes Five (1975), Frankie Howerd's Tittertime (1975), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Leap in the Dark (1980), Big Deal (1986) and Capital City (1989).
Facts
Michael was also a published poet, playwright, songwriter and reviewer. At the time of filming Planet of Fire, Michael and his family were already living on the island: "We were living there at the time restoring an ancient house. We were there on and off for almost five years. We lived in the old capital - a large village really, with five churches. We were the only foreigners in the place apart from a half-Spanish half-Swiss genius; he had been a scientist and an inventor and he spoke seven languages including Latin and Greek. My wife and two children were extras on the production - an added bonus."

Simon Sutton (Lookout)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Crewmember in Nightmare of Eden (1979, uncredited)
Played: Lookout in Planet of Fire (1984)
Career highlights
Further work includes Cowboys (1980), Housewarming (1982), Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (1984), Tripper's Day (1984) and Theatre Night: The Miser (1988).

Max Arthur (Zuko) Born Feb 28 1939
Career highlights
Max's only other credits include Grange Hill (1980) and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare (1980).
Facts
Max is now an acclaimed author and war historian, having written books on events such as the Manchester United air crash, as well as histories of the RAF and Royal Navy. In 2013 he was awarded the MBE for services to military history.

John Alkin (Lomand) Born Jan 17 1947
Career highlights
John debuted in Happy Ever After (1970), then Timeslip (1970), Emma (1972), Yes, Honestly (1976), No Longer Alone (1978), The Lady Vanishes (1979), The Sandbaggers (1980), Grandad (1980), Angels (1982) and Minder (1985). He also played George Hackett in Albert and Victoria (1970-71), Frank Cox in A Family at War (1970-71), Barry Deeley in Crown Court (1972-74), and Detective Sergeant Tom Daniels in The Sweeney (1975-78), and the films Sweeney! (1977) and Sweeney 2 (1978).
Facts
John retired from acting in the 1980s after helping open the Bayswater House of Spirit in 1982. In 2000 he opened the Obsidian College, a spiritual healing centre, with his wife Lee Everett (nee Middleton), the ex-wife of DJ and comedian Kenny Everett. John had been involved with colour healing and meditation since the 1960s.

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.

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)
Career highlights
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).
Facts
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)
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.

2 comments:

  1. Where did you discover that James Bate died of cancer and while undergoing surgery for it? That's interesting. I haven't read that before.

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    1. Reply from Webmaster:
      Hello Craig. It was on the Wikipedia entry for the actor (whose real name was Anthony Bate, which he had to change so as not to be confused with another actor with that name) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bate_(actor)

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