Sunday, October 26, 2014

Resurrection of the Daleks

Davros (Terry Molloy) did like a nice
Dalek marshmallow
Two episodes (Part One, Part Two)
First broadcast Feb 8 to 15 1984
Average audience for serial: 7.65m

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...

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.

Rodney Bewes (Stien) Nov 27 1937 to Nov 21 2017
Career highlights
Rodney's earliest acting credit was in The Pickwick Papers in 1952, after which he took roles in Dixon of Dock Green (1962), A Prize of Arms (1962), Billy Liar (1963), Cluff (1964), San Ferry Ann (1965), Hicks and Stokes (1967), Father Dear Father (1968), Spring and Port Wine (1970), Shirley's World (1971), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972), Jonah and the Whale (1975), Jabberwocky (1977), The Wildcats of St Trinian's (1980), Just Liz (1980), The Adventures of a Lady (1987), Spender (1993), Revolver (2004) and Heartbeat (2009). He also had a regular role as "Mr Rodney" in The Basil Brush Show between 1968-69, and played the title character in the sitcom Dear Mother... Love Albert (1969-72, which he also wrote and produced in its entirety), but will forever be synonymous with the part of Bob Ferris in the sitcom The Likely Lads (1964-66) and its sequel series Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973-74), the 1976 film version and the radio versions (1967-68/75).
Facts
Famously, Rodney had a long-standing (and one-sided) rift with his Likely Lads co-star James Bolam, who Rodney said in his 2005 autobiography hadn't spoken to him since they filmed the 1976 movie. This apparently stems from when Bolam's wife became pregnant and Rodney revealed the fact in a press interview. The intensely private Bolam was so annoyed with his co-star that he never spoke to or met Rodney since, and has even been known to block repeats of The Likely Lads which Rodney claimed would give him much-needed income to pay his debts and mortgage. It was one of the most infamous celebrity feuds in UK showbiz. In 1997 Rodney won the Stella Artois Price at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his one-man rendition of Jerome K Jerome's Three Men in a Boat. In the 1970s Rodney was the commercial face of the British Onion Marketing Board (or, amusingly, BOMB), and in one newspaper advert he said: "I had the most delicious baloney sandwich today with red onions and field greens on very fresh bread. I was shocked how good it was."
This is Your Life: Rodney was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on December 10th, 1980, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews in central London.

Rula Lenska (Styles) Born Sep 30 1947
Career highlights
Rula's full birth name is Countess Roza-Marie Leopoldnya Lubienska, but she was actually born in unassuming St Neots in Cambridgeshire, UK, the daughter of Polish immigrant parents (her father was the head of Poland's Radio Free Europe and one-time adjutant to the Polish Prime Minister in exile during World War Two). Rula has since renounced her title. Her earliest credit was on Once Upon a Time in 1973, after which she appeared in Special Branch (1974), Confessions of a Pop Performer (1975), Royal Flash (1975), Alfie Darling (1976), Queen Kong (1976), The Cuckoo Waltz (1980), Take a Letter Mr Jones (1981), Robin of Sherwood (1984), Cluedo (1991), Kappatoo (1992), Stay Lucky (1993), One Foot in the Grave (1996), EastEnders (2002), Doctors (2006), Grandpa in My Pocket (2009), Ideal (2011) and The Taking (2014). She enjoyed regular roles as Nancy Cunard de Longchamps in Rock Follies (1976-77) and Claudia Colby in soap Coronation Street (2009-11).
Facts
Between 1977-87 Rula was married to actor Brian Deacon (not the one from Queen; this one is the brother of actor Eric Deacon, who appeared in the Doctor Who story Timelash (1985)), and between 1987-98 she was married to actor Dennis Waterman, who in 2012 admitted to hitting Rula. However, his comment was controversial: "It's not difficult for a woman to make a man hit her. She certainly wasn't a beaten wife, she was hit and that's different." In the United States she became known for her appearances in TV commercials for Alberto VO5 shampoo in the 1970s and 80s, in which she was hailed as internationally renowned but was actually unheard of in the US. This "celebrity endorsement" led to Rula being ridiculed on shows like The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live. In 2006 she was one of the contestants on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK, a career move that attracted substantial controversy and criticism when she took part in a task with British politician George Galloway which saw him pretend to be a cat and lick milk from Rula's cupped hands. Rula was the third celeb to be voted out. In 2009 Rula sought £1m compensation from the Polish government for its seizure of her family's estate.
This is Your Life: Rula was the subject of BBC TV's This is Your Life on January 10th, 1996, surprised by host Michael Aspel during the curtain call of a pantomime at Redhill's Harlequin Theatre.
In 2017 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Rula here.

Del Henney (Colonel Archer) Born Dec 17 1938
Career highlights
Debuting in United! (1965), Del's further work includes The Revenue Men (1968), Parkin's Patch (1970), Straw Dogs (1971), The Mad Trapper (1972), Brannigan (1975), Wings (1978), Fallen Hero (1978-79), A Woman of Substance (1985), Resnick (1992-93), Jonathan Creek (1997), North Square (2000), The Brief (2004) and Devil's Playground (2010).

Maurice Colbourne (Lytton) Sep 24 1939 to Aug 4 1989 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Lytton in Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Attack of the Cybermen (1985)
Career highlights
Maurice's debut came in Cry of the Banshee (1970), then The Littlest Horse Thieves (1976), The Duellists (1977), Bloodline (1979), The Onedin Line (1979), Hawk the Slayer (1980), Strangers (1980), The Day of the Triffids (1981), Johnny Jarvis (1983) and Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil (1985). He secured early success playing John Kline in the Play for Today Gangsters (1975) and its resultant series (1976-78), but found his biggest fame as Tom Howard in the maritime drama Howards' Way (1985-89).
Facts
Before becoming an actor Maurice (born Roger Middleton) was a ghost train operator in Manchester and a waiter in London. He died in his wife's arms in Rennes, France, while renovating a holiday home, shortly after returning from a sailing trip. He was due to return to the UK the following week to complete filming series 5 of Howards' Way (his character's disappearance was explained as a sailing accident).

Chloe Ashcroft (Professor Laird) Born Jul 7 1942
Career highlights
Although best known for her television presenting duties on Play School and Play Away in the 1970s and 80s, Chloe has enjoyed a few dramatic roles, notably in The Scheme (1963), Much Ado About Nothing (1967), Out of the Unknown (1969), Softly Softly: Task Force (1970) and Edward the King (1975).
Facts
Chloe is married to actor (and fellow Play School presenter) David Hargreaves, and is the niece of acting legend Peggy Ashcroft.

Philip McGough (Sergeant Calder) Born 1951
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sergeant Calder in Resurrection of the Daleks (1984)
Played: Alien voices in The Stolen Earth (2008, scene cut)
Career highlights
Philip's earliest role was in Dixon of Dock Green (1975), after which he appeared in Rooms (1977), Muck and Brass (1982), Oxbridge Blues (1984), Brookside (1986), The Monocled Mutineer (1986), Only Fools and Horses (1989), A Sense of Guilt (1990), The Manageress (1990), Chancer (1991), French Fields (1991), Forever Green (1989/92), Nightingales (1993), Eye of the Storm (1993), The Magician (1993), So Haunt Me (1994), Bugs (1995), And the Beat Goes On (1996), Don't Go Breaking My Heart (1999), Ultimate Force (2003), Keen Eddie (2004), The Illusionist (2006) and Canoe Man (2010). Regular roles include Dr Malcolm Nicholson in Bad Girls (2000-05) and Dr Charlie Bradfield in daytime soap Doctors (2010).
Facts
For 12 years in the 1960s and 70s Philip trained to be a monk, during which he spent 12 months in almost complete silence. However, he left the order after being subjected to beatings and going through "some awful times".

Terry Molloy (Davros) Born Jan 4 1947
Doctor Who credits
Played: Davros in Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Russell in Attack of the Cybermen (1985)
Career highlights
Debuted in God's Wonderful Railway (1980), then Radio Phoenix (1982), Connie (1985), Oliver Twist (1985), A Sort of Innocence (1987), French and Saunders (1988), Tales of Sherwood Forest (1989), Chalkface (1991), Dangerfield (1998), Urban Gothic (2000), Kingdom (2008) and In Love with Alma Cogan (2011). Terry has been playing Davros for Big Finish audio productions since 2003. His voice will be well-known to fans of BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers as that of Mike Tucker since 1973.
Facts
In the 1960s Terry played saxophone in a soul band in Liverpool, even appearing at famous Beatles venue The Cavern Club.

Jim Findley (Mercer)
Career highlights
Trinidad-born Jim debuted in The Zoo (1980), after which he took roles in Britannia Hospital (1982), Johnny Jarvis (1983), Playboy of the West Indies (1985), Playing Away (1987), Cry Freedom (1987), Lazarus and Dingwall (1991), Paradise Heights (2002), The Crooked Man (2003), Dalziel and Pascoe (2005) and The Chase (2007).
Facts
Here's a lovely video with Jim from 2013 in which he is interviewed about his appearance in Doctor Who by his son.

Sneh Gupta (Osborn) Born May 12 1957
Career highlights
Kenyan-born Sneh debuted in Angels in 1979, then appeared in The Mystery of the Disappearing Schoolgirls (1980), Kelly Monteith (1982), The Far Pavilions (1984), Kim (1984), Rainbow (1986), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1987), Tandoori Nights (1987) and The Peacock Spring (1996).
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Sneh here.

Roger Davenport (Trooper) Born Oct 4 1946
Career highlights
Roger's other credits include Softly Softly: Task Force (1974), Brassneck (1975), Henry V (1979), Good Behaviour (1983), My Parents are Aliens (2005) and The Library of Burned Books (2013). Roger has another string to his bow, as a writer, having penned for Bergerac (1985), Indelible Evidence (1987), All Creatures Great and Small (1989-90), Growing Pains (1992), The Bill (1993-94) and The Double Life of Saki (2007).
Facts
Roger's wife is actress Joanna McCallum (whose parents were the actors John McCallum and Googie Withers), while his father was Observer literary critic John Davenport and his grandmother was the singer and actress Muriel George. Roger quit acting in the 1980s and went into advertising (for Unilever) and theatre management before returning to the boards and taking up writing books for children, such as Out of His Mind and Lowlake.

John Adam Baker (Crewmember)
John's only other credit was in The Cleopatras (1983).

Linsey Turner (Crewmember)
Career highlights
This is Linsey's only acting credit, but she went on to become a talented session singer, working with singer/ songwriter Rod Taylor since they met in a BBC studio in 1983 (was it Doctor Who?).

William Sleigh (Galloway)
Career highlights
6ft 3in William debuted in Marie Curie in 1977, then appeared in Arabian Adventure (1979), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), Bad Boyes (1987), Bellman and True (1987), Gems (1988), Sleepers (1991), Tipping the Velvet (2002) and Gangster Kittens (2011).
Facts
This unbeatable trivia appears on William's IMDb profile: "Played Gandalf in a theatre production of The Hobbit. One night a pyrotechnic went wrong and he set fire to a Hobbit."

Brian Miller (Dalek voice) Born Apr 17 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Dugdale in Snakedance (1983)
Played: Dalek voice in Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Harry in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mad Woman in the Attic (2009)
Played: Barney in Deep Breath (2014)
Career highlights
Brian started out on Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life in 1965, after which he appeared in Mr Rose (1968), The Dustbinmen (1970), Hey Brian! (1973), A Raging Calm (1974), Sam (1975), Out of Bounds (1977), The Devil's Crown (1978), Blake's 7 (1979), Ladykillers (1980), Angels (1981), Eh Brian! It's a Whopper (1984), Brazil (1985), Alice in Wonderland (1986), Strike It Rich! (1986-87), Grange Hill (1991), Stay Lucky (1993), The Ghost of Greville Lodge (2000), Line of Duty (2012) and Wizards vs Aliens (2012).
Facts
Brian was married to Doctor Who's very own Sarah Jane Smith Elisabeth Sladen from 1968 until her death in 2011.
In 2017 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Brian here.

Royce Mills (Dalek voice) Born May 12 1942
Doctor Who credits
Played: Dalek voice in Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Career highlights
Debuted in Fraud Squad in 1969, then Charley's Aunt (1969), Coppers End (1971), Up Pompeii! (1971), Queenie's Castle (1972), The Kids from 47A (1974), The Tomorrow People (1977), Marti (1977), The Rather Reassuring Programme (1977), Come Back, Lucy (1978), Bernie (1978), Sykes (1979), Mike Yarwood In Persons (1977/79), Rings on Their Fingers (1978/80), The Jim Davidson Show (1980), The Cut Price Comedy Show (1982-83), See How They Run (1984), Alice in Wonderland (1985), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1982-83/86), Edward and Friends (1987), Never the Twain (1990), Fiddlers Three (1991), Polterguests (1999), Bernard's Watch (2001) and Run for Your Wife (2012). Royce also had the occasional role of Andrew in Minder (1984-85/89).
Facts
Royce initially qualified in fine art to become a theatre set designer before branching in front of the cameras and on stage.

Cy Town (Dalek operator) Born 1931
Doctor Who credits
Played: Technician in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, uncredited)
Played: Medical orderly in The Mind of Evil (1971, uncredited)
Played: Dalek operator in Frontier in Space (1973), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Destiny of the Daleks (1979), Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Extra in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974, uncredited), The Invisible Enemy (1977, uncredited), Attack of the Cybermen (1985, uncredited)
Played: Vogan in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975, uncredited)
Played: Brother in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Sun Makers (1977, uncredited)
Played: Harold V's brother in The Happiness Patrol (1988, uncredited)
Played: Haemovore in The Curse of Fenric (1989, uncredited)
Career highlights
Other acting work includes All Gas and Gaiters (1970), Steptoe and Son (1972), Moonbase 3 (1973), Carry On Girls (1973), Dad's Army (1973), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977), Star Wars (1977), Blake's 7 (1981) and Crown Prosecutor (1995).

John Scott Martin (Dalek operator) Apr 1 1926 to Jan 6 2009 (Parkinson's Disease)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Zarbi in The Web Planet (1965)
Played: Daleks in The Chase (1965), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967), Day of the Daleks (1972), Frontier in Space (1973), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), The Five Doctors (1983), Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Played: Mechanoids in The Chase (1965)
Played: IMC robot in Colony in Space (1971)
Played: Charlie in The Daemons (1971, uncredited)
Played: Mutt in The Mutants (1972)
Played: Gell Guard in The Three Doctors (1972-73)
Played: Hughes in The Green Death (1973)
Played: Reading guard in Robot (1974-75)
Played: Kriz in The Brain of Morbius (1975)
Played: Nucleus in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Career highlights
John's long career began in 1952's The Life and Death of King John, and went to play usually bit-part roles in Quatermass and the Pit (1958), Ghost Squad (1963), The Likely Lads (1965-66), The Blood Beast Terror (1968), Upstairs, Downstairs (1972), The Good Life (1975), The Duchess of Duke Street (1977), Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), The Tripods (1984), Erik the Viking (1989), Bullseye! (1990), London's Burning (1991), Ali G Indahouse (2002) and Mine All Mine (2004).
Facts
John also appeared in Catatonia's video for Dead from the Waist Down (1999). In later years he was a church warden and school governor in Essex.

Tony Starr (Dalek operator) Died Jan 6 2015
Doctor Who credits
Played: British soldier in The War Games (1969, uncredited)
Played: Dalek operator in Planet of the Daleks (1973, uncredited), Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Revelation of the Daleks (1985), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Career highlights
Tony's other screen work includes The Boys of San Francisco (1981), Little Miss Perkins (1982), Russ Abbot's Saturday Madhouse (1982) and Couchers (2012).
Facts
Tony was also a singer and songwriter. In 1964 he wrote and recorded two rare, collectible singles for Decca, I'll Take a Rocket to the Moon and The Next Train Leaving from Platform 2.

Toby Byrne (Dalek operator)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Revelation of the Daleks (1985)
Career highlights
Further work includes The Last Window Cleaner (1979), Blake's 7 (1979/81), The Hard Word (1983), Crossfire (1988), Children of the North (1991) and Beyond Reason (1995).

Leslie Grantham (Kiston) Born Apr 30 1947
Career highlights
Leslie's earliest role was in 1982's Jake's End, after which he took roles in Goodnight and God Bless (1983), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Morons from Outer Space (1985), Bulman (1985), Winners and Losers (1989), The Nightwatch (1989), The Good Guys (1992), The Detectives (1993), Cluedo (1993), Wycliffe (1997), The Uninvited (1997), Urban Gothic (2000), Heartbeat (2002), DeadTime (2012) and The Factory (2013). Leslie also enjoyed a lead role in the series The Paradise Club (1989-90) and 99-1 (1994-95), and was the presenter for a time of game show Fort Boyard (1998-2001). However, it is the iconic role of "Dirty" Den Watts in soap EastEnders between 1985-89 and 2003-05 that he will be best known for.
Facts
Leslie was until 2013 married to Australian born actress Jane Laurie. While he was in the Army, in 1966, Leslie was convicted of murdering a West German taxi driver who he shot in the back of the head while attempting to rob him in Osnabruck. Handed a life sentence, he served 10 years in prison, and it was while at Leyhill Prison in Gloucestershire that he met actress and part-time prison visitor Louise Jameson (Doctor Who's Leela) who persuaded him to pursue acting. In 2004 Leslie was mixed up in a tabloid scandal when a Sunday newspaper printed pictures of him exposing himself and masturbating on MSN Instant Messenger via a webcam with an undercover reporter. In the 2006 Doctor Who episode Army of Ghosts, the Doctor watches an edition of EastEnders in which it is said the ghost of Den Watts was returning to the soap's pub, the Queen Vic, but it is told to leave before the channel is changed.

CREW

Eric Saward (writer and 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.

Matthew Robinson (director) Born Jul 27 1944
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), Attack of the Cybermen (1985)
Career highlights
Matthew started out directing Beryl's Lot (1975), Z Cars (1975-76), Crown Court (1976/79), Sally Ann (1979), Angels (1980-81), Coronation Street (1977/82), The Practice (1986), Howards' Way (1987), EastEnders (1985-87), Byker Grove (1989-92) and Taste of Life (2004). He also graduated into producing, such as Byker Grove, EastEnders (1998-2000), Servants (2003) and AirWaves (2010).
Facts
Matthew's brother is musician, DJ and former gay activist Tom Robinson. Matthew was head of drama for BBC Wales between 2000-03. In 2003 his career took him to Cambodia, where he subsequently set up a film and TV production company in Phnom Penh called Khmer Mekong Films. He even has his own poetry website.

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.

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