Thursday, October 02, 2014

Snakedance

The Mara. Or is it Tegan? Or both!
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Jan 18 to 26 1983
Average audience for serial: 7.10m

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).

John Carson (Ambril) Feb 28 1927 to Nov 5 2016
Career highlights
Sri Lankan-born John enjoyed a prolific career, which began in 1946's Teheran, followed by roles in Boston Blackie (1952), Ramsbottom Rides Again (1956), The Return of Peggy Atherton (1959), William Tell (1959), Emergency Ward 10 (1959), Formula for Danger (1960), Locker 69 (1962), The Bacchae (1962), Smokescreen (1964), It's Dark Outside (1964), Hereward the Wake (1965), The Avengers (1963/65), Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965), The Plague of the Zombies (1966), Girl in a Black Bikini (1967), Dombey and Son (1969), The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), Paul Temple (1971), Emma (1972), Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974), Victorian Scandals (1976), The New Avengers (1976), Send in the Girls (1978), Kidnapped (1978), Tales of the Unexpected (1980), Frost in May (1982), City of Blood (1987), Death in the Family (1993), Rhodes (1996), I Dreamed of Africa (2000), The Deal (2008), Doomsday (2008), Silent Witness (2012), Midsomer Murders (2013) and Picture Perfect (2013).
Facts
John moved to South Africa in 1983 and made a number of TV movies and series there, but as he was no supporter of apartheid, he discovered his phone had been bugged and that he was under government surveillance. He returned to the UK in 2007, but passed away in Cape Town. John was married to writer and actress Luanshya Greer aka Pamela Greer, who appeared in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965/66). John narrated the popular TV commercial for Sunsilk shampoo in the 1960s which featured John Barry's theme The Girl with the Sun in Her Hair ("Know your hair; know your Sunsilk.")

Colette O'Neil (Tanha) Born 1937
Career highlights
Colette's CV stems from Hancock's Half Hour in 1957, after which she appeared in Kidnapped (1963), Coronation Street (1966), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Mr Rose (1967), Spindoe (1968), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1968), The View from Daniel Pike (1973), David Copperfield (1974), The Standard (1978), Maybury (1983), Lytton's Diary (1986), Trainer (1991), Doctor Finlay (1995), Hamish Macbeth (1997), Sunburn (2000), Monarch of the Glen (2004), Bad Girls (2005) and Casualty (1994/96/2013). Colette also had regular roles as Sheila Warner in Couples (1975-76) and Beth Warrington in The Spoils of War (1980-81).
Facts
In January 1963 Colette was accidentally stabbed on stage with a paper knife during a performance of Orisons at the Traverse Theatre in Scotland; she almost bled to death and made headlines across the UK which boosted attendance figures from 60 to 2,000!

Preston Lockwood (Dojjen) Oct 30 1912 to Apr 24 1996
Career highlights
Preston (born Reginald) made his screen debut in The Power Game in 1969, after which he turned up in Wicked Women (1970), Mistress of Hardwick (1972), Cranford (1972), The Terrorists (1974), The Ash Tree (1975), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1976), The Prince and the Pauper (1977), Poldark (1977), The Danedyke Mystery (1979), Maybury (1981), Time Bandits (1981), Jemima Shore Investigates (1983), Electric Dreams (1984), Tenko (1984), Matlock (1987), The Lady and the Highwayman (1989), Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989), Inspector Morse (1992), Jeeves and Wooster (1993), The House of Windsor (1994), The Vicar of Dibley (1994 - he plays the vicar whose death midway through a sermon leads to the arrival in the village of Dawn French's character) and The Fast Show (1996). Preston also enjoyed recurring roles as Mr Winch in Kate (1970-72) and Rev Parker in Happy Ever After (1974-77). Preston started out on BBC radio, and also voiced Dennis the Dachshund in the Children's Hour series Toytown in the 1950s.
Facts
In 1994 he featured in the Cutting Edge documentary series episode The Club, which went behind the scenes and spoke to patrons of Northwood Golf Club in Middlesex, UK (his first words in the programme are: "Golf clubs are great places for disappointed men.").

Martin Clunes (Lon) Born Nov 28 1961
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Martin's acting debut, but since then he has gone on to become one of the UK's most popular television actors, appearing in Jury (1983), No Place Like Home (1983-84), All at Number 20 (1986-87), Hannay (1989), The Russia House (1990), Jeeves and Wooster (1991), Gone to the Dogs (1991), Carry On Columbus (1992), Dancing Queen (1993), Demob (1993), Staggered (1996, which he also directed), Chiller (1995), The Acid House (1998), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Gormenghast (2000), Goodbye, Mr Chips (2002), The Booze Cruise (2003), Losing It (2006), The Man Who Lost His Head (2007), A Mother's Son (2012), The Town (2012), Strike Back (2013) and Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? (2014). However, he will be best remembered as loutish Gary in sitcom Men Behaving Badly (1992-99), William Shawcross in William and Mary (2003-05), the title character in the remake of the 1970s sitcom Reggie Perrin (2009-10) and Dr Martin Ellingham in the light-hearted drama Doc Martin (2004-13). He also provided voices for the children's series Kipper (1997-2010) and Fungus the Bogeyman (2004). He has also appeared in a number of series as himself, whether it be A Man and His Dogs (2008), Islands of Britain (2010) or A Lion Called Mugie (2014), or as occasional presenter of current affairs panel show Have I Got News for You since 1994.
Facts
He won a BAFTA in 1996 for best comedy performance for Men Behaving Badly, as well as a British Comedy Award in 1995 and a National Television Award in 1996. In the 1990s Martin was married to actress Lucy Aston; his second wife is TV and film producer Philippa Braithwaite. Martin's dad was actor Alec Clunes, who died when he was only eight. He appears as one of the young men in artistic duo Gilbert and George's 1983 photo-sculpture World (see if you can spot him!). In 2011, passionate animal lover Martin became president of the British Horse Society.

Brian Miller (Dugdale) 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.

Hilary Sesta (Fortune Teller) Aug 19 1931 to 2013
Career highlights
South African Hilary's debut came in Without Love (1956), and then Glencannon (1959), The Bergonzi Hand (1963), The Cocktail Party (1964), Jack the Ripper (1973), Steven (1974), Clayhanger (1976), Jabberwocky (1977), Maybury (1981), The Woman in White (1982), Uncle Silas (1989), The Darling Buds of May (1991), London's Burning (1996), The Girl with Brains in Her Feet (1997), Oliver Twist (1999), My Hero (2000), The Last Detective (2004), Kill Kill Faster Faster (2008) and Franklyn (2008).
Facts
In 2001 Hilary appeared with Kylie Minogue in a controversial cinema commercial for Agent Provocateur. In the 1970s she was an elected member of London Community Health Council, and in the 1980s and 90s was a freelance journalist for publications such as New Society, the Observer and the Guardian.

George Ballantine (Hawker) Died Aug 26 2014
Doctor Who credits
Played: Federico's manservant in The Masque of Mandragora (1976, uncredited)
Played: Hawker in Snakedance (1983)
Career highlights
Debuted in Middlemarch (1968), then appeared in Emma (1972), The Pallisers (1974), The Two Ronnies (1975), Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair (1979), Jemima Shore Investigates (1983), Galloping Galaxies! (1985), Ffizz (1987) and The Bill (1998).

Jonathon Morris (Chela) Born Jul 20 1960
Career highlights
Jonathon made his acting debut in The Professionals in 1980, after which he secured roles in That Beryl Marston...! (1981), Beau Geste (1982), The Consultant (1983), The Prisoner of Zenda (1984), The Practice (1986), Screamtime (1986), The Fantasticks (1995), Summer of Love (1997), Adam's Family Tree (1998) and Full Moon Fright Night (2002). However, his most memorable role will be as Adrian Boswell in over 70 episodes of the Liverpool sitcom Bread (1986-91). He has also appeared as himself in numerous series, including as host of The Movie Game (1991-93) and competing in 2004's The Games (although he withdrew from the series halfway through).

Barry Smith (Puppeteer) Aug 13 1930 to Aug 28 1989
Career highlights
Barry was a prolific and influential puppeteer who helped found the Punch and Judy College of Professors and had his own success with his Theatre of Puppets. Other productions he also worked on in this capacity include Hickory House (1973) and Pinocchio (1978).

Brian Grellis (Megaphone man) Born 1937
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sheprah in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975)
Played: Safran in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Played: Megaphone man in Snakedance (1983)
Career highlights
Brian's earliest credit was in The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre in 1963, followed by roles in Only When I Larf (1968), The First Lady (1969), Trial (1971), On the Buses (1971), Jason King (1972), Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads (1973), The Brothers (1974), Circus (1975), The Good Life (1976), Survivors (1976), Room Service (1979), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), Bergerac (1983), Threads (1984), Brookside (1986) and Help! (1986). He also regularly played Detective Sergeant Bowker in Z Cars (1974-78).

CREW

Christopher Bailey (writer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Kinda (1982), Snakedance (1983)
Career highlights
Christopher was strongly interested in aspects of religion and philosophy, particularly Buddhism, and drew inspiration for his two Mara stories from this. His later work included lecturing at Brighton Polytechnic/ University; other TV writing included Second City Firsts (1977) and an ITV Playhouse called Where the Heart Is (1979).
Facts
Christopher submitted further scripts to Doctor Who entitled May Time (aka Manwatch) and The Children of Seth, but these were not developed further (although the latter was adapted into an audio story by Big Finish in 2011). For many years there was an unsubstantiated fan rumour that singer Kate Bush, not Christopher, had written Kinda! Christopher gave his first and only interview for Doctor Who Magazine in March 2003.

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.

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