Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Awakening

The Malus, possibly trying to get through
a crack in time...?
Two episodes (Part One, Part Two)
First broadcast Jan 19 to 20 1984
Average audience for serial: 7.25m

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.

Polly James (Jane Hampden) Born Jul 8 1941
Career highlights
Polly's first credit was on The Spoken Word (1966), followed by roles in Send Foster (1967), Z Cars (1967), Whodunnit! (1975), Churchill's People (1975), Our Mutual Friend (1976), Baal (1982), Finding Sarah (1991), That's Love (1992) and The Bill (1993/98). She will be best remembered for her role as Beryl Hennessey in the sitcom The Liver Birds (1969-74 and 1996), and most recently as Miss Crotchet in the children's series The Worst Witch (2000-01).
Facts
Now Polly is a specialist in performance coaching for Skyros Holistic Holidays.

Denis Lill (Sir George Hutchinson) Born Apr 22 1942
Doctor Who credits
Played: Dr Fendelman in Image of the Fendahl (1977)
Played: Sir George Hutchinson in The Awakening (1984)
Career highlights
New Zealand born Denis's earliest acting credit was for Crime of Passion (1970), and he has since appeared in a great many productions, including Dead of Night (1972), The Train Now Standing (1972), Warship (1973), Moody and Pegg (1974), The Gathering Storm (1974), The Main Chance (1975), The Haunting of Julia (1977), Lillie (1978), The Professionals (1980), Bergerac (1984), Jenny's War (1985), Mapp and Lucia (1985-86), Blackadder the Third (1987), Gentlemen and Players (1988), Batman (1989), Waterfront Beat (1990-91), Bernard and the Genie (1991), The 10 Percenters (1993), Red Dwarf (1993), Outside Edge (1994), The Upper Hand (1996), Evita (1996), Where the Heart Is (2002), Bertie and Elizabeth (2002) and 24: Live Another Day (2014). He has had regular roles as Alfred Slingsby in The Regiment (1972-73), Charles Vaughan in Survivors (1975-77), Mr Bernard in Rumpole of the Bailey (1983-92), Cassandra's dad Alan Parry in Only Fools and Horses (1989-92) and Mr Rose in The Royal (2003-09/11).

Glyn Houston (Colonel Wolsey) Born Oct 23 1926
Doctor Who credits
Played: Professor Watson in The Hand of Fear (1976)
Played: Colonel Wolsey in The Awakening (1984)
Career highlights
Glyn's first work was uncredited in The Blue Lamp (1950), after which he appeared in Wide Boy (1952), The Cruel Sea (1953), The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954), Colonel March of Scotland Yard (1956), The Bulldog Breed (1960), How Green was My Valley (1960), Mill of Secrets (1960), Deadline Midnight (1961), Panic (1963), Taxi! (1964), The Secret of Blood Island (1964), Girl in a Black Bikini (1967), Softly Softly (1966-69, as DS Arthur Jones), Paul Temple (1969), The Befrienders (1972), The Long Chase (1972), Reg Varney (1973), My Name is Harry Worth (1974), Nigel Kneale's Beasts (1976), The XYY Man (1977), A Horseman Riding By (1978), It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1980), The Jim Davidson Show (1982), Inspector Morse (1988), After Henry (1990), Troublemakers (1990), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1993) and The Beach Inspector (1996). He also had a regular role as Duncan Thomas in Keep It in the Family (1980-83).
Facts
His brother was fellow actor Donald Houston. Glyn had the "honour" of officially opening the new pedestrianisation scheme in his Welsh hometown of Tonypandy in 2000. That same year he unveiled a memorial to the thousands of miners who lost their lives in the mines of South Wales at Rhondda Heritage Park. His wife is actress and former model Shirley Lawrence.

Jack Galloway (Joseph Willow)
Career highlights
Jack debuted in The Duchess of Malfi (1972), and was then cast in War and Peace (1973), Moll Flanders (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978), Codename Icarus (1981), Under the Volcano (1984), The Mistress (1985), Roll Over Beethoven (1986), Three Up, Two Down (1987), No Frills (1988), Grange Hill (1989), Casualty (1991), Dirty Weekend (1993), Highlander (1994), The Ice House (1997), Parting Shots (1998), Poirot (2003) and Blackbeard: Terror at Sea (2006). He had regular roles as Robert Mackenzie in Mackenzie (1980), DS Jack Nesbit in The Paradise Club (1990) and Inspector Janvier in Maigret (1992-93).
Facts
Jack's son John J Galloway works in visual effects on a number of Hollywood blockbusters, such as John Carter, Skyfall and Thor: The Dark World.

Keith Jayne (Will Chandler) Born Dec 10 1960
Career highlights
Keith's debut was in a 1974 episode of Upstairs, Downstairs, after which he appeared in Robin Hood Junior (1975), Survivors (1975), The Glitterball (1977), Sammy's Super T-Shirt (1978), Jack on the Box (1979), How's Your Father? (1979), Kids (1979), Sink or Swim (1981), Scarf Jack (1981), Murphy's Mob (1982), Driving Ambition (1984) and Casualty (1986). Keith's most memorable roles were as Tom Arnold in The Onedin Line (1979-80) and the title character in Stig of the Dump (1981).
Facts
When he was a child Keith suffered a slow growth rate due to a pituitary gland problem, and so immersed himself in acting to escape bullying. By the late 1980s he was being typecast as yokels and so decided to retrain in finance and investment, but this coincided with him being contacted by doctors to say that the growth hormone treatment he received as a child may have given him CJD. Keith was interviewed for ITN on the issue, which effectively killed his acting career dead. He now runs his own financial services company.

Christopher Saul (Trooper)
Career highlights
After debuting in Robert's Robots (1973), Christopher went on to appear in The Changeling (1974), Buccaneer (1980), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Bust (1987), Simon and the Witch (1987-88), Watching (1988), Wilt (1990), One Foot in the Grave (1990), Between the Lines (1992), 99-1 (1995), Coronation Street (1998), Judge John Deed (2003), Sahara (2005) and Emmerdale (2014). Christopher, who has also had extensive stage experience, especially performing Shakespeare, enjoyed recurring roles as Douglas Evans in soap Triangle (1982-83) and Ian in London's Burning (1996-98).

Frederick Hall (Andrew Verney) May 10 1923 to Nov 1995
Career highlights
Frederick's earliest credit was in Passage of Arms (1955), after which he took roles in No Hiding Place (1964), Death is a Good Living (1966), The Jazz Age (1968), Big Breadwinner Hog (1969), The Black Tulip (1970), Doomwatch (1971), On the Buses (1972), The Edwardians (1972), Emmerdale Farm (1973-74), Father Brown (1974), Survivors (1975), Eleanor Marx (1977), A Question of Guilt (1980), The Gentle Touch (1982), Hold the Back Page (1985), Boon (1989) and China Beach (1991).

CREW

Eric Pringle (writer) 1935 to Apr 13 2017 (lung congestion)
Career highlights
Eric, who started out in the insurance business, had previously written for Pretenders (1972), Kate (1972) and The Carnforth Practice (1974), and submitted a storyline to the Doctor Who production office entitled The Angurth in 1975, which was not developed. In 1981 Eric was encouraged by his agent, former Doctor Who producer Peter Bryant, to submit further scripts, which were entitled The Darkness and War Game, which eventually became The Awakening. Eric also worked for the radio, including adaptations of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and J B Priestley's The Good Companions (2002). His 2001 BBC Radio 4 play Hymus Paradisi, about the life of composer Herbert Howells, won a Sony Award. That year also saw the publication of his children's novel Big George. This has been followed by three sequels, Big George and the Seventh Knight, Big George and the Winter King and The Great Big Big Book of George Stories.
Facts
Eric's 1993 BBC Radio 4 play Meeting Bea, about Beatrix Potter, was suggested by comedian Victoria Wood to be adapted as a stage play to mark the author's 150th anniversary in 2016. Eric also fought and beat oral cancer in his later years.

Michael Owen Morris (director)
Doctor Who credits
Production assistant: The Pirate Planet (1978)
Directed: The Awakening (1984)
Career highlights
Michael had previously worked as production assistant on series such as Survivors (1975), Secret Army (1977) and Blake's 7 (1980), before becoming a director on Tenko (1984), Juliet Bravo (1985), Vanity Fair (1987), Campion (1989-90), Medics (1994), Wycliffe (1995-96), The Upper Hand (1996), Holby City (1999-2000), Casualty (1988-2000), The Bill (1989-2002) and EastEnders (2003-14, which he also produced for a time in 2004).
Facts
Michael was also considered to direct Vengeance on Varos the following season, but was not ultimately hired.

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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