Thursday, October 09, 2014

The King's Demons

The Doctor (Peter Davison) has a word
in Kamelion's ear
Two episodes (Part One, Part Two)
First broadcast Mar 15 to 16 1983
Average audience for serial: 6.50m

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.

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 (King John, 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.

Frank Windsor (Ranulf) Born Jul 12 1927
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ranulf in The King's Demons (1983)
Played: Inspector Mackenzie in Ghost Light (1989)
Career highlights
Debuting in A Man for All Seasons in 1957, Frank's CV includes roles in Hilda Lessways (1959), An Age of Kings (1960), A for Andromeda (1961), This Sporting Life (1963), The Avengers (1968), Spring and Port Wine (1970), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), Barry Mackenzie Holds His Own (1974), Headmaster (1977), Middlemen (1977), The Goodies (1977), Kidnapped (1978), The Plank (1979), The London Connection (1979), Charlie (1984), Revolution (1985), Dear John (1987), The Real Eddy English (1989), Chancer (1990), EastEnders (1992), September Song (1995), The Famous Five (1996), Sunburn (2000), Judge John Deed (2002-03) and Between Two Women (2004). Frank will be forever remembered as Detective Sergeant John Watt in over 120 episodes of Z Cars (1962-65/78), as well as its numerous spin-offs, including over 200 episodes of Softly Softly (1966-76), Jack the Ripper (1973) and Second Verdict (1976). In all, Frank appeared in over 340 productions as Watt. In later years he might be recognised as Harry Bradley in Flying Lady (1987-89), the Chief Superintendent in comedy The Detectives (1993-96), Kenneth Samuels in Casualty (2003-04), or even advertising Sun Life insurance for the over-50s in TV commercials (2002-03). He also advertised holiday/ property magazine Dalton's Weekly in a number of TV ads, as well as Players cigars.
Facts
Frank is a founding member of the Oxford and Cambridge Players, later the Elizabethan Players. In June 1997 Frank's 29-year-old son David and his married lover Denise Rothwell were both killed when they left a hotel in Wester Ross, Scotland, without paying their £100 bill and their car plunged 15ft off the road into the River Grudie, drowning them.
This is Your Life: Frank was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on December 3rd, 1975, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews during a special dinner at the Metropolitan Police Sports Club. Unfortunately, by the stage in the evening that Frank was surprised, he was somewhat inebriated, and flummoxed Eamonn Andrews by telling off-colour jokes, visibly sliding down in his chair, and ending the show by repeatedly shouting "Rubbish!". The number of edits the show required before transmission apparently set a record. One of the guests at the tribute was fellow Doctor Who actor James Ellis.

Isla Blair (Isabella) Born Sep 29 1944
Career highlights
India born Isla made her first appearance in the Beatles film A Hard Day's Night (1964), but her scenes were eventually cut. Her first on screen credit came with Dr Terror's House of Horrors the following year, and later roles in Rookery Nook (1965), The Liars (1966), The Avengers (1967), The Dickie Henderson Show (1968), The Battle of Britain (1969), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), The Regiment (1973), The Venturers (1975), When the Boat Comes In (1976-77), The Crezz (1976), Blake's 7 (1978), The History Man (1981), Alexa (1982), CATS Eyes (1987), Boogie Outlaws (1987), Bookie (1988), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Mother Love (1989), Haggard (1990), Inspector Morse (1992), Doctor Finlay (1995), The Final Cut (1995), A Touch of Frost (1996-97), The Match (1999), Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War (2002), Afterlife (2003),The Quatermass Experiment (2005), Casualty (2006), Single Father (2010), Johnny English Reborn (2011) and Grantchester (2014).
Facts
Ironically, Isla's character Isabella meets King John in this story, and John's brother was King Richard I, as played in Doctor Who story The Crusade (1965) by Julian Glover - Isla's real life husband! The two actors have one child, actor Jamie Glover - perhaps best known as playing William Russell in An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) and Ian Chesterton in Big Finish's 1960s audio adventures from 2014. In 1979 Isla appeared in this TV commercial for Supersoft hairspray. When Isla appeared naked in 1981's The History Man, the "outrage" was discussed in the Houses of Parliament.

Christopher Villiers (Hugh) Born Sep 7 1960
Doctor Who credits
Played: Hugh in The King's Demons (1983)
Played: Professor Moorhouse in Mummy on the Orient Express (2014)
Career highlights
Making his debut in Lady Killers (1981), Christopher's CV includes roles in Squadron (1982), Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House (1982), Sweet Sixteen (1983), Mansfield Park (1983), Kit Curran (1986), Mog (1985-86), Capstick's Law (1989), We Are Seven (1991), First Knight (1995), The Detectives (1997), Sliding Doors (1998), Faith in the Future (1998), Ultraviolet (1998), Midsomer Murders (1997/99), Big Meg, Little Meg (2000), Stig of the Dump (2002), The Vice (2002), Family Affairs (2002), Trevor's World of Sport (2003), Judge John Deed (2006), Kidulthood (2006), From Time to Time (2009), The Knot (2012) and Vera (2014). Between 2006-08 he regularly played Grayson Sinclair in soap Emmerdale, and also played Captain Nigel Croker in Mile High (2004-05).
Facts
His brother Jay is also an actor, while his sister Cat is a producer. Christopher is related to Henry Villiers, Bishop of Durham in the 1860s and George Villiers, the 4th Earl of Clarendon in the 19th century). In 1995 Christopher co-founded the 2020 Casting firm which supplies extras for film productions. Christopher is godfather to one of Resurrection of the Daleks actor Leslie Grantham's sons. Here he is, on Twitter!

Michael J Jackson (Sir Geoffrey) Born Jan 19 1948
Career highlights
No, not that Michael Jackson! This one made his acting debut in Man About the House in 1973, followed by roles in The Legend of Robin Hood (1975), Anna Karenina (1977), Hazell (1979), One Summer (1983), Morons from Outer Space (1985), Fairly Secret Army (1986), Kinsey (1992), Bugs (1995), Highlander (1996-97), Murder Rooms (2001), Murphy's Law (2004), Mobile (2007) and Coronation Street (2012-14). Michael also had regular roles in Wish Me Luck (1988-90) as Kit Vanston (which he also wrote an episode of in 1990), soap Brookside (1996-98) as Ollie Simpson, daytime soap Doctors (2004) as Dr Mike Miles, and farming soap Emmerdale (2010-11) as Jerry Walsh.
Facts
He won an Evening Standard British Film Award in 1979 for most promising newcomer. More recently Michael taught at Calderstones School in Liverpool.

Peter Burroughs (Jester) Born Jan 27 1947
Career highlights
4ft 6in Peter's other notable credits include The Legend of King Arthur (1979), Flash Gordon (1980), The Talisman (1980-81), Dick Turpin (1981), The Goodies (1981), The Dark Crystal (1982), Return of the Jedi (1983, as an ewok), Labyrinth (1986), Willow (1988), One Foot in the Grave (1990), Without Prejudice? (2004) and The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005, playing Marvin the Paranoid Android). He was also the cute milk carton in the music video for Blur's Coffee & TV (1999), and took part in a 2002 documentary about Dwarves in Showbiz.
Facts
Peter has two daughters - actresses Hayley Burroughs and Samantha Davis, the latter of whom is married to fellow dwarf actor Warwick Davis. As well as being Peter's business partner in running Willow Management, Warwick is also widely remembered as Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, and also appeared in Doctor Who in 2013's Nightmare in Silver. Ironically, Peter was born in Peterborough, UK!

CREW

Terence Dudley (writer) Sep 28 1919 to Dec 25 1988 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Meglos (1980)
Wrote: K-9 & Company (1981), Four to Doomsday (1982), Black Orchid (1982), The King's Demons (1983)
Career highlights
Terence started out in the 1950s as a playwright and soon went into script writing, his early credits including The River Flows East (1962), and then Moonstrike (1963), Detective (1964), Boy Meets Girl (1967), Doomwatch (1970-72), Survivors (1977) and All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80). He became a BBC producer and director in the early 1960s, and in this capacity worked on productions such as The Nightwatchman's Stories (1959), The World of Tim Frazer (1960-61), The Men from Room 13 (1961), Cluff (1964-65), Champion House (1967), Doomwatch (1970-72), Colditz (1972), Survivors (1975-77), Secret Army (1978), To Serve Them All My Days (1980-81), Triangle (1983) and All Creatures Great and Small (1978-83).
Facts
In 1963 he was invited by Doctor Who's original producer, Verity Lambert, to write the very first story (as a replacement for Anthony Coburn's 100,000 BC), but declined. His son is child actor Stephen Dudley, who appeared in over 20 episodes of Survivors (1975-77) as John Millon.

Tony Virgo (director) Born Sep 29 1948
Career highlights
Tony started out as a production assistant on Survivors (1976), Blake's 7 (1978), Secret Army (1977-78) and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), before becoming a director on Angels (1982), Nine Days in May (1984), Crossroads (1985), A Country Practice (1989) and All Creatures Great and Small (1988-89). He then became a producer on series such as EastEnders (1987-88), The Bill (1990-92), Perfect Scoundrels (1992), The Vet (1995-96), Dangerfield (1996), Backup (1997), Dalziel and Pascoe (1997-98), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999), My Brother Jack (2001) and Peak Practice (1993-2002). In 2000 Tony became head of drama at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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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