Thursday, October 16, 2014

Warriors of the Deep

The Silurians looked different to their
1970 counterparts... but not as different
as their 2010 counterparts would look!
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Jan 5 to 13 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.

Tom Adams (Vorshak) Mar 9 1938 to Dec 11 2014 (cancer)
Career highlights
Tom's earliest acting credit was in Ghost Squad (1961), after which he took roles in A Prize of Arms (1962), The Great Escape (1963), Emergency Ward 10 (1964), Londoners (1965), Subterfuge (1968), Strange Report (1969), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), West Country Tales (1983), Remington Steele (1984), Fiddlers Three (1991), Pacific Blue (1999), Casualty (2002) and Day of the Sirens (2002). However, he has enjoyed success in several recurring roles, beginning with Dr Guy Wallman in General Hospital (1975-78), Major Sullivan in Spy Trap (1973-75), DCI Nick Lewis in The Enigma Files (1980), Sir Daniel Fogarty in The Onedin Line (1977-80) and Ken Stevenson in Strike It Rich! (1986-87). Between 1965-68 he also played Charles Vine in the films Licensed to Kill, Where the Bullets Fly and OK Yevtushenko. He may also be well remembered in the UK for fronting the TV commercials for furniture store DFS in the 1980s and 90s, and for Aero biscuits and Stannah stairlifts.

Ingrid Pitt (Solow) Nov 21 1937 to Nov 23 2010 (possible heart failure)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Galleia in The Time Monster (1974)
Played: Solow in Warriors of the Deep (1984)
Career highlights
Polish born Ingrid first appeared uncredited in Falstaff - Chimes at Midnight (1964), after which she popped up in Doctor Zhivago (1965), Sound of Horror (1966), Ironside (1967), Where Eagles Dare (1968), The Vampire Lovers (1970), Countess Dracula (1971), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Jason King (1972), The Wicker Man (1973), Thriller (1975), Artemis 81 (1981), Who Dares Wins (1982), Smiley's People (1982), Underworld (1985), Bulman (1987), Hanna's War (1988), The Asylum (2000), Urban Gothic (2000), Minotaur (2006) and Sea of Dust (2008). Ingrid also wrote several books, including The Ingrid Pitt Bedside Companion for Vampire Lovers (1998), and also wrote regularly for genre magazines and her own website.
Facts
Before getting into acting Ingrid was a well known figure on the East Berlin stage as part of the Berliner Ensemble in the early 1960s, after living in a Nazi concentration camp for three years. She became well known for her seductive roles in various Hammer horror films in the 1970s. Ingrid also narrated on the 1998 Cradle of Filth album Cruelty and the Beast, though her narration was done in character as Elizabeth Bathory, the countess allegedly involved in witchcraft and murder. Ingrid's writing penchant even stretched to co-writing (with her husband Tony Rudlin) a script for Doctor Who's 22nd season entitled The Macro Men, which was never developed but which would have seen the Doctor and Peri involved in events surrounding the mysterious Philadelphia Experiment. Ingrid collapsed while on her way to a birthday dinner organised by her fan club, and died days later. An American newspaper once asked Ingrid to write her own obituary, in which she said: "Two days before her 100th birthday, she played five sets of tennis with world champion Randy Semola and was narrowly beaten in the fifth after nine set points. That night, after attending her great granddaughter's hen party, she died in her sleep. She did not live to see the impact on humanity that her last invention, the anti-gravity Zimmer-frame, had. Her last words were: 'Where did I put my teeth?'."

Ian McCulloch (Nilson) Born Nov 18 1939
Career highlights
Ian's acting debut came with 1967's The Revenue Men, followed by It! (1967), The Flight of the Heron (1968), The Borderers (1968-69), Cromwell (1970), The Search for the Nile (1971), Colditz (1974), The Ghoul (1975), The Nearly Man (1975), Running Blind (1979), Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979), Zombie Holocaust (1980), Contamination (1980), The Professionals (1980), Diamonds (1981), Moonlighting (1982), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Bookie (1988), Children's Ward (1989), City Lights (1991), The Tales of Para Handy (1994) and Behind the Scenes of Total Hell (2013). Ian's most memorable role will be as Greg Preston in Terry Nation's series Survivors (1975-77). Ian also wrote scripts for Survivors.
Facts
His brother is Andrew McCulloch, who co-wrote the 1980 Doctor Who story Meglos. Ian now lives in Scotland as a sheep farmer.

Nigel Humphreys (Bulic) Born 1951
Career highlights
Debuted in Dixon of Dock Green (1957) playing a Boy Scout, after which he secured a regular role in soap Coronation Street as Dickie Fleming (1968-70). Further work includes Danny Jones (1972) and Dead Cert (1974), after which he secured another regular role as PC Dodds in Softly Softly: Task Force (1974-75). He went on to appear in Warship (1977), Scum (1977), Blake's 7 (1978), The Sweeney (1978), Dick Turpin (1980), The Long Good Friday (1980), Strangers (1982), The Jigsaw Man (1984), Pulaski (1987), The Country Boy (1989), Hale and Pace (1990), Paul Merton: The Series (1991), No Job for a Lady (1990-92), Head Over Heels (1993) and Liverpool 1 (1998).

Martin Neil (Maddox)
Career highlights
Martin started out in children's serial Tightrope in 1972, after which he secured the role of Gareth Seacroft in The Upper Crusts (1973) and Dave in Freewheelers (1973). Further work was found in Anne of Avonlea (1975), The Glittering Prizes (1976), Survivors (1976), Intimate Games (1976), The Standard (1978), Accident (1978-79), Danger UXB (1979) and Minder (1980). His role in Doctor Who was his last screen work for 13 years until he won the regular role of Mr Beasley in children's series Bernard's Watch (1997-2001) and then George Roebuck in Down to Earth (2000-03).

Tara Ward (Preston) Born Sep 10 1959
Career highlights
Canadian-born Tara's earliest credit was in A Little Rococo (1981), followed by The Agatha Christie Hour (1982), The American Way (1986), Star Cops (1987), Waiting for God (1993), Noel's House Party (1997/98), Dark Realm (2000), The Shadow (2009), Trinity (2009) and For Love's Sake (2013).
Facts
Her husband was the late actor Ray Lonnen, who appeared in Doctor Who story Frontier in Space (1973). Tara is now an author, having written various books on psychic development, meditation and mindfulness - here she is on Twitter!
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Tara and her husband Ray Lonnen here.

Norman Comer (Icthar) Born 1942
Career highlights
Norman's earliest credit was on The Borderers in 1969, after which he secured a regular role as Detective Sergeant David Rees in Barlow at Large (1971-74). He then took roles in How Green Was My Valley (1975-76), Seconds Out (1981), Angels (1982), The Old Men at the Zoo (1983), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), Tucker's Luck (1984-85), The Snow Spider (1988) and Emlyn's Moon (1990).

Nitza Saul (Karina) Born Jun 25 1950
Career highlights
Israel-born Nitza's career began with 1971's The Policeman, followed by Katz V'Carasso (1971), When the Actors Come (1978), Ha-Ayit (1981), Kessler (1981), Until September (1984), Flash (1986), Star Cops (1987), Florentine (1997-98) and Elvis (2006).
Facts
Nitza was the first Israeli to pose for Playboy magazine, in May 1979 (link to non x-rated magazine cover). Nitza now lives and works back in Israel.

Stuart Blake (Scibus) Born Sep 2 1950
Doctor Who credits
Played: Zoldaz in State of Decay (1980)
Played: Commander in The Five Doctors (1983)
Played: Scibus in Warriors of the Deep (1984)
Career highlights
Other work includes A Bridge Too Far (1977), Flash Gordon (1980), King Lear (1982), Metal Mickey (1982), The Fourth Arm (1983) and Amy (1984).
Facts
Stuart gave up acting in 1987 and is now a "communications designer", principally for social media and live events. Stuart has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London for his part in the 800th anniversary celebrations of the London Mayoralty.

Vincent Brimble (Tarpok) Born 1948
Career highlights
Debuting in 1963's Lorna Doone, Vincent's further work includes Z Cars (1978), Matilda's England (1979), Butterflies (1979), A Married Man (1983), Bulman (1985), Grange Hill (1986-87, as Mr Glover), Executive Stress (1988), Between the Lines (1993), Bugs (1996), Wycliffe (1997), The Alan Clark Diaries (2004), Mistresses (2009), U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2012) and Wizards vs Aliens (2014).
Facts
Vincent's father was actor Roy Brimble, who also played cricket for St Michael's in Bristol, UK, for a time, while Vincent's brothers are also actors - Ian and Nick Brimble.

Christopher Farries (Sauvix) Jun 12 1947 to May 18 2016
Career highlights
Debuted in The Fourth Arm (1983), then Nutcracker (1983), Shine on Harvey Moon (1985), Pretorius (1987) and The Bill (1987).
Facts
In the 1960s Christopher worked as a publicity manager for British Lion Films (including the two 1960s Dalek films), CBS Records, MGM (for the films The Dirty Dozen and Doctor Zhivago and the TV series The Man from UNCLE) and Tigon (for the film Witchfinder General). He has also been a theatre manager, notably for the Beatles' gigs at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1965, and a roadshow manager, notably for the Rank Organisation's Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). He changed his surname from Wood to Farries in 1969 to try his luck before the cameras. In the 1970s he ran restaurants and nightclubs for a Russian baron.

James Coombes (Paroli) Born Oct 8 1956
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Krargs in Shada (1980, unbroadcast)
Played: Paroli in Warriors of the Deep (1984)
Career highlights
Doctor Who gave James his first work, after which he appeared in The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady (1983), Murder with Mirrors (1984), Minder on the Orient Express (1985), Robin of Sherwood (1986), A Vote for Hitler (1988), Howards' Way (1990), Drop the Dead Donkey (1993), Bugs (1995), Canary Wharf (1996), A Knight in Camelot (1998), Starhunter (2001), Jericho (2005) and Cardinal Burns (2012). He had a regular role as Dr Clive Aikens in Dinosapien (2007), but his biggest claim to fame is being the second ever Milk Tray Man in the TV commercials, taking over from Gary Myers in 1987.
Facts
James's father-in-law was actor Frank Finlay, while his son Josh is in the band The Hype Theory.

CREW

Johnny Byrne (writer) Nov 27 1935 to Apr 2 2008
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Keeper of Traken (1981), Arc of Infinity (1983), Warriors of the Deep (1984)
Career highlights
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Johnny first appeared as a bit-part actor in productions such as Till Death Us Do Part (1967) but soon moved into script writing with The Season of the Witch (1970), Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall (1972), Space: 1999 (1975-77), Lionman II: The Witchqueen (1979), Cosmic Princess (1982), Miracles Take Longer (1984), Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest (1985), One By One (1985-87), All Creatures Great and Small (1978-90), Love Hurts (1994), To Die For (1994), Noah's Ark (1997) and Heartbeat (1992-2005). He also worked as script editor on Space: 1999 (1975-76) and was credited as story consultant on almost 50 episodes of All Creatures Great and Small (1988-90). He was also credited as devising Heartbeat in 1992 and Young James Herriot in 2011 (posthumously).
Facts
In 1969 he co-wrote the bestselling novel Groupie, about life in Swinging Sixties London. In 1990 Johnny submitted a script to the BBC for a Doctor Who film, but this went undeveloped. In the 1960s Johnny was a travelling poet as well as a literary editor, and shared a house with the Beatles for a time. He performed as a poet at London's Marquee Club in 1966 alongside Pink Floyd, and was also for a time the tour manager for Shel Talmy, producer of the Kinks and the Who.

Pennant Roberts (director) Dec 15 1940 to Jun 22 2010 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Face of Evil (1977), The Sun Makers (1977), The Pirate Planet (1978), Shada (1980, unfinished), Warriors of the Deep (1984), Timelash (1985)
Career highlights
Pennant's directing career began with Doomwatch in 1972, followed by work on The Regiment (1973), Sutherland's Law (1974), Oil Strike North (1975), Survivors (1975-76), Blake's 7 (1978), The Onedin Line (1979), Juliet Bravo (1980), Tenko (1981), Cold Warriors (1984), Howards' Way (1985), The Snow Spider (1988, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Children's Drama), The Bubblegum Brigade (1989), Emlyn's Moon (1990), The Chestnut Soldier (1991), Crime Story (1992), Wycliffe (1993) and The Sherman Plays (1993-97). He also acted as producer on a handful of these latter series.
Facts
Pennant was also chairman of the Directors' and Producers' Rights Society (now Directors UK), vice-president of the Strasbourg European Film Forum, chair of Media Skills Wales, a governor of the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a board member of Sgrîn, the Welsh audiovisual media agency. He campaigned for many years for the rights of actors and directors to receive fees when programmes are repeated on television.

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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