Friday, November 21, 2014

The Mark of the Rani

The Master (Anthony Ainley) and the
Rani (Kate O'Mara) in the same story
scarcely bares thinking about!
Two episodes (Part One, Part Two)
First broadcast Feb 2 to 9 1985
Average audience for serial: 6.80m

CAST

Colin Baker (The Doctor) Born Jun 8 1943
Doctor Who credits
Played: Maxil in Arc of Infinity (1983)
Played: The Doctor in 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 (1984-86). Return appearance in Dimensions in Time (1993). Colin also played the Doctor in the radio play Slipback (1985), the Jim'll Fix It sketch A Fix with Sontarans (1985) and the stage play The Ultimate Adventure (1989)
Career highlights
Colin made his debut in The Adventures of Don Quick (1970), followed by Roads to Freedom (1970), Cousin Bette (1971), The Moonstone (1972), The Carnforth Practice (1974), Doctors and Nurses (1979), Blake's 7 (1980), Juliet Bravo (1982), The Citadel (1983), Swallows and Amazons Forever! (1984), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1993), Harry's Mad (1995), The Famous Five (1997), Jonathan Creek (1997), The Knock (1997), Sunburn (1999), Dangerfield (1999), Hollyoaks (2000), Your Mother Should Know (2006), Kingdom (2009), Hustle (2010), Shadows of a Stranger (2014) and The Mild Bunch (2015). He also enjoyed great success as the villainous Paul Merroney in The Brothers (1974-76), and in 2012 took part in I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (finishing eighth out of 12). Colin appeared in numerous fan spin-off videos through the 1990s, and since 1999 has been playing his Doctor in Big Finish's audio adventures.
Facts
Colin's first wife was the actress Liza Goddard, who appeared in Terminus (1983). Shortly before Colin took the role of the Doctor, he and his second wife Marion suffered the loss of their baby son Jack to cot death syndrome. Colin subsequently became a passionate fundraiser for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, with many of his personal appearance fees being donated to the charity. Colin was the roommate of David Troughton, son of Second Doctor Patrick, during the 1960s and later became his best man. Colin has been writing a regular column for his local newspaper the Bucks Free Press since 1995. Here he is, on Twitter!

Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown) Born Oct 11 1960
Doctor Who credits
Played: Peri Brown in 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 (1984-86). Return appearance in Dimensions in Time (1993).
Nicola also played Peri in the BBC Radio story Slipback (1985)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Nicola's first acting role, after which she was cast in Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988), The Biz (1995), The 10 Percenters (1996), Animal Ark (1998), Parting Shots (1998), Casualty (2000), My Family (2009/10) and Scoop (2010). She also appeared in a number of fan spin-off videos between 1992-93, and Big Finish audios as Peri since 1999.
Facts
Nicola was encouraged to audition for the role of Peri by agent Terry Carney, who was actually first Doctor William Hartnell's son-in-law! Nicola is also a songwriter, and occasionally pops up in television commercials, such as for Nurofen. Here she is, on Twitter!
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Nicola here.

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.

Kate O'Mara (The Rani) Aug 10 1939 to Mar 30 2014 (ovarian cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Rani in The Mark of the Rani (1985), Time and the Rani (1987), Dimensions in Time (1993)
Career highlights
Kate's first role was in Emergency Ward 10 in 1957, followed by roles in Danger Man (1965), Weavers Green (1966), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Great Catherine (1968), The Desperados (1969), The Avengers (1969), The Main Chance (1969), The Vampire Lovers (1970), The Horror of Frankenstein (1970), Spy Trap (1973), The Tamarind Seed (1974), The Two Ronnies (1977), The Plank (1979), Dempsey and Makepeace (1986), Cluedo (1990), Bad Girls (2001), Absolutely Fabulous (1995/2003), Crossroads (2003), Family Affairs (2005) and Benidorm (2012). Kate had regular roles as Jane Maxwell in The Brothers (1975-76), Katherine Laker in Triangle (1981-82), Cassandra Morrell in US soap Dynasty (1986) and Laura Wilde in Howards' Way (1989-90). In 1971 Kate, who started her career as a speech therapist, appeared in the stage version of The Avengers, playing the villainous Madame Gerda. Kate reprised the role of the Rani in the 2000 audio play The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind, and was expected to do so again for Big Finish in 2014 in the story The Rani Elite, but died before recording took place. The character was recast in the form of Siobhan Redmond.
Facts
Kate's mother was actress Hazel Bainbridge, best known as Alice Wilks in Emmerdale Farm, and between 1961-76 Kate was married to actor Jeremy Young, who appeared in Doctor Who's first story. Her second husband was also a Doctor Who actor - between 1993-96 she was married to Richard Willis (who appeared in Full Circle (1980)). Her sister is actress Belinda Carroll, making her brother-in-law actor Michael Cochrane (who appeared in Black Orchid (1982) and Ghost Light (1989)). She founded The British Actors' Theatre Company in 1987, for which her son Dickon Young worked as a set designer. On New Year's Eve 2012, Dickon - who for years had suffered from alcohol and drug abuse, which had worsened since he sustained brain damage after being hit by a car - was found hanged at the family home, aged 48 (Kate was in hospital with double pneumonia at the time so her son's body was not found for three weeks).

Terence Alexander (Lord Ravensworth) Mar 11 1923 to May 28 2009 (Parkinson's Disease)
Career highlights
Debuted in Comin' Thro' the Rye (1947), then The Fighting Pimpernel (1950), Death is a Number (1951), The Runaway Bus (1954), Dangerous Cargo (1954), Postmark for Danger (1955), The Tony Hancock Show (1957), My Pal Bob (1957-58), The Doctor's Dilemma (1958), The League of Gentlemen (1960), The Bulldog Breed (1960), Carry On Regardless (1961), The Six Proud Walkers (1962), Ghost Squad (1963), The Hidden Truth (1964), The Forsyte Saga (1967), Man in a Suitcase (1968), The Champions (1969), Waterloo (1970), Bless This House (1971), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), The Vault of Horror (1973), The Day of the Jackal (1973), The Pallisers (1974), Star Maidens (1976), Devenish (1977), The Boy Who Never Was (1980), Terry and June (1979-80), Just Liz (1980), Churchill and the Generals (1981), Behind the Screen (1981-82), Strangers and Brothers (1984), Don't Wait Up (1984-85), The Detectives (1993) and Casualty (1999). Terence also had regular roles as Bill Dodds in Garry Halliday (1959-62) and Sir Greville McDonald in The New Statesman (1989-92), but will always be associated with the character of Charlie Hungerford in over 80 episodes of detective series Bergerac (1981-91).
Facts
Terence was married to actress Jane Downs, herself once married to Adam Adamant Lives! star Gerald Harper. Terence was seriously wounded by artillery fire while serving in Italy in World War Two, and for the rest of his life endured reconstructive surgery and a constant whistling in his ears. It wasn't until the 1970s, when he developed a limp, that he had surgery to remove shrapnel from his leg. In later years a condition of the retina made him blind in one eye and threatened his sight in the other. Terence was also a dedicated numerologist - he believed the number 23 had a key importance in his life - he was born in 1923; he made his first stage appearance on December 23rd, 1939; his school number at Ratcliffe College was 23; what he deemed to be his breakthrough role, alongside Sir John Gielgud on stage in Macbeth, opened on December 23rd, 1941; he joined the Army on April 23rd, 1943; the shrapnel injury he sustained while serving in the war took place on April 23rd, 1944; he was demobbed from the Army at the age of 23; he married his first wife Juno Stevas when she was 23 (he wanted to marry her on January 23rd 1949, but it was a Sunday so they wed on the 14th instead!); his marriage to Stevas lasted 23 years (some great trivia about Juno Stevas is that she used to work for Richmond Council, but had to leave after insisting on calling the mayor and other dignitaries "darling" and "pet" in meetings!).

Gary Cady (Luke Ward) Born Sep 14 1959
Career highlights
Gary debuted in Lace (1984), then appeared in Leaving (1984-85), Mona Lisa (1986), Fairly Secret Army (1986), Three Up, Two Down (1987), Erik the Viking (1989), The Betrothed (1989), Birds of a Feather (1992), The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994), Revelations (1994), As Time Goes By 91996), Goodnight Sweetheart (1999), Holby City (2000), Starhunter (2001), Jonathan Creek (2004), Footballers' Wives (2006), Red Dwarf (2012) and Casualty (2012). His best known role was as Matthew Fairchild in Brass (1983-84/90).
Facts
In 1997 Gary opened the Belair House bar and restaurant in Dulwich, London.

Peter Childs (Jack Ward) Aug 31 1939 to Nov 1 1989 (leukaemia)
Career highlights
Peter debuted in 1968's Mr Rose, followed by A Family at War (1970), The Onedin Line (1972), Zodiac (1974), The Sweeney (1975), Blake's 7 (1978), Out (1978), West End Tales (1981), Going Out (1981), Tucker's Luck (1983), Foxy Lady (1984), Bulman (1985), Grange Hill (1986), Rockcliffe's Babies (1987), Ever Decreasing Circles (1987), Knights of God (1987) and Press Gang (1989). He had regular roles as Ron Gash in Public Eye (1975) and Detective Sergeant Grant in Softly Softly: Task Force (1976), but Peter will be best remembered as Detective Sergeant Ronald "Kenny" Rycott in Minder (1979-89).

Gawn Grainger (George Stephenson) Born Oct 12 1937
Career highlights
Irish born Gawn debuted in The March of the Peasants (1952), after which he appeared in The Adventures of Peter Simple (1957), Echo Four Two (1961), She Stoops to Conquer (1966), Son of Man (1969), Man at the Top (1971), Male Bait (1971), Jason King (1972), Joseph Andrews (1977), Three Piece Suite (1977), Private Schulz (1981), The Happy Apple (1983), Missing from Home (1984), Mitch (1984), Murder of a Moderate Man (1985), The Black Tower (1985), The Raggedy Rawney (1988), Gentlemen and Players (1989), Making News (1990), The Darling Buds of May (1991), Merlin of the Crystal Cave (1991), EastEnders (1993), Crime Traveller (1997), The Queen's Nose (1999), The Glass (2001), Doc Martin (2006), Foyle's War (2006), The Nativity (2010), Labyrinth (2012) and Burn the Clock (2013). Gawn is also a writer, having penned the Weekend Playhouse play You Don't Have to Walk to Fly (1984), as well as the Play on One Clowns (1989), three episodes of Trainer (1991-92) and Lovejoy (1993).
Facts
Gawn's third and current wife is actress Zoe Wanamaker (best known to Doctor Who fans as Cassandra from The End of the World (2005) and New Earth (2006)), while one of his previous wives was the actress Janet Key. Gawn helped his close friend Laurence Olivier to write his 1986 book On Acting. Gawn learnt in later life that his biological father was actually the lodger his parents took in; the lodger went on to marry his mother.

Richard Steele (Guard) Nov 15 1926 to Apr 30 2004
Doctor Who credits
Played: Commander Gorton in The War Games (1969)
Played: Sergeant Hart in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Guard in The Mark of the Rani (1985)
Career highlights
Richard started his CV off with Quatermass and the Pit in 1959, then subsequently appeared in Suspense (1962), Sergeant Cork (1963), The Ugliest Girl in Town (1968), Coronation Street (1970), The Witch's Daughter (1971), Hawkeye, the Pathfinder (1973), The Venturers (1975), The Stars Look Down (1975), Within These Walls (1975-76), Grange Hill (1978), All Creatures Great and Small (1978), The Glums (1979), Juliet Bravo (1982), Bergerac (1983), No 73 (1983), Grange Hill (1984), First Among Equals (1986) and Three Up Two Down (1989). He also appeared regularly as PC Pierce in Andy Robson (1982-83).

William Ilkley (Tim Bass) Born Apr 20 1958
Career highlights
Debuting in Harry's Game (1982), William's further credits include Sorrell and Son (1984), Mitch (1984), Howards' Way (1985), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988), Shipwrecked (1990), Soldier Soldier (1991), The Good Guys (1992), Magic Grandad (1993), Frontiers (1996), Coronation Street (1997), Wing and a Prayer (1997), Judge John Deed (2001), EastEnders (2003), The Last Detective (2004), Vincent (2005), Family Affairs (2005), Casualty (2001/07), Is Anybody There? (2008), The Day of the Triffids (2009) and DCI Banks (2014). William was a lead actor in John Godber's Hull Truck Theatre Company between 1988-2001.
Facts
His real surname is Brown - he took his stage name from the town he grew up in. William runs a company which provides acting workshops in schools and colleges. Doctor Who is among William's top three favourite TV jobs in his career!
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with William here.

Hus Levant (Edwin Green) Died 2003 (result of a fall)
Career highlights
Turkish born Hus's CV also includes The Dark Crystal (1982) and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare (1983).
Facts
After his appearance in Doctor Who, Hus gave up acting and returned to Turkey to enter the construction industry.

Kevin White (Sam Rudge)
Career highlights
Kevin's other credits include Thomas and Sarah (1979), When the Boat Comes In (1981), Squadron (1982), Oscar (1985) and Knights of God (1987).

Martin Whitby (Drayman) Born Dec 10 1949
Career highlights
Debuting in Rock Follies (1977), Martin's CV includes Survivors (1977), Enemy at the Door (1980), The Gentle Touch (1984), The District Nurse (1984), Dempsey and Makepeace (1986), Emmerdale Farm (1989-90), Soldier Soldier (1991), The Diary of Jack the Ripper (1993), Minder (1994), No Bananas (1996), Cadfael (1997), Murder in Mind (2003), Murder City (2004), My Dad's the Prime Minister (2004), Casualty (1994/2005), Lewis (2007) and The Royal Today (2008).

Sarah James (Young woman)
Career highlights
Sarah's other credits include The Lost Tribe (1980), The Gentle Touch (1982), Howards' Way (1985), The Come-Uppance of Captain Katt (1986), May to December (1989) and Devices and Desires (1991). Sarah also appeared regularly as Jeannie in the sitcom Butterflies (1980/83).

Cordelia Ditton (Older woman) Born Jun 18 1953
Career highlights
Cordelia's only other credits were Crown Court (1984) and Little Dorrit (1988).
Facts
She now works as a vocal trainer and drama lecturer. She set up the company Voice Business in 1996. Here she is, on Twitter!

CREW

Pip Baker (writer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Mark of the Rani (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986), Time and the Rani (1987)
Career highlights
As part of a highly successful husband and wife writing team, Pip co-wrote for The Pursuers (1961), The Third Alibi (1961), Dilemma (1962), Detective (1968), Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969), Circus (1975), Space: 1999 (1976), Z Cars (1976-77), Watt on Earth (1991-92) and The Last 28 (1999). Pip is also an accomplished playwright and novelist, co-writing Doctor Who novelisations of their TV stories, as well as a Choose Your Own Adventure book entitled Race Against Time (1986), which also featured the Rani. In 2000 Pip and Jane resurrected the Rani once more for the audio drama The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind.

Jane Baker (writer) Died Sep 8 2014
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Mark of the Rani (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986), Time and the Rani (1987)
Career highlights
As part of a highly successful husband and wife writing team, Jane co-wrote for The Pursuers (1961), The Third Alibi (1961), Dilemma (1962), Detective (1968), Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969), Circus (1975), Space: 1999 (1976), Z Cars (1976-77), Watt on Earth (1991-92) and The Last 28 (1999). Jane was also an accomplished playwright and novelist, co-writing Doctor Who novelisations of their TV stories, as well as a Choose Your Own Adventure book entitled Race Against Time (1986), which also featured the Rani. In 2000 Jane and Pip resurrected the Rani once more for the audio drama The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind.

Sarah Hellings (director) Born Dec 15 1945
Career highlights
After starting out behind the scenes as a film editor on children's magazine show Blue Peter in the mid-1970s, Sarah's directing career began with A Star for My Son (1979), then Grange Hill (1981, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA), Angels (1981-82), Juliet Bravo (1982-83), Howards' Way (1985-86), Boon (1987-88), Forever Green (1992), Lovejoy (1992), Soldier Soldier (1993), The Glass Virgin (1995), Doctor Finlay (1996), Taggart (1993/98), Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (1999-2000) and Midsomer Murders (2002-08). Sarah also made short films for children's series Blue Peter between 1975-81.
Facts
Sarah was a founding member of Glasgow-based Enterprise Screen.

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.

1 comment:

  1. In an interview earlier this year after Kate O'Mara died, Ian Cullen (The Aztecs) said he was the father of O'Mara's son Dickon:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2608090/Kate-OMaras-secret-lover-guilt-son-save-For-50-years-Dynasty-star-hid-identity-tragic-sons-father-Now-actor-Ian-Cullen-comes-forward-tell-haunting-story.html

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