Monday, November 03, 2014

The Twin Dilemma

This would have been so much
better. Pic: Classical Gallifrey
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Mar 22 to 30 1984
Average audience for serial: 7.08m

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.

Maurice Denham (Edgeworth/ Azmael) Dec 23 1909 to Jul 24 2002 (natural causes)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Edgeworth/ Azmael in The Twin Dilemma (1984)
Played: President (voice only) in The Paradise of Death (1993, radio)
Career highlights
Maurice appeared in over 160 productions in his prolific career, beginning with On the High Road (1938), then Badger's Green (1938), Laburnum Grove (1938), Edna's Fruit Hat (1939), The Smugglers (1947), Jassy (1947), Blanche Fury (1948), Oliver Twist (1948), A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949), Terror on a Train (1953), Animal Farm (1954), Doctor At Sea (1955), 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956), Night of the Demon (1957), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), HMS Defiant (1962), Paranoiac (1963), Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965), Hysteria (1965), The Heroes of Telemark (1965), The Nanny (1965), Torture Garden (1967), Some Girls Do (1969), Countess Dracula (1971), Sunday Blood Sunday (1971), The Day of the Jackal (1973), The Lotus Eaters (1972-73), Huggy Bear (1976), Porridge (1977), Edward and Mrs Simpson (1978), Schalcken the Painter (1979), The Chinese Detective (1982), The Black Tower (1985), Love Song (1985), 84 Charing Cross Road (1987), Inspector Morse (1991), Peak Practice (1993-94) and The Beggar Bride (1997).
Facts
Maurice also starred in two of the most popular radio series of the 1940s, Much Binding in the Marsh and ITMA (It's That Man Again). He was nominated for a Best Actor BAFTA in 1955 for The Purple Plain (1954) and was awarded an OBE in 1992. As a youngster he worked for elevator firm Waygood-Otis and helped install the lifts at BBC Broadcasting House and royal residence Clarence House.
This is Your Life: Maurice was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on November 27th, 1985, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews while watching a preview of his latest film Mr Love in Wardour Street, London.

Kevin McNally (Hugo Lang) Born Apr 27 1956
Career highlights
Kevin debuted in The Paradise Run (1976), then took roles in I, Claudius (1976), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Poldark (1977), The Long Good Friday (1980), We'll Meet Again (1982), The Hard Word (1983), Diana (1984), Cry Freedom (1987), Dream Baby (1989), The New Statesman (1991), Bottom (1991), Full Stretch (1993), Chiller (1995), Frontiers (1996), Underworld (1997), Dad (1997-99), Spice World: The Movie (1997), Sliding Doors (1998), Entrapment (1999), Shackleton (2002), Spooks (2002), Johnny English (2003), De-Lovely (2004), The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Scoop (2006), Life on Mars (2007), The Murder of Princess Diana (2007), Valkyrie (2008), Wuthering Heights (2009), Big Top (2009), Last Man Standing (2011), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2011), The Raven (2012), Supernatural (2011-12), Downton Abbey (2011-12), Burn Notice (2012), The Mill (2013), 24: Live Another Day (2014) and The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015). He also played Joshamee Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise (2003-11) and wrote two episodes of Lock, Stock... in 2000.
Facts
Kevin is married to actress Phyllis Logan.
In 2013 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Kevin here.

Edwin Richfield (Mestor) Sep 11 1921 to Aug 2 1990 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Captain Hart in The Sea Devils (1972)
Played: Mestor in The Twin Dilemma (1984)
Career highlights
Prolific Edwin debuted in 1949's The Jack of Diamonds and had roles in The Bosun's Mate (1953), The Blue Parrot (1953), Radio Cab Murder (1954), The Brain Machine (1955), The Blue Peter (1955), The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1956), X: The Unknown (1956), Quatermass II (1957), Invisible Man (1959), International Detective (1960), The Strange World of Gurney Slade (1960), The Protectors (1964), R3 (1964-65), The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), Quatermass and the Pit (1967), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), six episodes of The Avengers (1961-68), Christ Recrucified (1969), The Owl Service (1969), Trial (1971), For the Love of Ada (1971), Crossroads (1975), Crown Court (1974/76), Rooms (1977), Bergerac (1984), Tripper's Day (1984), All Creatures Great and Small (1988) and Tumbledown (1988). Edwin also had regular roles in several series, including Armando in The Buccaneers (1956-57), Inspector Mornay in Interpol Calling (1959-60), Steve Gardiner in The Odd Man (1962-63) and Frank Chapman in Harriet's Back in Town (1972-73). He also wrote the heist thriller Calculated Risk in 1963 and various episodes of Interpol Calling (1959/60), Harriet's Back in Town (1973) and Marked Personal (1973).
Facts
As well as acting, Edwin and his wife, the actress Jan Holden, also ran a business manufacturing portable cabins.

Gavin Conrad (Romulus)
Gavin's real name is Paul Conrad but he had to change his name as there was already an actor in Equity with that name; this was his only acting credit. Gavin's father is actor Les Conrad, who had uncredited roles in nine Doctor Who serials between 1966-84, including The Twin Dilemma. His twin brother is Andrew Conrad (see below) and his uncle Ron Conrad, who appeared uncredited in three Doctor Who serials between 1969-70.

Andrew Conrad (Remus)
Doctor Who was Andrew's only acting credit. Andrew's father is actor Les Conrad, who had uncredited roles in nine Doctor Who serials between 1966-84, including The Twin Dilemma. His twin brother is Gavin Conrad (see above) and his uncle Ron Conrad, who appeared uncredited in three Doctor Who serials between 1969-70.

Dennis Chinnery (Professor Sylvest) May 14 1927 to Feb 29 2012
Doctor Who credits
Played: Albert C Richardson in The Chase (1965)
Played: Gharman in Genesis of the Daleks (1975)
Played: Professor Sylvest in The Twin Dilemma (1984)
Career highlights
Dennis's career began with White Fire (1953), then Great Scott, It's Maynard (1956), Mostly Maynard (1957), Hancock's Half Hour (1957-59), The Plague of the Zombies (1966), The Avengers (1967), Orlando (1966-68), Hadleigh (1969), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), Survivors (1975), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), The Bill (1989) and The Right Impression (2005).
Facts
The character of the accident-prone vet in black comedy The League of Gentlemen was named Mr Chinnery after Dennis.

Barry Stanton (Noma) Born 1940
Career highlights
Barry's career began with The Plane Makers (1963), after which he took roles in The Likely Lads (1966), Witch Hunt (1967), The Caesars (1968), King Lear (1971), Spy Trap (1972), Demons of the Mind (1972), Survivors (1975), Hamlet (1976), The New Avengers (1977), Turtle's Progress (1980), Minder (1982), Something in Disguise (1982), The Old Men at the Zoo (1983), Hart to Hart (1983), Tucker's Luck (1984), The Young Ones (1984), Mann's Best Friends (1985), The Wars of the Roses (1990), Robin Hood (1991), Leon the Pig Farmer (1992), The Madness of King George (1994), Ain't Misbehavin' (1995), The Glam Metal Detectives (1995), Redemption Road (2001), Shanghai Knights (2003) and Holby City (2007). He also had regular parts as Joe Harris in Fallen Hero (1978-79) and Uncle Gordon in Now and Then (1983-84).

Oliver Smith (Drak) Born May 29 1952
Career highlights
Oliver first appeared in Professional (1973), and then took roles in Couples (1975), Warship (1976), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Hazell (1979), Shoestring (1980), Juliet Bravo (1983), El CID (1990), Moon and Son (1992), All Quiet on the Preston Front (1994), Chandler and Co. (1995) and Monarch of the Glen (2005). Oliver had a regular role as Smudger, landlord of The Drum, in Boon (1990-92) and also played the skinless Frank in the films Hellraiser (1987) and Hellraiser II (1988).

Helen Blatch (Fabian) Born 1933
Doctor Who credits
Played: Matrix voice in The Deadly Assassin (1976)
Played: Fabian in The Twin Dilemma (1984)
Career highlights
Helen first appeared in Peer Gynt (1972), then A Doll's House (1973), Within These Walls (1976), Secret Army (1979), Blake's 7 (1980), Sorry! (1982), Tenko (1984), London Embassy (1987), A Doll's House (1992, a different character!), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Baddiel's Syndrome (2001), Harry Hill's TV Burp (2002), Wimbledon (2004), Waking the Dead (2007), Kingdom (2008), Frankie (2013) and Casualty (2014).

Dione Inman (Elena) Born Mar 13 1956
Career highlights
Debuted in Maybury (1981), then The Hello Goodbye Man (1984), The Pickwick Papers (1985), Howards' Way (1985), Health and Efficiency (1995), Silent Witness (1996), Bad Girls (2001), William and Mary (2004), Doctors (2007) and A Kiss from Grandma (2011).
Facts
Dione co-runs acting agency Pelham Associates.

Seymour Green (Chamberlain) Oct 9 1912 to May 7 1998
Doctor Who credits
Played: Hargreaves in The Seeds of Doom (1976)
Played: Chamberlain in The Twin Dilemma (1984)
Career highlights
Seymour debuted in Adventure Story (1950), followed by The Fake (1953), The Grove Family (1954), Sixpenny Corner (1955-56), The Crooked Sky (1957), Maverick (1958), Top Secret (1962), Zero One (1963), The Wild Wild West (1966), Spy Trap (1973), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973), The Phoenix and the Carpet (1976), Get Some In! (1975/78), The Professionals (1983), Chessgame (1983), Bleak House (1985) and The Bill (1988/89).

Roger Nott (Prisoner) Born 1944
Doctor Who credits
Played: Prisoner in The Twin Dilemma (1984)
Played: Older man in Attack of the Graske (2005)
Career highlights
Roger's further credits include The Mock Doctor (1968), Dixon of Dock Green (1969), The Regiment (1972), Fall of Eagles (1974), Hawkmoor (1978), The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1981), The Professionals (1982), Minder (1984), Fighting Back (1986), Ballroom (1988), Making News (1990), We Are Seven (1989-91), Civvies (1992), Darklands (1996), Silent Cry (2002), The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1 (2003) and Hair in the Gate (2012, which he also wrote and produced).
Facts
Roger was co-founder of Cardiff Open Air Theatre. He stood as a Labour councillor in the Treherbert ward of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in Wales in the 2008 local elections: he polled 813 votes, not enough to secure one of the two seats available.

John Wilson (Jocondan guard)
Career highlights
John's further work includes The Falls (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Band of Gold (1995), No Angels (2005), Life on Mars (2006) and Shameless (2008).

CREW

Anthony Steven (writer) Aug 3 1916 to May 26 1990
Career highlights
Anthony's writing career began with Bernard Miles on Gun Dogs (1949), followed by script duties on Life in Her Hands (1951), Man of Africa (1956), Duty Bound (1958), The Third Man (1959/63), Suspense (1963), Hereward the Wake (1965), The Forsyte Saga (1967), The Three Musketeers (1966-67), Boy Meets Girl (1967), Virgin of the Secret Service (1968), Tom Brown's Schooldays (1971), The Regiment (1972), Woodstock (1973), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971/73), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1978), Fanny By Gaslight (1981) and All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80 and 1988-89).
Facts
Anthony's writing process for The Twin Dilemma was problematic as he was beset by illness at the time; script editor Eric Saward completed work on the scripts. Anthony worked as a journalist as well as a scriptwriter.

Peter Moffatt (director) Aug 15 1922 to Oct 21 2007
Doctor Who credits
Directed: State of Decay (1980), The Visitation (1982), Mawdryn Undead (1983), The Five Doctors (1983), The Twin Dilemma (1984), The Two Doctors (1985)
Played: Man outside restaurant in The Two Doctors (1985, uncredited)
Played: Tourist in Silver Nemesis (1988, uncredited)
Career highlights
His training to become an actor was disturbed by the outbreak of World War Two, during which he became a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft 3 in Germany. After the war he went back into acting in programmes such as Emil and the Detectives (1952) and Tales from Soho (1956), but then turned to directing, working on Small Time (1960), Tales of Mystery (1961), It Happened Like This (1963), Crane (1963-64), Seven Deadly Sins (1966-67), Sexton Blake (1968), Hadleigh (1969), Big Brother (1970), Crime of Passion (1971-72), New Scotland Yard (1972), Melissa (1974), Rooms (1974-77), The Camerons (1979), The Gentle Touch (1980), Juliet Bravo (1980/82), EastEnders (1986) and All Creatures Great and Small (1978-88).
Facts
He was married to actress/ director/ producer Joan Kemp-Welch.

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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