Friday, November 21, 2014

The Two Doctors

The Doctor (Colin Baker and Patrick
Troughton) and Jamie (Frazer Hines) do their
best to hide the fact Peri (Nicola Bryant)
 is behind them.
Three episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three)
First broadcast Feb 16 to Mar 2 1985
Average audience for serial: 6.50m

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!

Patrick Troughton (The Doctor) Mar 25 1920 to Mar 28 1987 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in The Power of the Daleks, The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase, The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones, The Evil of the Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors, The Enemy of the World, The Web of Fear, Fury from the Deep, The Wheel in Space, The Dominators, The Mind Robber, The Invasion, The Krotons, The Seeds of Death, The Space Pirates, The War Games (1966-69). Return appearances in The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Five Doctors (1983), The Two Doctors (1985).
Played: Salamander in The Enemy of the World (1967-68)
Career highlights
Patrick appeared in over 130 productions, starting in 1947's Hamlet and including the title role in Robin Hood (1953), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1956), The Moonraker (1958), Sir Francis Drake (1962), Compact (1962), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), A Family at War (1970-72, as Harry Porter), The Sweeney (1975), The Omen (1976), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977), The Devil's Crown (1978), Nanny (1981-82, as Mr Jessop), The Box of Delights (1984), The Two of Us (1986, as Perce), Super Gran (1987) and Knights of God (1987).
Facts
When he was announced as William Hartnell's successor in the role of the Doctor, Hartnell said: "He's the only man in Britain who could do it!". When the Second World War broke out, Patrick was on a Belgian ship sailing from the US, but just in sight of the British coast it hit a mine and sank. He was fortunate enough to escape in a lifeboat. Patrick is the father of acting brothers Michael and David Troughton - Michael appeared in Doctor Who's Christmas special in 2014, and David appeared in the series four times, in 1966, 1969, 1972 and 2008. Patrick is grandfather to actor Harry Melling, better known as Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, and actor Sam Troughton, whose most high profile role was as Much in Robin Hood (2006-07). Another grandchild, Jim Troughton, was a Warwickshire and England cricketer. Patrick died in Georgia, US, while attending a Doctor Who convention.

Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) Born Sep 22 1944
Doctor Who credits
Played: Jamie McCrimmon in The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase, The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones, The Evil of the Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors, The Enemy of the World, The Web of Fear, Fury from the Deep, The Wheel in Space, The Dominators, The Mind Robber, The Invasion, The Krotons, The Seeds of Death, The Space Pirates, The War Games (1966-69). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983), The Two Doctors (1985).
Career highlights
Frazer started as a child actor in Stock Car (1955), followed by roles in Peril for the Guy (1956), X: The Unknown (1956), Huntingtower (1957), alongside Charlie Chaplin in A King in New York (1957), The Silver Sword (1957-58), The Young Jacobites (1960), Smugglers' Cove (1963), Smuggler's Bay (1964), Coronation Street (1965), King of the River (1966), The Last Valley (1971), Expert Witness (1996), Out of Sight (1997-98), Dalziel and Pascoe (2006), Impurity (2014) and Outlander (2015). He also had a running role as Tim Birch in Emergency Ward 10 (1963-64), but it is as the long-running character Joe Sugden in the soap Emmerdale Farm that Frazer is best known (1972-94).
Facts
Frazer is a noted amateur jockey and Lords Taverners cricketer. During his time on Doctor Who, Frazer enjoyed modest pop success with the songs Who's Dr Who?Punch and Judy Man, Jamie's Awae in His Time Machine and Time Traveller. His brother was actor Roy Hines. Frazer's first wife was actress Gemma Craven (1981-84), and his second wife was Liz Hobbs (1994-2003), Water Ski Racing World Champion in 1981 and 1983. In 1999 Frazer was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and doctors gave him only a 25% chance of survival, but he fought against it. He was given the all-clear in 2010. Here's Frazer 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.

Jacqueline Pearce (Chessene) Born Dec 20 1943
Doctor Who credits
Played: Chessene in The Two Doctors (1985)
Played: Admiral Mettna (voice) in Death Comes to Time (2001, webcast)
Career highlights
Jacqueline's first role was in a 1964 episode of Danger Man, after which she appeared in Gypsy Girl (1965), The Plague of the Zombies (1966), The Reptile (1966), The Avengers (1966), Carry On Don't Lose Your Head (1966), Haunted (1967), Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971), The Edwardians (1973), David Copperfield (1974), Couples (1975-76), Shadows (1978), White Mischief (1987), Moondial (1988), How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989), Dark Season (1991), Princess Caraboo (1994), Guru in Seven (1998), Daniel Deronda (2002) and Casualty (2006). Jacqueline will forever be remembered as villainous villainess Servalan in Blake's 7 (1978-81), a role she he since reprised on audio.
Facts
In 2007 she moved to South Africa to care for after endangered animals such as chimpanzees and vervet monkeys. In 2004 and then 2012 Jacqueline was diagnosed with breast cancer, and went on to beat it following chemotherapy.

John Stratton (Shockeye) Nov 7 1925 to Oct 25 1991
Career highlights
John's career began with an uncredited appearance in Hour of Glory (1949), then The Cure for Love (1950), Mr Lord Says No (1952), The Cruel Sea (1953), You Know What People Are (1955), Dick and the Duchess (1958), The Secret Kingdom (1960), Kipps (1960), The Avengers (1961), The Odd Man (1963), It's Dark Outside (1965), Turn Out the Lights (1967), Letters from the Dead (1968), Sherlock Holmes (1968), The First Lady (1968-69), The Black Tulip (1970), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971), Coronation Street (1965/72), Follyfoot (1972), The Love Pill (1972), The Pallisers (1974), Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974), Trinity Tales (1975), Clayhanger (1976), The Witches of Pendle (1977), The Mill on the Floss (1978-79), The Good Companions (1980-81), Great Expectations (1981), My Cousin Rachel (1983), Countdown to War (1989), Lovejoy (1991) and The Law Lord (1992). He played Captain Potter in Quatermass and the Pit (1958-59) and Mr Bott in Just William (1977-78).

Laurence Payne (Dastari) Jun 5 1919 to Feb 23 2009 (vascular dementia)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Johnny Ringo in The Gunfighters (1966)
Played: Morix in The Leisure Hive (1980)
Played: Dastari in The Two Doctors (1985)
Career highlights
Laurence's further credits include Till Tomorrow (1948), Train of Events (1949), The Face of Love (1954), The Three Musketeers (1954), Ill Met by Moonlight (1957), The Trollenberg Terror (1958), Moonstrike (1963), The Midnight Men (1964), The Saint (1966), Vampire Circus (1972), The Hanged Man (1975), The Sandbaggers (1978), Airline (1982) and Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (1992). He became well known for playing the title character in Sexton Blake (1967-71).
Facts
Between 1962-93, Laurence wrote 11 detective novels, the first of which (The Nose on My Face) was adapted into the film Girl in the Headlines aka The Model Murder Case (1963). A sword-fighting accident while filming Sexton Blake in 1968 cost him the sight in his left eye. Laurence's first wife (of three) was actress Sheila Burrell, cousin to Sir Laurence Olivier. In a 1998 interview with Edinburgh's Evening News, Laurence said: "Dr Who was great fun. I was one of the villains in the second series with that strange elderly man as Dr Who. We did about ten weeks filming at a time, and then had a break. I got on very well with the boy playing Dr Who's grandson. I wasn't in any of the ones with those robots [Daleks] in, thank God! I think I would have laughed!" In the 1990s Laurence contracted septicaemia, causing some brain damage, and the last three years of his life were spent in a nursing home suffering from vascular dementia.

Aimee Delamain (Dona Arana) Apr 21 1906 to Jun 18 1999
Career highlights
Aimee's earliest role was in The Princess and the Woodcutter (1952), after which she took roles in The Secret (1955), Boyd QC (1961), Oliver Twist (1962), Suspense (1963), The Plane Makers (1963), The Liars (1966), The Saint (1966), The Avengers (1963/69), Menace (1970), I, Monster (1971), The Visitors (1972), The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972), The House in Nightmare Park (1973), The Morecambe and Wise Show (1974), One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), Beryl's Lot (1975), Huggy Bear (1976), The Crezz (1976), The Peppermint Pig (1977), Come Back, Lucy (1978), The Famous Five (1978), Fawlty Towers (1979), The Sandbaggers (1980), Cymbeline (1982), Shine on Harvey Moon (1984), Florence Nightingale (1985), Fresh Fields (1985), Santa Claus: The Movie (1985), The District Nurse (1987), 'Allo 'Allo! (1987), High Spirits (1988), You Rang, M'Lord? (1990), A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1990), Devices and Desires (1991) and Memento Mori (1992). 

James Saxon (Oscar) Jun 12 1955 to Jul 2 2003 (heart attack)
Career highlights
James debuted as Willie in Jukes of Piccadilly (1980), then appeared in We'll Meet Again (1982, as Sergeant Elmer Jones), Lady Windermere's Fan (1985), Family Ties Vacation (1985), Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986), Roland Rat: The Series (1986, as Darcey De-Farcey!), Brush Strokes (1986), A Prayer for the Dying (1987), Vanity Fair (1987), The Paradise Club (1989), Troublemakers (1990), The New Statesman (1991), Time Riders (1991), Spatz (1991), Haggard (1992), Medics (1993), Lovejoy (1993), Murder Most Horrid (1994), England, My England (1995), Poldark (1996), Chalk (1997), Cleopatra (1999) and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (2003). He was also a regular player in the T-Bag series of children's dramas (1989-92) and played Fuzzy Brightons in detective series McCallum (1995-98), but he found his greatest recognition as Morris Hardacre in Brass (1983-84/90). James also provided the voices for the 1998 version of the Captain Pugwash cartoons.

Carmen Gomez (Anita) Born Feb 6 1949
Career highlights
Carmen's further credits include Barlow At Large (1974), Don't Drink the Water (1974), The Crezz (1976), The Aphrodite Inheritance (1979), Farrington of the F.O (1987), Star Cops (1987), About Face (1991), The Scarlet and the Black (1993), Surgical Spirit (1994) and Dalziel and Pascoe (1997).
Facts
Carmen - who in 1970 had the honour of being crowned Miss Gibraltar - now lives in the British overseas territory and in 2013 became a member of a committee of theatrical figures to advise the Government on the restoration and refurbishment of the Queen's Cinema, with a view to it becoming the home of Gibraltar's National Theatre.

Tim Raynham (Varl) Born Jun 2 1958
Career highlights
Tim's only other credit is for The Comic Strip Presents... Jealousy (1993). He also played a Sontaran in the 1985 Jim'll Fix It skit In a Fix with Sontarans. 

Clinton Greyn (Stike) Born Sep 29 1936
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ivo in State of Decay (1980)
Played: Stike in The Two Doctors (1985)
Clinton also played Group Marshal Nathan in the Jim'll Fix It sketch A Fix with Sontarans (1985)
Career highlights
Clinton debuted in Off Centre (1961), and later the soap Compact (1962), Robbery (1967), The Ugliest Girl in Town (1969), The Champions (1969), Raid on Rommel (1971), The Love Machine (1971), Swedish Fly Girls (1971), Jason King (1971), The Zoo Gang (1974), Shine On Harvey Moon (1985), Howards' Way (1987) and The Chef's Apprentice (1989). Clinton also played the lead role of Captain Robert Virgin in the action series Virgin of the Secret Service (1968).
Facts
In the early 1970s Clinton bought a plot of land between a row of 19th century houses in west London, the last vacant bombsite left over from the Blitz. There he had built a minimalist house, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's house Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, US, which was almost never completed due to protests from English Heritage. It is now regarded as a masterful piece of architecture which may well become listed in years to come. Clinton comes in for some unfortunate criticism from acting legend Richard Burton in his diaries during the filming of Raid on Rommel in July 1970: "Clinton Greyn is not a very good actor I'm afraid. He's tall and good-looking in a kind of weak way with a voice that threatens to become prissy when he presses... It's odd that I cannot define what a good actor has, what quality or style, but I can tell a bad actor immediately and Clinton Greyn is bad... He is a typically mediocre Rep actor and there's nowt one can do about that. He should never have been cast in the first place."

Nicholas Fawcett (Technician)
Career highlights
Further work includes See You at Wembley, Frankie Walsh (1987), Bare Naked Talent (2007), Coincidence (2011), Doctors (2015) and Perfect Piece (2016).

CREW

Robert Holmes (writer) Apr 2 1926 to May 24 1986 (chronic liver ailment)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Krotons (1968-69), The Space Pirates (1969), Spearhead from Space (1970), Terror of the Autons (1971), Carnival of Monsters (1973), The Time Warrior (1973-74), The Ark in Space (1975), Pyramids of Mars (1975, uncredited), The Brain of Morbius (1976, uncredited), The Deadly Assassin (1976), The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977), The Sun Makers (1977), The Ribos Operation (1978), The Power of Kroll (1978-79), The Caves of Androzani (1984), The Two Doctors (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Script edited: Robot, The Ark in Space (uncredited), The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, Terror of the Zygons, Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Android Invasion, The Brain of Morbius, The Seeds of Doom, The Masque of Mandragora, The Hand of Fear, The Deadly Assassin (uncredited), The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang (uncredited), Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers (uncredited) (1974-78)
Career highlights
He began writing for TV as early as Knight Errant Limited (1960), and went on to write scripts for Deadline Midnight (1961), Ghost Squad (1962), Emergency Ward 10 (1962-63), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1964-65), Undermind (1965), No Hiding Place (1965-67), Public Eye (1965-68), Mr Rose (1967-68), Doomwatch (1971), Spyder's Web (1972), Dixon of Dock Green (1974), Jukes of Piccadilly (1980), The Nightmare Man (1981), Blake's 7 (1979/81), Into the Labyrinth (1981-82) and Bergerac (1983-87). He was also story editor on Armchair Thriller and Shoestring, both in 1980.
Facts
Robert was the youngest ever commissioned officer in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, serving in Burma. After he left the Army he joined the police, then became a journalist and sports writer - he was the last ever editor of British lifestyle publication John Bull Magazine in 1964. He was originally going to write Doctor Who's 20th anniversary tale in 1983, but when he found the numerous elements he'd been asked to incorporate unworkable, he was replaced by Terrance Dicks. Robert died while writing the final two episodes of The Trial of a Time Lord, and due to tensions in the Doctor Who production office at the time, his original ending for the story had to be changed and written afresh by Pip and Jane Baker. His face was also one of those seen during the Time Lord mind battle in The Brain of Morbius.

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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