Thursday, November 27, 2014

Timelash

Peri (Nicola Bryant) was less than
enamoured with her latest admirer,
the Borad (Robert Ashby)
Two episodes (Part One, Part Two)
First broadcast Mar 9 to 16 1985
Average audience for serial: 7.05m

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.

Paul Darrow (Tekker) Born May 2 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Captain Hawkins in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Tekker in Timelash (1985)
Career highlights
Paul debuted in The Odd Man (1963), then took roles in The Saint (1967), Coronation Street (1969), Manhunt (1970), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971), Murder Must Advertise (1973), The Legend of Robin Hood (1975), Couples (1976), Killers (1976), Rooms (1977), Hammer House of Horror (1980), The Adventure Game (1980), Dombey and Son (1983), Making News (1990), Haggard (1992), The Strangerers (2000), Hollyoaks (2002), Die Another Day (2002), Little Britain (2004), Emmerdale (1991-92 & 2009), Law and Order: UK (2009-2014, as Justice Prentice) and Toast of London (2014). Paul's most memorable role was as Kerr Avon in BBC sci-fi show Blake's 7 (1978-81), in which he appeared in all but the very first episode.
Facts
Paul's birth surname was Birkby, but he changed it professionally to Darrow, named after American criminal defense lawyer Clarence Darrow. In 2003 Paul was part of a consortium called B7 Enterprises which acquired the rights to Blake's 7 from the widow of creator Terry Nation, but due to disagreements, he has since left the group. Until her death in 2012, Paul was married to actress Janet Lees-Price. In October 2015, Paul suffered an aortic aneurysm which caused a severe loss of blood to his legs. As a result he had to have both legs partially amputated, leaving him wheelchair-bound.

Eric Deacon (Mykros) Born May 25 1950
Career highlights
Eric made his credited debut in The Sex Thief (1974), after which he appeared in The Venturers (1975), Let's Get Those English Girls (1976), Rentaghost (1976), Survivors (1977), Television Club (1977), Spearhead (1978-79), Yesterday's Hero (1979), Penmarric (1979), Smuggler (1981), CATS Eyes (1985), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), London's Burning (1986/88), Stay Lucky (1991), Medics (1992), Prime Suspect 3 (1993), Heartbeat (1998), Down to Earth (2003) and Casualty (1987/2006). Eric also had recurring roles as Robert/ Tom King in King's Royal (1982-83), Ross Kennedy in Hard Cases (1988-89) and Detective Inspector Hardwick in Lovejoy (1991-94). Since the 1990s Eric has also been writing for the screen, including Lovejoy (1994), Heartbeat (1999), Blind Ambition (2000), The Bill (1991/2002), Murder in Mind (2003), Holby City (2005) and Orla's Song (2015).
Facts
His younger brother is actor Brian Deacon, once husband to fellow Doctor Who guest star Rula Lenska. Eric is also a drama teacher, and is Head of Acting at the London Academy of Media Film and Television, as well as a lecturer of screenwriting at Queen Mary’s University and a visiting lecturer of acting at Redroofs Drama School and Central St Martins, London.

Jeananne Crowley (Vena) Born Dec 18 1949
Career highlights
Ireland-born Jeananne's earliest role was in 1974's Zodiac, followed by work in The Legion Hall Bombing (1978), The Onedin Line (1979), Shoestring (1979), Educating Rita (1983), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), The Venus de Milo Instead (1987), The Real Charlotte (1990), Shrinks (1991), The Fifth Province (1997), Dead Bodies (2003), Proof (2005) and The Clinic (2004-05). She also regularly played Nellie Keene in Tenko (1981).
Facts
Jeananne is now a writer, having penned stage plays and also written for national newspapers such as the Sunday Times and the Guardian on subjects such as Shakespeare and JRR Tolkien. In 2002 she was a judge for the Irish Novelist of the Year contest. Jeananne was an early exponent of internet chatrooms in the early 1990s. In 1995 she was seriously injured in a car accident, but recovered to continue her career in writing and acting.

Neil Hallett (Maylin Renis) Jun 30 1924 to Dec 5 2004
Career highlights
Belgium-born Neil's career began with Three Steps in the Dark (1953), followed by roles in The Brain Machine (1955), X: The Unknown (1956), Potts and the Phantom Piper (1957), The Buccaneers (1956-57), The Adventures of Ben Gunn (1958), Top Floor Girl (1959), Operation Cupid (1960), The Cheaters (1961), Dentist on the Job (1961), Crying Down the Lane (1962), The Newcomers (1965), Thunderball (1965), The Saint (1968), Z Cars (1969), UFO (1970), Virgin Witch (1972), The Protectors (1973), Intimate Strangers (1974), Keep It Up Downstairs (1976), The Girl Who Walked Quickly (1978), Bergerac (1981), Airline (1982) and Jeeves and Wooster (1990). Recurring roles included Tony Miller in Ghost Squad (1962-64) and Detective Sergeant Piper in The Informer (1966-67).
Facts
Neil was married to actress Tracy Reed between 1970-73. After serving in World War Two he took a two-year preparatory course in sheep farming, with an ambition to move to Australia to pursue such a career, but acting took a hold instead.

Robert Ashby (The Borad)
Career highlights
Robert's earliest credit was in a 1976 Centre Play called Commonwealth Season, after which he appeared in Joseph Andrews (1977), The Professionals (1980), Juliet Bravo (1980), The Borgias (1981), By the Sword Divided (1985), Lovejoy (1986), Gentlemen and Players (1988), House of Cards (1990), Dressing for Breakfast (1995), Jinnah (1998), Silent Witness (2006), The Queen (2009) and Legacy (2013).
Facts
During the 1970s Robert and Leela actress Louise Jameson were partners. Robert's birth name is Rashid Suhrawardy and he is the son of politician Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, who served as the Premier of Bengal in the 1940s and was Prime Minister of Pakistan between 1956-57. Robert was a child in Calcutta when his father's political connections allowed him to meet Gandhi in 1947. Robert is involved with the organisation The Actors' Children's Trust, which lends support to the children of actors.

David Ashton (Kendron) Born Nov 10 1941
Career highlights
David debuted in Z Cars in 1969, followed by work in The Shadow of the Tower (1972), The New Road (1973), The Mackinnons (1977), The Voyage of Charles Darwin (1978), Spy! (1980), The House on the Hill (1981), Maggie (1981-82), The Mad Death (1983), Out of Time (1984), The Flying Doctors (1987), The Bill (1989), All Creatures Great and Small (1990), Waterfront Beat (1991), Alive and Kicking (1996), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Knight School (1998), The House of Mirth (2000), Sea of Souls (2004), Vital Signs (2006) and The Savage Canvas (2010). Recurring roles include Inspector Hamish Macduff in Brass (1983-84/90) and Major Roddy Maclean in Hamish Macbeth (1995-97). David has also written for TV and film, including EastEnders (1985), Casualty (1987-88), God on the Rocks (1990), Freddie as F.R.0.7 (1992), The Hello Girls (1998), Dalziel and Pascoe (1999), Badger (1999) and Murder Rooms (2001). In 2000 David created the BBC Radio 4 detective series McLevy, starring Brian Cox, and has also written McLevy novels since 2006. In 1968 David was a presenter on the programme Hullabaloo, and later on children's series You and Me (1974-77).
Facts
David is married to actress Jonina Scott, who appeared in the Doctor Who story The Sun Makers (1977).

David Chandler (Herbert [HG Wells])
Career highlights
David's other work includes Stars of the Roller State Disco (1984), Casualty (1987) and playing PC Locket in The Bill (1991-92).

Peter Robert Scott (Brunner) Born Jul 14 ????
Career highlights
Peter's further credits include The Kids from 47A (1974), Holding On (1977), Prince Regent (1979), Letty (1984), Who, Sir? Me, Sir? (1985) and Never Come Back (1990). He is also credited as having written the Late Night Theatre instalment The Carrier Bag in 1972.
Facts
Peter moved to France in 1990 and went on to write several novels, including Adieu la Vie, The Old Man on the Roof, and Sister Anna, the Juggling Nun. He is also the creator of the naval strategy board game Flagships. Here he is, on Twitter!

Dicken Ashworth (Sezon) Born Jul 18 1946
Career highlights
Dicken's earliest screen credit was in 1977's Second City Firsts, followed by Hazell (1978), Force 10 from Navarone (1978), Tess (1979), A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979), The Talisman (1981), Blake's 7 (1981), Nanny (1983), Brookside (1984), CATS Eyes (1985), Return to Treasure Island (1986), Vroom (1988), Saracen (1989), We Are Seven (1991), I, Lovett (1993), The Riff Raff Element (1993), Grange Hill (1994), Seaforth (1994), Dangerfield (1995), Common as Muck (1997), Thunder Road (2001), The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) and Room at the Top (2012). Dicken, who started out as an English and drama teacher, has enjoyed regular roles in soaps, as Jeff Horton in Coronation Street (1992-94) and Duke Woods in Emmerdale (2007-08).
Facts
He is married to casting director Jane Ripley, one of those responsible for the success of Channel 4's teen series Skins. In 1986 he appeared in the video for the Pretenders' single Don't Get Me Wrong.

Tracy-Louise Ward (Katz) Born Dec 22 1958
Career highlights
After debuting in Dance with a Stranger (1985), Tracy-Louise went on to appear in Mussolini: The Untold Story (1985), Cluedo (1990, as Miss Scarlett) and Trainer (1991). She also had a regular role as Tessa Robinson in CATS Eyes (1986-87).
Facts
She comes from gentrified stock, being the granddaughter of William Ward, 3rd Earl of Dudley (her great-grandfather William Ward, the 2nd Earl of Dudley, was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland between 1902-05 and Governor-General of Australia between 1908-11). In 1987 she married Henry John Fitzroy Somerset, the Marquess of Worcester and heir to the 11th Duke of Beaufort, making her the Marchioness of Worcester (Prince Charles and Lady Diana attended their wedding). Together they have three children, the eldest of which is Robert, Earl of Glamorgan. Tracy-Louise is a director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture, a trustee of Friends of the Earth and the Gaia Foundation, an advisor to The Ecologist magazine and a patron of the UK Soil Association. Her sister is actress Rachel Ward (wife of Australian actor Bryan Brown). In 2009 Tracy-Louise Worcester was director and producer of the documentary Pig Business, which investigated the corporate takeover of the pig farming business and its impact on animal welfare. Before going into acting, Tracy-Louise was a model in Paris, then worked at Christie's in London, then worked in art galleries in New York. And as if all this wasn't enough, Tracy-Louise backed Wikileaks' Julian Assange by pledging £10,000 bail in December 2010 - she lost the money in June 2012 when a judge ordered it to be forfeited, as Assange had sought to escape the jurisdiction of the English courts by entering the embassy of Ecuador. Not bad for a guest star in one of Doctor Who's least loved serials!

Martin Gower (Tyheer & Bandril ambassador)
Career highlights
Martin's first role was in Thomas and Sarah (1979), after which he appeared in Holding the Fort (1980), The Winds of War (1983), Big Deal 91986), Drummonds (1987), Bellman and True (1987), Singles (1989), Waterfront Beat (1990-91), Inspector Morse (1993), A Touch of Frost (1999) and Lloyd & Hill (2003).

Christine Kavanagh (Aram) Born Mar 24 1957
Career highlights
Christine's earliest appearance on the screen was in 1980's The Onedin Line, after which she grew in stature and prominence through roles in Minder (1984), Howards' Way (1985), The Bretts (1987-88), A Very British Coup (1988), Chimera (1991), Underbelly (1992), The Blackheath Poisonings (1992), Seaforth (1994), The Glass Virgin (1995), Jonathan Creek (1998), Manchild (2002), Sweet Medicine (2003), Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004), A Room with a View (2007), Doctors (2006/09), Titanic (2012) and Vera (2014).
Facts
Her estranged husband is actor Jack Ellis. She founded The Voicehouse, which trains people in public speaking and speech-giving.

Steven Mackintosh (Gazak) Born Apr 30 1967
Career highlights
Steven's debut came in Nanny (1983), after which he went on to become on the UK's busiest character actors, including in Summer Season (1985), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (1985), The Browning Version (1985), The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1987), Prick Up Your Ears (1987), The Woman in Black (1989), Memphis Belle (1990), London Kills Me (1991), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Princess Caraboo (1994), Karaoke (1996), House of America (1997), Our Mutual Friend (1998), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Care (2000, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA and won a Royal Television Society Award), The Other Boleyn Girl (2003), The Mother (2003), The Jacket (2005), Underworld: Evolution (2006), First Born (2007), The Escapist (2008), Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009), Criminal Justice (2009), Mo (2010), Luther (2010), Camelot (2011), Inside Men (2012), The Sweeney (2012), Kiss-Ass 2 (2013), The Thirteenth Tale (2013), The Game (2014) and Bone in the Throat (2015). Steven is also a prolific narrator for TV documentaries, such as Explorations (2003), Cutting Edge (2001-10), Alone in the Wild (2011), Horizon (2007-14) and An Hour to Save Your Life (2014), plus many more.
Facts
He is married to actress Lisa Jacobs, and their daughter is actress Martha Mackintosh.

Denis Carey (Old man) Aug 3 1909 to Sep 28 1986
Doctor Who credits
Played: Professor Chronotis in Shada (1980, unbroadcast)
Played: The Keeper in The Keeper of Traken (1981)
Played: Old man in Timelash (1985)
Career highlights
Denis started out as a dancer and choreographer on films such as The Red Shoes (1948), The Queen of Spades (1949) and Oh... Rosalinda! (1955), then moved into acting in productions such as Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (1961 & 65), Champion House (1967-68), A Beast with Two Backs (1968), Codename (1970), Elizabeth R (1971), The Shadow of the Tower (1972), The Day of the Jackal (1973), I, Claudius (1976), Rooms (1977), Blake's 7 (1979), The Borgias (1981), Stalky and Co (1982), Big Deal (1984), Lamb (1986) and Hard Travelling (1986).
Facts
His wife was actress Yvonne Coulette.

Dean Hollingsworth (Android) Born May 26 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Android in Timelash (1985)
Played: Bus Conductor in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1988-89)
Career highlights
Debuted in Doctor Who, and also appeared in Casualty (1987).
Facts
Dean left acting in the 1990s and went into business intelligence, and today specialises in designing and training in IBM Cognos business insight tools, having worked for the likes of BAE Systems, G4S Security and Vodaphone. He is now based on Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

James Richardson (Guardolier) Born 1951
Career highlights
James's other work includes Shelley (1980), The Prisoner of Zenda (1984), Only Fools and Horses (1986) and Strange But True? (1994).

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Glen McCoy (writer) Born Apr 10 1954
Career highlights
Glen's other writing work includes Angels (1983), Eldorado (1992) and EastEnders (1985/86/2000).
Facts
At the age of 19 in 1973 Glen was one of the very first batch of trained paramedics for the Ambulance Service in the UK. In later years he has worked in business coaching and public speaking, having written books such as Jobs in the Ambulance Service and Hospitals, Getting Out of Debt and Extraordinary Customer Care. He has worked for companies such as Vodaphone, Mars and Land Rover.

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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