Monday, November 17, 2014

Vengeance on Varos

Peri (Nicola Bryant) grabs the first
hunky man she comes across after
 sustained emotional abuse from her
travelling companion since his
regeneration. Who can blame her?
Two episodes (Part One, Part Two)
First broadcast Jan 19 to 26 1985
Average audience for serial: 7.10m

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.

Martin Jarvis (Governor) Born Aug 4 1941
Doctor Who credits
Played: Hilio in The Web Planet (1965)
Played: Butler in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974)
Played: Governor in Vengeance on Varos (1985)
Career highlights
Martin has enjoyed a long and prolific career, starting with The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), then Nicholas Nickleby (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Little Women (1970), The Moonstone (1972), The Pallisers (1974), Enemy at the Door (1980), The Black Tower (1985), Buster (1988), the narrator of children's series Huxley Pig (1989), Inspector Morse (1991), Murder Most Horrid (1991), The Scarlet and the Black (1993), Space: Above and Beyond (1996), Titanic (1997), Lorna Doone (2000), The Queen's Nose (2003), Numb3rs (2007), Stargate: Atlantis (2007), Taking the Flak (2008), Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (2010), EastEnders (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Wreck-It Ralph (2012, voice) and Endeavour (2013). He had regular roles as Jolyon in The Forsyte Saga (1967), Sam Harvey in Breakaway (1980) and Oliver Pryde in Rings on Their Fingers (1978-80).
Facts
Since 1974 he has been married to actress Rosalind Ayres, and was appointed an OBE in 2000. Martin's voice is familiar to many radio drama listeners, as well as those who listen to talking books.
This is Your Life: Martin was the subject of BBC TV's This is Your Life on November 29th, 1999, surprised by host Michael Aspel while appearing on Gyles Brandreth's LBC radio show.

Nabil Shaban (Sil) Born Feb 12 1953
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sil in Vengeance on Varos (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Career highlights
Born in Jordan, Nabil's acting career began playing Ben Gunn in the 1982 TV movie Walter and its 1983 sequel Walter and June, after which he took roles in Raspberry Ripple (1986), Iranian Nights (1989), City of Joy (1992), Wittgenstein (1993), Skallagrigg (1994), Slave of Dreams (1995), Children of Men (2006), Trouble Sleeping (2008) and Morticia (2009).
Facts
Nabil, who was born with the brittle bone disease osteogenesis imperfecta, founded the Graeae Theatre Company for artists with physical and sensory disabilities in 1980. He was sent to the UK as a child for treatment for his disease and as a result grew up in numerous hospitals and residential homes, with little contact with his family. Long-time Doctor Who fan Nabil sent a letter to the production team in 1974 saying he could become the new Master, and again in 1980 suggesting he could be the new Doctor! Nabil has returned to the role of Sil twice for audio adventures - 2009's Mission to Magnus (a story from the aborted Season 23 in 1986) and 2014's Antidote to Oblivion.

Nicholas Chagrin (Quillam) Born Nov 26 1945
Career highlights
Nicholas debuted in The Sky Larks (1958), followed by The Budds of Paragon Row (1959), The Fourth Square (1961), Thirteen Against Fate (1966), The Man in the Iron Mask (1968), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1969), Department S (1970), Shelley (1972), The Losers (1978), Beau Geste (1982), Minder (1984), The Box of Delights (1984), Fortunes of War (1987), Traffik (1989), Wings of Fame (1990), Zorro (1992), Highlander (1994), The Knock (1996), Coronation Street (2000), The Courtroom (2004), Hollyoaks (2009) and Suite Francaise (2014).
Facts
Nicholas's father was composer Francis Chagrin, who composed the incidental score for Doctor Who story The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), while his brother is actor and mime artist Julian Chagrin, who among many more impressive roles, played the Secret Lemonade Drinker in R Whites' 1973 TV commercial (mega-trivia: his wife in that advert was played by Genesis of the Daleks' Harriet Philpin!). Since 1993 Nicholas has also been coaching in performance skills and personal development, most recently for the Ariel Group. Here he is, on Twitter!

Jason Connery (Jondar) Born Jan 11 1963
Career highlights
Jason - the son of film star and one-time James Bond Sean Connery and actress Diane Cilento - broke into acting with 1983's The Lords of Discipline, after which he found roles in The Boy Who Had Everything (1985), Worlds Beyond (1987), Puss in Boots (1988), Casablanca Express (1989), The Other Side of Paradise (1992), The Successor (1996), The Famous Five (1997), Urban Ghost Story (1998), Shanghai Noon (2000), Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action! (2001-02), Smallville (2001-03), Shoebox Zoo (2004), Lightspeed (2006), Velocity (2007), General Hospital (2013) and Alien Strain (2015). His most memorable role was playing Robert of Huntingdon in the third series of Robin of Sherwood (1986).
Facts
Jason, who schooled for a time with Prince Edward of Wessex, was married to American actress Mia Sara between 1996-2002. In 2014 he took part in BBC1's Celebrity MasterChef.

Forbes Collins (Chief Officer)
Career highlights
Forbes made his debut with 1972's The Fenn Street Gang, after which he took roles in Warship (1973), John Halifax, Gentleman (1974), Intimate Games (1976), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), A Horseman Riding By (1978), Dick Turpin (1979), Bull Week (1980), The Black Adder (1983), By the Sword Divided (1985), CATS Eyes (1986), William Tell (1987), The Lady and the Highwayman (1989), Covington Cross (1992), The Bill (1994) and Mike and Angelo (1999). He also had regular roles as Zacky Martin in Poldark (1975-77), Curl Cohen in Dick Barton: Special Agent (1979) and, perhaps most memorably, as King John in the children's series Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (1989-94).

Stephen Yardley (Arak) Born Mar 24 1942
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sevrin in Genesis of the Daleks (1975)
Played: Arak in Vengeance on Varos (1985)
Career highlights
Stephen's earliest appearance was in The Flying Swan in 1965, since when he has appeared in Danger Man (1965), The Champions (1968), Villains (1972), Harriet's Back in Town (1972), Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall (1972), Oranges & Lemons (1973), The Brothers (1974), Coronation Street (1974), Thriller (1976), The Gentle Touch (1980), Blake's 7 (1981), The Day of the Triffids (1981), Funny Money (1983), Morgan's Boy (1984), Widows 2 (1985), The Doctor and the Devils (1985), Remington Steele (1987), Virtual Murder (1992), Heartbeat (1996), Bugs (1998), Holby City (2000) and Hex (2004). He has enjoyed a number of regular roles in ongoing dramas, including PC May in Z Cars (1967-68), William "Spider" Scott in The XYY Man (1976-77), Max Brocard in Secret Army (1978) and most successfully, Ken Masters in Howards' Way (1985-90).
Facts
Stephen is married to his Howards' Way co-star Jan Harvey.

Sheila Reid (Etta) Born Dec 21 1937
Doctor Who credits
Played: Etta in Vengeance on Varos (1985)
Played: Clara's gran in The Time of the Doctor (2013), Dark Water (2014)
Career highlights
Sheila's earliest TV credit was in Mr Nobody (1960), after which she appeared in The Alphabet Murders (1965), A Flea in Her Ear (1967), Three Sisters (1970), Justice (1973), Moll Flanders (1975), Flickers (1980), Get Lost! (1981), The Home Front (1983), Miracles Take Longer (1984), Brazil (1985), The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987), American Friends (1991), Oliver's Travels (1995), Where the Heart Is (1998), Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War (2002), Sea of Souls (2006), Bones (2008), Holby City (2009), Psychoville (2009/11), Psychobitches (2012-13) and Miller's Mountain (2014). Her most memorable role is as mobility scooter driver Madge Harvey in the comedy drama Benidorm (2007-15).

Geraldine Alexander (Areta) Born 1960
Career highlights
Geraldine debuted in The Gay Lord Quex (1983), then appeared in Florence Nightingale (1985), Bust (1987), Bad Ronald (1992), Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast (1992), Forgotten (1999), Where the Heart Is (2002), The Government Inspector (2005), Extras (2006), Coronation Street (2007), Silent Witness (2008), EastEnders (2009), Case Sensitive (2012), Shetland (2013) and Quick Cuts (2013).

Graham Cull (Bax)
Career highlights
Graham's earliest role was as Tubby in Thomas and Sarah (1979), followed by We'll Meet Again (1982), Bergerac (1983), Minder (1984), Alice in Wonderland (1986), Seal Morning (1986), The Charmer (1987), Woof! (1991), Fever Pitch (1997), Boyz Unlimited (1999), The Honeytrap (2002), Red Cap (2003) and Gideon's Daughter (2005).

Owen Teale (Maldak) Born May 20 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Maldak in Vengeance on Varos (1985)
Played: Ewan Sherman in Torchwood: Countrycide (2006)
Career highlights
After debuting in The Mimosa Boys (1981), Owen's CV takes in David Copperfield (1986), Knights of God (1987), Waterfront Beat (1990), Robin Hood (1991), The Hawk (1993), The Thin Blue Line (1995), Death of a Salesman (1996), The Cherry Orchard (1999), Ballykissangel (1999), Ted and Alice (2002), Island at War (2004), Murphy's Law (2005), The Last Detective (2007), Silk (2011), The Hollow Crown (2012), Line of Duty (2012) and Under Milk Wood (2014). He regularly played Dai in Stella (2012-13) and may be best recognised as Ser Alliser Thorne in Game of Thrones (2011-16).
Facts
Owen was previously married to actress Dilys Watling, sister of Debbie Watling (who played companion Victoria Waterfield in Doctor Who in the 1960s). Owen is now married to actress Sylvestra le Touzel, who herself appeared in Doctor Who as a child in The Mind Robber (1968). In 1997 he won Broadway's Best Actor Tony Award for his role in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House.

Keith Skinner (Rondel) Born 1949
Career highlights
Debuted in Mademoiselle (1966), then The Devil in the Fog (1968), Man at the Top (1970-71), So It Goes (1973), Beryl's Lot (1973/75), Esther Waters (1977), The Borgias (1981) and Ripper Street (2013).
Facts
Keith gave up acting after appearing in Doctor Who and is now a leading crime historian, advising television productions such as The Diary of Jack the Ripper (1993) and From Hell (2001), as well as Ripper Street through his research into the history of the Metropolitan Police. Since 1987 he has written a great number of historical crime books, specialising in the subject of Jack the Ripper (he helped produce the Jack the Ripper document pack for the UK National Archives). He is also one of the people behind History by the Yard, which advises TV and film production companies on the history of policing in London, and also undertakes family history and genealogy projects.

Hugh Martin (Priest) Dec 8 1933 to Jul 16 1997
Doctor Who credits
Played: Munro in Terror of the Zygons (1975)
Played: Priest in Vengeance on Varos (1985)
Career highlights
Debuting in The Errol Flynn Theatre (1957), Hugh's further work included Suspense (1962), Resurrection (1968), Softly Softly (1972), Hadleigh (1973), Oil Strike North (1975), The Sweeney (1976), Black Island (1979), The Enigma Files (1980), Union Castle (1982), Up the Elephant and Round the Castle (1985), A Very British Coup (1988) and Taggart (1983/90).

CREW

Philip Martin (writer) Born 1938
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Vengeance on Varos (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Career highlights
Philip's television writing career stems back to 1970 when he began penning scripts for Z Cars, after which he also worked on New Scotland Yard (1972), Gangsters (1975/78), Shoestring (1979), Star Cops (1987), Tandoori Nights (1987), Virtual Murder (1992), The Good Guys (1993), Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1997-98) and Doctors (2007).
Facts
Philip's unused script for Season 23 before it became The Trial of a Time Lord was Mission to Magnus featuring Sil and the Ice Warriors, which he novelised for Target in 1990 and which was adapted into an audio adventure by Big Finish in 2009. Philip also wrote the Big Finish story The Creed of the Kromon (2004). Philip also wrote a Doctor Who make your own adventure book in 1986 called Invasion of the Ormazoids. Philip's writing techniques on Gangsters (which he occasionally acted on as various minor characters) were featured on the Open University study list at one point.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Philip here.

Ron Jones (director) Aug 6 1945 to Jul 9 1993
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Black Orchid (1982), Time-Flight (1982), Arc of Infinity (1983), Frontios (1984), Vengeance on Varos (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Career highlights
Starting out as production manager on Bergerac in 1981, Ron's few other directing credits include Juliet Bravo (1985), the German soap Lindenstraße (1987-88) and the TV movie Burg Wutzenstein (1988). In the 1970s Ron worked as a researcher and writer on the children's show Blue Peter.

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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