Monday, December 29, 2014

Delta and the Bannermen

The Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) ponders
on Doctor Who fandom's love/ hate
relationship with the story he's in
Three episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three)
First broadcast Nov 2 to 16 1987
Average audience for serial: 5.27m

CAST

Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor) Born Aug 20 1943
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in 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 (1987-89). Return appearances in Dimensions in Time (1993) and Doctor Who (1996)
Career highlights
Sylvester - birth name Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith - started out as a variety performer and comedian, appearing on shows such as Vision On (as Pepe, who lived in a mirror) in the late 1970s and early 80s, as well as Robert's Robots, Tiswas, Eureka, No 73, What's Your Story? and Jigsaw (as one of the two O-Men). Acting roles include Lucky Feller (1975), For the Love of Albert (1977), Dracula (1979), All the Fun of the Fair (1979), Big Jim and the Figaro Club (1979-81), Electric in the City (1980), Starstrider (1984), The Last Place on Earth (1985), Three Kinds of Heat (1987), Jackanory (1979/93), Frank Stubbs Promotes (1994), Leapin' Leprachauns! (1995), Rab C Nesbitt (1996), Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprachauns (1997), The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1997), Beyond Fear (1997), The Mumbo Jumbo (2000), See It Saw It (1999/2001), Hollyoaks (2002), Still Game (2004), Mayo (2006), The Bill (2002/06), Doctors (2008), The Academy (2009/12), The Christmas Candle (2013) and The Candy House (2015). Aside from the Doctor, his other memorable role is Radagast the Brown in the three Hobbit films - An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies (2012-14). He also appeared in The Secret Policeman's Ball in 1981, on Comic Relief in 1988, Space Cadets in 1997, Hell's Kitchen in 2004 and Tiswas Reunited in 2007. He has regularly played his Doctor in a number of fan audio adventures since 1999, as well as BBCi's webcast story Death Comes to Time (2001).
Facts
Before becoming an actor, he trained as a priest (1955-59), sold insurance and acted as a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones. Sylvester was second choice for the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In the early 1990s Sylvester was to play Governor Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl when the film was to be made by Steven Spielberg, but Disney refused permission and made it a decade later with Jonathan Pryce in the role. His stage name originates from when he was a part of Ken Campbell's variety roadshow, playing a stuntman by the same name (the name was dreamt up by roadshow colleague, actor Brian Murphy).

Bonnie Langford (Melanie Bush) Born Jul 22 1964
Doctor Who credits
Played: Melanie Bush in The Trial of a Time Lord Parts 9-14, Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire (1986-87). Return appearance in Dimensions in Time (1993)
Career highlights
Starting out as a child star on series such as Junior Showtime (1973), Bonnie's earliest major role was in the film Bugsy Malone (1976), after which she had her first taste of true fame playing Violet Elizabeth Bott in Just William (1977-78). Further acting credits include Wombling Free: The Movie (1977), Family Album (1991), Goodnight Sweetheart (1999), Agatha Christie's Marple (2006) and Hotel Babylon (2008). She has also made a niche for herself as a dancer, entertainer and presenter on programmes such as The Hot Shoe Show (1983-84), Saturday Starship (1984-85) and Dancing on Ice (2006, in which she came third, competing with Matt Evers; and 2014, in which she came eighth, competing with Andrei Lipanov). She has also played Mel in various fan audio adventures since 2000.
Facts
In 1970 Bonnie won Hughie Green's talent show Opportunity Knocks. Much of her career since the 1990s has been spent on stage, on Broadway and in the West End. In 1995 Bonnie married actor Paul Grunert, at the time best known for his appearances in the National Lottery TV commercials. Bonnie's sister Cherida is married to actor and manager Sandy Strallen, making Bonnie the aunt of actresses Scarlett, Zizi and Summer Strallen. Her mother founded Babette Langford's The Young Set. Here she is, on Twitter!

Don Henderson (Gavrok) Nov 10 1931 to Jun 22 1997 (throat cancer)
Career highlights
Don's earliest role was in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1968, followed by The Protectors (1972), Wessex Tales (1973), Callan (1974), Brannigan (1975), The Ghoul (1975), Poldark (1975), Voyage of the Damned (1976), Star Wars (1977), The Big Sleep (1978), Crossroads (1978), Dick Turpin (1979), Goodbye Darling (1981), The Baker Street Boys (1983), The Boy Who Won the Pools (1983), Spyship (1983), Annika (1984), Brazil (1985), Henry's Leg (1986), Knights of God (1987), Last of the Summer Wine (1988), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), The BFG (1989), Boon (1991), Merlin of the Crystal Cave (1991), Moon and Son (1992), Carry On Columbus (1992), Cracker (1993), Harry (1995), The Famous Five (1996), Red Dwarf (1997) and FairyTale: A True Story (1997). His first long-running role was as MAA Heron in Warship (1973-76), while he also played Frank Kane in The Paradise Club (1989-90), but his most memorable part was as George Bulman in 13 episodes of The XYY Man (1976-77), 30 episodes of Strangers (1978-82) and 20 episodes of Bulman (1985-87) - a total of 63 episodes over three series and 11 years.
Facts
His wife was actress Shirley Stelfox, best known for her role as Edna Birch in soap Emmerdale. Initially working as both an army dental technician and a police officer, Don's acting career began when he accepted a dare from a friend to audition for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was accepted on the spot, and stayed with the RSC for six years, playing almost all of Shakespeare's characters. In 1980, Don underwent treatment for throat cancer that left him with burns that he often hid with a scarf. The cancer, which he overcame until it returned to claim his life in 1997, also meant he spoke in a distinctive whisper.

Belinda Mayne (Delta) Born Oct 2 1954
Career highlights
Belinda debuted in When Mother Went on Strike in 1974, after which she took roles in Strangers (1974), Star Maidens (1976), The Upchat Connection (1978), Flashpoint Africa (1980), Hart to Hart (1980), Solo (1982), Krull (1983), Lassiter (1984), Fatal Beauty (1987), Peter Strohm (1991), Riders (1993) and Der Bergdoktor (1997).
Facts
In 1977 Belinda was one of the assistants on the panel game Whose Baby?, in which celebrities met the child of another famous person and had to guess whose it was. She is named after the musical in which her parents met, Belinda Fair - her father being German actor Ferdy Mayne (who fled Germany in 1932 to settle in the UK, where he also acted as an informant for MI5).

Stubby Kaye (Weismuller) Nov 11 1918 to Dec 14 1997 (lung cancer)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was one of New Yorker Stubby's last jobs, after a career which began with Hi-Ho Hollywood (1938, as Tiny Kaye), and taking in Taxi (1953), Guys and Dolls (1955), You Can't Run Away from It (1956), Hansel and Gretel (1958), Li'l Abner (1959), The Millionaire (1960), The Cool Mikado (1963), Burke's Law (1963), Sex and the Single Girl (1964), Cat Ballou (1965), The Way West (1967), The Monkees (1968), Sweet Charity (1969), It's Tommy Cooper (1970), The Dirtiest Girl I Ever Met (1970), Sixpack Annie (1975), Flying High (1978), Laverne and Shirley (1981), Ellis Island (1984), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and The Big Knife (1988). He found sitcom success playing Stubby Wilson in Love and Marriage (1959-60) and Marty Scott in My Sister Eileen (1960-61), and was a regular panellist on What's My Line? (1956-57) and Stump the Stars (1958-70).
Facts
Born Bernard Katzin on the final day of World War One, tenor Stubby kept his real name a secret until the day he died. He toured as a vaudeville comedian in the 1940s before hitting the big time on Broadway as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls (1950), and then Marryin' Sam in Li'l Abner (1956). Stubby became prolific on the musical stage and US TV, and later moved to the UK and married Sunday Night at the London Palladium's Beat the Clock host Angela Bracewell. In the 1960s he had his own children's series called Stubby's Silver Star Show, and also hosted children's game show Shenanigans (1964-65 - here's a clip of him with Buster the chimp and Brenda the bear). 

Morgan Deare (Hawk) Born Nov 19 1945
Career highlights
American Morgan made his debut in The Tumour Principle (1980), then Scream for Help (1984), Star Cops (1987), Small World (1988), Jeeves and Wooster (1992), Mission: Impossible (1996), Wing and a Prayer (1998), United 93 (2006), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), The Callback Queen (2013) and Wild Oats (2015). He also provided the voice of the Editor/ Gorilla in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), meaning that the partnership of Hawk and Weismuller were sort of reunited in this film!
Facts
His wife is actress Mary Healey, who appeared in The Happiness Patrol (1988). Morgan is an accomplished voiceover artist, having provided voices for various animations and perhaps most obscurely, dubbing British TV presenter Melvyn Bragg's English tones into an American accent for the Stateside broadcasts of The South Bank Show. Here he is in a TV commercial for Ikea.

Ken Dodd (Tollmaster) Born Nov 8 1927
Career highlights
Ken is one of the UK's most enduring and prolific live comedians, although his further acting credits include Hamlet (1996), Alice in Wonderland (1999) and The Canterbury Tales (2000). He has appeared in many TV shows making people laugh, including Thank Your Lucky Stars (1962-66), Doddy's Music Box (1967-68), Funny You Should Say That (1972), World of Laughter (1974-76), The Ken Dodd Laughter Show (1979), The Good Old Days (1976-80), A Question of Entertainment (1988), Noel's House Party (1992), An Audience with Ken Dodd (1994) and Another Audience with Ken Dodd (2002). He has also performed at several Royal Variety Performances, and in 1993 was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards. He was awarded an OBE in 1982.
Facts
Ken is renowned for the length of his stand-up performances, and during the 1960s earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the world's longest ever joke-telling session: 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours (7.14 jokes per minute). Even in his eighties his live shows can often last until well after 1am. Ken, whose trademarks are his buck teeth (caused by a bicycle accident as a child), tickling sticks and fictional Diddymen from Knotty Ash's jam butty mines, is also a seasoned singing star, first hitting the UK singles chart with Love is Like a Violin in 1960, and hitting the top spot in 1965 with the million-selling Tears, still one of the biggest selling singles in British history. Other hits include Happiness (1964), The River (1965), Promises (1966), Let Me Cry on Your Shoulder (1967) and Brokenhearted (1970). Ken was charged with tax evasion in 1989, and during the trial it was revealed he stashed most of his money (all £336,000 of it) in suitcases in his attic! He was acquitted three months later. In 2001 Ken and his girlfriend were the victims of a stalker who sent the comedian nasty letters and even a dead rat. She even attempted to burn down his house by pushing burning rags through his letterbox. She was eventually convicted of attempted arson and harassment.
This is Your Life: Ken was the subject of Thames TV's 500th This is Your Life on May 7th, 1990, surprised by host Michael Aspel during a photoshoot at London's Palladium Theatre.

Richard Davies (Burton) Jan 25 1926 to Oct 8 2015 (Alzheimer's Disease)
Career highlights
Richard debuted uncredited in A Run for Your Money (1949), and went on to appear in The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Night My Number Came Up (1955), Medico (1959), The Secret Kingdom (1960), Some People (1962), The Plane Makers (1963), Zulu (1964), Gypsy Girl (1965), The Informer (1967), The Man in the Iron Mask (1968), Two in Clover (1970), The Fenn Street Gang (1971), Suspicion (1971), Under Milk Wood (1972), Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973), Robert's Robots (1973), The Mutations (1974), Coronation Street (1974-75), Rule Britannia! (1975), The Law Centre (1978), Fawlty Towers (1979), To Serve Them All My Days (1981), Hallelujah! (1983), In Loving Memory (1983), Bottle Boys (1984-85), Big Deal (1985), Making Out (1990), One Foot in the Grave (1992), And the Beat Goes On (1996) and 2Point4 Children (1992-93/98). He also had a regular role as Jim Sloan in Z Cars (1962-65), Mr Price in the sitcom Please, Sir! (1968-72 and its 1971 film version), Clive in Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! (1976-77) and Max Johnson in Taff Acre (1981).

David Kinder (Billy) Born May 29 1964
Career highlights
After his Doctor Who debut, David went on to appear in Casualty (1989), The Natural History of Parking Lots (1990), Killing American Style (1990) and The Wounded (2003). He also had a recurring role as John (Calley's boyfriend) in children's drama Grange Hill (1990).

Sara Griffiths (Ray) Born Jul 12 1968
Career highlights
Sara's further acting credits include Late Expectations (1987), Emmerdale Farm (1988-89), Gentlemen and Players (1988-89), The Chief (1990-91), Rich Tea and Sympathy (1991), Castles (1995), Chiller (1995), A Likeness in Stone (2000), Headless (2000), Holby City (2002/06) and Doctors (2003/14).
Facts
She dated film actor Joseph Fiennes for most of the 1990s. In the 1980s Sara was a can-can dancer at Paris's Moulin Rouge, but more recently has been a presenter on the QVC shopping channel. Here she is on Twitter!

Johnny Dennis (Murray) Aug 13 1940 to Dec 3 2016
Career highlights
Johnny, an enthusiast and performer of live Victorian music hall routines, first appeared in The Devil's Crown (1978), then The Enigma Files (1980), Mitch (1984), Prospects (1986), Rude Health (1987), The Endless Game (1989), Surgical Spirit (1993) and The Bill (1995).
Facts
Cricket-mad Johnny was the PA announcer at Lord's Cricket Ground (known as The Voice of Lord's) for 37 years until he retired due to illness in 2014, after replacing fellow actor Alan Curtis (who appeared in The War Machines in 1966) when he was called away for a part in a Carry On film. In his time he presented at 136 Test matches and more than 250 one-day internationals, as well as fulfilling similar duties at Middlesex Cricket Club. Here he is interviewed about the role in 2013. Johnny was also a music hall enthusiast and once ran a theatre company specialising in corporate and music hall work with fellow music hall enthusiast Michael Kilgarriff (who appeared in Doctor Who as the Cyber-Controller (1967/85) and K1 Robot (1974/75)). Johnny was best man at Michael's wedding to his wife Sarah in 1968.
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Johnny here.

Brian Hibbard (Keillor) Nov 25 1946 to Jun 17 2012 (prostate cancer)
Career highlights
Brian's debut came in Brothers and Sisters (1980), then Thompson (1988), The Rainbow Thief (1990), Minder (1993), Blue Heaven (1994), And the Beat Goes On (1996), Satellite City (1996), Twin Town (1997), House of America (1997), The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1997), Rancid Aluminium (2000), Barbara (2001), Tales from the Pleasure Beach (2001), The Bench (2001), Emmerdale (2003), Revolver (2005), Funland (2005), Little Whites Lies (2006, for which he won a Best Actor award from BAFTA Cymru), Caught in the Act (2008), Flick (2008), EastEnders (2011) and Svengali (2013). Brian also had regular roles as Chunky in Making Out (1989-91), mechanic Doug Murray in Coronation Street (1992-93) and Sir John in Help! I'm a Teenage Outlaw (2004-06).
Facts
He was founder member and lead singer with the band the Flying Pickets, who had a British UK number one with Only You in 1983, which was that year's Christmas chart topper and stayed at the top for five weeks. Brian left the band in 1986 to pursue an acting career, but not before the band had scored another Top 10 hit with When You're Young and in Love (1984) and become almost as famous for supporting the miners' strikes of the mid-1980s. Brian tried to continue his musical success as part of a duo with fellow ex-Flying Picket Red Stripe, but their single Mr Blue didn't take off. The Flying Pickets are still going to this day, albeit with none of the original band members.

Tim Scott (Chima)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Chima in Delta and the Bannermen (1987)
Played: Forum doorman in The Happiness Patrol (1988)
Career highlights
Tim's only other credit is Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge (1988).
Facts
He now runs his own actors' management business.

Anita Graham (Bollitt) Born 1948
Career highlights
Anita had previously appeared in Crossroads as Margie Gibbons, as well as Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974), The New Avengers (1976), The Benny Hill Show (1977), The Cedar Tree (1977), Let There Be Love (1983), Dempsey and Makepeace (1986), EastEnders (1996), Last of the Summer Wine (2001), Hunted (2008) and Horne and Corden (2009). She had recurring roles as Tina Pillbeam in the sitcom Terry and June (1979-80), Wilma in Keep It in the Family (1982-83) and Zelda Lee in Moon and Son (1992).

Leslie Meadows (Adlon) Born Mar 29 1947
Doctor Who credits
Played: Adlon in Delta and the Bannermen (1987)
Played: The Creature in Dragonfire (1987)
Career highlights
Singer and dancer Leslie's further work includes Half a Sixpence (1967), Up the Junction (1968), Doomwatch (1970), Love Thy Neighbour (1972), The Apple (1980), Mack the Knife (1989) and Peak Practice (1995). He also played Alan Parker in Ours is a Nice House (1969-70).

Hugh Lloyd (Goronwy) Apr 22 1923 to Jul 14 2008
Career highlights
Hugh made his name playing various characters alongside Tony Hancock in Hancock's Half Hour (1957-60) and Hancock (1961), but also appeared in Great Scott, It's Maynard (1956-57), Mostly Maynard (1957), My Pal Bob (1958), Sykes and a... (1960-61), Citizen James (1961), Benny Hill (1962), Comedy Bandbox (1963), The Punch and Judy Man (1963), The Gnomes of Dulwich (1969), The Virgin Fellas (1972), Lollipop (1971-72), White Cargo (1973), Till Death Us Do Part (1975), Lord Tramp (1977, which he also created and wrote), Quadrophenia (1979), Last of the Summer Wine (1983), That's My Boy (1984), The Clairvoyant (1986), Victoria Wood As Seen on TV (1986), Mr Majeika (1988), Victoria Wood (1989), Woof! (1990), Blue Heaven (1994), Oh, Doctor Beeching! (1997), Alice in Wonderland (1999), Great Expectations (1999), Oliver Twist (1999), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000), My Hero (2000), Foyle's War (2002), Doc Martin (2005) and My Family (2002/06). Hugh also appeared in a number of his own shows, such as Hugh and I (1962-67) and Hugh and I Spy (1968), and also had recurring roles as Gerald Sadler in Jury (1983), Mr Carey in In Sickness and in Health (1990-92) and Selfridge in You Rang, M'Lord? (1991/93).
Facts
Before becoming an actor Hugh spent three years as a reporter on the Chester Chronicle during World War Two. He was awarded an MBE in 2005. Just five months after Hugh died (at the age of 85) his fourth wife, the journalist Shan Davies, died, aged 55.

Martin Geraint (Vinny) Born Jun 30 1963
Career highlights
His only other acting credit is A Mind to Kill (1994).
Facts
Martyn (for that is the proper spelling of his name) is now one of the top children's entertainers in Wales, and has presented a number of programmes on Welsh language channel S4C since 1991. He is also a qualified referee in the Welsh football league, trained as a teacher in the early 1980s and was boy soprano with the Welsh National Opera a couple of times in the 1970s.

Clive Condon (Callon)
This is Clive's only acting credit. He later became a primary school teacher.

Richard Mitchley (Arrex) Born Apr 29 1954
Career highlights
Further credits include The Black Adder (1983) and High Hopes (2007), as well as a wide range of Welsh language television; he also regularly played a German worker in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983).
Facts
Richard reads for audiobooks (including the Torchwood release Golden Age), has read continuity links for Channel 4, S4C and BBC2, and has recited on stage at the Hay Literary Festival.

The Lorells:

Robin Aspland Born Dec 6 1961
Pianist Robin also appears as a member of the Italian jazz band in The Talented Mr Ripley (1999). Robin is well known in British live jazz circles, having performed with Cleo Laine, Johnny Dankworth, Ronnie Scott, Van Morrison, Curtis Stigers, Georgie Fame and Jane Horrocks (on her 2000 album The Further Adventures of Little Voice).

Justin Myers
This is Justin's only credit.

Ralph Salmins Born Jun 4 1964
Drummer and percussionist Ralph's services can also be seen and heard in Evita (1996), My Son the Fanatic (1997), The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000), Gosford Park (2001), The Mother (2003), De-Lovely (2004), Looking for Eric (2009), Fantastic Mr Fox (2009), Locke (2013) and A Dark Reflection (2015). Session musician Ralph has played live and in studio with a huge amount of people, including the Count Basie Orchestra, Bjork, Robbie Williams, Van Morrison, Tom Jones, Tori Amos, Madonna, Lulu, Everything But the Girl, the Spice Girls, Mariah Carey, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban, the Waterboys and Elton John. In 1994 he was a member of the Guy Barker International Quintet, subsequently nominated for a Mercury Music Prize. In 1986 Ralph was awarded the Philip Jones Percussion Prize for his final recital and has three times since been nominated for the British Jazz Awards. He was winner of the best drummer category at the BJAs in 2006 and 2007. He now works as a professor at the Royal College of Music. Here he is on Twitter!

Tracey Wilson Born 1967
Australian Tracey has also appeared in Blue City Slammers (1988) and The Bill (1990). Vocalist and tap dancer Tracey has performed in countless stage musicals in these capacities, and for the film Stepping Out (1991), dubbed the tap sounds for Liza Minnelli and Julie Walters. She choreographed the Australian tour of Billy Elliott - The Musical, and produced and directed the short Step in Time, which was awarded Best Musical at the New York Film and Video Festival in 2005. Nowadays she teaches for the Sydney Dance Company. Her sister is Jodie Brooke Wilson, wife of singer and chat show king Des O'Connor...

Jodie Wilson Born Aug 31 1964
Australian singer Jodie also performed in Memphis Belle (1990), and went on to become one of the hostesses on the game show Take Your Pick in 1992. She is now known as Jodie Brooke Wilson and has had several albums released; she also writes songs, most notably for the Scary Movie soundtrack (Show Me Now, 2000). In 2003 Jodie released her own album, Halfway to Paradise, which enjoyed success in the Far East. She also wrote the song I Want What She's Got for Eye Q, which was a hit in Denmark in 2002, and Higher Than Heaven for Bardot, which reached number one in Australia and was used as the theme for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Jodie has also written songs for the band Hear'Say (the 2001 B-side Look Inside Yourself) and Louise Redknapp's Love Will Bring You Back to My Heart. Her sister is Tracey Wilson (see above). Jodie has been chat show star and singer Des O'Connor's partner since 1990; they met on Take Your Pick, got engaged in 2003 and had a baby in 2004. They married in 2007.

Credited for playing the various ages of the Chimeron princess were Jessica McGough, Amy Osborn, Laura Collins (born 1978, she was reported by Doctor Who Magazine in 1990 as having died, but this is incorrect) and Carley Joseph.

CREW

Malcolm Kohll (writer) Born Nov 5 1953
Career highlights
Doctor Who was South Africa born Malcolm's first TV writing credit, which he followed with The Fourth Reich (1990), The Bone Snatcher (2003) and Triompf (2008). He has more recently become a producer, of The Fourth Reich and The Bone Snatcher, as well as Secret Society (2000), The 51st State (2001) , Chemical Wedding (2008), Surviving Evil (2009) and SAF3 (2013).
Facts
Malcolm trained as a journalist in South Africa before moving to the UK in 1977 for political reasons. Together with his producing partner David Pupkewitz, Malcolm received the 2001 Scouseology Award for Film, bestowed by the City of Liverpool. In 1996 he was contacted by the makers of the Doctor Who TV movie to ask if he had an interest in being involved.

Chris Clough (director) Born Mar 9 1951
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Trial of a Time Lord Parts 9-14 (1986), Delta and the Bannermen (1987), Dragonfire (1987), The Happiness Patrol (1988), Silver Nemesis (1988)
Career highlights
Further directing work includes Brookside (1982), EastEnders (1985-88), Casualty (1994-95), The Bill (1992-95), Ballykissangel (1996) and Skins (2007). Chris later went into production, handling The Bill (1995-97), Ballykissangel (1998-99), Black Cab (2000), Table 12 (2001), Born and Bred (2003-04), The Ghost Squad (2005), Skins (2007-13), Sirens (2011), Strike Back (2012), Lucan (2013) and The Missing (2014).
Facts
In 2000 Chris won a Silver Spire at the San Francisco International Film Festival for his work on Ballykissangel.

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.

Andrew Cartmel (script editor) Born 1958
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: 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 (1987-89)
Career highlights
Andrew's other TV work includes script editing Casualty (1990) and Dark Knight (2001), after which he left the industry to work on several computing magazines. He has also written comic strips for Doctor Who Magazine (1990-93) and Judge Dredd Megazine (1995), as well as four Doctor Who novels (1992-2005) and four audios (2000/11).
Facts
Here he is, on Twitter, and here's his film review blog.

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