Friday, December 05, 2014

The Trial of a Time Lord Parts 1-4 (aka The Mysterious Planet)

On trial, both on and off screen: The
Doctor (Colin Baker) and the Inquisitor
(Lynda Bellingham) weigh up their chances
Four episodes (of a total of 14) (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Sep 6 to 27 1986
Average audience for serial: 4.35m

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.

Michael Jayston (The Valeyard) Born Oct 29 1935
Career highlights
Michael appeared as the Valeyard in all 14 episodes of The Trial of a Time Lord. Michael's earliest role was in Suspense in 1962 (as "Intense Young Man"!), after which he appeared in The Power Game (1969), Solo (1970), Cromwell (1970), Macbeth (1970), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Mr Rolls and Mr Royce (1972), Jane Eyre (1973), The Internecine Project (1974), Quiller (1975), Zulu Dawn (1979), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), Flesh and Blood (1980), Man of Letters (1984), Big Deal (1985), Still Crazy Like a Fox (1987), About Face (1989), A Bit of a Do (1989), Haggard (1990), Cluedo (1991), The Darling Buds of May (1993), Outside Edge (1995-96), Only Fools and Horses (1996), Heartburn Hotel (1998), EastEnders (2002), The Royal (2003-04/07), Albert's Memorial (2009), Tracy Beaker Returns (2011), Borgia (2014) and The Man Who Choked (2014). He also played Donald De Souza in over 80 episodes of soap Emmerdale (2007-08). Michael has reprised the role of the Valeyard twice for Big Finish audios: in 2003's He Jests at Scars... and 2013's The Trial of the Valeyard.

Lynda Bellingham (The Inquisitor) May 31 1948 to Oct 19 2014 (colon cancer)
Career highlights
Lynda appeared as the Inquisitor in all 14 episodes of The Trial of a Time Lord. Born in Canada, Lynda's acting debut came with The Misfit (1971), followed by Kate (1971), A Family at War (1971), Tell Tarby (1973), A Little Bit of Wisdom (1974), The Sweeney (1975), Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976), Doctor on the Go (1977), The Fuzz (1977), The Pink Medicine Show (1978), Mackenzie (1980), Blake's 7 (1981), Educating Marmalade (1982), Martin Chuzzlewit (1994), Reach for the Moon (2000), My Uncle Silas (2001), Devil's Gate (2003), Odd Socks (2004), Bonkers (2007), Robin Hood (2007), Mister Eleven (2009) and Too Close for Comfort (2012/14). Lynda also had recurring roles as Nurse Hilda Price in General Hospital (1972-73), Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small (1988-90), Pauline Farnell in At Home with the Braithwaites (2000-03) and Irene Radford in The Bill (2004). She also played Faith Grayshot in her own sitcom, Second Thoughts (1991-94) and its spin-off Faith in the Future (1995-98), and between 2007-2011 was a regular on the lunchtime discussion show Loose Women. In 2009 she was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, and was voted out in the fourth week.
Facts
One thing Lynda was associated with which irked her in later years was the Oxo television commercials, in which she played the mother of a family who viewers got to see grow up and develop over the course of 16 years, between 1983-99. Lynda's first husband was producer and director Greg Smith, while her son Michael Peluso also became an actor. Lynda, who was awarded an OBE for services to charitable giving in 2014, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2013 and at first was given a positive prognosis, but the cancer spread to her liver and lungs and in September 2014 announced she intended to cease treatment so that she could enjoy one last Christmas with her family before dying early in 2015. Sadly, her last wish was not to be. Just weeks before her death, she published her autobiography, There's Something I'm Dying to Tell You.
In 2014, two days after her death, Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Lynda here.
This is Your Life: Lynda was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on January 27th, 1993, surprised by host Michael Aspel on set for the sitcom Second Thoughts. Four Doctor Who actors paid tribute to her on the show - Nickolas Grace, Gareth Hunt, Peter Davison and Colin Baker, as well as director Peter Moffatt. Link to The Big Red Book entry.

Joan Sims (Katryca) May 9 1930 to Jun 28 2001 (complications following surgery)
Career highlights
Joan has gone down in history as one of the foremost and best-loved members of the Carry On team, appearing in 24 of the films between 1959-78, as well as the 1972 and 1973 Carry On Christmas specials and the 1975 series Carry On Laughing!. Her screen debut came with 1951's John of the Fair, and subsequent credits include The Square Ring (1953), Will Any Gentleman...? (1953), Trouble in Store (1953), Doctor in the House (1954), The Belles of St Trinian's (1954), Doctor at Sea (1955), Keep It Clean (1956), Dry Rot (1956), The Captain's Table (1959), Doctor in Love (1960), Watch Your Stern (1960), Our House (1960), Twice Round the Daffodils (1962), The Dick Emery Show (1963-64), The Benny Hill Show (1964), Sam and Janet (1967), According to Dora (1968-69), The Kenneth Williams Show (1970), Tarbuck's Luck (1970), The Cobblers of Umbridge (1973), Don't Just Lie There, Say Something! (1973), Men of Affairs (1973-74), One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), The Howerd Confessions (1976), Lord Tramp (1977), Dick Turpin (1980), Educating Marmalade (1982), Drummonds (1987), Super Gran (1987), Only Fools and Horses (1987), Victoria Wood (1989), Boys from the Bush (1992), One Foot in the Algarve (1993), Smokescreen (1994), Martin Chuzzlewit (1994), The Canterville Ghost (1996), My Good Friend (1995-96), and The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000). Joan also enjoyed several recurring roles, including Gran in Til Death Us Do Part (1967-75), Madge Kettlewell in Sykes (1972-78), Mrs Bloomsbury-Barton in Worzel Gummidge (1979-80), Molly Peglar in Born and Bred (1978-80), Annie Begley in Farrington of the F.O (1986-87), Lady Fox-Custard in Simon and the Witch (1987-88), Mrs Wembley in sitcom On the Up (1990-92) and Madge in sitcom As Time Goes By (1994-98).
Facts
Joan once had a relationship with Hollywood actor Tyrone Power. She appears as a medium in Morrissey's video for Ouija Board, Ouija Board (1989). She'd had an earlier brush with music when, in 1963, she recorded two singles - Hurry Up Gran/ Oh Not Again Ken and Spring Song/ Men - working with Beatles producer George Martin. These were followed four years later by Sweet Lovely Whatsisname/ The Lass with the Delicate Hair. Following the deaths of friend Hattie Jacques, as well as her mother and her agent Peter Eade, in the early 1980s, Joan turned to alcohol for solace. Her battle with the bottle continued for the rest of her life, not helped by suffering Bell's palsy and depression in 1999, and a fractured hip in 2000. In the summer of 2001 Joan was admitted to hospital, where she slipped into a coma. She died with her long-time friend and Carry On stand-in Norah Holland holding her hand.

Tony Selby (Glitz) Born Feb 26 1938
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sabalom Glitz in The Trial of a Time Lord Parts 1-4 & 13-14 (1986), Dragonfire (1987)
Career highlights
Tony debuted in 1955's An Alligator Named Daisy, after which he took roles in An Age of Kings (1960), Teletale (1964), Alfie (1966), King of the River (1966), Poor Cow (1967), The Informer (1967), The Avengers (1968), Witchfinder General (1968), According to Dora (1969), Shine a Light (1970), Catweazle (1971), Villain (1971), Ace of Wands (1970-71), Warship (1973), Reg Varney (1974), Moody and Pegg (1974-75), The Good Life (1975-76), Superman (1978), Jack of Diamonds (1983), Give Us a Break (1983-84), Hideaway (1986), The Secret Garden (1987), The World of Lee Evans (1995), Loop (1997), Holby City (1999), Burnside (2000), EastEnders (2002), Dream Team (2006), My Family (2011) and Cockneys vs Zombies (2012). Tony also regularly played Corporal Percy Marsh in Get Some In! (1975-78), Bert in Mulberry (1992-93), Max Taplow in Love Hurts (1992-94) and Sergeant Nozzer Richardson in The Detectives (1994-97). He was nominated for a 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Supporting in a Musical of 1996 for his role in Paint Your Wagon.

Glen Murphy (Dibber) Born Apr 6 1957
Doctor Who credits
Played: Tribesman in Kinda (1982, uncredited)
Played: Dibber in The Trial of a Time Lord Parts 1-4 (1986)
Career highlights
Glen's earliest acting role was in Quadrophenia (1979), followed by Triangle (1981), A Fine Romance (1981), Gulliver in Lilliput (1982), Whoops Apocalypse (1982), The Chinese Detective (1982), Skorpion (1983), Tucker's Luck (1984), Shine On Harvey Moon (1985), Empire State (1987), The Last Emperor (1987), Casualty (1999), Dream Team (2001/03), The Ice Cream Wars (2012) and Lords of London (2014). Glen will be best remembered as George Green in over 170 episodes of fire brigade drama London's Burning (1988-2002). He has also acted as producer on a handful of productions, including Tank Malling (1989), The Bridge House Film (2009) and Husky (2011).
Facts
Before he was an actor Glen was a boxer (hence the distinctive nose), following in the footsteps of his boxing father and uncles. He was awarded an MBE for services to drama and charity in 2007, and in 1994 received the Freedom of the City of London. Here he is, on Twitter!
This is Your Life: Glen was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on December 16th, 1992, surprised by host Michael Aspel on set for the drama London's Burning.

Tom Chadbon (Merdeen) Born Feb 27 1946.
Doctor Who credits
Played: Duggan in City of Death (1979)
Played: Merdeen in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Career highlights
Tom's earliest role was in The Jazz Age (1968), followed by Shadows of Fear (1971). Hadleigh (1971), The Alf Garnett Saga (1972), The Stone Tape (1972), The Beast Must Die (1974), Rooms (1975), The Changes (1975), The Flight of the Heron (1976), Jubilee (1977), The Liver Birds (1977-79, as Derek Paynton), Blake's 7 (1979), The Brack Report (1982), Mitch (1984), Paradise Postponed (1986), Wish Me Luck (1989), Chancer (1990), Devices and Desires (1991), The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994), Space Precinct (1995), Crown Prosecutor (1995), Shooting Fish (1997), The 10th Kingdom (2000), Holby City (2000), Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real (2004), Taggart (2005), Casino Royale (2006), Peep Show (2008) and Agatha Christie: Poirot (2013). More recently he has been seen as Assistant Chief Constable John Brandon in Wire in the Blood (2002-04), Dr Kenworthy in Where the Heart Is (2001-06) and Henry Williams in Casualty (2008-11).
Facts
Here he is, on Twitter!

Roger Brierley (Voice of Drathro) Jun 2 1935 to Sep 23 2005 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Trevor in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Voice of Drathro in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Career highlights
6ft 6in Roger's long career began in an episode of The Likely Lads (1965) and he went on to take roles in Hadleigh (1969), Budgie (1972), Sykes (1973), Rising Damp (1977), Kids (1979), Superman II (1980), Wood and Walters (1982), Only Fools and Horses (1982), Shine on Harvey Moon (1984, as Mr Compton), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Victoria Wood (1989), Jeeves and Wooster (1990-91, as Sir Roderick Glossop), Bottom (1991), Mr Bean (1993), Pat and Margaret (1994), Have Your Cake and Eat It (1997), Tilly Trotter (1999), Ali G Indahouse (2002), About a Boy (2002), Spooks (2003), Footballers' Wives (2004), The Brief (2005) and The Alan Clark Diaries (2006). He also performed musical numbers in Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven (1978) and the game show 3-2-1 (1982).
Facts
A keen Manchester United fan, Roger was a founder member of the shareholders' independent organisation. Roger's partner for many years was actress Gillian McCutcheon, best known as Warren's therapist in This Life. For the last 20 years of his life he had suffered from angina.

David Rodigan (Broken Tooth) Born Jun 24 1951
Career highlights
Born in West Germany, David's other acting work includes The Office Party (1976), Under the Bed (1977), Horse in the House (1979), Icebound in the Antarctic (1983), Rockcliffe's Babies (1988) and Streets Apart (1989).
Facts
David, who was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to broadcasting, is now a radio broadcaster and DJ who specialises in reggae and dancehall music. He has worked for, among others, Capital Radio, BBC Radio and Kiss FM. Here he is, on Twitter!

Adam Blackwood (Balazar) Born Jul 14 1959
Career highlights
Adam debuted in Blake's 7 (1981), followed by roles in Stalky and Co (1982), By the Sword Divided (1983), A Passage to India (1984), London's Burning (1988), Great Expectations (1991), The Old Curiosity Shop (1995), Kidnapped (1995), Midsomer Murders (2001), Cambridge Spies (2003) and My Dad's the Prime Minister (2003-04). He played Cyril Fotheringay Phipps in Jeeves and Wooster (1990), Dr Poole in The Tomorrow People (1994) and provided the voice of James Bond in 007 computer games (1999-2001). He also featured regularly in comedian Harry Enfield's sketches in the 1990s as Chris Chapman, with Tim Nice-But-Dim.
Facts
Adam is married to actress Nicola King; in 1993 he set up the event management company Private Drama.

Timothy Walker (Grell)
Career highlights
After debuting in Doctor Who, Timothy went on to appear in Casualty (1991), Soldier Soldier (1993), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Rhodes (1996), Monsignor Renard (2000), Crush (2001), Looking for Victoria (2003), Hannibal Rising (2007), The Commander (2007) and Bel Ami (2012).

Billy McColl (Humker) Nov 15 1951 to Jan 1 2014 (natural causes)
Career highlights
Billy's CV includes roles in Cold Harbour (1978), The Music Machine (1979), Holding the Fort (1980), Grandad (1980), Cloud Howe (1982), Ordeal By Innocence (1984), Dream Baby (1989), Soft Top Hard Shoulder (1993), Rab C Nesbitt (1993/99), Hamish Macbeth (1995), Looking After JoJo (1998), Oktober (1998), Psychos (1999), Glasgow Kiss (2000), Murder City (2004), Rebus (2006), The Untold Tommy Cooper (2011) and Vera (2012).
Facts
Billy was an authority on the works of Scottish poet Robert Burns, and also ran his own gardening business. In June 2014 Scottish playwright John Byrne instigated the Billy Award, to be given to young actors who make an impact on Scottish theatre.

Sion Tudor Owen (Tandrell)
Career highlights
Sion's further credits include Jackanory Playhouse (1982), Now and Then (1983), One Summer (1983), Grange Hill (1985), Jenny's War (1985), Highlander (1986), The Endless Game (1989), The Return of Sam McCloud (1989), Surgical Spirit (1990), The Detectives (1993), Staggered (1994), The Famous Five (1995), Crime Traveller (1997), Twin Town (1997), Holby City (2002), Coronation Street (2007), Diamond Geezer (2007), Outlanders (2007), M I High (2008), Submarine (2010) and One Chance (2013).

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.

Nicholas Mallett (director) May 6 1945 to Jan 30 1997 (AIDS-related illness)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Trial of a Time Lord Parts 1-4 (1986), Paradise Towers (1987), The Curse of Fenric (1989)
Career highlights
Nicholas started out as a production assistant on series such as Oppenheimer (1980) and Icebound in the Antarctic (1982) but then graduated to directing on series such as Late Starter (1985), Crossroads (1987-88), Children's Ward (1989), The Bill (1993-95) and Take the High Road (1993-95).

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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