|Prof Lasky (Honor Blackman) reminds|
the Vervoids that she's worked with
scarier plant life than them!
First broadcast Nov 1 to 22 1986
Average audience for serial: 5.10m
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)
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.
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!
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)
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.
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!
This is Your Life: Bonnie was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on January 29th, 1986 (just six days after she had been announced as the new Doctor Who companion), surprised by host Eamonn Andrews during a curtain call of the pantomime Peter Pan at the Aldwych Theatre, London. Bonnie was the first Doctor Who companion to be honoured by TiYL.
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 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.
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.
Honor Blackman (Professor Lasky) Born Aug 22 1925
Honor is best known for her iconic roles as Cathy Gale in more than 40 episodes of The Avengers (1962-64) and Pussy Galore in the James Bond film Goldfinger (1964). Honor's earliest role was in Flame is the Spur (1947), followed by Daughter of Darkness (1948), Conspirator (1949), Diamond City (1949), The Rainbow Jacket (1954), The Three Musketeers (1956), Account Rendered (1957), A Night to Remember (1958), The Square Peg (1958), Invisible Man (1959), Probation Officer (1959), The Four Just Men (1959-60), Bootsie and Snudge (1961), A Matter of WHO (1961), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), The Secret of My Success (1965), Shalako (1968), Lola (1970), The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970), Fright (1971), Columbo (1972), To the Devil a Daughter (1976), The Cat and the Canary (1978), Never the Twain (1981-82), Lace (1984), William Tell (1987), Tale of the Mummy (1998), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Dr Terrible's House of Horrible (2001), Midsomer Murders (2003), The Royal (2003), Revolver (2004), Coronation Street (2004), I, Anna (2012), Cockneys vs Zombies (2012) and By Any Means (2013). Honor's other memorable recurring role was as Laura West in almost 100 episodes of the sitcom The Upper Hand (1990-96).
Honor's second husband was actor Maurice Kaufmann. Honor, along with her Avengers co-star Patrick Macnee, enjoyed some music chart success when they sang on the tongue in cheek song Kinky Boots in 1964. The single was not an initial hit, but found new success with a 1990 reissue, when it peaked at number 5. Other contemporary recordings by Honor which became B-sides include Let's Keep It Friendly, I Wish I Never Loved You and Men Will Deceive You. She also recorded Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup in 1964 for the Decca album Everything I've Got. Liberal Honor is also a political activist, campaigning to abolish the UK monarchy and turning down a CBE in the 2002 Queen's Honours.
This is Your Life: Honor was twice the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life; firstly on December 17th, 1969, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews in the dressing room of Euston Road Studios; and secondly on February 17th, 1993, at Teddington Studios. Two other Doctor Who actors appeared as guests on this second show - Elspet Gray and June Whitfield. Link to The Red Book entry.
Michael Craig (Commodore) Born Jan 27 1928
Indian born Michael's earliest acting credit was in The Lady with a Lamp in 1951, although he had had an uncredited part in 1949's Passport to Pimlico. Further work includes The Embezzler (1954), Svengali (1954), Blonde Sinner (1956), Campbell's Kingdom (1957), Desert Patrol (1958), Life in Emergency Ward 10 (1959), The Angry Silence (1960), Doctor in Love (1960), Mysterious Island (1961), Life at the Top (1965), Modesty Blaise (1966), Star! (1968), Lola (1970), Husbands and Lovers (1970), A Town Called Hell (1971), The Vault of Horror (1973), Second Time Around (1974), Inn of the Damned (1975), The Emigrants (1976), The Irishman (1978), The Foundation (1978), The Danedyke Mystery (1979), Hot Resort (1985), Robin of Sherwood (1986), Always Greener (2003), Fat Pizza (2003/05), Mary Bryant (2005) and Doctors (2009/11). Michael's recurring roles include Captain John Anderson in the ill-fated maritime soap Triangle (1981-83), Dr William Sharp in over 260 episodes of GP (1989-95) and Gordon Mahon in Grass Roots (2000-03). Michael is also a screen writer, having written the original treatment for The Angry Silence (for which he was Oscar-nominated), as well as his own productions such as Tiger Trap in the Street (1969), Father's Help (1971), The Fourth Wish (1974), The Killing of Angel Street (1981) and a couple of episodes of GP (1991-92). He also created the series The Outsiders (1976-77) and Menotti (1980).
Between 1969-72 Michael was Hollywood star Natalie Wood's brother-in-law as his brother Richard Gregson was married to her. Michael was once voted The Most Trusted Man in Australia after his long-running role in GP (he lived and worked there for a time). He also won an Australian Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor in GP in 1991, and was nominated for a BAFTA in 1959 for his role in Sea of Sand (1958).
This is Your Life: Michael was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on June 29th, 1994, surprised by host Michael Aspel on set in Sydney for the Australian drama series GP. Two Doctor Who actors paid tribute to him on the show - Honor Blackman and George Baker.
Denys Hawthorne (Rudge) Aug 9 1932 to Oct 16 2009
Debuted in Shadow of Heroes (1959), then appeared in Cemented with Love (1965), The Swappers (1970), The Sinners (1970), Suburban Wives (1972), Sporting Scenes (1974), Spy Trap (1975), Grange Hill (1978), It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1978), Strumpet City (1980), Easter 2016 (1982), Harry's Game (1982), A Private Function (1984), The Man from Moscow (1985), Rumpole of the Bailey (1987), Crossfire (1988), Troubles (1988), Jack the Ripper (1988), Hannay (1989), The Russia House (1990), In the Name of the Father (1993), Dandelion Dead (1994), Father Ted (1996), Emma (1996) and Every Woman Knows a Secret (1999). Denys also had long-running roles as Dr Peter Mayes in Within These Walls (1974-78) and James Farrell in Capital City (1989-90).
Following what became his final acting work in 1999 Denys suffered a stroke which left him unable to speak and suffering memory loss. He was awarded the Society of Authors' prize for his dramatisation of Jennifer Johnston's novel How Many Miles to Babylon, and was a joint recipient in 2002 of a Spoken Word Publishers Association award for his contribution to the recording of WB Yeats's poetry for audiobooks.
Yolande Palfrey (Janet) Mar 29 1957 to Apr 9 2011 (brain tumour)
Yolande debuted in the 1977 short The Finishing Line, after which she found work in The Ghosts of Motley Hall (1977), Wings (1978), Pennies from Heaven (1978), Blake's 7 (1979), Crime and Punishment (1979), Love in a Cold Climate (1980), Dragonslayer (1981), Nanny (1982-83), Shelley (1983), The Princess Academy (1987), Indelible Evidence (1987) and You Rang, M'Lord? (1991).
There are some lovely family and candid photos in memory of Yolande here.
Malcolm Tierney (Doland) Feb 25 1938 to Feb 18 2014 (pulmonary fibrosis)
Malcolm made his debut in No Hiding Place in 1964, after which he took roles in Public Eye (1965), Last of the Long-Haired Boys (1968), All Neat in Black Stockings (1969), Existence (1973), The Love School (1975), Star Wars (1977), Poldark (1977), Lillie (1978), McVicar (1980), The Spoils of War (1980-81), The Home Front (1983), Spyship (1983), Prospects (1986), Room at the Bottom (1986), A Bit of a Do (1989), House of Cards (1990), In the Name of the Father (1993), Braveheart (1995), The Saint (1997), LA Without a Map (1998), Dalziel and Pascoe (1998-99), Shiner (2000), The Final Curtain (2002), Hindenburg (2007), The Unsinkable Titanic (2008), Wallander (2008), Great Expectations (2012) and The Smoke (2014). Malcolm also played villain Tommy McArdle in soap Brookside between 1983-87 and Charlie Gimbert in 28 episodes of Lovejoy (1986-93).
Malcolm performed in the last stage play to be banned by the British Lord Chamberlain when he played Benjamin Disraeli in William Gaskill's production of Edward Bond's Early Morning at the Royal Court Theatre in 1968. The play depicted Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale as lesbian lovers and climaxed with a scene set in Heaven where everybody ate one another.
David Allister (Bruchner)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Stimson in The Leisure Hive (1980)
Played: Bruchner in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Also appeared in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986). After debuting in The Heiress (1969), David got a regular role as Sergeant Jackson in Softly Softly (1969-71), and then appeared in Budgie (1972), Heil Caesar! (1973), Colditz (1974), The Firefighters (1975), Lillie (1978), Flesh and Blood (1980-82), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), The Jigsaw Man (1984), The Monocled Mutineer (1986), Rockcliffe's Babies (1987), The Franchise Affair (1988), Virtual Murder (1992), The Good Guys (1993), The Uninvited (1997), Anna Karenina (2000) and The Discovery of Heaven (2001).
Tony Scoggo (Grenville/ Enzu) Born May 6 1936
Tony (real name Anthony Scoggins) debuted in United Kingdom (1981), then appeared in Boys from the Blackstuff (1982), No Surrender (1985), Out of Order (1987) and Bread (1986/89). However, his most memorable role was as Matty Nolan in Liverpool soap Brookside (1982-92).
In the 1990s Tony gave up acting to enter local politics in the Knowsley area of Merseyside.
Arthur Hewlett (Kimber) Mar 12 1907 to Feb 25 1997
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kalmar in State of Decay (1980)
Played: Kimber in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Arthur made his debut in Jonah (1950), then Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951), Quatermass and the Pit (1958), Harpers West One (1961-62), The Third Alibi (1961), Hugh and I (1962), The Avengers (1962), HMS Paradise (1964), The Valiant Varneys (1964-65), Three Bites of the Apple (1967), A Dandy in Aspic (1968), Sinister Street (1969), Castle Haven (1969), The Unpleasantness of the Bellona Club (1972), Emmerdale Farm (1973), The Kids from 47A (1974), Man About the House (1974), The Changes (1975), Dickens of London (1976), Blake's 7 (1979), The Black Adder (1983), That's My Boy (1985-86), Lost Empires (1986), Personal Services (1987), Moondial (1988), Great Expectations (1989), Memento Mori (1992) and Class Act (1994).
Simon Slater (Edwardes)
Simon's acting debut came in Solo One in 1976, after which his CV takes in Chopper Squad (1978), Dealers (1989), London's Burning (1989), Spatz (1990), Sam Saturday (1992), Chef! (1993), Men of the World (1994), Magic Grandad (1994), Waiting (1995), McCallum (1995), Grange Hill (1997), Invasion: Earth (1998), Monarch of the Glen (2000-01), Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (2001), In a Land of Plenty (2001), Sweet Medicine (2003), Hotel Babylon (2006), Spooks (2007), The Iron Lady (2011) and Scott and Bailey (2014). Simon has also had regular roles as Inspector Kite in The Bill (1987) and Mr Lucas/ Thomas in Out of Sight (1996-98). Simon is also a prolific musician and composer, with piano, double bass, saxophone, clarinet and ukulele part of his repertoire. In his musical capacity he has had additional screen credits on productions such as Inquisition (2002), Dalziel and Pascoe (2006-07), Great Expectations (2013) and The Ivory Year (2014).
Actress Samantha Womack (nee Janus) was once cited as implicated in Simon's divorce proceedings from his ex-wife. Here he is, on Twitter!
Sam Howard (Atza)
Sam's other work includes Big Deal (1986), Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire (1987), Only Fools and Horses (1989), Shadow of the Noose (1989), The Jim Henson Hour (1989) and Press Gang (1989-91).
Leon Davis (Ortezo)
Leon began his acting career as a child performer, working on O Fat White Woman (1971) and The Boy with Two Heads (1974) and then Call Me Mister (1986), London's Burning (1986), Hellraiser (1987), The Chef's Apprentice (1989) and The Bill (1992).
Hugh Beverton (Guard)
Hugh's CV also includes work on The Cedar Tree (1977), The Birds Fall Down (1978), The Cleopatras (1983), Magnum, PI (1985), Menace Unseen (1988), The Bretts (1989) and In Sickness and in Health (1990).
Martin Weedon (Guard)
Martin debuted in Stalky & Co (1982), then The Hello Goodbye Man (1984), Artists and Models (1986) and The Bill (1990).
Barbara Ward (Ruth Baxter)
Other acting work includes Jackanory Playhouse (1981), The Practice (1985), A Sense of Guilt (1990) and Surgical Spirit (1991).
Mike Mungarvan (Duty officer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Mutt in The Mutants (1972, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Face of Evil (1977, uncredited), The Androids of Tara (1978, uncredited)
Played: Outcast Time Lord in The Invasion of Time (1978, uncredited)
Played: Druid in The Stones of Blood (1978, uncredited)
Played: Dalek operator in Destiny of the Daleks (1979)
Played: Plain clothes detective in Louvre in City of Death (1979, uncredited)
Played: Argolin in The Leisure Hive (1980, uncredited)
Played: Citizen in Full Circle (1980, uncredited)
Played: Kilroy in Warriors' Gate (1981, uncredited)
Played: Hostage in Kinda (1982, uncredited)
Played: Knight in The King's Demons (1983, uncredited)
Played: Soldier in Resurrection of the Daleks (1984, uncredited)
Played: Jacondan in The Twin Dilemma (1984, uncredited)
Played: Extra in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986, uncredited)
Played: Duty officer in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Played: Lakertyan in Time and the Rani (1987, uncredited)
Played: Tetrap in Time and the Rani (1987, uncredited)
Played: Genius in Time and the Rani (1987, uncredited)
Played: Policeman in Silver Nemesis (1988, uncredited)
Played: Passer-by in The Christmas Invasion (2005, uncredited)
Mike's earliest role was in Doctor At Large (1971), then Sykes (1975), Scum (1977), The Professionals (1980), Blake's 7 (1978-81), The Gentle Touch (1983), American Roulette (1988), Young Soul Rebels (1991), Nelson's Column (1995) and Charlie (2004).
Peppi Borza (Vervoid) Oct 22 1936 to Jul 24 1990 (AIDS-related illness)
Doctor Who was Peppi's last credited acting work, after having appeared in Man of La Mancha (1972), Peter Pan (1976), Intimate Games (1976) and The Pirates of Penzance (1983).
American-born dancer and songwriter Peppi (who in the 1940s had an act with his sister Nita and performed with the likes of Sammy Davis Jr, Jacky Benny and Judy Garland) was a close friend of singer Dusty Springfield and partner to her brother Tom. In 1964 Peppi and Tom co-wrote Dusty's Christmas charity single in aid of Dr Barnado's, O Holy Child. He also contributed to the composition of other Springfield tracks, including No Tears for Johnnie and Chain Gang Blues. In 1965 Peppi co-wrote Matt Monro's Before You Go. Here's a photo of Peppi singing with Dusty and Dionne Warwick. Peppi also tried to become a pop star himself - as Peppi and the New York Twisters - but despite recording several singles in the 1960s (including The Skip (1965), an attempt to start a new dance craze, and Pistol Packin' Mama), it came to nothing. Peppi did perform at Liverpool's Cavern club, however, during the same period as the up-and-coming Beatles, and once showed a young Cilla Black how to dance the Twist on stage there.
Bob Appleby (Vervoid) Died Feb 2 2015
Doctor Who credits
Played: Nimon in The Horns of Nimon (1979-80)
Played: Vervoid in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)
Bob's other work includes Tucker's Luck (1984), Grange Hill (1985), The Lenny Henry Show (1987), A Taste for Death (1988), You Rang, M'Lord? (1988), The Tall Guy (1989), Sketch Pad (1989), One Foot in the Grave (1990) and The Bill (1996).
Pip Baker (writer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Mark of the Rani (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986), Time and the Rani (1987)
As part of a highly successful husband and wife writing team, Pip co-wrote for The Pursuers (1961), The Third Alibi (1961), Dilemma (1962), Detective (1968), Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969), Circus (1975), Space: 1999 (1976), Z Cars (1976-77), Watt on Earth (1991-92) and The Last 28 (1999). Pip is also an accomplished playwright and novelist, co-writing Doctor Who novelisations of their TV stories, as well as a Choose Your Own Adventure book entitled Race Against Time (1986), which also featured the Rani. In 2000 Pip and Jane resurrected the Rani once more for the audio drama The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind.
Jane Baker (writer) Died Sep 8 2014
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Mark of the Rani (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986), Time and the Rani (1987)
As part of a highly successful husband and wife writing team, Jane co-wrote for The Pursuers (1961), The Third Alibi (1961), Dilemma (1962), Detective (1968), Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969), Circus (1975), Space: 1999 (1976), Z Cars (1976-77), Watt on Earth (1991-92) and The Last 28 (1999). Jane was also an accomplished playwright and novelist, co-writing Doctor Who novelisations of their TV stories, as well as a Choose Your Own Adventure book entitled Race Against Time (1986), which also featured the Rani. In 2000 Jane and Pip resurrected the Rani once more for the audio drama The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind.
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)
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).
In 2000 Chris won a Silver Spire at the San Francisco International Film Festival for his work on Ballykissangel.
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)
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.
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.