Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dimensions in Time

The Seven Doctors anyone?
Pic: Christopher's Doctor Who Covers
Two episodes (Part One, Part Two)
First broadcast Nov 26 to 27 1993. Note: Part One was broadcast as part of BBC1's Children in Need charity telethon, and Part Two as part of BBC1's Noel's House Party programme
Average audience for serial: 13.7m

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).

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!

Peter Davison (The Doctor) Born Apr 13 1951
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Logopolis, 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 (1981-84). Return appearances in Dimensions in Time (1993), Time Crash (2007)
Career highlights
Peter's earliest screen appearance was in a 1974 episode of Warship, after which he popped up in The Tomorrow People (1975), Saint Joan (1979), The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981), Anna of the Five Towns (1985), Magnum PI (1985), Kinsey (1992), Harnessing Peacocks (1993), Black Beauty (1994), Jonathan Creek (1998), Wuthering Heights (1998), Parting Shots (1998), The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (2000), The Complete Guide to Parenting (2006), Marple: At Bertram's Hotel (2007), Fear, Stress and Anger (2007), Unforgiven (2009), Miranda (2009), The Queen (2009), Sherlock (2010), New Tricks (2011), Pat and Cabbage (2013) and Death in Paradise (2014). Peter, whose birth surname is Moffett, has had lead or regular roles in many series, starting with Tom Holland in Love for Lydia (1977), Russell Milburn in Holding the Fort (1980-82), Brian Webber in Sink or Swim (1980-82), Dr Stephen Daker in A Very Peculiar Practice (1986-88) and its spin-off A Very Polish Practice (1992), Albert Campion in Campion (1989-90), Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small (1978-90), Ralph West in Fiddlers Three (1991), Clive Quigley in Ain't Misbehavin' (1994-95), David Braithwaite in At Home with the Braithwaites (2000-03), Bill Shore in Distant Shores (2005-08), DC "Dangerous" Davies in The Last Detective (2003-07) and Henry Sharpe in Law and Order UK (2011-14). He also appeared in a number of fan spin-off videos in the 1990s, and was the mastermind behind the Doctor Who 50th anniversary project The Five(ish) Doctors (Reboot) (2013).
Facts
Peter composed and sang the theme tune for the 1978 comedy Mixed Blessings and the 1980 children's series Button Moon. Between 1978-94 Peter was married to American actress Sandra Dickinson. In 2003 he married actress Elizabeth Morton. In 2001 Peter (on Twitter here) hit the headlines when he made a citizen's arrest after a 15-year-old youth allegedly stole a video camera from his car in Belsize Park, London. Peter gave chase and restrained the youth for 10 minutes before police arrived. Peter's daughter (with Dickinson) is actress Georgia Moffett, who appeared as the title character, Jenny, in The Doctor's Daughter (2008). As if to make matters even more complicated, Tenth Doctor David Tennant married Georgia in 2011 - making him Peter's son-in-law! - and the couple had a daughter together in 2011, Olivia. All this means that Olivia has a Doctor for her father and her grandfather, and the "Doctor's daughter" for her mother! Time for a lie-down...

Tom Baker (The Doctor) Born Jan 20 1934
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Robot, The Ark in Space, 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, The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, 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), The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis (1974-81). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983, archive footage), Dimensions in Time (1993), The Day of the Doctor (2013, as The Curator - but I think we all know who he was really!).
Tom also played the Doctor in the 1975 audio story Doctor Who and the Pescatons, and in several BBC and Big Finish audios since 2009.
Played: Meglos in Meglos (1980)
Career highlights
Tom's career began with a 1968 adaptation of The Winter's Tale, followed by roles in George and the Dragon (1968), Z Cars (1968), Softly Softly (1970), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), The Canterbury Tales (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), The Mutations (1974), Piccadilly Circus (1977), Late Night Story (1978), The Book Tower (1979-81), The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, as Sherlock Holmes), Jemima Shore Investigates (1983), Remington Steele (1984), Blackadder II (1986), Roland Rat: The Series (1986), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1986), The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986), The Silver Chair (1990), Selling Hitler (1991), The Law Lord (1992), Cluedo (1992), Backtime (1998), Max Bear (2000), Dungeons and Dragons (2000), Fun at the Funeral Parlour (2001), Strange (2003), Fort Boyard (2003), Swiss Toni (2003), The Magic Roundabout (2005), Agatha Christie's Marple (2007), The Beeps (2007-08) and The Genie in the Bottle (2010). Tom has also had regular roles as Prof Geoffrey Hoyt in Medics (1992-95), Professor Wyvern in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000-01) and Donald MacDonald in Monarch of the Glen (2004-05). He is probably most famous in his latter career for providing the eccentric narration for sketch series Little Britain between 2003-08.
Facts
Tom left home at 15 to become a monk with the Brothers of Ploermel on Jersey, but abandoned this profession at the age of 21 in favour of National Service. In 1971 Tom was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for his portrayal of Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra (he was beaten by Ben Johnson and Desi Arnaz Jr). In December 1980 he married actress Lalla Ward (who had been companion Romana in Doctor Who since 1979), but the marriage ended 18 months later. He married third wife Sue Jerrard in 1986, previously an assistant editor on Doctor Who. Tom's old drinking buddies in the 1960s and 70s included artist Francis Bacon at the infamous Colony Room. Tom has several links to popular music - appearing on Technocat's single Only Human (1995), and providing a monologue on Witness to a Murder (Part Two) by Mansun (1998 - his Doctor and the TARDIS also appeared on the cover of the band's album Six). Pop band The Human League released a song entitled Tom Baker in 1980. In 1999 Tom published a short fairytale novel called The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, which has since been adapted for the stage. Tom's distinctive vocals can also be heard at various tourist attractions in the UK, such as the London Dungeon, Natural History Museum and Alton Towers' Nemesis ride. In 2006 Tom recorded 11,593 phrases so his voice could be used for BT's text messaging service to raise money for homeless charity Shelter - as a result record producer Mark Murphy created a single of Tom "singing" You Really Got Me by the Kinks.

Jon Pertwee (The Doctor) Jul 7 1919 to May 20 1996 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Spearhead from Space, Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death, Inferno, Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, Colony in Space, The Daemons, Day of the Daleks, The Curse of Peladon, The Sea Devils, The Mutants, The Time Monster, The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monsters, Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks, The Green Death, The Time Warrior, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Death to the Daleks, The Monster of Peladon, Planet of the Spiders (1970-74). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983), Dimensions in Time (1993).
Jon also played the Doctor in two BBC radio plays - The Paradise of Death (1993) and The Ghosts of N-Space (1996)
Career highlights
Jon made his acting debut in an uncredited role in A Yank at Oxford (1938), and then took roles in The Four Just Men (1939), Toad of Toad Hall (1946), Murder at the Windmill (1949, in which his surname was mis-spelt as Pertwer), Helter Skelter (1949), Will Any Gentleman...? (1953), Ivanhoe (1958), Just Joe (1960), Nearly a Nasty Accident (1961), four Carry On films (1964-92), Ollie and Fred's Five O'Clock Show (1965), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), The Jon Pertwee Show (1966), Beggar My Neighbour (1967), The Avengers (1967, ironically as a Brigadier), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Whodunnit! (1974-78), The Goodies (1975), One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977), Wombling Free (1977), The Water Babies (1978), The Curious Case of Santa Claus (1982), The Boys in Blue (1982), Virtual Murder (1992) and Young Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Hawkmen (1995). Aside from Doctor Who, he was most famous for playing scatty scarecrow Worzel Gummidge (1979-81 and 1987-89), voicing Spotty in the SuperTed cartoons (1982-84 & 1989), playing Chief Petty Officer Pertwee (among others) in the radio series The Navy Lark (1959-77) and hosting TV murder mystery series Whodunnit (1972-78). Jon also appeared in a number of Doctor Who spin-off videos, including The Airzone Solution (1993) and The Zero Imperative (1994).
Facts
Born John Devon Roland Pertwee (the anglicised version of the real family name of Perthuis de Laillevault), he was the son of scriptwriter Roland Pertwee, brother of writer Michael Pertwee, and cousin to actor Bill Pertwee (best known for his role in the sitcom Dad's Army). His children are actress Dariel Pertwee and actor Sean Pertwee, and he was married to actress (and Doctor Who luminary) Jean Marsh between 1955-60. During World War Two he served in the Navy aboard HMS Hood, and luckily managed to return to shore shortly before it was sunk by the Bismarck. According to his biography Moon Boots and Dinner Suits, as a young boy he played with the son of the gamekeeper on the family estate. The gamekeeper was A A Milne, and his son was Christopher, the inspiration for Milne's later tales of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh. Jon was a founder member of The Waistcoat Club (of which he owned more than 300, some dating back hundreds of years to King George III), set up to counter the drabness of men's dress (film Doctor Peter Cushing was also a member). Jon's godfather was the actor Henry Ainley, father to Anthony, who would play the Master in Doctor Who in the 1980s. Jon's musical efforts should also be remembered, including his 1972 vocal version of the Doctor Who theme, Who is the Doctor?, and his 1980 Top 40 single Worzel's Song. Following instructions in his will, Jon was cremated with an effigy of Worzel Gummidge attached to his casket. The British premiere of the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie was dedicated to Jon Pertwee, as it was broadcast just seven days after his death.

Carole Ann Ford (Susan) Born Jun 8 1940 For a full career biography for Carole Ann Ford, click here.

Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) Feb 1 1946 to Apr 19 2011 (pancreatic cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sarah Jane Smith in The Time Warrior (1973-74), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974), Death to the Daleks (1974), The Monster of Peladon (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974), Robot (1974-75), The Ark in Space (1975), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Revenge of the Cybermen (1975), Terror of the Zygons (1975), Planet of Evil (1975), Pyramids of Mars (1975), The Android Invasion (1975), The Brain of Morbius (1976), The Seeds of Doom (1976), The Masque of Mandragora (1976), The Hand of Fear (1976), K9 & Company (1981), The Five Doctors (1983), Dimensions in Time (1993), School Reunion (2006), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Revenge of the Slitheen (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Eye of the Gorgon (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2007), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy (2007), The Stolen Earth/ Journey's End (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Last Sontaran (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Day of the Clown (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mark of the Berserker (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane (2008), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Prisoner of the Judoon (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mad Woman in the Attic (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Eternity Trap (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Mona Lisa's Revenge (2009), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift (2009), The End of Time Part Two (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare Man (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Vault of Secrets (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Empty Planet (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Lost in Time (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (2010), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky (2011), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Curse of Clyde Langer (2011), The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was (2011).
Elisabeth also played Sarah in the 1975 audio story Doctor Who and the Pescatons, two BBC Radio stories - The Paradise of Death (1993) and The Ghosts of N-Space (1996) - and the fan video production Downtime (1995), as well as reprising the role for various Big Finish audio plays.
Career highlights
Elisabeth's earliest (uncredited) role was in Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965), then Coronation Street (1970), Z Cars (1971/72), Doomwatch (1972), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973), Hickory House (1973), Merry-Go-Round (1977), Send in the Girls (1978), Take My Wife (1979), Silver Dream Racer (1980), In Loving Memory (1980), Name for the Day (1980), Gulliver in Lilliput (1982), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Alice in Wonderland (1986), The Bill (1989), Men of the World (1994), Peak Practice (1996) and Faith in the Future (1996).
Facts
She was married to actor Brian Miller, also a Doctor Who alumni. Elisabeth appeared alongside seven of the TV Doctors (Doctors 1-5 either during her own era or in The Five Doctors, plus the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in either 21st century Doctor Who or her own spin-off series). The Impossible Astronaut (2011) was dedicated to Elisabeth on its transmission, while a special programme entitled My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen aired on Children's BBC. BBC4 also repeated The Hand of Fear (1976) as a tribute.

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!

Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart) Dec 16 1929 to Feb 22 2011 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Bret Vyon in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66)
Played: Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart in The Web of Fear (then ranked as Colonel, 1968), The Invasion (1968), Spearhead from Space (1970), Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970), The Ambassadors of Death (1970), Inferno (1970), Terror of the Autons (1971), The Mind of Evil (1971), The Claws of Axos (1971), Colony in Space (1971), The Daemons (1971), Day of the Daleks (1972), The Time Monster (1972), The Three Doctors (1972-73), The Green Death (1973), The Time Warrior (1973-74), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974), Planet of the Spiders (1974), Robot (1974-75), Terror of the Zygons (1975), Mawdryn Undead (1983), The Five Doctors (1983), Battlefield (1989), Dimensions in Time (1993), The Sarah Jane Adventures: Enemy of the Bane (2008)
Played: Brigade Leader Lethbridge Stewart in Inferno (1970)
Played: Tourist in Silver Nemesis (1988, uncredited)
Career highlights
His TV career began in Escape (1957), followed by roles in Looking About (1962), The Avengers (1962/67), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), The Saint (1965), The Champions (1968), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969), Jason King (1971), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1973), Shelley (1980), Then Churchill Said To Me (1982), Minder (1984), Yes, Prime Minister (1987), Only Fools and Horses (1988), Bullseye! (1990), French Fields (1990-91), Satellite City (1996), Doctors (2005), The Bill (2007) and Incendiary (2008).
Facts
Egypt born Nicholas also reprised the role of the Brigadier in the fan-made video production Downtime (1995), an episode of Harry Hill (2000) and a handful of Big Finish audio adventures. Nicholas acted alongside seven of the TV Doctors in the series, and on audio with Eighth Doctor Paul McGann. Nicholas was one of only two actors to have appeared in Doctor Who as the same character in its first three decades (1960s, 70s and 80s, along with Patrick Troughton). He also appeared in Dimensions in Time in the 1990s, and spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures in the 2000s - thus beating Troughton!

Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates) Born Jan 15 1936
Doctor Who credits
Played: Captain Mike Yates in Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, The Daemons, Day of the Daleks, The Time Monster, The Green Death, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Planet of the Spiders (1971-74). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983), Dimensions in Time (1993).
Career highlights
Richard debuted in Dixon of Dock Green (1966), then appeared in The Saint (1968), Crossroads (1969), Little Women (1970), The Pathfinders (1973), Blake's 7 (1980), Harry (1993), Heartbeat (1997), Feedback (2004), Chemical Wedding (2008) and Twilight of the Gods (2013), although he was in advertising before he went into acting. He also had a recurring role as Denis Rigg in soap Emmerdale (1988-89). Richard wrote, directed and performed in a stage play called Recall UNIT - The Great T-Bag Mystery at the 1984 Edinburgh Festival.
Facts
Richard is a fiercely political man and has stood as a candidate in four UK General Elections - in 1992 he stood for the Liberal Democrats in Sheffield Brightside, receiving 12.5% of the vote (placing third); in 1997 he stood for the Referendum Party in Hackney South and Shoreditch, garnering 1.8% of the vote (placing fifth); in 2001 he stood for the UK Independence Party in Hove, attracting 0.9% (placing sixth); and in 2005 he represented the Silent Majority Party in Hove, securing 0.2% (placing eighth). In 1993 he gave a speech at the Liberal Democrat conference. In 2009 he appeared in music videos by band Noah and the Whale.

John Leeson (Voice of K-9) Born Mar 16 1943
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of K-9 in The Invisible Enemy (1977), The Sun Makers (1977), Underworld (1978), The Invasion of Time (1978), The Ribos Operation (1978), The Pirate Planet (1978), The Stones of Blood (1978), The Androids of Tara (1978), The Armageddon Factor (1979), The Leisure Hive (1980), Meglos (1980), Full Circle (1980), State of Decay (1980), Warriors' Gate (1981), The Five Doctors (1983), Dimensions in Time (1993), School Reunion (2006), Journey's End (2008).
John has also voiced K-9 in Doctor Who's spin-offs, including K9 & Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981), The Sarah Jane Adventures stories Invasion of the Bane (2006), The Lost Boy (2007), the Comic Relief special From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love (2009), The Mad Woman in the Attic (2009), The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (2009), Mona Lisa's Revenge (2009), The Gift (2009), The Nightmare Man (2010) and Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (2010), and the K9 TV series stories Regeneration, Liberation, The Korven The Bounty Hunter, Siren of Ceres, Fear Itself, The Fall of the House of Gryffen, Jaws of Orthrus, Dream-eaters, Curse of Anubis, Oroborus, Alien Avatar, Aeolian, The Last Oak Tree in England, Black Hunger, The Cambridge Spy, Lost Library of UKKO, Mutant Copper, The Custodians, Taphony and the Time Loop, Robot Gladiators, Mind Snap, Angel of the North, The Last Precinct, Hound of the Korven, Eclipse of the Korven (2009-10). John has also voiced K9 in Search Out Space (1991), the BBC1 animated audio Shada (2003), on various episodes of Blue Peter (1977/2006), The Weakest Link (2007), Comic Relief (2009), Pointless (2013) and Stargazing Live: Back to Earth (2013-14), as well as in Big Finish audios since 2003.
Played: Voice of the Nucleus of the Swarm in The Invisible Enemy (1977)
Played: Dugeen in The Power of Kroll (1978-79)
Played: Voice of the Dalek battle computer in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Career highlights
John's acting career began with The Spanish Farm in 1968, followed by roles in Dad's Army (1969), My Wife Next Door (1972), Headmaster (1977), Jigsaw (1979), Tarka the Otter (1979), Blake's 7 (1978/79), Sorry! (1981), Tucker's Luck (1985), Whoops Apocalypse (1986), 'Allo 'Allo (1989), The Bill (1993), Bugs (1995), Vanity Fair (1998), Doctors (2001), ChuckleVision (2007) and Rebels Without a Clue (2009). He also voiced Bungle in 50 episodes of children's programme Rainbow in the 1970s.
Facts
In the 70s John was a question writer for quiz show Mastermind. He is also a good chef, having prepared period feasts for Agatha Christie's Poirot (1993), been a wine consultant to five-star restaurant staff, and was a serving magistrate in Ealing, and adviser on court etiquette and procedures to film and TV. In 2002 John stood (under his birth name of John Ducker) as a Liberal Democrat candidate in the Ealing Council elections for the Perivale constituency (he got 326 votes, finishing in last place unelected). He stood again in 2010, attracting 1,104 votes, finishing seventh out of nine. His wife is Judy Ducker, a property buyer on productions such as Hugo, Snow White and the Huntsman and Diana.

Caroline John (Liz Shaw) Sep 19 1940 to Jun 5 2012 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Elizabeth Shaw in Spearhead from Space, Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death, Inferno (all 1970). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983) and Dimensions in Time (1993).
Career highlights
Caroline made her debut uncredited in Raising a Riot (1955), then The King's Breakfast (1963), Much Ado About Nothing (1967), The Power Game (1969), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971), Z Cars (1972), The Roses of Eyam (1973), Crown Court (1973), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, starring Tom Baker), The Bill (1985), Santa Claus (1985), A Perfect Spy (1987), The Woman in Black (1989), Wish Me Luck (1990), Harry Enfield's Television Programme (1990), London's Burning (1992), The House of Eliott (1994), The Choir (1995), EastEnders (1995), Silent Witness (1996), Midsomer Murders (2000), Love, Actually (2003), Vital Signs (2006) and Doctors (2008).
Facts
Caroline, who was married to actor Geoffrey Beevers (who played the Master in The Keeper of Traken (1981)), also appeared in various Doctor Who spin-off videos, including Breach of the Peace (1994), and reprised her role as Liz Shaw in The Zero Imperative (1994), The Devil of Winterborne (1995), Ghosts of Winterborne (1996) and Unnatural Selection (1996).

Lalla Ward (Romana) Born Jun 28 1951
Doctor Who credits
Played: Princess Astra in The Armageddon Factor (1979)
Played: Romana in Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada (unbroadcast), The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate (1979-81). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983) and Dimensions in Time (1993). Lalla has also reprised the role for various audio plays since 2000.
Career highlights
Lalla's earliest acting credit was in Dr Finlay's Casebook (1969), then Vampire Circus (1972), Shelley (1972), The Upper Crusts (1973), England Made Me (1973), Rosebud (1975), Quiller (1975), The Ash Tree (1975), The Duchess of Duke Street (1977), The Professionals (1978), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980), Schoolgirl Chums (1982) and Riviera (1987).
Facts
Lalla, whose real name is the Honourable Sarah Ward as she is the daughter of Edward Ward, the seventh Viscount Bangor, married Tom Baker on December 13 1980, but divorced him in April 1982. Her second husband since September 1992 has been controversial biologist Dr Richard Dawkins, who is most famous for his theories debunking religion and exploring the possibilities of evolution, particularly in the book The God Delusion. The two met at the 40th birthday party of one-time Doctor Who script editor/ writer Douglas Adams in March 1992. Of course, this means that both of Lalla's husbands have appeared in Doctor Who as Richard enjoyed a cameo as himself in The Stolen Earth (2008). In 1974 Lalla appeared in a film called Got It Made (aka Sweet Virgin), which the makers later re-released with added sex scenes performed by other actors. Lalla won a libel action against Club International magazine after it ran stills from the film claiming them to be of her. Since quitting acting she has written and painted for various children's books, as well as her husband's biology books. Lalla's forebears include George Plantagenet, brother of King Edward IV, and scientist Mary Ward, who has the dubious honour of being the first person in the world to die in a car accident, in 1869. In 1985/87 Lalla wrote and illustrated two knitting books, Beastly Knits and Fowl Knits, and various patterns were modelled by Lalla in the book. Lalla's father was a BBC war correspondent during World War Two, while her mother was a writer and BBC producer (she committed suicide in July 1991). Lalla has a main-belt asteroid named after her (8347 Lallaward) following its discovery in April 1987.

Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield) Jan 2 1948 to Jul 21 2017 (lung cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Victoria Waterfield in The Evil of the Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors, The Enemy of the World, The Web of Fear, Fury from the Deep (1967-68). Return appearance in Dimensions in Time (1993)
Career highlights
Debbie first appeared on TV at the age of 10 as Sally in 11 episodes of The Invisible Man (1958-59), then appeared in William Tell (1959), A Life of Bliss (1960), Alice in Wonderland (1965, as Alice), The Power Game (1966), This Man Craig (1966), Out of the Unknown (1966), Mister Misfit (1967), No Hiding Place (1967), Crime of Passion (1971), Doctor in Charge (1972), Arthur of the Britons (1973), That'll Be the Day (1973), Take Me High (1973), Electric Cinema (1975), A Roof Over My Head (1977), Rising Damp (1978), Lillie (1978), Accident (1979) and five editions of The Jim Davidson Show (1981). Other regular roles included Julie Robertson in 26 episodes of The Newcomers (1969) and Norma in Danger UXB (1979). She also reprised the role of Victoria Waterfield (alongside Nicholas Courtney's Brigadier, Elisabeth Sladen's Sarah Jane Smith and her father Jack as Professor Travers) in the fan spin-off production Downtime (1995).
Facts
Her father was actor Jack Watling, who appeared alongside her in the Doctor Who stories The Abominable Snowmen (1967) and The Web of Fear (1968), as well as spin-off Downtime (1995). Her mother was actor Patricia Hicks, while she also had several siblings: half-sister Dilys appeared in various light entertainment shows in the 1970s and 80s alongside the likes of Frankie Howerd, Morecambe and Wise and the Two Ronnies; brother Giles was also an actor, best known as Oswald in the sitcom Bread (1988-91); her younger brother Adam died tragically in 1952 when he was buried by a snowdrift which slid off the roof; fourth sibling Nicola also acted on stage for a while. Between 1957-81 the Watling family lived at the Grade II-listed medieval farmhouse Alderton Hall, Loughton, which was said to be haunted by a poltergeist. In the late 1960s Deborah opened her own clothes boutique in Buckhurst Hill, Epping, called The Pink Clock. Deborah was diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2017, and died in a care home the following month.

Louise Jameson (Leela) Born Apr 20 1951
Doctor Who credits
Played: Leela in The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers, Underworld, The Invasion of Time (1977-78). Return appearance in Dimensions in Time (1993)
Career highlights
Louise made her screen debut in a 1971 adaptation of Tom Brown's Schooldays, and then took roles in Cider with Rosie (1971), Disciple of Death (1972), Emmerdale Farm (1973), Space: 1999 (1975), The Peddler (1976), Dominic (1976), The Gentle Touch (1984), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Age 13¾ (1985), The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1987), Molly (1994), Wycliffe (1995), The Upper Hand (1996), River City (2008), Doc Martin (2011), Holby City (2012) and The Tractate Middoth (2013). She has had a number of regular roles over the years, including Dr Anne Reynolds in The Omega Factor (1979), Blanche Simmons in Tenko (1981-82), Susan Young in Bergerac (1985-90), Janet in Rides (1992-93) and Rosa Di Marco in soap EastEnders (1998-2000).
Facts
Louise was persuaded to become an actress when she was working as a prison visitor and met Leslie Grantham, then serving 12 years for manslaughter but later to become famous as EastEnders' Den Watts (and who was also in Resurrection of the Daleks in 1984).

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.

Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) Born Dec 12 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Nyssa in The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis, Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Kinda, The Visitation, Black Orchid, Earthshock, Time-Flight, Arc of Infinity, Snakedance, Mawdryn Undead, Terminus (1980-83). Return appearances in The Caves of Androzani (1984) and Dimensions in Time (1993)
Played: Ann Talbot in Black Orchid (1982)
Career highlights
Prior to Doctor Who Sarah had appeared in Menace (1973), Alice Through the Looking Glass (1973, as Alice), Late Call (1975), Oil Strike North (1975), Westway (1976), The Moon Stallion (1978) and The Crucible (1980). After leaving Doctor Who she took roles in Casualty (1989) and Unnatural Pursuits (1992), but she then left her acting career to bring up a family. She has been playing Nyssa on Big Finish audios since 2000's Land of the Dead.

Kate O'Mara (The Rani) Aug 10 1939 to Mar 30 2014 (ovarian cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Rani in The Mark of the Rani (1985), Time and the Rani (1987), Dimensions in Time (1993)
Career highlights
Kate's first role was in Emergency Ward 10 in 1957, followed by roles in Danger Man (1965), Weavers Green (1966), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Great Catherine (1968), The Desperados (1969), The Avengers (1969), The Main Chance (1969), The Vampire Lovers (1970), The Horror of Frankenstein (1970), Spy Trap (1973), The Tamarind Seed (1974), The Two Ronnies (1977), The Plank (1979), Dempsey and Makepeace (1986), Cluedo (1990), Bad Girls (2001), Absolutely Fabulous (1995/2003), Crossroads (2003), Family Affairs (2005) and Benidorm (2012). Kate had regular roles as Jane Maxwell in The Brothers (1975-76), Katherine Laker in Triangle (1981-82), Cassandra Morrell in US soap Dynasty (1986) and Laura Wilde in Howards' Way (1989-90). In 1971 Kate, who started her career as a speech therapist, appeared in the stage version of The Avengers, playing the villainous Madame Gerda. Kate reprised the role of the Rani in the 2000 audio play The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind, and was expected to do so again for Big Finish in 2014 in the story The Rani Elite, but died before recording took place. The character was recast in the form of Siobhan Redmond.
Facts
Kate's mother was actress Hazel Bainbridge, best known as Alice Wilks in Emmerdale Farm, and between 1961-76 Kate was married to actor Jeremy Young, who appeared in Doctor Who's first story. Her second husband was also a Doctor Who actor - between 1993-96 she was married to Richard Willis (who appeared in Full Circle (1980)). Her sister is actress Belinda Carroll, making her brother-in-law actor Michael Cochrane (who appeared in Black Orchid (1982) and Ghost Light (1989)). She founded The British Actors' Theatre Company in 1987, for which her son Dickon Young worked as a set designer. On New Year's Eve 2012, Dickon - who for years had suffered from alcohol and drug abuse, which had worsened since he sustained brain damage after being hit by a car - was found hanged at the family home, aged 48 (Kate was in hospital with double pneumonia at the time so her son's body was not found for three weeks).

Samuel West (Cyrian) Born Jun 19 1966
Career highlights
Sam's acting debut came aged nine in Edward the King (1975, playing a five-year-old!), followed by Nanny (1981), Reunion (1989), Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989), Stanley and the Women (1991), Howards End (1992, for which he was BAFTA-nominated), As Time Goes By (1994), Persuasion (1995), Zoya (1995), Strangers (1996), Jane Eyre (1996), The Ripper (1997), Notting Hill (1999), Longitude (2000), Complicity (2000), Iris (2001), Cambridge Spies (2003), Van Helsing (2004), Random Quest (2006), Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008), Desperate Romantics (2009), Dark Relic (2010), Any Human Heart (2010), Eternal Law (2012), Fleming (2014), The Crimson Field (2014), Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2015), The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015) and The Hollow Crown (2016). He also had a regular role as Frank Edwards in Mr Selfridge (2013-15).
Facts
Sam is the son of acting legends Timothy West and Prunella Scales. Samuel is a socialist activist and has spoken at a number of political and union rallies. He has been involved in a great number of recitals of both prose and poetry, both with an without choral or orchestral accompaniment, and is a choral singer himself. His partner is playwright Laura Wade. Sam appears in Billy Bragg's 2013 music video for Handyman Blues.

Shobu Kapoor (Gita Kapoor) Born May 28 1961
Doctor Who credits
Played: Gita Kapoor in Dimensions in Time (1993)
Played: Scared woman in Journey's End (2008)
Career highlights
Shobu debuted in Family Pride in 1991, and then secured the role of Gita in EastEnders which she would play in more than 270 episodes between 1993-98. After leaving EastEnders, Shobu found roles in Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Nevermind Nirvana (2004), Chicken Tikka Masala (2005), Banglatown Banquet (2006), Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006), Fair City (2006), Shameless (2007), The Infidel (2010), The Jury (2011), Silent Witness (2012) and Some Things (2014). She has also had the regular role of Mrs Khan in the sitcom Citizen Khan (2012-14).
Facts
In 2013 she appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind, her specialist subject being the author Roald Dahl. Here she is, on Twitter!

Deepak Verma (Sanjay Kapoor) Born Feb 11 1969
Career highlights
Deepak debuted in Taggart in 1992 before securing the role of Sanjay in EastEnders which he would play for more than 350 episodes between 1993-98. After leaving EastEnders, Deepak appeared in Holby City (2001), White Teeth (2002), All About Me (2003), Kyunki... Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi... (2004), Indian Daydream (2011) and Emergency: LA (2015).
Facts
In 2011 Deepak wrote, directed and produced his first short, Mumbai Charlie (he also appeared in it and composed the music), and has since directed Beryl (2012). He runs his own production company, Pukkanasha Films, and is working on a number of film projects, including Wuthering Heights and Superman of Bangalore.

Wendy Richard (Pauline Fowler) Jul 20 1943 to Feb 26 2009 (breast cancer)
Career highlights
Wendy made her acting debut in the 1961 series Spectacular, followed by roles in Hugh and I (1962-66, as Hugh's daughter), The Arthur Haynes Show (1962), Harpers West One (1962), HMS Paradise (1964), The Day of Ragnarok (1965), The Sullavan Brothers (1965), The Likely Lads (1965), Weavers Green (1966), Up Pompeii! (1970), On the Buses (1971), Please Sir! (1971), Both Ends Meet (1972), Bless This House (1972), Not On Your Nellie (1975), Spooner's Patch (1979) and Function Room (1985). Wendy's first brush with fame came playing Joyce Harker in soap The Newcomers between 1965-67, and later as blonde bombshell Miss Shirley Brahms in the department store sitcom Are You Being Served? (1972-85) and its sequel Grace and Favour (1992-93), as well as the 1977 film version. During the 1970s Wendy also had a couple of recurring roles in sitcom Dad's Army, as Edith Parish in 1970 and then as Shirley in 1972-73. Also in the 1970s Wendy became a secondary regular member of the Carry On comedy team, appearing in Carry On Matron (1972, as Miss Willing) and Carry On Girls (1973, as the amusingly named Ida Downs) as well as the 1970 TV Christmas special. In 1985 Wendy secured the role for which she will be most remembered, Pauline Fowler in the soap EastEnders, who she played in 1,534 episodes between 1985-2006. After leaving the soap, Wendy took roles in Benidorm and Agatha Christie's Marple (both 2008).
Facts
Staunch royalist Wendy, who married four times, was awarded an MBE in the 2000 Honours List. In 1962 Wendy joined Mike Sarne on the number one UK hit single Come Outside. She was a collector of ornamental frogs, which numbered more than 1,000. Wendy beat cancer twice - in 1996 and in 2002 - before it spread in 2008.

Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Beale) Born Aug 15 1955
Career highlights
Gillian's acting debut came in Eleanor (1974), after which she appeared in Zigger Zagger (1975), Somebody's Daughter (1978), The Rag Trade (1977-78), Thundercloud (1979), Watch This Space (1980), The Long Good Friday (1980), Sink or Swim (1981), On Safari (1982-84), The Gentle Touch (1984) and Stars of the Roller State Disco (1985). She won the role of Kathy Beale in EastEnders in 1985, which she played in 811 episodes until 2000. Her later work includes Big Cat (1998), The Knock (2000), Messiah (2001/03), The House That Jack Built (2002), Jane Hall (2006), Missing (2010) and Coming Up (2015). Regular roles have included Jackie Webb in Footballers' Wives (2002-06), Sergeant Nikki Wright in The Bill (2006-08) and Sandy Roscoe in Hollyoaks since 2013. Gillian also appeared on Strictly Come dancing as a contestant in 2008, and on Celebrity Big Brother in 2013.
Facts
Her sister Kim Taylforth is also an actor. Gillian. In 1994 Gillian was involved in a high-profile court case when she sued The Sun newspaper for libel after it ran a story claiming she and her then partner Geoff Knights had performed sexual acts on a slip road on the A1 in their vehicle. Gillian claimed her partner had suffered an attack of pancreatitis and she was merely massaging his stomach to soothe his abdominal pain; however, a police officer claimed she was performing fellatio. In the case, the jury returned a verdict in favour of The Sun.

Letitia Dean (Sharon Watts) Born Nov 14 1967
Career highlights
Letitia's first acting job was the regular role of Lucinda Oliver in school drama Grange Hill (1983-84); she also had roles in soap Brookside (1984) and Relative Strangers (1985) before securing the role of Sharon Watts in EastEnders. At the time of writing, Letitia is still in the soap, having played the character in more than 1,270 episodes between 1985-95, 2001-06 and again since 2012. Other acting credits include Casualty (1995), England, My England (1995), The Hello Girls (1996-98), Doctors (2000) and Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (1999-2000).
Facts
In 1986 Letitia and EastEnders co-star Paul Medford released a single called Something Outta Nothing which peaked at number 12 in the UK chart. In 2007 she was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.

Pam St Clement (Pat Butcher) Born May 12 1942
Career highlights
Debuted in Doomwatch (1972), then The Fenn Street Gang (1973), All Our Saturdays (1973), Hedda (1975), A Horseman Riding By (1978), Emmerdale Farm (1980), The Bunker (1981), Angels (1981), Scrubbers (1982), Bottle Boys (1984), The Tripods (1985) and CATS Eyes (1986). Former teacher Pam won the role of Pat in 1986, and went on to play her in 1,818 episodes until 2012.
Facts
Her only other acting credit since leaving EastEnders has been Leonardo (2012). Bisexual Pam is an avid campaigner for both gay rights and animal welfare.

Nicola Stapleton (Mandy Salter) Born Aug 9 1974
Career highlights
Nicola began as a child actor, her first work being uncredited in the James Bond film Octopussy (1983), after which she had roles in Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Hansel and Gretel (1987), Snow White (1987), Hannay (1988), Courage Mountain (1990) and the regular character of Sally in Simon and the Witch (1987-88). Nicola joined EastEnders as Mandy in 1992, and played her for almost 200 episodes between 1992-94 and 2011-12. Work outside EastEnders has included The Thin Blue Line (1995), Urban Ghost Story (1998), The Killing Zone (1999), Audrey and Friends (2000), Chunky Monkey (2001), Goodbye Charlie Bright (2001), South West 9 (2001), Holby City (2004), The Commander (2007), Hollyoaks Later (2009), Postcode (2011), Blood and Carpet (2015) and Slapper and Me (2015). She also had the recurring role of Janine Nebeski in Bad Girls (2005-06) and Danielle Hutch in Emmerdale (2008-09).
Facts
In 2001, Nicola's father Vincent was jailed for five years for his part in an £11m VAT computer chip fraud. Her brother was also fined £10,000, for helping in the fraudulent business, which involved importing VAT-exempt microchips from the EU and selling them to firms with added VAT, before claiming money it back from the Government. In 2008, Nicola battled against the Customs Prosecution Office at the High Court in order to keep her property in London, which she had purchased from her father for £175,000 before his imprisonment. The prosecution claimed the house had originally been purchased from "ill-gotten gains" and wanted to seize the property as part of the confiscation order. Nicola maintained she bought the property out of her earnings as an actress in 2000 and the court found in her favour.

Ross Kemp (Grant Mitchell) Born Jul 21 1964
Career highlights
Ross made his TV debut in Emmerdale Farm (1986), followed by roles in Playing Away (1987), The Picnic (1989) and Birds of a Feather (1989). He won the role of Grant Mitchell in EastEnders in 1990 and played him in almost 1,000 episodes between 1990-99 and then 2005-06. Other acting work includes City Central (1998), In Defence (2000), Without Motive (2000), A Christmas Carol (2000), The Crooked Man (2003), Spartacus (2004) and 10 Minute Tales (2009). He also had a regular role as Henry Garvie in Ultimate Force (2002-06). In recent years Ross has branched out into documentary filmmaking, and has fronted investigative series such as Alive in Alaska (1999), Ross Kemp in Afghanistan (2008), Ross Kemp on Gangs (2007-09, which won a BAFTA), In Search of Pirates (2009), Battle for the Amazon (2010) and Extreme World (2011). He has also acted as executive producer on several of these programmes.
Facts
Between 2002-09 Ross was married to the tabloid journalist Rebekah Wade (who many years later was embroiled in the newspaper phone hacking scandal); in 2005 police were called after Wade (now Brooks) assaulted her husband, but no charges were pursued. It was revealed during the phone hacking court proceedings years later that she had been having an affair with tabloid colleague Andy Coulson between 1998-2007. Ross won Best Actor at the British Soap Awards in 1999 and 2006.
This is Your Life: Ross was the subject of BBC TV's This is Your Life on February 3rd, 1997, surprised by host Michael Aspel on the set for soap EastEnders.

Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell) Born Mar 20 1959
Career highlights
Steve made his acting debut in Buster in 1988, followed by roles in Minder (1989) and Bergerac (1990) before winning the role of Phil Mitchell in EastEnders. He has played the role in more than 2,500 episodes between 1990-2003 and then since 2005 to date. While most of his career has been spent in the soap, there have been occasional appearances in other productions, such as Kevin and Perry Go Large (2000) and Murder in Mind (2001).
Facts
In 2001 he won Villain of the Year at the British Soap Awards. In 2014 Steve successfully sued the Metropolitan Police and the News of the World newspaper after a police officer sold details about him to the newspaper.

Mike Reid (Frank Butcher) Jan 19 1940 to Jul 29 2007 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Greek soldier in The Myth Makers (1965, uncredited)
Played: Guard in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966, uncredited)
Played: Soldier in The War Machines (1966, uncredited)
Played: Frank Butcher in Dimensions in Time (1993)
Career highlights
Mike started out as a stuntman, working on productions such as Spartacus (1960), The Avengers (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967), Casino Royale (1967), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and Department S (1969). His second career in the entertainment industry then took off when he became a stand-up comedian in working men's clubs, which soon caught the attention of TV producers. He made his first comedy appearances in The Comedians (1972-74), after which he became a popular face on screen in the 1970s and 80s in The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club (1974), Runaround (1975), The Good Old Days (1977-78), The Mike Reid Show (1976-78), Starburst (1981-83) and Punchlines! (1983-84). His acting career continued in the likes of Steptoe and Son (1972), Yus My Dear (1976), Noah's Castle (1980), Worzel Gummidge (1980), Minder (1982), Big Deal (1986), The Detectives (1995), Underworld (1997), Moussaka and Chips (2005), The Bill (2007) and Jack Says (2008). However, it is his role as Frank Butcher in EastEnders for which he will most be remembered, who he played for 585 episodes between 1987-2000, with brief returns in 2002 and 2005. Mike also released several of his live stand-up routines on video, including Live and Uncensored (1992), Alive and Kidding (1998) and Seriously Funny (2000).
Facts
In 1985 Mike's son Mark accidentally shot dead his 17-year-old friend and received a suspended sentence. Five years later Mark, suffering from schizophrenia, committed suicide by setting himself on fire. As if that wasn't tragic enough, within weeks Mark's daughter Kirsty (Mike's granddaughter) died in her cot, aged six months. Ironically, Mike had been given a thorough examination and given a clean bill of health just two weeks before he died.
This is Your Life: Mike was the subject of BBC TV's This is Your Life on November 16th, 1994, surprised by host Michael Aspel following a stand-up gig at the lakeside Country Club in Surrey. Fellow EastEnders (and Doctor Who!) actor Barbara Windsor paid tribute on the show.

Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale) Born Jun 28 1968
Career highlights
Adam's acting debut came playing Shiner in The Baker Street Boys (1983), after which he took the role of Dave Firkettle in 1983's The Witches and the Grinnygog. His third - and to date, still current - acting job was playing Ian Beale in EastEnders, which he joined in 1985 and has played in more than 2,400 episodes to date.
Facts
Between 1983-85 Adam trained as a butcher in Wales. Here he is, on Twitter!

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David Roden (writer)
Career highlights
At the time that he helped John Nathan-Turner write the script for Dimensions in Time, David was researcher on productions such as Derek Jarman's Wittgenstein and Blue. After this he became a production assistant on French Film (2008) and then a script editor on Casualty (2009-10) and Coronation Street (2013-14). He has also worked as a director on the daytime soap Doctors (2013) and producer on Casualty (2009/12-13) and Holby City (2013).
Facts
David used to run the BBC's Writers Academy, which trained writers to work on the BBC's continuing drama shows, and now runs his own screenwriting courses. He also wrote the schools version of the musical We Will Rock You. Here he is, on Twitter!
In 2015 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with David here.

John Nathan-Turner (writer and 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.

Stuart McDonald (director)
Career highlights
Stuart has been directing variety and entertainment shows since the 1980s, including Top of the Pops, That's Life!, morning television, Stars in Their Eyes, The National Lottery, Before They Were Famous, Robot Wars (for which he also provided the robot voices), Trisha, Tomorrow's World, BAFTA Tributes, Royal Variety Performance, The Two Ronnies Sketchbook, Test the Nation, Parkinson, Gladiators, Pointless, The Chase, The Apprentice: You're Fired!, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two and Question Time. He started out as a vision mixer on series such as Chockablock and Bellamy's Backyard Safari in 1981. Stuart has not left his experience with 3D television behind either, as he has more recently been pioneering 3D TV broadcasting with Sky.
Facts
Here he is, on Twitter!

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