Saturday, January 10, 2015

Silver Nemesis

Ace (Sophie Aldred) and the Doctor
(Sylvester McCoy) with some of their
silvery adversaries
Three episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three)
First broadcast Nov 23 to Dec 7 1988 - Parts Two and Three were actually shown first in New Zealand on Nov 25 as part of a compilation of the whole story, but they were first shown episodically in the UK
Average audience for serial: 5.50m

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).

Sophie Aldred (Ace) Born Aug 20 1962
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ace in 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 appearance in Dimensions in Time (1993).
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Sophie's acting break; her subsequent acting roles have been in Rainbow (1990), Melvin and Maureen's Musicagrams (1992-96), Zzzap! (1999-2001), EastEnders (1993), Shadow Play (2004), The Search for Simon (2013) and Shadow Season (2013). She has also been a TV presenter, often for children, including Corners (1988-90), Words and Pictures (1993), Tiny and Crew (1995-99) and It's a Mystery (1996), and has also done voice work for Sergeant Stripes (2003), Noddy in Toyland (2008), Dennis and Gnasher (2008), Bob the Builder (2009-10), Bananas in Pyjamas (2010-13) and Tree Fu Tom (2012-14). Sophie has also appeared in a number of Doctor Who spin-off video productions, such as More Than a Messiah (1992), The Zero Imperative (1994), Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans (1994) and Mindgame (1998), and Big Finish's audio plays since 2000. In 1996, she wrote a book, Ace!, based on her time in Doctor Who. She has also presented several BBC Schools radio series, including Singing Together, Music Workshop, Time and Tune and Music Box.
Facts
In 1990 Sophie had an affair with TV actor/ comedian Les Dennis while he was married to his first wife (Dennis documents this in his 2008 autobiography). Les left his wife to be with Sophie, and met Amanda Holden - due to become his second wife - while they were together. In 1997 Sophie married TV quiz show and sports programme presenter Vince Henderson. She shares her birthdate with both Sylvester McCoy and Anthony Ainley. Here's Sophie's website and Twitter.

Anton Diffring (De Flores) Oct 20 1916 to May 19 1989
Career highlights
German Anton (actually born Alfred Pollack) made his acting debut in Convoy (1940), followed by The Great Manhunt (1950), The Woman's Angle (1952), Bachelor in Paris (1952), Operation Diplomat (1953), The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954), The Colditz Story (1955), I Am a Camera (1955), The Crooked Sky (1957), Hancock's Half Hour (1957), O.S.S (1958), The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959), Invisible Man (1959), Incident at Midnight (1963), The Heroes of Telemark (1965), The Blue Max (1966), Fahrenheit 451 (1966), Where Eagles Dare (1968), Kill Rommel! (1969), Zeppelin (1971), Assignment: Vienna (1972-73), Shatter (1974), The Beast Must Die (1974), Operation: Daybreak (1975), Vanessa (1977), The Unicorn (1978), Flambards (1979), The Winds of War (1983), Operation Dead End (1986), Faceless (1987), Derrick (1981/84/87) and Anna (1988).
Facts
Despite being typecast as nasty Nazis, Anton actually fled Germany in 1939 for Canada (possibly due to his homosexuality), where he was interned as an enemy alien until the end of the war. His sister is sculptor Jacqueline Diffring. There are differing and inconclusive accounts of Anton's cause of death. Some accounts say it was natural causes, another says it was cancer, while a 2002 interview with German actor Arthur Brauss claims Anton died of AIDS.

Fiona Walker (Lady Peinforte) Born May 24 1944
Doctor Who credits
Played: Kala in The Keys of Marinus (1964)
Played: Lady Peinforte in Silver Nemesis (1988)
Career highlights
Fiona debuted in Doctor Who, then appeared in Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), Jude the Obscure (1971), The Asphyx (1973), I, Claudius (1976), The Norman Conquests (1978), Bleak House (1985), The Woman in Black (1989), Wish Me Luck (1990), Poirot (1993), Eldorado (1993) and The Chief (1994).
Facts
In 1988, the year Fiona appeared in Silver Nemesis, she married the TV director Herbert Wise (he directed her in I, Claudius in 1976). Their daughter is actress Susannah Wise. Fiona appeared in Doctor Who's first and 25th anniversary seasons.

Gerard Murphy (Richard Maynarde) Oct 14 1948 to Aug 26 2013 (prostate cancer)
Career highlights
Gerard debuted in a 1972 episode of Z Cars, after which he found work in Crown Court (1974), Catchpenny Twist (1977), The Chiffy Kids (1978), My Son, My Son (1979), Billy Boy (1982), Charters and Caldicott (1985), Saracen (1989), Waterworld (1995), Father Ted (1996), Vanity Fair (1998), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999-2000), Batman Begins (2005), Dalziel and Pascoe (2007), Spooks (2009) and The Comedian (2012). He also had a recurring role as DI Bracken in McCallum (1995-98).

Leslie French (Mathematician) Apr 23 1904 to Jan 21 1999
Career highlights
Leslie made his credited debut in Radio Pirates (1935), after which he appeared in Tobias and the Angel (1939), This England (1941), Robin Hood (1953), The Scapegoat (1959), Bleak House (1959), Emma (1960), The Singer Not the Song (1961), The Leopard (1963), Taxi! (1964), A Tale of Two Cities (1965), The Witches (1967), Villette (1970), Death in Venice (1971), Jason King (1971), Doctor on the Go (1977), Supernatural (1977), The Glamour Girls (1982), Lovejoy (1986), The Singing Detective (1986), Strike It Rich! (1986-87), The Living Daylights (1987), Uncle Silas (1989), Perfect Scoundrels (1992) and O Mary This London (1994). He also directed the 1939 TV film Traitor's Gate.
Facts
Trained ballet dancer Leslie, who was apparently the model for Eric Gill's sculpture of Ariel with Prospero on the front of BBC Broadcasting House (built 1928-32), began as a child actor and singer in the 1920s and 30s, becoming synonymous with the role of Ariel in Shakespeare's The Tempest opposite John Gielgud's Prospero (Leslie performed Ariel in only a minute loincloth). In 1963 Leslie was offered the key to the city of Cape Town for his work in theatre there. It is believed that Leslie was also considered for the role of the First Doctor in 1963.

Metin Yenal (Karl)
Career highlights
German-born Metin made his English language debut in Doctor Who, after which he appeared in The Pied Piper (1990), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1991), Swing Kids (1993), Grange Hill (1994) and Dirty Old Town (1995).

Martyn Read (Security guard) Born Nov 11 1944
Career highlights
Martyn's debut was in Juggernaut (1974), after which he took roles in The Latchkey Children (1980), The Dick Emery Hour (1980), The Cleopatras (1983), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Yes Minister (1984), The Collectors (1986), Streets Apart (1988), Love Hurts (1992), The House of Eliott (1994), Beyond Reason (1995), Gangster No1 (2000), Coronation Street (2001) and Doctors (2005/07/12). Martyn also played Les Turner in Flesh and Blood (1980-82) and Sergeant Wilson in The Darling Buds of May (1991-93).
Facts
Martyn was the third actor to play Captain Birds Eye in the frozen fish finger TV commercials (the first was John Hewer, the best recognised face of the character, between 1967-98; the second was the handsome but commercial mis-step of Thomas Pescod; and Martyn was the third, although told to slim down for the role!).

David Banks (Cyber Leader) Born Sep 24 1951
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyber Leader in Earthshock (1982), The Five Doctors (1983), Attack of the Cybermen (1985), Silver Nemesis (1988)
Career highlights
David, 6ft 3in, made his acting debut in Keep It in the Family (1980), then made appearances in Bret Maverick (1981/82), The Bill (1991), A Time to Dance (1992), EastEnders (1994), Canary Wharf (1996) and Doctors (2006). Between 1991-92 he had a regular role in soap Brookside as Graeme Curtis.
Facts
In 1989 he played Karl the mercenary in the stage play Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure (a role he reprised for an audio adaptation in 2007). On April 29th 1989, Pertwee fell ill and was replaced for two performances by David, who wore a white suit, t-shirt and Panama hat as the Doctor. In the late 1980s David got involved with Cyber-lore, writing the biographical work Doctor Who - Cybermen in 1988, which he adapted into audio cassettes and narrated as Origins of the Cybermen (1989-90). In 1984 David submitted a script to the Doctor Who production team called FlipBack which was steeped in Cyber-continuity, and was ultimately developed into his New Adventure novel Iceberg in 1993. David would have been cast as the Auton leader if the aborted Season 23 Doctor Who story Yellow Fever and How to Cure It had been filmed.

Mark Hardy (Cyber Lieutenant)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyber Lieutenant in Earthshock (1982), The Five Doctors (1983), Silver Nemesis (1988)
Career highlights
Mark's other credits include A Coming-Out Party (1961), Carry On Cleo (1964), The Corridor People (1966), The Orchard End Murder (1980), Personal Services (1987), Who's the Boss? (1987), Friendships Field (1995) and Bright Young Things (2003). It is unclear whether these are all the same actor (it's a common name!).

Chris Chering (Skinhead) Born Mar 13 1967
Doctor Who credits
Played: Tetrap in Time and the Rani (1987, uncredited)
Played: Skinhead in Silver Nemesis (1988)
Career highlights
Chris's further work includes It Couldn't Happen Here (1987), The One Game (1988), The Bill (1988/89), Sob Sisters (1989) and The Innocent Sleep (1996).
Facts
Chris was one of the subjects of photographer Gavin Watson's classic book Skins (1994), documenting the look and sub-culture of The Wycombe Skins. He was known as Tottenham Chris and worked at the time in the Fred Perry clothes factory.

Symond Lawes (Skinhead) Born Sep 28 1965
Career highlights
Symond also appeared in Dear John (1987), The One Game (1988), Troublemakers (1990) and Meades Eats (2003).
Facts
He is now a promoter for Concrete Jungle festivals living in the United States and helps to run the SubCultz website. He is active within the skinhead sub-culture community.

Brian Orrell (Cyberman) Born Sep 26 1948
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cyber Lieutenant in Attack of the Cybermen (1985)
Played: Cyberman in Silver Nemesis (1988)
Career highlights
Other credits include The Union (1981), Ladykillers (1981), Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House (1982), Icebound in the Antarctic (1983) and Work! (1992).
Facts
Brian has more recently been Vice-President of the UK Liberal Democrat Party and the English representative on its Federal Executive Committee, and also coaches party members in voice skills.

Dolores Gray (Mrs Remington) Jun 7 1924 to Jun 26 2002 (heart attack)
Career highlights
Chicago-born Dolores started out as a singer in Hollywood clubs in the late 1930s until she made a name for herself on Rudy Vallee's radio show. From radio, Dolores moved to the stage on Broadway and in London's West End, appearing in shows such as Two on the Aisle, Sherry!, 42nd Street, Annie Get Your Gun, Destry Rides Again and Carnival in Flanders. It wasn't long until the movies beckoned too, and Dolores appeared in It's Always Fair Weather (1955), Kismet (1955), The Opposite Sex (1956) and Designing Woman (1957). After this Dolores became a top cabaret and variety act, appearing on shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Bell Telephone Hour and The Good Old Days. Dolores, who performed all her life with a bullet lodged in her left lung after getting caught in gangland crossfire as a child in Chicago, sang Marilyn Monroe's vocals on the Decca Records soundtrack release of There's No Business Like Show Business (1954). She won the 1954 Tony Award for Best Actress (Musical) for Carnival in Flanders and was nominated in 1960 for Destry Rides Again.
Facts
Dolores' husband was racehorse owner Andrew J Crevolin, who won the 1954 Kentucky Derby with Determine.

Jazz Quartet:

Courtney Pine Born Mar 18 1964
Jazz musician Courtney is best known as a saxophone player, although he also plays the clarinet, flute, bass clarinet and keyboards. He released his debut album Journey to the Urge Within in 1986 which made the Top 40 Albums Chart in the UK. He has also enjoyed Singles Chart success with Mica Paris on Like Dreamers Do (1988), Carroll Thompson on I'm Still Waiting (1990) and Elkie Brooks on Too Much to Lose (1999). As well as fronting his own band, Courtney presents jazz programmes on BBC Radio. Other TV work includes French and Saunders (1990) and History is Made at Night (1999). In 2000 he was appointed an OBE in the Queen's Honours List, and a CBE in 2009. Here he is, on Twitter!

Adrian Reid Born Jan 4 1958
As a jazz pianist and trio leader, Adrian still performs on the live circuit and is based in London. You can hear some of his work on Soundcloud.

Ernest Mothle Dec 2 1941 to May 2 2011 (diabetes)
South Africa born Ernest (known as Shololo) was a double bass player of wide repute who played with giants of jazz such as Archie Shepp, Jimmy Witherspoon and Sonny Stitt, and performed for Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday at Wembley Stadium in 1989. He also performed as part of the orchestra in Haunted Honeymoon (1986).

Frank Tontoh Born May 22 1964
Drummer Frank has known Courtney Pine for many years, and as well as performing for him he has played for Jason Donovan, Tanita Tikaram, Craig David, Amy Winehouse, Aztec Camera, George Michael, Gary Barlow, among others. He has been in numerous bands himself, including Jazz Warriors, Hi Tension and Desperately Seeking Fusion.

CREW

Kevin Clarke (writer) Born 1945
Career highlights
Doctor Who's 25th anniversary tale was Kevin's first TV work, after which he wrote for Wish Me Luck (1988/90), The Bill (1988-91), Albert and the Lion (1992), Ellington (1996), Wycliffe (1997-98), The Last Detective (2005) and Casualty (2007). While writing for The Bill, Kevin created the character of Roxanne, a transvestite police informant played by drag artiste Lily Savage (aka Paul O'Grady, who went on to forge a high profile TV career in the UK as both Lily and himself).

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

John Nathan-Turner (producer) Aug 12 1947 to May 1 2002 (liver failure)
Doctor Who credits
Floor assistant: The Space Pirates (1969, uncredited)
Assistant floor manager: The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited), Colony in Space (1971, uncredited)
Production unit manager: Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers, Underworld, The Invasion of Time, The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, The Armageddon Factor, Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada (unbroadcast) (1977-80)
Produced: The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis, K-9 & Company, Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Kinda, The Visitation, Black Orchid, Earthshock, Time-Flight, Arc of Infinity, Snakedance, Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, Enlightenment, The King's Demons, The Five Doctors, Warriors of the Deep, The Awakening, Frontios, Resurrection of the Daleks, Planet of Fire, The Caves of Androzani, The Twin Dilemma, Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos, The Mark of the Rani, The Two Doctors, Timelash, Revelation of the Daleks, The Trial of a Time Lord, Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol, Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, Survival (1980-89), plus Dimensions in Time (1993)
Wrote: Dimensions in Time (1993)
Career highlights
John started out as an assistant floor manager on Doctor Who, and also worked as a production assistant on programmes such as The Pallisers (1974), Barlow (1975) and How Green Was My Valley (1975-76). He soon graduated to become production unit manager on Doctor Who, as well as on series such as All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80) and Flesh and Blood (1980). After Doctor Who was taken off air in 1989, John maintained his links to the series by producing a number of special video releases, such as The Years Tapes which included various single episodes from partly lost 1960s stories, as well as the 1992 release of Shada.
Facts
John's long-time partner was Gary Downie, who acted as production manager on some of the 1980s serials. In the 2013 book The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner, author Richard Marson alleges that John and partner Gary "preyed" sexually on young male teenage Doctor Who fans. The gay age of consent in the 1980s was 21.

Andrew Cartmel (script editor) Born 1958
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol, Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, Survival (1987-89)
Career highlights
Andrew's other TV work includes script editing Casualty (1990) and Dark Knight (2001), after which he left the industry to work on several computing magazines. He has also written comic strips for Doctor Who Magazine (1990-93) and Judge Dredd Megazine (1995), as well as four Doctor Who novels (1992-2005) and four audios (2000/11).
Facts
Here he is, on Twitter, and here's his film review blog.

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