Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Survival

Ace (Sophie Aldred) and the Doctor
(Sylvester McCoy) in their final
TV adventure together...
Three episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three)
First broadcast Nov 22 to Dec 6 1989
Average audience for serial: 4.93m

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.

Anthony Ainley (The Master) Aug 20 1932 to May 3 2004 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Tremas in The Keeper of Traken (1981)
Played: The Master in The Keeper of Traken (1981), Logopolis (1981), Castrovalva (1982), Time-Flight (1982), The King's Demons (1983), The Five Doctors (1983), Planet of Fire (1984), The Mark of the Rani (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986), Survival (1989) - as well as a brief cameo in The Caves of Androzani (1984), and the BBC computer game Destiny of the Doctors (1997).
Career highlights
Anthony's earliest role was aged 10 in The Foreman Went to France (1942), followed by roles in It's Dark Outside (1965), Exorcism at Midnight (1966), Champion House (1967), Inspector Clouseau (1968), The Avengers (1968), Joanna (1968), Oh! What a Lovely War (1968), Department S (1970), The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971), In the Devil's Garden (1971), Elizabeth R (1971), The Adventurer (1972), Spyder's Web (1972, as regular Clive Hawksworth), Upstairs, Downstairs (1973), The Pallisers (1974), The Land That Time Forgot (1975), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), The Devil's Crown (1978), Mackenzie (1980) and The Boy Who Won the Pools (1983).
Facts
Anthony's brother was actor Richard Ainley and his father was silent film star Henry Ainley. Anthony adored cricket (he was a member of the London Theatres' Cricket Club). Anthony shared his birthdate with Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy and Ace actress Sophie Aldred (August 20th). Before his acting career took off, he was well known as a rugby player in London, playing under the name of A A Holmes (his mother's surname). For several seasons in the 1960s he played regularly for Richmond and Middlesex.

Julian Holloway (Sergeant Paterson) Born Jun 24 1944
Career highlights
Julian's earliest credit was playing Quentin in Our Man Higgins (1962-63), followed by roles in Our Man at St Mark's (1963), The Saint (1964), Having a Wild Weekend (1965), The Pleasure Girls (1965), Pardon the Expression (1966), Ukridge (1968), Scream and Scream Again (1970), Elizabeth R (1971), Young Winston (1972), Dead of Night (1972), Conjugal Rites (1973), Harriet's Back in Town (1973), Ooh La La! (1973), The Stud (1974), Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973-74), Naughty Girls (1975), The New Avengers (1976), Sammy's Super T-Shirt (1978), Telford's Change (1979), Rough Cut (1980), Hallelujah! (1983), Tall Tales and Legends (1986), The Endless Game (1989), The Chief (1990), Rumpole of the Bailey (1991), Beverly Hills 90210 (1992), Torch Song (1993), Remember WENN (1996-97), My Uncle Silas (2001-03) and The Rum Diary (2011). He became a regular of the Carry On team, appearing in eight films between 1967-76, plus Carry On Christmas (1973). In later years he has become a prolific voice artist for animations, playing various characters in James Bond Jr (1991), Captain Zed and the Zee Zone (1991), The Legend of Prince Valiant (1991), Where's Waldo? (1991), Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future (2002), Father of the Pride (2004-05), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2010-13) and Regular Show (2011-14). He has also dabbled in the world of video games, his voice being heard on the likes of Medal of Honor: European Assault (2005), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) and Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011). Julian, who now lives in Los Angeles, also wrote and produced the shorts The Chairman's Wife (1971) and The Spy's Wife (1972), and produced the film Loophole (1981).
Facts
Julian's father was film actor Stanley Holloway. He has been married twice: first to actress Zena Walker, and then to actress Debbie Wheeler. In 1976 Julian was in a relationship with Tessa Dahl, the daughter of celebrated author Roald, and they had a child together, the now model and actress Sophie Dahl (this also makes Julian father-in-law to singer Jamie Cullum, Sophie's husband). Julian is also related to the architect and graphic designer Oliver Percy Bernard (he was his father's cousin).

Lisa Bowerman (Karra) Born Feb 1 1962
Doctor Who credits
Played: Karra in Survival (1989)
Played: Saruba Velak (voice) in Dreamland (2009)
Career highlights
Lisa made her screen acting debut as Sandra Mute in Casualty (1986-87), after which she took roles in EastEnders (1990), Dodgem (1991), The Vision Thing (1993), McCallum (1997), Bad Girls (2004), Spooks (2007), Doctors (2007/10), Coronation Street (2011-12) and Wizard (2012).
Facts
Lisa is now best known to Doctor Who fans as the voice (and face!) of companion Professor Bernice Summerfield in Big Finish's spin-off range of audio adventures since 1998, as well as Ellie the barmaid in the Jago and Litefoot spin-off range. She also directs audio productions for Big Finish, and is a professional photographer, specialising in Spotlight headshots of actors Including Survival's own Sakuntala Ramanee and other Doctor Who alumni such as Catherine Tate, Matt Smith, Katy Manning, Edward de Souza and David Warner. Here she is, on Twitter!

William Barton (Midge)
Career highlights
Will debuted in Doctor Who, then played a number of roles in Gerry Anderson's Space Precinct (1994-95), followed by Oscar and Lucinda (1997), How Do You Want Me? (1998-99), Barking (1998), Murder Most Horrid (1999), Casualty (2001), My Family (2002), Where the Heart Is (2004), EastEnders (2005), New Tricks (2011), Switch (2012) and The Theory of Everything (2014).
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with William, as well as Sakuntala Ramanee and David John, here.

Sakuntala Ramanee (Shreela) Born Oct 26 1961
Career highlights
Sakuntala is of South Indian origin but grew up in the UK. Debuting in Casualty (1987), Sakuntala's further work includes London's Burning (1990), Birds of a Feather (1991), Framed (1992), Love Hurts (1993), The Butterfly Effect (1995), Alive and Kicking (1996), Grandpa Chatterjee (1997), Guru in Seven (1998), Bernard's Watch (1999), Murder in Mind (2002), Hustle (2004), Emmerdale (2005), Dalziel and Pascoe (2006), Holby City (2001/07), Trial and Retribution (2008), EastEnders (2014) and Self Made (2015). Sakuntala also regularly played Mrs Modi in Grange Hill (2000-02) and provided the voice of the character Perdita in the Doctor Who Online Adventures (2014-15).
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with William, as well as William Barton and David John, here.

David John (Derek) Born Aug 19 1960
Career highlights
David's other acting credits include The Professionals (1980), Chariots of Fire (1981), Big Jim and the Figaro Club (1981), Shock Treatment (1981), Metal Mickey (1982), Dream Stuffing (1984), Tripper's Day (1984), The Corner House (1987), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1988), The Bill (1989), Nice Town (1992), Weak at Denise (1999) and The Match (2005).
Facts
David is now a prolific voice artist, audiobook narrator and lip synch expert who runs his own ADR company, In the Loop.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with William, as well as Sakuntala Ramanee and William Barton, here.

Sean Oliver (Stuart)
This is Sean's only TV credit, although he did perform in the 2006 Big Finish audio Red (at least I think that's him!).

Kate Eaton (Ange) Born 1962
Career highlights
Kate's other work includes The Nation's Health (1983), Driving Ambition (1984), A Very Peculiar Practice (1986), Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987), The Chief (1990), Between the Lines (1992), Strange But True? (1994) and The Bill (1995-97, as a doctor). She had the recurring role of Detective Sergeant Lynn Kellogg in Resnick (1992-93).
Facts
In 1997 Kate left acting behind her to study a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and is now a literary translator, having translated various works by the Cuban writer Virgilio Pinera into English from Spanish. Since 2011 she has been a Doctor of Philosophy.

Norman Pace (Harvey) Born Feb 17 1953
Career highlights
Norman is best known as one half of the comedy duo Hale and Pace, with Gareth Hale, with whom he had his own series between 1988-98 (Hale and Pace) and 1999 (h&p@bbc). Other variety and comedy appearances include The Entertainers (1983), Pushing Up Daisies (1984), The Lenny Henry Show (1985), Coming Next (1985), The Bob Monkhouse Show (1986), Saturday Gang (1986), The Management (1988), Jobs for the Boys (1997), Celebrity Poker Club (2004), Showbiz Poker (2006) and Pointless Celebrities (2012). Norman's further acting credits include The Young Ones (1982-84), Filthy Rich and Catflap (1987), A Pinch of Snuff (1994, as Sergeant Peter Pascoe in an ill-fated adaptation of Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe stories), April Fool's Day (1997), Casualty (2004), The Last Detective (2007), The School That Roared (2009) and Hotel Trubble (2010). In recent years he has concentrated on his stage acting in productions such as Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson and One Man, Two Guv'nors. Former teacher Norman also wrote with partner Gareth Hale on his own comedy series, as well as skits for Comic Relief.
Facts
In 1989 Hale and Pace won the Golden Rose of Montreux. Norman is an avid poker player, and in 2006 won the Showbiz Poker tournament, and has also presented for Sky Poker. In 1988, aged just four weeks, Norman's daughter Holly contracted the rare strain on meningitis streptococcus A, leaving her brain damaged and partially paralysed - she was the 14th person in the UK to contract the bacteria, but only the first to survive. Norman is now an ardent campaigner for meningitis research. Norman's so Charlie auditioned for, and almost got the role of, Harry Potter for the film franchise.

Gareth Hale (Len) Born Jan 15 1953
Career highlights
Gareth is best known as one half of the comedy duo Hale and Pace, with Norman Pace, with whom he had his own series between 1988-98 (Hale and Pace) and 1999 (h&p@bbc). Other variety and comedy appearances include The Entertainers (1983), Pushing Up Daisies (1984), The Lenny Henry Show (1985), Coming Next (1985), The Bob Monkhouse Show (1986), Saturday Gang (1986), The Management (1988) and Jobs for the Boys (1997). Gareth's further acting credits include The Young Ones (1982-84), Filthy Rich and Catflap (1987), A Pinch of Snuff (1994, as Inspector Andy Dalziel in an ill-fated adaptation of Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe stories), April Fool's Day (1997), The Scarlet Tunic (1998), The School That Roared (2009), several episodes of Doctors between 2000-12, Guin and the Dragon (2015) and Father Brown (2015). Gareth also had two regular dramatic roles: Doug MacKenzie in the soap Family Affairs (2003-05) and Jack Bell in The Royal (2008-11).
Former teacher Gareth also wrote with partner Norman Pace on his own comedy series, as well as skits for Comic Relief.
Facts
In 1989 Hale and Pace won the Golden Rose of Montreux.

Adele Silva (Squeak) Born Nov 19 1980
Career highlights
Adele's TV debut came aged seven in the children's series Playbus (1988), after which she secured the recurring role of Fenella Fudd in Mr Majeika (1988-90). Further acting work came in the form of Chain (1990), EastEnders (1991), Children's Ward (1991), The Bill (1990/99), Is Harry on the Boat? (2002), Judge John Deed (2003), Mile High (2004), Doghouse (2009), Strippers vs Werewolves (2012), Crime Stories (2012) and Casualty (2014). But it is her long-running role as Kelly Windsor in over 260 episodes of soap Emmerdale between 1993-2007 that Adele will be most remembered for. She has also made appearances on reality shows such as The Salon (2004), I'm Famous and Frightened! (2004), Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes (2005, pretending to be Kylie Minogue), Soapstar Superstar (2006-07), Hell's Kitchen (2007, in which she came second), Come Dine With Me (2010) and Celebrity Bedlam (2012).
Facts
In 2008 Adele released a set of limited edition wines as part of an online reality series called Mistress of the Vines, sponsored by Stowell's. She has been romantically linked with a number of British footballers in the past, as well as former boy band member Antony Costa, but in November 2014 announced she was expecting her first child (following three miscarriages) with her fiance Oliver Farber.

Kathleen Bidmead (Woman) Jul 4 1927 to Jan 17 2004
Doctor Who credits
Played: Elder of the Tribe of the Free in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986, uncredited)
Played: Rezzie in Paradise Towers (1987, uncredited)
Played: Mrs Smith in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988, uncredited)
Played: Tourist in Silver Nemesis (1988, uncredited)
Played: Woman in Survival (1989)
Career highlights
Kathleen got into acting after being a production unit manager on series such as When the Boat Comes In (1976), The Onedin Line (1976-77), Wings (1977-78) and Bleak House (1985). Her earliest on-screen turn was in Strike It Rich! (1986), followed by Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest (1986), One By One (1987), Moondial (1988), Casualty (1990), London's Burning (1990) and Breakout (1997).

Michelle Martin (Neighbour)
Career highlights
Michelle's other work includes Allegra (1970), The Clifton House Mystery (1978), The Changeling (1980), Your Ticket is No Longer Valid (1981), Top Secret! (1984), Seeing Things (1985), Perfect Scoundrels (1990), Pictures of Baby Jane Doe (1995) and The Bill (2001), as well as a regular role as Janet Dickens in over 60 episodes of Angels (1982-83).

CREW

Rona Munro (writer) Born Sep 7 1959
Doctor Who credits
Writer: Survival (1989), The Eaters of Light (2017)
Career highlights
Rona has been writing for film, TV, stage and radio since 1981, her screen work including Biting the Hands (1989), Casualty (1990), Ladybird Ladybird (1994), Men of the Month (1994), Bumping the Odds (1997), Aimee and Jaguar (1999), I'm the Father (2002), Rehab (2003), Almost Adult (2006), Oranges and Sunshine (2010) and Untitled Loach/ Munro Project (2016).
Facts
In 1991 she was awarded the London Critics' Circle Drama Theatre Award for most promising new playwright for Bold Girls, and was nominated for a BAFTA for Bumping the Odds. In 2013 she appeared on Newsnight to discuss Doctor Who in the 1980s.

Alan Wareing (director) Born Aug 16 1943
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1988-89), Ghost Light (1989), Survival (1989)
Career highlights
Alan had earlier been production assistant on The Keeper of Traken (1981), after starting as assistant floor manager on Survivors and The Onedin Line in the 1970s. He also performed production manager duties on Juliet Bravo (1981-82), Tenko (1982), Miss Marple (1985), the Doctor Who story Timelash (1985), Lovejoy (1986) and EastEnders (1986), before graduating to director on Rockcliffe's Folly (1988), The Bill (1989-90), London's Burning (1996), Wycliffe (1997-98), Casualty (1987-2001), 100 episodes of Coronation Street (2001-10) and over 200 episodes of Emmerdale (1993-2015).

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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