Monday, January 19, 2015

The Curse of Fenric

The Haemovores pose for their
publicity shots
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Oct 25 to Nov 15 1989
Average audience for serial: 4.13m

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.

Dinsdale Landen (Dr Judson) Sep 4 1932 to Dec 29 2003 (pneumonia)
Career highlights
Debuted in The Last Enemy (1956), then appeared in Great Expectations (1959), Operation Snatch (1962), We Joined the Navy (1962), They All Died Laughing (1964), The Mask of Janus (1965), Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966), The Spies (1966), Mickey Dunne (1967), The Avengers (1968), World in Ferment (1969), Jason King (1972), Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (1973), Thriller (1973/74), Cilla's Comedy Six (1975), Rooms (1975), The Glittering Prizes (1976), Fathers and Families (1977), Devenish (1977-78), The New Avengers (1977), International Velvet (1978), Pig in the Middle (1980), Freud (1984), Morons from Outer Space (1985), The Irish RM (1985), Woof! (1991), Lovejoy (1993/94), The Buccaneers (1995), The Wingless Bird (1997) and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2004).
Facts
Dinsdale was a very intuitive, observant actor and used to travel round and round on the London Tube watching how people behaved so he could feed it into his performances. He largely retired from acting in 1998 after being diagnosed with mouth cancer, which was in remission at the time of his death. Dinsdale was married to the actress Jennifer Daniel.

Alfred Lynch (Commander Millington) Jan 26 1931 to Dec 16 2003 (cancer)
Career highlights
Alfred debuted in Big Guns (1958), then took work in Look Back in Anger (1959), Operation Snafu (1961), The Password is Courage (1962), 55 Days at Peking (1963), The Hill (1965), Hereward the Wake (1965), Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1965), The Sea Gull (1968), The Blockhouse (1973), The Fortunes of Nigel (1974), Going Straight (1978), Murder at the Wedding (1979), The Good Companions (1980-81), The Deliberate Death of a Polish Priest (1987), Bulman (1985/87), Floodtide (1987), Bergerac (1990), The Krays (1990), Lovejoy (1993), Pie in the Sky (1995) and Monsignor Renard (2000). He had a regular role as Squadron Leader Jimmy Briggs in Manhunt (1970).
Facts
His partner since the 1950s was actor James Culliford, who appeared in Doctor Who story Frontier in Space (1973). After recording his scenes in October 1972, James suffered a stroke, and Alfred looked after him until James died in 2002. Alfred once had a fling with ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

Nicholas Parsons (Reverend Wainwright) Born Oct 10 1923
Career highlights
Nicholas is best known for his presenting work on both radio and TV. His earliest role in this regard was on What's It All About? (1955), followed by series such as They're Off! (1956), The Eurovision Song Contest (1963), All Kinds of Music (1970), Sale of the Century (1971-84), The Saints Went Marching Out (1980), The All New Alphabet Game (1987), Roland's Rat Race (1988), Laughlines (1990), Just a Minute (1994-99/2012 on TV and on radio continuously since 1967) and Have I Got News for You (2005). However, his acting credentials stem back far further, both straight roles and comedy, beginning in Hay Fever (1946), then Spring at Marino (1951), The Passing Show (1951), The Eric Barker Half-Hour (1951-53), Here and Now (1955-56), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1956), Brothers in Law (1957), Too Many Crooks (1959), Doctor in Love (1960), Carry On Regardless (1961), Murder Ahoy (1964), The Arthur Haynes Show (1957-65, on TV and radio), Night Train to Surbiton (1965), The Wrong Box (1966), The Ghost Goes Gear (1966), The Ugliest Girl in Town (1968-69), The Benny Hill Show (1968-71), The Very Merry Widow and How (1969), Spy Story (1976), The Morecambe and Wise Show (1978), Rod and Emu's Saturday Special (1983), Roland Rat: The Series (1986), Bodger and Badger (1991), Kappatoo (1992), Cluedo (1993) and Agatha Christie's Marple (2010). He also provided the voice for Sheriff Tex Tucker in Gerry Anderson's Four Feather Falls (1960) and narration for The Wotwots (2010).
Facts
Nicholas's first wife was actress Denise Bryer, best known for her voice work on Four Feather Falls and Terrahawks (1983-86, as Mary Falconer and Zelda). He was awarded an OBE in 2004 and the CBE in 2014. His father was a doctor and is thought to have been the GP who delivered future British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1925. In 1976 Nicholas was asked by the Liberal Party to stand in the Yeovil constituency, but declined so he could concentrate on his entertainment career. Instead the party chose Paddy Ashdown, who went on to win the seat in the 1983 General Election, and become leader of the Liberal Democrats between 1988-99.
This is Your Life: Nicholas was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on March 1st, 1978, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews in the bar of the White House Hotel in London. Fellow Doctor Who actor Sneh Gupta was a guest at the tribute. Link to The Big Red Book entry.

Tomek Bork (Captain Sorin) Born Sep 17 1952
Career highlights
Polish born Tomek (real name Tomasz Borkowy) got his earliest credit in Najwazniejszy dzien zycia (1974), then Tylko Beatrycze (1976), Wysokie loty (1980), Mr Palfrey of Westminster (1985), The Bill (1986), CATS Eyes (1986), The One Game (1988), Piece of Cake (1988), Gentlemen and Players (1989), Murder By Moonlight (1989), Saracen (1989), Capital City (1989), Sleepers (1991), Second Thoughts (1992), Taggart (1995), Doctors (2007) and Jak gleboki jest ocean (2013). He also played Andrzej Talar in the Polish series Dom between 1980-2000 (despite being the longest-running TV series in Poland, only 25 episodes were made over a length of 20 years).
Facts
Tomek came to the UK in 1978 unable to speak English but has made both his home and career in Britain since (he has homes in both Scotland and Spain). He is chief executive and artistic director of Universal Arts, which has been running and promoting Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows and Scottish talent since 1990.

Janet Henfrey (Miss Hardaker) Born Aug 16 1935
Doctor Who credits
Played: Miss Hardaker in The Curse of Fenric (1989)
Played: Mrs Pitt in Mummy on the Orient Express (2014)
Career highlights
After debuting in The Dream Maker (1963), Janet's CV includes Martin Chuzzlewit (1964), Silas Marner (1964), Stand Up, Nigel Barton (1965), A Tale of Two Cities (1965), Tickertape (1968), The Jazz Age (1968), Wessex Tales (1973), Great Expectations (1981), Jury (1983), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Chocky (1984), Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (1985), Oliver Twist (1985), Alice in Wonderland (1986), Henry's Leg (1986), The Singing Detective (1986), Simon and the Witch (1987-88), Mr Majeika (1988), Capstick's Law (1989), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), The Upper Hand (1991), Bernard and the Genie (1991), Moon and Son (1992), One Foot in the Grave (1993), Just a Gigolo (1993), Dragonworld (1994), The Famous Five (1995), No Bananas (1996), Mrs Dalloway (1997), The Moonstone (1997), Les Miserables (1998), Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998), Doomwatch: Winter Angel (1999), The Worst Witch (1999-2000), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2001), Tipping the Velvet (2002), My Uncle Silas (2001/03), The Omen (2006), Fairytale of London Town (2010), Metamorphosis (2012), Agatha Christie's Marple (2013), Father Brown (2014), Mr Turner (2014), Toast of London (2014) and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016). She also regularly played housekeeper Mrs Bale in sitcom As Time Goes By (1993-2005).

Peter Czajkowski (Prozorov) Born Apr 27 1958
Career highlights
Peter (whose surname is pronounced "Tchaikovsky", like the composer) debuted in The Bill in 1985, after which he appeared in Hanna's War (1988), Moon and Son (1992), Soldier Soldier (1993), Birds of a Feather (1994), Men Behaving Badly (1995), Goodnight Sweetheart (1998), Heartbeat (2001) and The Last Detective (2003).
Facts
After giving up acting Peter became a drama teacher at a school in London but still directs stage productions, both independently and as part of educational projects.

Marek Anton (Vershinin)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Destroyer in Battlefield (1989)
Played: Vershinin in The Curse of Fenric (1989)
Career highlights
Marek's further credits include 'Allo 'Allo! (1992), Love Hurts (1993) and The Famous Five (1996).
Facts
He now lives in Poland.

Mark Conrad (Petrossian)
Career highlights
Further credits include Stacy's Knights (1983), Troubles (1988), Arrivederci Millwall (1989) and Cardiac Arrest (1994).

Joann Kenny (Jean) 1971 to 2010
Career highlights
Joann will perhaps be best remembered for playing Jane Bishop in school drama Grange Hill between 1985-88; her only other acting credit was The Bill in 1989.
Facts
As part of the Grange Hill cast she appeared on the Just Say No anti-drugs single in 1986, which peaked at number 5 on the chart. She can also be seen in the video for The Mobiles' 1981 single Drowning in Berlin. It is thought Joann may have died from cancer, but this is not confirmed.

Joanne Bell (Phyllis)
Career highlights
Joanne debuted in a 1982 Play for Today called A Mother Like Him, then appeared in The Professionals (1982), Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest (1984), Living Doll (1987) and Bergerac (1989). Between 1983-85 Joanne played Sarah Wilks in school drama Grange Hill.

Anne Reid (Nurse Crane) Born May 28 1935
Doctor Who credits
Played: Nurse Crane in The Curse of Fenric (1989)
Played: Florence Finnegan in Smith and Jones (2007)
Career highlights
Anne made her debut in 1957 in The Benny Hill Show, then popped up in The Machine Breakers (1957), Hancock's Half Hour (1957-59), Buggins' Ermine (1972), Nightingale's Boys (1975), Heydays Hotel (1977), Strangers (1978), The Mallens (1979-80), My Father's House (1981), The Practice (1985), Bleak House (1985), Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (1986), Victoria Wood (1989), Josie Smith (1991), Rich Tea and Sympathy (1991), Roughnecks (1994), Seaforth (1994), Wallace and Gromit in A Close Shave (1995, as the voice of Wendolene), Spark (1997), Playing the Field (1998-99), Peak Practice (1993/99), Linda Green (2001), Dalziel and Pascoe (2001-02), The Mother (2003), Rose and Maloney (2004), Bleak House (2005), The Booze Cruise trilogy (2003-06), Hot Fuzz (2007), In Love with Barbara (2008), Cemetery Junction (2010), Marchlands (2010), Prisoners' Wives (2013), Inside No 9 (2014) and Our Zoo (2014). She has had a number of recurring roles, starting with Valerie Barlow in soap Coronation Street (1961-71), Wendy Holmes in Firm Friends (1992-94), Jean in Dinnerladies (1998-2000), Brenda Thornhill in Life Begins (2004-06), Vera Small in Ladies of Letters (2009-10), Clarice Thackeray in Upstairs, Downstairs (2010-12) and Celia in Last Tango in Halifax (2012-15).
Facts
Anne, who received an MBE in 2010, was nominated for a Best Actress BAFTA, British Independent Film Award, Chlotrudis Award and European Film Award for The Mother in 2004: however, she only won London Critics' Circle Film Award. Her husband, until his death in 1981, was Head of Drama at Granada TV Peter Eckersley; their son is film editor Mark Eckersley.

Cory Pulman (Kathleen Dudman)
Career highlights
Cory debuted as Mandy Whitworth in Coronation Street (1984), then appeared in Fresh Fields (1985), Hot Metal (1986), Robin of Sherwood (1986), Boon (1988), Surgical Spirit (1990) and Midsomer Murders (1997).
Note: It's a little tricky to track down what Cory is up to these days, although it was reported in December 2014 that she was to direct a production of Cabaret for drama students at Cambridgshire's Impington Village College. In the biography of actor Michael Elphick written by his daughter Kate, it's mentioned that Michael met Cory on set for Boon in 1988, and hugged her as she was the daughter of the late television scriptwriter Jack Pulman. Jack had adapted many series for TV in the 1960s and 70s, including Elphick's own vehicle Private Schulz, as well as the much-lauded BBC series I, Claudius. Jack Pulman was married to actress Barbara Young, and the two of them are known to have a daughter, Liza Pulman, who is now a member of the comedy cabaret act Fascinating Aida. Liza crops up in birth records as being born in 1969 as Liza Kate Pulman, but there is no trace of a Cory Pulman. Can anybody shed any light?

Aaron Hanley (Baby Audrey) Born 1989
Anybody know him? He was born in Tunbridge Wells, and was apparently the son of a local landlord. He is the youngest actor to have appeared in Doctor Who.

Stevan Rimkus (Captain Bates)
Career highlights
After debuting in The Chinese Detective (1982), Stevan went on to appear in Taggart (1983), Cal (1984), Three Wishes for Jamie (1987), Heart of the Country (1987), Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Les Girls (1988), Wild Flowers (1989), London Kills Me (1991), El CID (1992), The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992), Elidor (1995), Dangerfield (1999), Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) (2000), Trial and Retribution (2002), Doctors (2002), American Cousins (2003), Hidalgo (2004), Modigliani (2004), Monarch of the Glen (2004), The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005) and Houdini (2014).

Marcus Hutton (Sergeant Leigh) Born Apr 1 1964
Career highlights
Marcus made his debut in Doctor Who, then appeared in Love Hurts (1992), Crocodile Shoes (1996), CI5: The New Professionals (1999), Hollyoaks (2007), Made in Dagenham (2010), Holby City (2011), Midsomer Murders (2014) and Daye's Work (2014). Marcus also enjoyed a recurring role as Nathan Cuddington in soap Brookside between 1998-2000. In 2010 he appeared in, as well as edited, directed and producer, the 11-minute short Dial N for Nurder.
Facts
He is now a prolific voiceover artist and has his own company and recording studio, and was for a time the face of the Swiss banking giant UBS. He has twice played the Duke of Buckingham in Big Finish audios (2002's The Church and the Crown and 2006's The Kingmaker).

Christien Anholt (Perkins) Born Feb 25 1971
Career highlights
Christien debuted in Reunion (1989), then appeared in Hamlet (1990), Press Gang (1991), The Power of One (1992), The Blackheath Poisonings (1992), Mama's Back (1993), Hard Times (1994), The 10 Percenters (1996), Cadfael (1996), Preaching to the Perverted (1997), Felicity (1998), The Waiting Time (1999), Adventure Inc (2003), Dark Corners (2006), Flyboys (2006), Ben 10: Race Against Time (2007), Doctors (2014) and Severed Garden (2015). He had a regular role as Nigel Bailey in 66 episodes of Relic Hunter (1999-2002).
Facts
Christien's father was actor Tony Anholt. Here is a part-Hungarian/ part-English fan site for him!

Raymond Trickett (Ancient Haemovore) Born 1962
Career highlights
Raymond's other - principally action or stunt - work includes Life Without George (1988), EastEnders (1988), French Fields (1989), Medics (1990), Covington Cross (1992), Blue Ice (1992), May to December (1992-93), Birds of a Feather (1997), Supply and Demand (1998), Messiah (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Power Rangers SPD (2005), Children of Men (2006), The Bank Job (2008), Axeman at Cutter's Creek (2013), Dead Bullet (2015) and Emergency: LA (2015).

CREW

Ian Briggs (writer) Born Oct 31 1958
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: Dragonfire (1987), The Curse of Fenric (1989)
Career highlights
Ian's further screen writing work includes Casualty (1990) and The Bill (1990).

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

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

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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