Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The Happiness Patrol

The Kandy Man (David John Pope) faces
off against Ace (Sophie Aldred)
Three episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three)
First broadcast Nov 2 to 16 1988
Average audience for serial: 5.07m

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.

Sheila Hancock (Helen A) Born Feb 22 1933
Career highlights
Born on the Isle of Wight, Sheila's debut came in Skywatch (1960), then Twice Round the Daffodils (1962), The Moon-Spinners (1964), Carry On Cleo (1964), The Anniversary (1968), Simply Sheila (1968), Take a Girl Like You (1970), Scoop (1972), But Seriously, It's Sheila Hancock (1972-73), Couples (1976), The Wildcats of St Trinian's (1980), The Remainder Man (1982), Bulman (1985), Hawks (1988), Buster (1988), Jumping the Queue (1989), Three Men and a Little Lady (1990), Gone to Seed (1992), The Buccaneers (1995), Dangerous Lady (1995), Close Relations (1998), Alice in Wonderland (1999), EastEnders (2000-01), Fortysomething (2003), Bleak House (2005), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), Hustle (2012), Delicious (2013) and Remember Me (2014). She regularly played Carole Taylor in The Rag Trade (1961-62), Sheila Ross in The Bed-Sit Girl (1965-66), Thelma Teesdale in Mr Digby Darling (1969-71), Claire Love in Now, Take My Wife (1971), Frances in Brighton Belles (1993-94), Alice Oldfield in Bedtime (2001-03, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA) and Grace Pullman in New Tricks (2007-11). She was also a regular contributor to the series Grumpy Old Women (2004-08), and was a judge in the talent search series Over the Rainbow (2010).
Facts
In 1963 Sheila released a single called My Last Cigarette, about trying to give up smoking. Quaker Sheila's first husband was actor Alec Ross, who appeared in The Evil of the Daleks in 1967 but died of oesophageal cancer in 1971; her second husband was actor John Thaw, of Inspector Morse fame, who also died of oesophageal cancer, in 2002 (the day before Sheila's 69th birthday). In 1988 Sheila fought and won a battle against breast cancer herself. Her daughter is actress Melanie Thaw (actually Alec Ross's daughter, who John Thaw adopted). Sheila was awarded an OBE in 1974 and a CBE in 2011. In 2014 Sheila published her debut novel, Miss Carter's War.
This is Your Life: Sheila was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on January 5th, 1977, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews during the curtain call for the play The Bed Before Yesterday at London's Lyric Theatre. Three Doctor Who actors were guests for the tribute - Royce Mills, Tony Beckley and Richard Briers. Link to The Big Red Book entry.

Ronald Fraser (Joseph C) Apr 11 1930 to Mar 13 1997 (internal haemmorhage)
Career highlights
Ronald started with a bit part in Montserrat (1954), after which he appeared in a great many productions, including Black Ice (1957), Invisible Man (1959), The Sundowners (1960), Jungle Fighters (1961), The Ginger Man (1962), The Punch and Judy Man (1963), Crooks in Cloisters (1964), The Avengers (1965), Sword of Honour (1967), The Killing of Sister George (1968), The Bed Sitting Room (1969), Rentadick (1972), Swallows and Amazons (1974), Melissa (1974), Star Maidens (1976), Follow Me (1977), Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Wild Geese (1978), Spooner's Patch (1979), Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), Absolute Beginners (1986), Scandal (1989), Boon (1990), The Blackheath Poisonings (1992), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1993) and The Willows in Winter (1996). He played Basil Allenby-Johnson in The Misfit (1970-71), Dr Reginald Biddy in The Practice (1985) and Harold Chambers in Life Without George (1987-89), and may also be remembered as The Lord of Love on Chris Evans's TFI Friday (1996-97).
Facts
Ronald was known in his native Hampstead in London as a heavy drinker and a regular at local pubs. The pallbearers at his funeral included actors Peter O'Toole, Sean Connery and Simon Ward, and the aforementioned Chris Evans.

Georgina Hale (Daisy K) Born Aug 4 1943
Career highlights
Georgina's debut came in 1965's The Flying Swan, after which she found work in Mickey Dunne (1967), Virgin of the Secret Service (1968), The Main Chance (1970), The Devils (1971), The Boy Friend (1971), Anyone for Sex? (1973), Mahler (1974), Notorious Woman (1974), Voyage of the Damned (1976), The World is Full of Married Men (1979), McVicar (1980), Eden End (1981), Castaway (1986), South of the Border (1988), One Foot in the Grave (1990), The Detectives (1993), Treasure Island (1995), Preaching to the Perverted (1997), Casualty (2000), The Bill (1994/2002), Emmerdale (2006), Cockneys vs Zombies (2012) and Still Waters (2015). Georgina will be best known by children of the 1990s as Tabatha Bag in 42 episodes of the T-Bag series between 1990-92, but other recurring roles include Jean Bird in Budgie (1971-72), Georgina in Yes, Honestly (1976-77), Lynne in Gems (1988) and Blanche Longford in Hollyoaks (2010-11). She won a Best Newcomer BAFTA Film Award for her part in Mahler (1974).
Facts
She was for a time married to actor John Forgeham. Poorly educated as a child, Georgina was unable to read or write for many years.

Rachel Bell (Priscilla P) Born 1947
Career highlights
Debuting in Second City Firsts (1975), Rachel's other work includes Disraeli (1978), Sweet William (1980), For 4 Tonight (1983), The Magnificent Evans (1984), Only Fools and Horses (1985), Home to Roost (1990), The Upper Hand (1991), One Foot in the Grave (1995), Murder in Mind (2003), Red Mercury (2005), EastEnders (2006), The Edge of Love (2008), Mrs Biggs (2012) and Birds of a Feather (2014). Regular roles include Louise in sitcom Dear John (1986-87), Edith Pilchester in The Darling Buds of May (1991-93), Miss Pringle in ChuckleVision (1992/2001) and teacher Margaret Holmes in 95 episodes of children's drama Grange Hill (1997-2002).
Facts
Rachel, who was once married to pianist Mike O'Neill, has also worked as a teacher in an English boarding school. In 2010 she took on the role of Hyacinth Bucket in a stage version of the classic sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, and was perfect for the part - here she is interviewed about it, and revealing that she is a huge fan of Flight of the Conchords!

Lesley Dunlop (Susan Q) Born Mar 10 1956
Doctor Who credits
Played: Norna in Frontios (1984)
Played: Susan Q in The Happiness Patrol (1988)
Career highlights
Debuting in A Little Princess aged 17, Lesley's CV includes roles in Crown Court (1973), Oranges and Lemons (1973), The Adventures of Black Beauty (1974), South Riding (1974), Haunted (1974), My Brother's Keeper (1975), Our Mutual Friend (1976), The Onedin Line (1977), A Little Night Music (1978), Penmarric (1979), Dick Turpin (1979), The Elephant Man (1980), The Monster Club (1981), Smuggler (1981), Waters of the Moon (1983), Thirteen at Dinner (1985), Capstick's Law (1989), Silent Witness (1996), Wokenwell (1997), The Phoenix and the Carpet (1997), My Uncle Silas (2000/03) and The Many Lives of Albert Walker (2002). Between 2000-06 Lesley appeared as Anna Kirkwall in the drama Where the Heart Is, after first achieving recognition as Zoe Callender in the sitcom May to December (1990-94). Since 2008 she has been playing Brenda Walker in soap Emmerdale.
Facts
Lesley was once married to actor Christopher Guard, who appeared in Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy in 1988/89 (this also made her sister-in-law to actor Dominic Guard, who appeared in 1983's Terminus, and his wife, the actress Sharon Duce, who was in 1989's Ghost Light). She is now in a relationship with fellow Emmerdale star Chris Chittell. Lesley's father was TV writer Pat Dunlop, who contributed uncredited to the script for the 1966 Doctor Who story The War Machines. Lesley's face is also associated with Kleenex toilet tissue in the UK due to her TV commercials in the 1990s (directed by Mike Leigh).

Harold Innocent (Gilbert M) April 18 1933 to Sep 12 1993
Doctor Who credits
Played: Gilbert M in The Happiness Patrol (1988)
Played: Freeth in The Paradise of Death (1993, audio)
Career highlights
Harold debuted in Adventures in Paradise (1959), then Sea Hunt (1960), The Twilight Zone (1961), five episodes of Gunsmoke (1961-62), The River Flows East (1962), Crane (1964), Riviera Police (1965), The Queen Street Gang (1968), The Avengers (1963/68), Every Home Should Have One (1970), Loot (1970), Z Cars (1972), Churchill's People (1975), Killers (1976), Ripping Yarns (1977), The Further Adventures of Oliver Twist (1980), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), Kessler (1981), An Englishman Abroad (1983), Diana (1984), Brazil (1985), The Canterville Ghost (1986), Hideaway (1986), Porterhouse Blue (1987), Life Without George (1988), Buster (1988), Without a Clue (1988), The Tall Guy (1989), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), EastEnders (1992) and Heartbeat (1993). He also appeared as Mr Tucker in The Squirrels (1975-77).
Facts
Harold died between the broadcast of episodes 3 and 4 of The Paradise of Death.

John Normington (Trevor Sigma) Jan 28 1937 to Jul 26 2007 (pancreatic cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Morgus in The Caves of Androzani (1984)
Played: Trevor Sigma in The Happiness Patrol (1988)
Played: Tom Flanagan in Torchwood: Ghost Machine (2006)
Career highlights
John, who originally trained as an opera singer, debuted in a 1963 adaptation of As You Like It, then Inadmissable Evidence (1968), Sexton Blake (1968), The Caesars (1968), Canterbury Tales (1969), The Reckoning (1970), On the House (1970-71), The Edwardians (1972), A Day Out (1972), The Song of Songs (1973), Stardust (1974), Rollerball (1975), The Medusa Touch (1978), Life of Shakespeare (1978), Strangers and Brothers (1974), A Private Function (1984), Yes, Prime Minister (1986), My Family and Other Animals (1987), Jack the Ripper (1988), The Paradise Club (1989), In Sickness and in Health (1992), Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996), Coronation Street (1997), David Copperfield (1999), Longitude (2000), Thieves Like Us (2007), Trial and Retribution (2007) and Atonement (2007).
Facts
John was first diagnosed with cancer in 2004, but recovered well enough to continue acting until his death. His longtime partner was theatrical wig maker John Anderson.

Richard D Sharp (Earl Sigma)
Career highlights
Richard's earliest screen role was Lifeforce (1985), followed by Turnaround (1987), Love Potion (1987), Crusoe (1988), Perry Mason (1990), Sweating Bullets (1993), Soldier Soldier (1994), Mission: Impossible (1996), Kavanagh QC (1997) and CI5: The New Professionals (1999).

Tim Barker (Harold V) Born Apr 1947
Career highlights
Debuting in Juliet Bravo (1982), Tim's credits include Morons from Outer Space (1985), Who Sir? Me Sir? (1985), A Month in the Country (1987), Inspector Morse (1988), A Gentleman's Club (1988), Forever Green (1989), The Piglet Files (1990), All Creatures Great and Small (1983/90), Dark Season (1991), Gone to Seed (1992), Once Upon a Time in the North (1994), Seaforth (1994), Cadfael (1995), Wokenwell (1997), Family Money (1997), Bugs (1998), Let Them Eat Cake (1999), Calendar Girls (2003), The Royal Today (2008), Trollied (2012) and Moving On (2013).
Facts
As an ardent Carlisle United FC fan, Tim recorded the song Looking Good (We're Carlisle United) in 1974 as Tim Barker and the Carlisle United Singers when the team was promoted to Division 1 in the Football League for the first time in its history (the song got a re-release in 2011 - here it is on iTunes!). Tim is known for translating Shakespearean stories into dialect. In 2005 he was granted planning permission to open a museum to show off his 10,000 toy soldiers - you can visit the Soldiers in Silloth exhibition in Cumbria.

Jonathan Burn (Silas P) Born Nov 28 1939
Career highlights
Debuted in The Human Jungle (1963), then Six (1965), The Party's Over (1965), The Avengers (1966/68), Sudden Terror (1970), Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971), I, Claudius (1976), The Upchat Connection (1978), Smiley's People (1982), Beau Geste (1982), Ellis Island (1984), Mother Love (1989), Till We Meet Again (1989), The Good Guys (1992), 2point4 Children (1998) and Cambridge Spies (2003). Jonathan also had recurring roles as Val Dartie in The Forsyte Saga (1967) and Max Lorimer in soap Crossroads (1977).
Facts
Jonathan is now retired and living in France, but in one online profile he amusingly summarises himself: "Born to a refugee Jewish Venetian father and a refugee Jewish Viennese mother within the sound of Bow Bells so I am technically a Cockney Austro-Italian Jew - and am married to a Francophone Mauritian."

David John Pope (Kandy Man)
Career highlights
David's earliest role was in Star Cops (1987), then Bergerac (1988), A Sense of Guilt (1990), Fiddlers Three (1991), Haggard (1992), Solomon and Sheba (1995) and Ultraviolet (1998). He had a regular role as Luigi in My Husband and I (1987-88).
Facts
David gave up acting in the late 1990s and moved to Spain, where he lived and worked as an artist, but returned to the UK in 2011 to resume his acting career. David is also a singer, and has his own YouTube channel where you can see him singing his own compositions, as well as covers of The Doors and Damien Rice, among others.

Mary Healey (Killjoy) Born Aug 29 1942
Career highlights
Mary debuted as Ruth in the 1968 adaptation of The Railway Children, then took roles in Villette (1970), Sentimental Education (1970), Never Say Die (1970), Villains (1972), The Hole in the Wall (1972), Pollyanna (1973), Holding On (1977), Van der Valk (1977), Leave It to Charlie (1978), The Gentle Touch (1981), The Gaffer (1983), Blott on the Landscape (1985), Consuming Passions (1988), Capstick's Law (1989), Young, Gifted and Broke (1989), Coronation Street (1977/90), Chaplin (1992), Mulberry (1993), Dangerous Lady (1995), Brassed Off (1996), Goodnight, Mister Tom (1998), Gimme Gimme Gimme (2001), Blue Murder (2003), Outlaws (2004), Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005), Saxondale (2006), Life of Riley (2010), The Royle Family (2012), The Cafe (2011-13) and The Great Fire (2014). Mary had regular roles as Mrs Cochrane in The Duchess of Duke Street (1976-77), Mary Peel in The Mallens (1979-80), Miss Wilmot in King and Castle (1986-88), Ruth Sweeney in Brookside (1992-94) and Mrs Watkins in Heartbeat (1996).
Facts
Mary is married to actor Morgan Deare, who appeared in Doctor Who in 1987's Delta and the Bannermen. She is a natural health science advocate.

Tim Scott (Forum doorman)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Chima in Delta and the Bannermen (1987)
Played: Forum doorman in The Happiness Patrol (1988)
Career highlights
Tim's only other credit is Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge (1988).
Facts
He now runs his own actors' management business.

Steve Swinscoe (Sniper)
Career highlights
Steve's further work includes The Chief (1991), The Cloning of Joanna May (1992), A Touch of Frost (1992), Sin Bin (1994), September Song (1994-95), David Copperfield (1999), Red Cap (2001), Rome (2005), Bad Girls (2006), eight episodes of The Bill (1987-2007) and five episodes of Doctors (2005-08).
Facts
He is also a mime artist and choreographer.

Mark Carroll (Sniper)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Tetrap in Time and the Rani (1987, uncredited)
Played: Genii in Time and the Rani (1987, uncredited)
Played: Sniper in The Happiness Patrol (1988)
Career highlights
Mark's other work includes The Gold Key (1985), The Pleasure Principle (1992) and The Iceman Murder (2005). He was also a member of the casts of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar in 2000 and The Phantom of the Opera in 2004, and was part of the original West End casts of Miss Saigon and Marguerite.
Facts
He also writes his own musicals - including The Attic, Guy Fawkes and Astronaut - and was once the recipient of the John Lennon Award for outstanding new songwriter presented by Yoko Ono. Two of his compositions have been performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and two more recorded by Ruthie Henshall on her album Pilgrim, which he also produced.

Philip Neve (Wences)
Career highlights
Philip's further work includes London's Burning (1989), Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (1990 - in which he plays the Nuisance of Nuneaton!), Teenage Health Freak (1991) and A Haunting Harmony (1993).

Ryan Freedman (Wulfric)
Career highlights
Ryan also appeared in Knockback, Part 1 (1985), Shalom Joan Collins (1989) and Birds of a Feather (1990).

Annie Hulley (Newscaster) Born Oct 23 1955
Career highlights
Annie made her debut in a 1977 Play for Today entitled Spend Spend Spend, after which she found work in Strangers (1978), Kinvig (1981), Fame is the Spur (1982), A Brother's Tale (1983), Sleepers (1991), Between the Lines (1992), Eldorado (1993), September Song (1994-95), Liverpool 1 (1998), Tipping the Velvet (2002), The Courtroom (2004), Skins (2008), Sirens (2011) and Dates (2013). Annie also played Karen Moore in Emmerdale Farm (1984-86), Brelca in The Return of the Antelope (1988), Sarah Sydenham in City Central (1998-99), Gwen Loveday/ Davies in Coronation Street (1999-2000) and Muriel Parsons in Sweet Medicine (2003); she also provided the voice of Babs in the video game version of the animated film Chicken Run (2000).
Facts
In the 21st century she has become involved in property investment, buying up property in London and Liverpool and writing a book called How to be a Property Millionaire (2004). She is married to Doctor Who director Chris Clough.

CREW

Graeme Curry (writer) Born 1954
Career highlights
Before writing for Doctor Who, Graeme was a journalist, singer and actor, and in 1982 won the Cosmopolitan Young Journalist of the Year Award. He later wrote for The Bill (1988) and has since written various stage plays and dramas for radio, as well as poetry for children with his wife Jennifer, such as Around the World in 80 Poems, Revolting Rhymes and Measles and Sneezles.

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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