Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright) Dec 17 1929 to Feb 18 1993 (bone cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Barbara Wright in 100,000 BC, The Daleks, Inside the Spaceship, Marco Polo, The Keys of Marinus, The Aztecs, The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, Planet of Giants, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Rescue, The Romans, The Web Planet, The Crusade, The Space Museum, The Chase (1963-65).
Played: Lexa in Meglos (1980).
|Jacqueline Hill in her younger days,|
probably the 1950s
|Jacqueline in The Blue Parrot (1953)|
Following her film debut, Jacqueline appeared in the BBC's fantasy mini-series The Rose and the Ring, a now missing three-part adaptation for children of William Makepeace Thackeray's 1854 novel (broadcast between November 24th and December 8th, 1953, and adapted by Stanley Haynes). In it she played Fairy Blackstick, joined by David McCallum, Patrick Cargill, Kenneth Connor and Wilfrid Brambell. Timothy Bateson (The Ribos Operation, 1978) was also on the bill.
|Newspaper cuttings publicising The|
Legend of Pepito (1955)
|Jacqueline with her husband,|
director and producer Alvin Rakoff
The BBC Sunday Night Theatre play The Seat of the Scornful (now missing, but with surviving images) was another written by Ted Allan, this time a whodunnit based on the 1941 novel Death Turns the Tables by John Dickson Carr and broadcast on April 15th, 1956, and set in the fictitious seaside village of Tawnish. Another Rakoff production, it featured Jacqueline as Cynthia Lee, and co-starred William Lucas (Frontios, 1984), Graham Leaman (The Macra Terror, 1967; Fury from the Deep, 1968; The Seeds of Death, 1969; Colony in Space, 1971; and The Three Doctors, 1972-73), Dennis Edwards (The Romans, 1965, and The Invasion of Time, 1978) and Neil Wilson (Spearhead from Space, 1970).
|Jacqueline Hill and Sean Connery|
in Requiem for a Heavyweight
|A newspaper cutting publicising Man|
in the Corner, with Bill Nagy
A few months later, on May 30th, 1958, Jacqueline was "in the corner" again in the now-missing ITV Playhouse presentation Poet's Corner. Her co-stars in this included Carry On actor Kenneth Connor, Harry Green, Israel Price, Tony Quinn and Gary Raymond, but Jacqueline's character name is not recorded online.
On August 6th, 1958, Jacqueline played Miss Willie (Wilhelmina) in the now-missing ITV Play of the Week The Curious Savage, adapted by Gerald Savory from John Patrick's 1950 play. Miss Willie is an admin assistant and nurse who works at the Cloisters psychiatric sanatorium because her husband Jeff (played by Lionel Blair) is a patient there. Because of an aircrash during the war, he does not remember that he is married to Miss Willie, but she hopes one day his memory will return. The play also featured Maggie Smith and Peter Sallis (The Ice Warriors, 1967).
|Jacqueline with husband Alvin Rakoff|
Next up was an episode of The Flying Doctor, entitled Brainstorm, filmed in 1959 but not broadcast in London until May 1961. Greg Graham (series star Richard Denning) is summoned to the Ferguson homestead but on arrival is told his services are no longer required. Suspicious, he returns later to find one of the rooms completely wrecked. He then has to turn detective to help cure a man with a serious brain disorder. Jacqueline played Ellen Ferguson and Peter Dyneley her troubled husband Jeff. The episode also featured James Copeland (The Krotons, 1968-69) and Alan White (The Tenth Planet, 1966).
On May 7th, 1960, Jacqueline appeared in the Saturday Playhouse The Man Who Came to Dinner, broadcast from the BBC's Midlands studios. Originally a 1939 comedy play by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart, it was adapted for television by Gilbert Phelps, and directed by Patrick Dromgoole. Leo McKern played Sheridan Whiteside, a famous author, broadcaster and expert on just about everything, who is invited to dinner by pompous small-town businessman Ernest Stanley (Stuart Nicol) - and stays rather longer than anyone anticipated when he slips on some ice as he arrives and injures his hip. Sheridan is then looked after by several professionals, including a doctor, a nurse, and the doctor's secretary Maggie Cutler, played by Jacqueline! The cast also included Jack May (The Space Pirates, 1969) and Barry Wilsher (The Faceless Ones, 1967).
The BBC's Sunday Night Play on October 23rd, 1960 was The Chopping Block by Vincent Tilsley, directed by Vivian Matalon, co-starring Glyn Houston (The Hand of Fear, 1976, and The Awakening, 1984), Ursula Howells and Barbara Young, with Jacqueline in the role of Jane. I can't find very much information out about this play (which is ironic, because it does exist in the BBC archives), but Jacqueline's next project was the now-missing 80-minute BBC play The Watching Cat, broadcast on April 3rd, 1961 and written by Pamela Fry. The interesting thing about this play is American Fry was contracted to write an adaptation of her own 1960 book, but it wasn't used, and instead an adaptation by none other than Anthony Coburn was used. He, of course, went on to write the very first Doctor Who story, 100,000 BC (1963). The Radio Times synopsis read: "The house is full of watching cats but only one of them watches over the secret that old Jeremiah Ellis hid before he died." Jacqueline played orphan Catherine Ellis, rather fittingly a young, single schoolteacher from a remote town who inherits a large house from an eccentric, previously unknown uncle. There she encounters an evil stepmother, an unstable half-sister and a tall, dark and handsome lodger. The play co-starred Ruth Dunning and Graydon Gould.
The Men from Room 13 was a detective thriller series on the BBC which ran between 1959-61, and Jacqueline was a guest star in a (naturally missing) three-part story called The Man Who Made Trouble, broadcast between July 8th-22nd, 1961. Jacqueline played Miss Angel in a story about two restaurant owners who want to escape a protection racket. Also starring were Brian Wilde, Kenneth MacKintosh and Peter Stephens (The Celestial Toymaker, 1966, and The Underwater Menace, 1967), while music was provided by Doctor Who theme arranger Ron Grainer and his sextet!
|The Six Proud Walkers was on|
the cover of the Radio Times
in March 1962
On July 17th, 1962 Jacqueline appeared in her first of two episodes of the police series No Hiding Place, The Bank Job, in which she played Sonya Gardner. LostShows.com claims one or more sequences from this otherwise missing episode do exist, but this footage is not available online. Joining her on the bill was Tom Sheridan, who later had a minor role in the Doctor Who story The Rescue (1965).
Jacqueline next appeared in the BBC's sci-fi anthology series Out of This World in a story called Medicine Show (now missing!), written by Julian Bond from a story by Robert Moore Williams. Shown on August 4th 1962, it told the story of a medicine show which revisited a small American town, this time under new ownership. The strange new owners require seeds as payment in return for miracle cures. Hosted by horror giant Boris Karloff, the tale co-starred Raymond Adamson, Margo Cunningham and Nigel Arkwright, with Jacqueline playing Lil Harmon. This production had a strange effect on some of its audience as, following transmission, story editor Irene Shubik received many letters from those wanting to take advantage of the extraterrestrial medicine men's services!
|Jacqueline as Yvonne Moncin in Maigret|
|A lovely colour picture of Jacqueline|
from the early 1960s
Between November 1963 and June 1965, Jacqueline played Doctor Who's schoolteacher assistant Barbara Wright in a total of 16 stories and became something of a household name through its popularity. She decided to leave the show in early April 1965, and on May 6th, she and William Russell (who was also leaving the show) went on location around London to take photographs for use in their departure episode, The Planet of Decision. Her final day on the Doctor Who set was June 4th, 1965.
|Jacqueline with William Hartnell, William Russell and Maureen O'Brien|
on set for her final Doctor Who story, The Chase
Jacqueline appeared in just one other production during her two years with Doctor Who, and it was her second film role, playing Sandy Lavery in The Comedy Man (released September 1964), once again directed by her husband Alvin Rakoff. The film concerned a jobbing actor who has never quite made it big, but who has one last stab at success in London when he records a hit TV commercial. It was based on a novel by Douglas Hayes and starred Kenneth More in the lead role, with assistance from Cecil Parker, Dennis Price, Billie Whitelaw, Norman Rossington, Angela Douglas (Battlefield, 1989), Frank Finlay, Gerald Campion (Shada, unbroadcast), Derek Francis (The Romans, 1965), Edwin Richfield (The Sea Devils, 1972, and The Twin Dilemma, 1984), Eileen Way (100,000 BC, 1963, and The Creature from the Pit, 1979), Hamilton Dyce (Spearhead from Space, 1970) and even Chubby Checker! You can watch the DVD trailer for the film here, but Jacqueline is not included...
|Jacqueline with her children Sasha and John|
|Jacqueline, aged 49, playing Margaret|
Eden in Crown Court (1978)
|Jacqueline as Lady Capulet in Romeo|
and Juliet (1978)
Jacqueline's next project was a return to Doctor Who, but not as Barbara Wright this time. In the four-part Tom Baker story Meglos, she played high priestess Lexa, leader of the religious Deons, broadcast between September 27th and October 10th, 1980. The studio recording of Meglos took place between June 25th and July 12th. Jacqueline can be seen in this clip from Meglos on YouTube:
On December 6th, 1982 Jacqueline appeared in series 8 of the medical drama Angels as Mrs Muirhead in a story written by Rosemary Mason and directed by Stephen Butcher. Unfortunately this episode is yet to reach DVD and the only information I can find on it is that it featured the end of Vicky Smith's obsessive search for her real mother. The episode also featured Pauline Quirke, Arthur Cox (The Dominators, 1968, The Eleventh Hour, 2010) and Stacy Davies (The Invasion, 1968, State of Decay, 1980). The producer was Julia Smith, who had directed two Doctor Who stories in 1966 and later went on to co-create soap EastEnders.
|Jacqueline in Tales of the Unexpected:|
The Luncheon (1983)
|Jacqueline in Tales of the Unexpected:|
Accidental Death (1984)
Jacqueline's penultimate screen acting work was in the Screenplay strand, a film written by Peter Buckman called All Together Now. Broadcast on BBC2 on July 9th, 1986, and directed by David Attwood, it was a comedy about a brass band having its weekly rehearsals upset by the arrival of a new recruit from the North, who "knows how to do things properly". It starred Clive Swift (Revelation of the Daleks, 1985, Voyage of the Damned, 2007) as the interfering trombonist James, and a very young Colin Farrell as conductor Matthew. Also in the line-up was Terry Molloy (the man behind the 1980s Davros), while Jacqueline played the part of tenor horn player Jenny.
|Jacqueline's Spotlight picture after|
she relaunched her career
Two of Jacqueline's closest friends were actors Richard Briers and his wife Anne Davies (both fellow Doctor Who alumni - Anne co-starred with Jacqueline in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, while Richard was in 1987's Paradise Towers), and it was the latter with whom Jacqueline enrolled with the Open University in the 1980s. She was married to Canadian TV and film director Alvin Rakoff.
|Jacqueline on holiday in Amsterdam|