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Tributes to the Doctor Who luminaries who passed away between December 2017 and November 2018.

5 December 2017 Meic Povey

Hailing from Nant Gwynant in Snowdonia, actor-playwright Meic Povey was born in November 1950. As an actor, his TV credits (generally billed as Michael Povey) included The Regiment, Heyday in the Blood, A Woman of Style, multiple 1980s episodes of Minder (as DC ‘Taf’ Jones), A Mind to Kill (a series for which he also wrote), and his last credit – a cab driver in the Ninth Doctor story The Unquiet Dead (2005). Acting, however, was, by his own admission, a sideline. He joined BBC Wales in January 1974 as an assistant script editor, helping shape the fledgling soap Pobol y Cwm (which he’d subsequently act in) and developing into one of Wales’ most prolific and distinguished writers for stage, screen and radio. He won BAFTA Cymru awards for Nel in 1991 and Talcen Caled in 2005, and his stage plays included Y Cadfridog, Perthyn, Fel Anifail (transferred to radio as Like an Animal), Bonansa, Tair, Indian Country and Life of Ryan…and Ronnie; the last became an S4C film and brought Povey another BAFTA. His 2010 autobiography was called Nesa Peth i Ddim (Next to Nothing).

19 December 2017 Jeremy Wilkin

Born in Byleet in June 1930, Jeremy Wilkin graduated from RADA in 1950 and spent much of his early career in Canada; there, he acted opposite Christopher Plummer’s Hamlet at the Stratford Ontario Festival and played TV leads for CBC in such classic plays as Colombe, Ondine and The Birthday Party. Returning to the UK, he starred in ABC’s 1965 SF series Undermind and provided the voice of Virgil Tracy in the final episodes of Thunderbirds and the two feature ilms spun of from it. Remaining in the Gerry Anderson orbit, he provided voices for Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90 and The Secret Service, as well as appearing in person in UFO. Other British TV work included Blake’s 7, Kessler, County Hall, Dizzy and Just Cause – plus the duplicitous Professor Kellman in the 1975 Fourth Doctor serial Revenge of the Cybermen. His many stage credits included Rhinoceros (Toronto), The Broken Jug (New York), and in the UK Brassneck (Nottingham), Caliban in The Tempest (Pitlochry), The Gingerbread Man (Bromley), The Lady from the Sea (Hampstead) and Lulu (on tour). He was also an RSC member from 1983-84.

24 December 2017 Luan Peters

In September 1969 Luan Peters opened in the saucy Whitehall Theatre comedy Pyjama Tops. On this cue she became a welcome, huskyvoiced feature of numerous exploitation films – Freelance, Twins of Evil, Not Tonight Darling (in the lead), The Flesh and Blood Show, The Devil’s Men – as well as starring in the TV pilot Go Girl (shot in November 1971 but never screened). London-born (as Carol Hirsch) in June 1946, she had a 1960s pop career under the name Karol Keyes, which was how she was credited when playing Chicki in The Macra Terror (1967); six years later she reappeared in Doctor Who briefly, playing Sheila in Frontier in Space. Her other theatre credits included Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves (touring, 1973), the ‘erotic musical’ Decameron ‘73 (Roundhouse 1973), Tom Stoppard’s Dirty Linen (Arts Theatre 1976) and Shut Your Eyes and Think of England (Apollo Theatre 1978-79). Her TV appearances ranged from The Caesars, Coronation Street and Albert! to Whodunnit?, Target and (most famously) as Australian guest Raylene Miles in Fawlty Towers. Latterday credits included, on stage, a 1985 tour of Funny Peculiar and, on screen, a 1990 instalment of The Bill.

5 January 2018 Mick Hughes

Born in London in May 1938, Mick Hughes was an award-winning theatrical lighting designer. A mainstay of the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Chichester Festival Theatre, he was also much favoured by director-playwrights Harold Pinter and Alan Ayckbourn. Early in his career he directed numerous productions at Worcester’s Swan Theatre, and it was as director, as well as lighting designer, that he staged the short-lived Terrance Dicks play Doctor Who and the Daleks in Seven Keys to Doomsday at London’s Adelphi Theatre in December 1974.

News of the following five deaths reached us too late for inclusion in the last Yearbook:

1 July 2017 Chick Anthony

In a BBC career spanning more than 30 years, sound recordist Chick Anthony worked on the Doctor Who stories The Reign of Terror (1964) and, seven years later, The Mind of Evil. There were other fantasy subjects on his extensive CV – Out of the Unknown, Counterstrike, Doomwatch, Star Cops – but these were considerably outnumbered by classic dramas both ancient and modern, among them The Vortex, The Three Sisters, The Changeling, The Beaux’ Stratagem, The Browning Version, The Birthday Party and Knuckle. In addition he was credited on ten instalments of the BBC Television Shakespeare sequence (1979-85), no fewer than 16 entries in the Play for Today strand (1970-82), and a host of landmark series, from Casanova and I, Claudius to The Glittering Prizes and The Barchester Chronicles. Born on Jersey in June 1929, he also died there, the day after his 88th birthday.

18 August 2017 Kismet Delgado

Kismet Delgado’s husband Roger – the Master to Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor – had been dead for some 11 months when Kismet was teamed with Ysanne Churchman and Maureen Morris on Pertwee’s inal story, Planet of the Spiders (1974); together they provided the memorably cranky voices of the ‘Eight Legs’. She was born in London in September 1929 and among her handful of other acting engagements was the BBC’s Christmas 1959 attraction The Three Princes, in which her husband and Barry Letts (future producer-director of Planet of the Spiders) also appeared.

26 August 2017 Paul Greenhalgh

Dartford-born in February 1942, Paul Greenhalgh made his screen debut as 2nd Guardian in The Plague (second instalment of the 1966 Doctor Who serial The Ark). At the time he was in the midst of a long association with Westclif’s Palace Theatre, where the punishing routine of weekly rep saw him ploughing through such varied plays as Adventure Story, The Picture of Dorian Gray (in the title role), A Lily in Little India, Gigi, Hay Fever, Billy Liar and A Taste of Honey. Prior to this rep marathon he’d been an RSC member in 1962-63, appearing in King Lear and The Physicists among others; after it, he toured in Ivor Novello revivals like Glamorous Night and Perchance to Dream. He also racked up various TV credits, from The Saint, Colombe, UFO and Within These Walls to Edward the Seventh, The Crezz, Lillie and The Member for Chelsea.

26 August 2017 Nicolas Chagrin

Some two decades after his composer father, Francis Chagrin, had scored The Dalek Invasion of Earth, actor-dancer Nicolas Chagrin was cast as Quillam, a cyclopean state-sanctioned sadist in the 1985 story Vengeance on Varos. Born in London in November 1945, Chagrin was on TV as early as 1958; his first West End credits included King Rat in The Nutcracker (London Festival Ballet 1960), Puck in John Gielgud’s production of the Benjamin Britten opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Covent Garden 1961) and three stints at the Savoy Theatre – as Glen Candijack in the Noël Coward musical Sail Away (1962), in Gillian Lynne’s dance revue Collages (1963) and as Mexican houseboy Pedro in The Night of the Iguana (1965). Thereafter he combined extensive theatre work with numerous screen credits, among them the fraternal leads in The Man in the Iron Mask, Polidori to Robert Powell’s Shelley, Beau Geste, The Box of Delights, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Zorro, the Patrice Leconte ilm Ridicule, The Knock, Hex and finally, in 2015, London Spy.

5 November 2017 John Bown

In 1965 John Bown played the Thal rebel Antodus in the feature ilm Dr. Who and the Daleks. Born in Dorset in July 1934, he gained early rep experience in Whitby and in January 1959 made his West End debut at the New Theatre in The Rose Tattoo. Subsequently he played Richard Rich in the original staging of A Man for All Seasons (Globe Theatre 1960), interleaving further theatre engagements with such TV credits as Maigret, Sergeant Cork, The Baron, The Saint, The Avengers and The Champions. Having played a recurring role in the final season of Doomwatch, he spent the second half of the 1970s with the RSC, including a celebrated studio production of Macbeth that was televised by Thames. His films included four for Hammer, in one of which, Vampire Circus, his wife was played by his real-life wife, Sibylla Kay. In 1969 he wrote and directed a feature film showcase for her called Monique, an accomplished suburban sex-drama that did well commercially but led to no further directing assignments.

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THE DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE YEARBOOK 2019 Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Doctor was one of the television events of 2018 and a landmark in Doctor Who’s long history. The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition explores the making of Series 11 in unprecedented detail. Highlights among the exclusive interviews include: Percelle Ascott (The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos), Jonny Dixon (The Woman Who Fell to Earth), Shobna Gulati (Arachnids in the UK, Demons of the Punjab), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Kerblam!), Ed Hime (writer, It Takes You Away), Phyllis Logan (The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos), Susan Lynch (The Ghost Monument), Pete McTighe (writer, Kerblam!), Vinette Robinson (Rosa), Ellie Wallwork (It Takes You Away), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Joy Wilkinson (writer, The Witchfinders)