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In Memoriam

Tributes to the Doctor Who luminaries who passed away between December 2018 and November 2019.

11 December 2018

John Wreford

John Wreford Hotchkiss, born in Ealing in 1943, trained at Birmingham School of Speech and Drama from 1962 and by late 1964 was one of the earliest cast members in the Birmingham-based soap Crossroads, playing Jonathan Mortimer. In February 1966 he was cast as ‘robber’ in the bigscreen adventure Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., and soon afterwards he took over from John Alderton in Bill Naughton’s West End smash Spring and Port Wine, playing in it for a year and eventually handing over to Derek Seaton in September 1967. He also gained important showcases in the TV series Sat’day While Sunday and Z Cars, but in the 1970s he largely abandoned acting, eventually setting up the successful Hotchkiss-Kruger PR consultancy with his wife and also indulging his love of fly-fishing. In the latter capacity he produced a Norwegian documentary series, The Take, that sold worldwide, and also had two fishing-flies named after him – the Hotchpotch and the Hairy Hotchkiss.

19 December 2018

Bill Sellars

The director of The Celestial Toymaker (1966) – one of the First Doctor’s more macabre, and most memorable, adventures – was born William Sellers [sic] in Tideswell in June 1925. After the war, he was combined actor, stage manager and (eventually) producer at reps in Grange-over-Sands, St Annes-on-Sea, Derby and finally Northampton, leaving the latter in April 1958 to become a BBC floor manager. In due course he graduated to director on four 1960s soap operas – Compact, 199 Park Lane, United! and The Newcomers, becoming producer of the last-named in 1967. His producer CV in the 1970s comprised The Doctors, Owen M.D., three children’s serials (The Terracotta Horse, Chinese Puzzle and Circus), Five Red Herrings, The Doll and the concluding seasons of The Brothers. In the early 1980s, Flesh and Blood and The Little World of Don Camillo preceded the failed ferry-bound soap Triangle – though by this time he’d scored a major international bullseye with All Creatures Great and Small (1978-85).

After producing the rather similar One by One, he successfully revived All Creatures from 1988 to 1990. On this high note he returned to his roots, becoming artistic director of the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

Photo © Toby Hadoke.

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

4 October 2018

Anthony Colby

As a young actor in the 1960s, Anthony Colby’s stage credits were eclectic; they included playing opposite Stephen Moore [qv] in The Plough and the Stars and Red Roses for Me as part of the Mermaid Theatre’s Sean O’Casey festival in August 1962, touring with Paul Darrow [also qv] in Chips With Everything, and, in summer 1964, supporting Thora Hird and Freddie Frinton in The Best Laid Schemes at Bournemouth’s Pier Theatre. On this show he met Jill Marlowe, whom he married in April 1966 – immediately after which they were cast as newlyweds, opposite Arthur Askey and Cardew Robinson, in Second Honeymoon at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool.

Born in Windsor in 1937, he also cropped up in several TV shows, among them No Hiding Place, Redcap, Sat’day While Sunday, Dixon of Dock Green, Journey to the Unknown, Special Branch – and as a Saracen warrior opposite William Hartnell’s First Doctor in the 1965 serial The Crusade.

9 October 2018

Pat Gorman

An East End boy, born in May 1933, Pat Gorman lost his chance of playing for Arsenal thanks to a couple of knee injuries; later, he was working at Smith. eld Market when he gained an introduction to a theatrical agent. There followed an extraordinarily busy career as a staunch background artiste and occasional actor, running from The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre in 1962 right up to Soldier Soldier in 1994. In particular, he enjoyed a staggering run of more than 100 Doctor Who episodes, starting with The Dalek Invasion of Earth in 1964, taking in roles as a Cyberman in The Invasion, a Primord in Inferno (one of his favourites), a Sea Devil in The Sea Devils, a UNIT corporal in Invasion of the Dinosaurs, the pilot in The Armageddon Factor, and winding up in 1985 with Attack of the Cybermen. Occasionally these appearances were credited, as were his roles in, for example, I, Claudius and The Nightmare Man, together with two very different.lms, The Playbirds and The Elephant Man. A posthumous Pat pro. le appeared in, appropriately enough, Best of British magazine.

18 October 2018

Jennie Stoller

Born in Finchley in April 1946, Jennie Stoller became an actor at 20 and quickly developed a formidable reputation with such progressive theatre companies as Freehold and Joint Stock.

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As eagerly awaited episodes of Doctor Who arrive on television, this Special Edition reflects on the production of Series 12 with contributions from the show’s stars – Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill – as well as executive producers Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens. Other highlights include features celebrating the 20th anniversary of Big Finish, tributes to the much-missed Terrance Dicks and articles going behind the scenes on the creation of the latest Blu-ray box sets. Packed with exclusive interviews and all-new material, this is the essential guide to the last 12 months of Doctor Who.