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Doctor Who Magazine 500 - Guest Biographies


Guest Biographies

DAN STARKEY
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Dan Starkey played various Sontaran roles in televised Doctor Who, as well as for audio dramas and the Doctor Who video game The Gunpowder Plot. He has also played other non-Sontaran characters for audio and televised Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

He is best known for playing Strax, an occasional associate of the Doctor's. Besides appearing in episodes, Dan Starkey also appears as Strax in a number of online promotional videos uploaded by the BBC under the title Strax Field Report and has also made public appearances in costume and in character as Strax at venues such as the Doctor Who Experience and the 2013 edition of Doctor Who at the Proms.  In 2015, Dan Starkey co-wrote the audio story Terror of the Sontarans with John Dorney


SOPHIE ALDRED
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Sophie Aldred portrayed Ace in the original television series from Dragonfire to Survival, and reprised the role for Dimensions in Time and audio stories produced by Big Finish. Aldred also had a part in the 1998 Doctor Who spin-off Mindgame. She was born in Greenwich and raised in Blackheath, London. She shares her birthday with her co-star, Sylvester McCoy, who is 19 years her senior, and Anthony Ainley

DEZ SKINN
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Dez Skinn is an important figure in the history of British comics. He is in many ways a "British Stan Lee", given the number of publications he launched.

To Doctor Who fans, he is best known as the founding editor of Doctor Who Magazine, known during his tenure as Doctor Who Weekly. He edited it from issue 1 to 22, but he's responsible for much of the current magazine. Chief amongst these was his vision of a comic strip featuring the current incarnation of the Doctor, but drawn in an American style. He hired the book's first comic teams, including Pat Mills, John Wagner, Dave Gibbons, Steve Dillon and Steve Parkhouse. He also co-wrote Timeslip, one of the most oft-reprinted strips in Doctor Who comics history.

For hardcore comics fans, his decision to reprint early American strips in the Tales from the TARDIS backup series offered rare glimpses at the early, non-super hero work of Marvel Comics greats like Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.


PHILIP
HINCHCLIFFE
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Philip Hinchcliffe was producer of Doctor Who from 1974 to 1977. He served as the producer for Tom Baker's first three seasons as the Fourth Doctor, often cited [by whom?] as the "Gothic era" of the series. He also novelised three stories for Target Books.

On the DVD commentary for The Robots of Death, Hinchcliffe recounts that one of the perks he had as producer was picking out which coat Tom Baker would wear in each story.

Hinchcliffe had a young girl living next door who was a fan of the show, and once asked her which of the characters the girl identified with the most. He was surprised when she answered "The Doctor" instead of "Sarah Jane". This made him decide that the next female companion should be more pro-active and action orientated, resulting in the creation of Leela.

He appeared on-camera only once in the series, as one of the faces that appears in the Doctor's mental battle with Morbius. For this appearance, he wore a Cavalier's outfit from BBC stock. (TV: The Brain of Morbius)

As of 2015, he and Derrick Sherwin are the only producers of the classic series still alive.


ANDREW SMITH
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Andrew Smith, wrote the Doctor Who television story Full Circle and its novelisation. At the time of initial broadcast, he was the youngest writer to contribute to the TV series.

Smith submitted his work to more than one Doctor Who script editor. They replied with "positive criticism". Finally he sent The Planet that Slept, which became Full Circle.

Shortly afterwards, he became a police officer, spending a long time in that career.

Smith was approached by Big Finish and displayed interest in writing for them. Because he had started the trilogy with Full Circle, they asked him to write a Companion Chronicles story set in E-Space. The Invasion of E-Space was released in October 2010.

Smith remains a great fan of Doctor Who, and still attends "Big Finish Day", a UK convention dedicated to the Doctor Who audio CD dramas he has written fo


LISA BOWERMAN
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Lisa Bowerman is an actor and director. She played Karra in Survival, the last televised story of the original Doctor Who series, but is better known as the voice of Professor Bernice Summerfield in the spin-off audio dramas produced by Big Finish Productions. She is also the human face of the character, appearing in publicity photographs dressed as Summerfield. She is the younger sister of Robin Bowerman.

Lisa Bowerman also provides the voice of Ellie Higson in the Jago and Litefoot audio series and the voice of Murash in the I, Davros story Guilt. She has appeared in Dreamland, an animated Doctor Who serial, as the voice of Seruba Velak. She has also directed many stories in Big Finish's various ranges, including being the most prolific director of the Companion Chronicles as well as being the sole director of the Jago and Litefoot series.

She also contributed to the reference book Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It.

She was a regular in the first series of the BBC medical drama Casualty and is also a professional photographer.


BETH CHALMERS
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Beth Chalmers is a voice actor for Big Finish Productions. She has the distinction of having portrayed the mothers of four of the Doctor's companions: Melanie Bush, Ace McShane, Molly O'Sullivan and Raine Creevey, the last of which she also played

SAM STONE
Sam Stone began her professional writing career in 2007 when her first novel won the Silver Award for Best Novel with ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards. Since then she has gone on to write several novels, three novellas and many short stories. She was the first woman in 31 years to win the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Novel. She also won the Award for Best Short Fiction in the same year (2011).
Stone loves all types of fiction and enjoys mixing horror (her first passion) with a variety of different genres including science fiction, fantasy, crime and Steampunk.
She currently resides in Lincolnshire with her husband David and their two cats Shadow and Freya.
Her works can be found in paperback, audio and e-book.
www.sam-stone.com

DAVID HOWE
David J Howe is best known for his many written works of non-fiction on the hugely popular series Doctor Who. He is the UK’s leading historian on the subject, and has one of the biggest collections of Who memorabilia in the world. Along with Stephen James Walker, he is Managing Director and Editor at Telos Publishing, renowned for their publishing work covering TV and Film as well as many outstanding fiction titles. www.howeswho.co.uk/www.telos.co.uk
 
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