In 1963 he was cast in Doctor Who as the Doctor's first male companion, science teacher Ian Chesterton, appearing in most episodes of the first two seasons of the programme. Leaving alongside Jacqueline Hill in The Chase.

William appeared in British films from 1950 onwards, appearing in well-known productions such as They Who Dare (1954), One Good Turn (1955), The Man Who Never Was (1956) and The Great Escape (1963). Later, he had minor roles in Terror (1978), Superman (1978) and Death Watch (1979) with Harvey Keitel and Harry Dean Stanton.

His big break was the title role in The Adventures of Sir Lancelot on ITV in 1956. William has acted in many plays and TV series including Disraeli, Testament of Youth and the part of Ted Sullivan, the short-lived second husband of Rita Sullivan in Coronation Street. He has also appeared in Heartbeat, Boon, The Professionals, Shoestring, Robin of Sherwood, The Black Adder and Poirot.

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Peter Purves played the First Doctor's companion Steven Taylor from The Chase to The Savages. He also had a small comic role in The Chase as American tourist Morton Dill.
Purves had originally planned to go into teaching, but instead began acting with the Barrow-in-Furness Repertory Company. After leaving Doctor Who, Purves became a regular presenter on the children's magazine programme, Blue Peter. He was one of the longest-serving, lasting from 1967 to 1978. For much of that time, he co-presented with John Noakes and Valerie Singleton and was so closely associated with the programme, especially as the sensible one, that he found the image difficult to shake off afterwards. His subsequent career has mainly been as a presenter, frequently for major dog shows such as Crufts. He was also host of the long-running BBC TV motorbike trials series Kick Start.
He has made cameo appearances as himself in episodes of programmes such as the soap opera EastEnders and the hugely popular sitcom The Office. In recent years, Peter has reprised the role of Steven for a number of Big Finish Productions audio dramas.

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Anneke Wills played the First and Second Doctor's companion Polly from The War Machines to The Faceless Ones, many of her episodes are now sadly missing.

Other television credits include appearances in The Avengers episodes, Dressed to Kill and The £50,000 Breakfast, The Saint episode The Helpful Pirate and series regular  Evelyn in Strange Report. She also appeared in an episode of The Sentimental Agent called All That Jazz.

In recent years Anneke has recreated her role as Polly for a number of Big Finish audio productions, and has narrated a number of Target novels for BBC Audio. She has a cameo appearance as an unidentified BBC staffer in the 2013 docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time.

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Tony is probably best known for his role as Jack Shepherd in the Yorkshire TV sitcom Queenie's Castle and also his portrayal of Roy Evans in EastEnders from 1994-2003. However for fans of Doctor Who he is remembered for his performances in three classic stories as Thatcher in The Crusade, Morgan in Colony in Space and Jackson in  Enlightenment.
His numerous television credits include Blake's 7, Crown Court, Z-Cars, The Avengers, London's Burning, Home to Roost, Queenie's Castle, The Saint, The Champions, Dixon of Dock Green, Catweazle, The Main Chance, The Professionals, The Sweeney, Minder, Pennies From Heaven, Westbeach, Howards' Way, The Chief, Lovejoy, May to December, Boon, Heartbeat, Juliet Bravo and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Film credits include The Ipcress File, The Asphyx and S.O.S. Titanic.

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David Graham was a frequent guest actor on the original series of Doctor Who. Well known for his portrayal of the ill-fated Professor Fyodor Nikolai Kerensky in City of Death, Graham also played the bartender Charlie in The Gunfighters.
A versatile voice-over actor, Graham's most prolific Doctor Who work came in providing voices for Daleks in The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Chase (for which he also provided voices for the Mechonoids), Mission to the Unknown and The Daleks' Master Plan, as well as both Dalek movies starring Peter Cushing, Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.. Many years later he also voiced Shedgerton in the Big Finish audio story The Defectors.
Outside Doctor Who, Graham is perhaps best known for providing a number of voices for the popular "Supermarionation" adventure series, Thunderbirds, for Century 21 Productions. These included regular characters of Gordon Tracy, Brains, and Parker, the latter of which he reprised for the 2015 reboot, Thunderbirds Are Go!.

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Donald Tosh is a former BBC screenwriter who contributed to Doctor Who in 1965. Before working on Doctor Who Donald was briefly script editor on the series Compact, and had helped to develop the show that eventually became Coronation Street.
Donald was the story editor for the Doctor Who stories between The Time Meddler and The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve, working with producers Verity Lambert and John Wiles. On Donald's final story, The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve by John Lucarotti, Donald performed a substantial rewrite of the scripts, both to align them with historical accuracy and also to accommodate William Hartnell's dual role as both the Doctor and the Abbot of Amboise. He also performed an extensive re-write of The Celestial Toymaker by Brian Hayles. Most of this work, however, was in turn rewritten by Gerry Davis. Donald claims that the trilogic game was the sole retention from his version of the script.
In 2013 he appeared as an extra in An Adventure in Space and Time, a drama about the making of the William Hartnell era of Doctor Who, and wrote 'the lost story' The Rosemariners for Big Finish Productions.

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Waris Hussein directed An Unearthly Child, the very first Doctor Who television story broadcast. He also directed Marco Polo which is currently missing from the archives.

Waris Hussein was born in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. He moved to London with his parents when he was nine. He attended Cambridge and worked as a trainee at the BBC, where his mother, Attia Hussein, was a newsreader and dramatic star. When he became a director, he was the first Asian BBC Drama director. According to Waris, he had to put up with a lot of "innuendo" and gossip about how he got to do what he was doing. He could feel himself being stared at and it made him determined not to fail.

Waris directed the theatrical films Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972), The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972), the television movies Daphne Laureola (1978), Little Gloria... Happy at Last (1982), Princess Daisy (1983), The Winter of Our Discontent (1983), Copacabana (1985), The Shell Seekers (1989), The Face on the Milk Carton (1995) and Her Best Friend's Husband (2002), among others. He has also written the television movies Days in the Trees (1967) and St. Joan (1968).

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Philip founded the Television International Enterprises Archive, a company that searches for lost television. His biggest recovery has been nine Doctor Who missing episodes found in Nigeria, from the serials The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear featuring Patrick Troughton.

TIEA and Philip were working on Project Genesis, cataloguing materials with the Nigerian Television Authority, when the episodes were discovered in a Jos television relay station. The episodes were in good condition considering the environmental conditions and civil unrest, and lost for decades prior to their recovery. He has also successfully recovered content from The Basil Brush Show and The Sky at Night.

You can discover more about TIEA here.

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Once the BBC realised their archive was incomplete, they hatched a plan to try to find them. In the 1970s, they established the BBC Film and Videotape Library, and named Sue Malden as its first "archive selector". As the head of the library, one of her first acts was to decide what programmes she would actively try to recover. Thanks in part to pressure from Ian Levine and the Doctor Who production office, she made Doctor Who a priority.
She began to piece together what had actually happened to the episodes. Perhaps her most significant achievement was the discovery of two separate libraries. She quickly determined that the BBC's own library of videotaped masters had been entirely and systematically wiped. What was completely unknown to most employees of the BBC was that Pamela Nash had been building up her own library of 16mm telerecordings of the episodes in a separate library at BBC Enterprises. The existence of this second library resulted in the immediate recovery of some episodes — notably the entirety of The Daleks.
While unable to recover every missing episode, nor directly responsible for every successful recovery, it is largely Malden's work which established the framework by which any episodes were recovered at all.

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At the age of 14, Graham got his first second-hand audio tape recorder which enabled him to record the sound from his favourite television shows. As his interest in electronics grew, Graham invested in a new machine which allowed him to connect the recorder directly to the inner workings of the television.

As a direct result, Graham recorded and retained over a hundred and fifteen episodes of Doctor Who, sixty of which are now missing from the archives, and in some cases his recordings were superior to those on the original prints. His first crystal-clear audio recordings started with episode eight of The Daleks' Masterplan.

Graham’s recordings were handed to the BBC in 1994 and used on subsequent BBC CD Soundtrack releases as restored by Mark Ayres.

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Steve Roberts is a key member of the Doctor Who Restoration Team.

Founded in 1992, the Doctor Who Restoration Team is a volunteer group of fans who initially came together to work with the BBC in restoring a black and white copy of The Dæmons for which the colour print had been lost. Their success led the team into a regular relationship with BBC Video and later 2|entertain, responsible for restoring both picture and sound quality to weathered films and studio tapes that contain classic episodes of the Doctor Who television series.
The Restoration Team currently handles the mastering of almost all Doctor Who. You can discover more about their work in detail via their website:

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Paul Vanezis is a key member of the Doctor Who Restoration Team and a person actively involved in the search for missing episodes.

He notably was directly involved in the recovery of the first three episode of The Reign of Terror - A Land of Fear, Guests of Madame Guillotine and A Change of Identity.

Away from Doctor Who, he is a self-shooting producer/director, series producer and edit producer with more than 20 years experience. He has worked across many genres, most recently in science, technology and specialist factual, series producing and directing both long and short form programming for BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, and ITV1 and content production for large events. He recently completed Dara O'Briain Meets Professor Stephen Hawking and Storm Troupers, a documentary about the history of weather forecasting for Keo Films/BBC4. Other credits include Countryfile Summer Diaries, Junior Bake-Off, Holiday off a Lifetime, Stargazing Live, Destination Titan and The Sky at Night.

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Peter Crocker is the BBC Restoration Team's Picture specialist and owner of SVS Resources, a specialist archive film restoration company who now own the VidFIRE process, a unique technique intended to restore the video-like motion of footage originally shot with television cameras now existing only in formats with telerecording as their basis.

The Restoration Team currently handles the mastering of almost all Doctor Who. You can discover more about Peter's work on restoring Doctor Who via their website:

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Mark is probably best known to Doctor Who fans for composing incidental music for the Sylvester McCoy stories The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Ghost Light and The Curse of Fenric. Like most Doctor Who incidental music composers during the 1980s, Mark created the music electronically, principally using digital synthesisers and samplers.
Mark was also involved in the last days of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, cataloguing and archiving their recordings for future use. As part of the BBC's unofficial Doctor Who Restoration Team, Mark has also done much of the audio restoration work for the later VHS Doctor Who releases, as well as the majority of the DVD releases, and all of the "Missing Soundtrack" CD releases since 1999. Mark most recently worked on the new animated production of The Power of the Daleks which has recently been released on DVD and Blu-ray. Additionally, he edited the "Special Edition" of The Curse of Fenric, which restored much footage which was originally cut for time, along with some new special effects and a complete remix of the soundtrack.

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Ian Levine has made several contributions to Doctor Who. He composed the theme music for K9 and Company, and was the unofficial continuity consultant for Doctor Who in the 1980s, and co-produced Downtime.

For a while collaborated with the Doctor Who Restoration Team on DVD releases of older stories. He was one of the earliest advocates for the BBC to formally begin the process of recovering missing episodes. In the documentary, The Missing Years, he credits himself with personally saving the entirety of The Daleks from destruction by BBC Enterprises.

He was also the producer of the 1985 charity single Doctor in Distress and released it on his label, Record Shack Records.



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Unfortunately DEBORAH WATLING is no longer able to attend.