Made at Riverside Studios between 1964 and 1968, Doctor Who is one of the world’s most successful and enduring television programmes. In 2023, the programme turns sixty and, in the run-up to the anniversary in November, we are screening Riverside-filmed episodes every other month.
We are delighted to be working once again with the Doctor Who Association Society to welcome you back to the iconic Hammersmith studios, where the fabled series shot many of its early episodes, to celebrate Patrick Troughton's first encounter with the dreaded Cybermen in the 1967 classic 'The Moonbase'. Meet the stars of Doctor Who and watch the two existing episodes on the big screen in Riverside's new, state-of-the-art facilities. The event includes guest Q&As, autograph panels and a photo studio (separate fee required for autographs and photographs).
Confirmed special guests:
John Levene (Cyberman)
John is most famous for portraying UNIT's Sergeant Benton during the Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker eras. 'The Moonbase' was his very first (uncredited) Doctor Who appearance. John has also appeared in other classic TV shows such as 'Adam Adamant Lives!', 'Z Cars' and 'UFO'.
Frazer Hines (Jamie)
Frazer played Jamie McCrimmon alongside Patrick Troughton's second Doctor from 1966 to 1969, appearing in more episodes than any other companion. As a child actor he appeared with Charlie Chaplin in the movie 'A King in New York' and went on to appear in a range of television series including 'The Silver Sword' and 'Coronation Street'. In 1972 Frazer was cast as Joe Sugden in the long-running soap 'Emmerdale Farm'. After leaving the show in 1994, he concentrated on his career in the theatre but still makes occasional Film and TV appearances.
Derek Chafer (Cyberman)
Derek has appeared in a variety of small roles in over twenty Doctor Who stories. He started off as a Saxon in 1965's 'The Time Meddler'. He was a Cyberman in 'The Moonbase' and later went on to feature in episodes with both the third and fourth Doctors. He has many other Film and TV credits including a Stormtrooper in three of the Star Wars movies.
Margot worked on six Doctor Who stories between 1966 and 1983. Starting off as an Assistant Floor Manager on 'The War Machines' filmed at Riverside Studios, she went on to work with Patrick Troughton on 'Fury From The Deep' and Jon Pertwee on 'The Ambassadors Of Death' She later became Production Manager on three early 1980's stories with Tom Baker and Peter Davison and went on to work on shows including 'The Day Of The Triffids', 'EastEnders' and 'Silent Witness'.
Dudley first encountered the infamous blue box during 'The Celestial Toymaker' in 1966. As a cameraman, he worked on many classic stories featuring the first four Doctors including 'The Moonbase', 'The Green Death' and 'The Seeds Of Doom' to name but three. Away from 'Doctor Who', his other credits include 'Blake's 7', 'Blue Peter', 'Crackerjack' and countless other well-loved series.
13:30 Doors open
14:00 DWAS intro and welcome - Screen 1
14:05 The Moonbase episode 2 (25m) - Screen 1
14:30 Q&A Derek Chafer. Margot Hayhoe & Dudley Darby - Screen 1
15:10 Photo Studio - Cinema Foyer
16:00 Screening -The Moonbase episode 4 (25m) - Screen 1
16:25 Q&A Frazer Hines & John Levene - Screen 1
17:05 Raffle - Screen 1
17:15 Autographs in Cinema Foyer - Frazer Hines & John Levene, Derek Chafer. Margot Hayhoe & Dudley Darby