CHARACTERS

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Below you will find a list of the core cast of characters, as well as information on the Fifth Operational Corps and the roster of personnel that make up that military unit.

Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart

Commander of the Fifth Operational Corps, Lethbridge-Stewart carries with him a proud military history, with a mixed Scottish/English heritage.

With each new adventure he finds his eyes opening that bit more, although he still endeavours to maintain mental discipline, keeping his eyes on the reality of the mission – to protect the United Kingdom.

•Full Name: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
•Born: 22nd February 1929
•Place of Birth: Bledoe, Cornwall
•Hair Colour: Black
•Eye Colour: Hazel
•Parents: Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (MIA, presumed dead), Mary Gore
•Siblings: James Lethbridge-Stewart (deceased), Owain Vine (nephew)
•Spouse: Fiona Campbell (first wife), Doris Bryden (second wife)
•First Appearance(s): Doctor Who: The Web of Fear. Lethbridge-Stewart: The Forgotten Son.
•Primary Actor: Nicholas Courtney

 
 

Doctor Anne Travers

Anne Travers is a physicist, although she has degrees in other scientific disciplines. She is the daughter of renowned anthropologist Edward Travers, and serves as Head of Scientific Research for the Fifth Operational Corps.

She has a very practical mind, open to the new things each mission reveals. She has found a nice balance between her personal life and her work life, and is currently dating Bill Bishop.

•Full Name: Anne Margaret Travers
•Born: 28th October 1938
•Place of Birth: Cannock, England
•Hair Colour: Dark Brown
•Eye Colour: Hazel
•Parents: Edward Lyndon Travers (deceased), Margaret Goff (deceased)
•Siblings: Alun Edward Lyndon Travers (born 1936)
•Spouse: William Bishop (married mid-’70s)
•First Appearance(s): Doctor Who: The Web of Fear. Lethbridge-Stewart: The Forgotten Son.
•Primary Actor: Tina Packer

 
 

2nd Lieutenant William Bishop

A young officer, fast-tracked by General Hamilton to serve as adjutant to Lethbridge-Stewart. Being a leader comes naturally to him, utilising his laid back and easy going attitude to inspire confidence in the men under his command.

A bit of a sci-fi buff, Bishop looks forward to each new alien life form they encounter. Currently dates Anne Travers, and will marry her during the 1970s, and father a child with her by 1989.

•Full Name: William Daniel Michael Bishop
•Born: 14th August 1945
•Place of Birth: Mitcham, London
•Hair Colour: Chestnut Brown
•Eye Colour: Blue
•Parents: Anthony Bishop, Susan Ormond
•Siblings: Daniel, Michelle, Samantha
•Spouse: Anne Travers (married mid-’70s)
•First Appearance: Lethbridge-Stewart: The Forgotten Son.
•Primary Actor (Model): Daniel Ball

 
 

Regimental Sergeant Major Samson Ware

An old NCO who served with Lethbridge-Stewart back in the mid-’50s. Left the army and became a stuntman on television. Brought back to military service by Lethbridge-Stewart, Samson (as he is more often known) has a great loyalty to Lethbridge-Stewart and will happily disobey orders if it means protecting his old friend.

Generally he’s involved in training new recruits, although he usually acts as Bishop’s second (offering advice and experience along the way) whenever they are out on the field. Has built up a strong friendship with both Anne and Bishop.

•Full Name: Samson Wesley Ware
•Born: April 8th 1936
•Place of Birth: London
•Hair Colour: Black
•Eye Colour: Brown
•Parents: Wesley Ware (deceased), Lucia Brown (deceased)
•Siblings: None
•Spouse: None
•‘Lady friends’: Several
•First Appearance: Lethbridge-Stewart: The Showstoppers
•Primary Actor (Model):

 
 

Harold Chorley

An ex-TV journalist, Chorley is determined to uncover the secrets surrounding Lethbridge-Stewart, as well as discover what happened to him in the summer of ’69 when he lost large chunks of his memory.

His pursuit of Lethbridge-Stewart is often dogged, and he’s not above using whatever means necessary to get to ‘the truth’. He has dragged many people down along the way, including his old colleague Larry Greene.

•Full Name: Harold Barrington Chorley
•Born: 9th April 1931
•Place of Birth: Monaghan, N Ireland
•Hair Colour: Black
•Eye Colour: Brown
•Parents: Mick Gibney, Bridie Gibney
•Siblings: One brother
•Spouse: Rosemary Chorley
•Appearances: Doctor Who: The Web of Fear, Lethbridge-Stewart: The Schizoid Earth, Mutually Assured Domination, The Showstoppers, The Grandfather Infestation, The Lost Skin, The Dreamer’s Lament.
•Primary Actor: Jon Rollason

 
 

Lieutenant Colonel Walter Douglas

Long-time friend of Lethbridge-Stewart, they first met briefly during National Service in Korea and then later became class-mates in Sandhurst. Along with Leslie Johnston, they became known as the ‘holy trinity’. He has a much more no-nonsense approach to command than Lethbridge-Stewart, and puts his military duty above any personal attachments. Even, at times, above his wife and son.

He is the perfect second in command for Lethbridge-Stewart, due to the long time they’ve known each other, which leaves Douglas with insight into Lethbridge-Stewart that is second to none.

•Full Name: Walter Sydney Douglas
•Born: 8th May 1931
•Place of Birth: Hounslow, London
•Hair Colour: Ash Blond
•Eye Colour: Grey-Blue
•Parents: Unknown
•Siblings: Two sisters
•Spouse: Penny Douglas
•Appearances: Lethbridge-Stewart: The Forgotten Son, The Schizoid Earth, Beast of Fang Rock, Moon Blink, The Grandfather Infestation, The Lost Skin, Mind of Stone, The Night of the Intelligence.
•Primary Actor (Model): Douglas Camfield

 
 

Owain Lethbridge-Stewart

A bit of a drifter, a seeker of spiritual wisdom, Owain is the reincarnated soul of Lethbridge-Stewart’s brother, James. And will, some ten thousand years in the future, be reincarnated as Jiva Mukta, the man who will ascend to become the Great Intelligence. Owain and Lethbridge-Stewart have an nephew/uncle relationship, with Lethbridge-Stewart opting to not get too involved in Owain’s quest for enlightenment.

Owain likes to explore Eastern mysticism, in an attempt to avoid the taint he feels as part of the lineage of the Great Intelligence. He is also, at times, an eco-warrior. He has become something of a loner on his travels, although that doesn’t stop him from sparking up quick friendships, but he never plans on carrying any of the friendships to his next destination. He has, however, built up a good friendship with Bishop, with Anne often looking on him as a little brother.

•Full Name: Owain Peter Lethbridge-Stewart (nee Vine)
•Born: 16th April 1951
•Place of Birth: Bledoe, Cornwall
•Hair Colour: Ash Blond
•Eye Colour: Brown
•Parents: George Vine, Shirley Hatt
•Siblings: Lewis Vine (twin, deceased), Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart (uncle)
•Spouse: None
•Appearances: Lethbridge-Stewart: The Forgotten Son, Beast of Fang Rock, Times Squared, Blood of Atlantis, Night of the Intelligence, The New Unusual.
•Primary Actor (Model): Ryan Jaymes

 
 

 

The Fifth Operational Corps

The Home-Army Fifth Operational Corps (more usually called the Fifth Operational Corps, and never HAVOC*) is the British Army’s biggest secret since 1969. There were four previous Operational Corps, formed during time of potential threat to the UK (most notably during World War II), but this is the first one to be assembled off the books and with the sole purpose of protecting the UK against extra-terrestrial attack. A black-ops team of specially selected soldiers led by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

On paper HAVOC does not exist, but it is loosely connected to the Scots Guards, and has unilateral powers in its protection of the UK against Foreign Powers – extra-terrestrial threats, primarily. Its primary base of operations is located beneath Edinburgh Castle in the Castle Rock and is called Dolerite Base – a state of the art base, funded by private investors, a complete refurbishing of the Longbow UK operational centre from World War II.

The Fifth Operational Corps is what’s known as an Administrative Corps. It consists of two battalions of the standard format (approximately 650 troops), with each battalion ran by a major, both under the direct command of Lieutenant Colonel Douglas. Each battalion consists of three companies (A-C Company for each), each commanded by a captain, with a lieutenant as their 2-I-C (second-in-command). Thus, 1 Battalion is stationed at Stirling Castle, Scotland; 2 Battalion is stationed at Imber, England. (The two primary companies used in the series are 1 Battalion A Company, commanded by Captain Miles, and 2 Battalion B Company, commanded by Captain Younghusband.) As well as the military arm, there is Science & Research, which is ran by Anne Travers (Head of Scientific Research), with a small team of scientist and technical experts beneath her.

Despite appearances to the contrary, HAVOC is formed of ‘problem’ or ‘green’ personnel – Hamilton knew that to transfer the best of the British Army would arouse too many suspicions. However, to help Lethbridge-Stewart get the team up to scratch, he was assigned Lieutenant Colonel Douglas, 2nd Lieutenant Bishop and Anne Travers, and Lethbridge-Stewart was allowed to recruit a few choice officers of his own, some of whom had left military service. As a result, the Corps is far from a well-oiled unit, which can lead to some problems along the way. There is regular training, overseen by the mysterious Mr Quebec and RSM Samson Ware, at the Joint Warfare Establishment in Wiltshire for new recruits.

Personnel:

Dolerite Base (HQ)

  • Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart (Commander [previously Scots Guards]) – first appearance Doctor Who: The Web of Fear
  • Lieutenant Colonel Walter Douglas (2-in-C [previously Princes’ Own Regiment of Yorkshire]) – first appearance The Forgotten Son
  • 2nd Lieutenant William Bishop (Lethbridge-Stewart’s adjutant [previously Royal Green Jackets]) – first appearance The Forgotten Son
  • Doctor Anne Travers (Head of Scientific Research) – first appearance Doctor Who: The Web of Fear
  • Regimental Sergeant Major Samson Ware (Training Instructor [previously Scots Guards]) – first appearance The Showstoppers
  • Sergeant Jean Maddox (Head of Communications [previously RAF]) – first appearance The Grandfather Infestation
  • Petty Officer Wren Maisie Hawke (Communication [previously Royal Navy]) – first appearance The Grandfather Infestation
  • Doctor Stephen Lindsay (Medical Officer) – first appearance Night of the Intelligence
  • Jeff Erickson (Science & Research, geomorphologist) – first appearance The Lost Skin
  • Nick Ellery (Science & Research, seismologist) – first appearance Night of the Intelligence
  • Cledwyn Jones (Science & Research) – first appearance The New Unusual

1 Battalion (Stirling Castle)

  • Major Keith Bartlett (1 Battalion, commander) – first appearance Moon Blink
  • Captain Shawn Miles (A Company, commander) – first appearance Night of the Intelligence
  • Lieutenant Phillip Hare (A Company, 2-in-C) – not seen yet
  • Corporal Mullins (A Company, field medic) – first appearance Blood of Atlantis
  • Lance Corporal Tracy Ward (A Company) – first appearance Moon Blink
  • Lance Corporal Joseph Rainey (A Company [previously Scots Guards]) – first appearance Night of the Intelligence
  • Private Carl Hollister (B Company) – first appearance The Grandfather Infestation
  • Private Simon Sharp (B Company) – first appearance The Grandfather Infestation
  • Private John Rubery (B Company) – first appearance The Lost Skin
  • Private Atkins (A Company) – first appearance Blood of Atlantis
  • Private Dean Lincoln (A Company) – first appearance The New Unusual
  • Private Richard Morgan (A Company) – first appearance The New Unusual
  • Private Glen Cohan (A Company) – first appearance The New Unusual
  • Private Greenway (deceased) – first appearance Night of the Intelligence
  • Private Manning (deceased) – first appearance The Grandfather Infestation

2 Battalion (Imber Base [HQ])

  • Major Leopold (HQ Staff, commander) – first appearance Home for Christmas
  • Regimental Sergeant Major Greenland (HQ Staff, training instructor) – first appearance The Life of Evans
  • Lance Corporal Sally Wright (Leopold’s secretary) – first appearance The Forgotten Son
  • Captain Derek Younghusband (B Company, commander [previously Military Intelligence]) – first appearance The Band of Evil
  • Lieutenant Thomas Dashner (B Company, 2-in-C) – first appearance The Dreamer’s Lament
  • Sergeant Richard Bell (B Company, communications [previously Royal Signals]) – first appearance Mutually Assured Domination
  • Corporal Jack Fenn (B Company, field medic) – first appearance The Dreamer’s Lament
  • Lance Corporal Woolverton (B Company) – first appearance The Life of Evans
  • Lance Corporal Gwynfor Evans (B Company [previously Royal Engineers]) – first appearance Doctor Who: The Web of Fear
  • Private Renfrew (B Company) – first appearance The Grandfather Infestation
  • Private Liam Saylor (B Company) – first appearance The Life of Evans
  • Private Armitage (B Company) – first appearance The Dreamer’s Lament
  • Private Yuen (B Company) – first appearance The Dreamer’s Lament
  • Private Wallace (B Company) – first appearance The Flaming Soldier
  • Private Frost (B Company) – first appearance The Flaming Soldier
  • Private Davenport (B Company) – first appearance The Flaming Soldier
  • Private Dockery (deceased) – first appearance The Last Duty
  • Sergeant Barry Dovey (deceased) – first appearance Night of the Intelligence
  • Private Tommy Godber (deceased) – first appearance The Life of Evans

Recurring cast:

  • Professor Edward Travers (anthropologist/robotics expert. Deceased) – first appearance Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen
  • The Great Intelligence/Mahasamatman (ascended being) – first appearance Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen
  • Harold Chorley (journalist) – first appearance Doctor Who: The Web of Fear
  • Major General Oliver Hamilton (Lethbridge-Stewart’s CO) – first appearance The Forgotten Son
  • Owain Lethbridge-Stewart (Alistair’s nephew) – first appearance The Forgotten Son
  • James Lethbridge-Stewart (Alistair’s dead brother) – first appearance The Forgotten Son
  • Mary Lethbridge-Stewart (Alistair’s mother) – first appearance The Forgotten Son
  • Ray Phillips (novelist) – first appearance The Forgotten Son
  • Alun Travers (Anne’s brother) – first appearance One Cold Step
  • James Gore (alt-version of James Lethbridge-Stewart) – first appearance The Schizoid Earth
  • Larry Greene (journalist) – first appearance The Schizoid Earth
  • Rupert/Ruby Slant (Rutan) – first appearance Beast of Fang Rock
  • Dominic Vaar (Dominator) – first appearance Mutually Assured Domination
  • Patricia Richards (scientist) – first appearance Moon Blink
  • Charlie Redfern (journalist) – first appearance Moon Blink
  • Peyton Bryden (industrialist) – first appearance The Grandfather Infestation
  • Peter Grant (Ministry of Defence) – first appearance The Grandfather Infestation
  • Dylan Lethbridge-Stewart (James Gore’s son) – first appearance Times Squared
  • Lieutenant Adrienne Kramer (UN Peacekeeper) – first appearance Times Squared
  • Sophia Montilla (archeaologist) – first appearance Blood of Atlantis
  • Major Grigory Buchayev (Russian military) – first appearance Blood of Atlantis
  • Stanley (crook) – first appearance – Mind of Stone

 

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