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Ian Marter (28 October 1944 - 28 October 1986) was an English actor and writer, perhaps best known for his role as Harry Sullivan in the BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who, from December 1974 to September 1975 as a regular, with a one story return in November and December 1975. He sometimes wrote under the pen name Ian Don.

After graduating from Oxford University in 1969, Marter initially worked at the Bristol Old Vic theatre, where he was a stage manager as well as acting in various minor roles. To support his low actor's wages, he also worked for a time as a milkman and a schoolteacher.

In 1971 he auditioned for the regular role of Captain Mike Yates in the eighth season of Doctor Who, and although he did not win the part, he sufficiently impressed the production team to be kept in mind and cast in a supporting role in the 1973 story Carnival of Monsters, broadcast as part of the tenth season of the programme.

The following year, he was cast in the role of Harry Sullivan, a character developed by the production team when they planned that the incoming Fourth Doctor would be portrayed by an older actor, and thus would not be able to handle the more physical action scenes. However, after forty year-old Tom Baker was cast, this was no longer an issue and Harry was written out after only one season, despite being a popular character who gelled well with Baker and their fellow lead Elisabeth Sladen.

Marter remained involved with Doctor Who after his departure from the cast. He co-wrote the script for a potential feature film version, provisionally titled Doctor Who Meets Scratchman, also known as Doctor Who and the Big Game, in collaboration with Baker and film director James Hill, although this never to fruition. The intention was to have Baker's Doctor come face to face with Scratchman (an ancient British word for the devil). The finale of the film was to have taken place on a giant pinball table, the holes in the table being portals to other dimensions. The project fizzled out due to lack of funding and the dire state of the British film industry at that time.

He later became involved with the writing of novelisations of Doctor Who television stories for Target Books, penning nine adaptations in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Marter's novelisations were somewhat controversial, most notably for his use of the word 'bastard' in his novelisation of the 1967 story The Enemy of the World.

The last of Marter's Doctor Who novelisations was The Rescue, which had to be completed by range editor Nigel Robinson due to Marter's unexpected death. Marter was one of a small group of Doctor Who actors to write licensed fiction based upon the series.

He also wrote an original spin-off novel for Target, Harry Sullivan's War, starring the character he had played on screen, which was published in 1985 (considered the first original Doctor Who-related novel). Marter was planning both a sequel to this and an adaptation of the unused Doctor Who Meets Scratchman script at the time of his death. In addition to his Doctor Who novelisations, he wrote adaptations of several 1980s American films such as Splash and Down and Out in Beverly Hills for Target and their Star Books imprint. Some of these books were published under the pen name 'Ian Don'.

Marter's acting career outside of Doctor Who consisted mainly of guest roles in episodes of series such as the BBC's Bergerac (in 1981) and Granada Television's The Return of Sherlock Holmes (in 1986). He also had minor roles in several films, such as The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) and The Medusa Touch (1978). He lived and worked in New Zealand in the early 1980s, appearing in the New Zealand soap opera Close to Home from 1982.

Marter was married, and had two sons. He died suddenly at his home in London on his forty-second birthday in 1986, after suffering a heart attack brought on by complications of diabetes.

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Total Books: 30
Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment A 4th Doctor Novelisation
Doctor Who Cybermen The Invasion A 2nd Doctor Novelisation
2016 - Doctor Who Cybermen the Invasion a 2nd Doctor Novelisation (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781785292835
ISBN-10: 1785292838
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Doctor Who and the Ark in Space A 4th Doctor Novelisation
2015 - Doctor Who and the Ark in Space a 4th Doctor Novelisation (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781785291630
ISBN-10: 1785291637
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Doctor Who The Rescue
2013 - Doctor Who the Rescue [Classic Novels] (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781445826332
ISBN-10: 144582633X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Doctor Who and the Ark in Space TP
2013 - Doctor Who and the Ark in Space Tp (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781849904766
ISBN-10: 1849904766
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Doctor Who Earthshock Unabridged Classic Doctor Who Novel
Doctor Who and the Ribos Operation An Unabridged Doctor Who Novelization
Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World
1993 - Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World [Doctor Who Library, No 24] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780426201267
ISBN-10: 0426201264
Genres: Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 4

Doctor Who Earthshock
1992 - Doctor Who Earthshock [Target Doctor Who Library, No 78] (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780426193777
ISBN-10: 0426193776
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 7

Doctor Who The Reign of Terror
1987 - Doctor Who the Reign of Terror [No. 119] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780426202646
ISBN-10: 0426202643
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
 3

Down and Out in Beverly Hills
1986 - Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780352318633
ISBN-10: 0352318635
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Doctor Who The Invasion
1985 - Doctor Who the Invasion [Doctor Who Library, No 98] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780426201694
ISBN-10: 0426201698
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2

Doctor Who The Dominators
1984 - Doctor Who the Dominators [Doctor Who, Vol. 86] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780426195535
ISBN-10: 0426195531
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 2.3/5 Stars.
 2

Doctor Who and the Ark in Space
1983 - Doctor Who and the Ark in Space (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780426116318
ISBN-10: 0426116313
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 3

Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment
1983 - Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780426200499
ISBN-10: 0426200497
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 5

Doctor Who and the Ribos Operation
1983 - Doctor Who and the Ribos Operation [Doctor Who Library, No 52 / Doctor Who: The Key to Time, Bk 1] (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780426200925
ISBN-10: 0426200926
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 3

Harry Sullivan's War
Harry Sullivan's War [Doctor Who] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780426202509
ISBN-10: 0426202503
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1

Doctor Who Reign of Terror
Doctor Who Reign of Terror (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780491037020
ISBN-10: 0491037023
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Doctor Who and the Ribos Operation Library Edition
Earthshock Library Edition
Earthshock Library Edition [Doctor Who] (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781483016696
ISBN-10: 1483016692
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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