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Peter Grimwade (8 June 1942 - 15 May 1990) was a British television writer and director, best known for his work on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.
Total Books: 6
Grimwade's talent as a director was evident during his time at Truro Cathedral School: in his final year there he was responsible for an effective production of The Monkey's Paw.
After joining the BBC in the late 1960s, he first worked on Doctor Who as a Production Assistant on Jon Pertwee's first serial, Spearhead from Space (1970). He would occupy this position on a further five serials. In 1977 he got his first chance to direct, being asked to film some model shots for the serial The Robots of Death while the serial's actual director, Michael E. Briant, directed the rest of the serial in the studio. Tom Baker, meanwhile, used Grimwade's name to replace the scripted "Grimwold's Syndrome" illness mentioned in the script. The serial's Production Unit Manager, George Gallaccio, would later allow him to make his full directorial debut on the episode "Out of Body, Out of Mind" in the series The Omega Factor (1979). Grimwade was also at this time Production Assistant on the BBC's serialised dramatisation of John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979).
Grimwade next directed some episodes of the drama series All Creatures Great and Small (1978) (which coincidentally featured Peter Davison, who Grimwade would direct for twice and write for three times on Doctor Who) before returning to Doctor Who as a director. After directing the serial Full Circle (1980) Grimwade was given the task of directing Tom Baker's final serial, Logopolis. When Peter Davison became the Doctor, Grimwade first directed him in the serial Kinda (1982) and then directed Earthshock, featuring the return of the Cybermen to the show after eight years and the death of the character Adric.
Earthshock would prove to be the last time he was a director on the series. A year later, Grimwade was scheduled to direct the serial The Return (which would ultimately become Resurrection of the Daleks). Industrial action initially prevented the serial from being filmed, and Grimwade decided to take several crewmembers, including script editor Eric Saward to lunch. He did not, however, invite producer John Nathan-Turner, apparently because he intended to take him for a meal separately. Nathan-Turner was incensed by this, and vowed never to work with Grimwade again.
Prior to these events, Grimwade had written two serials - Time-Flight and Mawdryn Undead (1983). Afterwards, Grimwade was asked to write Davison's penultimate story, which would become Planet of Fire. Because the story's requirements were in constant flux, mainly due to uncertaintly over the filming location and cast changes, he eventually became frustrated and allowed Saward to finish the serial. Outside of Doctor Who, Grimwade wrote and directed The Come-Uppance of Captain Katt for the ITV children's drama series Dramarama. The play was about events behind-the-scenes on a low-budget television science fiction series, which Grimwade openly acknowledged was inspired by his experience working on Doctor Who.
When the BBC gave the publisher W. H. Allen the rights to use Vislor Turlough in the novel Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma, W. H. Allen offered Grimwade a chance to publish an original novel. The result was Robot (ISBN 0-352-32036-2), a book filled with Doctor Who references.
Afterwards, Grimwade left the BBC and mainly worked in producing industrial training videos. He died in 1990 of leukemia.
Many of the actors to work under Grimwade thought he was an extremely demanding and somewhat overbearing director; Saward commented, on a featurette included on the DVD release of Earthshock that if the guns used in the serial had been real, Grimwade would have been killed before the first day's filming was over.
This sentiment appeared to be shared amongst the series' principal actors during the Earthshock commentary. However, Janet Fielding (Tegan) later relented during the commentary for Logopolis, stating that the end results were extremely "actor friendly" even if the experience hadn't been a pleasant one. Actor Tom Baker (The Doctor) and writer of Logopolis Christopher H. Bidmead concurred, complementing the lighting and camerawork and stating that Grimwade was extremely dedicated to the programme and his work on the show. Fielding also praised his directing during a discussion of Doctor Who directors on the Warriors of the Deep DVD commentary. Eric Saward has concurred with this, commenting in an interview in Starburst in 1986 (and again on the Warriors of the Deep DVD commentary) that he regarded Grimwade and Graeme Harper to be the two best directors he worked with on the series.