downthetubes was saddened to receive the news of the death of original Doctor Who producer, Verity Lambert.
Verity was a pioneering producer on a pioneering programme. She worked on Doctor Who from 1963, when the programme started, until 1965. She was notable not only for being a talented, young television professional, but also for being a woman in a male-dominated industry.
In addition to Doctor Who, her many credits included cult series such as Adam Adamant Lives!, Budgie, Minder and Jonathan Creek, and outstanding dramas such as The Naked Civil Servant and Alan Bleasdale’s GBH.
Of course, Doctor Who, which was cancelled in 1989, returned to our screens in 2005 to great popular and critical acclaim.
New series lead writer and Executive Producer, Russell T Davies, quoted on the official BBC Doctor Who website, said: “There are a hundred people in Cardiff working on Doctor Who and millions of viewers, in particular many children, who love the programme that Verity helped create. This is her legacy and we will never forget that.”
“She made the television drama genre utterly her own,” commented Jane Tranter, controller of BBC Fiction. “She was deaf to the notion of compromise and there wasn’t an actor, writer, director or television executive she worked with who didn’t regard her with admiration, respect and awe.”
Our deep condolences to Verity’s family and friends.
Verity Lambert OBE, 27th November 1935 – 22nd November 2007
• Daily Telegraph Obituary
• Guardian Obituary
The Guardian notes Verity’s death comes only days after it was announced that she was to receive the Working Title Films lifetime achievement award at the 2007 Women in Film and Television Awards next month
• The Independent
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.