Mervyn Haisman

Unfortunately we must report the passing of Mervyn Haisman, who suffered a heart failure and died at 82 years old.

Haisman and partner Henry Lincoln were responsible for writing three Troughton stories.  Their first, The Abominable Snowmen, featured the first appearance of the Yeti.  The Web of Fear, their second story, saw the return of the iconic Himalayan robo-monster, as well as the first appearance of the Brigadier.

Their third and final story, The Dominators, was broadcast under the pseudonym of Norman Ashby, particularly because of the lack of love it received from various crew members, including Haisman himself.  Despite this, The Dominators will forever be remembered by Whovians as ‘the one with the Quarks.’

The number of Haisman’s contributions to Doctor Who as a whole may have been relatively small, but the impact of those contributions still affect us today.  Yeti and Quarks are two of the most-loved classic robots, and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, whose repeated Whoniverse appearances have extended as far as The Sarah Jane Adventures, is easily one of the Doctor’s most notable companions.

Haisman’s credits outside the world of Who included Howard’s Way, Jubilee, The Onedin Line, Sutherland’s Law, and Hammer Horror’s The Curse of the Crimson Altar.

(Via GallifreyNewsBase and the Gallifreyan Embassy)

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