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Derek Martinus (born 4 April 1931) was a director working in British television in the 1960s and 1970s. He directed a number of Doctor Who stories, including Galaxy 4, Mission to the Unknown, The Tenth Planet, The Evil of the Daleks, and The Ice Warriors. His final serial for the programme was also the first to be produced in colour, Spearhead from Space. He has been interviewed about his work on Doctor Who for the Reeltime Pictures Myth Makers DVD series. Martinus also directed the Blake's 7 episodes Trial and The Keeper from Season 2.
He is now in extremely frail health and makes no public appearances.
Derek was educated at Brentwood School, Essex. After the RAF he went to Oklahoma and studied Acting, Directing, TV technique and Philosophy for one Semester. He then went on to Yale Drama School where he studied both Acting and Directing. After running out of money he returned to the UK and worked as an actor for The Library Theatre, Manchester and other repertory theatres. He played at The Royal Court and on tour with among others Sir Donald Wolfit. His next crucial step was to join the Arena Theatre Company where he worked both an actor and director.
In 1959 he did a study tour of Scandinavian theatre and met his future wife, Eivor - who was only sixteen at the time - in Gothenburg. He directed some 20 plays at The Pembroke Theatre-in-the-round from 1959 until the theatre closed because of road widening. His two most famous parts have been Monsewer in The Hostage and Malvolio which he has played on several occasions.
Between jobs in the theatre he did several productions at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. For BBC he directed many episodes of Dr Who with three of the first doctors, several episodes of Z-Cars and the classic serials What Maisie knew, The Black Tulip, A Little Princess, A Legacy and the miniseries Penmarric. For ITV he directed amongst others a series of four plays: House in Regent Place with Jenny Agutter The Paper Lads, winner of the Pye Award for best children's drama The army drama series Spearhead and Spearhead in Hong Kong, several series of the children's drama Dodger, Bonzo and the rest which also won the Pye Award.
For Swedish television he directed a two hour political thriller by Jan Guillou, The Wolf. After having learnt Swedish, he directed several plays in civic theatres in Sweden, many of them translated or adapted by his wife. Among others: The Homecoming by Harold Pinter, Volpone by Ben Jonson, The Shoemaker's Holiday by Thomas Dekker, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist by Stephen Lowe and Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill. At the Gate Theatre London he directed the British premieres of some rare Strindberg plays, translated by his wife.