Peter Bryant

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Peter Bryant
Born Peter Murray Bryant
(1923-10-27)27 October 1923
London
Died 19 May 2006(2006-05-19) (aged 82)
London
Cause of death
Cancer
Occupation Television producer

Peter Bryant (27 October 1923 – 19 May 2006) was the fourth producer of the BBC science fiction programme Doctor Who. He was born in London.

Bryant was originally an actor and appeared in the 1950s soap opera The Grove Family. Later, he became a BBC Radio announcer while writing radio scripts as a sideline. This led to him becoming a script editor in the Radio Drama Department and eventually the head of the Drama Script Unit. About seven years later, he transferred from radio to television, where Head of Serials Shaun Sutton put him to work with script editor Gerry Davis on Doctor Who.

Having acted as Associate Producer on The Faceless Ones and The Evil of the Daleks, Bryant was tested out as full producer for The Tomb of the Cybermen, and later became full-time producer for the later Patrick Troughton stories from The Web of Fear to The Space Pirates. Bryant was also the script editor on the last 4 episodes of The Evil of the Daleks and the whole of The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors and The Enemy of the World. One of Bryant's last contributions to Doctor Who was the casting in June 1969 of Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor.[1] After the casting of Jon Pertwee as the new Doctor Who, Bryant left Doctor Who to become the new producer of Paul Temple, following the departure of Alan Bromly. Bryant soon brought over Derrick Sherwin to join him on Paul Temple. Bryant and Sherwin had previously worked together on Doctor Who.

During this time, Bryant was married to actress, Shirley Cooklin, but they eventually divorced.

Bryant later became a literary agent to writers and a casting agent to actors. One of his clients was Eric Pringle, who wrote the Doctor Who story, The Awakening.

Peter Bryant died in 2006, aged 82, after a year-long battle with cancer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The War Games". A Brief History of Time (Travel). Retrieved 6 July 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Howe, Stammer, Walker (1994). Doctor Who The Seventies. Doctor Who Books. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Gerry Davis
Doctor Who Script Editor
1967
Succeeded by
Victor Pemberton
Preceded by
Victor Pemberton
Doctor Who Script Editor
1967–68
Succeeded by
Derrick Sherwin
Preceded by
Innes Lloyd
Doctor Who Producer
1967–69
Succeeded by
Derrick Sherwin