Peter Bryant

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Peter Bryant
Peter Bryant.jpg
in The Grove Family (1954-1957)
Born
Peter Murray Bryant

(1923-10-27)27 October 1923
London
Died19 May 2006(2006-05-19) (aged 82)
OccupationTelevision producer, actor

Peter Bryant (27 October 1923 – 19 May 2006)[1] was the fourth producer of the BBC science fiction programme Doctor Who. He was born in London.[2]

Bryant was originally an actor and appeared in the 1950s soap opera The Grove Family.[3] 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.[4] In 1967 he transferred from radio to television, where Head of Serials Shaun Sutton put him to work with script editor Gerry Davis on Doctor Who as a "Story Associate" then story editor.[1]

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, replacing Innes Lloyd,[1] and later became full-time producer for the later Patrick Troughton stories from The Web of Fear to The Space Pirates.[5] 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.[6][citation needed] After the casting of Jon Pertwee as the new Doctor, Bryant left Doctor Who to become the new producer of Paul Temple,[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gaughan, Gavin (30 June 2006). "Peter Bryant". The Independent. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Peter Bryant". BFI.
  3. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Grove Family, The (1954-57)". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  4. ^ III, Harris M. Lentz (24 October 2008). "Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2006: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture". McFarland – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Westthorp, Alex (30 March 2010). "Top 10 Doctor Who producers: Part One". Den of Geek. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  6. ^ "BBC - Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - Season 7". www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - Season 7". BBC. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  8. ^ "BBC One - Doctor Who, Season 5, The Tomb of the Cybermen - The Fourth Dimension". BBC.
  9. ^ Newley, Patrick (26 June 2006). "Peter Bryant". The Stage. Retrieved 9 May 2015.

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Preceded by
Innes Lloyd
Doctor Who Producer
1968–69
Succeeded by
Derrick Sherwin