Pennant Roberts (1940-2010) RIP

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Pennant Roberts (1940-2010) RIP

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:29 am

Pennant directed no less than 6 Doctor Who stories: The Face of Evil, The Sun Makers, The Pirate Planet, Shada, Warriors of the Deep and Timelash. His reputation amongst fandom has been somewhat sullied by the last two, but all sorts of events conspired against him on them.

His list of other credits include Tenko, Howards’ Way, Blakes 7, Juliet Bravo and Survivors. He was an extremely good director, and highly respected by the actors who worked for him. I had the pleasure of interviewing Pennant for CT last Autumn, and although his wife was trying to hurry him up he still gave me his time!

Always a gentleman, always more than willing to talk to people who showed interest in his work. RIP Pennant.

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Re: Pennant Roberts (1940-2010) RIP

Post by stanmore on Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:26 am

That's sad. The first four are wonderful, and shows what he could do with a cast giving their all. Or their most.
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Post by barnaby morbius on Fri Jun 25, 2010 5:06 am

i liked the fact that he often made the effort to put more female characters in his stories. and orson welles couldn't have done much with timelash or warriors of the deep. seemed like nice bloke on the dvds- and pirate planet/sunmakers are two of my favourites

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Re: Pennant Roberts (1940-2010) RIP

Post by Lee Carey on Fri Jun 25, 2010 5:23 am

barnaby morbius wrote:i liked the fact that he often made the effort to put more female characters in his stories. and orson welles couldn't have done much with timelash or warriors of the deep. seemed like nice bloke on the dvds- and pirate planet/sunmakers are two of my favourites

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Orson Welles would have insisted he played the Timelash!!!

Sad loss-- for all his return to the series in the 80's was marked by fan criticism, The Face of Evil, The Sun Makers, The Pirate Planet and what remains of Shada are all utterly brilliant.
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