Doctor Who legend Sherwin dies
The actor, writer and producer who played a key role in transforming the BBC’s Doctor Who series in the late 1960s has died.
Derrick Sherwin, who died aged 82, was trusted to oversee the science fiction show at a pivotal point. Not only was he involved in casting Jon Pertwee as the third Doctor, but he also oversaw the transition of the show from black and white to colour.
He was born in 1936, in Buckinghamshire. Following school, Mr Sherwin enrolled at an art and technology college which was followed by a scholarship to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Later, he began to be cast in TV shows, his big break being cast as Raleigh in a production of BBC’s Journey’s End, in 1960.
He then played the role of footballer Bryn Morriston, in the soap opera United in 1966, until he refused to sign a new contract because he was so shocked by the quality of the scripts. He was asked to become the lead writer.
A short while later, Mr Sherwin joined Doctor Who as a script editor in 1968. His opening episode of The Mind Robber was highly regarded by critics and fans.
After Doctor Who he moved to produce Paul Temple, starring Francis Matthews as Francis Durbridge’s crime novelist investigator.
Mr Sherwin is survived by his wife two children.