Doc­tor Who leg­end Sher­win dies

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - OBITUARIES -

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.

Der­rick Sher­win

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