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Robert Holmes (II) (1928–1986)

In 1944, at the age of eighteen, Holmes joined the army, fighting with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders regiment in Burma. He rapidly earned a commission, and as such became the youngest commissioned officer in the entire British army during the Second World War. The fact that he lied about his age to get into the army was discovered at his ... See full bio »

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(age 58)

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Doctor Who
Doctor Who Writer
(1968-1986)
Emergency-Ward 10
(1962-1963)
Doctor Who
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(2005-2014)
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(1985)

Filmography

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  Doctor Who (TV Series) (characters: "Sontarans" - 6 episodes, 2011 - 2014) (character: "The Sontarans" - 2 episodes, 2008) (characters: "Sontarans" and "Autons" - 1 episode, 2010) (characters: The Sontarans - 1 episode, 2010) (character: "The Autons" - 1 episode, 2005)
- Deep Breath (2014) ... (characters: "Sontarans")
- The Time of the Doctor (2013) ... (characters: "Sontarans")
- The Name of the Doctor (2013) ... (characters: "Sontarans")
- The Crimson Horror (2013) ... (characters: "Sontarans" - uncredited)
- The Snowmen (2012) ... (characters: "Sontarans" - uncredited)
 2008 The Sarah Jane Adventures (TV Series) (character: "The Sontarans" - 4 episodes)
- Enemy of the Bane: Part 2 (2008) ... (character: "The Sontarans")
- Enemy of the Bane: Part 1 (2008) ... (character: "The Sontarans" - uncredited)
- The Last Sontaran: Part 2 (2008) ... (character: "The Sontarans")
- The Last Sontaran: Part 1 (2008) ... (character: "The Sontarans")
 2004 Doctor Who: Beneath the Sun (Video documentary short)
 1999 Auton 3 (Video) (character: "The Autons")
 1998 Auton 2: Sentinel (Video) (character: "The Autons")
 1997 Auton (Video) (character: "The Autons")
 1983-1987 Bergerac (TV Series) (by - 3 episodes)
- Winner Takes All (1987) ... (by)
- A Cry in the Night (1984) ... (by)
- Prime Target (1983) ... (by)
  Doctor Who (TV Series) (1 episode, 1976) (by - 44 episodes, 1968 - 1986) (written by - 24 episodes, 1969 - 1986) (writer - 4 episodes, 1985 - 1986)
- The Trial of a Time Lord: Part Four (1986) ... (written by)
- The Trial of a Time Lord: Part Two (1986) ... (written by)
 1985 Timeslip (TV Series)
 1984 Miracles Take Longer (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Episode #2.18 (1984)
- Episode #2.16 (1984)
- Episode #2.15 (1984)
- Episode #2.14 (1984)
- Episode #2.13 (1984)
 1982 Juliet Bravo (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- A Breach of the Peace (1982) ... (written by)
 1981-1982 Into the Labyrinth (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde (1982) ... (writer)
- Shadrach (1981) ... (writer)
 1979-1981 Blakes 7 (TV Series) (written by - 4 episodes)
- Orbit (1981) ... (written by)
- Traitor (1981) ... (written by)
- Gambit (1979) ... (written by)
- Killer (1979) ... (written by)
 1981 The Nightmare Man (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1981)
- Episode #1.3 (1981)
- Episode #1.2 (1981)
- Episode #1.1 (1981)
 1981 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series) (by - 1 episode)
- Fothergill (1981) ... (by)
 1980 Jukes of Piccadilly (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Dulverton Green: Part 2 (1980) ... (writer)
- Dulverton Green: Part 1 (1980) ... (writer)
 1974 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Unwanted (1974) ... (writer)
 1973 Spy Trap (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Perfect Victim (1973) ... (writer)
 1973 Warship (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Drop (1973) ... (writer)
 1973 The Regiment (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- North West Frontier (1973) ... (writer)
- Depot (1973) ... (writer)
 1972 Dead of Night (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Return Flight (1972) ... (writer)
 1972 Spyder's Web (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Nobody's Strawberry Fool (1972) ... (writer)
 1971 Trial (TV Series)
 1971 Doomwatch (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Inquest (1971) ... (writer)
  Fraud Squad (TV Series) (1 episode, 1969) (writer - 2 episodes, 1969 - 1970)
- The Price of a Copper (1970) ... (writer)
- Turbot on Ice (1969) ... (writer)
 1969 The Inside Man (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Spy Vanishes (1969)
 1968 The Saint (TV Series) (screenplay - 1 episode)
- The Scales of Justice (1968) ... (screenplay)
 1968 Frontier (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Mutiny (1968)
  Mr. Rose (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1967) (by - 1 episode, 1968)
- The Frozen Swede (1968) ... (by)
- The Unquiet Ghost (1967) ... (writer)
- The Jolly Swagman (1967) ... (writer)
 1965-1968 Public Eye (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Twenty Pounds of Heart and Muscle (1966) ... (writer)
- It Had to Be a Mouse (1966) ... (writer)
 1968 Honey Lane (TV Series) (based on an idea by - 1 episode)
- The Matchmakers (1968) ... (based on an idea by)
 1965-1967 No Hiding Place (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Who Is This Mortimer? (1967) ... (writer)
- Golden Boy (1966) ... (writer)
- The Night Walker (1966) ... (writer)
- Run, Johnny, Run (1965) ... (writer)
- A Cry for Help (1965) ... (writer)
 1966 Intrigue (TV Series)
 1966 Invasion (story)
 1965 Undermind (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- End Signal (1965) ... (written by)
- Waves of Sound (1965) ... (written by)
 1964-1965 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Charity, Dr. Finlay (1965) ... (writer)
- The Doctor Cried (1964) ... (writer)
- The Old Indomitable (1964) ... (writer)
- The Hallelujah Stakes (1964) ... (writer)
 1962-1963 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series) (writer - 33 episodes)
- Episode #1.664 (1963) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.663 (1963) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.652 (1963) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.651 (1963) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.646 (1963) ... (writer)
 1962 Ghost Squad (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Green Shoes (1962) ... (writer)
 1962 Harpers West One (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.14 (1962) ... (writer)
 1961 Deadline Midnight (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Man in a Frame (1961) ... (writer)
 1960 Knight Errant Limited (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The King of Kandoga (1960) ... (writer)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Wrote "Aliens in the Mind", a six-part science-fiction serial for radio starring Vincent Price and Peter Cushing. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | See more »

Alternate Names:

Robin Bland | Stephen Harris
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I sent 'The Krotons' in, not as a Doctor Who (1963) story but I sent it to the drama department as a story called 'The Space Trap', for inclusion in a series they were doing of four-part science-fiction thrillers, because I thought it was a suitable idea. Then I got a letter back from 'Shaun Sutton', the Head of Serials at the time, saying that they had decided to discontinue this series and he'd... See more »

Trivia:

Both Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat cited Holmes' writing as an influence on their work on Doctor Who (2005). They both cited Holmes' story "The Ark in Space" as a favourite. Moffat even called him, "the man who showed us how to write Doctor Who". See more »

Trademark:

Writing humorous and elaborate dialogue See more »

Nickname:

Bob

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