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Published on December 13th, 2010 | by Patrick Riley

Mervyn Haisman

Unfortunately we must report the passing of Mervyn Haisman, who suffered a heart failure and died at 82 years old.

Haisman and partner Henry Lincoln were responsible for writing three Troughton stories.  Their first, The Abominable Snowmen, featured the first appearance of the Yeti.  The Web of Fear, their second story, saw the return of the iconic Himalayan robo-monster, as well as the first appearance of the Brigadier.

Their third and final story, The Dominators, was broadcast under the pseudonym of Norman Ashby, particularly because of the lack of love it received from various crew members, including Haisman himself.  Despite this, The Dominators will forever be remembered by Whovians as ‘the one with the Quarks.’

The number of Haisman’s contributions to Doctor Who as a whole may have been relatively small, but the impact of those contributions still affect us today.  Yeti and Quarks are two of the most-loved classic robots, and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, whose repeated Whoniverse appearances have extended as far as The Sarah Jane Adventures, is easily one of the Doctor’s most notable companions.

Haisman’s credits outside the world of Who included Howard’s Way, Jubilee, The Onedin Line, Sutherland’s Law, and Hammer Horror’s The Curse of the Crimson Altar.

(Via GallifreyNewsBase and the Gallifreyan Embassy)


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2 Responses to Mervyn Haisman

  1. avatar depechefan says:

    Sad obviouslt but hardly “news” at this stage? He died a month and a half ago which was reported at the time.

    • @depechefan thanks for your comment. While Mr Haisman clearly died on October 29th, there isn’t some great rush to be “first” with the news. Just because you might have read this elsewhere doesn’t mean that everyone who reads Kasterborous did.

      Furthermore we tend to hold off on obituaries firstly because reports of death can be incorrect and secondly because we prefer to deliver valuable links to our readers so they can go off and find out more about the individual concerned (the obituaries for Graham Crowden
      Geoffrey Burgon are good examples of this). Despite occurring several weeks ago there has been no online press coverage of Haisman’s death, so sadly our wait has been in vain.

      If other websites think that there is a fight to be first with the news than that is their prerogative. We prefer to give you something substantial and not turn Doctor Who news into a commodity, if that’s okay with you?

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