Monday, December 13, 2010
Mervyn Haisman (1928-2010)
Haisman and Lincoln penned a third adventure, 'The Dominators', which introduced the robotic Quarks. The Quarks went on to star in a Doctor Who comic strip adventure in TV Comic which led to arguments between Haisman, Lincoln and the BBC over who owned the comic strip rights to the creatures. Haisman and Lincoln, like the Yeti and the Quarks, were not employed on the programme again.
Born in Woolwich on 15 March 1928, Mervyn Oliver Haisman won a scholarship to RADA and entertained troops in Germany whilst doing his national service after the war. After a period of repertory, he worked for the Sun Life insurance company, occasionally acting in TV dramas. He found greater success as a writer, working on episodes of Dr Finlay's Casebook, The Expert, Hadleigh, Warship and other shows. With his writing partner Lincoln he also wrote the screenplay for the Tigon movie Curse of the Crimson Altar, starring Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee.
Haisman retired to Spain in 2001 with his wife. He is survived by two of their three children.
Obituaries: The Guardian (9 December).