Robert Holmes was a television screenwriter who contributed to some of the most popular British programmes for over 25 years. Born in Hertfordshire in 1926, Holmes served in the army in World War Two and then the police before turning his hand to screenwriting. Most notably, he wrote extensively for the original DOCTOR WHO series from 1968 to 1986 and created fifty five of the original characters.
For DOCTOR WHO, Holmes wrote: The Krotons episodes for the 6th season (1968-9); The Space Pirates episodes for the 6th season (1969); the Spearhead from Space episodes for the 7th season (1970); the Terror of the Autons episodes for the 8th season (1971); the Carnival of Monsters episodes for the 10th season (1973); The Time Warrior episodes for the 11th season (1973); The Arc in Space episodes for the 12th season (1975); the Pyramids of Mars episodes for the 13th season (1975); The Brain of Morbius episodes for the 13th season (1976); The Deadly Assassin episodes for the 14th season (1976); The Talons of Weng Chiang episodes for the 14th season (1976); The Sun Makers episodes for the 15th season (1977); The Ribos Operation episodes for the 16th season (1978); The Power of Kroll episodes for the 16th season (1979); The Caves of Androzani episodes for the 21st season (1984); The Two Doctors episodes for the 22nd season (1985) and The Trial of a Time Lord episodes for the 23rd season (1986).
Holmes’ other credits include KNIGHT ERRANT ’60 for Granada (1960-1961), EMERGENCY WARD 10 for ATV (1962-1965), DR FINLAY’S CASEBOOK for BBC1 (1964), PUBLIC EYE for ABC
(1965-1968), 199 PARK LANE for BBC1 (1965), MR ROSE for Granada (1967-1968) and HONEY LANE for ATV (1968-1969).