Gabriel Woolf

Gabriel Woolf (born 2 October 1932) is an English film, radio and television actor.

Gabriel Woolf
Born2 October 1932 (age 86)
Years active1951-2013
Spouse(s)Felicity Lott


His roles include Sir Percival in the 1953 film, Knights of the Round Table and Sutekh in the 1975 Doctor Who serial Pyramids of Mars.

Woolf renewed his association with Doctor Who in 1981 by reading three novelisations of Doctor Who stories for the Royal National Institute of Blind People. The books were The Three Doctors, Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters and Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster, all written by Terrance Dicks.

He joined up with the Doctor again by performing in the Big Finish Productions audio play Arrangements for War and its sequel, Thicker than Water. He appeared on the Pyramids of Mars DVD in a sketch called Oh Mummy: Sutekh's Story and a documentary piece titled Osiran Gothic.

In 2005, he returned to work with the writers of Oh Mummy, appearing in the Doctor Who DVD extra Eye On Blatchford as the demented Doctor Amadeus Gowel. In the Magic Bullet[1] Faction Paradox audio plays Coming to Dust[2] (2005), The Ship of a Billion Years[3] (2006) and Body Politic[4] (2008), all written by Lawrence Miles, Woolf reprises his role as Sutekh.

In 2008 Woolf played Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins in the third story in the Scarifyers series, 'For King and Country.' The play was broadcast on BBC7 in 2009.

In the 2006 series of Doctor Who, Woolf returned to provide the voice of "The Beast" in the two part story "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit".

His many parts on BBC Radio include Shakespeare's Romeo and Inspector Charles Parker in the dramatisations of the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. He toured with the author Colin Dexter, performing readings to accompany Dexter's talks.

Woolf is also a Vice President of the Joyful Company of Singers.

Arthur Ransome

Woolf has abridged and recorded all of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series of children's books. He was also elected President of the Arthur Ransome Society.[5]

Personal life

He is married to the opera singer Dame Felicity Lott and they have a daughter, Emily (b. 1984).

He also has two children from his earlier marriage to Zara E Green.


  1. ^ "Magic Bullet Productions: Home of Kaldor City and Faction Paradox Audios". Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  2. ^ "The True History of Faction Paradox: Coming to Dust". Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  3. ^ "The True History of Faction Paradox: The Ship of a Billion Years". Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  4. ^ "The True History of Faction Paradox: Body Politic". Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  5. ^ Gabriel Woolf profile,; accessed 9 April 2016.

External links

Arrangements for War

Arrangements for War is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Bognor (TV series)

Bognor is a British drama television series, made by Thames Television for ITV. It was originally shown in twenty one episodes between 10 February 1981 and 23 March 1982. It was based on a series of novels by Tim Heald featuring Simon Bognor, an investigator working for of the Board of Trade, starring David Horovitch on the title role.

The first run of stories was shown in February and March 1981, with each story running to six 30-minute episodes each. The series was cancelled after only four stories were made, however the final story was not broadcast until March 1982 when it was shown in three parts.

Charles Parker (detective)

Sergeant/Inspector/Chief Inspector Charles "Parker Bird" Parker is a fictional police detective who appears in several Lord Peter Wimsey stories by Dorothy L. Sayers, and later becomes Lord Peter's brother-in-law.

Faction Paradox

Faction Paradox is a series of novels, audio stories, short story anthologies, and comics set in and around the "War in Heaven", a history-spanning conflict between the godlike "Great Houses" and their mysterious enemy. The series is named after a minor group in the War, a fictional time travelling cult / rebel group / organized crime syndicate originally created by author Lawrence Miles for BBC Books' Doctor Who novels.

Felicity Lott

Dame Felicity Ann Emwhyla Lott, (born 8 May 1947) is an English soprano.

Knights of the Round Table (film)

Knights of the Round Table is a 1953 British-American historical Eastmancolor film made by MGM in England and Ireland. Directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Pandro S. Berman, it was the first film in CinemaScope made by that studio. The screenplay was by Talbot Jennings, Jan Lustig and Noel Langley from Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, first published in 1485 by William Caxton.

The film was the second in an unofficial trilogy made by the same director and producer and starring Robert Taylor, coming between Ivanhoe (1952) and The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955). All three were made at MGM's British studios at Borehamwood, near London and partly filmed on location. The cast included Robert Taylor as Sir Lancelot, Ava Gardner as Queen Guinevere, Mel Ferrer as King Arthur, Anne Crawford as Morgan Le Fay, Stanley Baker as Modred and Felix Aylmer as Merlin. The film uses the Welsh spelling for Arthur's nemesis, Modred, rather than the more common Mordred.

In addition to the same producer, director and star, the first two films in the triology had the same cinematographer (F.A. Young), composer (Miklos Rozsa), art director (Alfred Junge) and costume designer (Roger Furse). The costumes for this film were executed by Elizabeth Haffenden. In 1955 she would take over from Furse as costume designer for the final film in the trilogy, Quentin Durward.

List of Doctor Who audio releases

There have been many official and unofficial Doctor Who and related spin-offs released on audio, as LPs, audiocassettes, audio CDs and MP3 CDs. Recordings here are listed by their original release date.

List of Doctor Who audiobooks

This is a list of Doctor Who audiobooks. The first Doctor Who audiobook, consisting of readings by Gabriel Woolf of the novelisations of The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monsters, and Terror of the Zygons, was produced by the RNIB in 1978 and was available only to the registered blind through the RNIB and libraries. The first audiobook available to the general public was a Tom Baker reading of the State of Decay novelisation, released in 1981.

From 1995 to 1997, recordings of the novelisations of seven Doctor Who serials and three sets of original short stories were released by the BBC on cassette. Each of the novelisations was read by the actor who had portrayed the Doctor in the respective serial. The short stories were read by various actors associated with the series. All of these recordings were re-released in the Tales from the TARDIS MP3-CD collections in 2004.

In 2005 publishing began of two new sets of audiobooks. The first consisted of novelisations of serials from the "Classic" Doctor Who era, the second series consists of original novels from the New Series Adventures line. Starting in 2007, the RNIB produced unabridged versions of selected Ninth and Tenth Doctor audiobooks as well as selected Classic Series novelisations.

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Malvern Fringe Festival

The Malvern Fringe Festival was an arts festival (founded 1977) which took place in Great Malvern, England. The main events of the Malvern Fringe Festival were the annual Malvern May Day and parade, and the annual three-day festival held in June as a fringe to the Elgar Festival. These were often accompanied by musical and other live events throughout the year.

Pyramids of Mars

Pyramids of Mars is the third serial of the 13th season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts on BBC1 from 25 October to 15 November 1975.

The serial is set in England and Egypt and on Mars in 1911. In the serial, the burial chamber of the alien Osiran Sutekh (Gabriel Woolf), the inspiration for the Egyptian god Set, is unearthed by the archaeology professor Marcus Scarman (Bernard Archard). Alive but immobilised, Sutekh seeks his freedom by using Professor Scarman as his servant to destroy the jewel on a pyramid on Mars which is keeping him prisoner.

Stephen Murray (actor)

Stephen Umfreville Hay Murray (6 September 1912 – 31 March 1983) was an English cinema, radio, theatre and television actor.

Strong Poison

Strong Poison is a 1930 mystery novel by Dorothy L. Sayers, her fifth featuring Lord Peter Wimsey and the first in which Harriet Vane appears.

Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons is the first book in the Swallows and Amazons series by English author Arthur Ransome; it was first published in 1930, with the action taking place in the summer of 1929 in the Lake District. The book introduces central protagonists John, Susan, Titty and Roger Walker (Swallows), their mother, their baby sister (Bridget), as well as Nancy and Peggy Blackett (Amazons) and their uncle Jim, commonly referred to as Captain Flint.

At the time, Ransome had been working as a journalist with the Manchester Guardian, but decided to become a full-time author rather than go abroad as a foreign correspondent. He did continue to write part-time for the press, however.

The book was inspired by a summer spent by Ransome teaching the children of his friends, the Altounyans, to sail. Three of the Altounyan children's names are adopted directly for the Walker family. Ransome and Ernest Altounyan bought two small dinghies called Swallow and Mavis. Ransome kept Swallow until he sold it a number of years later, while Mavis remained in the Altounyan family and is now on permanent display in the Ruskin Museum. However, later in life Ransome tried to downplay the Altounyan connections, changing the initial dedication of Swallows and Amazons and writing a new foreword which gave other sources. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 57 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.

The Foundation Trilogy (BBC Radio)

Isaac Asimov's The Foundation Trilogy was adapted for the BBC in eight hour-long episodes by Patrick Tull (episodes 1 to 4) and Mike Stott (episodes 5 to 8), directed by David Cain, first broadcast in 1973, and repeated in 1977 and 2002.

The Impossible Planet

"The Impossible Planet" is the eighth episode of the second series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast on BBC One on 3 June 2006. It is the first part of a two-part story. The second part, "The Satan Pit", was broadcast on 10 June.

The episode is set on Krop Tor, a planet orbiting a black hole. In the episode, a human expedition group drilling on the planet is terrorised by a creature calling itself the Beast (Gabriel Woolf), which possesses the Ood slaves in the humans' base.

The Satan Pit

"The Satan Pit" is the ninth episode of the second series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast on 10 June 2006. It is the second part of a two-part story. The first part, "The Impossible Planet", was broadcast on 3 June.

The episode is set on Krop Tor, a planet orbiting a black hole. In the episode, the alien time traveller the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) climbs down a deep pit in which the Beast (Gabriel Woolf) is kept prisoner. At the same time, the Doctor's travelling companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and a human expedition team try to escape the planet after the Beast possesses the Ood on the base.

The Scarifyers

The Scarifyers is an audio adventure and comic book series produced by Bafflegab Productions and based on stories written by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris. Set in 1936 and 1937, it originally followed the exploits of DI Lionheart and ghost-story writer Professor Edward Dunning, as played by Nicholas Courtney and Terry Molloy. (It may be no coincidence that 'Edward Dunning' is the name of the protagonist of M R James' ghost story, "Casting the Runes", a man knowledgeable about the occult.)

Each adventure is a self-contained story and is released on CD and direct download. The first two stories, The Nazad Conspiracy and The Devil of Denge Marsh, were broadcast on BBC7 in 2007. A third story, For King and Country, guest-starring Gabriel Woolf, was released in early 2008 and broadcast in 2009. The fourth story The Curse of the Black Comet, guest-starring Brian Blessed, was released in 2009 and broadcast in 2010. The fifth story, The Secret Weapon of Doom, guest-starring Leslie Phillips and Nigel Havers, was released in 2010 and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in early 2012.

In 2011, after the death of actor Nicholas Courtney, it was announced that David Warner would be joining the series. His first Scarifyers story, The Magic Circle, centred on the disappearance of Lionheart, and introduced new lead character Harry Crow, Lionheart's former police colleague. It was released in November 2011 and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2012. The seventh Scarifyers story, The Horror of Loch Ness, was released in June 2012 and features the final performance of Philip Madoc. An eighth adventure, The Thirteen Hallows featuring Torchwood's Gareth David-Lloyd was released in December 2012. A ninth adventure, The King of Winter, was released in October 2014, and guest-starred Guy Henry. The tenth story, 'The Gnomes of Death' is to be released on 30th June 2017.There is also a series of three short comic 'Scarifyers for Christmas' stories: 'Mr Crowley's Christmas', 'The Yule Lads' and 'The Curse of the Cult of Thoth', broadcast on Radio 4 Extra in 2010.

Each play has featured cover artwork by Garen Ewing. The comic was written by Simon Barnard, and illustrated by 2000AD artist Simon Gurr.

Thicker than Water (audio drama)

Thicker Than Water is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It is a sequel to the earlier audio play Arrangements for War.

Words and Pictures (TV programme)

Words and Pictures is a British children's literacy television programme which aired as part on BBC as part of BBC Schools, starting in 1970.

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