Robert Holmes (Robert Colin Holmes)
BiographyHertfordshire, England, UK
Robert Colin Holmes was the youngest ever commissioned officer in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, serving in Burma. After demob he joined the police and passed out top of his year at Hendon Police College. He eventually moved to court work, and left the force to become a court reporter and journalist. His work as a sports reporter took him to the Midlands, where he became the final editor of "John Bull Magazine," at the same time submitting material to Grenada TV for "Knight Errant. Read more... "and "Intrigue." His first work for Doctor Who was a commission to write "The Space Trap," later retitled "The Krotons." Subsequently he went on to become one of the series' most popular writers, responsible for more than a dozen televised stories. He also had a successful period as Doctor Who's script editor between 1974 and 1977. He scripted much TV drama during the seventies and eighties, including a "Wednesday Play" (The Brilliant New Testament) and episodes of "Doomwatch," "Dr. Finlay's," "Casebook," "Dead of Night," "The Regiment," "Warship," "Spy Trap" and "Dixon of Dock Green," and he adapted the BBC's 1981 science-fiction thriller serial "The Nightmare Man," from David Wiltshire's novel. He was working on further Doctor Who episodes when he died, after a short illness, on 24 May 1986.