Friday 31 May 2024

N is for... Neman

Proctor of the ruling court on the planet of Traken. He was in charge of the Fosters who tended the palace and its gardens. This world was ruled by a Keeper and a circle of Consuls.
An avaricious and ambitious man, he was not averse to accepting bribes. When Consul Kassia fell under the malign influence of the Melkur - a calcified alien - she used Neman to capture the Doctor and her own husband, Consul Tremas. 
The Melkur became Keeper of Traken after Kassia's death, and it promoted him to succeed her. It transpired that the creature was actually the disguised TARDIS of the Master.
Neman was kept under his control by an irradiated collar which could inflict pain.
When he failed to recapture the Doctor and Tremas, the Master compelled the latter - under his hypnotic control - to shoot Neman dead for this failure.

Played by: Roland Oliver. Appearances: The Keeper of Traken (1981).
  • Neman was the name of the villain in this story, before writer Johnny Byrne was asked to incorporate the return of the Master. Byrne must have liked the name, as it featured in other unused scripts.
  • Oliver has also used the name Oliver Roland in his lengthy television career, which began in 1968. Amongst other things he has featured in soap operas (EastEnders, Coronation Street, Brookside) and crime dramas (Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders, Vera, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Bill, Juliet Bravo) over the years. His last TV credit was the daytime medical soap Doctors in 2018.

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