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Michael Imison
Michael Imison
In the DWU
Main jobs: Director
Stories: The Ark
Main time period active: 1966
Career highlights
Notable non-DWU work: Compact, Mary Barton
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Michael Imison (pronounced EYE-miss-on) directed the Doctor Who serial The Ark. Because of this, he was involved in casting Jackie Lane in the part of Dodo Chaplet. He also claimed to have been responsible for the general visual style of the Monoids. In an interview conducted around 2010, he said he had hoped that the BBC would be able to market the Monoids as they had done the Daleks, suggesting he had a financial interest in their success.

Imison's contract with the BBC was not renewed during the recording of "The Bomb", which effectively meant that he was fired as he recorded the last episode of The Ark. He wasn't told face-to-face; he was simply handed a note informing him of the fact. (DOC: Riverside Story)

"The Bomb" was the last episode of television he ever directed. Immediately after its recording, he became a script editor in the BBC's Plays Department. However, the executive who had refused to extend his directing contract, Gerald Savory, followed him there, virtually ensuring that his career advancement prospects would be limited. He left the BBC and became an agent, first for actors and then literary, for the bulk of his thereon remaining career. (DCOM, INFO: "The Bomb")

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