About Ian Wheeler

Ian in his own words

Crash Morgan writer and co-creator Ian Wheeler as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Devil's Tallyman. Ian as Holmes in Devil's Tallyman with Mike O'Doherty as Watson
Crash Morgan co-creator Mark
Wright as The Doctor in the Ian
Wheeler written and directed,
Doctor Who: Hellblossum
Ian as The Chief in a theatrical production of Ken Kesey's novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. His performance was described as "breathtaking" by the Portsmouth Evening News, as he frequently liked to remind everyone he knew

Ian (with friend) as his transvestite alter-ago, Rebecca

Crash Morgan writer and co-creator, Ian Wheeler died of meningitus on 1st February 2005 aged 36. Here is what myself, Matthew Carpenter, said at his funeral...

I first met Ian in 1995 at the University of Portsmouth on an Access course in Film & Video.

The friend I came to know was witty, intelligent, talented and most importantly, someone who loved and cared about his friends and family. I found that I could always turn to him when I had personal problems on my mind and he would always be there to listen and offer advice.

Ian was unusually gifted. He was a skilled artist and on the Portsmouth amateur theatre scene, he entertained many with his acting performances whilst proving to be an excellent writer and director. Recently he had also begun to hone his talents as a short film-maker.

Amongst his many creative achievements, he leaves behind him the legacy of Crash Morgan aka The Human Rocket, a character he created with Mark Wright when they wrote the play, Crash Morgan vs the Spider Warlords of Mars – a parody of Flash Morgan movie serials.

Ian later adapted this into a mock radio play performed as a theatrical piece, under the title, Crash Morgan & the Conquest of the Spider Warlords of Mars. Two further Crash adventures followed, which Ian wrote by himself; the prequel, Crash Morgan & the Curse of the Lost Totem and the recently performed sequel, Crash Morgan & the Peril of the Lost Plateau.

This trilogy stands as testament to Ian’s great sense of humour and eccentric imagination.

Career wise, Ian had recently started a degree course in graphic design after many years working in Portsmouth Harbours’ railway café. Whilst fate intervened to prevent him achieving a graphic design career, during his time on Earth, Ian still put his talents to enormous creative use.

Indeed – a good lesson to be learned from Ian’s life is this – if you have talents or even just one talent, don’t let them go to waste. Use your gifts and let the world see them. Ian certainly did.

His early passing away has come as a sudden and horrible shock to us all but I would like to think we haven’t seen the last of Ian Wheeler.

I for one would like to think that no matter how many years off it is until I cross over to the other side that when I do, my friend Ian will be there to greet me as indeed he will be there to greet us all.

“I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams … I hope.”