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An Unearthly Child: The Firemaker premiered on BBC One in 1963 at 5:15pm, watched by 6.40 million viewers.

The Invasion: Episode Seven premiered on BBC One in 1968 at 5:14pm, watched by 7.20 million viewers.

The Cybermen have immobilised the Earth's population with a hypnotic signal. Their fleet arrives and they invade in force. The Doctor desperately attempts to persuade Vaughn to help him resist the invaders.



The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: Part One premiered on BBC One in 1988 at 7:34pm, watched by 5.00 million viewers.
 Birthdays
David Maloney (died 2006 aged 72) would be 85 today - 15 credits, including Director for The Mind Robber

David Maloney (14 December 1933—18 July 2006) was a British television director and producer.  

He is best known for his work on various science-fiction series, directing 46 episodes of Doctor Who serials between 1965 and 1977 and working on another 16 as a Production Assistant .

Ho was responsible for some of the best loved stories in the series including The Mind Robber, Genesis of the Daleks and The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

He also worked as a producer, overseeing the first three seasons of another popular BBC science-fiction series,Blake's 7, during the late 1970s and early 80s. 

He was born in AlvechurchWorcestershire, was educated at King Edward VI Five Ways and served in the Royal Air Force before becoming an actor in the theatre. He joined the BBC as a television production assistant and trained to be a director at the corporation.

He also produced the BBC's famous 1981 adaptation of John Wyndham's novel The Day of the Triffids and series 4 ofWhen the Boat Comes In. In addition, Maloney directed several episodes of Juliet Bravo and Strike It Rich!

Maloney later moved on to factual programme-making and travelled the world making various documentaries for ITV. Towards the end of his life, Maloney himself appeared on-screen in a number of TV and DVD documentaries about his work on Doctor Who. He also provided DVD commentaries for three of the serials he directed.

David Maloney died on 18 July 2006 at the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead, at the age of 72. He is survived by his children, Paul, Matthew and Sophia; his wife Edwina predeceased him.

Biography from the Wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA 



Alan Rowe (died 2000 aged 73) would be 92 today - 4 credits, including Edward of Wessex in The Time Warrior

Alan Rowe was an New Zealand actor. Born in Palmerston North he had a long career in British television ranging from roles in Sword of Freedom in 1957 to Wycliffe in 1997.

He was the long-term partner of actor Geoffrey Bayldon.



Margaret John (died 2011 aged 84) would be 92 today - 2 credits, including Megan Jones in Fury From the Deep
Margaret John was a Welsh acrtess. She appeared twice in Doctor Who, featuring in the 1968 Patrick Troughton story Fury from the Deep as Director of Euro Sea Gas, Megan Jones, and returning in the revived series as Grandma Connolly, victim to the Wire in The Idiot's Lantern. Speaking in a special programme dedicated to her in 2010 (Margaret John: National Treasure), she was quite proud of holding the title for the longest spanned appearances in Doctor Who until Bernard Cribbins came along (if you count the movies!).

John has had a varied career, with appearances on stage (The Vagina Monologues, Calendar Girls, soaps (Coronation Street, Crossroads), drama (Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars, The District Nurse), film (The Baker, Run Fatboy Run), and comedy (High Hopes, Satellite City); she also played alongside Torchwood star Eve Myles and Trevor Eve in the 2009 BBC Wales drama Framed. Her last role has yet to be seen, in an episode of new American fantasy series Game of Thrones.

She was awarded the Bafta Cymru Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.


John Franklyn-Robbins (died 2009 aged 84) would be 94 today - credited as Time Lord in Genesis of the Daleks

John Franklyn-Robbins was a British actor. 

He appeared in the 1975 story Genesis of the Daleks

His credits included: I, Claudius (TV), The Merchant of Venice (TV), The Shadow of the Tower (TV), The Dreamstone (TV), Vanity Fair (film), The Plague Dogs (film), Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, Preemptive Strike (TV), Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (TV). 

He is notable as being one of only ten actors to appear in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises. 



Michael Bilton (died 1993 aged 73) would be 99 today - 3 credits, including Teligny in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve

Michael Bilton was an English actor best known for his roles in the British television sitcoms To the Manor Born (playing the gardener and sometime butler Ned) and Waiting for God (playing Basil, a septuagenarian satyr).

He featured in the Doctor Who stories The Massacre of St Bartholomew's EvePyramids of Mars and The Deadly Assassin

He attended Hymers CollegeHull. In the Second World War he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and was wounded at the Battle of El Alamein. After his recovery he began his acting career in repertory theatre.

He had a strong comedic bent and featured in Keeping Up AppearancesOne Foot in the Grave and Grace and Favour (1992). He also appeared in Pennies From HeavenThe SaintThe AvengersThe PrisonerQuatermass II, and The Champions. His film appearances included A Taste of HoneyFrenzy and The Fourth Protocol.

Bilton appeared in a well-remembered Yellow Pages television commercial as an elderly gardener receiving a sit-on lawnmower from a couple with a large rear garden. The male half of the couple was played by David Hargreaves, who also appeared in the BBC drama series Juliet Bravo.

Bilton's final role was that of Basil Makepeace in the BBC Sitcom Waiting for God, when filming began in 1990 he was already aged 71. Basil grew in importance throughout the first four series eventually becoming the main supporting character. His final appearance was in the last episode of Series 4. He died shortly after completing filming.

In the Christmas episode 1993, his absence was explained by his character having gone on an "Icelandic wife-swapping cruise" and he is not mentioned again. The character of Basil was "replaced" by Jamie Edwards, Jane's spirited Irish grandfather, who was played by Paddy Ward.

Bilton died in BerkhamstedHertfordshire.

Biography from the Wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA



Guy Middleton (died 1973 aged 65) would be 111 today - credited as Colonel Attwood in The Highlanders

Guy Middleton was an English film character actor.

He played Colonel Attwood in the Doctor Who serial The Highlanders.

Middleton was born in HoveSussexEngland and originally worked in the London Stock Exchange, before turning to acting in the 1930s. In his earlier films he often portrayed an amiable idiot, but many of his later roles were military officers in the British Army, RAF or Royal Navy.

He died in 1973, following a heart attack, aged 65.


 Deaths
Kenneth Kendall (died 2012 aged 88) - credited as Television Newsreader in The War Machines

Kenneth Kendall was a British broadcaster. 

He worked for many years as a newsreader for the BBC where he was a contemporary of fellow newsreaders Richard Baker and Robert Dougall. 

He is also remembered as the host of the Channel 4 game show Treasure Hunt which ran between 1982 and 1989.

Obituaries: BBC NewsIndependentTelegraph



Stubby Kaye (died 1997 aged 79) - credited as Weismuller in Delta and the Bannermen

Stubby Kaye (November 11, 1918 - December 14, 1997) was an American comic actor. He was born in New York City on the last day of the First World War, at West 114th Street in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan to first generation Jewish-Americans originally from Russia and Austria. He was raised in the Far Rockaway section of Queens and inThe Bronx.

Directors viewed Kaye as a master of the Broadway idiom during the last phase of the musical comedy era. This was evidenced by his introduction of three of the greatest show-stopping numbers of the era: "Fugue for Tinhorns" and "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat" from Guys and Dolls (1950) and "Jubilation T. Cornpone" from Li'l Abner (1956). in 1953 he played in a remake of It Happened One NightYou Can't Run Away From It. Kaye is best known for defining the role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, first on Broadway and then in the film version. He also played Marryin' Sam in Li'l Abner, again on both stage and screen. In 1962, he played the Mikado in Michael Winner's The Cool Mikado.

In 1965, he played alongside Nat King Cole as a travelling musician in the western/comedy Cat Ballou, starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin. He also made a guest appearance in "Delta And The Bannermen", a story in the British science fiction series, Doctor Who in 1987. His last featured role was as Marvin Acme in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

In the mid 1950s, Kaye guest starred on NBC's The Martha Raye Show. In 1958, he appeared on the short-lived NBC variety showThe Gisele MacKenzie Show. About this time, he also appeared on ABC's The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom. In the 1959-1960 television season, Kaye co-starred with William DemarestJeanne Bal, and Murray Hamilton in the NBC 18-weeksitcom Love and Marriage. Demarest played William Harris, the owner of a failing music company who refuses to handle popular rock and roll music, which presumably might save the firm from bankruptcy. Kaye played the promotion agent.[1]

In the 1960-1961 season, Kaye appeared as Marty, the agent of aspiring actress Eileen Sherwood, in the CBS sitcom My Sister Eileen, starring Shirley Bonne, with Elaine Stritch as Eileen's older sister, magazine writer Ruth Sherwood.

During the 1960s, Kaye became well known as host of a weekly children's talent showStubby's Silver Star Show. During the 1962-1963 season, he was a regular on Stump the Stars. On April 14, 1963, he guest starred as "Tubby Mason" in NBC's Ensign O'Toole comedy series, starring Dean Jones. Kaye portrayed an obese sailor going on a crash diet to avoid expulsion from the United States Navy because of his weight.

From 1964-65 he hosted the Saturday morning children's game show Shenanigans on ABC. He also appeared in the 1974 Broadway revival of Good News. Other stage productions included Man of Magic in London (with Stuart Damonas Harry Houdini), and his final Broadway show Grind co-starring Ben Vereen in 1985 .

Biography from the Wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA



Dermot Tuohy (died 1986 aged 65) - credited as Brownrose in Terror of the Autons

Actor who appeared in the 1971 story Terror of the Autons.

Also had roles in The Life and Times of David Lloyd George, Public Eye and Ace of Wands