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On This Day (USA) - 18 February



The Moonbase: Episode 2 premiered on BBC One in 1967 at 5:51pm, watched by 8.90 million viewers.

Polly discovers that the Cyberman are abducting the plague victims, but nobody believes her until it is too late.



The Invasion of Time: Part Three premiered on BBC One in 1978 at 6:24pm, watched by 9.50 million viewers.
 Birthdays
Joseph Darcey-Alden was 16 - credited as Digby in The Snowmen

Joseph has been involved in the performing arts since aged five, and has appeared in films (Waxwings), television (I Spy and Pranks), and in theatre, including Lead Boy in The Snowman.

He is the brother of Ellie Darcey-Alden

In the Media:
Extra Extra - review of The Snowman at Sadler's Wells, Christmas 2011
Oxford Times - Joseph in The Snowmen, Christmas 2011



Guy Ferland was 52 - 3 credits, including Director for The Categories of Life(TW)

Guy Ferland was director of the Torchwood episodes The Categories of Life, The Middle Men and The Gathering.

Also worked on Once Upon a TimeThe MentalistHomelandSons of AnarchyThe Walking DeadBreakout KingsThe ForgottenSaving GraceMentalEleventh HourThe ShieldThe RichesSleeper Cell



Russell Hunter (died 2004 aged 79) would have been 93 - credited as Uvanov in The Robots of Death

Russell Hunter was a Scottish television, stage and film actor. He is perhaps best known as the character "Lonely" in the TV thriller seriesCallan, starring Edward Woodward and that of Shop-Steward Harry in the Yorkshire Television sitcom The Gaffer.

He played Kiy Uvanov in the 1977 Doctor Who story The Robots of Death.

Born in Glasgow, Hunter's childhood was spent with his maternal grandparents in Lanarkshire, until returning to his unemployed father and cleaner mother when he was 12. He went from school to an apprenticeship in a Clydebank shipyard. During this time, he did some amateur acting for the Young Communist League before turning professional in 1946.

Under the stage name Russell Hunter, he acted at Perth Rep and at the Glasgow Unity Theatre also performing in the very first Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1947 in The Plough and the Stars by Se�n O'Casey, was a comedian in summer variety shows and toured with a one-man show.

Hunter worked in repertory theatre and Scottish variety before making his film debut in Lilli Marlene (1950). He appeared with Archie Duncan in the film The Gorbals Story, in London the same year, which also featured his first wife, Marjorie Thomson, and he followed these by playing a pilot in the Battle of Britain drama Angels One Five in 1951.

A busy actor, he joined Peter Hall's Royal Shakespeare Company, working with Peggy Ashcroft and Dame Edith Evans.

Hunter as Lonely in a prison scene fromCallan

His most memorable role was the timid, smelly petty criminal, Lonely, unlikely accomplice to a clinical spy-cum-assassin, in the downbeat 1967 television spy series Callan. Reportedly, he said of his identification with Lonely that "I take more baths than I might have playing other parts. When Lonely was in the public eye I used only the very best toilet water and a hell of a lot of aftershave."

After playing Costard in a BBC television production of Love's Labour's Lost (1965), Hunter was cast as Lonely in ITV's "Armchair Theatre" production A Magnum for Schneider in 1967, which introduced the secret agent Callan to the screen. Four series followed (1967, 1969�72). Hunter and Edward Woodward reprised their roles in both a 1974 feature film of the same name and, seven years later, in the television film Wet Job, by which time Lonely had gone straight, got married and was running a plumbing company called Fresh and Fragrant. The title plays on "wet job" the euphemism for murder or assassination.

During his years with Callan, Hunter acted in the Hammer horror film Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) and took the roles of Crumbles, Dr Fogg and Dr Makepeace in an ITV production ofSweeney Todd (1970), He also appeared in the British comedy film Up Pompeii (film) (1971) as the Jailor.

Hunter's other TV credits include The SweeneyFarrington of the F.O.The BillA Touch of FrostTaggart, sitcoms Rule Brittania (1975) as the Scotsman Jock McGregor and shop steward in The Gaffer (1981�83), and his last ever TV appearance, in the BBC drama Born and Bred. In his last years he reprised his Doctor Who role for a series of audio plays released on CD, Kaldor City. He also appeared in an episode of Mind Your Language.

He also appeared as different characters in the pilot and series of the BBC sitcom Rab C. Nesbitt.

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


 Deaths
Malcolm Tierney (died 2014 aged 75) - 2 credits, including Doland in The Trial Of A Time Lord (Terror of the Vervoids)

Malcolm Tierney  is an English actor who has appeared in many film and television roles.

He played Doland in the 1986 story Terror of the Vervoids

Other roles include the part of Tommy McArdle in Brookside between 1983 and 1987, Charlie Gimbert in Lovejoy, Geoffrey Ellsworth-Symthe in A Bit of a Do, Patrick Woolton in House of Cards and Chief Constable Raymond in Dalziel and Pascoe. In science fiction, he appeared in Star Wars in 1977. He also appeared as a local sheriff (who kills William Wallace's wife and is subsequently killed by Wallace) in Braveheart.

He appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1974-5 and 2005. In 2007 he played Dr Hugo Eckener in the docudrama Hindenburg: The Untold Story, which was about the crash of the airship Hindenburg and the investigation after it. This was aired for the 70th anniversary of the disaster.

In 2008 he played Captain Smith of the RMS Titanic, in the docudrama Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship

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



Elspet Gray (died 2013 aged 83) - 2 credits, including Chancellor Thalia in Arc of Infinity

Elspeth Gray, Baroness Rix  was a Scottish actress, known for her work on British television in the 1970s and '80s. 

She was best recognised for her roles as one of the main characters, Mrs Palmer in the British TV comedy Solo, alongsideFelicity Kendal, and as Lady Collingford in the British TV series Catweazle.

Gray appeared in many television programmes, her first appearance being in Love in Waiting in 1948. She had several roles in the 1970s including parts in Fawlty Towers and in the 1980s with Doctor Who story Arc of Infinity, World War Two drama Tenko, and as The Queen in the first series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder.

She remained active until the late 1990s appearing in Agatha Christie's Poirot, 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral and most recently has appeared as Hilary in the British TV comedy Dinnerladies.

In 1949, Elspet Gray married actor and later Mencap Chairman & President Brian Rix, who became a life peer in 1992. They had four children - two sons and two daughters. 

Obituary links: Daily Record, ITV News



Jacqueline Hill (died 1993 aged 63) - 18 credits, including Barbara Wright in An Unearthly Child

Jacqueline Hill was a British actress best known for her role as Barbara Wright one of the original three companions of The First Doctor William Hartnell.

Hill was asked to play Barbara Wright after she and producer Verity Lambert, whom she knew socially, discussed the role at a party. Hill played the role for nearly two years, leaving the show in 1965, at the same time as William Russell who played Ian Chesterton. 

Hill returned alongside Tom Baker for an appearance in the 1980 Doctor Who story Meglos, as the priestess Lexa.

Hill trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made her stage debut in London's West End in The Shrike. Other roles followed, including, on television, Shop Window, Fabian of the Yard and An Enemy of the People. In  May1958 she married the director Alvin Rakoff, having the previous year appeared in his BBC adaptation of Rod Serling's American television play Requiem for a Heavyweight.

Soon after leaving the series in 1965 she gave up acting to raise a family, daughter Sasha and son John. Hill resumed her career in 1979 and gained further TV credits in, amongst other programmes, Tales of the Unexpected and as Lady Capulet in the BBC Television Shakespeare version of Romeo and Juliet in 1978.

Jacqueline Hill died of cancer in 1993.

The actress is played by Jemma Powell in the 50th Anniversary drama An Adventure In Space And Time.



John Bailey (died 1989 aged 76) - 3 credits, including Edward Waterfield in The Evil of the Daleks

John Bailey was a British actor with an extensive television repertoire.

He played Edward Waterfield in the Doctor Who story The Evil of the Daleks in 1967, alongside Patrick Troughton and Marius Goring; and had previously appeared in the serial The Sensorites in 1964; and returned as Sezon in The Horns of Nimon in 1979. 

Bailey also made four appearances in various roles in the 1960s cult drama The Avengers, as well as appearing as artist Aubrey Green in the BBC's 1967 adaptation of The Forsyte Saga.