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Marco Polo: The Wall of Lies premiered on BBC One in 1964 at 5:15pm, watched by 9.90 million viewers.

In an effort to divert attention from himself, Tegana encourages Marco to be suspicious of the Doctor. As the caravan passes through the bamboo forest, Tegana's allies attack.



Doctor Who And The Silurians: Episode 7 premiered on BBC One in 1970 at 5:15pm, watched by 7.50 million viewers.

As the Silurian plague quickly spreads, the Doctor desperately searches for a cure. But the Silurians are aware of the Doctor's efforts and intend to stop him.



Logopolis: Part Three premiered on BBC One in 1981 at 5:11pm, watched by 5.80 million viewers.
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Eleanor Bron was 80 - 3 credits, including Kara in Revelation of the Daleks

Eleanor Bron is an English stage, film and television actress and author.

Bron appeared in a brief scene in the Doctor Who serial City of Death (1979) alongside John Cleese as art critics in Denise Rene's art gallery in Paris. The pair are admiring the TARDIS, thinking it to be a piece of art, when the Doctor (Tom Baker), Romana (Lalla Ward) and Duggan (Tom Chadbon) rush into it and it dematerialises. Bron's character, believing this to be part of the work, states that it is "Exquisite, absolutely exquisite!" Later, she had a more substantial guest role in another Doctor Who television serial, Revelation of the Daleks (1985). Bron also appeared in a Doctor Who radio dramaLoups-Garoux (2001), in which she played the wealthy heiress Ileana de Santos.

Bron was born in 1938 in StanmoreMiddlesex. Before her birth, her father Sidney had legally shortened the surname from Bronstein to Bron as an effort to enhance his newly-founded commercial enterprise, Bron's Orchestral Service. Her brother Gerry explained the change simply: "Bronstein's Orchestral Service was a bit of a mouthful."

Bron was the longtime partner of noted architect Cedric Price until his death in 2003; they had no children.[4] Her elder brother is record producer Gerry Bron.[5]She attended North London Collegiate School and Newnham College, Cambridge: the latter she would later characterize as "three years of unparalleled pampering and privilege.2

Bron began her career in the Cambridge Footlights revue of 1959, entitled The Last Laugh, in which Peter Cook also appeared. The addition of a female performer to the Footlights was a departure, having been until that point all-male, with female characters portrayed in drag.

Her film appearances include the role of Ahme in the Beatles film, Help! (her given name inspired Paul McCartney while composing "Eleanor Rigby"). Other roles included the doctor who grounds the Lothario played by Michael Caine in Alfie, the unattainable Margaret Spencer in Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's film Bedazzled, and Hermione Roddice in Ken Russell's Women in Love.

She appeared in the film Two for the Road alongside Albert FinneyAudrey Hepburnand William Daniels. More recently she has appeared in the film adaptations of A Little PrincessThe House of MirthBlack Beauty and in Wimbledon.

Eleanor Bron's earliest work for television included appearances on David Frost'sNot So Much a Programme, More a Way of LifeMy Father Knew Lloyd Georgeand BBC-3, where she performed in sketches with John Fortune; they had already worked together at Peter Cook's Establishment Club. Later, her work included such programmes as Where Was Spring? (1969) and After That, This (1975) – the one with the "egg" timer in the opening credits.

She collaborated with novelist and playwright Michael Frayn on the BBCprogrammes Beyond a Joke (1972) and Making Faces (1975).

She appeared in a 1982 episode ("Equal Opportunities") of the BBC series Yes Minister, playing a senior civil servant in Jim Hacker's Department. Hacker plans to promote her — ostensibly to strike a blow for women's rights — only to be sorely disappointed.

Bron played an art critic again in 1990, appearing on the BBC sketch comedy showFrench and Saunders in a parody of an Andy Warhol documentary.[14] Later she made frequent appearances on Jennifer Saunders' television series Absolutely Fabulous (1992–present). Bron played, via flashback, the recurring character of Patsy's mother, an exuberantly horrible woman who "scattered bastard babies across Europe like a garden sprinkler". After giving birth, she would always say "Now take it away! And bring me another lover."

In 1975 she appeared in the West End musical The Card. Throughout the 1980s she appeared in Amnesty International's Secret Policeman's Balls live benefit shows, working alongside Peter Cook and Rowan Atkinson. In 2005 she appeared in the Liverpool Empire Theatre in the musical play Twopence To Cross The Mersey. She appeared in the role of an abbess in Howard Brenton's play In Extremis, staged in Shakespeare's Globe in 2007. She also appeared in the dramatized version of Pedro Almodovar's film All About My Mother which opened at the Old Vic theatre in the late summer of 2007.

Bron also gave the premiere performance of The Yellow Cake Revue (1980),[15] a series of pieces for voice and piano written by Peter Maxwell Davies in protest against uranium mining in the Orkney Islands.

In 1985, Bron was selected for her authoritative tone to become "the voice of BT" and can still be heard on various error messages such as "Please hang up and try again" and "The number you have dialled has not been recognised".[4]

In 2001 and 2002 she has appeared in the BBC radio comedy sketch show, The Right Time, along with Graeme GardenPaula WilcoxClive Swift and Neil Innes. Another notable radio appearance was in The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in the 2002 episode "The Madness of Colonel Warburton". In 2001 she played the great-grandmother in the seven-part ITV series Gypsy Girl, based on books by Elizabeth Arnold.

In 2006 she narrated the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of the Craig Brown book 1966 and All That. Other work includes a recorded tour of Sir John Soane's Museum in London, England.

In April 2010, Bron, along with Ian McKellen and Brian Cox, appeared in a series of TV advertisements to support Age UK,[19] the charity recently formed from the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged. All three actors gave their time free of charge.

She is the author of several books, including Life and Other Punctures, an account of bicycling in France and Holland on an early Moulton bicycle; and Cedric Price Retriever, an inventory of the contents of the bookshelves of her partner, the architect Cedric Price.

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Carey Blyton (died 2002 aged 70) would have been 86 - 3 credits, including Incidental Music for Doctor Who And The Silurians

Carey Blyton was a nephew of the children's author Enid Blyton. 

He provided the Incidental Music for Doctor Who and the Silurians, Death to the Daleks and Revenge of the Cybermen.

Outside of Doctor Who, he is possibly best known for writing the song Bananas In Pyjamas, which inspired the creation of the Australian children's TV series of the same name.



Gordon Faith was 87 - credited as Guard Captain in The Enemy of the World

Pamela Stirling (died 2013 aged 93) would have been 98 - credited as Louvre Guide in City of Death

Hamilton Dyce (died 1972 aged 59) would have been 106 - credited as Scobie in Spearhead From Space

Hamilton Dyce was a British film and television actor.

He appeared in Whistle Down the Wind (1961), Dr. Crippen (1962), Mrs. Gibbons' Boys (1962), Becket (1964), Master Spy (1964), The Comedy Man (1964), King Rat (1965), Sky West and Crooked (1966), The Wrong Box (1966), Two Gentlemen Sharing (1969), Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971), The Pied Piper (1972)


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Professor Stephen Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA (died 2018 aged 76) - credited as Self in Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor(Factual)

Stephen Hawking is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

Among his significant scientific works have been a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set forth a cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vocal supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.



Gareth Hunt (died 2007 aged 65) - credited as Arak in Planet of the Spiders

Gareth Hunt  was an English actor, best remembered for playing the footman Frederick Norton in Upstairs, Downstairs and Mike Gambit in The New Avengers

Alan Leonard Hunt was born in BatterseaLondon in 1942; he was the nephew of actress Martita Hunt. His father was killed in the Second World War when Hunt was two years old, and he was brought up by his mother Doris and stepfather. At the age of 15, he joined the Merchant Navy. After six years, he jumped ship in New Zealand and worked in a car plant for a year before he was caught and served three months in a military prison. Hunt was then deported back to Britain and while taking a BBC design course he held a variety of jobs, including stagehand, road digger, butcher's assistant and door-to-door salesman. Having had an interest in acting since his early years, he subsequently trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Following that, Hunt did rep across the United Kingdom and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre in the early 1970s. Among the many stage productions he appeared in were Twelfth NightOh! What a Lovely War and West Side Story.

Hunt started his television career in 1972, playing a policeman in For the Love of Ada. The same year Hunt appeared in A Family at War and The Organisation. In 1974, he had a role in the Doctor Who story Planet of the Spiders and Bless This House. In 1975 he played Thomas Woolner in The Love School.

In 1974, Gareth Hunt appeared in the Upstairs, Downstairs episode "Missing Believed Killed" as Trooper Norton, batman to James Bellamy. The character was a minor one; however, his performance led producers John Hawkesworth and Alfred Shaughnessy to ask him to come back as a regular for the fifth series in 1975.

Hunt continued playing Frederick Norton, who had by now become the footman, until the eleventh episode of the fifth series, "Alberto". In 1975, Hunt made appearances in The Hanged ManSoftly, Softly and Space: 1999.

In 1976, the year after leaving Upstairs Downstairs, Hunt starred alongside Joanna Lumley and Patrick Macnee in The New Avengers. The show's producers said he was cast because of his part in Upstairs, Downstairs.[4] Hunt played secret agent Mike Gambit and starred in the show until its end after two series in 1977. He portrayed secret agent Charles Bind in Licensed to Love and Kill. After that in the late 1970s and 1980s, Hunt made appearances in Sunday Night Thriller,Minder and Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense. Hunt appeared alongside Julia McKenzie in That Beryl Marston...! in 1981. In 1984 he appeared in the film Bloodbath at the House of Death and in 1988 he played many parts in the Pet Shop Boys' film It Couldn't Happen Here.

Hunt starred in a series of television adverts for the coffee brand Nescafé in the 1980s, with a trademark move: to shake his closed hand then open it, to reveal coffee beans, and smell the aroma.

Gareth Hunt continued to have minor roles in many television programmes in the 1990s and 2000s, with appearances in The New Adventures of Robin HoodHarry and the WrinkliesAbsolute Power (as himself), New TricksPowers andDoctors. From 1992 to 1993 Hunt had a leading role in the sitcom Side by Side, and had a main role in the short-lived soap opera Night and Day in 2001. In 1997, he appeared in the film Fierce Creatures and in 2001 played Ritchie Stringer, a crime boss who was an unlikely suspect in the shooting of Phil Mitchell, in EastEnders. For a brief time he abandoned acting and started a project called Interactive Casting Universal, a computer system that presented actors' details and showreels.

Hunt suffered a heart attack in December 1999 and withdrew from a pantomime in Malvern. In July 2002 he collapsed while performing on stage in Bournemouth. He died of pancreatic cancer, from which he had suffered for two years, on 14 March 2007, at the age of 65, at his home in RedhillSurrey. He had married three times and had a son by each marriage.

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