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On This Day (USA) - 3 March



Frontier In Space: Episode Two premiered on BBC One in 1973 at 5:53pm, watched by 7.80 million viewers.

Neither the humans or the Draconians are willing to believe the Doctor and Jo's story that someone is deliberately attempting to provoke a war between Earth and Draconia.


 Birthdays
Sarah Smart was 42 - 4 credits, including Jennifer in The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People

Sarah Smart was born on 3 March 1977 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England). She is an English actress.

Her career started as a child, notably in the television series Woof!. She is best known for a series of well-regarded television roles including Virginia Braithwaite, daughter of a lottery winning family in the comedy drama At Home with the BraithwaitesSparkhouse (Red Production Company / BBC 2002); and her appearance in Jane Hall (Red Production Company /ITV1 2006) marked a fruitful link between Smart and television writer Sally Wainwright. Between 2008 and 2010, she featured as Anne-Britt Hoglund in Wallander, six feature-length adaptations of Henning Mankell's Wallander novels, for the BBC. 



Professor Brian Cox was 51 - 3 credits, including Himself in The Power Of Three

Brian CoxOBE is a British particle physicist, a Royal SocietyUniversity Research FellowPPARC Advanced Fellow and Professor at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Manchester, and works on theATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. He is working on the R&D project of the FP420 experiment in an international collaboration to upgrade the ATLAS and the CMS experiment by installing additional, smaller detectors at a distance of 420 metres from the interaction points of the main experiments. 

He is best known to the public as the presenter of a number of science programmes for the BBC, boosting the popularity of subjects such as astronomy; so is a science popularizer, and science communicator. He also had some fame in the 1990s as the keyboard player for the pop band D:Ream.



Michael Ladkin was 74 - credited as R.A.F. Pilot in The Faceless Ones

Michael Ladkin  played the RAF Pilot in the Doctor Who story The Faceless Ones.

He later became an agent



Shirley Cooklin was 89 - credited as Kaftan in The Tomb of the Cybermen

Shirley Cooklin played Kaftan in the Doctor Who serial The Tomb of the Cybermen.

She was married to the Doctor Who producer Peter Bryant and the role of Kaftan was written specially for her.

Also worked on MacbethPublic EyeMacbethMenaceTrogPaul TempleThe Adding MachineThe Tyrant KingDetectiveZ CarsThis Man CraigLeave It to TodhunterOnion BoysThe Adventures of Sir LancelotDixon of Dock GreenThe Children of the New ForestFabian of the YardStage by Stage: The Relapse or, Virtue in Danger



Howell Jones (died 2014 aged 86) would have been 91 - 4 credits, including Manton's Officer in A Good Man Goes to War

Howell Evans was a Welsh actor, comedian, and singer who worked extensively in television and theatre roles in a career spanning over 60 years. 

He was best known for having played "Daddy" in the Sky1 TV comedy drama series Stella.



John Woodnutt (died 2006 aged 81) would have been 95 - 5 credits, including Broton in Terror of the Zygons

John Woodnutt was a British actor.

Born in London he made his acting debut at the Oxford Playhouse at the age of 18.

He had many television and film roles, including that of Henry VII in the first episode of The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970); Sir Watkyn Bassett in the television version of Jeeves and Wooster (1990 to 1993); and Merlin and Mogdred in the children's adventure game programme Knightmare (1987-1990). One of his earliest television roles was in 1956 in the ITV drama One, broadcast live. He appeared five times in Z-Cars and once in Softly, Softly.

He appeared Doctor Who four times, in Spearhead From Space (1970) as Hibbert, Frontier In Space (1973) as the Draconian Emperor, Terror of the Zygons (1975) in the dual roles of Broton and the Duke of Forgill and The Keeper of Traken (1981) as Seron.

He appeared in The Avengers episode "Quick-Quick Slow Death" in 1966 and played "The Spidron" in the cult science fiction series The Tomorrow People in 1973. He also appeared in the Look and Read educational serial "The Boy From Space" in 1971, as the Thin Spaceman; in the 1976 HTV series Children of the Stones as the sinister butler Link.; and in the 1978 series The Doombolt Chase. 

In the 1980s, he played various guest roles in several television movies such as Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil, starring Bill Nighy and John Shea. In the BBC Scotland television series of The Secret Garden, made in 1975, he played the part of Mr. Archibald Craven. He appeared in producer Barry Letts's classic serials Sense and Sensibility, Stalky & Co., and The Pickwick Papers. He played the Senior Tutor in Porterhouse Blue, appeared regularly as Sir Watkyn Bassett in the Jeeves and Wooster series alongside Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie and also appeared briefly in the comedy sketch show Paul Merton: The Series in the early 1990s.

Radio and television Sherlock Holmes stories in which he appeared included the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles and, as Mr. Merryweather, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett in the episode entitled "The Red-Headed League". He also made an appearance in the 1965 Douglas Wilmer Sherlock Holmes series on the BBC.


 Deaths
Sheila Dunn (died 2004 aged 63) - 3 credits, including Petra Williams in Inferno

Sheila  Dunn was an actress who worked primarily on television.

In 1965 she married Doctor Who director Douglas Camfield, after which she appeared in numerous drama series and serials directed by him, including Shoestring, Target, and three of his Doctor Who serials.

She appeared in two editions of The Wednesday Play in the early part of her career. 

She also appeared in episodes of Z-Cars, The Bill and Kessler.

Her most prolific role in the latter stages of her career was in the Harry Hill TV series in which she played Harry's mother.



Robert Beatty (died 1992 aged 82) - credited as General Cutler in The Tenth Planet

Robert Beatty was a Canadian actor who worked in filmtelevision and radio for most of his career and was especially known in the UK.

Born in HamiltonOntario, Beatty began his acting career in Britain in 1939.

Beatty's film credits include: San Demetrio London (1943), Another Shore (1948), Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951), The Square Ring (1953), The Amorous Prawn (1962), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Where Eagles Dare (1968), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Superman III (1983), Minder on the Orient Express (1985) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).

He appeared in British television shows such as Dial 999 (a co-production between Britain's ABC and the US company Ziv), Doctor Who ("The Tenth Planet" as General Cutler), Blake's 7 ("The Way Back" as Bran Foster), The Gathering StormThe New Avengers, and Minder. He was in Franco Zeffirelli's TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth and the American series of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. Portrayed Ronald Reagan in Breakthrough at Reykjavik (Granada Television UK 1987).

Beatty played Philip Odell, a fictional Irish detective created by Lester Powell, between 1947 and 1961. The series debuted on BBC radio with the story "Lady in a Fog" in October 1947. The series was made available to overseas broadcasters by the BBC Transcription Service. His other radio credits included Shadow of Sumuru on the BBC Home Programme in 1945-46, Shadow Man on Radio Luxembourg in 1955, Destination - Fire! on BBC (early 1960s), General Sternwood in a BBC version of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep (1977), Pay Any Price (BBC 1982), The Mystery of the Blue Train (BBC 1985/1986), and as Henry Hickslaughter in Elizabeth Troop's Sony Award winning adaptation of Graham Greene's short story Cheap In August (1993).

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