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On This Day (USA) - 18 July



The Sensorites: A Race Against Death premiered on BBC One in 1964 at 5:14pm, watched by 5.50 million viewers.

On the Sense-Sphere, Ian has succumbed to the deadly illness that is spreading through the Sensorite city. Desperate to save his companion's life, the Doctor searches for a cure.



Turn Left premiered on SyFy (East Coast Feed) in 2008 at 9:00pm
 Birthdays
Paul Cornell was 50 - 16 credits, including Writer for Father's Day

Paul Cornell is a British writer best known for his work in television drama as well as Doctor Who fiction, and as the creator of one of the Doctor's spin-off companions, Bernice Summerfield.

As well as Doctor Who, other television dramas for which he has written include Robin Hood, Primeval, Casualty, Holby City and Coronation Street.

Cornell has also written for a number of British comics, as well as Marvel Comics and DC Comics in America, and has had two original novels published in addition to his Doctor Who fiction.



Dickon Ashworth was 71 - credited as Sezon in Timelash

Actor who appeared in Timelash



Eric Mival was 78 - credited as Film Editor for The War Machines

Eric Mival (born in RhylDenbighshire, northeast Wales) is a film editor, director, and music editor.

Mival started his career in films and television working in editing roles on several TV programmes and feature films before becoming a BBC film editor. He is now a film and television writer/director/producer, who has worked on a wide range of both drama and documentary, broadcast and non-broadcast TV programmes.

He was the music editor on 13 episodes of the TV series The Prisoner recorded in 1966/67. He has also been a film editor on a number of TV shows including: Strange ReportTop of the PopsDoctor WhoComedy PlayhouseThe Wednesday Play, and theOscar nominated short film Oisin.

While working on the Prisoner he was asked, along with a number of other cast and crew, to work up a storyline or script for the series. He then wrote a story synopsis entitled "Ticket to Eternity" that was never actually filmed but is included in Volume One of the two-volume collection of Prisoner scripts edited by Robert Fairclough and published by Reynolds and Hearn in 2005 and 2006.

Much of his recent work has been on educational televisison. He wrote, produced and directed the television series We Can Work It Out, an educational series for parents about managing child behaviour. He has also written and directed, educational, training and promotional programmes for a number of large companies (such as Sainsburys and BT) and a number of UK government departments and organisations.

He wrote, directed and produced The Learning Bug, a 6 part series of documentaries to help parents of 5-7 year old children. He was the writer and director of Jolly Phonics an eight part puppet TV series teaching children to read using the phonics approach. Jolly Phonics won the “Teachers Choice” award at the US Education Media Awards in 1997. He was also both writer and director of a number of BBC schools TV programmes including Words and PicturesYou & Me, and Watch.

He directed documentary TV programmes for what was then Central Television in the UK including: Directing Parents and Teenagersan eight part series dealing with teenage/parental relationships which used filmed documentary and studio drama, and directing/writing England Their England, a series of three 25 minute documentaries on film about an NSPCC nursery, a feminist poet and a Birmingham black pop/dance group, who recorded in France.

He also directed a series of dramatised community service adverts on the themes of drugs and alcohol for the UK's Anglia Television TV station.

In 1978 he directed a report for the BBC TV series Film 78 on the Australian film industry. The report featured the works of directors Bruce Beresford, Fred Schepisi and Peter Weir.

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Burt Kwouk (died 2016 aged 85) would have been 87 - 2 credits, including Lin Futu in Four To Doomsday

Burt Kwouk OBE was an English actor of Chinese descent, known for many television appearances and for his role as Cato in the Pink Panther films.

Ha played Lin Futu in the 1982 Doctor Who story Four to Doomsday.

Kwouk was born in ManchesterEngland, but was brought up in Shanghai until he was about 17 years old. He graduated from Bowdoin College in the USA in 1953. One of Kwouk's earliest film roles was inThe Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) where he played the leader of a prison revolt who later aids the main character in heroically leading orphans to safety.

He has appeared in numerous films and television programmes. He may be most famous for playing Cato (Fong), Inspector Clouseau's man-servant. The running gag was that Cato was ordered to attack Clouseau when he least expected it to keep him alert, usually resulting in Clouseau's flat being wrecked. Amid the chaos, the phone would ring and Cato would answer it with "Hello: Inspector Clouseau's residence," before dutifully handing the phone to his employer.

He was a stalwart of the ITC television film series when an oriental character was required. He co-starred in 12/13 episodes of The Sentimental Agent (1963).

Kwouk has appeared in three James Bond films. In Goldfinger (1964) he played a Chinese counterpart of Bond's; in the spoof Casino Royale (1967) he played a general and in You Only Live Twice (1967) Kwouk played the part of a Japanese operative of Blofeld.

In 1968 he appeared in The Shoes of the Fisherman opposite Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn. Kwouk also appeared as the honourable but misguided Major Yamauchi in the 1980s World War II television drama Tenko.

A reference to his appearances in several films with Peter Sellers is found in the opening scene of The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu where Sellers says to him "your face is familiar."

Kwouk featured in many UK television productions that called for a man of Oriental appearance. As a result, he became a familiar face in the United Kingdom and appeared as himself in The Harry Hill Show as well as several of Hill's live tours.

In 2000 he appeared in an episode of the syndicated western TV series Queen of Swords playing Master Kiyomasa an aged Japanese warrior priest starring with Sung-Hi Lee who played his female pupil Kami. Filmed at Texas HollywoodAlmeriaSpain.

From 2001 to 2004 he provided voice-overs on the spoof Japanese betting show Banzai and subsequently appeared in adverts for the betting company, Bet365.

From 2002 to the show's end in 2010, he had a regular role in the long-running series Last of the Summer Wine, as Entwistle (2002-2010). His later work also includes voice acting in the audio theatre and video game genres.

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to drama.

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Robert Sloman (died 2005 aged 79) would have been 91 - 4 credits, including Writer for The Dæmons (as Guy Leopold)

Robert Sloman was the writer of four stories for the original Doctor Who television series.

Robert Sloman was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England, in 1926. He attended St. Boniface School and Exeter University. After a brief stint in repertory theatre, he took a job with the Sunday Times circulation department, eventually becoming distribution manager.

Sloman never lost his love for the theatre, co-writing two successful plays with Laurence Dobie, "The Golden Rivet" and "The Tinker." "Tinker" was later made into a film, The Wild and the Willing, in 1962. In 1972 he was approached by friend Barry Letts about writing a story for Doctor Who. They collaborated under the pseudonym of "Guy Leopold." The result was The D�mons, still considered by many to be among the best stories in the original series. Under his own name, Sloman also wrote the stories "The Time Monster," "The Green Death" and "Planet of the Spiders," the last marking Jon Pertwee's final regular appearance as the Doctor. Sloman wrote The Daleks in London, an unproduced serial for Season 9.

Sloman retired from the Sunday Times in 1974, moving to Burgess Hill, Sussex, becoming a wholesale distributor for all Sunday papers. He also developed a passion for sailing and acquired a second home in Spain. He died in 2005.

 

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Barry Gray (died 1984 aged 75) would have been 109 - 2 credits, including Electronic Music for Dr Who and the Daleks(Aaru)

Barry Gray composed the music for the Dalek movies produced in the 1960s and starring Peter Cushing as Dr. Who. Gray is best known for his work composing themes and incidental music for Gerry Anderson's numerous Supermarionation and live-action series, including Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, UFO, and the first season of Space: 1999.


 Deaths
David Maloney (died 2006 aged 72) - 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.

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