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On This Day (USA) - 10 August



The Dominators: Episode 1 premiered on BBC One in 1968 at 5:15pm, watched by 6.10 million viewers.

The TARDIS lands on the peaceful planet of Dulkis. There, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe discover that the ruthless Dominators have arrived and are enslaving the inhabitants with their deadly robots, the Quarks.

The Doctor and his crew must prevent the destruction of the planet and help the Dulcians fight back.



The Lazarus Experiment premiered on SyFy (East Coast Feed) in 2007 at 8:00pm
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Kate O'Mara (died 2014 aged 74) would have been 79 - 3 credits, including The Rani in The Mark of the Rani

Kate O'Mara was an English film, stage and television actress. 

She was most widely known for her portrayal of strong women such as role as Caress Morell, the sister of Alexis Colby in  Dynasty, The Rani in Doctor Who and Laura Wilde in Howards' Way.

O'Mara made her stage debut in a production of The Merchant of Venice in 1963. Her earliest television appearances included guest roles on Danger Man, Adam Adamant Lives!, The Saint, Z-Cars and The Avengers in the 1960s. In 1970, she appeared in two Hammer Studio horror films; The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein. In 1975, she had a regular role in the BBC drama series The Brothers.

In the early 1980s, O'Mara starred in the BBC soap opera Triangle. In 1985, she was cast as The Rani in the Doctor Who adventure The Mark of the Rani. A  role she reprised in the 1987 story Time and the Rani.

In 1986, she was cast as Caress Morrell in the American primetime soap opera Dynasty. Playing the sister of Alexis Colby (Joan Collins), O'Mara appeared in 17 episodes of the sixth season and 4 episodes of the seventh. She was later cast as another scheming villain, Laura Wilde, in the BBC soap Howards' Way in 1989.

O'Mara continued to make television appearances throughout the 1990s, including Cluedo and Absolutely Fabulous. In 2001, she had a recurring role in the ITV prison drama series Bad Girls before appearing in the short-lived revival of the soap opera Crossroads. 

She also continued to perform on stage and in March 2008 she played Marlene Dietrich in a stage play entitled Lunch with Marlene. From August to November 2008, she played Mrs Cheveley in Oscar Wilde's stage play 'An Ideal Husband' directed by Peter Hall and produced by Bill Kenwright.



Peter Diamond (died 2004 aged 74) would have been 89 - 10 credits, including Fight Arranger for The Space Museum

Peter Diamond was an English actor who as a regular contributor to Doctor Who in the 1960s, as a fight arranger and actor.

He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and his appearances total over 1,000 credits in the industry as a stuntman, co-ordinator or fight arranger.

He appeared as the Tusken Raider who attacked Luke Skywalker in the firstStar Wars Episode IV: A New Hope film. He also contributed to the sequels Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

His film credits include several Carry On films, Never Let GoFrom Russia with LoveDracula: Prince of DarknessAn American Werewolf in LondonRaiders of the Lost Ark, and Highlander, where he played the immortal Iman Fasil.

Peter Diamond's numerous TV credits include The SaintThe AvengersPaul TempleLast of the Summer WineHeartbeat, andLondon's Burning.

He was stunt coordinator/swordmaster on the 1990 TV series Zorro and acted in three episodes, two as Sir Edmund Kendall who taught Diego de la Vega (Zorro) to swordfight, and directed eight episodes. This series was filmed in Madrid, Spain for the U.S. ABC Family channel.



Kathleen Heath (died 2004 aged 87) would have been 102 - credited as Woman Tourist in The Chase

Kathleen Heath was an actress with a large number of credits in British TV Drama. 

Roles include parts in Emma, The Ghost Goes Gear and Break in the Sun.  


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Patrick O'Connell (died 2017 aged 83) - credited as Ashton in The Dalek Invasion of Earth

Patrick O'Connell was a retired Irish actor known for numerous performances on UK television and in films.

He was brought up in BirminghamEngland and after working in the office of a department store he trained as an actor at RADA. He then appeared in repertory theatre, at the Royal Court Theatre and with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

His television appearances include Fraud Squad as (Detective Inspector Gamble), Dixon of Dock GreenThe Brothers (as Edward Hammond), Yes MinisterThe ProfessionalsWe'll Meet AgainThe BillInspector MorsePeak PracticeDangerfield and As Time Goes By.

His film roles include The Shooting PartyThe Human FactorThe McKenzie Break (as Sergeant Major Cox) and Cromwell.

He was also an artist known for his paintings and drawings.

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



Colin Eggleston (died 2002 aged 60) - credited as Film Editor for The Smugglers

Colin Eggleston was Film Editor for the 1966 Doctor Who story The Smugglers.



Rex Tucker (died 1996 aged 83) - credited as Director for The Gunfighters

Amongst his work, he was a driving force during the formative stages of Doctor Who in 1963, acting as a caretaker producer prior to the arrival of Verity Lambert. Tucker's friend, the actor and director Hugh David � whom Tucker had actually approached about playing the leading role in the series � later claimed in interviews that it was Tucker who had named the series Doctor Who, although Tucker himself credited Sydney Newman with this. Tucker was also the director originally assigned to the first serial, An Unearthly Child, and later it had been planned that Tucker would direct more of the programme's introductory season. However, these commitments did not work out, and ultimately he directed only The Gunfighters in 1966. During the last episode, The O.K. Corral, a dispute arose between Tucker and then producer Innes Lloyd over the editing of the episode, leading to Tucker requesting that his credit be excised.

The director is played by Andrew Woodall in the 50th Anniversary drama An Adventure In Space And Time.



Donald Bisset (died 1995 aged 84) - credited as Colin McLaren in The Highlanders

Donald Bisset was a British actor. 

He played Colin McLaren in the 1966 Doctor Who story The Highlanders.

He also wrote stories for children which he mostly illustrated himself. They have been translated into 16 languages.

He worked on The BillThe Black Velvet GownCampionOne Foot in the GraveAgatha Christie: PoirotWilliam TellThe Hound of the BaskervillesLittle DorritParadise PostponedThe Return of the AntelopeThe Invisible ManA Pattern of RosesOnly Fools and Horses....RagtimeScarf JackSmugglerThe Old Curiosity ShopLes MiserablesThe ProfessionalsThe Thirty Nine StepsLife of ShakespeareWarlords of AtlantisLove for LydiaBeryl's LotAre You Being Served?Escape from the DarkThe Bawdy Adventures of Tom JonesPlay for TodayThe PallisersMicrobes and MenThe Double DealersPollyannaFreewheelersClinic ExclusiveFor the Love of AdaNearest and DearestBlind TerrorYakDoctor in the HouseTwo a PennyThe Six Wives of Henry VIIICarry on Again DoctorSpecial BranchZ CarsThe Beverly HillbilliesThe ExpertMum's BoysThe TroubleshootersRocket to the MoonEye of the DevilR3No Hiding PlaceThe SaintThorndykeThe Indian Tales of Rudyard KiplingBoyd Q.C.The Hidden TruthHide and SeekCraneDr. Finlay's CasebookSuspenseThe Odd ManDixon of Dock GreenThe PursuersEmergency-Ward 10The Adventures of Robin HoodOn TrialA Touch of LarcenyThe Battle of the SexesFriends and NeighboursThe Headless GhostBroth of a BoyUp the CreekThe New Adventures of Martin KaneLittle Red MonkeyThe Brain MachineBBC Sunday-Night TheatreMurder in the CathedralMovie-Go-Round



Michael Mulcaster (died 1984 aged 72) - 3 credits, including Highlander in Jail in The Highlanders

Michael Mulcaster appeared in a variety of programmes during his career, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Forsyte Saga, Adam Adamant Lives!, The Power Game, Paul Temple, Doomwatch, Ace of Wands, War and Peace and The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes.

Film roles include the convict Selden in the Hammer version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, and he also appeared in The Curse of Frankenstein and The Revenge of Frankenstein, plus The Flesh and the Fiends and The Brides of Dracula.

Michael Mulcaster was married to Joan Ellacott.