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On This Day (USA) - 25 September



Galaxy 4: Air Lock premiered on BBC One in 1965 at 5:52pm, watched by 11.30 million viewers.

The Rills send for Vicki, and Steven comes under pressure.



The Masque of Mandragora: Part Four premiered on BBC One in 1976 at 6:12pm, watched by 10.60 million viewers.

As the leading scholars of the era assemble in the palace for the masque, Mandragora prepares to attack, intent on sending the world into a new dark age.


 Birthdays
Zac Fox was 27 - 2 credits, including Photoshoot PA in The Angels Take Manhattan

Zac Fox is a British actor. His first film appearance was in the TV series "Wild West", and he's most known for his role as Eden on New Zealandtelevision series, Maddigan's Quest.

Zac Fox was born in TruroCornwall. He is the youngest of three siblings; two brothers and a sister, and expressed an interest in acting at an early age. At aged six he attended a Saturday morning performing arts school, and by aged seven he had his first professional stage appearance, in the juvenile chorus of Snow White at the HFC. Six months later, he won the role of Nipper in Cameron Mackintosh's production of Oliver.

He played a PA to Amy Pond in the 2012 series of Doctor Who



Daniel Hyde was 42 - credited as Lead Worker in The Snowmen

Daniel Hyde graduated from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in 1999, and is best known for his role in Hollyoaks as Scott Anderson and in Family Affairs as Jason Wilding.



Sasha Behar was 46 - credited as Spurrina in The Fires of Pompeii

Sasha Behar  is a British actress, known for portraying Maya Sharma in the ITV1 soap opera Coronation Street.

Born in London, Behar is the eldest of three children, and has two younger brothers. She has two daughters with her boyfriend, the actor Jamie Glover. They currently live in BrixtonSouth London.

Behar trained at The Poor School, in London's King's Cross.

Behar played Maya Sharma in Coronation Street from 2003 to 2004. The role won her the Best Villain award at the 2005 British Soap Awards.[4] Her other television credits include Holby CityHercule Poirot's ChristmasMessiah and Lewis. She also guest starred in the Doctor Who episode "The Fires of Pompeii", playing Spurrina and played Dr Mortimer in Sherlock (2012).

Her theatre credits include The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and The Island PrincessEastward Ho and The Malcontent, with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Behar also starred in the 2008 film Incendiary.

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



Ian Reddington was 60 - 2 credits, including Chief Clown in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

Ian Reddington is an English actor.

Ian Reddington was born in Sheffield. He was educated at Frecheville Comprehensive. He had no formal drama training at school but became a leading figure in the Meatwhistle youth theatre project run by youth workers in the city. This gave him his first appearance as the Herald in Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade at the Sheffield Crucible in 1973 directed by Glen Walford. He also played percussion and sang backing vocals in proto-punk outfit Musical Vomit alongside Glenn Gregory, who later went on to become lead singer with Heaven 17. Reddington then went on to study Drama at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London (1976–1979), at the time one of their youngest ever entrants. There he won The William Poel Prize and The Arthur Talbot Smith Award.

Ian's first TV appearance was before a live audience in an episode of Three Up, Two Down for the BBC. He then filmed Doug Lucie's Hard Feelings for the 'Play For Today' series. His many subsequent appearances have included episodes for The BillBoonCasualtyHolby CityBenidormDoctorsPeak PracticePlaying the FieldRobin HoodInspector Morse and CadfaelThe SculptressThe Queen's NoseJane Hall and Yellow Thread Street and memorably as Tommy the council worker in ShamelessBeing April and his own children's series Snap. He was voted Best Villain for his portrayal of the Chief Clown in the Doctor Who serial "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy". 

Reddington's theatre work is extensive and started with The Royal Shakespeare Company. He played Master Froth in Measure for Measure, The Tailor in The Taming of the Shrew (Play of the Year), a 'shape' in The Tempest (along withRuby Wax and Juliet Stevenson), The Churchill Play,[2] The Shepherds Play, the multi-award winning Piaf and for the RSC in the West End both Wild Oats and Once In A LIfetime. He then went onto the Bristol Old Vic to play Kent inEdward the Second and Oh! What A Lovely War. It was then out into repertory theatre with leading roles at Plymouth, Stoke, the British première of Thomas Hardy's The Dynasts for Exeter, and in Nottingham Byron's Cain.

For Great Eastern Stage he performed in Travesties. Back at the Bristol Old Vic he appeared in Androcles and The Lion and She Stoops To Conquer and in The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband for Nottingham Playhouse. Then to The Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow where he was seen in world premières of Judith and Saint Joan. In London's fringe he played the title role in Katie Mitchell's Arden of Faversham at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Alec D'Urbaville in Tess at The Latchmere. Also there he performed The Promise with his own company One Word, The Collector at The Spice Of Life and Rutherford And Son at The New End. At The Bush Theatre under Mike Bradwell he appeared in the award winning Hard Feelings and FlamingoesBlack Mas for Foco Novo and Pamela for Shared ExperienceA Who's Who Of Flapland for Lakeside, Nottingham. World Premieres of In Pursuit Of The English and Hangover Square at The Lyric Hammersmith.

He worked with English experimental company Lumiere and Son in War Dance and then performed in Italy with the avant-Garde La Zattere Di Babele in Tamburlaine. Further classical work saw him perform Hamlet for the Oxford Stage Company, Richard the Third for the Stafford Festival and Macbeth in London. For the International New Writers Festival in Birmingham he appeared in Car Thieves, and also a platform performance of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at TheRoyal National Theatre. He has also been seen in Peter NicholsBlue MurderHappy as A Sandbag, the award Winning Dead FunnyBen Elton's Gasping and The Woman in Black with Frank Finlay. For the West Yorkshire Playhousehe appeared in the much acclaimed The Lemon Princess.

He played the part of Joe's dad in the Olivier Award Winning musical Our House and the part of Mr Fulton in High School Musical 2 and in 2011 he played Pop in the hit musical We Will Rock You.

He has adapted for the stage John Fowles's The Collector and (with his friend Paul Bower) Ramón del Valle-Inclán's Luces De Bohemia.

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



Felicity Kendal CBE was 71 - credited as Lady Clemency Eddison in The Unicorn and the Wasp

Felicity Ann Kendal, CBE  is an English actress known for her television and stage work. 

Kendal has appeared in numerous stage and screen roles over a 45-year career, and the role that brought attention to her career is Barbara Good in the 1975 television series The Good Life.

She played Clemency Eddison in the 2008 Doctor Who story The Unicorn and the Wasp. 



Johnson Bayly (died 1980 aged 64) would have been 102 - credited as Balan in The Dominators

Johnson Bayly  played Balan in the Doctor Who story The Dominators.

Other workes included The Donati ConspiracyAll Gas and GaitersZ CarsHow to Murder a Rich UncleDixon of Dock GreenSpy of Napoleon


 Deaths
Paul Bernard (died 1997 aged 68) - 3 credits, including Director for Day of the Daleks

Paul Bernard was a British television production designer and director, principally active from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. 

He was never credited as production designer on Doctor Who, but he directed the plurality of the stories in Seasons 9 and 10. These included the first colour appearance of the Daleks and what was to be Roger Delgado's final appearance as the Master. His work on Doctor Who was amongst the last work he did for television. He left for a new career in fine arts in the mid-1970s.

Biography from the TARDIS wiki article, licensed under CC-BY-SA



Eric Elliott (died 1981 aged 78) - credited as Commander in The Ark

Actor who appeared in the 1966 story The Ark



Jack Bligh (died 1967 aged 77) - credited as Gaptooth in The Smugglers

Born in Ramsgate in Kent, Jack Bligh was an actor for much of his life, mainly in theatre until quite late in his life when he took to "moving pictures". He is notable as being the earliest born actor to have filmed footage for Doctor Who.

Before the First World War, having apparently turned down an offer to play for Arsenal football club, Bligh worked at the British and Colonial Kinematograph Company as a stunt man, then worked at Vitagraph in the United States as war broke out, before seeing service in France as the war progressed. During the 1920s he toured South Africa with Dennis Neilson-Terry and Mary Glynne, performed in a number of Edgar Wallace plays in London and is also believed to have made an appearance in the "new" medium of television in 1929!

He met his second wife Mary Holder, an actress with the Frank Benson’s Shakespeare Company and they married in 1929. They appeared together with the Royal Shakespeare Company before travelling to South Africa in 1932, where they settled down and founded a theatre company in Johannesburg. He also produced a number of plays at the Little Theatre in Cape Town, and in 1938 played Simon van der Stel in the film Die Bou van ‘n Nasie (They Built a Nation). During the 1940s he was a radio producer with the SABC in Johannesburg, though he continued to tour with the Gwen ffrangçon-Davies / Marda Vanne Company.

After the Second World War he spent some time in the United Kingdom taking in theatrical developments and also working at the BBC. However, he returned to South Africa in 1948 to become head of dramatic production for SABC in Cape Town. However, by the 1960s he'd returned to the UK and appeared in a number of films and television programmes, which as well as his role as Gaptooth in The Smugglers also included Dixon of Dock Green, Z Cars, Danger Man, Man in a Suitcase, Adam Adamant Lives! and Till Death Us Do Part. He also had a recurring role as Old Jonty in the 1964 series Taxi!

Despite being in his seventies, he continued to act right up to his death at home in St John's Wood, London, a year after his appearance in Doctor Who.

 

Biography adapted from the entry at ESAT.