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The Masque of Mandragora: Part One premiered on BBC One in 1976 at 6:12pm, watched by 8.30 million viewers.

The Doctor and Sarah arrive in Renaissance Italy unaware that they have brought a deadly alien energy force with them.


 Birthdays
Ellie Darcey-Alden was 18 - credited as Francesca in The Snowmen

Ellie appeared as Lily Evans in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2). Other roles include Robin Hood, Borgia, and Holby City on television, and in theatre with Aladdin, Mardi Gras, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

She is the sister of Joseph Darcey-Alden.



Kai Owen was 42 - 45 credits, including Rhys Williams in Everything Changes(TW)

Kai Owen is a Welsh actor of stage and screen, known to Welsh audiences for his numerous roles on Welsh language television and to worldwide audiences for his portrayal of Rhys Williams in Torchwood.

Background and personal life

Owen was born in the town of Llanrwst in the Conwy Valley in North Wales, where his family still lives. His father Mark is a GMB union official and his mother Yvonne is a cleaner at the British Legion Club. He was educated at Watling Street Primary School, Llanrwst and Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy. He attended Mountview Theatre School, London for three years, graduating in 1998. Owen lived with his actor fiancée Sarah Wilson in East Finchley, London and in 2010 moved with son Bobby to Warwickshire. During 2011, Owen stayed in West Hollywood California for filming of Torchwood: Miracle Day.

He ran the 2009 London Marathon for the children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent, and also ran the Virgin London Marathon on 25 April 2010. He is a patron of Llandudno Youth Musical Theatre.

Television career

He became first known as Kev, a gay roofer in Tipyn O Stad, shown on Welsh-language channel S4C. He was a regular in several series (52 episodes) of this popular gritty Welsh television programme; he also appeared in S4C's Treflan as character Bob Lewis. In 2009 he guested as Harri in the second series of Y Pris and as violent loan shark Craig Turner in Pobol Y Cwm (one episode, broadcast 11 September 2009; he appeared in a similar guest role in the show in August and in October 2012).

Owen's first appearance on English-language UK television came in 2001, when he appeared as Buster Edwards in the episode Dog Dago Afternoon of series Fun at the Funeral Parlour. In 2003 he guested in an episode of BBC One television series Casualty (episode 392, Stuck In The Middle With You, 19 April 2003, as Danny). In 2005 he played the character of Dave 'Shiner' Owen in all six episodes of the series Rocket Man, a BBC One television series about a man trying to launch his dead wife's ashes into space.

2006 saw Owen cast as recurring character Rhys Williams in Torchwood, a spin-off from the science fiction television series Doctor Who, a role for which he has become most renowned. He was elevated to star billing for the third series, broadcast on BBC One in summer 2009, reflecting his growing role in the series. He reprised his role in the fourth series of Torchwood - Torchwood: Miracle Day, broadcast during summer 2011.

Owen starred in an episode of Celebrity Ready Steady Cook with Torchwood co-star Tom Price (Andy) (recorded 26 August 2009, broadcast 8 January 2010).

In 2011 Owen appeared in the first episode of the third series of Being Human as Bob, leader of a dogging pack. He appears in the 14th episode of the seventh series of long running BBC school drama Waterloo Road as former rugby pro Ken Watling. He appeared in an episode of the 2012 Kay Mellor drama The Syndicate, broadcast on BBC One.

In 2015 Owen joined the cast of the channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks playing Pete, the ex-partner of Reenie McQueen (Zoe Lucker) and a perpetrator of child abuse. In preparation for the role he liaised with the NSPCC.

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



Edward de Souza was 85 - 3 credits, including Marc Cory in Mission to the Unknown

Edward James de Souza is a British character actor and graduate of RADA with ethnic Portuguese Indian and English origins.

De Souza was the only child of Annie Adeline Swift (née Calvert) and Edward Valentine De Souza Jr. (Rangoon 1881-1947), a Cambridge Graduate of Portuguese Indian descent (his father originated from Goa). De Souza was raised primarily by his mother, as his father died when De Souza was just 14. It's not clear where he was born, in Hull or in Burma.

He is well known for the films The Phantom of the Opera and The Kiss of the Vampire, both made for Hammer Studios in 1962. Perhaps his most famous role, however, has been as The Man in Black for BBC Radio 4. He also appeared in the television version of After HenryFarrington and, earlier, took the part of Soveral (the Portuguese Ambassador to Britain) in Edward the Seventh.

In 1965, he appeared as the lead in the Doctor Who story Mission to the Unknown - the only story ever broadcast in the series not to feature the Doctor in any capacity. 

From 1961 to 1966, he starred in the popular sitcom Marriage Lines, and in 1977 he played Sheik Hosein in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. He was solicitor "Bonny Bernard" in the first series of Rumpole of the Bailey. In 1982 he appeared in the final Sapphire & Steel adventure, credited only as "The Man". One of his less-known works, was his role in The Golden Compass, in 2007, playing the Second High Councillor.

He joined the British soap opera Coronation Street as Colin Grimshaw, where he made his first appearance on 12 December 2008. His character died in May 2009.



Dinsdale Landen (died 2003 aged 71) would have been 85 - credited as Dr. Judson in The Curse of Fenric

Dinsdale Landen was a British actor known mainly for his television appearances.

He played Dr. Judson in the 1989 Doctor Who story The Curse of Fenric.

Landen was born at Margate. He made his television debut in 1959 as Pip in an adaptation of Great Expectations and made his film debut in 1960, with a walk-on part in The League of Gentlemen. He first became well known during the 1960s when he starred in the TV series Mickey Dunne and The Mask of Janus, which was renamed The Spies in later series. He also had a parallel career as a stage actor, including as Richard Dazzle in the RSC's 1970 production of London Assurance.

On radio, he appeared in the 1973 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of The Foundation Trilogy as General Bel Riose, and in the 1976 adaptation of Jim Eldridge's novel Down Payment on Death as Art Gordo. He also portrayed Rupert Purvis in the 1982 production of Tom Stoppard's play The Dog It Was That Died and played the urbane Ambassador McKenzie in four series of Flying the Flag.

In 1977 Landen starred in his own situation comedy, Devenish, playing a Basil Fawlty type character in a Reggie Perrin-type situation; designing board games. In 1980 he starred as Barty in the television series Pig In The Middle with Liza Goddard.

In 1987 he played the lead in a BBC TV production of What the Butler Saw, playing Dr Prentice in a production also featuring Prunella Scales, Timothy West and Bryan Pringle.

Dinsdale Landen died at his home in South Creake, Norfolk on 29 December 2003 after becoming ill with pneumonia. He had been diagnosed with oral cancer several years before his death, but was in remission at the time. He was married to the actress Jennifer Daniel.



Reg Lever (died 1985 aged 81) would have been 114 - credited as Joker in The Celestial Toymaker

Frank Crawshaw (died 1984 aged 84) would have been 118 - credited as Farrow in Planet of Giants

Frank Crawshaw played Arnold Farrow in DW: Planet of Giants.

He played Arnold Tanner, Elsie's first husband, in episodes of Coronation Street in 1961 and 1966. Elsewhere he could be seen in Z-Cars and Men of Rochdale, a dramatised documentary celebrating the Co-operative society's centenial anniversary


 Deaths
Iain Cuthbertson (died 2009 aged 79) - credited as Garron in The Ribos Operation

Iain Cuthbertson  was a Scottish character actor

At 6' 4", he was known for his tall imposing build and also his distinctive "gravelly" heavily accented voice

Born and brought up in Glasgow, he was educated at Glasgow AcademyAberdeen Grammar and the University of Aberdeen (where he graduated with a MA Honours in French and Spanish). His first break as an actor was on radio while studying at Aberdeen University.

He spent two years national service in the Black Watch. His original wish was for a job in the Foreign Office, but he became a radio journalist with the BBC in Glagow.

Cuthbertson started acting at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre in 1958 and became General Manager and Director of Productions in 1962. Three years later he became Associate Director of London's Royal Court Theatre.

His most memorable television role was as the criminal and businessman Charlie Endell in both Budgie (London Weekend Television/ITV) with Adam Faith (1971–72) and its sequel Charles Endell, Esq (Scottish Television/ITV) in 1979.

Other roles include the lead in The Borderers (BBC, 1968-70), Tom Brown's Schooldays (BBC, 1971) (as Thomas Arnold), The Stone Tape (BBC, 1972), Sutherland's Law (BBC, 1973-76), Children of the Stones (HTV/ITV, 1977), and Danger UXB (Thames Television/ITV, 1979), The House With Green Shutters[5] (BBC, 1980). He appeared in the pilot episode of Rab C Nesbitt (1988) as a magistrate.

He suffered a crippling stroke in January 1982, which forced him to give up theatre for fear of forgetting his lines. He resumed television and film work, though, as his lines could be written on crib boards. His first role following his stroke was as the villainous Scunner Campbell in Super Gran (Tyne Tees Television/ITV, 1985). In 1989 he played the villain, Brett Savernake in the episode of Campion entitled "Sweet Danger".

Minor parts in ongoing series include appearances in Z-Cars (BBC), The Avengers (ABC/ITV), Inspector Morse (Central Television/ITV), Bulman (Granada Television/ITV), Ripping Yarns (BBC), The Duchess of Duke Street, Colonel Mannering in Adam Adamant Lives! story D For Destruction (1966) and Garron in the Doctor Who story The Ribos Operation. He also appeared in: Diamond Crack Diamond, The Onedin Line (BBC), Survivors (BBC), Scotch on the RocksBlack Beauty(London Weekend/ITV), The Ghosts of Motley Hall (Granada/ITV), Juliet Bravo (BBC), Casualty (BBC), The Mourning BroochCasting the Runes and McPhee the Mother and Me.

In film, he appeared as Charles Waterbury in The Railway Children.

Cuthbertson's first marriage, to Anne Kristen in 1964, was dissolved in 1988. He was survived by his second wife, Janet Smith.

From 1975 to 1978, he served as Rector of the University of Aberdeen. He listed his hobbies as sailing and fishing, and, after retiring, he lived in DalrympleAyrshire.

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



Bill Meilen (died 2006 aged 73) - credited as Froyn in The Daleks' Master Plan

The Welsh-born actor started performing at an early age on stage and appeared in numerous British TV productions.

He had a small role in the 1965 Doctor Who episode Counter Plot

He died of cancer in Vancouver, Canada.



Ben Aris (died 2003 aged 66) - credited as Lieutenant Shears in Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Ben Aris was an English actor who was best known for his parts in Hi-de-Hi! and To the Manor Born.

He appeared in the 1974 story Invasion of the Dinosaurs.

Aris was born in London, and following World War II, he trained at the Arts Educational School. At the age of only 16, he joined a national tour of the show Zip Goes a Million. He then did national service in the Army  and following that appeared in many musicals and films including The Plague of the Zombies, The Charge of the Light Brigade andHamlet. Aris was in the 1960 production of "Pieces of Eight" at the Apollo Theatre in London as well as the 1969 production of "Hamlet" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York.

His first television role was in the sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em in 1973. His other early television roles included Sam and the River (1975), Crown CourtWodehouse Playhouse and Target. During that time he also appeared in Digby, the Biggest Dog in the WorldJuggernautTommyThe Music Lovers and The Savage Messiah.

For three episodes, from 1980 to 1981, he played Mr Spalding in To the Manor Born, and then in 1982, he made his first appearance in Hi-de-Hi! as Julian Dalrymple-Sykes, a dancer. He became a regular in 1985 and played the part until the show's end in 1988.[1]He also starred in BergeracAgatha Christie's PoirotYou Rang, M'Lord? and Boon. As well as acting with Penelope Keith in To the Manor Born, he also appeared with her inExecutive Stress and No Job for a Lady.

One of most memorable stage performances was in the West End playing Geoffrey in Stepping Out by Richard Harris. His final stage appearance was in The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett, opposite Dame Maggie Smith. His final TV appearance was in the 2002 drama Ready