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On This Day (USA) - 29 November



The Android Invasion: Part Two premiered on BBC One in 1975 at 5:45pm, watched by 11.30 million viewers.

Sarah is taken prisoner by the alien Kraals and the Doctor discovers the truth behind the village and its robot population.



State of Decay: Part Two premiered on BBC One in 1980 at 5:41pm, watched by 5.30 million viewers.

The Trial Of A Time Lord (The Ultimate Foe): Part Thirteen premiered on BBC One in 1986 at 5:19pm, watched by 4.40 million viewers.

Survival: Part Two premiered on BBC One in 1989 at 7:35pm, watched by 4.80 million viewers.

30 Years In The TARDIS premiered on BBC One in 1993 at 8:02pm, watched by 4.30 million viewers.

Following the first episode of the first-ever adventure (An Unearthly Child) on 23 November 1963, Doctor Who became to many viewers the most consistently imaginative, inspiring and good-humoured series on British television. The seven Doctors and their various assistants are fondly remembered, and their relative merits hotly debated by generations of fans.

This special documentary, made by a lifelong fan of the series, brings together Doctors Jon Pertwee, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy with assistants Nicola Bryant (Peri), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane) and Debbie Watling (Victoria) to recall three decades of time travel, endearingly cheap special effects and monsters such as Cybermen, Sea Devils, Zygons, Yetis, Autons and the most evil aliens of all: Daleks.Classic clips, interviews, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and even Doctor Who"bloopers" feature in this special birthday tribute.


 Birthdays
Gemma Chan will be 36 - credited as Mia Bennett in The Waters of Mars

Gemma Chan is an English actress and former model. She is best known for her roles as Mia Bennett in the BBC's Doctor Who "The Waters of Mars" with David Tennant and Lindsay Duncan; Soo Lin in Sherlock, the modern-day adaptation of Sherlock Holmes for BBC One, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman; Charlotte in season four of Secret Diary of a Call Girl; and Ruth in Channel 4's award-winning series Fresh Meat.

Gemma Chan was born in LondonEngland on 29 November 1982 but was brought up in Kent in South East England. Her mother is of Scottish-Chinese heritage and her father grew up in Hong Kong.

Chan attended Newstead Wood School for Girls. She went on to study law at the constituent University of Oxford college Worcester College. When she graduated, she was offered a job with a leading law firm.[2] Instead, she decided to pursue an acting career and wound up at the prestigious and notoriously tough Drama Centre London, where such actors as Paul BettanyAnne-Marie DuffColin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan trained. Spotted at her showcase by British film producer Damian Jones (The History BoysKidulthoodWelcome to Sarajevo), she then signed to acting agent Nicki van Gelder, who has guided the careers of Samantha Morton and Helena Bonham Carter.

In 2006, Gemma was one of the models in season one of Project Catwalk, the UK version of Project Runway. She was one of the top three models who made it to the final, although her designer did not win the final challenge. Gemma has also been photographed by Rankin for a campaign for Nivea Visage, having previously worked as a model in order to fund her studies and drama school training, appearing in campaigns for Nokia and Selfridges and numerous magazines including ElleCosmopolitan and The Sunday Times Style.

Gemma appeared in the autumn 2009 special of the BBC�s Doctor Who ("The Waters of Mars") with David Tennant and Lindsay Duncan, which aired 15 November 2009 in the UK, playing geologist Mia Bennett. She was recently cast as a new series regular in Secret Diary of a Call Girl alongside Billie Piper, the fourth and final series airing on ITV2 in the UK and Showtime in the US in 2011. Her other recent television projects include Fresh MeatChannel 4'sBAFTA nominated and British Comedy Award winning sitcom; SherlockBBC One's contemporary adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson which began airing on 25 July 2010 to overwhelmingly positive reviews and went on to win the BAFTA for Best Drama Series in 2011; and the fourth series of the BAFTA and Emmy award winning British sitcom The IT Crowd for Channel 4.[8] In 2010 she appeared in the World War II drama film Shanghai directed by Mikael Hafstrom, alongside John CusackChow Yun-fat and Gong Li and in the BAFTA nominated[ psychological thriller Exam directed by Stuart Hazeldine, alongsideJimi MistryColin Salmon and Luke MablyExam was also nominated for the Raindance Award at the 2009 British Independent Film Awards and was released in UK cinemas on 8 January 2010. She was also seen in the critically acclaimed  2011 comedy drama Submarine directed by Richard Ayoade, alongside Paddy Considine and Sally Hawkins. Gemma appeared on stage in the British Premiere of Bertolt Brecht�s last play Turandot at theHampstead Theatre, London, directed by Anthony Clark. A passionate supporter of human rights, she has also made a film for Amnesty International to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In 2012, Gemma will be seen as a regular in season two of Sky Living's supernatural drama Bedlam and in True Love, a five part semi-improvised television series produced by Working Title for BBC One,[16] with David TennantBillie PiperAshley WaltersJane HorrocksDavid MorrisseyLacey TurnerKaya Scodelario and Vicky McClure.

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



Max Bollinger will be 44 - 3 credits, including Mikhail Kerenski in The Waters of Mars

Max Bollinger played Mikhail Kerenski in the 2009 story The Waters of Mars. 

He also portayed Pavel Fedorin in Big Finish's Singularity.

Born in Russia Max Bollinger spent his childhood in the south, near the Black Sea, now Ukraine and moved to England in 1993. He is now based in London, speaks fluent English and Russian. Graduated with 1st Class degree in economics and IT.

Was first seen on TV as Charles Allcock in BBC's television film about Margo Leadbetter, a character from popular British sitcom "The Good Life" set in the 70s. Charles was Margo's secret lover who she met at the "Young Conservatives Club". Directed by Margy Kinmonth Walters.



Naoko Mori will be 47 - 33 credits, including Toshiko Sato in Everything Changes(TW)

Naoko Mori is a Japanese actress who lives and works mainly in the UK. Mori is best known for her roles in the television series Absolutely Fabulous, Casualty, Doctor Who, and Torchwood.

Early life

Mori was born in Nagoya, Japan. When Mori was four years old, she moved to New Jersey, USA due to her father's work. She returned to Japan when she was ten and moved to London two years later. When her parents were posted back to Japan, Mori was given the choice of either moving back to Japan with her parents or remaining in London on her own. She chose to stay in London, partly because she wanted to finish her GCSEs and gain some qualifications. She attended the Royal Russell School. Mori's father opened a bank account for her, handed her a cheque book and told her to find a flat or a bed sit for herself to live in. Mori said that being on her own at such a young age helped her to be a very independent person, although it was still a scary world to be faced so young.

Acting career

While studying for her A-levels, she auditioned and joined London's West End production of Miss Saigon. She later went on to play Kim and became the first ever Japanese National to play a lead role in the West End. From 1993–1994, Mori had a regular role on the hospital drama Casualty as the hospital receptionist Mie Nishikawa. Film roles followed, including appearances in Spiceworld: The Movie (1997) and Topsy-Turvy (1999). Mori also appeared in the television programmes Thief Takers (1997), Judge John Deed (2001), Spooks (2002), Mile High (2003) and Powers (2004). In 1995, she had a small role as a Japanese computer hacker in the film Hackers. Mori had a major role in the 2005 BBC docu-drama Hiroshima, which contained dramatic re-enactments of the 1945 atomic bombing. Mori also provided the voice acting for the villainess Mai Hem for the game Perfect Dark Zero.

Also in 2005, Mori had a small role as Dr Sato in the Doctor Who episode "Aliens of London". Producer Russell T Davies took note of her performance and decided to bring the character back as a regular in the first two series of the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood. Mori's Torchwood character, Toshiko Sato, was killed in "Exit Wounds", the final episode of Torchwood’s second series, but has not ruled out the possibility of returning to the show at a later date. She returned to the West End on 20 November 2006, when she took over the role of Christmas Eve from Ann Harada in the London production of Avenue Q, a role which she played until 14 April 2007. Mori portrayed Yoko Ono in the BBC Four production Lennon Naked, which was broadcast in the UK on 23 Wednesday June 2010. The film reunited her with Christopher Eccleston, who played John Lennon, opposite whom she played Dr Sato in her Doctor Who appearance. Before joining Torchwood, Mori acted as Kim in Miss Saigon alongside future co-star John Barrowman as Chris.

Mori will soon be seen in the movie Everest as Yasuko Namba starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley.

Personal life

Mori is a Japanese Buddhist. She wanted to become a singer before she was an actress.

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



Michael Craze (died 1998 aged 56) would be 76 - 11 credits, including Ben in The War Machines

Michael Craze was a British actor noted for his role of Ben Jackson alongside both William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton.

Craze was born in Newquay, Cornwall. He got into acting by chance as, at the age of twelve, he discovered through Boy Scout Gang Shows that he had a perfect boy soprano voice. This led him to win parts in The King and I and Plain and Fancy, both at Drury Lane, and Damn Yankees at the Coliseum. Once he had left school, he went into repertory and got into TV through his agent. His first television was a show called Family Solicitor for Granada which was followed, amongst others, by a part in ABC TV's 1960 series Target Luna (written by Malcolm Hulke and Eric Price and produced by Sydney Newman).

At the age of twenty Craze wrote, directed and acted in a film called The Golden Head which won an award at the Commonwealth Film Festival in Cardiff. Following Doctor Who, Craze worked on several ITV productions, including one episode (The Last Visitor) of Hammer Films' first TV series Journey to the Unknown in 1968. Other television roles include parts in Dixon of Dock Green and Z-Cars. 

In 1974, Michael left full-time acting and devoted his time to managing a pub in Shepperton. He continued to take on occasional acting roles, however. In 1994, he appeared in the BBC television playThe Healer as well as doing several day's work on Kenneth Branagh's 1994 movie adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

He was originally meant to play the role of Krelper in the 1984 Doctor Who story The Caves of Androzani, However this was vetoed by the then producer John Nathan-Turner and the part was recast.

Craze died of a heart attack on 8 December 1998. He had fallen down some steps the previous day while picking up his neighbour's paper for her, and owing to a heart condition, they were unable to operate.

He met his wife Edwina Verner through Doctor Who, where she had been a production assistant on shows he appeared in.

Michael Craze's brother is actor Peter Craze. Coincidentally Peter Craze has also appeared in Doctor Who in a number of guest roles but never worked with his brother on the series.

He is played by the actor Robin Varley in the 50th Anniversary drama An Adventure In Space And Time.



Jack Bligh (died 1967 aged 77) would be 129 - 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.


 Deaths
Joseph Furst (died 2005 aged 89) - credited as Zaroff in The Underwater Menace

Joseph Fürst was an Austrian international film and television actor known for his English language roles.

Furst was regularly featured in UK television drama series of the 1960s and early 1970s with appearances in The SaintThe ChampionsDoomwatchThe Persuaders!, and as the mad (and well remembered) Professor Zaroff in the Doctor Who story The Underwater Menace. Many people believe his accent in this role to have been put on; this is incorrect, it is in fact his real accent.

Joseph Furst's notable film appearances included 55 Days at Peking (1963), The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), Inn of the Damned (1975), and Diamonds Are Forever (1971) as Dr Metz.

He emigrated to Australia and starting in the mid 1970s acted in several guest roles on Australian television drama series. His roles included several appearances in the top-rated police drama Division 4 produced by Crawford Productions in the 1970s. He also had on-going roles in soap opera Number 96 in 1976 as deli owner Carlo Lenzi who romanced Norma Whittaker (Sheila Kennelly), and as Heinrik Smeaton in The Young Doctors in 1979. He later guest starred in four episodes of A Country Practice in the early 1980s.

Joseph was interviewed by Dwayne Bunney and Dallas Jones for "Loose Cannon" and spoke about his career in an interview to be an extra feature for the reconstruction of the missing Doctor Who story "The Underwater Menace". This interview took place shortly before his death.

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



George Harrison MBE (died 2001 aged 58) - credited as Himself in The Chase

George Harrison was an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the band's primary songwriters, most of their albums included at least one Harrison composition, including "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something", which became the Beatles' second-most-covered song.

Harrison's earliest musical influences included Big Bill Broonzy, George Formby and Django Reinhardt; Chet Atkins, Chuck Berry and Ry Cooder were significant later influences. By 1965 he had begun to lead the Beatles into folk rock through his interest in the Byrds and Bob Dylan, and towards Indian classical music through his use of the sitar on "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)". He developed an interest in the Hare Krishna movement and became an admirer of Indian culture and mysticism, introducing them to the other members of the Beatles and their Western audience by incorporating Indian instrumentation in their music. After the band's break-up in 1970, Harrison released the triple album All Things Must Pass, from which two hit singles originated. He also organised the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh with Ravi Shankar, a precursor for later benefit concerts such as Live Aid. Harrison was a music and film producer as well as a musician; he founded Dark Horse Records in 1974 and co-founded HandMade Films in 1978.

Harrison released several best-selling singles and albums as a solo performer, and in 1988 co-founded the platinum-selling supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. A prolific recording artist, he was featured as a guest guitarist on tracks by Badfinger, Ronnie Wood and Billy Preston, and collaborated on songs and music with Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Tom Petty, among others. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 11 in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Harrison's first marriage, to Pattie Boyd, ended in divorce in 1977. The following year he married Olivia Trinidad Arias, with whom he had one son, Dhani. Harrison died in 2001, aged 58, from lung cancer. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India, in a private ceremony according to Hindu tradition. He left almost £100 million in his will.

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