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On This Day (USA) - 17 December



The Highlanders: Episode 1 premiered on BBC One in 1966 at 5:48pm, watched by 6.70 million viewers.

The travellers arrive in Scotland in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden. Taken prisoner by the Redcoats, the Doctor and Ben are to be sent to the West Indies as slaves.



The Sun Makers: Part Four premiered on BBC One in 1977 at 6:08pm, watched by 8.40 million viewers.

UNIT Recruiting Film premiered on BBC One in 1993 at 7:30pm, watched by 3.50 million viewers.

Out of Time premiered on BBC Three in 2006 at 10:00pm, watched by 1.03 million viewers.

A plane that took off in 1953 touches down in present-day Cardiff.



The Power of the Daleks: Episode Five (animation) premiered on BBC America in 2016 at 11:00pm
 Birthdays
Greg James will be 32 - 2 credits, including Shopper in Closing Time

Greg James is a British radio DJ, currently working on BBC Radio 1

James studied drama at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

He presented the Radio 1 early Breakfast show before moving into the afternoon slot.

He had a small cameo role in the Doctor Who story The Lodger.



Bill Pullman will be 64 - 8 credits, including Oswald Danes in The New World(TW)

Bill Pullman  is an American film, television, and stage actor. 

Pullman was born in Hornell, New York. After graduating from Hornell High School in 1971, he attended the State University of New York at Delhi and the State University of New York at Oneonta in the 1970s. 

During the 1980s, he primarily worked with theatre companies around New York and Los Angeles, California. His first prominent movie role was in the film Ruthless People (which starred Danny DeVito and Bette Midler). Other notable films included the lead in Spaceballs (1987), The Serpent and the Rainbow (opposite Zakes Mokae), While You Were Sleeping (1995). In 1996 he played the president of the United States in the commercially successful movie Independence Day. A year later he had a major role in Lost Highway (1997). Pullman continues to act in both theatre and in movies, independent and big budget. His more recent films have been The Grudge and Scary Movie 4 (the latter heavily spoofing The Grudge though Pullman's part spoofed The Village).

From February 2001 until February 2002, Pullman starred with Mercedes Ruehl, in Edward Albee's play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? on Broadway. The play won several awards: 2002 Tony Award for Best Play; 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play; 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Pullman was nominated, but did not win, the 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play. He starred as Dr. Richard Massey in the End of Days miniseries, Revelations. 

In addition to acting, Pullman is a creative writer. His first play, Expedition 6, is about the International Space Station mission Expedition 6 that was in orbit at the time that the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed on reentry, grounding the U.S. space shuttle program, which was to provide the vehicle for the crew's return to earth. The play opened at San Francisco's Magic Theater in September 2007.



Michael Cashman will be 67 - credited as First Officer Bilton in Time-Flight

Michael Cashman is a British former actor, now a Labour politician. He has been a Member of the European Parliament for theWest Midlands constituency since 1999.

He appeared in the 1982 story Time-Flight

As a child actor he was cast in the role of Oliver Twist in the original run of Lionel Bart's musical Oliver!, but he is possibly best known for his role as Colin Russell in BBCTV's EastEnders. He also appeared in the ITV drama serial The Sandbaggers.

Michael Cashman has been a rapporteur on several key initiatives including an important initiative on funerals of those who die in third countries. He is a trenchant critic of discrimination against minorities within the European Union. He has been leading a cross-party coalition to tackle the rise in homophobia throughout Europe. He has in the past supported the gay pride march in Warsaw, which he attended. He is also the President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on gay and lesbian issues. Cashman is a member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

In 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Staffordshire for his human rights work. That same year he was elected MEP of the Year for Justice and Fundamental Rights by his peers.



Ernie Hudson will be 72 - credited as Stuart Owens in The Middle Men(TW)

Ernie Hudson is an American actor known for his roles as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters film series, Sergeant Albrecht in The Crow, andWarden Leo Glynn on HBO's Oz.

One of Hudson's early films was in Penitentiary II in the late 1970s starring Leon Isaac Kennedy. After various TV guest roles on shows such as The Dukes of Hazzard and The A-Team, Hudson went on to bigger fame playing Winston Zeddemore, who enlists with the Ghostbusters in the 1984 film Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel (he auditioned to reprise the role for the animated series but lost to Arsenio Hall), as well as Warden Leo Glynn on HBO's Oz. On Oz, his son Ernie Hudson Jr. co-starred with him as Muslim inmate Hamid Khan. He appeared as the character Munro in Congo, and he starred in the 1994 film The Crow as Sergeant Albrecht. He switched gears when he played a preacher opening the eyes of a small town prejudice in the 1950s in Stranger in the Kingdom. He is also known as Harry McDonald, the FBI superior of Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality. He appeared in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Ethon" as Pernaux. He had a major supporting role as the mentally challenged Solomon in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle. He was on the TV series Fantasy Island as a voodoo man named Jamu in season one. Hudson also appeared as Reggie in the film The Basketball Diaries alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2008, he began a recurring role as Dr. Fields in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Hudson also had a recurring role on the final season of Law & Order as Lt. Anita Van Buren's boyfriend and then fiancé.

He played Stuart Owens in Torchwood: Miracle Day.



Del Henney will be 79 - credited as Colonel Archer in Resurrection of the Daleks

Del Henney played Colonel Archer in the Doctor Who story Resurrection of the Daleks

Also worked on Devil's PlaygroundThe BriefMidsomer MurdersNorth SquareGoing Off Big TimeThe BillDockersPeak PracticeJonathan CreekA Touch of FrostResnick: Rough TreatmentHeartbeatResnick: Lonely HeartsRumpole of the BaileyThe Play on OneMinderMe and My GirlA Woman of SubstanceJuliet BravoPlay for TodayThe ProfessionalsA Chance to Sit DownFallen HeroZ CarsWingsSoldier of OrangeITV PlayhouseJoseph AndrewsBrensham PeopleCrown CourtBranniganDixon of Dock GreenThe SweeneySutherland's LawThe Mad TrapperThe ProtectorsSoftly Softly: Task ForceCoronation StreetStraw DogsThirty-Minute TheatrePaul TempleVillainWhen Eight Bells TollParkin's PatchThe First LadyITV Sunday Night TheatreThe ExpertThe Revenue MenUnited!



Alec Wheal (died 2016 aged 81) would be 83 - 47 credits, including Senior Cameraman for The King's Demons

Alec Wheal worked as a camera operator on more episodes of classic Doctor Who than anyone else. His work covered the period from 1971 through to the end of the series in 1989.

Alec Wheal joined the BBC in 1955. He had a prolific career working on some of the most memorable and best loved series from the golden age of British television, including The Tripods, Just Good Friends, Last of the Summer Wine, and Eastenders.

After leaving the BBC he worked for the British Parlimentary Channel.



Jacqueline Hill (died 1993 aged 63) would be 88 - 18 credits, including Barbara Wright in An Unearthly Child

Jacqueline Hill was a British actress best known for her role as Barbara Wright one of the original three companions of The First Doctor William Hartnell.

Hill was asked to play Barbara Wright after she and producer Verity Lambert, whom she knew socially, discussed the role at a party. Hill played the role for nearly two years, leaving the show in 1965, at the same time as William Russell who played Ian Chesterton. 

Hill returned alongside Tom Baker for an appearance in the 1980 Doctor Who story Meglos, as the priestess Lexa.

Hill trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made her stage debut in London's West End in The Shrike. Other roles followed, including, on television, Shop Window, Fabian of the Yard and An Enemy of the People. In  May1958 she married the director Alvin Rakoff, having the previous year appeared in his BBC adaptation of Rod Serling's American television play Requiem for a Heavyweight.

Soon after leaving the series in 1965 she gave up acting to raise a family, daughter Sasha and son John. Hill resumed her career in 1979 and gained further TV credits in, amongst other programmes, Tales of the Unexpected and as Lady Capulet in the BBC Television Shakespeare version of Romeo and Juliet in 1978.

Jacqueline Hill died of cancer in 1993.

The actress is played by Jemma Powell in the 50th Anniversary drama An Adventure In Space And Time.


 Deaths
James Cairncross (died 2009 aged 93) - 2 credits, including Lemaitre in The Reign Of Terror

Alan Tilvern (died 2003 aged 85) - credited as Forester in Planet of Giants

Alan Tilvern was a British film and television actor.

He is possibly best known for his role as R.K. Maroon in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  He played Forester in the 1964 Doctor Who story Planet of Giants.

He was born in Whitechapel, in the East End of London, to Jewish Lithuanian parents, who changed their name from Tilovitch. After leaving school he became a barrow boy in Brick Lane. In the Second World War he served in the Army but was invalided out in 1945.



Maurice Quick (died 2000 aged 89) - 3 credits, including Gold Usher in The Deadly Assassin

Maurice Quick played the Gold Usher in the Doctor Who serial The Deadly Assassin.

Also worked on Strangers and BrothersPotterBeau GesteShackletonMade in BritainKesslerPlay for TodayTo Serve Them All My DaysPenmarricThomas and SarahBBC2 Play of the WeekMurder Most English: A Flaxborough ChronicleRafflesOne-UpmanshipThe Basil Brush ShowGalileoRoomsZ CarsThe PallisersWithin These WallsWarshipThirty Minutes WorthMenaceSpecial BranchThe Rivals of Sherlock HolmesWar & PeaceThe EdwardiansThe Two RonniesVillainsITV PlayhouseTo Encourage the OthersThe RegimentThe TroubleshootersTrialCousin BetteFather Dear FatherCrime of PassionThe DoctorsBretBiographySentimental EducationThe Wednesday PlayITV Sunday Night TheatrePlays of TodayTwo in CloverSherlock HolmesDetectivePride and PrejudiceChampion HouseSoftly SoftlyAdam Adamant Lives!The Forsyte SagaA Tale of Two CitiesDixon of Dock GreenITV Play of the Week