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On This Day (USA) - 18 December



The Daleks' Master Plan: Coronas of the Sun premiered on BBC One in 1965 at 5:48pm, watched by 9.10 million viewers.

Forced to return to the planet Kembel, the Doctor tries to fool the Daleks and their allies by giving them a fake taranium core – but will the Daleks see through the ruse?



Time Flies premiered on BBC Three in 2006 at 2:05am
 Birthdays
Joshua Dallas will be 37 - credited as Node 2 in Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead

Josh Dallas is an American actor who played Fandral in Thor, a film adaptation based on the Marvel Comics character. He is currently starring in the ABC television series Once Upon a Time.

Dallas graduated in 1996 at the age of 17 from New Albany High School in New Albany, Indiana, where he studied theater under David Longest. Aged 19 he gained the Sarah Exley Scholarship, that fully funded his degree level studies at the Mountview Conservatoire for the Performing Arts in LondonEngland.

On graduation, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, and then took parts wth the Royal National TheatreEnglish National Opera, the New Shakespeare Company and The Young Vic.

Returning to the United States and based in Hollywood, he was cast in 2011 as Fandral in Thor after Irish actor Stuart Townsend withdrew from the role days before filming was to begin.

In 2011, he began starring on the American television series Once Upon a Time as Prince Charming on ABC

Dallas met British actress Lara Pulver in 2003 when he came to the UK on a theater training scholarship. They married over Christmas 2007.



Neil Fingleton (died 2017 aged 36) would be 38 - credited as Fisher King in Under the Lake / Before The Flood

Neil Fingleton played the Fisher King in the 2015 Doctor Who stories Under the Lake and Before The Flood 

In 2007 Fingleton was awarded the Guinness World Record as the tallest British-born man and the tallest man in the European Union, standing at 7 ft 6in or 2.33m. 

Neil Fingleton was born in Durham in 1980. An outstanding basketball player, he spent 8 years in education in the United States, winning a sporting scholarship and studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

In 2004 he made his professional debut as a basketball player for the now defunct Boston Frenzy. He later played professionally in China, Italy, Greece, England and for the spanish teams Club Baloncesto Ilarcuris and Ciudad Real

In 2007 injury forced him to abandon his sporting career and he took up acting. He appeared in the film 47 Ronin alongside Keanu Reeves, and played the giant Mag the Mighty in the TV series Game of Thrones. He appeared in the 2015 film Jupiter Ascending, the Fox Studios film X-Men: First Class and in the Marvel Entertainment film Avengers: Age of Ultron

Neil Fingleton died at the age of 36 after suffering a heart attack.



Nina Wadia will be 50 - credited as Dr Ramsden in The Eleventh Hour

Nina Wadia is an Indian British actress, best known for playing Zainab Masood in the British soap opera EastEnders.

Wadia first came to prominence in BBC sketch show Goodness Gracious Me, playing characters such as Mrs "I can make it at home for nothing!" and one half of The Competitive Mothers. She took over from her Goodness Gracious Meco-star, Meera Syal, in the role of Rupinder in the sitcom All About Me alongside Jasper Carrott and Natalia Kills.

In 2007, Wadia was cast as Zainab Masood in the long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders. She also had a minor role in the show in 1994, playing a nurse named Viv who treated Michelle Fowler (Susan Tully) when she was hospitalised with a gunshot wound. She also appears as Zainab in the 2010 spin-off EastEnders: E20.

Wadia has also made several guest appearances in various British comedies and dramas, such as 2point4 ChildrenThe Vicar of DibleyThin Ice ChambersHolby CityMurder in Mind and Doctors. She was a regular presenter on the ITV topical chat show, Loose Women (2005-2006). Wadia has most recently appeared in the E4 teen Comedy/Drama Skins, playing the mother of Anwar Kharral, and, in March 2008, she appeared in the BBC Three pilot West 10 LDN, she also appeared in New Tricks once. In 2011 Wadia appeared in Would I Lie To You?

Wadia played a wedding guest in the comedy film Bend It Like Beckham. She played a scene-stealing role as the housekeeper in the film I Can't Think Straight, directed by Shamim Sarif. The film revolves about two women from Indian and Palestinian upper-class immigrant communities in the UK who fall in love, and Wadia is the housekeeper who rebels at her high handed Palestinian employer in small ways. She also had a minor part in the film Code 46 (2003). She starred in a BFI/BBC film Sixth Happiness along with Firdaus Kanga in 1997. The film explores sexuality, disability and the Parsees, a small westernised minority in India, of which Wadia herself is a member. She has also starred alongside Rishi Kapoor playing his wife in a Bollywood film titled Namaste London.

She also voices the title role in Ethelbert the Tiger - a children's programme. She also had a role in Doctor Who as a doctor in the episode "The Eleventh Hour".

Apart from the radio version of Goodness Gracious Me, her other radio work includes guesting on Parsons and Naylor's Pull-Out Sections, as well as regular appearances in the BBC World Service soap opera Westway as the pharmacistNamita ul-Haq.

In 2001, Wadia voiced he role of Ariel in a BBC Radio 3 production of The Tempest.

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



Jeananne Crowley will be 69 - credited as Vena in Timelash

Jeananne Crowley is an Irish actress and writer, remembered for her collaborations in British film and television. She appeared in the film Educating Rita and is possibly best known for her role as Nellie Keene in the BBC drama series Tenko.

She also appeared in several movies, including Educating Rita alongside Julie Walters and Michael Caine.Recently, Crowley has appeared in The Clinic and Proof. Other television credits include The Onedin LineShoestringReilly, Ace of Spies and Doctor Who (in the serial Timelash, as Princess Vena).

Crowley is a veteran stage actress, having been a member of the National Theatre for a period in the 1970s, and has also made appearances at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, including one in Pygmalion in 2004, and as the lead in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.

Crowley is also a prolific writer; she has written two plays, one of which was performed at the Royal Court Theatre, and has also been a regular contributor to national newspapers, including the Sunday Times,The ObserverThe Guardian and the Irish Times. In 2002, she was a judge for the Irish Novelist of the Year competition.

 

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

 



Derrick Slater (died 1995 aged 57) would be 81 - 2 credits, including Security Guard in The Seeds of Death
 Deaths
Hugh Elton (died 2013 aged 91) - credited as (extra) in Remembrance of the Daleks

Hugh Elton was born in West London, England.

He is known for his work onTank Malling (1989), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and The Man Outside (1967)