Doctor Doctor Who Guide


On This Day (USA) - 6 January

The Enemy of the World: Episode 3 premiered on BBC One in 1968 at 5:25pm, watched by 7.10 million viewers.

Jamie and Victoria befriend Fariah, intent on discovering the truth about Salamander. Astrid plans to rescue Denes, but not everything goes according to plan.

The Three Doctors: Episode Two premiered on BBC One in 1973 at 5:51pm, watched by 10.80 million viewers.

Following the advice of the First Doctor, the Third Doctor and Jo have crossed through the black hole to the strange, desolate world of antimatter.

The Power of Kroll: Part Three premiered on BBC One in 1979 at 6:27pm, watched by 8.90 million viewers.

Warriors of the Deep: Part Two premiered on BBC One in 1984 at 6:41pm, watched by 7.50 million viewers.
Rowan Atkinson was 63 - credited as The Doctor in Doctor Who and The Curse Of Fatal Death(Misc)

Rowan Atkinson is a comic actor reknowned for his physical comedy and facial expression. He first started acting whilst studying Electrical Engineering at Oxford, and achieved recognition through the Edinburgh Fringe; it was during this period that he also met up with long-term friend and collaborator Richard Curtis, with whom he worked on films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral and for Comic Relief in items such as The Curse of Fatal Death.

The two worked together on the radio show The Atkinson People, which was produced by Gryff Rhys Jones, and then Atkinson became one of the key regulars on television in Not The Nine O'Clock News, produced by another friend, John Lloyd. Then in 1983 he achieved public fame as The Black Adder, followed by three further series. 

Following this, Atkinson achieved international fame through his character Mr Bean, which went on to become two films. The popularity of the character was such that he appeared as part of the London 2013 Olympics during a rendition of Chariots of Fire.

Another collaboration on television, this time with Ben Elton, came in the form of The Thin Blue Line. Atkinson then starred in a number of successful Barclays adverts as a hapless spy, which inspired a new creation in the films Johnny English and Johnny English Reborn. Other films the actor has appeared in include the James Bond film Never Say Never Again, The Tall GuyRat Race, and Hot Shots! Part Deux.

The actor has also appeared in theatre, notably as Fagin in the West End production on Oliver! during 2009.

Sylvia Syms was 84 - credited as Mrs Pritchard in Ghost Light

Sylvia Syms OBE is an English actress. She is probably best known for her roles in the films Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), No Trees in the Street (1959) , Victim (1961) and The Tamarind Seed (1974). She remains active in films, television and theatre.

Syms was born in WoolwichLondonEngland, the daughter of Daisy (née Hale) and Edwin Syms, a trade unionist and civil servant. She was educated at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, on whose council she later served. Her daughter Beatie Edney is also an actress.

Syms started her career as a starlet. In her second film, My Teenage Daughter (1954), she played Anna Neagle's "problem" daughter. In 1958, she appeared in the film Ice Cold in Alex (alongside John MillsAnthony Quayle and Harry Andrews) which, in recent years, has become something of a cult film following its use in a beer commercial. A love scene between Mills and Syms was dropped from the film because it was considered too strong.

In 1958, Syms also appeared in the English Civil War story The Moonraker alongside George Baker. By 1960, she had worked with Flora RobsonOrson WellesStanley HollowayLilli Palmer and William Holden. In 1962, she played Tony Hancock's wife in The Punch and Judy Man. The film also featured her nephew, Nick Webb. Other comedies followed, such as The Big Job (1965) with Hancock's former co-star Sid James, but it was for drama that she won acclaim, includingThe Tamarind Seed (1974) with Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif, for which she was nominated for a British Film Academy awardMy Good Woman in 1972 was a husband-and-wife television comedy series which ran until 1974 with Leslie Crowther. At the same time, she was one of two team captains on the BBC's weekly Movie Quiz, hosted by Robin Ray. In 1975, she was the head of the jury at the 25th Berlin International Film Festival.

Shortly after the downfall of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1990, Syms portrayed her on ITV in a TV play covering the events surrounding her demise. She later recreated the role on the stage.

In 1989, Syms appeared in the Doctor Who story "Ghost Light". From 2000 until 2003, she played the part of Marion Riley in the ITV comedy-drama series At Home with the Braithwaites.

In 2002, she starred in the serial The Jury and contributed "Sonnet 142" to the compilation album When Love Speaks. In 2006, she co-starred as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother alongside Oscar-winner Dame Helen Mirren in Stephen FrearsThe Queen. She also appeared in The Poseidon Adventure, an American TV movie with little connection to the original movie of the same name made in the 1970s. She has also taken up producing and directing.

Among the many other famous actors and actresses Syms has worked with are Dirk BogardeMarius GoringHardy KrügerHerbert LomCliff RichardJenny AgutterSophia LorenGeorge PeppardRoger MooreRay MillandBernard Milesand Richard Todd.

In 2009, she appeared in the film Is Anybody There? alongside Michael Caine and Anne-Marie Duff and in the ITV1 drama series Collision. In 2010, she guest-starred as a patient in BBC1's drama series Casualty, having played a different character in an episode from 2007. Syms had also appeared as another character in Casualty's sister series Holby City in 2003.

Since 2007, Syms has also had a recurring role in BBC1's EastEnders, playing dressmaker Olive Woodhouse. Her most recent appearance in the role was on 20 July 2010.

In 2010, Syms took part in the BBC's The Young Ones, a series in which six celebrities in their 70s and 80s attempt to overcome some of the problems of ageing by harking back to the 1970s.

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Bill Strange was 85 - credited as Alien Guard in The War Games

William Strange is an actor, known for Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School, The Pickwick Papers and BBC Sunday-Night Theatre.

Raymond Westwell (died 1982 aged 63) would have been 99 - credited as Prison Governor in The Mind of Evil

Raymond Westwell played the prison governor in the Doctor Who story The Mind of Evil.

Other works include BBC2 PlayhouseKillersBBC Play of the MonthAntony and CleopatraSix Days of JusticeSoftly Softly: Task ForceComedy PlayhouseHunterBellbirdPoint of DepartureBBC Sunday-Night Theatre

John Scott Martin (died 2009 aged 82) - 26 credits, including Dalek Operator in The Chase

John Scott Martin  was an English actor born in Toxteth, Liverpool. He was a Dalek operator in over 50 episodes of the classic series of Doctor Who.

Martin operated Daleks from 1965's The Chase through to 1988's Remembrance of the Daleks. He worked with eight different actors in the title role of Doctor Who from William Hartnell to Sylvester McCoy, and also Richard Hurndall, who took on the role of the First Doctor in The Five Doctors. 

He also operated other Doctor Who monster costumes including the insectoid Zarbi in The Web Planet, and the robotic Mechanoids in The Chase. In the episode Robot Martin made his first on screen appearance, he appeared as a guard in the first episode. Martin also had a cameo in the BBC series The Tripods.

Some of his other television appearances include I, Claudius, Z-Cars, Quatermass and the Pit, Softly, Softly and the comedy Mine All Mine, written by Russell T Davies.

His film credits include a dancing instructor in a brief scene in Alan Parker's film of Pink Floyd's The Wall, and small roles in Ali G Indahouse, Little Shop of Horrors and the Monty Python films Erik the Viking and The Meaning of Life.

He appeared on the West End stage in shows like Kismet, Oliver! and The Streets of London. In the Manchester Opera House production of Fiddler on the Roof featuring Topol in the starring role, he played the Rabbi.

Martin also appeared in the music video for the Catatonia single "Dead from the Waist Down". His daughter, Catriona Martin is also an actress.

Kathleen Heath (died 2004 aged 87) - credited as Woman Tourist in The Chase

Kathleen Heath was an actress with a large number of credits in British TV Drama. 

Roles include parts in Emma, The Ghost Goes Gear and Break in the Sun.