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On This Day (USA) - 9 January

The Rescue: Desperate Measures premiered on BBC One in 1965 at 5:41pm GMT, watched by 13.00 million viewers.

Ian and Barbara discover that the paralysed Bennett has gone missing from his cabin. The Doctor discovers the truth about Koquillion, but endangers his own life in doing so.

Terror of the Autons: Episode Two premiered on BBC One in 1971 at 5:14pm BST, watched by 8.00 million viewers.

The Doctor follows the Master's trail to the circus. Meanwhile, the Master has used his hypnotic powers to take control of a plastics factory where he creates the deadly Autons.

Stargazing Live: Back To Earth 3 (Series 4) premiered on BBC2 in 2014 at 9:00pm GMT
Dara O Briain hosts after-show chat, in-depth discussion and astronomical trivia, as Brian Cox and guests from Stargazing LIVE are joined at Jodrell Bank Observatory by more science VIPs. Featuring Doctor Who's celebrated robo-pet K-9 as quiz master, the team reveals the viewers' most extraordinary astronomy images.

Imelda Staunton was 65 - credited as Voice of Interface in The Girl Who Waited

Imelda Staunton was born in Archway, north London. Both of her parents were first-generation Catholic immigrants from County Mayo, Ireland, with her father coming from Ballyvary and her mother from Bohola. 

Staunton enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), and studied alongside Alan RickmanTimothy Spall and Juliet Stevenson. She graduated two years later in 1976, then spent six years in English repertory. Staunton then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in 1982, moved on to the National Theatre. 

Staunton has twice received an Olivier Award, Britain's highest theatre honour, one in 1985 for roles in two productions: A Chorus of Disapproval and The Corn Is Green and one for the 1991 musical, Into the Woods. She was nominated for her performance as Miss Adelaide in the 1996 revival of Guys and Dolls at the National Theatre

Staunton's first big-screen role came in a 1986 Bill Douglas film, Comrades. She then appeared in the 1992 movie Peter's Friends. Other early roles include performances in Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Deadly Advice(1993), Sense and Sensibility (1995) Twelfth Night (1996), Chicken Run (2000), Another Life (2001), Bright Young Things (2003), Nanny McPhee (2005), Freedom Writers (2007) and How About You (2007).

Staunton shared a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Performance by a Cast in 1998 for Shakespeare in Love. In 2004, she received the Best Actress honours at the European Film Awards, the BAFTAs, and the Venice Film Festival for her performance of the title role in Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, which also won Best Picture. For the same role, she received Best Actress nominations for the 2005 Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

Staunton portrayed Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), She was nominated in the "British Actress in a Supporting Role" category at the London Film Critics Circle Awards.[14] Staunton reprised her role as Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One.

Recent film roles include 2008's A Bunch of Amateurs, in which she starred alongside Burt ReynoldsDerek Jacobi andSamantha Bond, and the character of Sonia Teichberg in Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock (2009). She will play one of the lead roles in the upcoming ghost film The Awakenings.

In 1993, she appeared on television alongside Richard Briers and Adrian Edmondson in If You See God, Tell Him. She has had other television parts in The Singing Detective (1986), Midsomer Murders, and the comedy drama series Is It Legal? (1995-8), as well as A Bit of Fry and Laurie season 4, episode 3. She was a voice artist on Mole's Christmas (1994). She had a guest role playing Mrs. Mead in Little Britain in 2005, and in 2007 played the free-thinking gossip, Miss Pole, in Cranford, the five-part BBCseries based on Mrs Gaskell's novels, and in the sequel to the series, Return to Cranford. She also supplies the voices of Ruby (a mouse) and Twiba (The Worm who lives in Big's Apple) in the Children's TV show Big & Small. In 2010, she appeared in the Halloween special of Psychoville as Grace Andrews, and became a recurring cast member in the second series (2011). In 2011, she had a guest role in Series 6 of Doctor Who playing the Voice of Interface in The Girl Who Waited

Steve Plytas (died 1994 aged 81) would have been 108 - credited as Wigner in The Tenth Planet
Ken Sedd (died 2021) - 3 credits, including Bi-Al Member in The Invisible Enemy

John Griffiths (died 2020 aged 89) - 3 credits, including Production Assistant for The Mind of Evil
John Griffiths was a member of the team responsible for the first-ever piece of Doctor Who screened, the original opening title sequence.

In 1963 Griffiths was working for the BBC at Ealing film studios when he was introduced to Verity Lambert and Waris Hussein, Doctor Who's first producer and director. They gave him the raw material of a recent studio session where they had filmed the output of an electronic camera looking at its own viewfinder and asked him to edit the material to provide a new title sequence for their new TV Series Dr. Who.

The sequence Griffiths produced, when combined with the music composed by Ron Grainer and realised by Delia Derbyshire, became one of the most iconic title sequences in television history. Heralding the beginning of each episode for the next three years.

As film editor, John Griffiths also worked on the 1964 story The Dalek Invasion of Earth, editing the famous footage of the Daleks patrolling a deserted London. As production editor, he worked on the third Doctor story The Mind of Evil.

after retiring from the BBC John Griffiths retired to Worthing. He died on Thursday 9th January.

Gypsie Kemp (died 2015 aged 70) - credited as UNIT Radio Operator in Day of the Daleks

Sarah Kemp was best known from the long-running Australian television series Sons and Daughters, in which she played the character Charlie Bartlett between 1982 and 1987.

Born as Gypsy Kemp, when living in the UK she appeared in a number of programmes, often credited as Gypsie Kemp. As well as her appearance in Day of the Daleks, she also had roles in diverse shows such as Z Cars, Shoestring, Happy Ever After and The Benny Hill Show. In Australia she changed her name to Sarah before her long stint in Sons and Daughters; other appearances included G.P. and the tv movie Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771.

She died in Bellingen Hospital, New South Wales, following a long battle with lung cancer.