Doctor Doctor Who Guide


On This Day (USA) - 10 February

The Web of Fear: Episode 2 premiered on BBC One in 1968 at 5:14pm GMT, watched by 6.80 million viewers.

The deadly web continues to advance in the tunnels of the Underground. Professor Travers realises that the Doctor is the only man who can help bring an end to the Yeti menace.

Carnival Of Monsters: Episode Three premiered on BBC One in 1973 at 5:51pm GMT, watched by 7.80 million viewers.

The Drashigs are pursuing Jo and the Doctor through the Miniscope. On Inter Minor, scheming bureaucrats intend to release the Drashigs in a plan to topple their leader.

The Armageddon Factor: Part Four premiered on BBC One in 1979 at 6:27pm GMT, watched by 8.60 million viewers.

The Ghosts of N Space: Episode Four premiered on BBC Radio 2 in 1996 at 7:03pm GMT

Amazing Luck Stories: 10 Feb 1999 premiered on BBC One in 1999 at 8:50pm GMT
Real-life tales of good fortune, with the live midweek National Lottery Draw as the centrepiece. This week the tale of a long-lost Doctor Who episode that turned up at a film fair in New Zealand. Presented by Carol Smillie.

Keeley Hawes was 45 - 3 credits, including Ms Delphox in Time Heist

Keeley Hawes is an English actress and former model. 

She starred in The Last September an adaptation of Elizabeth Bowen's 1929 novel,as well as playiong Zoe Reynolds in Spooks, Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes  and Lady Agnes in  Upstairs, Downstairs. She is currently playing Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton in the second series of the BBC Two drama Line of Duty.

Early on in her career, she starred in at least four music videos, for the singles "Saturday Night" by Suede, "Marvellous" by the The Lightning Seeds, "Come Around" by The Mutton Birds and "She's a Star" by James.

She has also appeared in  Troublemakers, Dennis Potter's Karaoke, Heartbeat, The Beggar Bride, and as the young Diana Dors in the biopic, The Blonde Bombshell. She appeared in Our Mutual Friend, Wives and Daughters, Tipping the Velvet  and Under the Greenwood Tree.

She voiced the role of Eidos Interactive's globe-trotting adventurer in Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider series of video games.

Robert Shearman was 51 - 10 credits, including Writer for Dalek

An established theatrical playwright, Shearman has worked with Alan Ayckbourn, had a play produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and has received several international awards for his work in theatre. Award-winning plays include Fool to Yourself, which premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1997, and which won the inaugural Sophie Winter Memorial Trust Award, 'Easy Laughter', (Sunday Times Playwriting Award), 'Coupling', (World Drama Trust Award), 'Binary Dreamers', (Guinness Award for Theatre Ingenuity, in association with the Royal National Theatre). In 1993 he was made resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, the youngest playwright to be honoured by the Arts Council in this way, and for them he wrote a series of plays, including his controversial comic fable about God living in suburbia, 'Breaking Bread Together', which later was revived in London. His association with his mentor, Alan Ayckbourn, has been particularly fruitful, with 'White Lies', 'About Colin', and 'Knights in Plastic Armour' proving especially popular.

His association with Doctor Who began with a play written for BBV Audios, Punchline, in which Sylvester McCoy played the Dominie, a disguised version of the Seventh Doctor. This was penned under the pseudonym "Jeremy Leadbetter" (the name of a character from the popular BBC sitcom The Good Life). Several audio plays for Big Finish followed, The Holy Terror, The Chimes of Midnight and Jubilee all winning best audio drama in the Doctor Who Magazine polls of their respective years.

Shearman wrote the television episode "Dalek" for the 2005 series of Doctor Who produced by Russell T Davies for the BBC. This was, at Davies' request, a re-working of the themes introduced by Shearman's earlier Big Finish audio play Jubilee. "Dalek" was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form in 2006, and came in second in terms of votes for its category.

Rupert Vansittart was 63 - 3 credits, including General Asquith in Aliens of London / World War Three

Rupert Vansittart  is an English character actor. He has appeared in a variety of roles in film, television, radio and on stage, often playing comic or serio-comic characters.

He played General Asquith in the two Doctor Who episodes, "Aliens of London/World War Three"

Vansittart is known to fans of the Pride and Prejudice serial as the actor who portrayed Mr. Hurst, the brother-in-law of Charles and Caroline Bingley. He has also worked with Rowan Atkinson, having appeared as a guest star in two episodes of Mr. Bean and also The Thin Blue Line. He has just completed filming "Johnny English Reborn" the sequel to "Johnny English", both starring Rowan Atkinson.

Vansittart was one of three surviving cast members from the original 1992 series of Heartbeat, having had a frequently recurring role as minor aristocrat Lord Charles Ashfordly.

In 1994, he appeared in the film Braveheart as Lord Bottoms. He went on to star opposite Hugh Grant in ""Four Weddings and a Funeral"" as George the Boor at the Boatman in 1995. In 2003 he appeared in the West End adaptation of Arsenic and Old Lace, also starring Michael Richards. In 2005 he appeared in the "Market for Murder" episode of Midsomer Murders. In 2006, Vansittart portrayed Thomas J. Dodd in the BBC three part drama documentary Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial. He also appeared in the 2008 BBC serialSpartacus as Consul Lentulus and in 2009 in Margaret as Peter Morrison. In 2010 he appeared in Doctors as Anthony Chippington, a friend of Charlie's. He most recently played Harrison Ashton Lard, the "posh girl's father", in How Not to Live Your Life. He provided additional voice-over for World's Craziest Fools.

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

Bridget Lynch-Blosse was 63 - credited as Natasha in Revelation of the Daleks

Bridget Lynch-Blosse played Natasha Stengos in the 1985 story Revelation of the Daleks.

Michael Keating was 74 - 5 credits, including Goudry in The Sun Makers

Michael Keating is a British actor. He is best known as for his role as Vila Restal in the science fiction television series Blake's 7.

One of Michael Keating's first prominent roles was as Goudry in a 1977 Doctor Who story, entitled The Sun Makers. A year later, Keating won the role of Vila Restal in the BBC TV seriesBlake's 7, which aired from 1978 to 1981. Vila Restal was the only character to appear in all fifty-two episodes of the series. In 1981, Keating appeared in an episode of the BBC sitcom Yes Minister entitled The Death List, playing the role of Police Constable Ross.

Some years later Michael Keating reunited with his Blake's 7 co-star Gareth Thomas, in an episode of the BBC drama series Casualty. In 2004, Keating returned to the Doctor Who franchise, guest starring as Major Koth in the Big Finish Productions audio adventure The Twilight Kingdom. In 2006, Keating starred in another Doctor Who audio adventure, this time as Inspector Chardalot in Year of the Pig. In 2009, he had a brief role in the BBC one-off drama Micro Men about the rise of the British home computer market in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Since 2005, Keating has played Reverend Stevens in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Although Keating has never been a permanent cast member in the soap, he continues to appear as the local vicar in EastEnders, usually for a single episode at a time, in connection with another character's christening, marriage, or funeral.

Peter Purves was 82 - 49 credits, including Steven Taylor in The Chase

Peter Purves is an English television presenter who is best known for being a presenter on the BBC children's programme Blue Peter. After his eleven years on the programme he has continued to make regular appearances since then. In particular, Purves has been associated with television coverage of the Crufts dog show.

Purves was originally an actor, and played the character of Steven Taylor in Doctor Who when The Doctor was played by William Hartnell.

Early life

Purves was born in New Longton, near Preston, Lancashire, and was educated at the independent Arnold School in Blackpool. He had originally planned to go into teaching, training at Alsager College of Education, but began to act with the Barrow-in-Furness Repertory Company instead. He also attended Manchester Polytechnic and is a confirmed atheist.

Doctor Who

Purves first appeared on the show in the role of Morton Dill in "The Chase" after being cast by Director Richard Martin.

At twenty-six years old, Purves first became known to television audiences in 1965 as Steven Taylor, one of the early time-travelling companions in the programme Doctor Who, when the Doctor was played by William Hartnell. Purves has provided DVD commentaries for many of the surviving Doctor Who episodes he appeared in and documents the making of each of his Doctor Who stories in his autobiography, Here's One I Wrote Earlier. Purves was also a good friend of the actor Jon Pertwee, who played the Third Doctor.

Purves has said that he preferred the historical stories on the show.

Blue Peter

After leaving Doctor Who, Purves became a regular presenter on the children's magazine programme Blue Peter from 1967 to 1978. Purves co-presented Blue Peter first with John Noakes and Valerie Singleton and then with Noakes and Lesley Judd, during the programme's so called 'golden age'. After Noakes, Purves is the second longest serving male Blue Peter presenter.

Purves maintained his connection to Doctor Who throughout his time on Blue Peter, often hosting special features on the programme and interviewing the actors. These included many clips from episodes which are otherwise now lost, most notably The Daleks' Master Plan, in which Purves himself had appeared.

Dogs have featured in Purves's career since his Blue Peter days when he was given charge of one of the "Blue Peter Pets", Petra, a German Shepherd cross. He became so closely associated with Blue Peter the programme, "the sensible one", that he found his association difficult to shake off. Purves also presented the spin-off Blue Peter Special Assignment,

Subsequent television appearances

After leaving Blue Peter, Purves presented "Stopwatch" and "We're Going Places" and then later a spell as the front man for darts events on the BBC and as presenter of the long-running BBC1 motorbike trials series Kick Start. He also presented much of the BBC's darts coverage from 1979 to 1983.

His later TV career has included cameo appearances in episodes of the soap opera EastEnders and sitcoms The Office and I'm Alan Partridge. In The Office episode "Training Day" Purves played himself in a customer care training video that David Brent and his staff were being shown (incidentally, Purves is a qualified business trainer and a motivational speaker).

Purves has had a thirty-year association with television coverage of major dog shows such as Crufts and in 2007 his appearance as a judge on the reality TV programme The Underdog Show. Purves also writes for the dog press and regularly presents at dog award shows. Marking his 70th birthday, his 2009 autobiography Here's One I Wrote Earlier was released at The Kennel Club.

In the theatre

Purves is a noted pantomime director enjoying a good working relationship with the Chuckle Brothers and has directed over 30 pantomime productions. In December 2012 Purves portrayed Alderman Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington at Harpenden Public Halls: this was the first time Peter performed in Pantomime since 1985. He is also an after-dinner speaker.

Purves lived for a time in Bilton, and now lives in the Suffolk village of Sibton. In 2008, Valerie Singleton revealed she had had a "brief fling" with Purves.

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

Barrie Ingham (died 2015 aged 82) would have been 89 - 2 credits, including Paris in The Myth Makers

Barrie Ingham is an English actor of stage, television and film.

He played Alydon in the 1965 feature film Dr. Who and the Daleks and Paris in the Doctor Who television serial The Myth Makers.

Ingham was born in HalifaxWest Yorkshire, the son of Irene (née Bolton) and Harold Ellis Stead Ingham. He was educated at Heath Grammar School and became a Royal Artillery Officer. His major theatre debut was at Manchester Library Theatre Company and then he moved to London's Old Vic. He has also played with many leading production companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mermaid Theatre Company and Royal National Theatre.

Barrie has been featured in over 200 British and American films and TV productions. After playing Sejanus in Granada TV's The Caesars (1968), he had a short spell as an ambitious government minister in The Power Game in 1969. In 1971 took the leading role in the series Hine, as an unscrupulous arms dealer.

Sir John Gielgud gave him his Broadway debut and he subsequently played in many Broadway musicals, including Copperfield on Broadway, and opposite Angela Lansbury in the London production of Gypsy: A Musical Fable in 1973. When the production transferred to Broadway, Barrie did not stay with the show. He also appeared as King Pellinore in the 1981-82 revival of Camelot to critical acclaim. In 1991-2, he appeared in the final cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love, opposite Sarah Brightman on Broadway. His last Broadway outing was in the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde, for which while the show did not receive favorable reviews on Broadway, Mr. Ingham did for his performance as Sir Danvers Carew, a mentor to the title character of Dr. Jekyll and the father of Emma Carew, Jekyll's fiancee. Mr. Ingham opened the show in 1997 and subsequently stayed for the next four years till the show closed in January 2001. Ingham was seen as was the final Broadway cast in the 2001 filmed version of the musical. Also acted in theatre in Australia, such as Noël Coward's Private Lives, in Sydney in 1976. He was interviewed during that visit by Bill Collins, and for the Doctor Who fanzine Zerinza.

John Ringham (died 2008 aged 80) would have been 93 - 5 credits, including Ashe in Colony In Space

John Ringham was a British character actor of both television and stage who appeared in over a hundred screen appearances in a wide variety of roles.

He is best remembered for his leading role in the 1980s sitcom Just Good Friends as Norman Warrender.

He appeared throughout BBC Television's Shakespeare adaptation An Age of Kings in 1960, most prominently as Humphrey Duke of Gloucester, the brother of Henry the Fifth.

Other appearances over the years include several parts in Z Cars; Softly, Softly, and Barlow at Large; Flambards; Poldark; the War and Peace dramatisation in 1972; Birds of a Feather; The Bill; Taggart; Bergerac; Yes Minister; The Tripods; Juliet Bravo; Minder; All Creatures Great and Small; Dixon of Dock Green; Are You Being Served?; Catweazle; Up Pompeii!; The Avengers; The Piglet Files, When the Boat Comes In and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

In Dad's Army he played two different characters � Private Bracewell in the pilot (he was set to become a major recurring character, but this was later dropped), then Captain Bailey in four later episodes.

Terence Brook (died 1990 aged 65) would have been 97 - 3 credits, including (extra) in The King's Demons

Terence Brook played Braun in the 1975 Doctor Who story Planet of Evil as well as playing uncredited roles in other stories.

Also worked on The Fourth ArmBlakes 7The Life and Times of David Lloyd GeorgePoldarkThe Duchess of Duke StreetMarked PersonalHawkeye, the PathfinderA Pin to See the PeepshowThe BrothersAnd Mother Makes ThreeComedy PlayhousePaul TempleThe Last of the MohicansCounterstrikeDr. Finlay's CasebookSoftly SoftlyThe Human JungleGoldfingerRattle of a Simple ManThe Sentimental AgentGirl in the HeadlinesNo Hiding PlaceJezebel ex UKThe Punch and Judy ManBBC Sunday-Night PlayThe Escape of R.D.7Crossroads to CrimeThe History of Mr PollyThe Eustace DiamondsEmergency-Ward 10Our Mutual FriendYesterday's EnemySecret VentureITV Play of the WeekThe Colditz StoryThe Vise

Leonard Trolley (died 2005 aged 88) - credited as Supt. Reynolds in The Faceless Ones

Actor who appeared in the 1967 story The Faceless Ones.