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On This Day (USA) - 12 August

Sharon D Clarke MBE will be 55 - 5 credits, including Grace in The Woman Who Fell To Earth

Sharon D Clarke is an English actress and singer.

Best known to television audiences for her role as Lola Griffin in the medical drama Holby City, Clarke has also played lead roles in many West End musicals, including originating the role of the Killer Queen in We Will Rock You and originating Oda Mae Brown in Ghost the Musical.

Nick Staverson will be 58 - credited as Citizen in Full Circle

Nick Staverson was born in Crawley, Sussex, England.

He is an actor and writer, known for Fish Tank (2009), No 73 (1982) and 7T3 (1988).

John Nathan-Turner (died 2002 aged 54) would be 74 - 79 credits, including Producer for The Leisure Hive

John Nathan-Turner is, to date, the longest-serving producer of Doctor Who, having worked on the show for 20 years.

He cast three Doctors - Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy - and numerous companions.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Nathan-Turner left King Edward VI School for Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre, where he acted and worked as assistant stage manager. He joined the BBC in London in 1968, where he also worked on a number of drama series, such as All Creatures Great And Small, The Pallisers, and Angels.

His first job on Doctor Who was in 1969 as floor assistant on The Space Pirates (alongside Patrick Troughton's Doctor) under the name John Turner, as there was already a Jonathan Turner in the industry. In the 1970s, he became assistant floor manager, then production unit manager, and when incumbent producer Graham Williams left in 1980 Nathan-Turner was an obvious successor.

During Nathan-Turner's first season in charge, Tom Baker, the fourth and longest-serving Doctor, announced he would be giving up the role. Nathan-Turner cast Peter Davison, an actor he knew from his work on All Creatures Great and Small.

Nathan-Turner was in charge for the 20th-anniversary story, The Five Doctors, in 1983. He worked round the problem of  First Doctor William Hartnell no longer being alive by casting  lookalike Richard Hurndall.

When Davison left the series in 1984, Nathan-Turner took on Colin Baker, best known at the time for his role in The Brothers.

When BBC1 Controller Michael Grade ordered that the show be suspended and Colin Baker replaced, Nathan-Turner cast the Seventh Doctor, picking light entertainer Sylvester McCoy. Doctor Who was scheduled against Coronation Street leading to a decline in ratings.

Even when the BBC pulled the plug on the series in December 1989, Nathan-Turner's involvement continued. The demand for Who products - documentaries, interviews, radio serials, conventions - led to him becoming the corporation's unofficial consultant. He co-wrote a Doctor Who skit for the 1993 Children in Need telethon, advised the monthly Doctor Who Magazine, corresponded with fans, gave interviews with fanzines and attended conventions.

As the show's last producer before its cancellation in 198i9, Nathan-Turner is often associated with the decline and fall of Doctor Who. But while budgetary constraints never allowed him to exterminate the wobbly sets, fancy-dress shop aliens and uncrowded crowd scenes, his era produced some of the series' most memorable moments: the surprise return of the Doctor's arch-enemy, the Master (1981); the shocking death of one of his companions (1982); and a Dalek actually going up the stairs (1988).

Shortly before his death, Nathan-Turner was writing and devising a children's television series, which was to have been narrated by Tom Baker. 

Michael Coles (died 2005 aged 68) would be 85 - credited as Ganatus in Dr Who and the Daleks(Aaru)

Michael Coles played Ganatus the 1965 film in Dr. Who and the Daleks.

Fulton Mackay (died 1987 aged 64) would be 99 - credited as Dr. Quinn in Doctor Who And The Silurians

Fulton Mackay OBE was a Scottish actor and playwright, best known for his role as prison officer Mr. Mackay in the 1970s sitcom Porridge.

Early life

Mackay was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He was brought up in Clydebank by a widowed aunt after the death of his mother due to diabetes. His father was in the NAAFI.

On leaving school, he trained as a quantity surveyor and later volunteered for the Royal Air Force in 1941 but was not accepted due to a perforated ear drum. He then enlisted with the Black Watch and he served for five years during the Second World War, which included three years spent in India.

Theatre work

After being demobbed, Mackay began training as an actor at RADA. His first work was with the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow, where he performed in nine seasons between 1949 and 1958. He also worked at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh before gaining notice at the Arts Theatre Club, London, where in 1960, he played the part of Oscar in The Naked Island, a play about POWs in Singapore.

In 1962, he appeared at the same theatre, in Russian playwright Maxim Gorki's classic The Lower Depths for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He then acted with the Old Vic company and the National Theatre, performing in such productions as Peer Gynt and The Alchemist. Other roles for the RSC included Mr Squeers in Nicholas Nickleby and the drunken gaoler in Die Fledermaus.

Mackay was a director of the Scottish Actors' Company and, in 1981, he founded the Scottish Theatre Company, with whom he acted. Surprisingly, despite his status, he appeared in few films. After his screen debut in the 1952 film I'm a Stranger, his most notable roles were those in Gumshoe, Britannia Hospital, Local Hero as the wise, old Scottish fisherman - and Defence of the Realm.

Television work

Mackay is remembered for his namesake role as the comically ferocious prison warder, Mr Mackay, in the British sitcom Porridge alongside the comedian and comedy actor Ronnie Barker.

He also appeared in the film version of the series. The ensemble playing of Mackay, Barker, Richard Beckinsale and Brian Wilde, and the writing by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, made Porridge one of the most successful comedy series of the 1970s. He returned to the role of the newly retired prison officer in the first episode of Going Straight (1978), the sequel series to Porridge. He played the original lighthouse-keeper in the British version of the children's series, Fraggle Rock. He appeared as an RAF psychiatrist in an episode of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, and as a doctor in Doctor at Large in 1971. Also, on television, before coming to prominence in Porridge, he played DI Inman in Special Branch (1969–71).

He was a strong character actor in series such as Z-Cars, was misguided scientist Doctor Quinn in the 1970 Doctor Who story Doctor Who and the Silurians, was later in the running to play the Doctor himself when Jon Pertwee gave up the role. He played a regular officer running a training course in the Dad's Army episode "We Know Our Onions", and a doctor in "The Miser's Hoard". On television, however, Mackay often stayed true to his Scottish roots, acting in productions such as Three Tales of Orkney and The Master of Ballantrae, and as former Prime Minister Bonar Law in the 1981 TV series The Life and Times of David Lloyd George. In one of his last performances, Mackay portrayed an art forger in the Lovejoy episode "Death and Venice".


Under the pseudonym of Aeneas MacBride, he wrote plays for the BBC.

Personal life

He was married to Irish actress Sheila Manahan. He did much work for the Glasgow children's charity Child and Family Trust. He was awarded an OBE in 1984 and greatly enjoyed oil painting.


Mackay died on 6 June 1987, aged 64 from stomach cancer. He is buried at East Sheen and Richmond Cemeteries, Surrey, England. His wife Sheila died in 1988 and is buried in the same grave.

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

Dermot Tuohy (died 1986 aged 65) would be 100 - credited as Brownrose in Terror of the Autons

Actor who appeared in the 1971 story Terror of the Autons.

Also had roles in The Life and Times of David Lloyd George, Public Eye and Ace of Wands

Gordon Richardson (died 1994 aged 82) would be 110 - credited as Squire in Doctor Who And The Silurians
Ann Tirard (died 2003 aged 86) - 2 credits, including The Seeker in The Ribos Operation

Anne Tirard appeared in two Doctor Who stories: as Locusta in The Romans and the Seeker in The Ribos Operation.

Also appeared in Devil's Advocate, In Your Eye, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Acumen, The Witches, Omnibus, Wish Me Luck, The Children of Green Knowe, The Chain, Jury, Moonlighting, Oliver Twist, Bergerac, Memoirs of a Survivor, Enemy at the Door, Schalcken the Painter, Tess, Within These Walls, The Upchat Line, Crossroads, Jane Eyre, Hunter's Walk, Upstairs, Downstairs, The Onedin Line, Armchair Theatre, Perfect Friday, Anne of the Thousand Days, Rogues' Gallery, Mord nach der Oper, The Exiles, The Wednesday Play, BBC Play of the Month, Witchfinder General, Angel Pavement, The Saint, The Frozen Dead, The Power Game, Let's Go Out, Drama 61-67, Thursday Theatre, Victoria Regina, The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling, Maupassant, The Plane Makers, The Sword in the Web, Out of This World, Value for Money, The Avengers, The First Gentleman, Boyd Q.C., The Citadel, The Full Treatment, ITV Play of the Week, Emergency-Ward 10, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre, Mother Courage and Her Children, Violent Playground