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On This Day (USA) - 28 November

The Dalek Invasion of Earth: The Daleks premiered on BBC One in 1964 at 5:41pm GMT, watched by 12.40 million viewers.

The Daleks have conquered Earth. Susan and Barbara have joined the human resistance who launch an attack on the Dalek flying saucer where the Doctor and Ian are prisoners.

Heaven Sent premiered on BBC One in 2015 at 8:06pm GMT, watched by 6.19 million viewers.

Trapped and alone in a world unlike any he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives as he is pursued by the fearsome creature known only as "the Veil" (Jami Reid-Quarrell). If he should achieve the impossible and survive this nightmare, his dreams may come true.

Heaven Sent premiered on BBC America in 2015 at 9:00pm EST, watched by 0.90 million viewers.

Part 1. Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone. Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible.

Karen Gillan will be 34 - 70 credits, including Amy Pond in The Eleventh Hour

Karen Gillan is a Scottish actress and former model, best known for her portrayal of Amy Pond from 2010-2012

Gillan was born and brought up in Inverness, Scotland. Her father, Raymond John Gillan, a Day Centre Manager, and mother, Marie Gillan née Paterson, live in Kinmylies. At a young age, she developed a love for acting, joining several local youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at her school, Charleston Academy. When she was sixteen, Gillan decided to use her interest in acting, studying at Edinburgh's Telford College. Later, she got a place at theItalia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts drama school in London on the BA (Hons) Acting degree course. Gillan moved to London when she was 18 to study at drama school.

Before Gillan became an actress, she was scouted by a modelling agency.. Gillan worked as a model in 2007's London Fashion Week for designer Allegra Hicks' autumn/winter catwalk show and the launch party of Nicola Roberts' Dainty Doll Make-Up Range.

Gillan was in the role of the Eleventh Doctor's first companion, Amy Pond in May 2009. She made her first on-screen appearance as Amy Pond in "The Eleventh Hour" with her cousin Caitlin Blackwood portraying a young Amy Pond. Gillan had appeared in Doctor Who once before in the 2008 episode "The Fires of Pompeii" in the role of a Soothsayer.

Gillan will leave the series in the fifth episode of the 2012 series, in a story set in Manhattan.

Gillan's early television acting career included guest appearances on several drama series, with her first ongoing role being a two-year stint as a member of the ensemble cast of the sketch comedy series The Kevin Bishop Show in which she played multiple characters, as well as celebrities such as Katy Perry and Angelina Jolie. She appeared in Channel 4's Stacked; she had the part of Ginny. Gillan also appeared on TV in a leading role in a horror project entitled The Well, which was broadcast as a series of episodic short films on BBC Two, and then later also as a web series on Part of the BBC's multimedia "switch" programming, the short episodes interconnect with online games that further explore the environments presented in the series.

Gillan made her first theatre appearance playing the role of Shirley in John Osborne's play Inadmissible Evidence along with Douglas Hodge.

In August 2011, it was announced Gillan will star in an indie comedy called Not Another Happy Ending along with Emun Elliott. On 26 January 2012 Karen Gillan played the part of supermodel Jean Shrimpton in the BBC Four film, We'll Take Manhattan which told the story of Shrimpton's relationship with the photographer David Bailey. She has also been cast as Brittney in a re-working of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet called Romeo & Brittney by David Baddiel. She has also been cast in a supernatural horror pic called Oculus as one of the main stars.

Ryan Sampson will be 36 - 6 credits, including Luke Rattigan in The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky

Ryan Sampson is an English actor best known for playing Alex Venables in the British sitcom After You've Gone, where he played the son of Jimmy Venables, played by Nicholas Lyndhurst.

He played the child genius Luke Rattigan in 2007 Doctor Who stories "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky".  

Sampson was born in RotherhamSouth YorkshireEnglandUK. He went to school in Kiveton Park (Wales High School) where he appeared in school productions. His sister has also appeared in various TV shows.

Sampson began his career at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre. Prior to After You've Gone, he appeared in Wire in the Blood, in 2003, In Denial of MurderHeartbeat and Holby City in 2006. He appeared in the BBC Three pilot The Things I Haven't Told You. In 2008 he worked at the National Theatre. In 2011 he played a small part in Channel 4's Comedy series, Fresh Meat.

He is also the main character in the video clip of Matt Fishel's Football Song[2] about a gay teenager in love with the captain of his school's football (soccer) team.

Lawry Lewin will be 36 - 2 credits, including Rossifer in The End of Time

Lawry Lewin is a British television actor best known for playing the role of Rossiter in both parts of the Doctor Who Christmas special, The End of Time.

Lewin has appeared in the CBBC show Horrible Histories since its second series and since then has become a frequent performer on the show.

Richard Osman will be 51 - credited as Presenter in Pointless Celebrities(Related)

Richard Osman is an English television presenter, producer and director. 

He worked at Hat Trick Productions before becoming creative director of the television production company Endemol UK. He is the co-presenter of the BBC television quiz show Pointless.

Sian Williams will be 57 - 2 credits, including Passer in The End of Time

Sian Williams is a British journalist and current affairs presenter.

From 2005 to March 2012, she was a co-presenter of BBC Breakfast on Mondays to Thursdays alongside Bill Turnbull. Williams regularly presented the News at Six and occasionally presented the News at One and the News at Ten.

Martin Clunes will be 60 - credited as Lon in Snakedance

Martin Clunes is a British actor, best known for portraying Martin Ellingham in the ITV drama series Doc Martin and Gary Strang in Men Behaving Badly. Clunes has narrated a number of documentaries for ITV, the first of which was Islands of Britain in 2009. He has since presented a number of documentaries centred around animals.

Early life

Clunes was educated at the Royal Russell School in Croydon, Surrey and later at the Arts Educational School. He is the son of the classical actor Alec Clunes, who died of lung cancer when Clunes was eight years old. He has an older sister, Amanda. He is a nephew of the late actor Jeremy Brett.


Clunes served his first role in rep at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, and his first television appearance came in the 1983 Doctor Who story Snakedance. But a sporadic career led to his supplementing his income as a photo model for Gilbert and George, and he can be seen in their 1983 work World.

He got his first regular television role as one of the sons in the BBC sitcom No Place Like Home, and then starred in two series of the sitcom All at No 20.

While Clunes was appearing on stage at the Hampstead Theatre, Harry Enfield came to see him; the acquaintanceship developed into a friendship where Clunes played characters in Enfield's sketch shows (most notably one of the Rugby Players). Enfield then recommended Clunes for the role of Gary in the sitcom Men Behaving Badly, written for Enfield by Simon Nye, bringing Clunes his best-known role to date and for which he won a BAFTA television award in 1996. He played the part of Group Captain Barker in the 2-part TV mini-series Over Here that same year. In 1993, he played Dick Dobson in Demob about a pair of demobilized soldiers who had to adjust to civilian life after entertaining World War II troops with a raunchy cabaret act.

Since 1994, Clunes has frequently appeared on the BBC One panel show Have I Got News for You as a panelist or a guest presenter.

Clunes has since appeared in films and television shows such as An Evening with Gary Lineker, Staggered (starred and directed), Hunting Venus, The Booze Cruise, Saving Grace and Jeeves and Wooster. In 1998, he was featured in Sweet Revenge and appeared as Richard Burbage in the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love. Clunes has also acted frequently for the radio, including a guest appearance in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi.

In 2001, he played Captain Stickles in the BBC adaptation of R. D. Blackmore's Lorna Doone.

In 2002, Clunes played serial killer John George Haigh in a Yorkshire TV production A Is for Acid, and took the lead in ITV's production of Goodbye Mr Chips.

Clunes was one of the eponymous leads in the 2004 ITV comedy-drama William and Mary, with Julie Graham. Clunes had worked with Julie Graham previously on Dirty Tricks (2000).

Since 2004, Clunes has played the lead role of Doctor Martin Ellingham in the ITV comedy drama series Doc Martin.

In August 2007, Clunes starred in the ITV/TVNZ co-production The Man Who Lost His Head.

Clunes is a regular voice over artist and is the voice of Kipper in the animated children's series Kipper the Dog.

Clunes appeared in a television dramatisation of Fungus the Bogeyman playing Jessica White's father.

Between 2009 and 2010, Clunes starred on BBC One television in the title role of Reggie Perrin, a re-make of classic 1970s British situation comedy The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. In 2015, Martin played the role of Arthur Conan Doyle in the ITV mini-series Arthur & George.


Clunes played Brock in the 1990 film The Russia House. He played Richard Burbage in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love, and Anthony Staxton-Billing in The Revengers' Comedies the same year. In 2000, Clunes played the role of Dr. Martin Bamford in the film Saving Grace. The following year (2001), he played James Chancellor in Global Heresy.

In 2011, Clunes voiced the mischievous dog Dudley in the short film Me or the Dog, starring Edward Hogg and directed by Abner Pastoll. Clunes then starred in the 2014 film Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?.


In 2008, Clunes presented Martin Clunes: A Man and his Dogs, which was aired on 24 August 2008. In 2009, Clunes presented a three-part ITV series Islands of Britain, which saw him travelling around several of the country's lesser known islands.

In 2010, Clunes presented ITV mini-series Horsepower about man's relationship over time with the horse. This was followed by Heavy Horsepower which aired in 2013.

In January 2011, Clunes presented documentary Martin Clunes: Man to Manta.

In June 2012, Clunes presented a documentary series on ITV about the lemurs of Madagascar called Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar.

On 31 January 2013, Clunes narrated ITV documentary Secret Life of Dogs. Then, on 2 and 3 June 2014, he narrated two more follow-up documentaries, Secret Life of Cats and Secret Life of Babies.

On 4 April 2014, Clunes hosted a one-off ITV documentary called Martin Clunes & A Lion Called Mugie, following the work of conservationists in Kenya as well as tracking the progress of a lion called Mugie. The documentary was filmed over a period of three years.

In August 2014, Clunes narrated ITV's three-part documentary series Kids with Cameras: Diary of a Children's Ward which saw Newcastle's children's ward through the eyes of its patients.

On 3 December 2013, it was announced that Clunes will narrate a three-part documentary series called Islands of Oz, to be filmed in Australia in 2014, for Australia's Seven Network. Production company, Prospero Productions, explained that the series "follows acclaimed actor and comedian Martin Clunes as he explores the most diverse, intriguing, remote and spectacular islands that surround Australia".

In April 2015, Clunes narrated Carry on Forever, a three part documentary series for ITV3. It was shown over the Easter weekend.

In May 2015, Clunes presented Man & Beast with Martin Clunes, a two-part factual series for ITV, which looked at the relationship between humans and animals.

Personal life

Clunes' first marriage was to the actress Lucy Aston in 1990. They divorced in 1997 and Clunes married future Doc Martin producer Philippa Braithwaite late that year. In 1999, Braithwaite gave birth to their daughter, Emily. Clunes lives with his family in Beaminster, Dorset. He became President of the British Horse Society on 1 June 2011.

Clunes supports Weldmar Hospicecare Trust in Dorset. In January 2011, Clunes also became Patron of Animal Care in Egypt. He enjoys the music of Frank Zappa as stated on his episode of Desert Island Discs, wherein one of his selections was "Doreen" from Zappa's album You Are What You Is.


A sponsor of numerous charities, Clunes made a short on-line film with Stephen Fry about HIV discrimination for the Terrence Higgins Trust. He is also a patron of the Born Free Foundation and has filmed several adverts for the wildlife charity. He has been involved in the Comic Relief charity which funds Survival International and African Initiatives, two organisations working with the Maasai on indigenous land rights issues. Clunes is also a celebrity supporter of The Dog Rescue Federation.

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Jonathan Burn will be 82 - credited as Silas P. in The Happiness Patrol

Pamela Davies (died 1986 aged 63) would be 99 - 2 credits, including Continuity for Dr Who and the Daleks(Aaru)

Continuity on the feature films Dr Who and the Daleks and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D

Fred Hamilton (died 2015) - 12 credits, including Film Cameraman for Planet of the Spiders
After emigrating to Britain in the 1950s, Fred Hamilton joined the BBC's Film Department where he learnt the ropes and was quickly promoted to Film Cameraman. Coverage of sports events soon became his bread and butter job, followed by assignments to armed conflict areas in many parts of the world. Obtaining footage to be broadcast on Panorama and other current-affairs programmes often under perilous circumstances. He teamed up with reporter James Mossman and recordist Freddy Downton, surviving the jungles of Borneo, the battlefields of Vietnam and the Middle East.

As a member of the Film Department, he would be called to take part in various projects including iconic shows such as Doctor Who, starring Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, as well as a numerous episodes of Z Cars, Out of the Unknown, Doomwatch, Colditz and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

With colour television still in its infancy, Fred filmed the eye-opening sequences for Paul Temple with directors Douglas Camfield and Mike Ferguson. In 1977 he was brought in by director David Wickes as establishing cameraman on the BBC's ambitious first all-film television series Target, whose production history was almost as spectacular as the on-screen events depicted. Fred became a man for action scenes before the phrase even entered the BBC vocabulary, always on the lookout for that unusual, extra dynamic shot.

Tony Holland (died 2007 aged 67) - credited as Third Assistant in The Savages

Tony Holland was an English television screenwriter best known as a writer and co-creator of the BBC soap opera EastEnders.

Holland began his career as an actor, appearing in the 1966 Doctor Who serial The Savages 

Other roles included  Message for Posterity, a serial for The Wednesday Play in 1967. That same year, a play he developed, The Isle is Full of Noises, was taken up by the BBC and produced by Thirty-Minute Theatre.

He landed a job on Z-Cars as a writer and script editor in 1970. It was here that he met producer and director, Julia Smith and started a long and successful working relationship.

In 1983 the BBC approached Holland and Smith to produce a new soap opera for BBC One to rival the long established ITV favorites. Thus, EastEnders was born.

André Morell (died 1978 aged 69) - credited as Marshal Tavannes in The Massacre

André Morell  was a British actor. 

He appeared frequently in theatre, film and on television from the 1930s to the 1970s.  

His best known screen roles were as Professor Bernard Quatermass in the BBC Television serial Quatermass and the Pit (1958-59), and as Doctor Watson in the Hammer Film Productions version of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959).

 He also appeared in the Academy Award-winning films The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Ben-Hur (1959), in several of Hammer's well-known horror films throughout the 1960s and in the acclaimed ITV historical drama The Caesars (1968). 

His obituary in The Times newspaper described him as possessing a "commanding presence with a rich, responsive voice... whether in the classical or modern theatre he was authoritative and dependable.