Doctor Doctor Who Guide


On This Day (USA) - 5 November

The Power of the Daleks: Episode One premiered on BBC One in 1966 at 5:49pm GMT, watched by 7.90 million viewers.

Ben and Polly suspect that the 'new' Doctor is really an imposter. The TARDIS lands on the planet Vulcan where a murder has been committed.

Image of the Fendahl: Part Two premiered on BBC One in 1977 at 6:10pm GMT, watched by 7.50 million viewers.

Bigger Inside Than Out premiered on BBC One in 1993 at 7:29pm GMT, watched by 3.60 million viewers.

Cyberwoman premiered on BBC Three in 2006 at 10:00pm GMT, watched by 1.39 million viewers.

lanto Jones hides a terrible secret as a Japanese doctor tries to rescue the soul of a half-Cybernised woman.

Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?: Part Two premiered on CBBC in 2007 at 5:30pm GMT

Children's drama series from the makers of Doctor Who. Maria is lost in time, and a meteor heads for Earth - with no Sarah Jane to stop it.

The Eternity Trap: Episode One premiered on BBC One in 2009 at 4:35pm GMT, watched by 1.14 million viewers.

Front Row: Neil Gaiman premiered on Radio 4 in 2013 at 7:15pm GMT

In Doctor Who's 50th anniversary year 11 authors have been commissioned to write short stories about the 11 Doctors. It was announced today that the final author in the series is Neil Gaiman who has written a story about Matt Smith's Doctor, called Nothing O'Clock. He talks to Mark about creating his own villain and why Margaret Thatcher makes a cameo appearance.

Co-Owner Of A Lonely Heart premiered on BBC Three in 2016 at 10:00am GMT

April starts to feel effects of sharing her heart with Corakinus, and his attempts to sever the attachment only make it stronger.

When April's estranged father makes a startling appearance she confronts him with Shadow Kin force, manifesting traits of the Shadow Kin leader.

Frightened by this extraordinary new-found power, April seeks comfort in Ram, and vows to reclaim her heart as her own.

Meanwhile, something strange is happening to the others - London is slowly being infested with unusual, sinister flower petals.

Andrew Hayden-Smith will be 38 - 7 credits, including Jake Simmonds in Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel

Andrew Hayden-Smith (born in GatesheadTyne and Wear) is a British actor and television presenter best known for his work with CBBC.

Smith was brought up in Chester-le-Street in County Durham and attended the Pelton Roseberry Sports and Community College. He has an older half-sister, Kerri Rogan-Smith (who was a 3rd AD on Byker Grove), from his mother's first marriage. Auditions for popular CBBC children's serial drama Byker Grove were held at his school and he won the part of Ben Carter, making his first appearance in the eighth series of the show in 1995.

Initially just using the name Andrew Smith, his "bad boy" womanising character became a big hit with viewers. His good looks also gained him much attention and in 2000 he appeared as a guest on Saturday morning CBBC show Live & Kicking with several other characters from the show. Smith's shy and down-to-earth nature endeared him to viewers and he soon became a regular guest on the show. This led to appearances on other shows and also in teen-magazines, as well as two pantomime appearances. In 2001 he applied for Equity membership and was accepted under the name Andrew Hayden-Smith (Hayden being another surname in his family), as the name Andrew Smith was already taken.

Hayden-Smith appeared in the episodes "Rise of the Cybermen", "The Age of Steel" and "Doomsday" as Jake Simmonds in the 2006 series of Doctor Who. He returned to CBBC having completed the filming, but decided that he wished to concentrate on acting. His final day of presenting was on 7 July 2006, the day before his third and final Doctor Who appearance.

On leaving CBBC and after his final Doctor Who appearance, Hayden-Smith concentrated on his acting career. He played Romeo in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 21 April - 17 May 2008. His position as Jake Simmonds on Doctor Who earned him a spot on The Weakest Link. He placed fifth, despite being the strongest link several times. Hayden-Smith has also worked as a continuity announcer for ITV

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Chris Addison will be 50 - 3 credits, including Seb in The Caretaker

Chris Addison is a British comedian, writer, actor and director from Manchester. 

He is best known for his role as a regular panellist on Mock the Week and for hsi performance as  Ollie Reeder in the BBC Two television satire The Thick of It.

He has since been involved with the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival 11 times, performing stand-up comedy and in 2004 he was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award for comedy for his show, "Civilisation."

He co-created and starred in the BBC Two sitcom Lab Rats. 

On radio, he previously hosted the weekly comedy news satire show 7 Day Sunday on BBC Radio 5 Live from 2009 to 2010.

Tamzin Outhwaite will be 51 - credited as Captain in Nightmare in Silver

Tamzin Outhwaite's break-through in television was as Melanie in Eastenders; since then she has had starring roles in a number of series including Red Cap, Vital Signs, Hotel Babylon, The Fixer and Paradox.

Sandy McDonald (died 2016 aged 78) would be 84 - 2 credits, including Footman in The Unicorn and the Wasp

Alexander "Sandy" McDonald is a Scottish retired minister. He served as a minister of the Church of Scotland, and was the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (1997-8).


McDonald was born in Bishopbriggs in 1937, the son of Jessie Helen Low and Alexander M. McDonald. He worked in the timber industry in the 1950s, prior to National Service in the Royal Air Force. He studied at the University of Glasgow before training for the ministry at Trinity College.

Following theological studies in the 1960s, his first position after completing his studies was in the rural Church of Scotland, in Longriggend, north Lanarkshire, he served as minister at St David's Parish Church, Bathgate (1968–1974), then at St Mark's Parish Church, Ralston (1974–1988) and then as General Secretary of the Church of Scotland's Board of Ministry until he retired in 2002. He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 1997–8. His formal title (following the end of his Moderatorial year) is The Very Reverend Dr Alexander McDonald.

Television career

In the early 1980s, he co-presented the Scottish Television religious magazine programme That's the Spirit! and was also interviewed on VIP, also an STV religious show. His role as Moderator of the Church of Scotland meant he was one of the public figures who led tributes to Princess Diana upon her death in 1997 in a BBC broadcast. In May 2008, he made a non-speaking cameo appearance in the Doctor Who episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp", playing the part of a footman alongside his son. They also appeared together on an episode of celebrity Ready Steady Cook. He was one of the interviewees for his son's Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards in 2015.

Personal life

McDonald was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2015. His wife Helen, daughter of former footballer Archie McLeod, died on 15 July 2007; they had a daughter, Karen, and two sons, Blair and David - the latter is better known as the actor David Tennant.


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Kenneth Waller (died 2000 aged 72) would be 94 - credited as Hedges in The Invisible Enemy

Kenneth Waller was an English actor.

He played Hedges in the Doctor Who story The Invisible Enemy.

Born in HuddersfieldWest Riding of Yorkshire, his first role was in the 1959 production Room at the Top, but it was not until 1981 when he played the part of "Old" Mr. Grace in Are You Being Served? that he found real fame. He played the elder of the Grace brothers, after the departure of "Young" Mr. Grace (Harold Bennett). Waller was actually 28 years younger than Bennett.

He went on to play the part of Grandad in Carla Lane's comedy Bread, the part he is most remembered for. He made a brief appearance in Coronation Street as Curly Watts' father in 1988.

His last role was a voiceover for the animated film Romuald the Reindeer.

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Alan Tilvern (died 2003 aged 85) would be 103 - credited as Forester in Planet of Giants

Alan Tilvern was a British film and television actor.

He is possibly best known for his role as R.K. Maroon in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  He played Forester in the 1964 Doctor Who story Planet of Giants.

He was born in Whitechapel, in the East End of London, to Jewish Lithuanian parents, who changed their name from Tilovitch. After leaving school he became a barrow boy in Brick Lane. In the Second World War he served in the Army but was invalided out in 1945.

John Carson (died 2016 aged 89) - credited as Ambril in Snakedance

John Carson  was a British actor noted for his appearances in film and television.

Making his film debut in 1947, he carved out a career appearing in low budget British movies such as Seven Keys (1961); Smokescreen (1964); and Master Spy (1964). His saturnine looks and sinister voice (not unlike James Mason) led to him starring in a number of horror films including The Night Caller (1965); Plague of the Zombies (1965); The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970); Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970); and Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1972).

Beside his appearances in horror films he is also known for his many villainous turns in adventure series of the sixties, such as The Avengers; The Saint; Adam Adamant Lives!; The Baron; Man in a Suitcase; The Champions; and Department S.

His long and varied list of television credits include The Adventures of Robin Hood; Emergency - Ward 10; Ivanhoe; William Tell; Armchair Theatre; Maigret; Out of the Unknown; Emma (as Mr. Knightley); Dixon of Dock Green; Crown Court; The New Avengers; Secret Army; The Professionals; Tales of the Unexpected; Hammer House of Horror; and Poirot. He was also famously the voice-over on the Sunsilk TV commercial that featured the John Barry music "The girl with the sun in her hair".

In 1983 he appeared as Ambril in the fifth Doctor story Snakedance.

He died peacefully in Cape Town, South Africa in 2016.

R J Bell (died 2006 aged 66) - credited as The Garm in Terminus

Brian McDermott (died 2003 aged 69) - credited as Sheard in Time-Flight

Brian McDermott played Sheard in the Doctor Who story Time-Flight.

Also worked on White Collar BlueThe PactInspector Gadget 2Dirty DeedsAll SaintsBackBernerZoeKomodoBabylon 5Born FreeMurder CallSnide and PrejudiceIn Pursuit of HonorAgatha Christie: PoirotMaryThe 10 PercentersTime TraxOfficial DenialThis Won't Hurt a BitKYTVPolice RescueBonjour la ClassePhoenixSweet TalkerThe Upper HandAbout FaceThe PunisherFields of Fire IIIA Country PracticeThe Clean MachineFor Queen & CountryTickets for the TitanicCall Me MisterComradesC.A.T.S. EyesLytton's DiaryThe Last BastionMinderOn the RunBergeracThe Coral IslandScales of JusticeJuliet BravoCrosstalkWith PrejudiceHoodwinkPriest of LoveThe Gentle TouchThe ProfessionalsSkywaysRide on StrangerLes MiserablesTargetThe SweeneyDixon of Dock GreenCrazeArmchair TheatreColditzMenaceZ CarsSpyder's WebLove StoryPublic EyeGradyThe Main ChancePaul TempleDivision 4HomicideRiptideBig Breadwinner HogDepartment SHunterThis Way for MurderThe TroubleshootersSoftly SoftlyThe Man in Room 17The SaintThe VillainsDetectiveMelissaThe Edgar Wallace Mystery TheatreRichard the LionheartHarpers West OneFlame in the StreetsPayrollBBC Sunday-Night PlayThe Four Just MenBoyd Q.C.Deadline MidnightProbation OfficerNo Hiding PlaceITV Play of the WeekCrime SheetITV Television PlayhouseStarr and CompanyTales from Dickens

Michael Bilton (died 1993 aged 73) - 3 credits, including Teligny in The Massacre

Michael Bilton was an English actor best known for his roles in the British television sitcoms To the Manor Born (playing the gardener and sometime butler Ned) and Waiting for God (playing Basil, a septuagenarian satyr).

He featured in the Doctor Who stories The Massacre of St Bartholomew's EvePyramids of Mars and The Deadly Assassin

He attended Hymers CollegeHull. In the Second World War he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and was wounded at the Battle of El Alamein. After his recovery he began his acting career in repertory theatre.

He had a strong comedic bent and featured in Keeping Up AppearancesOne Foot in the Grave and Grace and Favour (1992). He also appeared in Pennies From HeavenThe SaintThe AvengersThe PrisonerQuatermass II, and The Champions. His film appearances included A Taste of HoneyFrenzy and The Fourth Protocol.

Bilton appeared in a well-remembered Yellow Pages television commercial as an elderly gardener receiving a sit-on lawnmower from a couple with a large rear garden. The male half of the couple was played by David Hargreaves, who also appeared in the BBC drama series Juliet Bravo.

Bilton's final role was that of Basil Makepeace in the BBC Sitcom Waiting for God, when filming began in 1990 he was already aged 71. Basil grew in importance throughout the first four series eventually becoming the main supporting character. His final appearance was in the last episode of Series 4. He died shortly after completing filming.

In the Christmas episode 1993, his absence was explained by his character having gone on an "Icelandic wife-swapping cruise" and he is not mentioned again. The character of Basil was "replaced" by Jamie Edwards, Jane's spirited Irish grandfather, who was played by Paddy Ward.

Bilton died in BerkhamstedHertfordshire.

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