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On This Day (USA) - 6 November



The Myth Makers: Horse of Destruction premiered on BBC One in 1965 at 5:50pm GMT, watched by 8.30 million viewers.

As the Greeks spring their trap and battle commences, the Doctor, Steven and Vicki struggle to escape the carnage.



The Deadly Assassin: Part Two premiered on BBC One in 1976 at 6:04pm GMT, watched by 12.10 million viewers.

The Time Lord president has been assassinated and the Doctor is the prime suspect. The Doctor realises that he has been framed for the murder, but by whom?



Girl Trouble premiered on BBC Three in 2006 at 2:40am GMT

The Eternity Trap: Episode Two premiered on BBC One in 2009 at 4:35pm GMT, watched by 0.93 million viewers.
 Birthdays
Steven Beckingham will be 43 - credited as Polkowski in Dalek

Steven Beckingham is a British actor and singer.

He has appeared in a few films and TV series including Heartbeat and the Doctor Who episode Dalek.

Both of his parents were born just outside of London and they met each other while serving in the Royal Navy. Both were athletes, in and out of the Navy, his mother a swimmer and father a footballer. After visiting America in the mid eighties, Steven and his family decided to emigrate to the Pacific Northwest. He started his acting career performing in various musicals in Portland, Oregon in the late nineties. He received a BA in Music from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he was to eventually solidify his love for acting on stage. His first straight theatre role that hooked him was Sir Andrew Aguecheek in "Twelfth Night", for which he received a National College Theatre Foundation acting nomination. In 2002 he relocated with his now wife, Sara, to London and studied at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Since then he has had the pleasure of acting on stage and screen. Most recently he has been fortunate enough to be involved with the Tony Award-winning and Evening Standard Award-winning Broadway production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin. He understudied David Harbour in the role of "Nick" at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End and understudied David Furr in the same role on the U.S. National Tour of the production. Steven is also an avid composer and singer/songwriter.



Neill Gorton will be 52 - 48 credits, including Prosthetics Designer for The Runaway Bride

Neill Gorton is Chief Executive and founder of Millennium FX, who provide the special make-up and prosthetic effects for Doctor Who since 2005 and for the spinoffs The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood.



Nigel Havers will be 70 - 2 credits, including Peter Dalton in The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith(SJA)

Nigel Havers is an English actor, best known his portrayals of upper class men, including  Lord Andrew Lindsay in the 1981 British film Chariots of Fire, and  Dr. Tom Latimer in the British TV comedy series Don't Wait Up. 

Havers  is the younger son of Barrister Michael Havers  His  first acting job was in the radio series Mrs Dale's Diary. He appeared in Upstairs, Downstairs, appearing in one of the series' last episodes, "Joke Over" as Peter Dinmont. His first film appearance was a small part in Pope Joan

 His first major success came with the leading role in a BBC dramatisation of Nicholas Nickleby (1977), closely followed by another BBC drama serial, A Horseman Riding By.

 In 2009 he appeared in the U.S. television drama Brothers & Sisters and in February 2010, he appeared in the British soap Coronation Street playing the charming male escort Lewis Archer.



Timothy Block will be 77 - credited as Tanner in Black Orchid

Roselyn Parker (died 2009 aged 66) would be 78 - 5 credits, including Assistant Floor Manager for The Monster of Peladon

Roselyn Parker was Assistant Floor Manager for several Doctor Who stories. She also worked on Blake's 7.


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Geoffrey Palmer (died 2020 aged 93) - 3 credits, including Masters in Doctor Who And The Silurians

Geoffrey Palmer is an English actor, best known for his roles in sitcoms such as Butterflies and As Time Goes By.

Palmer was born in London, England, the son of Norah Gwendolen and Frederick Charles Palmer, who was a chartered surveyor. He attended Highgate School, London. 

After serving in the Royal Marines Palmer joining a local amateur dramatics society. He became an assistant stage manager at the Q Theatre, by Kew Bridge, then the Grand Theatre in CroydoN and spent several years touring with a repertory company.

Early television appearances included a variety of roles in Granada Television's The Army Game, two episodes of The Baron and as a property agent in Cathy Come Home, a very highly influential drama documentary shown on British TV in 1966.

Getting a major break in John Osborne's West of Suez at the Royal Court with Ralph Richardson, he then acted in major productions at the Royal Court and the Royal National Theatre and was directed by Laurence Olivier. Many of his television parts were as a stuffy, middle class buffoon, and he is known for deadpan drollery. 

Two sitcom roles brought him major attention in the 1970s: the hapless brother-in-law of Reggie Perrin in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, and the phlegmatic Ben Parkinson in Carla Lane's Butterflies. He starred opposite Judi Dench for over a decade in the BBC situation comedy As Time Goes By (1992-2005). During this time he also appeared with Dench in other productions: the James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies where he portrayed Admiral Roebuck, and Mrs. Brown, he played Sir Henry Ponsonby to Dench's Queen Victoria.

His distinctive voice has given him a career in advertising and television voiceovers, most notably the Audi commercials in which he popularised the phrase "Vorsprung durch Technik", and as the narrator for the BBC series, Grumpy Old Men and Grumpy Old Holidays. He narrated the audiobook version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, released in 2005 as a podcast by Penguin Books. He narrates Little England.

In 2007 he teamed up with Silksound Books to record The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith as an online audiobook.

In Doctor Who Geoffrey Palmer was cast in the role of the Captain in Voyage of the Damned, having previously appeared as different characters in the Third Doctor serials Doctor Who and the Silurians and The Mutants.

Palmer married Sally Green in 1963 and they have a son, Charles, who has directed episodes of Doctor Who and daughter Harriet. 

In the New Year's Honours List published 31 December 2004 Palmer was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama.



Scott Fredericks (died 2017 aged 74) - 2 credits, including Boaz in Day of the Daleks

Scott Fredericks is an Irish actor best known for his roles on British television.

He appeared in the Doctor Who serials Day of the Daleks and Image of the Fendahl

Other credits include: Blake's 7Z-CarsSutherland's LawDixon of Dock Green and Triangle. More recently he appeared as a regular character in the Irish soapFair City. Today Fredericks spends his time as a radio producer and director in his native Ireland.