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On This Day (USA) - 29 December



The Time Warrior: Part Three premiered on BBC One in 1973 at 5:10pm, watched by 6.60 million viewers.

Linx is providing advanced weaponry to Irongron and his men who prepare to attack Sir Edward's castle. The Doctor is forced to improvise a defence, but will it be enough?



The Horns of Nimon: Part Two premiered on BBC One in 1979 at 5:54pm, watched by 8.80 million viewers.

Alan Carr: Chatty Man: Series 2 Episode 7 premiered on Channel 4 in 2009 at 10:00pm
New Year's Special: Who better to send out the old year than the Time Lord himself, David Tennant, who tells Alan about his final performance in Doctor Who. Also dropping by for a chat is the very funny Catherine Tate; plus Davina McCall discusses the last ever Celebrity Big Brother and her new fitness DVD. With music from 80s icons Spandau Ballet.

 Birthdays
Mekhi Phifer will be 45 - 10 credits, including Rex Matheson in The Categories of Life(TW)

Mekhi Phifer is an American actor. He is best known for his multi-year role as Dr. Greg Pratt on NBC's long-running medical drama ER and his co-starring role opposite Eminem in the feature film 8 Mile. He was a regular on the Fox crime show Lie to Me in the role of Ben Reynolds, before season 3, and also starred as CIA agent Rex Matheson in Torchwood: Miracle Day.

Phifer was born in Harlem, New York City.

In 1995, Phifer attended an open casting call for director Spike Lee�s Clockers, beating over a thousand others to get the lead role as a narcotics dealer embroiled in a murder cover-up. He followed that role with another in the comedy spoof feature High School High (which also starred his former wife Malinda Williams) and continued by co-starring in the fright flick I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze, Jr.

He is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Gregory Pratt on the medical drama ER, that he started in April 2002. Phifer left the show in September 2008, in the first episode of Season 15. His character was tragically killed off in the conclusion of the season 14 finale cliffhanger involving an ambulance explosion that was rigged to kill an injured FBI informant (Steve Buscemi). During his 6 years in the show, he was nominated twice for an NAACP Award.

Phifer�s television credits include the movies The Tuskegee Airmen (1995), HBO's Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground (1997), and Brian's Song (2001) (as former Chicago Bear Gale Sayers). He received additional notice for his performance opposite singer Beyonc� Knowles (from Destiny�s Child) on MTV�s alternative take on the Carmen legend with the movie Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001). Phifer guest-starred in the series Homicide: Life on the Street and New York Undercover. Likewise, he earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for another TV movie, A Lesson Before Dying, opposite Don Cheadle. In 2009, Phifer began a guest-starring arc on the Fox drama Lie to Me.

Among Phifer�s other big-screen credits are Soul Food, The Biography of Spud Webb, Hell�s Kitchen, NYC, Tears of a Clown, O (as the titular character Odin a.k.a. O), and the thriller Uninvited Guest (as Silk). He appeared in Impostor as well as Paid in Full and director Curtis Hanson�s 8 Mile, opposite Eminem. He is mentioned in the Grammy and Academy Award winning song "Lose Yourself" by Eminem.

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Bernard Padden will be 63 - credited as Tylos in Full Circle

Bernard Padden  played Tylos in the Doctor Who story Full Circle. 

He was interviewed in 1980 for the regular role of Adric but lost out to Matthew Waterhouse.

He was among those interviewed for the documentary "All Aboard the Starliner" included in the serial's DVD release.

Also worked on ZemanovaloadWithout YouThe Dark RoomThe Legend of 1900Sunnyside FarmGrange HillThe Wind in the WillowsAs Time Goes ByErik the VikingLittle DorritBinky and BooValentine ParkZastrozzi: A RomanceThe BrideDempsey and MakepeaceFlat BustEmmerdaleHow We Used to LiveNightingale's BoysThe Dustbinmen



Alan David will be 78 - 2 credits, including Gabriel Sneed in The Unquiet Dead

Alan David is a Welsh television actor. 

David was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan. He has had many television credits ranging from Coronation Street in 1973 to Virtual Murder (1992), Honey for Tea and "The Unquiet Dead", an episode of Doctor Who in 2005. He also appeared as the 'rival' of Boycie as Llewellyn in The Green Green Grass. In 2007 he played Griff in the BBC series Gavin & Stacey.

After working in repertory at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and the Victoria Theatre, Stoke, David was a regular performer with the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1970 and 2003, most notably as Touchstone in As You Like It (1977), various r�les in the 1986 revival of Nicholas Nickleby and Polonius in Hamlet (2001). His regular London appearances include parts at the National Theatre, Almeida Theatre and Royal Court Theatre.

Also starred alongside John Thaw (late) in an episode of MORSE. The episode was TWILIGHT OF THE GODS Series 7, Episode 3 and was first aired on 20 January 1993



Bernard Cribbins will be 91 - 16 credits, including Wilfred Mott in Voyage of the Damned

Bernard Cribbins began his professional career at the age of 14 as a student at the Oldham Repertory Theatre, remaining there for eight years with a break to do his National service in the Parachute Regiment! From Oldham he went onto work in rep at Manchester, Liverpool and Hornchurch.

His first West End appearance was in 1956 at the Arts Theatre playing the two Gromios in A COMEDY OF ERRORS; this was followed by leading roles in the West End in HARMONY CLOSE, THE LADY AT THE WHEEL, NEW CRANKS, THE BIG TICKLE and HOOK, LINE AND SINKER. He co starred in the revue AN ANOTHER THING at the Fortune Theatre, and made a number one with a song from the show entitled 'Folksong'. He went on to top the charts with 'Hole in the Ground' and 'Right Said Fred'.

He co starred in the first productions of NOT NOW DARLING, THERE GOES THE BRIDE and RUN FOR YOUR WIFE all in the West End. The latter re opened the Shaftesbury Theatre as the 'Theatre of Comedy'.

He played Nathan Detroit in the National Theatre's production of GUYS AND DOLLS and Moonface Martin in ANYTHING GOES with Elaine Paige at the Prince Edward Theatre. He played Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY at the Houston Opera House, USA and Watty Watkins in Gershwin's LADY BE GOOD at the Open Air, Regent's Park and on tour.

Cribbins returned to the National Theatre to play Otto, the magician in LA GRANDE MAGIA by Eduardo de Filippo, directed by Richard Eyre.

Bernard's numerous pantomime roles include Ada the Cook in DICK WHITTINGTON at Wimbledon, Leeds and Richmond; Widow Twankey in ALADDIN at Richmond; and Hans Anderson in THE SNOW QUEEN at Guildford.

He played Mutley in BLACKBALL, directed by Mel Smith; Mr Perks in THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA award; THE WRONG ARM OF THE LAW and TWO WAY STRETCH with Peter Sellers; THE WATER BABIES with James Mason; CARRY ON JACK, CARRY ON SPYING and CARRY ON COLUMBUS; CROOKS IN CLOISTERS.

On Television he played  Frank (regular) in DOWN TO EARTH for BBC TV; Wally Bannister in CORONATION STREET for Granada TV; Gavin in LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE for BBC; Frank Purves in BARBARA for Carlton TV; Uncle Henry in an episode of DALZIEL AND PASCOE for BBC; 'Hands Across the Sea' playlet in TONIGHT AT 8.30 for the BBC with Joan Collins; WHEN WE ARE MARRIED for the BBC; THE SHILLINGBURY TINKER and THE SHILLINGBURY MIRACLE, from which the series CUFFY developed; title role in DANGEROUS DAVIS - THE LAST DETECTIVE; two series of LANGLEY BOTTOM for Yorkshire TV; HIGH AND DRY for Yorkshire TV.

His appearance as Wilfred Mott in Doctor Who isn't his first association with the series, however; he played police constable Tom Campbell in the Peter Cushing film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D..

Cribbins's voice is very well known in numerous BBC radio plays, audio books and commercials, and, of course, as all the voices of THE WOMBLES.



Frederick Treves (died 2012 aged 86) would be 94 - credited as Lieutenant Brotadac in Meglos

Frederick Treves BEM, born in MargateKent was an English character actor with an extensive repertoire, specialising in avuncular military and titled types.

During World War II he served in the Merchant Navy. On his first voyage his ship, the freighter Waimarama, was involved in the Operation Pedestal Convoy toMalta. The Waimarama was sunk on August 13, 1942, and Treves helped save several of his shipmates, including the only ships' officer to survive the sinking, 3rd Wireless Operator John Jackson. Treves, then 17 years old, received the British Empire Medal and the Lloyd's War Medal for his actions. After the War he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Treves was the great nephew of Frederick Treves, the surgeon who became famous for discovering Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man". In the David Lynch filmThe Elephant Man, the surgeon is played by Anthony Hopkins and Treves himself appeared in the character of 'Alderman'.

His over a hundred television credits included roles in The CazaletsThe Jewel in the CrownA Dance to the Music of TimeThe Politician's WifeTo Play the KingLipstick on Your CollarBomber HarrisTrevor Griffiths' version of The Cherry OrchardDavid Edgar's DestinyThe Naked Civil Servant and The Railway Children.

Treves also guested in many continuing dramas, such as Rosemary & ThymeMonarch of the GlenThe BillThe New Adventures of Black BeautySilent WitnessKavanagh QCJeeves and WoosterInspector MorseAgatha Christie's PoirotLovejoyYes, Prime MinisterBergeracMidsomer MurdersFollyfoot,Miss MarpleMinderZ-CarsThe AvengersDoomwatch and in the Doctor Who story Meglos.

His films included: Paper MaskDefence of the RealmSunshineMad Dogs and EnglishmenAfraid of the DarkA Flame to the PhoenixNighthawksThe Elephant Man and Sweeney 2.

As well as screen appearances, he also had a wide stage and radio career, and appeared with the National Theatre from the late-70s in David Hare's Plenty,Bernard Shaw's The PhilandererArnold Wesker's CaritasEugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, and two Shakespeares - Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing(1981) and Menenius in Coriolanus (1984).

His eldest son is the actor Simon Treves.

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



Robert Cawdron (died 1997 aged 75) would be 98 - credited as Taltalian in The Ambassadors of Death

Robert Cawdron played Dr. Bruno Taltalian in the Doctor Who serial The Ambassadors of Death.

Also appeared in Days of HopeThe Dick Emery ShowS*P*Y*SMadhouseITV Sunday Night TheatreThe Man OutsideThe Persuaders!From a Bird's Eye ViewZeppelinDoomwatchThe Private Life of Sherlock HolmesThe Main ChanceZ CarsDepartment SThe Six Wives of Henry VIIIPegasusThe Gold RobbersThe First LadyTritonThe Blood Beast TerrorThe AvengersThe Shuttered RoomThe SaintThis Man CraigThe Fighting Prince of DonegalDixon of Dock GreenITV Play of the WeekITV Sunday Night DramaThe Massingham AffairCall the Gun ExpertEspionageThirty Minute TheatreThe Dickie Henderson ShowNo Hiding PlaceThe CheatersBBC Sunday-Night PlayThe Amazing Dr. ClitterhouseCrosstrapSir Francis DrakeThe Frightened CityAlcoa Presents: One Step BeyondSaturday Night and Sunday MorningDanger ManMan from InterpolIdentity UnknownSkyportInternational DetectiveFeet of ClayInterpol CallingThe Four Just MenH.G.Wells' Invisible ManWilliam TellDial 999The Flying DoctorIvanhoeWhite HunterThe New Adventures of Charlie ChanThe One That Got AwayA King in New YorkFive on a Treasure IslandSailor of FortuneBonanza!Assignment Foreign LegionThe Count of Monte CristoThe Scarlet PimpernelTheatre RoyalThe Candlelight MurderThe Missing ManStreet of ShadowsBBC Sunday-Night TheatreDown Among the Z MenTrent's Last CaseGoonreelBilly Bunter of Greyfriars SchoolThe Railway ChildrenMidshipman BarneyTreasure IslandCaptain Horatio Hornblower R.N.The Powder MonkeyA Christmas CarolHighly DangerousThe Elusive PimpernelState SecretStage Fright



Brian Langley (died 2008 aged 98) would be 110 - credited as Film Cameraman for The Ice Warriors

Brian Langley was Film Cameraman for the 1968 story The Ice Warriors.

Had a long and distinguished career britsih television and films working on over 80 titles.


 Deaths
June Whitfield (died 2018 aged 93) - 2 credits, including Minnie Hooper in The End of Time

June Whitfield, CBE was an English actress, well known in the United Kingdom since the 1950s for roles in radio and television comedy series.

Her first big break was a lead role in the radio comedy Take It From Here, and television followed, including appearances with Tony Hancock throughout his television career. In 1966, Whitfield played her first television sitcom role, in Beggar My Neighbour, and this ran for two years. She also starred in several Carry On films.

In 1968, June Whitfield and Terry Scott began their long television partnership which peaked with roles as husband and wife in Happy Ever After (1974-78) and Terry and June (1979-87). Since 1992, Whitfield has appeared in Jennifer Saunders's sitcom Absolutely Fabulous playing Edina Monsoon's mother. In recent years she has played a regular character in Last of the Summer Wine as well as a recurring character in The Green Green Grass.



Bernard Kay (died 2014 aged 86) - 6 credits, including Carl Tyler in The Dalek Invasion of Earth

Bernard Kay was an english actor born in  Bolton, England. He has an extensive theatre, television and film repertoire.

Kay began his working life as a reporter on Bolton Evening News, and a stringer for The Manchester Guardian. He was conscripted in 1946 and started acting in the army. Kay gained a scholarship to study at the Old Vic Theatre School and became a professional in 1950, as a member of the company which reopened the Old Vic after WW2.

He appeared in hundreds of TV productions including Emmerdale Farm, The Champions, The Cellar and The Almond Tree, Clayhanger, A Very British Coup, Casualty, Casualty 1909, DoctorsCoronation Street and Foyle's War. He also appeared in the very first episode of Z Cars.

He portrayed Captain Stanley Lord of the SS Californian in the BBC dramatisation Trial by Inquiry: Titanic in 1967; and he played the bandit leader Cordova in Zorro television episode Alejandro Rides Again in 1991 which was filmed in Madrid, Spain. Kay also gave a sympathetic performance as Korporal Hartwig in an early episode of Colditz.

His first film appearance was as an injured recruit in Carry on Sergeant, a role which saw him alongside first Doctor William Hartnell. They would work together again in Doctor Who, with Kay appearing in two stories, most notably as Saladin in the classic Doctor Who story The Crusade in 1965 (which also featured Julian Glover and Jean Marsh, and in the second Dalek adventure The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964); he later worked alongside Patrick Troughton in The Faceless Ones (1967) and Jon Pertwee in Colony In Space (1971). In 2006, he also guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio adventure Night Thoughts.

His most famous film appearance was his turn as a Bolshevik leader in Doctor Zhivago (1965). 

He also acted extensively on the stage. In 1952, for the Nottingham Rep, he learned, rehearsed, and played Macbeth in less than 24 hours. In 1984, he played Shylock in The Merchant of Venice during a British Council tour of Asia, ending in Baghdad, in the middle of the Iraq/Iran war. Other theatre includes An Inspector Calls (Garrick Theatre), Macbeth (Nottingham Playhouse), Titus Andronicus (European Tour), A Man for all Seasons (International Tour), The Merchant of Venice (International Tour), Galileo (Young Vic), Death of a Salesman (Lyric Theatre, Belfast) and Halpern and Johnson (New End Theatre). He has twice appeared at the Finborough Theatre, London - in 2006 in After Haggerty and in 2010 in Dream of the Dog.



Dinsdale Landen (died 2003 aged 71) - credited as Dr. Judson in The Curse of Fenric

Dinsdale Landen was a British actor known mainly for his television appearances.

He played Dr. Judson in the 1989 Doctor Who story The Curse of Fenric.

Landen was born at Margate. He made his television debut in 1959 as Pip in an adaptation of Great Expectations and made his film debut in 1960, with a walk-on part in The League of Gentlemen. He first became well known during the 1960s when he starred in the TV series Mickey Dunne and The Mask of Janus, which was renamed The Spies in later series. He also had a parallel career as a stage actor, including as Richard Dazzle in the RSC's 1970 production of London Assurance.

On radio, he appeared in the 1973 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of The Foundation Trilogy as General Bel Riose, and in the 1976 adaptation of Jim Eldridge's novel Down Payment on Death as Art Gordo. He also portrayed Rupert Purvis in the 1982 production of Tom Stoppard's play The Dog It Was That Died and played the urbane Ambassador McKenzie in four series of Flying the Flag.

In 1977 Landen starred in his own situation comedy, Devenish, playing a Basil Fawlty type character in a Reggie Perrin-type situation; designing board games. In 1980 he starred as Barty in the television series Pig In The Middle with Liza Goddard.

In 1987 he played the lead in a BBC TV production of What the Butler Saw, playing Dr Prentice in a production also featuring Prunella Scales, Timothy West and Bryan Pringle.

Dinsdale Landen died at his home in South Creake, Norfolk on 29 December 2003 after becoming ill with pneumonia. He had been diagnosed with oral cancer several years before his death, but was in remission at the time. He was married to the actress Jennifer Daniel.



Peter Hill (died 1995 aged 63) - credited as Manager in Day of the Daleks

Robert Lankesheer (died 1993 aged 79) - credited as Chamberlain in The Crusade