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On This Day (USA) - 16 March

Fury From the Deep: Episode 1 premiered on BBC One in 1968 at 5:14pm BST, watched by 8.20 million viewers.

The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria find themselves on the east coast of England where a gas refinery is experiencing problems and a sinister heartbeat is throbbing through the pipes.

Death to the Daleks: Part Four premiered on BBC One in 1974 at 5:34pm GMT, watched by 9.50 million viewers.

The Doctor and Bellal arrive at the centre of the Exxilon city but the Daleks are preparing to depart and launch a plague missile that will kill everyone left behind.

Earthshock: Part Four premiered on BBC One (Not Wales) in 1982 at 7:03pm GMT, watched by 9.60 million viewers.

The King's Demons: Part Two premiered on BBC One in 1983 at 6:47pm GMT, watched by 7.20 million viewers.

The Caves of Androzani: Part Four premiered on BBC One in 1984 at 6:41pm GMT, watched by 7.80 million viewers.

Timelash: Part Two premiered on BBC One in 1985 at 5:21pm GMT, watched by 7.40 million viewers.

A two-part story by Glen McCoy
Starring Colin Baker
Although fighting for his life, the Doctor becomes puzzled by the lack of mirrors on Karfel.

Sophie Hunter was 43 - 2 credits, including Vanessa in Children Of Earth: Day One(TW)

Sophie Hunter is an English theatre and opera director, playwright, actress, and singer. She directed the revival of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts (2010), the New York City performance art titled Lucretia (2011) based on Benjamin Britten's opera The Rape of Lucretia, the African tour of Mozart's The Magic Flute (2011) and the experimental play 69° South (2013).

Hunter released a French-language music album in 2005 titled The Isis Project in collaboration with songwriter Guy Chambers followed by an English-language album, again with Chambers, titled Songs for a Boy in 2011. Earlier in her career, she has performed in television, film and theatre, appearing in the films Vanity Fair (2004), and Burlesque Fairytales (2009); and the television series Midsomer Murders (2004), and Keen Eddie (2004). She is married to actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Early life and education

Hunter grew up in Hammersmith, west London. Her mother, Anna Katharine (née Gow), worked as an administrator, and her father, Charles Hunter, was an insurance executive who later became a professional card player; the couple later divorced. She has two younger brothers, Patrick and Timothy. Her maternal grandfather is the General Sir Michael James Gow GCB, Knight Grand Cross, Order of the Bath, who worked with Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester in the 1950s and was Aide-de-Camp General to the Queen from 1981 to 1984. Hunter is a maternal great-granddaughter of World War I politician J. E. B. Seely, 1st Baron Mottistone.

Hunter attended St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith before studying Modern Languages with a concentration in French and Italian at Oxford University. After graduating from Oxford, Hunter resided in Paris to study avant-garde theatre for two years at the L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. She then trained at the Saratoga International Theatre Institute in New York City under the mentorship of theatre and opera director Anne Bogart.


Hunter co-founded the Lacuna Theatre Company, and was an associate director at Royal Court Theatre in the West End and Broadhurst Theatre in Broadway. In addition, she also serves as collaborating director and dramaturge on marionette and puppetry production with the Phantom Limb Company.

Known for her avant-garde plays, she has directed, performed and conceived theatre productions throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America. She directed the experimental play 69° South (2013), the New York performance art titled Lucretia (2011) based on Benjamin Britten's opera The Rape of Lucretia, the African tour of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute (2011), the 2010 revival of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts as well as the Italian production of Leoš Janácek's The Cunning Little Vixen and Palestinian production of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio.

Hunter is the artistic director of the Boiler Room, which won the 2007 Samuel Beckett Award for the avant-garde play The Terrific Electric with Hunter as co-director. She is also a member of the performance collective Militia Canteen.

In 2015, she is set to direct two pieces written by British composer Benjamin Britten. One will debut at the Aldeburgh Festival and the other at Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.

Creative arts

Hunter also works as creative director and has developed projects including 2012's Don't Major In Debt Student House and Loma Lights (2013), one of the largest public arts programs in New York.


In 2005, Hunter recorded a French-language music album titled The Isis Project in collaboration with songwriter Guy Chambers. In 2011, she released an English-language album titled Songs for a Boy, again with Chambers.

Film and television

Earlier in her career, Hunter has acted in film and television. She has had supporting roles in the television series Midsomer Murders (2004), Keen Eddie (2004), Mumbai Calling (2007) and Torchwood (2009). In 2004, she played Maria Osborne in the costume drama film Vanity Fair and played Annabel Blythe-Smith in the 2009 thriller film Burlesque Fairytales.

Personal life

Hunter previously had a long-term relationship with sculptor Conrad Shawcross whom she met while studying at Oxford. The couple split in early 2010.

Hunter's engagement to actor Benedict Cumberbatch was traditionally announced in the "Forthcoming Marriages" section of The Times on 5 November 2014. In January 2015, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed that they are expecting their first child later in the year. On 14 February 2015, the couple married at the 12th century Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on the Isle of Wight followed by a reception at Mottistone Manor.

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Ayesha Dharker was 43 - credited as Solana Mercurio in Planet of the Ood

Ayesha Dharker (born in Mumbai, India) is a British-Indian actress. She is known for her performance in the Tamil Indian filmThe Terrorist (1999), for which she was awarded Best Artistic Contribution by an Actress at the Cairo International Film Festival and nominated for a Chlotrudis Award and National Film Award for Best Actress

Sha appeared in the 2008 story Planet of the Ood

She has also appeared in Hollywood films such as Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and The Mistress of Spices, television series such as Arabian Nights, and the West Endand Broadway musical Bombay Dreams.

Ayesha Dharker is the daughter of Imtiaz Dharker, a noted poet, artist and documentary film-maker, and Anil Dharker, a columnist and an ex-editor of Debonair. Her father is from India and her mother, born in Lahore, was brought up in Scotland. 

Dharker made her screen debut in the 1989 François Villiers film, Manika: Une vie plus tard. Dharker subsequently went on to star in many American, French and Indian films. She has had many television roles in the UK, particularly in Cutting It and Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee, in which she co-starred with Meera Syal.

Her most internationally recognised role was when she acted as Queen Jamillia, the Queen ofNaboo, in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002). Dharker starred in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Bombay Dreams, both in London's West End and on Broadway (2004). She also starred in The Mistress of Spices (2005).

In the international award-winning film The Terrorist (1999), she played the lead character Malli, a role that earned her a nomination for the National Film Award for Best Actress in India and the Cairo Film Festival award for Best Artistic Contribution by an Actress.

She is currently a recurring cast member of the BBC Asian Network radio serial Silver Street, playing the role of "Ambika".

In 2006 she played the role of Asha in the film Outsourced.

In 2008 she played the role of Tara Mandal in the British soap opera Coronation Street.

In 2010 she played doctor's wife Kamini Sharma opposite Sanjeev Bhaskar in the BBC's comedy drama series The Indian Doctor.

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Graham Cole was 69 - 13 credits, including Melkur in The Keeper of Traken

Best known as PC Tony Stamp in The Bill

Katharine Schofield (died 2002 aged 63) would have been 82 - credited as Sabetha in The Keys of Marinus

Actress who appeared in the 1964 story The Keys of Marnius

Ben Aris (died 2003 aged 66) would have been 84 - credited as Lieutenant Shears in Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Ben Aris was an English actor who was best known for his parts in Hi-de-Hi! and To the Manor Born.

He appeared in the 1974 story Invasion of the Dinosaurs.

Aris was born in London, and following World War II, he trained at the Arts Educational School. At the age of only 16, he joined a national tour of the show Zip Goes a Million. He then did national service in the Army  and following that appeared in many musicals and films including The Plague of the Zombies, The Charge of the Light Brigade andHamlet. Aris was in the 1960 production of "Pieces of Eight" at the Apollo Theatre in London as well as the 1969 production of "Hamlet" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York.

His first television role was in the sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em in 1973. His other early television roles included Sam and the River (1975), Crown CourtWodehouse Playhouse and Target. During that time he also appeared in Digby, the Biggest Dog in the WorldJuggernautTommyThe Music Lovers and The Savage Messiah.

For three episodes, from 1980 to 1981, he played Mr Spalding in To the Manor Born, and then in 1982, he made his first appearance in Hi-de-Hi! as Julian Dalrymple-Sykes, a dancer. He became a regular in 1985 and played the part until the show's end in 1988.[1]He also starred in BergeracAgatha Christie's PoirotYou Rang, M'Lord? and Boon. As well as acting with Penelope Keith in To the Manor Born, he also appeared with her inExecutive Stress and No Job for a Lady.

One of most memorable stage performances was in the West End playing Geoffrey in Stepping Out by Richard Harris. His final stage appearance was in The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett, opposite Dame Maggie Smith. His final TV appearance was in the 2002 drama Ready

Peter Rutherford (died 1995 aged 58) would have been 84 - credited as Roth in The Sontaran Experiment

Tristan de Vere Cole was 86 - 3 credits, including Production Assistant for The Gunfighters

Tristan De Vere Cole is a British director born in Redruth, Cornwall, England.

He is best known for Orion's Belt (1985), the TV series Z-Cars (1962), and Dykket (1989). Most of his filmography is TV series such as episodes of Trainer (1992); Bergerac (1988-1992); Rockliffe's Folly (1988); Howards' Way (1985-1988);The Spoils of War (1981); Secret Army (1979); Survivors (1977); Angels (1976); Trinity Tales (1975); Emmerdale Farm (1972-1973) and Doctor Who (1968).

John Breslin (died 2009 aged 80) would have been 92 - credited as Captain Munro in Spearhead From Space

John Breslin was born in  Glasgow, Scotland, UK 

He had an extensive career in British Television and films. 

He played Alan a Dale in the 1953 TV version of Robin Hood

Victor Maddern (died 1993 aged 65) would have been 93 - 2 credits, including Robson in Fury From the Deep

Victor Maddern was a dark-haired, thin-lipped British cockney character actor, who specialised in playing tough privates, NCO's and sergeants. Occasionally seen in comedic roles, including in some of the 'Carry On' films.

He played John Robson in the Doctor Who story Fury from the Deep.

Born in Seven KingsIlfordEssex, Maddern was one of large group of dependable supporting actors that British film produced over the years.

Maddern joined the Merchant Navy at the age of 15 and served in the Second World War from 1943 until medically discharged in 1946. He subsequently trained for RADA. He made his first screen appearance in Seven Days to Noon in 1950, playing a reluctant soldier obliged to shoot a psychotic scientist.

One of his earliest stage roles was Sam Weller in The Trial of Mr Pickwick in 1952. As Helicon in a production of Albert Camus' play Caligula, in 1964, Maddern was singled out for critical praise, and in My Darling Daisy (1970) he brought a fine Cockney bravado and arrogance to the portrait of the notorious Frank Harris. He also did two stints in the highly successful Agatha Christie play The Mousetrap - the West End's longest-running play.

From 1950 to the early 1990s Maddern could be seen in any number of films and TV shows, often playing military types. He was usually cast as sergeants or corporals, as well as private soldiers, seaman or airmen, played straight or for broad comic effect. Among his many television roles, were Private Gross in Denis Cannan's Captain Carvallo and old Lampwick's son-in-law in the popular The Dick Emery Show.

In addition to acting, Maddern ran a script printing business, and in 1991 he opened a public speaking school. A lifelong Conservative voter, he offered special rates to Conservative MPs and constituency workers.

In his later years, Maddern devoted much of his time to charitable work. He was married with four daughters. He died from a brain tumour in 1993.

Eric Hillyard (died 1985 aged 70) would have been 106 - credited as Dr. Reeves in The Dæmons

Actor who appeared in the 1971 story The Deamons

Campbell Singer (died 1976 aged 66) would have been 112 - credited as Joey in The Celestial Toymaker

Campbell Singer was a British character actor who featured in a number of film and television roles during his long career.

He made several apperances in the 1966 story  The Celestial Toymaker

He was a regular in British post-war comedy films, often playing policemen. From the early 1960s he switched to appearing in more television roles. He made two appearances in different roles in the popular television show Dad's Army, including a corrupt politician Sir Charles McAllister. He also featured as Mr Finney in a "Some Mothers Do Ave Em" Christmas Special, and played a lodger in an episode of On the Buses (The Lodger)

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Clive Morton (died 1975 aged 71) would have been 117 - credited as Trenchard in The Sea Devils

Clive Morton  was an English actor who made many screen appearances, especially on television. In 1955, he appeared in Laurence Olivier's Richard III and is recalled by fans of Doctor Who for his role as Trenchard in The Sea Devils in 1972. 

He was Commander Rogue in the first series of the fondly-remembered children's TV series Rogue's Rock in 1974. One of his last roles was as an aged butler in an episode of Upstairs Downstairs.

Morton was also a Shakespearian actor and an Associate Artiste of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the 1964 'Histories' Repertoire he played the Bishop of Carlisle in Richard the Second, The Earl of Worcester in Henry IV and the ferocious Earl of Talbot in Henry VI.

Morton was married to Fresh Fields actress Fanny Rowe.

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