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The Web Planet: Crater of Needles premiered on BBC One in 1965 at 5:39pm, watched by 13.00 million viewers.

Ian and Vrestin fall into caverns beneath the surface of Vortis and encounter the Optera. The Doctor finds the landing site of the Menoptra, and the Zarbi prepare to ambush them.



The Mind of Evil: Episode Six premiered on BBC One in 1971 at 5:15pm, watched by 7.30 million viewers.

The Keller Machine breaks free of the Doctor's restraining device and the Doctor has no choice but to turn the parasite against the Master.



The Seeds of Doom: Part Six premiered on BBC One in 1976 at 5:47pm, watched by 11.50 million viewers.

The Doctor, Sarah and Scorby are hunted down by the mad Harrison Chase. Outside the Krynoid prepares to germinate, sending its deadly seed pods out across the world.



Torchwood Declassified Series Two: Episode 8 premiered on BBC2 in 2008 at 7:45pm, watched by 0.77 million viewers.
 Birthdays
Rufus Hound was 39 - 7 credits, including Sam Swift in The Woman Who Lived

Rufus Hound is an English comedian, actor and presenter.

He is known for his work on Argumental (2008), The BRITs 2009 Red Carpet (2009) and Isle of Wight Festival 2010: Live (2010). 



Julian Simpson was 46 - 2 credits, including Director for The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People

Julian Simpson is a London-based writer and director working in film, TV and radio. He was educated at Felsted School.

His credits include The CriminalSuperstormMurder PreventionSpooksNew TricksHustle 



David Woolliscroft (died 2005 aged 63) would have been 76 - credited as Xeron in The Space Museum

Extra in The Space Museum and several other Doctor Who sotries

Also known as David Cleeve

Works include Then Churchill Said to MeTwo PeopleBless Me FatherAffairs of the HeartMicrobes and MenUpstairs, DownstairsZ Cars



Jonathan Newth was 79 - credited as Orfe in Underworld

Jonathan Newth is a British actor, best known for his performances in television.

He appeared in the 1978 story Underworld.

Credits include: Emergency Ward 10, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Ace of Wands, The Troubleshooters, Z-Cars, Callan, Van der Valk, The Brothers, Softly, Softly, Poldark, Notorious Woman, Secret Army (Barsacq), The Professionals, The Nightmare Man, The Day of the Triffids, Tenko (Colonel Clifford Jefferson), Triangle, Angels, Juliet Bravo, After Henry, Boon, Bugs, The Bill, Agatha Christie's Poirot (Dumb Witness), Peak Practice and Heartbeat.



David Webb (died 2012 aged 81) would have been 87 - credited as Leeson in Colony In Space

Born in Luton in 1931, David Webb was an achiever in his early life, becoming best boy at Luton Grammar School and later a sergeant in the Army Education Corps, and then gaining a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. During his career he appeared in hundreds of television programmes, which as well as Leeson in Doctor Who also included a prominent role in the early days of Coronation Street - his prolific work earned him the title "Telly Tart"!

His career also encompassed films, such as The Battle of Britain, and he also served on the Equity Council. As well as being an actor, he was a major campaigner against censorship, being a founder and director of the National Campaign for the Reform of the Obscene Publications Acts. 

His CV included: Rescue Special OpsRakeGriff the InvisiblePacked to the RaftersOut of the BlueChandon PicturesKatoombaThe Starter WifeRoad RageClublandSuperman ReturnsSmall Claims: The ReunionUntold Stories of the ERHome and AwayRosemary & ThymeThe Junction BoysAlways GreenerThe Diamond of JeruStingersAll SaintsAirtightFirst DaughterSilent PredatorsBerkeley SquareMurder CallA Dance to the Music of TimeHeart of FireRebeccaWater RatsThe BeastTwistedFriskBabeG.P.Blue HeelersLethal NinjaPolice RescueCandid Camera on AustraliaTerminal ExposureDouble ScullsThe Black TowerMinderThe Road to 1984Tales of the UnexpectedBergeracRain on the RoofCrime and PunishmentITV PlayhouseBlakes 7Z CarsRumpole of the BaileyPennies from HeavenRogue MaleNot on Your NellieCrown CourtThe Rivals of Sherlock HolmesDoctor at LargeWhere Dead Men LiePlay for TodayBattle of BritainThe AvengersPrivate Investigator

Obituary: Digital Journal, Libertarian Alliance



John Rees (died 1994 aged 67) would have been 91 - credited as Hardy in Frontier In Space

John Rees played Hardy in the 1973 Doctor Who story Frontier in Space.

Works include SaracenThe BillWhite MischiefSky BanditsDefence of the RealmPlentyLorca and the OutlawsThe CitadelThe SenderEye of the NeedleRaiders of the Lost ArkJuliet BravoTales of the UnexpectedHanover StreetSecret ArmyThe ShoutHolocaustA Sharp Intake of BreathThe Wilde AllianceLord TrampThe Hanged ManAll Creatures Great and SmallThe VenturersVisa für OcantrosCrown CourtFall of EaglesOut of the PastCentre PlayThe Black ArrowThe Brontes of HaworthNew Scotland YardVan der ValkBudgieLove StoryUnder Milk WoodA Family at WarPlay for TodayZ CarsThe Go-BetweenThe Mating MachineW. Somerset MaughamThe Wednesday PlayStrange ReportITV Sunday Night TheatreAlfred the GreatITV PlayhouseSoftly SoftlyTheatre 625The PrisonerThe Ragged Trousered PhilanthropistsThe TroubleshootersThe Quiller MemorandumITV Play of the WeekThe SpiesFour SoldiersMoulded in EarthThe Man in Room 17R3No Hiding PlaceThe SaintIt's a Woman's WorldThe VillainsLucy und der Angler von ParisSuspenseMaupassantThe Story of Private PooleyImpactA Prize of ArmsOnly Two Can PlayThe TerroristsThe Long and the Short and the TallA Farthing Damages



Glyn Owen (died 2004 aged 76) would have been 90 - 2 credits, including Rohm Dutt in The Power of Kroll

Glyn Owen  was a British stage, television and film actor.

He was best known to British TV viewers for two roles: that of Dr Patrick O'Meara in the long-running ITV hospital drama Emergency - Ward 10, and that of Jack Rolfe, the headstrong director of the Mermaid Boatyard in the mid-1980s BBC series Howards' Way.

His other television roles included Coronation Street, The Brothers, Doomwatch, The Adventures of William Tell, The Rat Catchers, All Creatures Great and Small, "Take The High Road", The Capone Investment, Ennal's Point, Oil Strike North, Survivors, and Blake's 7


 Deaths
Donald Wilson (died 2002 aged 91) - credited as BBC Head of Script Department for The Creation of Doctor Who

Donald Wilson was a British television writer and producer, best known for his work on the BBC's adaptation of The Forsyte Saga in 1967.

It was Wilson who, as head on the BBC Script Department, commissioned the report that lead to the creation of Doctor Who.

His initial career was in the film industry, working for MGM at Elstree Studios, where he was Assistant Director of such films as Jericho (1937) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939). During the war he worked on documentary films, and then in 1955 was recruited to BBC Television by the then Head of Drama, Michael Barry.

When the Script Department was rendered redundant by Sydney Newman�s radical shake-up of the BBC Drama Department after his arrival as its head in 1962, the highly respected Wilson was given one of the most senior positions under Newman as Head of Serials. In this position, Wilson was responsible for overseeing the creation and development of  Doctor Who. It was Wilson, together with Newman and staff writer C. E. Webber, who co-wrote the first format document for the programme.

In 1965, Wilson gave up his position as Head of Serials to concentrate on realising a long-held ambition of bringing The Forsyte Saga to the screen. Acting as both adapter and producer, Wilson created one of the BBC�s most popular and successful drama serials of all time, which was a huge hit on its eventual screening on BBC Two in 1967, and was quickly repeated on BBC One. Later, he acted as adapter and producer again on such prestigious costume dramas as The First Churchills (1969) and Anna Karenina (1977).

He went on to work for Anglia Television before retiring to his home in Gloucestershire, where he died at the age of 91 in March 2002.

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



Graham Armitage (died 1999 aged 64) - credited as Barney in The Macra Terror

Actor who played Barney in the 1967 story The Macra Terror



Alan Haywood (died 1995 aged 65) - credited as Hector in The Myth Makers