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An Unearthly Child: Pilot premiered on BBC2 in 1991 at 2:19pm, watched by 1.60 million viewers.

Doctor Who at the Proms premiered on BBC One in 2013 at 4:00pm, watched by 1.45 million viewers.
Highlights of the concert at the Royal Albert Hall in July 2013, showcasing Murray Gold's music from the BBC's Doctor Who series. Featuring Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, and performances by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Philharmonic Choir, and soloists Elin Manahan Thomas, Allan Clayton and Kerry Ingram.
Director: Rhodri Huw; Producer Paul Bullock

 Birthdays
Phil Collinson will be 49 - 84 credits, including Producer for Rose

Phil Collinson is a British television producer best known for his work on Doctor Who and Coronation Street.

Collinson has produced several series for the BBC, including the comedy drama Linda Green, and the first seasons of 1950s-set Born and Bred and paranormal thriller Sea of Souls. In January 2004, he started work as the tenth full-time in-house producer of the BBC science-fiction programme Doctor Who.

While he was an actor, the role of Alexander in the 1999 Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk was written especially for him by his friend Russell T Davies. However, after Antony Cotton auditioned for the production team, Davies and his fellow producers felt they had no choice but to offer the role to him instead of Collinson.

In February 2008 Collinson left his position on Doctor Who, to return to Manchester as BBC Head of Drama for the region.

In July 2010 Collinson joined ITV  as the new producer of Coronation Street. His first credited episode aired on 26 July 2010. 



Annette Badland will be 69 - 7 credits, including Margaret Blaine in Aliens of London / World War Three

Annette Badland is an English actress known for a wide range of roles on TV, radio and film. She has played Margaret Blaine in the BBC science fiction series, Doctor Who, Birdie Henshall in the drama series, Cutting It, Ursula Crowe in children's science fiction/fantasy series, Wizards vs Aliens, and Babe Smith in soap opera EastEnders and plays Hazel Woolley in BBC Radio The Archers.

Her training took place at East 15 Acting School, London. She has appeared in many television roles including Bergerac (1981–1984), 2point4 Children, Making Out, Summer Hill, Lace, Jackanory, Archer's Goon, The Demon Headmaster, A Little Princess, The Worst Witch, The Queen's Nose and Coronation Street, as well as an early appearance in series one of the Hale & Pace show in a number of sketches. In 1989, Badland also appeared in "The Rough and The Smooth", an episode of All Creatures Great and Small. She played the recurring villain Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen a.k.a. "Margaret Blaine" in the 2005 series of Doctor Who. She also provides commentary on the Doctor Who Complete Series One Box Set, on the episodes "World War Three" and "Boom Town" as a Slitheen. In 2006 she put in an appearance at Larkhall Prison for the eighth series of ITV1 drama Bad Girls. She played Angela Robbins, a disturbing inmate who was suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder.

She has also appeared in many films including Jabberwocky (1977), Beyond Bedlam (1994), Captives (1994), The Grotesque (1995), Little Voice (1998), Beautiful People (1999), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and appeared in the TV adaptations of Gulliver's Travels (1996) as the farmer's wife, and A Christmas Carol (1999) as Mrs Fezziwig. Badland has performed in several radio dramas including BBC Radio 4's Rolling Home (2001), Smelling of Roses (2003) and an adaptation of George MacDonald's novel At the Back of the North Wind; lead role as DC Gwen Danbury in An Odd Body on BBC Radio 4 Extra. In 2005 she took the role of Hazel Woolley, the "bad seed" adopted daughter of Jack Woolley in the long-running radio soap opera The Archers, and in 2008 appeared in the radio serial The Way We Live Right Now as Tilly Carbury.

Badland was also the presenter of BBC's You and Me in the early 1990s and appeared in the British comedy Three and Out released on 25 April 2008. She also played the sharply conservative Ethel Tonks in the BBC's All the Small Things (April/May 2009) alongside Sarah Lancashire, Neil Pearson, Sarah Alexander and Bryan Dick. In 2009 she appeared in Casualty as a disturbed mother who was always worrying about her daughters.

She has made her debut at the Royal Exchange Theatre, in Manchester, as Madame Arcarti in Blithe Spirit. In 2010, Badland is performing in Caryl Churchill's Far Away at the Bristol Old Vic.

On 5 July 2010 she appeared as a Verger in Doctors. In 2012, Badland appeared as Ursula in the new CBBC science fiction series, Wizards vs Aliens. She was also in BBC's Cutting It, for 4 series.

In the CBBC hit show The Sparticle Mystery, Badland played DoomsDay Dora. She appeared in 5 episodes.

In August 2013 it was announced that Badland would play the role of Mrs FitzGibbons in the Starz television series Outlander.

On 12 December 2013, it was announced that Badland would appear as a regular in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders, playing Babe Smith. She made her first on-screen appearance in the episode broadcast on 31 January 2014.

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



Stephen Greif will be 75 - 7 credits, including Gurney in The Infinite Quest

Stephen Greif is an award-winning English actor well known for his roles as Travis in Blake's 7, Harry Fenning in three series of Citizen Smith, Signor Donato inCasanova and Commander John Shepherd in Shoot On Sight.

Greif was born in SawbridgeworthHertfordshireEngland in a building originally belonging to Anne Boleyn as a gift from King Henry VIII. He was educated at Sloane Grammar School, where he was school champion at athletics and swimming and represented the school and the county at athletics at the famous White City Stadium amongst others. He briefly attended the Regent Polytechnic before entering a variety of jobs including "trouble shooter" at a well-known TV and radiogram manufacturer and as a negotiator in a boutique West End estate agency before applying for drama school.

He is an Honours graduate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he won numerous awards including Best Actor and Most Promising Actor, and is now an Associate Member. He was a member of the National Theatre Company both at the Old Vic in Olivier�s company and on the South Bank for Peter Hall�s company. Among his productions were Danton's DeathA Woman Killed with KindnessThe Merchant of Venice (with Olivier), Long Days Journey into Night (again with Olivier), The School for Scandal , Richard IIThe Front Page and Macbeth. He was invited back to appear with them at Queen's Theatre in the West End in the Italian Comedy Saturday, Sunday, Monday directed byFranco Zeffirelli and Laurence Olivier where he won a Best Actor nomination in the Critics' Circle Theatre Award. Later he was invited to join the National again on the South Bank under Peter Hall in the revival Death of a Salesmandirected by Michael Rudman with Warren Mitchell winning himself another Best Actor Nomination in the Olivier Awards. He was back again at the invitation of Nick Hytner to join his inaugural season appearing in "His Girl Friday", "Edmund" and the Christmas show "His Dark Materials" directed by Hytner. He was with Elaine Stritch in The Gingerbread LadyDenholm Elliott in "The Paranormalist", Frank Langella in AbracadaverAlbert Finney in Ronald Harwood�sReflected GloryFelicity Kendal and Frances de la Tour in Fallen AngelsJoseph Fiennes in George Dillon and Lesley Manville in Six Degrees of Separation.

Greif has been in many films including Lasse Hallstr�m�s CasanovaShoot on SightEichmannSpartanThe Upside of AngerBoogie Woogie and Fakers. His many TV appearances include SpooksMistressesHe Kills Coppers,Silent Witness and the last ever story of Waking the Dead.

He has recently reprised his role of Travis in two new audio stories of Blake's 7 for Big Finish Productions.

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



Humphrey Searle (died 1982 aged 66) would be 104 - credited as Incidental Music for The Myth Makers

Humphrey Searle  was a British composer.

He was born in Oxford where he was a classics scholar before studying - somewhat hesitantly - with John Ireland at the Royal College of Music in London, after which he went to Vienna on a six month scholarship to become a private pupil of Anton Webern, which became decisive in his composition career.

Searle was one of the foremost pioneers of serial music in the United Kingdom, and used his role as a producer at the BBC from 1946 to 1948 to promote it. He was General Secretary of the International Society for Contemporary Music from 1947 to 1949.

Works of note include a Poem for 22 Strings (1950), premiered at Darmstadt, a Gogol opera, The Diary of a Madman (1958, awarded the first prize at UNESCO's International Rostrum of Composers in 1960), and five symphonies (the first of which was commercially recorded by Sir Adrian Boult).

Searle wrote the monographs Twentieth Century Counterpoint and The Music of Franz Liszt. He also developed the most authoritative catalogue of Liszt's works, which are frequently identified using Searle's numbering system.

Searle also composed scores for film and television, including incidental music for the 1963 feature The Haunting and the 1965 Doctor Who story The Myth Makers. 

He died in London. Among his notable pupils were composers Hugh Davidson, Brian Elias,Michael Finnissy, Geoffrey King, and Graham Newcater.

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


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Gerard Murphy (died 2013 aged 64) - credited as Richard in Silver Nemesis

Gerard Murphy was an Irish film, television and theatre actor.

He played Richard in the 1988 story Silver Nemesis

Murphy began his career on stage with the Glasgow Citizens Theatre. He branched out into television work with roles in Z Cars, Heartbeat, Father Ted, and The Bill. He narrated the BBC Radio version of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. 

He portrayed Hector in Alan Bennett's The History Boys in a national tour co-produced by the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Theatre Royal Bath.

Perhaps his best-known film roles are as pirate and spy "The Nord" in Waterworld, and as the corrupt High Court Judge Faden in Batman Begins.

He died in 2013 after a battle against prostate cancer.



Tariq Yunus (died 1994 aged 47) - credited as Cass in The Robots of Death

Tariq Yunus was an Indian actor. He played Cass in the Doctor Who story The Robots of Death.

Also appeared in BollywoodHouse of CardsThe BillInspector MorseNice WorkShalom SalaamAround the World in 80 DaysScandalThe DeceiversScreen TwoNews at TwelveThe MarksmanTandoori NightsThe Fourth ProtocolPartitionWe'll Think of SomethingThe Front LineMitchCaught in a Free StateA Talent for MurderAngelsThe Nation's HealthWho Dares WinsMinderPlay for TodayShoestringHammer House of HorrorThe Dick Emery ShowTerry and JuneAshantiSceneStrangersThe Quiz KidThe ProfessionalsRosie Dixon - Night NurseThe FuzzRoomsEast of Elephant RockThe CrezzCrown CourtGangstersThe Place of PeaceIt Ain't Half Hot MumFather BrownSykesITV PlayhouseMen of AffairsThe Kids from 47A , The RegimentFigures in a LandscapeThe Wednesday Play



Martin Miller (died 1969 aged 69) - credited as Kublai Khan in Marco Polo

Martin Miller played Kubla Khan in the Doctor Who story Marco Polo. Miller died from a heart attack in Austria.

Worked on Department SDoctor in the HouseThe TroubleshootersMord nach der OperBBC Play of the MonthThe PrisonerThe Forsyte SagaAdam Adamant Lives!The BaronTheatre 625Up Jumped a SwagmanThe AvengersThe Third ManThe SaintA Little Big BusinessThe Yellow Rolls-RoyceDanger ManChildren of the DamnedThe Pink PantherThe Sentimental AgentEspionageThe V.I.P.s55 Days at PekingThe Bergonzi HandIncident at MidnightThe Edgar Wallace Mystery TheatreThe Fast LadyGhost SquadZero OneMan of the WorldDial RIXThe Phantom of the OperaEcho Four TwoTheatre 70ExodusDanger ManITV Television PlayhousePeeping TomBBC Sunday-Night PlayThe Rough and the SmoothExpresso BongoBBC Sunday-Night TheatreLibelArmchair TheatreHenry IVITV Play of the WeekViolent MomentMark of the PhoenixDixon of Dock GreenSeven ThundersThe Adventures of AggieChild in the HouseThe Baby and the BattleshipSailor of FortuneThe Gamma PeopleAn Alligator Named DaisyMan of the MomentMother Michel and Her CatThe Woman for JoeTo Dorothy a SonDouglas Fairbanks, Jr., PresentsMad About MenYou Know What Sailors AreFront Page StoryThe GenieTwice Upon a TimeWhere's Charley?Portrait by RembrandtEncoreThe Angel Who Pawned Her HarpI'll Get You for ThisThe Third ManYou Can't Sleep HereDon't Ever Leave MeThe Huggetts AbroadMan on the RunBonnie Prince CharlieThe Blind GoddessOne Night with YouCounterblastMine Own ExecutionerThe Ghosts of Berkeley SquareWoman to WomanNight Boat to DublinLatin QuarterEnglish Without TearsHotel ReserveThe Adventures of TartuSquadron Leader X