Happy Birthday Jackie
Did you know on this day in 1968 Episode 4 of The Web of Fear was broadcast? It was Season 5 and starred Patrick Troughton as the Doctor with Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling as his companions. Nicholas Courtney appeared as Lethbridge-Stewart and John Levene this time appeared as one of the Yeti. Writer for this story was Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln and Director was Douglas Camfield.
The Yeti are at large in London Underground, what can The Great Intelligence be wanting with them?
In 1973, episode 1 of Frontier in Space was broadcast, it was Season 10 and Jon Pertwee was the Doctor, with Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, John Levene and Richard Franklin as his companions. Roger Delgado played Sirius 4 Commissioner and The Master – this was to be his last appearance in the programme.
Writer of this story was Malcolm Hulke and Director was Paul Bernard.
Jo and the Doctor are taken prisoner on board a C982 cargo ship after the pilots Hardy and Stewart begin to hallucinate and see the time travellers as Draconians, their sworn enemies.
On Earth trouble is brewing between the President and the Draconian ambassador that could signal the end for Earth.
In 1979, Episode 6 of The Armageddon Factor was broadcast. It was Season 16 and starred Tom Baker as the Doctor with Mary Tamm as his companion with K-9 voiced by John Leeson. Also appearing in this story was Lalla Ward as Astra.
Writers were Bob Baker and Dave Martin and director was Michael Hayes.
The twin planets Atrios and Zeos are at war but as the Doctor visits Zeos he discovers it’s deserted apart from the giant computer Mentalis which is controlling the conflict. However a third planet, the Planet of Evil ruled by an agent of the Black Guardian, none other than The Shadow is guiding the war for his own purpose, by kidnapping Princess Astra of Atrios in hoping she will give him the location of the final segment of the Key to Time.
Jackie, you celebrate your birthday with: Marnix Van Den Broeke who played The Silence in Doctor Who and the werewolf in Harry Potter to name but a few roles he’s played over the years. To discover more about Marnix read the interview we had with him in 2013.
Bill Bailey 49, a stand up comedian played Droxil in Doctor Who’s The Doctor, Widow and the Wardrobe (2011)
Photo and research sources
Mark Campbell (2000) Doctor Who Pocket Essential
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