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Did you know on this day in 1968, Episode 2 of Web of Fear was broadcast? It was Season 5 and Patrick Troughton was the Doctor with Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling as his companions aboard the TARDIS. This was the first introduction of Nicholas Courtney as Lethbridge-Stewart this time as a rank of Colonel. John Levene who later played the role of Sgt Benton, is playing a yeti in this series.
It was written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln and directed by Douglas Camfield.
The story involves the return of the Great Intelligence and the Abominable Snowmen and Professor Edward Travers.
The Great Intelligence has returned, bringing with it the Yeti. The entire London Underground is dark, quiet and deserted. There’s a creeping fungus taking over the entire underground network and many people are dead or have been kidnapped.
In 1973, Episode 3 of Carnival of Monsters was broadcast. It was Season 10 and Jon Pertwee played the role of the Doctor, with Katy Manning as his companion with Nicholas Courtney, John Levene and Richard Franklin.
It was written by Robert Holmes and directed by Barry Letts.
The story takes the Doctor and Jo onboard the SS Bernice after taking a wrong turning for Metebelis Three. They’re arrested as stowaways but escape, only to find they’ve made their way out into a swamp world inhabited by Drashigs, huge carnivorous swamp dinosaurs.
In 1979, Episode 4 of The Armageddon Factor was broadcast. It was Season 16 and the Doctor was Tom Baker, his companions were Mary Tamm and John Leeson, who provided the voice of K-9. It also featured Barry Jackson as Drax.
Writer for this story was Bob Baker and Dave Martin, with Michael Hayes as Director.
In this story 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.
Although no star of Torchwood or Doctor Who celebrates their birthday on this day, Holly Willoughby, Robert Wagner, Lon Chaney Jnr, Boris Pasternak and Philip Glenister are a few that do.
Have a great day from all at Project: Torchwood
Doctor Who Pocket Essential guide – Mark Campbell