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Did you know on this day in 1965 The Crusade was broadcast. It was Episode 1 - The Lion and it was Season 2. William Hartnell was the Doctor, with companions William Russell, Jacqueline Hill, Maureen O’Brien. Julian Glover and Jean Marsh also appear in this story.
Written by David Whitaker and Directed by Douglas Camfield the story tells of the TARDIS crew caught up in a Holy War between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, the Saracen ruler.
In 1971, Episode 3 of The Claws of Axos was broadcast; it was Season 8 and starred Jon Pertwee as the Doctor with Jo Grant as his companion. Roger Delgado also appeared as the Master and Tim Pigott-Smith appeared as Harker.
It was written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin and Directed by Michael Ferguson.
In exchange for fuel for their rocket ship the Axons give the British Government a gift, a lump of Axonite which unbeknown to them functions only to remove all life energy from Earth.
Others celebrating their birthday today are: Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen (1845-1923) Rontgen was a German physicist who produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range, in what we know of today as X-rays. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. You may recall Smith And Jones episode where the Doctor claims to have played with Rontgen bricks in the nursery back on Gallifrey!
You celebrate your birthday with Julian Glover who played Richard the Lionheart in The Crusade, in Season 2 of Doctor Who. He’s also known for his role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade amongst many other roles.
Hope you have a fantastic day!
©BBC Doctor Who 1963
Mark Campbell (2000) Doctor Who Pocket Essential Guide