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Whoniversaries 18 July

i) births and deaths

18 July 1926: birth of Robert Sloman, who co-wrote The Dæmons (1971), and was sole author of The Time Monster (1972), The Green Death (1973), and Planet of the Spiders (1974) - the season finales for all but the first of the Pertwee years.

18 July 1967: birth of Paul Cornell, who wrote televised stories Father's Day (2005) and Human Nature / The Family of Blood (2007), the latter based on one of his eight Who novels, and the webcast alternative Ninth Doctor story The Scream of the Shalka (2003), as well as four-and-a-bit Big Finish audios, contributing to The Discontinuity Guide, and editing one of the Short Trips anthologies. If you're reading this, happy birthday, Paul!

18 July 2006: death of David Maloney, who was one of the great directors of the classic series: The Mind Robber (1968), The Krotons (1968-69), The War Games (1969), Frontier in Space (1963), Planet of the Daleks (1963), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Planet of Evil (1975), The Deadly Assassin (1976), and The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977) all benefited from his talents.

ii) broadcast aniversaries

18 July 1964: broadcast of 'A Race Against Death', the fourth episode of what we now call The Sensorites. The Doctor is trying to save Ian, and tracks down the poison in the city's water supply to its source. But something 'orrible lurks in the tunnels...


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Jul. 18th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
Two others for you, at slightly more of a tangent but both remarkably important for Doctor Who stories a decade or so after each of them…

On July 18th 1953, the BBC broadcast Contact Has Been Established, the first episode of The Quatermass Experiment. The grandaddy of British TV science fiction, that story alone’s been ‘an influence’ on rather more Who stories than the producers would usually admit.

And on July 18th 1996, Lawrence Miles’ first Doctor Who novel Christmas On A Rational Planet was published. Not all that influential in itself, it’s particularly worth marking for Lawrence’s joining the pantheon of Who writers: his second book provided the backstory for much of the new series when it returned in 2005…
Jul. 19th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Funny, I hadn't really registered how little David Maloney was involved in the Pertwee era. I wonder if there's a backstory there (he and Barry Letts had fairly similar approaches to directing) or if he was just doing other stuff.
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