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Whoniversaries 24 July

i) births and deaths

24 July 2009: death of Harry Towb, who gets killed off by the Ice Warriors as Osgood in The Seeds of Death (1969) and by the Master as McDermott in Terror of the Autons (1971). He would normally fall below my threshold for prominent contributors to Doctor Who except that as McDermott he uses the best Ulster accent ever heard on the show. I posted a tribute to him last year.

ii) broadcast anniversaries

24 July 1965 - broadcast of 'Checkmate', the fourth episode of the story we now call The Time Meddler, ending the original second season. The Monk reveals his plans to equip Harold Godwinsson's army with atomic bazookas to change history. The Doctor outwits him and sabotages his Tardis. Closing titles play over arty shots of the Doctor, Steven and Vicki against a starry background.

iii) date specified in Who literature

24 July 1989: the Sixth Doctor meets Mel Bush for the first time, in Gary Russell's 1997 novel Business Unusual (which I haven't read myself).

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