16 December 1929: birth of Nicholas Courtney, who played Bret Vyon in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965) and Colonel, later Brigadier, Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart from The Web Of Fear (1968) to Enemy of the Bane (SJA, 2008), the longest-running character on TV apart from the Doctor himself.
16 December 1940: birth of Ronald Allen, who played Rago in The Dominators (1968) and Ralph Cornish in The Ambassadors of Death (1970).
16 December 1971: birth of Ashley Way, director of Torchwood episodes Captain Jack Harkness (2007), End of Days (2007), Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2008), Reset (2008), Something Borrowed (2008) and Exit Wounds (2008); also of the New Who two-parter The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood (2010) and the Sarah Jane Adventures stories Death of the Doctor (2010) and The Empty Planet (2010).
ii) broadcast and stage anniversaries
16 December 1967: broadcast of sixth episode of The Ice Warriors. The Doctor manages to repair the ioniser and uses it to destroy the Ice Warriors and their ship.
16 December 1974: first night of Doctor Who and the Seven Keys to Doomsday, a stage play starring Trevor Martin as the Doctor and Wendy Padbury as his companion Jenny.
16 December 1978: broadcast of fourth episode of The Androids of Tara. The Doctor defeats Count Grendel in a thrilling sword fight, and he, Romana and K9 depart.