January 14th, 2021


Whoniversaries January 14: Richard Briers, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Underwater Menace #1, Underworld #2

i) births and deaths

14 January 1934: birth of Richard Briers, who played the Chief Caretaker in Paradise Towers (Seventh Doctor, 1988) and Henry Parker in A Day in the Death (Torchwood, 2008).

14 January 1963: birth of Adjoah Andoh, who played Sister Jatt in New Earth (Tenth Doctor, 2006) and Martha's mother Francine Jones in the 2007 series 3.

14 January 1965: birth of Jemma Redgrave, who played Kate Stewart (not my cousin) in several Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor stories.

14 January 1974: death of Paul Whitsun-Jones, who played the Squire in The Smugglers (1966) and the Marshal The Mutants (1972).

14 January 2005: death of Jack Kine, visual effects designer whose photograph is used on screen for the facist leader of the parallel Britain in Inferno (Third Doctor, 1970).

14 January 2016: death of Robert Banks Stewart, author of both Terror of the Zygons (Fourth Doctor, 1975) and The Seeds of Doom (Fourth Doctor, 1976).

broadcast anniversaries

14 January 1967: broadcast of first episode of The Underwater Menace. The Doctor and friends land on a marine volcano around 1968. They escape sacrifice to the god Amdo, but Polly is threatened with transformation into a fish creature.

14 January 1974: broadcast of second episode of Underworld. The Doctor, Leela, Jackson and the crew explore the planetoid around the P7E.

iii) date specified in canon

14 January 2594: Benny Summerfield turns up on the planet of Tyler's Folly (in Lawrence Miles' 1997 novel Down).

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Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke

Second paragraph of Part 3:
It was not the Other. He was thinner, and not quite so tall.
Clarke's first novel in the fifteen years since Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a much much shorter book, in which the eponymous protagonist is one of two living inhabitants of a vast building which seems to be the entire world. Gradually the truth about the narrator's past and about the world they are in becomes clear. Intense and intricate. You can get it here.