January 24th, 2021


Whoniversaries 24 January

i) births and deaths

24 January 1930: birth of Terence Bayler, who played Yendom, a doomed human slave, in The Ark (First Doctor, 1966) and mesmerised soldier Major Barrington in The War Games (Second Doctor, 1969).

24 January 1942: birth of Robert Sidaway, who played Avon (no relation) in The Savages (First Doctor, 1966) and Captain Turner in The Invasion (Second Doctor, 1968).

24 January 1987: birth of Ruth Bradley, who played the only Irish regular Who character in any medium, Molly O'Sullivan in Big Finish's Eight Doctor Dark Eyes audios.

ii) broadcast anniversaries

24 January 1970: broadcast of fourth episode of Spearhead from Space. The Doctor and Liz defeat and expel the Nestene Consciousness, and the Doctor accepts the Brigadier's proposal that he become UNIT's Scientific Adviser.

24 January 1976: broadcast of fourth episode of The Brain of Morbius. Morbius arises; the Doctor defeats him in a mind-bending contest; and the Sisterhood force the Morbius monster over a cliff, but restore the Doctor's life.

24 January 1981: broadcast of fourth episode of Warrior's Gate, last appearance of Romana II and of K9 Mark II on TV. Rorvik blows up his own ship, inadvertently freeing the Tharils and allowing the Doctor and Adric back into N-Space; but Romana and K9 stay behind. (Three years and five days after Lalla Ward's first appearance.)

(Compare and contrast these three stories, each of four episodes, broadcast on exactly the same dates in three different years.)

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