Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

Whoniversaries 31 August: Roy Castle, Gerry Davis, Michael Sheard, The Dominators #4

i) births and deaths

31 August 1932: birth of Roy Castle, who played Ian in the Doctor Who and the Daleks movie with Peter Cushing (1965).

31 August 1991: death of Gerry Davis, script editor of Doctor Who from The Celestial Toymaker (First Doctor, 1966) to part 3 of The Evil of the Daleks (Second Doctor, 1967), co-writer of The Tenth Planet (First Doctor, 1966), The Highlanders (Second Doctor, 1967), and Tomb of the Cybermen (Second Doctor, 1966-67), and sole credited writer of Revenge of the Cybermen (Fourth Doctor, 1975).

31 August 2005: death of Michael Sheard, who played Rhos in The Ark (First Doctor, 1966), Dr. Summers in The Mind of Evil (Third Doctor, 1971), Laurence Scarman in Pyramids of Mars (Fourth Doctor, 1975), Lowe in The Invisible Enemy (Fourth Doctor, 1977), the Mergrave in Castrovalva (Fifth Doctor, 1982), and the Headmaster in Remembrance of the Daleks (Seventh Doctor, 1988). I'm not sure if any other actor has played six different Doctor Who parts of that weight.

ii) broadcast and production anniversaries

31 August 1968: broadcast of fourth episode of The Dominators. Jamie and Cully manage to destroy a Quark; the Dominators threaten to take revenge by killing the Doctor.

31 August 1990: John Nathan-Turner resigns as producer after a decade, and the Doctor Who production office is closed by the BBC.

31 August 2012: release of episode 5 of Pond Life.

And that's it for August. I hope you've been enjoying these. It's a bit of a chore sometimes, to be honest, but usually not!
Tags: doctor who, doctor who: anniversaries

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