Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

Whoniversaries 31 March

Three quarters of the way through the year now, and past the January-March hump; April-June will be less intense. Nine of the 26 seasons of Old Who ended in the first quarter of the year - six of them in March, including the two-episode-per week seasons of the 1980s. In celebration, we're doing two photographs per episode today.

i) births and deaths

31 March 1930: birth of Michael Hart, who directed The Space Pirates (Second Doctor, 1969).

ii) broadcast anniversaries

31 March 1973: broadcast of sixth episode of Frontier in Space; last appearance of Roger Delgado as the Master. It turns out that the Daleks are behind it all; the Doctor is injured but he and Jo go to track down the Dalek army.

This is actually the first episode of Doctor Who that I clearly remember seeing when originally broadcast, a couple of weeks before my sixth birthday. I didn't know what was going on, but when the sinister man in the beard said "I've brought some old friends along to meet you", I knew this was something good.

31 March 2007: broadcast of Smith and Jones, starting Series Three of New Who; first appearance of Freeman Agyeman as Martha Jones. Martha's hospital is abruptly transported to the Moon, where the Judoon are tracking down a criminal.

iii) date partially specified almost in-universe

The opening scenes of the second Cushing film, Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., take place on 31 March; at least that's what Tom Campbell, played by Bernard Cribbins, thinks the date is when he wakes up after being bashed on the head.
Tags: doctor who, doctor who: anniversaries

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