Monday, 7 May 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse' Monday, May 07, 2012

Today's Releases
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Today in the 'Whoniverse'


Events
1915 - The RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by the U-20. (BFA: The Sirens of Time)

1997 - Alexander Christian escaped from his military captors and managed to contact Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. The United Kingdom submitted to Martian rule and set up a Provisional Government. (NA: The Dying Days)

2157 - The Doctor and Roz Forrester appeared on Mars, while Chris Cwej appeared on Charon. (NA: GodEngine)

Behind the scenes
1908 - Valentine Dyall was born.

1908 - John Cox was born.

1964 - Craig Hinton was born.

1966 - "Don't Shoot the Pianist", Episode 2 of DW: The Gunfighters was first broadcast.

1972 - Jonathan Blum was born.

1998 - Seymour Green (Hargreaves in DW: The Seeds of Doom and the Chamberlain in DW The Twin Dilemma) died.

2005 - DW: The Long Game was first broadcast.

2011 - DW: The Curse of the Black Spot was first broadcast.

Today in History


1663 The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, built by Thomas Killigrew, opened under a charter granted by Charles II.

1765 HMS Victory, the ship which became the flagship of British Admiral Horatio Nelson, was launched at Chatham. The ship is now preserved at Portsmouth.

1812 The birth of Robert Browning, English poet and one of the foremost Victorian poets.

1821 Sierra Leone, Gambia, and the Gold Coast were taken over by the British government to form British West Africa.

1860 The birth of English freak showman Thomas Noakes, (later known as Tom Norman). In 1884, he took over management of Joseph Merrick, otherwise known as the 'Elephant Man' and exhibited him for a few weeks until police closed down the show. Over the next few years, Norman's travelling exhibitions featured Eliza Jenkins, the 'Skeleton Woman', a 'Balloon Headed Baby' and a woman who bit off the heads of live rats—the 'most gruesome' act Norman claimed to have seen. Other acts included fleas, fat ladies, giants, dwarfs and retired white seamen, painted black and speaking in an invented language, billed 'savage Zulus'.

1915 World War I - The Cunard liner Lusitania, bound for Liverpool, was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland with the loss of almost 1,200 lives. The loss of 128 US citizens brought the USA to the verge of war with Germany.

1916 The birth of Huw Wheldon, former BBC broadcaster, and Controller of BBC1. In 1968 he became Director of BBC television, a position he held until compulsory retirement in 1975. The period of his administration came to be known as 'the Golden Age of British Television' and included programmes such as Steptoe and Son, Till Death Us Do Part, Dad's Army and Alistair Cooke's America.

1928 The voting age for women in Britain was reduced from 30 to 21.

1940 The 'Norway Debate' began in the House of Commons. It led to the replacement of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and the formation of a widely-based National Government led by Winston Churchill which was to govern Britain until the end of World War II.

1945 Germany signed an unconditional surrender in a small school in Rheims (France) when General Jodl, German Army Chief of Staff, signed his name on documents that formally ended six years of war in Europe.

1956 Health Minister, RH Turton, rejected calls for a government campaign against smoking, saying no ill effects had been proven.

1959 British Rail announced plans to close down 230 stations.

1965 White voters in the African colony of Rhodesia backed Prime Minister Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front which was demanding independence from the UK.

1987 Ex-Guinness chairman Geoffrey Saunders was remanded on bail on a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

1997 Glasgow Rangers won their 9th successive Scottish League title - to equal the record held by their closest rivals, Celtic.

1999 The first Scottish Parliament for 300 years was elected.

Todays UK TV and Radio

Doctor Who
On: Watch
Date: Monday 7th May 2012
Time: 14:00 to 15:20
The End of Time (Part 1 of 2). Special Episode 7.
Epic finale as David Tennant bows out as the doctor, not before facing an old enemy and dealing with the end of time itself.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Starring: David Tennant, John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Timothy Dalton, Catherine Tate, Jacqueline King

Doctor Who
On: Watch
Date: Monday 7th May 2012
Time: 15:20 to 16:40
The End of Time (Part 2 of 2). Special Episode 8.
Dramatic finale calling time on David Tennant's doctor, as the Master's victory unleashes the greatest terror of all.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Starring: David Tennant, John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Timothy Dalton, Catherine Tate, Jacqueline King

Doctor Who and the Giant Robot
On: BBC Radio 4 Extra
Date: Monday 7th May 2012
Time: 18:30 to 19:00
Despite UNIT's efforts, Winters and the Think Tank put their plans into action from deep underground. Read by Tom Baker. episode 6 of 8.

Torchwood
On: Watch
Date: Monday 7th May 2012
Time: 23:00 to 00:00
Random Shoes. Series 1, episode 9.
When Eugene wakes to find himself both dead and invisible, he knows only Gwen can help him.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2006, 4 Star)
Director: James Erskine
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori

Torchwood
On: Watch
Date: Tuesday 8th May 2012
Time: 01:00 to 02:00
Greeks Bearing Gifts. Series 1, episode 7.
Toshiko is given a pendant which enables her to hear other people's thoughts.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2006, 4 Star)
Director: Colin Teague
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori

Torchwood
On: Watch
Date: Tuesday 8th May 2012
Time: 02:00 to 03:00
They Keep Killing Suzie. Series 1, episode 8.
At the Torchwood Institute, a murder investigation leads back to a familiar face.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2006, 4 Star)
Director: James Strong
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori

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