Saturday, 5 May 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse' Saturday, May 05, 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse'


Behind the scenes
1937 - Delia Derbyshire was born. 
 
1939 - Ian McCulloch (Nilson in DW: Warriors of the Deep) was born.

1957 - Richard E. Grant was born.

1973 - Episode 5 of DW: Planet of the Daleks was first broadcast.

2007 - DW: The Lazarus Experiment was first broadcast.

2007 - Peter Pocock died.

2008 - DW: The Invasion of Time was released on DVD.

Today in History


1215 Rebel barons renounced their allegiance to King John; part of a chain of events that led to the signing of the Magna Carta.

1760 The first public hanging took place at Tyburn in London. Earl Ferrers was executed after being convicted of murdering his valet. He was the first to be hanged by the new 'drop' which had just been introduced in the place of the barbarous cart, ladder and medieval three-cornered gibbet.

1904 The birth of Sir Gordon Richards,the first jockey ever to be knighted. He was the first to ride 4,000 winners and his career total of 4,870 victories was a world record that stood until 1956 when it was broken by Johnny Longden of the United States.

1930 British aviator Amy Johnson took off from Croydon Airport in her Gypsy Moth plane 'Jason'. She became the first woman to fly solo to Australia, arriving on 24th May.

1940 World War II: Norwegian refugees formed a 'government-in-exile' in London. Governments in exile usually operate under the assumption that they will one day return to their native country and regain power.

1945 World War II: Canadian and UK troops liberated the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation.

1955 World famous American virologist Dr Jonas Salk witnessed a ceremonial polio vaccination in London when Margaret Jenkins from Kent became the 500,000th person in London to receive the vaccine to prevent the crippling disease poliomyelitis.

1964 The first meeting of a 'Clean Up TV' campaign led by Norah Buckland and her friend Mary Whitehouse. The organization was later given the name of The National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association.

1964 The Council of Europe declared 5th May as Europe Day, an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe.

1967 The first ever all-British satellite, Ariel 3, was successfully launched into orbit from the United States

1980 The SAS stormed the terrorist-occupied Iranian Embassy at Knightsbridge in London. Four gunmen were killed in the attack and all 19 hostages were rescued.

1981 Riots in Northern Ireland followed the death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands in the Maze prison.

1997 William Hague was elected leader of the Conservative Party.

2001 Britain's tourist industry hoped that the bank holiday weekend and good weather would attract visitors to areas previously closed due to foot and mouth disease.

2005 Labour, under Tony Blair, won a historic third term in Government for Labour, but with a greatly reduced majority.

2011 The death (in Perth, Western Australia) of Claude Stanley Choules, the last World War I combat veteran and the last military witness to the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow. He was born in Pershore, Worcestershire and was the last veteran to have served in both world wars, and also the last seaman from the First World War.

Todays UK TV and Radio


Doctor Who
On: Watch
Date: Saturday 5th May 2012
Time: 09:20 to 10:50
Voyage of the Damned. Special Episode 3.
When disaster hits the Titanic, the Doctor uncovers a threat to the whole human race.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Director: James Strong
Starring: David Tennant, Kylie Minogue, Geoffrey Palmer, George Costigan, Gary O'Brien, Russell Tovey

Doctor Who
On: Watch
Date: Saturday 5th May 2012
Time: 10:50 to 12:10
Planet of The Dead. Special Episode 5.
 A London bus travels to an alien world, where a deadly Swarm awaits.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Starring: David Tennant, Michelle Ryan, Lee Evans, Noma Dumezweni, Adam James, Glenn Doherty

Doctor Who
On: Watch
Date: Saturday 5th May 2012
Time: 12:10 to 13:30
The Waters of Mars. Special Episode 6.
David Tennant's Doctor lands on Mars in 2059 at the first human colony on the planet, only to discover a lethal water-borne virus is infecting its inhabitants.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Starring: David Tennant, Lindsay Duncan, Alberto Dentice, Aleksandar Mikic, Gemma Chan, Sharon Duncan-Brewster

Doctor Who
On: BBC 3
Date: Saturday 5th May 2012
Time: 19:00 to 20:00
The End of Time (Part 1 of 2). Special Episode 7.
It is Christmas Eve, and the Doctor is reunited with Wilf to face the return of an old enemy.
(Stereo, Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Starring: David Tennant, John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Timothy Dalton, Catherine Tate, Jacqueline King

Doctor Who
On: Watch
Date: Sunday 6th May 2012
Time: 06:25 to 07:55
Voyage of the Damned. Special Episode 3.
When disaster hits the Titanic, the Doctor uncovers a threat to the whole human race.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Director: James Strong
Starring: David Tennant, Kylie Minogue, Geoffrey Palmer, George Costigan, Gary O'Brien, Russell Tovey

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