Sunday, 20 May 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse' Sunday, May 20, 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse'


Behind the scenes 

1915 - Peter Copley, who played Dr. Warlock in DW: Pyramids of Mars, was born at Bushey, Hertfordshire, England.

1926 - John Lucarotti, who wrote three Doctor Who historicals, was born.

1961 - Owen Teale, who played Maldak in DW: Vengeance on Varos and Evan Sherman in TW: Countrycide, was born in Swansea, Wales.

1966 - Mervyn Pinfield, an associate producer and director for Doctor Who, died.

1967 - DW: The Evil of the Daleks, Episode 1, was first broadcast.

1972 - DW: The Time Monster, Episode 1, was first broadcast.

1989 - Judith Byfield (Angela Clifford in DW: Time-Flight) died.

1989 Anton Diffring (De Flores in DW: Silver Nemesis) died.

1996 - Jon Pertwee, who played the Third Doctor, died from a heart attack in Connecticut, USA.

2006 - DW: The Age of Steel was first broadcast.

2008 - Russell T Davies announced his departure from Doctor Who. Steven Moffat was chosen to replace him as Executive Producer.

Today in History


1191 English King Richard I 'the Lion Heart' conquered Cyprus on his way to join the Crusaders in north west Israel.

1217 The Second Battle of Lincoln was fought, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.

1497 The Italian explorer John Cabot, commissioned by England, set sail from Bristol in his ship Matthew looking for a route to the west. At the time, Bristol was the only English city to have had a prior history of undertaking exploration expeditions out into the Atlantic.

1840 York Minster was badly damaged by fire.

1867 Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for the Royal Albert Hall.

1895 The birth, in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, of Reginald Joseph Mitchell, the designer of the Spitfire aircraft. The single-seat fighter aircraft was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War and continued to be used as a front line fighter and in secondary roles into the 1950s. The Spitfire was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft and was the only British fighter in production throughout the war. 

1903 King Edward VII opened the Kew Bridge over the River Thames. Its proper name is the Edward VII Bridge.

1913 The first Chelsea Flower Show was held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, attracting around 200,000 visitors. The show started in 1827, moving to larger venues until it settled in Chelsea.

1923 British Prime Minister Bonar Law resigned because of ill-health and was replaced by Stanley Baldwin.

1946 A bill for nationalization of British coal mines passed the Commons stage.

1958 The mayor and corporation of High Wycombe were weighed in, in full view of the public to see whether or not they had been getting fat at the taxpayers' expense!

1965 The Chief Inspector of Constabularies announced that Britain's police would be armed with tear gas guns and grenades for use against dangerous criminals, but that it would not be used for crowd control.

1975 The death of Dame Barbara Hepworth, English sculptor. Her work exemplifies Modernism and, along with Henry Moore and others, she helped to develop modern art, sculpture in particular, in Britain.

1985 The House of Commons agreed to consider Sunday Trading proposals.

1993 Britain finally ratified the Maastricht Treaty which allowed greater co-operation between members of the European Union.

1996 The death of actor John Pertwee, known for his role in the TV series Doctor Who and as the title character in the series Worzel Gummidge. He is also well known for his 18-year stint on BBC Radio as Chief Petty Officer Pertwee in The Navy Lark.

2000 Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife celebrated the birth of their 4th child, Leo.

Todays Events

Todays UK TV and Radio


Doctor Who
On: Watch
Date: Sunday 20th May 2012
Time: 09:00 to 10:00
Gridlock. Series 29, episode 3.
The Doctor and Martha travel to the New Earth of the far future, where a trap awaits them.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Starring: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman

The Sarah Jane Adventures
On: CBBC
Date: Sunday 20th May 2012
Time: 11:00 to 11:30
Death of the Doctor. Series 4, episode 3.
When the Doctor is declared dead, Sarah Jane and Jo Grant unite to find out the truth.
(Stereo, Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2010)
Director: Joss Agnew
Starring: Elisabeth Sladen, Tommy Knight, Daniel Anthony, Anjli Mohindra, Mina Anwar, Ace Bhatti

The Sarah Jane Adventures
On: CBBC
Date: Sunday 20th May 2012
Time: 11:30 to 12:00
Death of the Doctor. Series 4, episode 3.
Old friends fight together - but is it too late to stop the sinister Shansheeth?
(Stereo, Repeat, Followed by Newsround, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2010)
Director: Joss Agnew
Starring: Elisabeth Sladen, Tommy Knight, Daniel Anthony, Anjli Mohindra, Mina Anwar, Ace Bhatti

Torchwood
On: Watch
Date: Monday 21st May 2012
Time: 01:00 to 02:00
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: Monday 21st May 2012
Time: 02:00 to 03:00
Out of Time. Series 1, episode 10.
When a plane from 1953 lands in present-day Cardiff there are painful consequences for all concerned.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2006, 4 Star)
Director: Alice Troughton
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, Gareth David-Lloyd

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