Thursday, 28 June 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse' Thursday, June 28, 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse'


Behind the scenes 

1903 - Hugh Morton (Sir James Gregson in DW: The Seeds of Death) was born.

1912 - Geoffrey Morris (Sabor in DW: Planet of the Spiders) was born.

1938 - John Tillinger (Simon Duval in DW: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve) was born.

1951 - Lalla Ward (Romana II) was born.

1968 - Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale in a cameo appearance in DW: Dimensions in Time) was born.

1971 - Benito Martinez (Captain Santos in TW: The Blood Line) was born.

2008 - DW: The Stolen Earth was first broadcast.

Today in History


1461 Edward IV was crowned King of England. He was the first Yorkist King and the first half of his rule was marred by the violence associated with the Wars of the Roses.

1491 The birth of Henry VIII, King of England and second son of Henry VII. He married six times, beheaded two wives, broke away from the Catholic church to form the Church of England, executed Catholics who failed to recognize the church and executed Protestants who complained that he should execute more Catholics! Yet he still managed to remain a popular king.

1645 In the English Civil War, the Royalists lost Carlisle.

1703 John Wesley, English evangelical preacher and founder of Methodism, was born.

1838 Queen Victoria was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. She was just 19 years old.

1919 The Allies and a reluctant Germany signed the Peace Treaty of Versailles - officially ending the First World War. The financial demands made by the Allies on the defeated Germans of 20 billion gold marks dragged the nation down and allowed the Nazis to appear as saviours.

1928 The birth of 'Big Cyril' i.e. the politician Sir Cyril Smith MBE. He served as Liberal and Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Rochdale from 1972 until his retirement in 1992.

1930 English engineer Frank Whittle patented the jet engine.

1930 Mick the Miller becomes the first dog to win the Greyhound Derby for a second time.

1935 The first 'Rupert Bear' cartoon appeared in the Daily Express newspaper.

1948 English middleweight boxer Dick Turpin, (the elder brother and trainer of the more famous Randolph Turpin), beat Vince Hawkins at Villa Park in Birmingham to become the first black fighter to win a British boxing title.

1950 A novice U.S. team beat the highly fancied England players 1-0 in the first round of the World Cup in Brazil. The English team included Billy Wright and Tom Finney.

1956 Sydney Silverman's bill for the abolition of the death penalty was passed by the House of Commons. It was defeated in the Lords on 10th July.

1960 45 men were killed in a gas explosion at a coal mine in Monmouthshire, Wales.

1991 Margaret Thatcher announced that she was to retire from the House of Commons at the next general election. The former prime minister, who held her Finchley seat for more than thirty years, said she intended to remain in politics and wanted to go to the House of Lords .... and she did!

Todays UK TV and Radio


Doctor Who
On: BBC Radio 4 Extra
Date: Thursday 28th June 2012
Time: 18:00 to 18:30
The Beast of Orlok.
Can the Time Lord and assistant Lucie stamp out the menace forever - or will they become its latest meal? Stars Paul McGann. episode 2 of 2.

Doctor Who
On: BBC 3
Date: Thursday 28th June 2012
Time: 19:00 to 19:45
Day of the Moon. Series 32, episode 2.
In 1960s America, the Doctor fights an alien force dating back to the beginnings of human civilisation: the Silence!
(Stereo, Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Starring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Mark Sheppard, Stuart Milligan

Doctor Who Confidential
On: BBC 3
Date: Thursday 28th June 2012
Time: 19:45 to 20:00
Breaking the Silence. Series 6, episode 2.
Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill take us on a wild west tour, deep in the heart of the American desert. The Doctor Who crew are filming in a very unusual location of super-size scale and Confidential brings covers the entire journey from the States to the stars. Alex Kingston speculates about the mysterious River Song and The Silence have their say on one of the scariest monsters to date. Featuring interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston.
(Stereo, Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles, 2 Star)
Starring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston

Doctor Who
On: BBC Radio 4 Extra
Date: Friday 29th June 2012
Time: 00:00 to 00:30
The Beast of Orlok.
Can the Time Lord and assistant Lucie stamp out the menace forever - or will they become its latest meal? Stars Paul McGann. episode 2 of 2.

Torchwood: Children of Earth
On: Watch
Date: Friday 29th June 2012
Time: 00:55 to 02:10
Day Three. Episode 3.
The eyes of the world turn to Britain as the 456 announce: 'We are here'! A pillar of fire soon descends upon London.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, 4 Star)
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen, Peter Capaldi, Paul Copley

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