June 18, 1987 in Doctor Who: The Space Museum novelisation published in paperback


The TARDIS materialises on what, at first sight appears to be a dry and lifeless planet, serving only as a graveyard for spaceships.

Then the TARDIS crew discovers a magnificent museum housing relics from every corner of the galaxy. These have been assembled by the Moroks, a race of cruel conquerors who have invaded the planet Xeros and enslaved its inhabitants.

Upon further exploration the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki seem to stumble upon the impossible. For suddenly facing them in an exhibit case they find-themselves.

Read more on tardis.wikia.com.


Today in Doctor Who: Roger Delgado dies (1973)

Roger_DelgadoRoger Delgado played the first incarnation of the Doctor’s nemesis The Master, making his first appearance in ‘Terror Of The Autons‘.  Delgado was finding it difficult to find other work so, at his request, a serial to be called ‘The Final Game’ would end the story arc with the Master with the character apparently killed off.

However, before the story could be made, Delgado was killed on this day in 1973, along with two film technicians when a car they were travelling in went off the road into a ravine in Turkey.  He was shooting a comedy role in a French mini-series.  He was the first major Doctor Who actor to die during the time of the classic series.

Read more about Roger Delgado at tardis.wikia.com.

June 18, 1937 on UK TV: Agatha Christie’s “Wasp’s Nest”

TV-UK-06-18-1937Wasp’s Nest was a television play broadcast on the BBC Television Service. It was adapted from the short story of the same name by crime writer Agatha Christie which had first appeared in the Daily Mail on 20 November 1928 and first appeared in book form in the US collection Double Sin and Other Stories in 1961. It first appeared in a UK collection in Poirot’s Early Cases in 1974.

The play is unique in that it is the only instance of Christie adapting one of her works for television, a medium she later came to dislike. It was broadcast live from Alexandra Palace as part of the programme Theatre Parade. The broadcast took place at 3.35 pm and lasted for twenty-five minutes. It was then repeated the same evening at 9.40 pm and lasted for twenty minutes. Theatre Parade usually showcased successful stage shows of the time but in this instance presented an original work.

The play was only broadcast in the London area as this was the only part of the UK that could receive television transmissions at this time. Neither transmissions were recorded for future viewing as television recording equipment had not been invented at this point in time.

The play is notable for starring Francis L. Sullivan in the part of Hercule Poirot, reprising his portrayal of the character following his success in the stage play Black Coffee in 1930. [Wikipedia]

June 18, 1976: Queen releases “You’re My Best Friend”

“You’re My Best Friend” is a song by the British rock band Queen, written by bass guitarist John Deacon. It was originally included on the album A Night at the Opera in 1975, and later released as a single. In the US, “You’re My Best Friend” went to number sixteen. The song also appeared on the Live Killers (1979) live album and on the compilation albums Greatest Hits (1981), Absolute Greatest (2009) and Queen Forever (2014). [Wikipedia]

Watch the video on the Queen Official YouTube Channel.

June 18, 1967 in UK cinemas: Frankenstein Created Woman

“From flesh and innocence… Frankenstein has created the ultimate in evil – A beautiful woman with the soul of the devil!”

Frankenstein_Created Woman-1967Frankenstein Created Woman is a British Hammer Horror film directed by Terence Fisher. It stars Peter Cushing as Baron Frankenstein and Susan Denberg as his new creation. It is the fourth film in Hammer’s Frankenstein series.

Where Hammer’s previous Frankenstein films were concerned with the physical aspects of the Baron’s work, the interest here is in the metaphysical dimensions of life, such as the question of the soul, and its relationship to the body. [Wikipedia]

A dead and frozen Baron Frankenstein is re-animated by his colleague Dr. Hertz provingCinema-UK-06-18-1967 to him that the soul does not leave the body on the instant of death. His lab assistant, young Hans, is found guilty of murdering the local pub owner with whom he had an argument where he foolishly swore to kill the man and Frankenstein acquires his body immediately after the execution. Hans had been quite friendly with the dead man’s daughter Christina who returns just in time to see him guillotined. Distraught, she commits suicide and is brought back to life by the good Doctor but with Hans’ brain replacing her own. As memories return to her – Hans’ memories in fact – she sets out to pursue and kill those responsible for having sent him to his death. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the Hammer YouTube Channel.