August 11, 1994: Actor Peter Cushing dies

Peter Cushing (26 May 1913 – 11 August 1994) was an English actor and a BAFTA TV Award Best Actor winner in 1956. He is mainly known for his prolific appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played strong character roles like the sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing, among many other roles. He appeared frequently opposite Christopher Lee and, occasionally, Vincent Price. A familiar face on both sides of the Atlantic, Cushing is best known outside the Hammer productions for playing Dr. Who in Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks – Invasion Earth (1966), and for his performance as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977).

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July in Doctor Who: Doctor Who Magazine Nos 114, 126, 138 & 150

DWM_114The 114th issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of July 1986.

The cover features cover artwork from Doctor Who and the Web of Fear by Chris Achilleos.

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The 126th issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of July 1987. Following Patrick Troughton‘s death on 28 March, this issue served as an obituary with tributes from several people.

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DWM_138The 138th issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of July 1988.

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The 150th issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of July 1989.

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July 26, 1979 in Doctor Who: “The Image Of Fendahl” novelisation published

“`The Fendahl is death,’ said the the Doctor. `How do you kill death itself?’

The ultra-modern technology of the Time Scanner combines with the ancient evil of Fetch Wood, and brings to life a terror that has lain hidden for twelve million years.

The Doctor and Leela fight to destroy the Fendahl, a recreated menace that threatens to devour all life in the galaxy.”

Doctor Who and the Image of the Fendahl was a novelisation based on the 1977 television serial Image of the Fendahl, written by Terrance Dicks, and published by Target Books in July 1979. The book’s cover (painted by John Geary) was once voted as the worst in the series by readers of Dreamwatch magazine. [Wikipedia]

July 22, 1982 in Doctor Who: “The Leisure Hive” novelisation published

“The Leisure Hive on the planet Argolis is an entertainment centre for galactic travellers. At the heart of the Hive is the Tachyon Recreation Generator, a machine with a most extraordinary performance capability and vital to the continued existence of the Argolin after their devastating war with the reptilian Foamasi …

While visiting the Hive, the Fourth Doctor and Romana are sucked into a whirlpool of treachery and deceit, and are eventually arrested on suspicion of murder …”

Doctor Who and the Leisure Hive was a novelisation based on the 1980 television serial The Leisure Hive, written by David Fisher, was published by Target Books in July 1982 and re-published in 1993. The novelisation retains many elements of the original script that was intended as a spoof on the Mafia. The original name of Argolis is given as Xbrrrm. [Wikipedia] [tardis.wikia.com]

July 22, 1964 in Doctor Who: Bonnie Langford (“Mel Bush”) is born

Bonnie Langford (born Bonita Melody Lysette Langford, 22 July 1964) is an English actress, dancer and entertainer. She came to prominence as a child star in the early 1970s before subsequently becoming well known for her role as Mel Bush, a companion of Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy‘s Doctor in the BBC series Doctor Who in the mid 1980s. She returned to the role in 1993 for Dimensions in Time, a special charity Doctor Who/EastEnders crossover episode as part of the BBC’s Children in Need. She has continued to reprise the role in several audio dramas.

Langford debuted in “Terror of the Vervoids”, one of the stories in The Trial of a Time Lord, and departing at the conclusion of Dragonfire.

Aged six years old, Langford won the talent show Opportunity Knocks. This led to early fame in the television series Just William (playing Violet Elizabeth Bott), the 1974 Broadway revival of Gypsy starring Angela Lansbury, the 1976 film Bugsy Malone, and the 1977 film Wombling Free. During this time, she was appearing as a regular on a children’s prime-time show made by Yorkshire Television called Junior Showtime, along with child stars Lena Zavaroni, Neil Reed and Glynn Poole among others. Langford appeared as Scarlett O’Hara’s daughter in the London production of Scarlett (1972)

She has since appeared on stage in various musicals in the West End and on Broadway; shows such as Peter Pan, Cats, The Pirates of Penzance and Chicago, and is now a regular in EastEnders. [Wikipedia] [tardis.wikia.com]

July 22, 1976 in Doctor Who: “Genesis Of The Daleks” novelisation published

“The place: Skaro

Time: The Birth of the Daleks

After a thousand years of futile war against the Thals, DAVROS has perfected the physical form that will carry his race into eternity – the dreaded DALEK. Without feeling, conscience or pity, the Dalek is programmed to EXTERMINATE. At the command of the Time Lords, DOCTOR WHO travels back through time in an effort to totally destroy this terrible menace of the future.

But even the Doctor cannot always win …”

Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks was a Target Books novelisation based on the 1975 television serial Genesis of the Daleks, written by Terrance Dicks, and published by Tandem in 1976. This novelisation has the largest print run of any of the original series, selling over 100,000 copies. It was re-published in 1991 and 2016. [Wikipedia] [tardis.wikia.com]