Saturday, 19 May 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse' Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse'


Behind the scenes

1947 - Michael Cochrane, who played several roles in Doctor Who, was born.

1973 - DW: The Green Death, Episode 1, was first broadcast.

1982 - Elwyn Jones died.

2006 - Peter Bryant, Doctor Who producer and script editor, died.

2007 - DW: 42 was first broadcast.

Today in History

1499 Catherine of Aragon (aged 12) was married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, the Prince of Wales (aged 12).

1536 Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife, was beheaded in London. She was 29 years old. Although the evidence against her was unconvincing, the charges brought included incest with her brother and no less than four counts of adultery.

1568 Queen Elizabeth I ordered the arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary had previously claimed Elizabeth's throne as her own and was considered the legitimate sovereign of England by many English Catholics. After 18 years and 9 months in custody, Mary was tried and executed for her involvement in plots to assassinate Elizabeth.

1585 English shipping in Spanish ports was confiscated. This served as a declaration of war.

1662 The Act of Uniformity gave consent to the revised English Prayer Book and denied the right to take up arms against the king. Presbyterianism in the Church was destroyed and many ministers who did not confirm were ejected. A Licensing Act forbade imports of literature contrary to Christian faith.

1845 Captain Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition departed from Greenhithe in Kent. The entire crew of 129 perished from starvation, hypothermia, tuberculosis, lead poisoning and scurvy whilst attempting to chart and navigate a section of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic.

1879 The birth of American Nancy Witcher Astor, the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons. She was the wife of William Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount, English politician and former proprietor of the Observer newspaper.

1898 William Gladstone, British statesman and Prime Minister, died.

1935 T E Lawrence, English soldier and writer (known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia) died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.

1940 Churchill made his first broadcast as Prime Minister and called Nazism "the foulest and most soul-destroying tyranny that has ever darkened and stained the pages of history."

1984 John Betjeman, English poet died.

1997 The newly elected Sinn Fein MPs, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, visited and enjoyed the facilities at the British House of Commons for 24 hours, before the Speaker's ruling denying them the privileges of MPs in the Palace of Westminster came into effect.

1997 Health Secretary Frank Dobson announced that the sponsorship of sports events by tobacco firms was to be outlawed. It gave a temporary exemption for Formula One motor-racing, whose owner, Bernie Ecclestone, had earlier donated £1m to the Labour Party.

2004 Security at the House of Commons came under scrutiny after Fathers For Justice protesters attacked Tony Blair, the prime minister.

2009 Commons Speaker Michael Martin told MPs he intended to stand down, so becoming the first Commons Speaker to be effectively forced out of office for 300 years. He had faced criticism over his handling of the MP expenses issue.

Todays Events

Todays UK TV and Radio

Doctor Who
On: BBC 3
Date: Saturday 19th May 2012
Time: 19:00 to 19:45
The Time of Angels. Series 31, episode 4.
The Doctor, River Song and Amy hunt the last of the Weeping Angels through the terrifying Maze of the Dead.
(Stereo, Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Starring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Alex Kingston, Simon Dutton, Mike Skinner, Iain Glen

Doctor Who Confidential
On: BBC 3
Date: Saturday 19th May 2012
Time: 19:45 to 20:00
Eyes Wide Open. Series 5, episode 4.
Alex Kingston, who plays River Song, talks about the highs and lows of being suspended on wires, and there's a look back with cast and crew at the Doctor and River Song's relationship so far. The Weeping Angels get a makeover for their long-awaited comeback and Matt Smith is photographed, scanned and 'rotoscoped' for the new online Doctor Who Adventure Games. Narrated by Alex Price and featuring interviews with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.
(Stereo, Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles, 2 Star)
Starring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Alex Kingston

On: Watch
Date: Sunday 20th May 2012
Time: 01:15 to 02:10
Greeks Bearing Gifts. Series 1, episode 7.
 Toshiko is given a pendant which enables her to hear other people's thoughts.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2006, 4 Star)
Director: Colin Teague
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori

On: Watch
Date: Sunday 20th May 2012
Time: 02:10 to 03:00
They Keep Killing Suzie. Series 1, episode 8.
At the Torchwood Institute, a murder investigation leads back to a familiar face.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2006, 4 Star)
Director: James Strong
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori

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

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