Happy Tuesday!!! And what better way to be happy on a Tuesday than with 2 Doctor Who related birthdays??!!
First up is actress Elizabeth Tan, who played UNIT soldier Anna Zhou in the season 4 finale “Journey’s End”. In addition to helping Martha with the Osterhagen Key in that episode, Elizabeth Tan worked with actor Tommy Knight (aka Luke Smith) in the drama Waterloo Road.
And next up is a man who was a Doctor of a different sort.
Rowan Atkinson is most well known for his portrayal of Mister Bean in the TV show and movies of the same name. But back in 1999, he played the 9th Doctor in the comedy sketch Curse of the Fatal Death. This sketch was also the first Doctor Who script by Steven Moffat.
In addition to his comic turn as the Doctor, Atkinson has also played the main character in the series Blackadder and stars as the title character in the Johnny English series of films. He has had two memorable and very funny cameos in films written by Richard Curtis. First as the bumbling Father Gerald in Four Weddings and a Funeral & then as Rufus, the jewelry counter clerk in Love Actually. His voice can be heard as Zazu in the animated Disney classic The Lion King.
The year of 2015 has barely started and already we have a WHOvian birthday!
January 2nd is the birthday of Deborah Watling, who played the 2nd Doctor’s companion Victoria Waterfield.
Not to be confused with the 1st Doctor’s companion Vicki played by Maureen O’Brien, Victoria hailed from Victorian England. She first appeared in the adventure Evil of the Daleks and stayed with the Doctor and Jaime fighting Cybermen, Yeti, the evil mastermind Salamander, and others until leaving the Doctor in the adventure Fury from the Deep.
But that didn’t end Victoria and Deborah’s associations with the world of Who. Victoria returns in the spin-off Downtime and has a cameo in Dimensions in Time. Deborah was also seen in the Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.
The year is almost over but we still have one more birthday to celebrate.
December 29th is the birthday of Bernard Cribbins, who is known to Whovians everywhere as Donna’s grandpa Wilfred “Wilf” Mott. But decades before that, Cribbins was companion to another Doctor when he played policeman Tom Campbell opposite Peter Cushing’s Doctor in the film Daleks- Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
In addition to his Doctor Who work, Cribbins has acted in episodes of Fawlty Towers, Space 1999, the Avengers, and provided voice work for the Wombles, and a mascot for the British post office. He also had a small role in the comedy version of Casino Royale.
The Holidays are a time for joyous celebration with family and friends. And for us Doctor Who fans it is even more so because two actors who played much beloved characters on the show celebrate their birthdays during Christmas!
First off we have John Levene on December 24th. Levene is most well known to Whovians everywhere as UNIT Sgt. Benton, the Brigadier’s trusted aide during the 3rd and 4th Doctor years. He also played a Yeti in Web of Fear and a Cyberman in The Moonbase. His time as Benton is referenced in the title of his album, The Ballad of Sgt. Benton. Interesting piece of trivia; he started acting after being inspired to do so by a meeting with actor Telly Savalas while working at a clothing store.
On Christmas Day comes the other major Who Birthday!!
Georgia Moffett, aka Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter!! In addition to playing Jenny, Georgia also voiced Cassie Rice in the Doctor Who animated adventure Dreamland and has done voice work for Doctor Who adventures in Big Finish. She produced and appeared in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, which starred her father, 5th Doctor Peter Davison and her husband, 10th Doctor David Tennant. She and David are the parents of three children Ty, Olive, and Wilfred. Olive made a cameo appearance as John Barrowman’s daughter in The Five(ish) Doctors while Georgia was very pregnant at the time of filming with Wilfred (in fact, a scripted scene actually has her going into labor)
Happy Christmas to our Who Birthdays. And of course, a Happy Christmas to all of you at home.
(did you seriously think I wouldn’t reference that 1st Doctor moment?)
Christmas may be days away but let’s start celebrating early with a Who-related birthday!!!
December 19th is the birthday of Matthew Waterhouse, formerly the 4th/5th Doctor companion Adric. Adric joined the TARDIS crew in the story Full Circle, part of the E-Space trilogy. He was present when the 4th Doctor became the 5th. Alas his most famous contribution to Doctor Who came in his final appearance in Earthshock when he sacrificed his life to stop the Cybermen from destroying the planet. The show’s ending credits honored his heroic deed by playing silent credits. Adric did return after death twice, first an illusionary Adric appeared before his friends in the next story, Time-Flight and his image appears before the dying 5th Doctor before the latter’s regeneration in Caves of Andorzani.
Waterhouse himself has done commentary for many Doctor Who DVDs and appeared in the Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.