Whoniversaries 20 February

i) births and deaths

20 February 1913: birth of Rex Tucker, who is credited formally as director of The Gunfighters (1966) but also played an important role in the genesis of the show in 1963.

20 February 1954: birth of Anthony Stewart Head, who played Mr Finch/Brother Lazar in School Reunion (2006), Grayvorn in the 2002 Big Finish Excelis audio plays, and voiced characters in Death Comes to Time (2001-02) and The Inifnite Quest (2007) as well as doing voiceovers for most Doctor Who Confidentials since 2006. (Also Giles in Buffy, not that you needed reminding.)

ii) broadcast anniversaries

20 February 1965: broadcast of “The Zarbi”, second episode of the story we now call The Web Planet. Barbara is captured first by the Menoptera and then by the Zarbi; the Zarbi get the Doctor and Ian too.

20 February 1971: broadcast of fourth episode of The Mind of Evil. The Master and his criminal helpers steal the Thunderbolt missile; meanwhile the alien inside the Keller machine is getting hungry…

20 February 2008: broadcast of Dead Man Walking (Torchwood), the one where Owen comes back to life.

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  1. Marriage was expensive prior to the 20th century – often something you had to save up for years for. (One book about Tudor England I read suggested it was commonplace for people to cohabit for years with the ambition of being able to marry eventually, sometimes in middle age.) So my guess would be that the arrival of the welfare state allowed people to marry who wouldn’t previously have been able to (at least not straight away), and then the trend towards gender equality moved the marriage age back upwards again as more alternatives became available to young women.

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