Whoniversaries 28 and 29 February

i) births and deaths

28 February 1912: birth of Mervyn Pinfield, who was Associate Producer for Doctor Who from An Unearthly Child (1963) to The Romans (1965) and also directed The Sensorites (1964), Planet of Giants (1964) and The Space Museum (1965).

ii) broadcast anniversaries

28 February 1970: broadcast of fifth episode of Doctor Who and the Silurians. The Silurians release a deadly virus to wipe out humanity.

28 February 1986: broadcast of fifth episode of The Seeds of Doom. The Krynoid gets larger and larger, and the surrounding vegetation is under its control.

28 February 1981: broadcast of first episode of Logopolisbroadcast anniversaries

29 February 1964: broadcast of “The Singing Sands”, second episode of the story we now call Marco Polo. As the travellers press on through the desert, Tegana destroys their water supply.
Eight months down, four to go. In retrospect, this is a really mad project.

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  1. I enjoyed the Curse of Fatal Death very much; it was much funnier, overall, than most parodies of anything I’ve seen, and part of that was because, like Galaxy Quest, it was also affectionate towards its target.

    It was in a way a shame that Pryce was cast as the Master for Curse of Fatal Death, because if he’d been given the part seriously I think he’d have been able to do it well. I’m not fond of Sam Tyler, er, John Simm as The Master. Nothing against Simm himself, he’s a good actor and does his best, but I just didn’t like the interpretation of the character for the most part; Derek Jacobi was a great Master… for the ten seconds he was allowed to play him, alas.

    “NINE HUNDRED THIRTY-SIX YEARS IN THE SEWERS!” is something of a catchphrase around here, as is “Superior Dalek Technology”.

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