RIP Diana Rigg

#RIP: actress Diana Rigg has passed away at the age of 82. She played Emma Peel / Lola in the British TV series #TheAvengers, Olenna Tyrell in #GameOfThrones, Mrs. Gillyflower in #DoctorWho, Helena in #AMidsummerNightsDream, & much more, including Tracy in the James Bond film #OnHerMajestysSecretService.

Our condolences to her family, friends and fans. May she rest in peace.

Diana Rigg (1938 – 2020)

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RIP Honor Blackman

#RIP: actress Honor Blackman has passed away at the age of 94. She played Catherine Gale in #TheAvengers (1961 TV series, 43 episodes), Professor Lasky in #DoctorWho, & more, including her best known role as Pussy Galore in the James Bond spy film #Goldfinger.

Our condolences to her family, friends and fans. May she rest in peace.

Honor Blackman

Honor Blackman (1925-2020)

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RIP Alan Harris

#RIP: actor & miscellaneous crew member Alan Harris died on Jan. 31, 2020 at the age of 81. He played Leia’s Rebel Escort in “#StarWars IV: #ANewHope”, Bossk / Bespin Security Guard / stand-in for C-3PO for Anthony Daniels in “Star Wars V: #TheEmpireStrikesBack”, Stormtrooper / stand-in for C-3PO for Anthony Daniels in “Star Wars VI: #ReturnOfTheJedi”, double for actor Terrence stamp as Chancellor Finis Valorum in “Star Wars I: #ThePhantomMenace”; Vervoid / Sevateem Council Member in #DoctorWho; Main Mission Operative / Alphan / Entran Prisoner / Patient in #Space1999; Skydiver Engineer / Interceptor Pilot in #GerryAnderson’s #UFO; man in street in #Scrooge; prison guard in #AClockworkOrange; photographer in #JourneyToTheFarSideOfTheSun; Doctor / Hotel Porter / Journalist / Man at Party in #TheAvengers (TV series); an uncredited stand-in for Peter Hinwood in #RockyHorrorPictureShow; stand-in in #TheDarkCrystal; stand-in for Christopher Reeve & Gene Hackman in #Superman (1978), stand-in for Gene Hackman in “Superman II”; & more.

Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace and may the Force be with him always.

Alan Harris

Alan Harris (1938-2020)

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RIP Clive Swift

#RIP: British actor Clive Swift has died at the age of 82. He played Jobel / Mr. Cooper in #DoctorWho, Ector in #Excalibur, Tony Doran in #1990, Snug in #AMidsummersNightDream, & much more, including Richard Bucket in the long-running Brit-com #KeepingUpAppearances.

Our sincerest condolences to his family, friends & fans. May he rest in peace.

Clive Swift

Clive Swift (1936-2019)

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RIP Dame June Whitfield

#RIP: actress Dame June Whitfield has died at the age of 93. While mostly a comedic actress, she appeared in 2 episodes of #DoctorWho as Minnie Hooper; but she’ll likely be remembered primarily for portraying the mother of Edina Monsoon in the British TV sitcom #AbsolutelyFabulous (#AbFab).

Our condolences to her family, friends and fans. May she rest in peace.

June Whitfield

June Whitfield (1925-2018)

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No New “Doctor Who” in 2019; Show on Hiatus until 2020

The #BBC announced several hours ago that the very popular #DoctorWho TV series will not have a new season in 2019. Instead, it won’t return until 2020. The apparent reason for this was reported by Lizo Mzimba, the BBC’s entertainment correspondent, who said that while there was “a recognition that fans might want a series every single year, Doctor Who has almost uniquely complex filming requirements and a lengthy post-production period”.

Also, instead of a Christmas special as has been done since the show returned in 2005, a New Years Day show will be broadcast instead.

Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor Who

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Lost “Doctor Who” Story Resurrected as Animation

A 4-episode #DoctorWho story featuring the 2nd Doctor (played by Patrick Troughton) that had been erased by the BBC before it realized the show’s value has been resurrected in animation form after a complete audio recording of the story was found, along with stills of the story.

The story is called “The Macra Terror”. In it, the Doctor and his companions Polly (played by Anneke Wills), Ben Jackson (played by Michael Craze) and Jamie McCrimmon (played by Frazer Hines) arrive on a human colony in the far future. Although the colony appears to be a giant holiday camp for rest and relaxation, it has actually been infiltrated by a race of giant parasitic crab-like creatures called the Macra, who have brainwashed the people to serve them and create a special gas they need.

The Macra have only returned to ‘Doctor Who’ in one other story: they were featured 40 years after their 1967 debut in the 2007 episode ‘Gridlock’ that featured the 10th Doctor played by David Tennant.

The new animation will be available for purchase on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download beginning on March 18, 2019.

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Brilliant Actor John Hurt has Died

#RIP: we are deeply saddened that actor Sir John Hurt has died at 77. He played Kane in #Alien, Mr. Ollivander in #HarryPotter, the “War Doctor” in #DoctorWho, himself in #Spaceballs & more. He celebrated his 77th birthday only 5 days ago. The 2-time Oscar-nominated actor was battling cancer. One of his best roles was as #TheElephantMan. He also starred in a film adaptation of George Orwell’s book #1984. Sir John Hurt will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.

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