who played Liz Shaw
, the Third Doctor's companion in the Earth-bound 1970 season of Doctor Who has died
. Hers was the first of the Doctor's companions who could be seen as anything like an equal and inspired many of us to follow her into the science profession.
Verity Lambert dies. Verity
was amongst other things the first producer of Doctor Who
and essentially co-created the series along with writer Sydney Newman
and the pilot director Waris Hussein
. She would later have a hand in bringing everything from Minder
to Jonathan Creek
to the screen. [more inside]
What are you doing? Stop it! Stop it! Give me those pictures. You can't photograph people like that. Who says I can't? I'm only doing my job. Some people are bullfighters, some people are politicians. I'm a photographer.
, 1912 - 2007
Michael Piller has died
. The man who was the father of modern Star Trek and television sci-fi in general.
Princess Margaret dies
It was only a matter of time. The palace have announced a private funeral for family and a few friends.
Mary Whitehouse dies.
Whitehouse was a campaigner for what she considered taste and decency on TV. So that meant no swearing, no violence, absolutely no sex (no matter who was doing it) and certainly no fun. Her perfect schedule would have been church services, cookery programmes and happy news about animals. For some peculiar reason she targetted Doctor Who in particular during the 70s for being too scary for children which led to that show moving from a taste for horror to tasteless kitch. Oh and Channel Four for be about young people, for young people. As former C4 controller Michael Grade relates: "She really wanted television to be propaganda for a very moral view of the world, not the imperfect world we live in. She was really detached from the reality of the creative process."