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Doctor Who | On this day in 1964: ‘The Bride of Sacrifice’

The Doctor and Ian attempt to find a way back the TARDIS. Barbara attempts to distract Tlotoxl but the High Priest of Sacrifice already has plans for Susan.

“I made some cocoa and got engaged.” - The Doctor

A piece of trivia the next time someone harps on the age difference between Capaldi and Coleman

One reason, it seems, as to why some people are against the Twelve-Clara romance (to the extent of ignoring all evidence) is that they are uncomfortable with the idea of an actor who was 57 playing out a romance with an actress who was 29. The age difference: 28 years. 

I wonder what these same people think about William Hartnell and Margot Van der Burgh, then?

When The Aztecs was produced in 1964, William Hartnell was roughly 56 years old. The Aztecs gave the Doctor his first on-screen romance with a woman named Cameca. True, it was played for a bit of character comedy and never went anywhere, but it was still a romance (and Titan Comics, in the Tenth Doctor story Revolutions of Terror, established that the Doctor did go back to visit her later). We can’t pay attention to the relative age of the characters. The Twelfth Doctor was 4.5 billion years old when he had his “approved” (by some fans) romance with River Song, who is said to be only 200 or so; the fact Capaldi and Kingston were only a few years apart in age is irrelevant. Even taking the First Doctor being “only” about 450 at the time, the fact Cameca as a character was middle-aged is irrelevant.

Margot Van der Burgh was only 29 when she played the role …

Yup - the age difference between William Hartnell and the Doctor’s first on-screen girlfriend was … give or take a few months … the same as the age difference between Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.

Just sayin’.

And then there was the 30-year age difference between Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning, whose time together as the Third Doctor and Jo Grant was the first long-term Doctor-Companion pairing that included clear signs of mutual attraction and (dare I even say it?) sexual chemistry. (Culminating in Jo marrying basically a younger version of the Doctor. And Titan Comics clearly noticed as their recent miniseries ship-teased the hell out of the two.)

Again. Just sayin’.

George Orwell worked at the BBC - he made programmes for Indian audiences for about eighteen months early in WW2. He had moved on by the time his ‘fairy story’ Animal Farm was published, though, and came back to write a radio adaptation of the novel for transmission on the Third Programme on 14 January 1947. His adaptation was produced by his friend and sometime sparring partner Rayner Heppenstall. Music was composed by Antony Hopkins. The cast included Frank Atkinson, Margot van der Burgh, John Chandos, Vivienne Chatterton, Andrew Churchman, Richard George, Deryck Guyler, Betty Hardy, Charles Maunsell, Hugh Munro, Bryan Powley, Norman Shelley, Ronald Simpson, Gladys Spencer, Raf de la Torre, Marjorie Westbury and the BBC Variety Chorus.