June 29 in Doctor Who

Actress Maureen O’Brien is 75 today, and Doctor Who and the Time Warrior was published 40 years ago

English actress & author, Maureen O’Brien (1943-) born
Maureen O’Brien (born June 29, 1943) is an English actress and author best known for playing the role of Vicki in 38 episodes of the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who between January 2 and November 6, 1965, starring alongside the original Doctor, William Hartnell.

After leaving Doctor Who O’Brien found it difficult to find acting work on television, and worked as a supply teacher. Her next role was in the theatre, where she appeared in an Oxford Playhouse production of Volpone with Leo McKern and Leonard Rossiter.

She had a recurring role as Morgan in The Legend of King Arthur (1979) and another as unit general manager Elizabeth Straker in the second season of Casualty (1987).

O’Brien has also written seven detective novels includingClose-Up on Death (1989), Deadly Reflection (1993), Mask of Betrayal (1998), and Dead Innocent (1999), all featuring the character of Detective Inspector John Bright.

1978: Doctor Who and the Time Warrior by Terrance Dicks (Target Books)
Doctor Who and the Time Warrior was a novelisation based on the 1973 television serial The Time Warrior.

His spaceship crippled in an inter-stellar battle, the Sontaran warrior, Linx, is forced to crash-land on earth. He arrives in the Middle Ages, a time too primitive to provide the technology he needs to repair his ship. Allying himself with the local robber chief, Linx uses his powers to `borrow’ scientists and equipment from twentieth-century earth.

Doctor Who tracks down the missing scientists and journeys into the past to save them. But can he defeat the ruthless Linx and his savage human allies before the course of human history is changed forever?

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