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Verity Lambert at the Planetarium

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Verity Lambert, the first producer of Doctor Who, posing for a publicity photo at the London Planetarium in Baker Street during location shooting for the second Dalek story, “The Dalek Invasion of Earth” in August 1964. The Daleks were modified for this story with a disc on its back, to explain why they could move about freely, having been confined to their city because they were supposed to be powered by static electricity in the first story the year before. The modification was quietly dropped in all subsequent Dalek stories.

Behind Verity and the Dalek is a Zeiss projector, used to project an image of astronomical objects on the inside of a dome. The Baker Street Planetarium no longer exists, and the building is now used to house celebrity-themed shows, though there is still a planetarium at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

 

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Original B&W photo.

Soviet Mission to the Daleks

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On a Soviet Cultural Mission to Britain in 1966, the Deputy Chief of the Soviet Star Film Industry Committee, Nadezhda Volchenko, visited Shepperton Studios to see the completion of filming for ‘Daleks invasion of Earth 2150AD’.

 

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Original B&W photo.

Dalek Playsuit

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This 1966 photo features a child wearing a Berwick Toy Company Dalek Playsuit, first manufactured in 1965, and costing 66s 6d, quite a sum in those days. I didn’t get one!

There is a particular reason for the policeman’s presence. This photo was taken outside the West London Magistrate’s Court, on 31st August 1966, just after John Edward Witney, an accomplice in the Shepherd’s Bush murders, also known as the Massacre of Braybrook Street, had been ushered out under a blanket, prior to his trial at the Old Bailey, where all three perpetrators were found guilty of murdering three police officers, and given life sentences..

 

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Original B&W photo.

Things to Come

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A scene from the 1936 film “Things to Come”, written by H.G.Wells, and based on his 1933 novel “The Shape of Things to Come”, with Raymond Massey and Edward Chapman.

 

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Original B&W screencap.

Victory in Europe Day

Today, 8th May, is the 70th anniversary of VE Day. Here are a few scenes from VE Day 1945.

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Original B&W photos:

07 May 1945, Times Square, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA --- Crowd Celebrating Victory Day in Times Square --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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A Night to Remember

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A scene from the 1958 film “A Night to Remember”, widely regarded as the most accurate cinema account of the sinking of the Titanic.

 

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Original B&W screencap.

A Nazi Christening

Emmy and Hermann Goering Adolf Hitler, acting as Godparent, at the Christening of Hermann and Emma ‘s only child, Edda. Edda hit the news recently when she tried, for a second time, to reclaim some of the art works stolen by her father during the war, and given to her when she was a child. She was unsuccessful.

 

 

Emmy and Hermann Goering

Original B&W photo.

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