Ingrid Pitt

It might be Doctor Who’s birthday, but it is our very sad duty to relate the death of European horror scream queen Ingrid Pitt, who died earlier today aged 73.

A Polish-born actress (21 November 1937 – 23 November 2010), she made her name as a mainstay of the Hammer movie studio’s horror flicks of the 1960s and 70s, and in recent years had been a regular on the convention circuits.

Speaking to the BBC, Pitt’s daughter Stephanie Blake told revealed that her mother’s death had come as a “huge surprise”.

“She could be incredibly generous, loving, and she’ll be sorely missed.”

Mrs Blake also added her mother should be remembered as the eponymous Countess Dracula with the “wonderful teeth and the wonderful bosom”

Pitt appeared in Doctor Who twice – opposite Jon Pertwee and Roger Delgado in 1972’s The Time Monster (pictured here, as Queen Galleia of Atlantis) and with Peter Davison in 1984 Silurian and Sea Devil tag team nostaligia-fest Warriors of the Deep. Recently she had revised a script for Big Finish – The Macros - which had been originally considered for the 1985 series of Doctor Who. This script was released as part of their series of Lost Stories, and starred Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant.

Her other film credits included The Wicker Man (1973), Who Dares Wins (1982), Smiley’s People (1982) and Wild Geese II (1985).

(Via Cult Britannia)

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Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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