I wonder what Paddy Russell would have thought about the obituaries emphasising her work on Doctor Who, over the work she did with Rudolph Cartier in the 1950's - including influential classics like the Quatermass serials and 1984.
Today would have been her birthday.
She directed four stories, starting with The Massacre in 1966. She never helmed a Troughton story but did direct Invasion of the Dinosaurs with Jon Pertwee. The experience didn't put her off, as she then worked on two Tom Baker stories - Pyramids of Mars and Horror of Fang Rock. She had originally been pencilled in to direct earlier - on Edge of Destruction.
In case you are wondering, no Doctor Who episode, or any spin-off, has ever debuted on today's date. We are now well into the summer and almost all of the seasons have come to a close, so expect more days like this.
Looking for a tie-in with Independence Day in the USA, I have come across the death of actor William Hurndall today in 2019. He played Ike Clanton in The Gunfighters - the only story of the classic era to be wholly set in the US.