Stairway to Heaven

Glyn Houston has passed away.

Born on October 25 1925, Houston appeared in Doctor Who in The Hand of Fear playing Professor Watson and in The Awakening playing Colonel Wolsey.

Outside Doctor Who his work included The Blue Lamp, A Stitch in Time (which deals with time travel like Doctor Who), Danger Man, The Saint, Dixon of Dock Green & Keep It in the Family.

He died on July 3 2019 at the age of 93.

Stephanie Niznik has passed away.

Born on May 20 1967, Stephanie appeared in Star Trek:Insurrection playing Perim and then in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode Rogue Planet playing The Wraith.

Stephanie was truly a beautiful woman who I first took notice in her film debut Exit To Eden which included having a beautiful nude pool scene with the equally beautiful Dana Delany.

Stephanie later appeared in the Renegade episode Most Wanted in which she had things in common with regular cast member Kathleen Kinmont.

Both have done nude scenes in their careers. In fact their nude debut saw them being naked with another woman. Kathleen appeared naked with Barbara Crampton in Fraternity Vacation while Stephanie appeared naked with Dana Delany in Exit To Eden.
In fact Exit to Eden was released on October 14 1994 almost a year before the original airing of Most Wanted on October 2 1995.
In fact Fraternity Vacation & Exit To Eden was the first time ever I saw Kathleen and Stephanie respectively. Those movies were also the first time I saw Barbara and Dana naked respectively but I had seen them before elsewhere fully clothed.
So for me Stephanie is Kathleen’s counterpart in Exit To Eden as I initially thought of them as bonus women who got naked with other women that I was already familiar with in the respective movies but eventually liked them as equally as the other women.

Stephanie’s other work included The Sentinel, Sliders. Diagnosis Murder , Grey’s Anatomy, Traveler, & Lost.

She died on June 23 2019 at the age of 52.

It was hard for me to write all this as I love her very much and always will.

She is and always be my wife.

Dana’s tribute to Stephanie on Twitter:

Like Stephanie, Dana is also my wife.

Rutger Hauer passed away on July 19 2019.

In 2013, Hauer was among the sci fi luminaries that wished Doctor Who a happy 50th birthday that year, best wishes that were filmed for the BBC.

It was filmed whilst Hauer was interviewed for the documentary series The Real History of Science Fiction presented by Mark Gatiss.

Hauer’s name had been linked with what became the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie with his agent saying that he was a “major fan”.

However in an interview with Empire Magazine at the time, Hauer said he had never heard of Doctor Who and had no idea what a Dalek was!

I had learnt of his death on August 12 when I just finished seeing him in the movie The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon (1997) which was narrated by Richard Dreyfuss who coincidentally also wished Doctor Who a happy 50th birthday in that said video.

Born on January 23 1944, Hauer had been well known as Roy Batty in Blade Runner.

Hauer was the first Buffy villain playing Lothos in the original 1992 Buffy movie.

While Hauer did not appear in the subsequent Buffy TV series he did however later appeared in another vampire series True Blood.

His other work included Blind Side, Lexx, Merlin, The 10th Kingdom, Alias, Smallville, Sin City, Batman Begins, The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power, Galavant, 24 Hours to Live & Channel Zero.

He died at the age of 75.

Sheila Steafel has passed away.

Born on May 26 1935, Sheila Steafel appeared in Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. playing Young Woman.
She was also in Quatermass and the Pit playing Journalist.

Her other work included Danger Man, Catch Me a Spy, The Goodies,Keep It in the Family, SuperTed, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries, The 10th Kingdom & Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators.

She died on August 23 2019 at the age of 84.

Jack Donner has passed away.

Born on October 29, 1928, Donner appeared in in the Buffy episode Spiral playing Cleric #1.

He was also in Star Trek in the original series episode The Enterprise Incident playing Tal, in the Enterprise episodes Home & Kir’Shara playing Vulcan Priest and then in the fan made Star Trek: Of Gods and Men playing Special Wedding Guest.

Other work included The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Get Smart, I Dream of Jeannie, Mission Impossible, Charmed, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, Roswell, According To Jim, Alias, Ghost Whisperer, Bones, Pirates of the Caribbean: Tales of the Code: Wedlocked, J. Edgar, Fear The Walking Dead & Con Man.

He died on September 21 2019 just a little over a month before his 91st birthday.

Brian Tarantina has passed away.

Born on March 27 1959, Tarantina was an actor whose work included The January Man, Uncle Buck, Born on the Fourth of July, Now and Again, The Talented Mr Ripley, Heroes, New Amsterdam, Fringe, Knight and Day, Elementary, The Blacklist, Person of Interest & Madam Secretary.

He died on November 2 2019 at the age of 60.

Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant dead in a chopper crash in LA.

Ian Cullen has passed away.

Born on October 20 1939, Cullen appeared in Doctor Who in The Aztecs in 1964 playing Ixta.

In 2012 he played Nadeyan in the Dark Eyes episode X and the Daleks for Big Finish.

He was also in the Blake’s 7 episode Seek-Locate-Destroy playing Base Commander Escon.

Other work included Department S, Voyage of the Damned (not the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas Special of the same name), Return of The Saint & Spender.

He died on November 12 2019, just 23 days after his 80th birthday.

Some 53 years after appearing in The Aztecs, Cullen found himself in the first episode of Whovians which had looked at The Pilot.

This happened by coincidence when Cullen accidentally bumped into host Rove McManus as he was filming a segment for it.

McManus acknowledged his passing in the Whovians episode on Spyfall almost two months later on January 9 2020.

Vale my friend, my colleague and my mentor.

I love you mighty Mal. Thank you for your friendship and your guidance. From listening to you as a kid on 2KO through to the honour of working with you at KOFM/Triple M.

The House of Ms will miss you greatly.

Chadwick Boseman has passed away.
Born on November 29 1977, Boseman had played Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe including in his own movie which bored the character’s name.
Before his death, Boseman was set to reprise Black Panther in Black Panther II that was set for release in 2022.
Curiously as of this writing, Boseman’s name has been removed from Black Panther II’s IMDb listing.
No doubt uncertainly has now been set in on the fate of this project in light of his death.
His other work included Fringe, Persons Unknown & the movie 42 (2013) where he played real-life baseball player Jackie Robinson, with 42 being a reference to his jersey number.
Ironically he was 42 when he died on August 28 2020 and in fact it is also Jackie Robinson Day.

Honor Blackman has passed away.
Born on August 22 1925, Honor Blackman became well known for playing Pussy Galore in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger.
Doctor Who fans and viewers had the pleasure of seeing her playing Professor Sarah Lasky in the Terror of the Vervoids segment of the 1986 story The Trial of a Time Lord.
Before Goldfinger she was elsewhere in the spy genre as a regular in The Avengers playing Cathy Gale.
In fact Goldfinger was the reason why she left The Avengers.
In the Emma Peel episode of The Avengers, Too Many Christmas Trees, had Steed receiving a Christmas card from Mrs Gale and he wonders what she can be doing in Fort Knox, a cheeky reference to Blackman’s appearance in Goldfinger.
In an eerie coincidence I had learnt about her death just two days after seeing her in the movie Fright (1971).
I saw Fright on April 5 2020 and I soon found out that was the exact date that she died.
It’s possible I saw it hours, even minutes or mere moments before her death.
Her other work include The Invisible Man, Danger Man, The Saint, Jason and the Argonauts, Columbo, The Upper Hand & Cockneys vs Zombies.
She died at the age of 94.