Doctor Who – The Power of Three

Millions of Mysterious Black Cubes suddenly arrive on Earth, so The Doctor (Matt Smith) Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) aided by U.N.I.T investigate. At first the cubes don’t move, however the Doctor is still convinced that they are dangerous in some way, but how? Then they all suddenly activate at the same moment and start counting down…but to what?

Then  Rory’s dad Brian (Mark Williams)gets kidnapped, closely followed by The Doctor Amy and Rory who give chase, and they all find themselves aboard an alien spaceship belonging to the Shakri who view mankind as a plague and have disturbing plans for Earth.

English singer, actress and Former Doctor Who companion Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) also celebrates her birthday on 22nd September.Born in Swindon, Wiltshire) in 1982, Piper began performing in plays and dance, as she wanted to go into acting. She began her career however as a pop singer in the late 1990s, after she was talent spotted at the Sylvia Young stage school by Smash Hits magazine, who gave her a role in a television commercial promoting the pop magazine Smash Hits, as well as a recording contract at the age of 15. and she entered the UK singles chart with “Because We Want To”, *shudder* released under the stage mononym “Billie” and Her follow-up single “Girlfriend” *shudder* which debuted at number one, and she became the youngest artist ever to debut at number one in the Her debut album Honey to the B was released immediately afterwards, and debuted and peaked at Number 14 in the UK album charts, gaining a Platinum certification in the UK.

She later decided to retire from singing and refocus on her original ambition as an actress, and In May 2004, it was announced that Doctor Who would be resurrected beginning in 2005, and that Piper was to play the character Rose Tyler, a travelling companion to The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston). Piper won the Most Popular Actress category at the 2005 and 2006 National Television Awards for her work on Doctor Who. BBC News named Piper as one of its “Faces of the Year” for 2005, primarily due to her success in Doctor Who. She also reprised this role in 2008 and 2010.

In 2004, Piper also appeared in the films The Calcium Kid, as the romantic interest of Orlando Bloom’s character, and Things to do Before You’re Thirty.In November 2005, Piper starred as Hero in a BBC adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. Piper also starred as Victorian orphan, Sally Lockhart, in BBC adaptations of Philip Pullman’s historical novels The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North. From 2007 until 2011, she starred as the high-flying escort Belle de Jour (A.K.A Hannah Baxter) in the TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Happy Birthday David Coverdale

English rock singer David ‘Jack’ Coverdale was born 22 September 1951. He is most famous for his work with Whitesnake, the commercially successful hard rock band he founded in 1976. Before Whitesnake, Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 to March 15, 1976, when he resigned from the band and established his solo career. A collaboration album with Jimmy Page, released in 1993, was also a commercial and critical success.

Deep Purple were formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although some band members claimed that their music cannot be categorised as belonging to any one genre. They were once listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as “the globe’s loudest band”, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide, including 7.5 million certified units in the US. Deep Purple were ranked number 22 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme.The band has gone through many line-up changes and an eight-year hiatus (1976–84). The 1968–76 line-ups are commonly labelled Mark I, II, III and IV. Their second and most commercially successful line-up featured Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums), and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar). This line-up was active from 1969 to 1973, and was revived from 1984 to 1989, and again in 1993, before the rift between Blackmore and other members became unbridgeable. The current line-up (including guitarist Steve Morse) has been much more stable, although Lord’s retirement from the band in 2002 has left Paice as the only original Deep Purple member still in the band. At the 2011 Classic Rock Awards in London, they received the Innovator Award. As of 2012, Deep Purple have not been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Whitesnake were founded in 1978 by David Coverdale after his departure from his previous band, Deep Purple. Their early material has been compared by critics to Deep Purple, but by the mid 1980s they had moved to a more commercial hard rock style. Four of the band’s earliest albums reached the top 10 in the UK, with Ready an’ Willing (1980), Come an’ Get It (1981), Saints & Sinners (1982) and Slide It In (1984). The band’s 1987 self-titled album was their most commercially successful worldwide, and contained two of their most recognisable songs, “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love”. In 1988, Whitesnake was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. In 2005, Whitesnake was named the 85th greatest hard rock band of all time.

Tribute to Sir Henry Segrave

Famous for setting three land speed records and the water speed record, Sir Henry O’Neil de Hane Segrave was born in Baltimore, Maryland on 22nd September 1896. He was the first person to hold both the land and water speed records simultaneously and became the first person to travel at over 200 mph (320 km/h) in a land vehicle.

He was commissioned into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1914 and served as a fighter pilot with the Royal Flying Corps from January 1916. In July 1916 he became a flight commander as a temporary captain. In 1919 he transferred to the Royal Air Force Administrative Branch, but soon resigned his commission due to his wounds. Segrave bragged that he would drive a car at over 200 miles per hour (320 km/h). In 1921 the 200-Mile Race at Brooklands was organised by the Junior Car Club, the first long-distance race to be run in Britain. The race, a contest for 1,500 c.c. light cars, was won by Segrave in a Talbot-Darracq. He was the first Briton to win a Grand Prix in a British car. He won the 1923 French Grand Prix and the 1924 San Sebastian Grand Prix at Circuito Lasarte (Spain) in a Sunbeam automobile. After a further win at Miramas in France, he retired from racing to concentrate on speed records.

On 21 March 1926, he set his first land speed record in his 4-litre Sunbeam Tiger Ladybird on the sands at Southport, England at 152.33 mph (245.149 km/h). This record lasted for just over a month, until broken by J.G. Parry-Thomas driving Babs. He regained the land speed record in 29 March 1927 in his 1000 HP Sunbeam Mystery (also known as ‘the Slug’) at the Daytona Beach Road Course at 203.79 mph (327.97 km/h), becoming the first person to travel over 200 mph (320 km/h).Segrave set his final land speed record at 231.45 mph (372.46 km/h) in his new car, the beautiful Golden Arrow, at Daytona Beach on 11 March 1929. This car had only 18.74 miles (30.16 km) on it, which makes it the least used car to set the World Land Speed record.  Segrave then began concentrating on the water speed record. Golden Arrow has never been used since. The Golden Arrow is on display along with the Sunbeam 350HP and the Sunbeam 1000HP at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

Segrave was also an avid motorboat racer and after his 1929 land speed record, he immediately went to Miami for a motorboat race against Garfield Wood, multiple water speed record holder and the first man to travel over 100 miles per hour on water. Segrave won, causing Wood’s first defeat in nine years. After Segrave returned to Great Britain, he was knighted for his many accomplishments. A few months after receiving his knighthood, on Friday 13 June 1930, Sir Henry Segrave unknowingly captured the water speed record driving Miss England II on England’s largest natural lake, Windermere. In a follow-up run the boat presumably hit a log and capsized, killing Miss England’s mechanic, Victor Halliwell. Segrave’s unconscious body was recovered, and taken to a hospital. He regained consciousness for a moment, was informed that he had indeed broken the record, then died a few moments later of lung haemorrhages on 13 June 1930 however The Segrave Trophy was established in 1930 to commemorate his life.

Swedish race car driver Rickard Rydell was Born September 22nd 1967