Happy Birthday to Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred!

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Words need not be repeated in what I wrote last year in a public letter to Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred wishing them a Happy Birthday!

Another 365 days have passed and I’d be remiss in not to wish the two performers another ’round of cheers. Time can only go backwards to what I fondly love of the old series that doesn’t quite appear in the new. Although I’ll watch anything Doctor Who related on the telly, it’s the classic series that I enjoyed the most. You two helped make that time in front of the television (even on reruns and rebroadcasts) always well spent.

Sometime today, I’ll be watching a best of the Seventh Doctor to fondly recall your time together on-screen. Remembrance of the Daleks and Survival are definitely on the list!

Cheers to another year!

Happy Birthday Doctor Who!

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


One of my earliest recollections of seeing Doctor Who was in front of the telly with Jon Pertwee playing the iconic role. To see his face float down, deeper into that dimensional vortex is a recollection that I will carry with me till my end of days. And what I saw was very colourful!

But for this special day, 50 years ago, that was when this series hit the airwaves to change a nation, if not the face of British pop culture forever. Thank you for all the many years of memories. Thank you for showing there is always hope. And thanks for surviving to this new century to show that your message has never changed, even though the producers and writers have.

Happy Birthday Doctor Who! May you last for many more years to come!

Happy Birthday Henry Winkler!

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Henry Winkler (2013)

Wow, The Fonz is still as hip today as he was in his heyday. Well, today may not be this character’s official birthday but it certainly is for the actor who played him. Henry Winkler turns 68 today and he could not look any better. Happy Birthday Henry! You have paved my way to defining what I thought was “cool” ever since Happy Days.

I have throughly enjoyed the television shows you produced over the years, namely MacGyver and Sightings. And you did not even stop with your exploration into the unknown when you became a co-producing partner of the television show Unexplained Mysteries.

But thankfully your time away from the small screen did not mean you wanted to cease acting. I was glad to discover that you would return to television once in a while. But nowadays, I can enjoy new regular shows with you on. Viewers can find Mr. Winkler on Children’s Hospital, playing the role of Sy Mittleman.

Whovians should Celebrate! Happy Birthday Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred!

Sylvester McCioyYou got to love time zones because no matter where in the universe the party is happening, Sylvester McCoy, the Seventh Doctor, turns 70.

Happy Birthday Sylvester!

The classic Doctor Who series ended its run in 1989, with hints of McCoy’s version of the title character saying he will live to a ripe old age. After all, The Doctor will become Merlin. For some fans of this actor’s work, he has when he appeared in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as Radagast the Brown. In Arthurian lore, Merlin has sometimes been depicted as the Wild Man of the Woods. McCoy is certainly living up to everything that is Doctor Who! Older fans like me can see certain connections being made in the work this fine actor has been doing lately.

Sophie Aldred

What’s even cooler is that Sophie Aldred could party it up with her former co-star. She celebrates her birthday on the same day!

Aldred will always be a fan favourite in this author’s universe. To see her beauty, her roles (and the character of Ace evolve) on the telly is fascinating. But her character development did not end there. The Timewyrm and Cat’s Cradle series are amongst my favourite books in the “New Doctor Who Adventures” (Virgin Publishing) to own.

Readers curious in what she has done lately can tune in to Tree Fu Tom, a children’s comedy animated series airing in the UK that’s set in fairy-land. Past works includes Dennis & Gnasher and Noddy in Toyland.

Happy Birthday Sophie! I’m glad to see that you are continuing to be busy, doing what you enjoy the most and that is to entertain children with your beautiful voice!

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