The Changing Face of Doctor Who | How to regenerate a Time Lord
Document Type | Internal Memo
The 'Doctor Who' producer, Barry Letts and his script editor, Terrance Dicks, issue an early synopsis for the programme's writers to let them know about new characters who will be introduced for the 1971 series. As well as new companion Jo Grant and series regular Captain Mike Yates, the document reveals that the Doctor will face a new villain, an evil Time Lord called the Master.
All three of these characters made their debuts in the eighth series of 'Doctor Who', in a story called 'Terror of the Autons'. Actress Katy Manning was cast as Jo, with Richard Franklin taking on Mike Yates. Playing the Master was Roger Delgado, a familiar face to TV viewers as he'd portrayed villains in many adventure serials, including 'The Avengers' and 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)'. All five of the stories that year featured the Master, and Delgado returned to the series in three other adventures prior to his death in 1973.
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Audiences review Peter Davison's final year as the Doctor and Colin Baker's debut.
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Images of the actors who would become the TV sci-fi hero.
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Actors who were shortlisted to play the Doctor.
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