The Changing Face of Doctor Who | How to regenerate a Time Lord
Document Type | Audience Reaction Report
14 June 1984
In his third and final series as the Doctor, Peter Davison faced enemies old and new. His last adventure, the penultimate of the series, saw him replaced by Colin Baker, who then starred in the concluding story of the season. This document shows the audience's reaction to the series as a whole and to this change of leading man in particular.
Long-term fans of 'Doctor Who' might be able to decipher the true names of the aliens cited in this document. The Tractators had appeared in the story 'Frontios', the militant slugs were the Gastropods, seen in Colin Baker's debut adventure 'The Twin Dilemma', while the Terileptils had featured in 'The Visitation' that had been broadcast two years earlier.
A viewer sends in a letter of support for 'Doctor Who' actor William Hartnell.
A memo outlines the character of the second Doctor.
Patrick Troughton's first appearance as 'Doctor Who' overshadowed by the Daleks.
The 'Radio Times' letters page receives a mixed reception to the new Doctor Who.
Patrick Troughton's first adventure as the Doctor gets a cautious response from viewers.
Promoting the new Doctor Who and 'The Highlanders'.
A memo outlines fresh companions and a new enemy for Doctor Who.
Jon Pertwee's Doctor Who graces the front cover of 'Radio Times'.
'Doctor Who' star Jon Pertwee shows off his new car.
Viewers share their thoughts on Jon Pertwee's first 'Doctor Who' story.
Viewers review Tom Baker's debut as the Doctor.
Tom Baker meets the creator of the Daleks.
Introducing Peter Davison as the next Doctor Who.
A new timeslot for 'Doctor Who' isn't popular.
Viewers appraise Peter Davison's first year as the Doctor.
A dream come true for Doctor Who Number Six.
Audiences review Peter Davison's final year as the Doctor and Colin Baker's debut.
'Doctor Who' takes over the back page of 'Radio Times'.
Sylvester McCoy faces harsh criticism from the viewers.
Paul McGann is the Doctor.
Images of the actors who would become the TV sci-fi hero.
Pictures of the new Doctors and some of his companions through the years.
Actors who were shortlisted to play the Doctor.