The Changing Face of Doctor Who | How to regenerate a Time Lord
Document Type | Audience Reaction Report
15 February 1988
As 'Doctor Who' once again returns to a weekday slot, the viewing figures are up on the previous year, but the audience doesn't seem too enamoured with the new star, Sylvester McCoy, or his companion, Bonnie Langford.
'Doctor Who' had been on uncertain ground since March 1985, when it was taken off the air for 18 months. For the 1987 series, it was moved to a weekday slot, in direct competition with ITV's 'Coronation Street'. Though 'Doctor Who' brought two million more viewers to that timeslot than other programmes had done, the series never quite recovered its former glory. It was taken off the air in 1989 while a potential independent producer was sought. Apart from a short charity sketch in 1993, that was it for 'Doctor Who' until 1996.
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.
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