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The Genesis of Doctor Who | Creating a science fiction hero

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Explore the origins of a TV legend with this collection of documents and images. It's now the number one family favourite, but 'Doctor Who' had a difficult birth, emerging from the imagination of some of BBC Drama's top minds.

Here, we tell the story of the creation of 'Doctor Who' from the very beginning, starting with a report on the possibility of making science fiction for television and leading up to the moment a new drama series is announced in the pages of 'Radio Times'.

Join us as we hide behind the sofa for the first time...

The Genesis of Doctor Who Collection

A document about possible science fiction dramas.

Science Fiction - BBC Report

WRITTEN c. 1962
4 PAGES

A report into whether the BBC should make science fiction drama.

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A BBC report looking at sources for possible BBC science fiction stories.

Science Fiction - Follow-up Report

WRITTEN 1962
3 PAGES

A report into the kind of stories BBC science fiction dramas might handle.

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Format notes for 'Doctor Who'.

Background Notes for 'Dr. Who'

WRITTEN c. 1963
4 PAGES

CE Webber and Sydney Newman outline the format for the new 'Doctor Who' series.

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Concept Notes for a new science fiction drama.

Concept Notes for New SF Drama

WRITTEN 1963
2 PAGES

A summary of ideas for a new science fiction BBC TV series.

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'Radio Times' article for 23 November, 1963

'Radio Times' article for 23 November, 1963

WRITTEN 1963
1 PAGE

A preview of the first 'Doctor Who' episode, 'An Unearthly Child'.

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'Radio Times' TV listing, 23 November, 1963

'Radio Times' TV listing, 23 November, 1963

WRITTEN 1963
1 PAGE

How 'Radio Times' recorded the first episode of 'Doctor Who' in the TV listings.

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An audience research report on 'An Unearthly Child'.

Audience Research on 'An Unearthly Child'.

WRITTEN 1963
2 PAGES

What the viewers thought of the first episode of 'Doctor Who'.

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