The Genesis of Doctor Who | Creating a science fiction hero
Document Type | Report
Commissioned to research the viability of science fiction for BBC Drama productions, Alice Frick and Donald Bull of the BBC Survey Group deliver their report to the Head of BBC Serial Dramas, Donald Wilson. Their report provides an insight into how science fiction as a genre was regarded, and how the BBC looked upon the potential audience for such a programme.
'A for Andromeda', referred to in the report simply as 'Andromeda', made its star Julie Christie a household name for playing a beautiful woman created by an alien computer. The series came from a story outline by astronomer Fred Hoyle, and inspired a sequel, 'The Andromeda Breakthrough'. This report directly inspired the creation of the series 'Doctor Who'.
A report into whether the BBC should make science fiction drama.
A report into the kind of stories BBC science fiction dramas might handle.
CE Webber and Sydney Newman outline the format for the new 'Doctor Who' series.
A summary of ideas for a new science fiction BBC TV series.
A preview of the first 'Doctor Who' episode, 'An Unearthly Child'.
How 'Radio Times' recorded the first episode of 'Doctor Who' in the TV listings.
What the viewers thought of the first episode of 'Doctor Who'.
A gallery of images showing the original stars of 'Doctor Who'.
The people behind the scenes who brought us TV's greatest science fiction hero.
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