The Genesis of Doctor Who | Creating a science fiction hero
Document Type | Memo
29 March 1963
Using Alice Frick's research as a starting point, Head of Drama Sydney Newman commissioned a team to come up with concepts for a family drama for Saturday evenings. This report from writer CE Webber (with pencil notes from Newman) compiles some of the suggestions and tries to push for a new TV show called... 'The Troubleshooters'.
Author of this document Cecil Webber (known as 'Bunny' to his friends) was a respected writer for children's TV, having been responsible for adaptations of Richmal Crompton's 'William' stories. Although 'The Troubleshooters' didn't progress beyond this stage, the outline here does share some similarities with the 1970s BBC science fiction series 'Doomwatch', as well as the 'Doctor Who' spin-off 'Torchwood'.
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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