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'Radio Times' article for 23 November, 1963

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

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'Radio Times' article for 23 November, 1963

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Document Type | Magazine

23 November 1963

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1963

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This brief 'Radio Times' article promoted a series that had been in development with the BBC Drama department throughout 1963. It was a rather low-key launch for what would become such an iconic TV show. However, at the time its creation was somewhat political, as it came from drama rather than the children's department, which had been disbanded by Sydney Newman earlier that year.

Article courtesy of 'The Radio Times' Magazine.

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