The Genesis of Doctor Who | Creating a science fiction hero
Document Type | Magazine
23 November 1963
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.
'Doctor Who' made its first appearance on television the day after the assassination of President Kennedy. Two other notable figures died on the same day: writer Aldous Huxley, author of science fiction classic 'Brave New World'; and CS Lewis, creator of the Narnia books, which began with a young girl stepping through the doors of a magic wardrobe to discover a strange new world...
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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