The Genesis of Doctor Who | Creating a science fiction hero
WRITTEN DOCUMENT 1963
An adventure In space and time.
WILLIAM HARTNELL as Dr. Who
WILLIAM RUSSELL as Ian Chesterton
JAQUELINE HILL as Rarhara Wright and
CAROLE ANN FORD as Susan Foreman
An Unearthly Child
by Anthony Coburn
Title music by Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Incidental music by NORMAN KAY
Story editor. David Whitaker
Designer, Peter Brachacki
Associate producer, Mervyn Pinfleld
Producer, Verity Lambert
Directed by Waris Hussein
See page 7
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Document Type | Magazine
23 November 1963
Right from the beginning, Head of Drama Sydney Newman had wanted a programme to slot into the schedule between the live sports coverage of 'Grandstand' and the pop music review programme 'Juke Box Jury'. As this page from the 23 November edition of 'Radio Times' shows, that's pretty much what happened with 'Doctor Who'.
Listing courtesy of 'The Radio Times' Magazine.
'Doctor Who' would continue to occupy the Saturday evening tea-time slot for 18 years. In 1982, the series was moved to a mid-week position in a bid to test the schedules to find out which days of the week would best suit a twice-weekly soap opera ('EastEnders' eventually hit our screens in 1985). When 'Doctor Who' returned in 2005 after a long time off the air, it was once again designed as a Saturday night family show, just as it had been right at the start.
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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