Verity Lambert, the first producer of Doctor Who, was born in London on 27 November 1935. She served as producer from An Unearthly Child to Mission to the Unknown. Her work on Doctor Who was the first time she had been a full producer and was one of the first times a woman had such a role in television. Lambert died on 22 November 2007, the very day before the forty-fourth anniversary of the show's debut.
Think Doctor Who is just for boys? Don't you believe it. Not only was the show's very first producer a woman, but it would never have come back without the fierce advocacy of Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner. Considering her importance to Doctor Who it's somewhat ironic that Tranter's only on-screen credits are for Torchwood: Miracle Day. But Gardner, her "partner in crime", is tied only with Russell T Davies as the most prolific producer in Doctor Who history.
However, several stories have clearly taken material from comic strips — often those in Doctor Who Magazine. The Shakespeare Code contains a good amount of material from A Groatsworth of Wit, and the notion of the Doctor absorbing the time vortex in order to spare a companion was explored in both The Parting of the Ways and The Flood.
Donald Baverstock was the BBC executive who set the the wheels in motion that eventually led to the creation of Doctor Who. Essentially the original commissioner of the programme, he hired Sydney Newman and later imposed a sense of financial responsibility upon producer Verity Lambert.But Baverstock wasn't the only BBC executive to have a profound impact on the development of Doctor Who. Make sure you read about Lorraine Heggessey, Mark Thompson, Danny Cohen, George Entwistle, Tony Hall, Shaun Sutton, Sydney Newman and others.
- 1965 - Part two of the TV Comic story Time in Reverse was first published.
- 1965 - Part seven of the TV Century 21 comic story The Penta Ray Factor was first published.
- 1971 - Part five of The Celluloid Midas was first published in Countdown.
- 1975 - The novelisation of Green Death was first published by Target Books.
- 1976 - Part two of the TV Comic story Mind Snatch was first published.
- 1980 - The novelisations of The Keys of Marinus and of The Nightmare of Eden were first published by Target Books.
- 1986 - The novelisation of Slipback was first published by Target Books.
- 1997 - Ship of Fools was first published by Virgin Books.
- 2008 - DWM 399 was first released by Panini Comics.
- 2013 - DWDVDF 121 was first published by GE Fabbri Ltd.
- 2014 - DWM 477 was first released by Panini Comics.
- 2015 - Toby Hadoke's Who's Round 134 was released online.
- ... that the reunion of the Sixth Doctor and Jamie begun in City of Spires is actually continued first in The Companion Chronicles: Night's Black Agents before returning to the main Big Finish Doctor Who range in The Wreck of the Titan?
- ... that Elvis Presley signed a 1957 stratocaster that ended up in the hands of the Eighth Doctor? (PROSE: The Taint)
- ... that the Beatles' song "Paperback Writer", once a part of the soundtrack to The Evil of the Daleks, has effectively disappeared from the Doctor Who universe?
- ... that Brakari were jellyfish-like creatures who could travel in the vacuum of space and drain the energy from a human in seconds? (PROSE: Snowfall)
- 1963 - Jacqueline Hill went to BBC Television Centre for film tests of her make-up and costume as Barbara Wright.
- 1963 - Producer Verity Lambert finally got a chance to have an extended conversation with designer Peter Brachacki about the set design of An Unearthly Child. He had, up to this date, been very busy with other projects, making it impossible for Lambert to express her design views.
- 2006 - Recording for Blood of the Daleks took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2007 - Recording for Dead London took place at The Moat Studios.