Planet of the Dead was the first of the 2009 specials that ended David Tennant's tenure as the Doctor. It teamed the Tenth Doctor up with an aristocratic thief named Lady Christina De Souza for a one-off adventure that also heavily involved UNIT. Behind the scenes, it was important for a number of innovations, as it was the first episode to be filmed in HD, and the first to involve location filming in the Middle East. As of 2013, it was the only Doctor Who Easter special.
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.
- 1973 - Part two of the TV Comic story Nova was first published.
- 1979 - Part four of City of Death was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1980 - The anthology The Adventures of K9 was first published by Sparrow Books.
- 1994 - St Anthony's Fire and Venusian Lullaby were first published by Virgin Books.
- 2003 - Invasion of the Dinosaurs was released on VHS.
- 2007 - The Target Book was first published by Telos Publishing.
- 2008 - Part one of Secrets of the Stars was first broadcast on CBBC.
- 2010 - DWDVDF 47 was first published by GE Fabbri Ltd.
- 2011 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story The Kchrusivour Gambit was first published.
- 2016 - For Tonight We Might Die was first shown at the Class World Premiere in Shoreditch.
- ... that the earliest licensed Doctor Who Christmas tale in any medium was the First Doctor, John and Gillian adventure, A Christmas Story?
- ... that David Hasselhoff's singing was so abhorrent to the Doctor that he went to the fall of the Berlin Wall twice just so he could avoid hearing Hasselhoff perform? (PROSE: Autonomy)
- ... that the creation of Stonehenge was witnessed by the Doctor and Samantha Jones, (PROSE: The People's Temple) although the Monk claimed to have assisted with its construction using anti-gravity lifts? (TV: "The Meddling Monk")
- ... that both the Sixth and Eleventh Doctors have expressed disdain for carrots to their red-headed companions? (TV: Terror of the Vervoids, The Eleventh Hour)
- ... that the Mentors — and maybe even Sil himself — returned in The Crimson Hand, the final Tenth Doctor comic story in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine?
- 1916 - Actor Anton Diffring was born.
- 1920 - Actor Leon Maybank was born.
- 1929 - Actor Colin Jeavons was born.
- 1934 - Actor Mary Peach was born.
- 1934 - Actor Timothy West was born.
- 1939 - Actor Ian Cullen was born.
- 1941 - Actor Anneke Wills was born.
- 1948 - Actor Sandra Dickinson was born.
- 1959 - Actor Christopher Bowen was born.
- 1992 - Actor Brian Badcoe died.
- 1997 - Actor John Bell was born.
- 2008 - Actor John Ringham died.
- 2009 - Actor Hubert Rees died.
- 1964 - The Hidden Planet was officially rejected by script editor David Whitaker.
- 1977 - Full scripts for The Pirate Planet were commissioned from Douglas Adams.
- 2009 - Recording for Legend of the Cybermen took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2011 - Recording for the first series of Counter-Measures took place at The Moat Studios.