The Name of the Doctor was the beginning of Doctor Who's fiftieth anniversary storyline, and the conclusion of the seventh series produced by BBC Wales. It resolved the central mystery of the series by conclusively explaining how Clara Oswald had appeared and died at several points in the Doctor's life.
The episode contained the most Doctors ever seen in a single episode — though this was mostly achieved through the integration of old footage into new background plates. Nevertheless, the appearances were incidental; former Doctors were merely seen, not heard. A notable exception was the First Doctor, whose initial departure from Gallifrey was shown for the very first time on-screen — albeit in a way that essentially validated the depiction of the event seen in the 30th anniversary comic story, Time & Time Again.
While the main focus of the story was to explain Clara's splintered existence, it also had other reveals: the apparent conclusion of the Doctor's relationship with River Song, the definitive end of the Great Intelligence story arc and the shocking reveal of a previously unseen incarnation.
That reveal covemprised the episode's cliffhanger, which was not continued until the 50th anniversary episode itself.
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.
- 1967 - Episode three of The Macra Terror was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1967 - Part two of the TV Comic story The Zombies was first published.
- 1972 - Episode five of The Sea Devils was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1972 - Part four of the TV Action comic story The Planet of the Daleks was first published.
- 1978 - Part one of the TV Comic story The Eerie Manor was first published.
- 2009 - DWDVDF 6 was first published by GE Fabbri Ltd.
- 2010 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story Lucky Heather was first published.
- 2011 - The prequel to The Impossible Astronaut was first released online.
- 2013 - The Battle of Demons Run: Two Days Later was first released online.
- 2015 - The graphic novel Revolutions of Terror was first published by Titan Comics.
- ... that without the last-minute inspiration of un-credited vision mixer Shirley Coward, the first regeneration scene would have simply involved William Hartnell pulling a cloak over his face and Patrick Troughton lowering it? (REF: The Second Doctor Handbook)
- ... that Factor Eleven on the Oddness Scale was a painting created under such strong influence of the soul extractor that it was actually a living canvas? (PROSE: Untitled)
- ... that both Jackie Tyler and Clyde Langer could make shepherd's pie? (TV: World War Three, TV: The Gift)
- ... that a highly evolved rovie — or Gallifreyan mouse — once tried to take over the Doctor's TARDIS? (AUDIO: No Place Like Home)