Planet of Giants was a First Doctor serial which had a long and interesting gestation. Its basic conceit — that of miniaturising the Doctor and his companions — was to have been the very first story in Doctor Who history, but the technical challenge was too great for that earliest of production crews. It was therefore rejected by producer Verity Lambert, but script editor David Whitaker continued to push the topic. By its third writer, the "miniaturisation idea" had become intertwined with an important, pro-evironment message. The script that emerged was based on the non-fiction book, Silent Spring, and therefore contained an obvious warning against the environmental dangers of pesticide.
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.
Though largely unknown to non-British audiences, Ken Dodd was a major star in the United Kingdom when cast to play the Tollmaster in the Seventh Doctor serial, Delta and the Bannermen. Find out more about the thousands of actors who have been on Doctor Who by exploring Doctor Who guest actors.
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 - Part two of the TV Comic story Space War Two was first published.
- 1972 - Part eight of the TV Action comic story The Enemy from Nowhere was first published.
- 2009 - DWDVDF 16 was first published by GE Fabbri Ltd.
- 2010 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story In the Stars was first published.
- 2011 - The Middle Men was first broadcast on Starz.
- 2014 - The Fifth Doctor Box Set was first released by Big Finish.
- 2015 - Part one of the Titan Comics story Four Doctors was first published.
- 2015 - The Warehouse was first released by Big Finish.
- ... that Tony Auger, visual effects designer on Black Orchid, has recently done the special effects for the 2008 revival of Terry Nation's Survivors, as well as the 2009 Paul McGann series, Collision?
- ... that the instructional pamphlet, So You're Caught in a Rocket Attack, was once consulted by the Doctor when he actually was in the middle of a rocket attack? (PROSE: The Well-Mannered War)
- ... that Toshiko Sato's Japanese grandfather worked for the Allies as a code breaker at Bletchley Park during World War II? (TV: Greeks Bearing Gifts)
- ... that the Terpsivores were a race of massive centipedes who powered their spaceships by dancing? (COMIC: Death Disco)
- 1911 - Actor Gordon Richardson was born.
- 1912 - Actor Sonnie Willis was born.
- 1921 - Actor Dermot Tuohy was born.
- 1922 - Actor Fulton Mackay was born.
- 1936 - Actor Michael Coles was born.
- 1947 - Producer John Nathan-Turner was born.
- 1948 - Actor Penny Casdagli was born.
- 1965 - Comic artist Staz Johnson was born.
- 2003 - Actor Anne Tirard died.
- 2004 - Actor Alec Wallis died.
- 1963 - Director Waris Hussein started the ball rolling with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, explaining to Brian Hodgson the need to find a good effect for the sound of the dematerialisation of the TARDIS.
- 1963 - Donald Wilson wrote to Sydney Newman to once again impress upon his boss the importance of moving Doctor Who from Lime Grove Studios to BBC Television Centre and/or Riverside Studios. Said Wilson:
- "I feel most strongly that Dr. Who must from time to time explore the full range of technical resources, otherwise we shall lay ourselves open to criticism for lacking in imagination and boldness."