The War Games was a 1969 serial which significantly changed Doctor Who. It was the first story which named the Doctor's people as "Time Lords", and the first to ever depict his home planet. It was also the first to show that the Doctor was genuinely a renegade, liable to the criminal courts on his home world. But it was also full of "lasts". It was the final serial in black and white, and the swan song for the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot. In fact, it was the only story prior to David Tennant's finalé which involved the departure of the entire cast of regulars. It was the last serial for several years in which the TARDIS was fully functional and under the Doctor's control, as one of the consequences of the story was that the Doctor be exiled on Earth thereafter. However, because the serial did not end with a clear regeneration, or actually seeing the Doctor be forced to go to Earth, a narrative gap was created between it and the next televised story. There are therefore many Second Doctor stories which take place after the Doctor's sentencing in this story, but before its execution. One of the biggest contributions to Doctor Who lore caused by The War Games is thus the so-called "Season 6b".
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.
- 1970 - Part seven of the TV Comic story Doctor Who and the Robot was first published.
- 1974 - The novelisations of The Dæmons and The Sea Devils were first published by Target Books.
- 1991 - Timewyrm: Apocalypse was first published by Virgin Books.
- 1991 - The Gallifrey Chronicles was first published by Doctor Who Books.
- 2002 - DWM 323 was first released by Panini Comics.
- 2006 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story Pinball Wizard was first published.
- 2007 - The Doctor Who: Battles in Time comic story Crime After Crime was first published.
- 2011 - Part one of The Man Who Never Was was first broadcast on CBBC.
- 2012 - DWDVDF 99 was first published by GE Fabbri Ltd.
- 2013 - DWM 466 was first released by Panini Comics.
- 2014 - The Doctor's Tale was first released by Big Finish.
- 2015 - The Girl Who Died was first broadcast on BBC One.
- .. that the song "Chances" by Athlete was featured, but not credited, on the soundtrack of TV: Vincent and the Doctor?
- ... that an un-named man met Tegana at the town of Lop and gave him poison intended for Marco Polo? (TV: Marco Polo)
- ... 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 members of UNIT, under the leadership of "the Brig", put on Christmas pantomime productions of Aladdin? (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation, No Future)
- ... that the Silurians restored some breeds of dinosaurs from extinction, including the Herrerasaurus and the Dilophosaurus? (PROSE: Blood Heat)
- 2005 - Stuart Murphy, Controller of BBC Three, announced the commissioning of Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood to the press. (DWMSE 14) [additional sources needed]
- 2005 - Clearance issues caused rewrites known as "yellow rewrites" to alter Tooth and Claw playing Lene Lovich's "Lucky Number" in the TARDIS to Ian Dury and the Blockheads' "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick". (DWMSE 14)
- 2013 - Final recording session for Jago & Litefoot: Series Eight took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2017 - Recording for The Eleventh Doctor Chronicles took place.