The Mind of Evil was a Third Doctor story that brought a radical change in the way United Nations Intelligence Taskforce was portrayed. Instead of being a primarily investigative body interested in alien or unexplained phenomena, here UNIT was mostly seen as a simple security force, guaranteeing the safety of international diplomats. In other words, the "United Nations" portion of their acronym was stressed over the "Intelligence Taskforce" bit — as would later happen in such stories as Day of the Daleks and The Time Warrior. Meanwhile, the main plot about the mind-control device was something writer Don Houghton intentionally included as an homage to A Clockwork Orange. Evil went badly over budget, thanks in no small part to one of Doctor Who's rare usages of a real helicopter in the concluding episode. An unimpressed Barry Letts therefore withdrew director Timothy Combe from his informal "director's rota", and Combe never worked on the programme again.
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 - The sixth and final part of the comic story On the Web Planet was first published in the 698th issue of TV Comic.
- 1969 - Episode two of The War Games was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1969 - Part four of the TV Comic story Eskimo Joe was first published.
- 1975 - Part two of Revenge of the Cybermen was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1975 - Part five of the TV Comic story Return of the Daleks was first published.
- 2002 - Part two of Death Comes to Time was first released online.
- 2007 - Part one of the Doctor Who Adventures comic story The Skrawn Inheritance was first published.
- 2008 - The Sontaran Stratagem was first broadcast on BBC One. Later, Send in the Clones aired on BBC Three.
- 2010 - Part two of the Big Finish audio story Pest Control was offered as part of a week-long give-away by The Daily Telegraph.
- 2012 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story Buying Time was first published.
- ...that comic penciller Mike Collins has drawn at least one comic story with each Doctor since the Seventh?
- ... that Berenyi was a Time Lord who designed the assassination of John F. Kennedy? (PROSE: Untitled)
- ... that a Darksmith Agent was a robot created using a mixture of scavenged Nestene and Gundan technology, and that it could travel the time winds without ill-effect? (The Darksmith Legacy series)
- ... that members of UNIT, under the leadership of "the Brig", put on Christmas pantomime productions of Aladdin? (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation, No Future)
- ... that the Voords fought the Marinusians for control of the planet Marinus? (TV: The Keys of Marinus)
- 1908 - Actor Donald Eccles was born.
- 1927 - Actor Graham Ashley was born.
- 1927 - Actor Derek Waring was born.
- 1928 - Writer Donald Cotton was born.
- 1937 - Production assistant Gareth Gwenlan was born.
- 1940 - Actor Harry Fielder was born.
- 1947 - Actor Lois Baxter was born.
- 1956 - Actor Ron Donachie was born.
- 1959 - Actor Jonathan Caplan was born.
- 1965 - Actor Susannah Harker was born.
- 1975 - Actor Kevin Lindsay died.
- 1984 - Composer Barry Gray died.
- 2005 - Actor Michael Coles died.