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.
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.
- 1969 - Part five of the TV Comic story Operation Wurlitzer was first published.
- 1975 - Part six of the TV Comic story The Wreckers was first published.
- 2008 - The Stolen Earth was first broadcast on BBC One. Later, Friends and Foe aired on BBC Three.
- 2012 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story The Sky is Falling! was first published.
- ... that the pre-title sequence of The Eleventh Hour was actually an entirely separate production to the main body of the episode, and that it was filmed months after principal photography had wrapped on Matt Smith's debut story? (WC: Doctor Who Video Explorer)
- ... that the legendary Dalek killer, "the Bringer of Death" known as Kalendorf, in his retirement visited a museum dedicated to the Dalek War, where he met the Eighth Doctor prior to the Time Lord's conclusion of the Last Great Time War? (PROSE: Museum Peace)
- ... that the name "Chumbley" was invented by Vicki, and wasn't, in fact, the proper name of the robots? (TV: Galaxy 4)
- ... that Nyssa almost certainly lost her virginity with a man named Andrew in Stockbridge, England — while the Fifth Doctor enjoyed a season with the local cricket club? (AUDIO: Autumn)
- ... that there were two different kinds of abominable snowman controlled by the Great Intelligence? (TV: The Abominable Snowmen, The Web of Fear)
- 1902 - Actor Geoffrey Morris was born.
- 1903 - Actor Hugh Morton was born.
- 1936 - Actor Tony Sibbald was born.
- 1938 - Actor John Tillinger was born.
- 1951 - Actor Lalla Ward was born.
- 1954 - Actor Alice Krige was born.
- 1965 - Actor Rebecca Front was born.
- 1968 - Actor Adam Woodyatt was born.
- 1971 - Actor Benito Martinez was born.