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Whose Doctor Who was a television documentary which aired on BBC Two on 3 April 1977 as an episode of the TV program The Lively Arts. Presented by Melvyn Bragg, it examined the first fourteen years of Doctor Who and its effects on society. It is also noted for the footage taken from Galaxy 4 episode 1, which was junked not long after and has yet to be retrieved.

Publisher's summary Edit

Introduced by Melvyn Bragg. Actors, writers, designers, directors and producers have come and gone but Dr Who remains one of the most popular family shows ever devised for British television. Despite all the changes, the programme maintains a consistent core of themes, in the Doctor's philosophy, his relations with his companions, his foibles and failings as well as his multifarious talents, and in the nature of the evil foes he pits himself against. Using scenes from episodes involving all four Doctors (William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker), tonight's programme will explore the ideas and attitudes which have characterised the series from the beginning. Appearing in the programme (as themselves) are Tom Baker, viewers young and old, along with a galaxy of monsters from Autons to Zarbis.[1]

Content Edit

Pre-titles/Introduction Edit

Clips from The Web Planet, The Seeds of Death, Doctor Who and the Silurians (black & white) and Genesis of the Daleks.

The Doctor Edit

Clips from An Unearthly Child, The Three Doctors, and Robot.

The Enemies Edit

Clips from Terror of the Zygons, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Mind Robber, Planet of the Spiders, Genesis of the Daleks, The Claws of Axos (black & white), The Invasion and The Seeds of Death.

Behind the Scenes - The Talons of Weng-Chiang Edit

Clips from Doctor Who and the Silurians, Terror of the Zygons, and The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

Safe Scares Edit

Clips from Spearhead from Space, Terror of the Autons (black & white), The Hand of Fear, The Seeds of Doom, Pyramids of Mars and The Monster of Peladon.

The Talented Doctor Edit

Clips from The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Krotons, The Monster of Peladon, Robot, The Space Museum, The Brain of Morbius, The Web Planet, The Time Monster (black & white), The Seeds of Doom, The Seeds of Death, The Dæmons, Genesis of the Daleks, and Spearhead from Space.

Writing the Show Edit

Clips from The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Invasion, Planet of the Daleks, The Face of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, Galaxy 4, The Time Warrior, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, and The Space Museum.

People interviewed Edit

In order of credited appearance.

Note: Several other children are interviewed, but not identified in the narration or by caption.

Home video releases Edit

The documentary was later included as an extra in the BBC DVD release of The Talons of Weng-Chiang in 2003, which had aired its final episode the day before the documentary was broadcast. The DVD was later remastered and included in the first Revisitations box set in 2010.

Footnotes Edit

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