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1988 in

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Timeline for 1988
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1988 was a year in which a number of events important to the production of Doctor Who and its spin-offs occurred.

  • 15 February - BBC Broadcasting Research issued its Television Audience Reaction Report for Season 24 of Doctor Who, which had introduced a new Doctor, Sylvester McCoy. The show's Appreciation Index was 60, down from 69 for Season 23. Troubling numbers in the report indicated that the new Doctor and his companion, Mel, were not popular with viewers. Fewer than half were interested in seeing further seasons of the series. Despite this, viewer count actually rose over the previous year.[1]
  • 4 April - Production of Remembrance of the Daleks caused a brief panic when a large explosion set off on a London side street during filming of a Dalek battle scene was mistaken as a possible IRA bombing. [2]
  • 1 September - YTV, a Canadian youth-oriented cable network, was launched. During its first few years, Doctor Who was a regular part of the schedule, with YTV being one of the first North American broadcasters to show episodes from the Sylvester McCoy era.


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