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2009 in

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2009 was a year in which a number of events important to the production of Doctor Who and its spin-offs occurred.




  • March - An online version of Doctor Who DVD Files was launched, allowing those who already owned the DVDs, or unable to buy the magazine internationally due to licensing restrictions, access to the printed content of the magazine. The subscription-based site also made the contents of the Doctor Who: Battles in Time series available to international fans.
  • March - The BBC series Tonight's the Night launched a contest for viewers to create their own Doctor Who monster. Following the 28 March deadline, finalists would be chosen to take part in further competition on the series. The winner would appear in a specially written Doctor Who sketch.
  • March - A trailer for the upcoming K9 spinoff series was unveiled at the MIPTV show in Cannes and was later posted online.
  • 3 March - The BBC announced that outgoing Doctor Who executive producer Julie Gardner would join the Los Angeles branch of BBC Worldwide in June 2009, serving as executive producer of American-market projects.[3]
  • 5 March - The Big Finish audio story The Glorious Revolution was recorded at the Moat Studios.
  • 9-10 March - Big Finish's audio adaptation of the unproduced TV story The Nightmare Fair was recorded at the Moat Studios.
  • 16 March - A quarter-century after their use was phased out across the UK, Edinburgh's police department announced plans to reintroduce "TARDIS-style" police boxes.[4]
  • 16 and 18 March - The Big Finish audio story Patient Zero was recorded at the Moat Studios.
  • Mid-March - For the fourth consecutive year, episodes of Doctor Who written by Steven Moffat were nominated for the annual Hugo Award: Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead. Also nominated was Russell T Davies' episode Turn Left, resulting in fan controversy; his Midnight was expected to be nominated. Competition for the award included episodes of Battlestar Galactica and Lost; this year Doctor Who did not win, and the award went to the made-for-Internet short film Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
  • 18 March - In a speech to members of BAFTA, Russell T Davies revealed production of Series 3 of The Sarah Jane Adventures had been impacted by BBC budget cuts and had nearly been cancelled on three occasions.[5]
  • 21 March - A scene for The End of Time Part Two was shot early to accommodate Jessica Hynes' schedule and allow her to appear in a cameo.[1]
  • In the weeks following its broadcast of The Next Doctor, the Canadian television network Space confirmed it had obtained the Canadian broadcast rights to the 2009 specials and Series 5, and announced it would air Planet of the Dead in June. This ended speculation over the future of Doctor Who on the CBC, although it was not yet known whether the CBC or related networks would retain broadcast rights to the first four seasons. Up to at least the end of Series 4, the CBC had been a sometimes-credited co-producer of the series; presumably this announcement meant that arrangement had ended.
  • 23 and 25 March - The Big Finish audio Paper Cuts took place at the Moat Studios.
  • 26 March - The Big Finish audio story The Drowned World was recorded at the Moat Studios.





  • 20 July - Production began on Series 5 of Doctor Who, with the BBC formally announcing the Doctor's new companion as Amy Pond and unveiling the first photographs of the Eleventh Doctor's costume and revised TARDIS exterior. Media coverage of the first day's filming also revealed a major guest star from Series 4 would return. The episode filmed was later identified as The Time of Angels.
  • 26 July - Doctor Who was officially named the single most successful science fiction TV series by Guinness World Records. The honour was announced at the 2009 San Diego ComicCon.[11] The same event also unveiled the first trailer for the David Tennant finale specials, confirming the return appearance of a longtime villain and indicating the title The End of Time for the finale. The ComicCon marked Tennant's first appearance at such an event; he was accompanied by John Barrowman and Russell T Davies.
  • 31 July - The Internet's largest Doctor Who discussion board, the Doctor Who Forum, along with the original Doctor Who News Page, formerly known as Outpost Gallifrey, closed.


  • 9 August - Steven Moffat's winning streak at the Hugo Awards ended when Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead was defeated by a Joss Whedon production, Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog, in the Dramatic Presentation - Short Form category, which Moffat and Doctor Who had dominated since 2006. An examination of the voting results show only about a hundred votes separated Moffat from first place in the final tally. Turn Left by Russell T Davies had also been nominated for the award this year. As Moffat had not written any of the 2009 specials, the earliest he would be eligible again for a Hugo was in 2011.






  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Davies, Russell T, Cook, Benjamin, 2008, Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale, BBC Books
  2. Gareth McLean (Friday 16 January 2009). The Doctor in Dubai: dubious indeed. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved on 1st September 2011.
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2008/nov/12/bbc-television
  4. HAZEL MOLLISON (16 March 2009). Police bring Tardis-style boxes back into use. Scotsman.com. Retrieved on 1st September 2011.
  5. Who writer begs lotto for TV cash. BBC News (19 March 2009). Retrieved on 1st September 2011.
  6. Short Trips Announcement. Big Finish (17/04/2009). Retrieved on 1st September 2011.
  7. 7.0 7.1 CON: Allons-y!
  8. TV shows including Doctor Who 'giving children nightmares'
  9. Doctor Who assistant is unveiled. BBC News (Friday, 29 May 2009). Retrieved on 1st September 2011.
  10. DWF (June 3 2009). Outpost Gallifrey/Doctor Who Forum To Close. The Trek BBS. Retrieved on 1st September 2011.
  11. Margaret Lyons (Jul 27 2009). 'Doctor Who' named 'most successful sci-fi series' by Guinness: Suck it, 'Star Trek'. PopWatch. Retrieved on 1st September 2011.
  12. Michael Moorcock (11-11-2009). By TARDIS Through The Multiverse. Moorcock's Miscellany. Retrieved on 1st September 2011.
  13. Michael Moorcock (Saturday 21 November 2009). I'm writing the new Doctor Who. The Guardian. Retrieved on 1st September 2011.
  14. Proposed BBC Drama Village at Media Capital, Roath Basin. Welsh Government (14 December 2009). Retrieved on 1st September 2011.