On 14 July 1930, the BBC broadcast a television adaptation of The Man with the Flower in His Mouth by Luigi Pirandello. This was the first television drama to be produced in the United Kingdom. Provided that the broadcast was successful, the BBC considered producing an adaptation of Black Orchid by George Cranleigh. (PROSE: The Wheel of Ice)
On a Saturday in November 1963, Ace briefly watched BBC television at Mike Smith's house. At 5:15, a new science fiction series was about to start airing, whose name started with Doc—. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
In 1996, the Blue Peter garden was destroyed by a member (or members) of Faction Paradox, the effect of which was a far more intense psychological reaction than any direct assault on the people's psyche. (PROSE: Interference - Book Two)
In 2005, the BBC correspondents Francis Currie and Scott Christie were among the newscasters reporting on alien attacks and civil unrest in London. Right after the live broadcast of the Deputy PM Meena Cartwright, the BBC was knocked off the air when an ICIS-brainwashed suicide bomber attacked it during a live broadcast, killing Christie. Currie referred to the attack as a "double-whammy" propaganda move. (AUDIO: The Coup, The Longest Night)
In 2006, the BBC did a news report on the alien crash in the Thames. (TV: Aliens of London) On Christmas of that year, the BBC broadcasted Prime Minister Harriet Jones's address to Great Britain rather than the traditional greeting by the monarch (in this case, Elizabeth II). (TV: The Christmas Invasion)
In 2007, the BBC broadcasted a news story to warn people of the Cybermen. (TV: Army of Ghosts) The Cybermen took control of all the TV channels, including the BBC, to broadcast their message of world domination around the globe. (TV: Doomsday)
In 2008, the Master broadcasted his message about contact with alien life through the BBC. (TV: The Sound of Drums) The channel also reported on two highly destructive cataclysms. (TV: Revenge of the Slitheen, The Lost Boy)
In 2009, the BBC covered multiple emergencies such as the ATMOS disaster, (TV: The Poison Sky) the Earth's abduction, (TV: The Stolen Earth) the Zodiac brainwashing, (TV: Secrets of the Stars) and the 456 crisis. (TV: Children of Earth)
By the 2060s, the BBC had turned into the British Film and Television Corporation; following the Myloki war, its London headquarters were used as a covert base for SILHOET. (PROSE: The Indestructible Man)
Beep the Meep travelled to a parallel universe, in which the Doctor's universe existed only as part of a BBC science fiction television series called Doctor Who, on 12 October 1979, and took control of the BBC Television Centre. The Eighth Doctor and his companion Izzy Sinclair defeated Beep with the help of the actor Tom Baker, who infuriated him with his endless rambling. Strangely, Baker both physically resembled the Fourth Doctor and played him on the television series. The Doctor learned the truth when he discovered the first issue of Doctor Who Weekly. (COMIC: TV Action!)
In another parallel universe, the BBC shut down after the sun died and the Earth began hurtling aimlessly through space. The Prime Minister, Margo Kinnear, made her final address before the end of broadcasting. (AUDIO: The Endless Night)
On the Inferno Earth the BBC was renamed the Republican Broadcasting Corporation (RBC) in the 1940s, (PROSE: I, Alastair) although it reverted to its original name sometime after 1968. (PROSE: Still Lives) The RBC's radio channels mostly carried news and patriotic music while television was the primary instrument of propaganda, (PROSE: I, Alastair) often airing sensationalist documentaries and chat shows such as Occult Secrets of the Nazis and Chorley's People ridiculing groups the government disapproved of. (PROSE: Still Lives)
Behind the scenes
In the real world, the British Broadcasting Corporation is the dominant television and radio broadcast entity in the United Kingdom and a global entertainment company. Currently, the BBC operates multiple TV networks and radio stations, many of which have broadcast Doctor Who-related content over the years.
Its main television channel is currently known as BBC One. It was on BBC One that Doctor Who aired from 1963 to 1989 and again since 2005. It was also the home network of Torchwood in the latter part of its run.
Other BBC channels
- BBC Two
- BBC Three - initial home network of Torchwood and Doctor Who Confidential.
- BBC Four - Has shown a number of repeats, including The Hand of Fear
- CBBC - Children's network; broadcaster of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
- BBC Radio
- BBC Radio 7 - Original broadcaster of the first season of Big Finish's Eighth Doctor Adventures.
The BBC has also branched out into other media, including: BBC Audio, which has issued a number of soundtrack recordings from the series, as well as original audio dramas; BBC Video, which has issued episodes and documentaries to the home video market; and BBC Books, which has published original Doctor Who fiction since 1996.
BBC Worldwide is a branch of the BBC that oversees syndication of programmes such as Doctor Who, as well as overseas production ventures.
The BBC is also connected to several North American cable networks that air Who-franchise programming, including BBC America (United States) and BBC Kids (Canada), although these broadcasters are not considered to be directly part of the parent BBC.
The Cybus Industries website, which tied into Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel, featured an interview with the creator of the Cybermen of Pete's World, John Lumic. When asked the "best" and "worst" things about the BBC, Lumic simply responded that he abolished the BBC after Cybusnet became the sole global information provider.