Graeme MacDonald (30 July 1930-30 September 1997[1])was the BBC Head of Serials from 1977 until 1981, when he became Head of Drama.

During his time as Head of Serials, MacDonald influenced Doctor Who. It was ultimately up to him to approve a script and he inspected each of them for elements the BBC did not approve of. For instance, he insisted that the suicide of Maximillian Stael in Image of the Fendahl take place off screen.[2]

Along with producer Graham Williams, MacDonald was responsible for convincing director Michael Hayes to work on Doctor Who.[3]

MacDonald was unhappy with The Androids of Tara's parody of The Prisoner of Zenda and asked for it to be toned down, with specific references to the book removed.[4]

MacDonald wanted to see a reduction in the slapstick present in Doctor Who. As a result of this, Anthony Read asked Robert Holmes to dampen the humour for his script, The Power of Kroll.[5] After watching this serial, MacDonald was so unimpressed by the set design, that he ordered that designer Don Giles was never to work on Doctor Who again.

In 1977, it was MacDonald who asked Williams not to produce The Vampire Mutation as it would coincide with the BBC's adaptation of Count Dracula. This script would resurface in 1980, becoming State of Decay.[6]

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