Kinda was a 1982 Fifth Doctor story that was important to the development of the character of companion Tegan Jovanka. It established her as susceptible to the psychological horror of the Mara, a recurring villain that plagued her in several other stories. Behind the scenes, Kinda was interesting for its shifting fate amongst audience members. Doctor Who fans initially rejected the effort, ranking it low in the DWM 69 poll of viewer opinion of season 19. However, its appreciation by fans steadily rose over the years, and in 2009's DWM poll to rank the then-200 stories of Doctor Who, it ranked a respectable 69. Meanwhile, 21st century writers Steven Moffat and Rob Shearman have both sung its praises in various documentaries, and the British National Film Archive bought a copy in order to preserve it as example of Doctor Who at its finest.
Think Doctor Who is just for boys? Don't you believe it. Not only was the show's very first producer a woman, but it would never have come back without the fierce advocacy of Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner. Considering her importance to Doctor Who it's somewhat ironic that Tranter's only on-screen credits are for Torchwood: Miracle Day. But Gardner, her "partner in crime", is tied only with Russell T Davies as the most prolific producer in Doctor Who history.
However, several stories have clearly taken material from comic strips — often those in Doctor Who Magazine. The Shakespeare Code contains a good amount of material from A Groatsworth of Wit, and the notion of the Doctor absorbing the time vortex in order to spare a companion was explored in both The Parting of the Ways and The Flood.
Donald Baverstock was the BBC executive who set the the wheels in motion that eventually led to the creation of Doctor Who. Essentially the original commissioner of the programme, he hired Sydney Newman and later imposed a sense of financial responsibility upon producer Verity Lambert.But Baverstock wasn't the only BBC executive to have a profound impact on the development of Doctor Who. Make sure you read about Lorraine Heggessey, Mark Thompson, Danny Cohen, George Entwistle, Tony Hall, Shaun Sutton, Sydney Newman and others.
- 1966 - "Don't Shoot the Pianist" was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1966 - Part four of the TV Comic story The Trodos Tyranny was first published.
- 1977 - Part eight of the TV Comic story The Fire Feeders was first published.
- 1990 - The Dalek Invasion of Earth and The Mind Robber were released on VHS.
- 1998 - DWM 265 was first released by Marvel Comics.
- 2001 - Eater of Wasps and Asylum was first published by BBC Books.
- 2005 - The Long Game was first broadcast on BBC One. Later, The Dark Side aired on BBC Three.
- 2008 - Issue four of the IDW comic story Agent Provocateur was first published.
- 2009 - In the Shadows was first released by BBC Audio.
- 2009 - DWA 114 was first released by BBC Magazines.
- 2011 - The Curse of the Black Spot was first broadcast on BBC One. Later, Ship Ahoy! aired on BBC Three.
- 2011 - Angels in the Shadows was first released by Nintendo.
- 2012 - The graphic novel The Crimson Hand was first published by Panini Books.
- 2015 - Time Traveller's Journal was first published by Penguin Character Books.
- 2019 - The Moons of Vulpana was first released by Big Finish Productions.
- 2019 - The graphic novel A New Beginning was first released by Titan Comics.
- ... that Metal Mutt Productions, the main production company for K9, co-produced a behind-the-scenes documentary for the DVD release of series 1 with the help of students at the Queensland University of Technology?
- ... that Brendan Richards, onetime pal of Sarah Jane Smith and K9 Mark III, was unable to attend the funeral of Lavinia Smith, his guardian, because he was working in Californian computer industry at the time? (AUDIO: Comeback)
- ... that the name "Chumbley" was invented by Vicki, and wasn't, in fact, the proper name of the robots? (TV: Galaxy 4)
- ... that Nyssa almost certainly lost her virginity with a man named Andrew in Stockbridge, England — while the Fifth Doctor enjoyed a season with the local cricket club? (AUDIO: Autumn)
- 1908 - Sound supervisor John Cox was born.
- 1908 - Actor Valentine Dyall was born.
- 1913 - Cinematographer John Wilcox was born.
- 1926 - Actor Allan Selwyn was born.
- 1953 - Actor Gareth Milne was born.
- 1964 - Writer Craig Hinton was born.
- 1972 - Writer Jonathan Blum was born.
- 1977 - Actor Sonnie Willis died.
- 1981 - Actor Peter Rae was born.
- 1984 - Actor Lisa Diveney was born.
- 1998 - Actor Seymour Green died.
- 2013 - Actor Aubrey Woods died.
- 2019 - Writer Robin Bell died.