The Name of the Doctor was the beginning of Doctor Who's fiftieth anniversary storyline, and the conclusion of the seventh series produced by BBC Wales. It resolved the central mystery of the series by conclusively explaining how Clara Oswald had appeared and died at several points in the Doctor's life.
The episode contained the most Doctors ever seen in a single episode — though this was mostly achieved through the integration of old footage into new background plates. Nevertheless, the appearances were incidental; former Doctors were merely seen, not heard. A notable exception was the First Doctor, whose initial departure from Gallifrey was shown for the very first time on-screen — albeit in a way that essentially validated the depiction of the event seen in the 30th anniversary comic story, Time & Time Again.
While the main focus of the story was to explain Clara's splintered existence, it also had other reveals: the apparent conclusion of the Doctor's relationship with River Song, the definitive end of the Great Intelligence story arc and the shocking reveal of a previously unseen incarnation.
That reveal covemprised the episode's cliffhanger, which was not continued until the 50th anniversary episode itself.
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.
- 1965 - Part six of the TV Century 21 comic story The Penta Ray Factor was first published.
- 1971 - Part four of The Celluloid Midas was first published in Countdown.
- 1976 - Part one of the TV Comic story Mind Snatch was first published.
- 1980 - DWM 44 was first released by Marvel Comics.
- 1986 - DWM 116 was first released by Marvel Comics.
- 2008 - The Torchwood Magazine comic story "Dark Times" was first published.
- 2008 - DWA 77 was first released by BBC Magazines.
- 2008 - The audiobook versions of Doctor Who and the Dæmons and Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars was first released by BBC Audio.
- 2011 - The prequel to Let's Kill Hitler was released online.
- 2013 - DWA 327 was first released by Immediate Media Company London Limited.
- 2014 - DWMSE 38 was first released by Panini Comics.
- 2014 - DWFC 26 was first released by Eaglemoss Collections.
- 2015 - Toby Hadoke's Who's Round 133 was released online.
- 2018 - Red Planets was released by Big Finish Productions.
- 2019 - Part three of the Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor comic story Old Friends was first published by Titan Comics.
- 2019 - Emissary of the Daleks was first released by Big Finish.
- ... that The Emperor of Eternity features the first team-up of Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling as Jamie and Victoria in an original Big Finish audio?
- ... that "Amy Ivans" was in reality Amfetriti, a mermaid whom the Sixth Doctor and Peri met when she was slowly being mercury poisoned? (AUDIO: Cryptobiosis)
- ... that the Battle of Monte Cassino ended only about a month before the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith arrived in World War II Italy? (COMIC: Treasure Trail)
- ... that the Tenth Doctor temporarily travelled with the "last" dodo bird, and — much to Martha Jones' confusion — named it "Dorothea"? (PROSE: The Last Dodo)
- ... that the Terpsivores were a race of massive centipedes who powered their spaceships by dancing? (COMIC: Death Disco)
- 1918 - Actor Patsy Smart was born.
- 1934 - Actor Vernon Dobtcheff was born.
- 1934 - Actor Trevor Bannister was born.
- 1938 - Actor Hilary Tindall was born.
- 1950 - Actor Peter Guinness was born.
- 1955 - Actor Gillian Taylforth was born.
- 1969 - Writer Paul Driscoll was born.
- 1972 - Actor Siri O'Neal was born.
- 1973 - Actor Darren Strange was born.
- 1979 - Actor Jamie Parker was born.
- 1987 - Actor James Buckley was born.
- 1999 - Actor Tony Calvin died.
- 1964 - "Prisoners of Conciergerie" was recorded at BBC Television Centre Studio 4. (INFO: "Prisoners of Conciergie")
- 2007 - The Big Finish audio story Brave New Town was recorded at the Moat Studios.
- 2011 - Big Finish's Bernice Summerfield audio anthology Legion was recorded at the Moat Studios.
- 2017 - Big Finish's audio anthology The Tenth Doctor Chronicles was recorded.