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.
- 1973 - Part three of the TV Comic story Nova was first published.
- 1979 - Part one of The Creature from the Pit was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 2005 - Classified! A Confidential 3-D Dossier and TARDIS Manual were first published by Penguin Character Books.
- 2005 - Quiz Book was first published by BBC Children's Books.
- 2008 - Part two of Secrets of the Stars was first broadcast on CBBC.
- 2011 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story Trapped in the Pages of History was first published.
- 2013 - The Doctors Revisited - The Tenth Doctor was first broadcast on BBC America, followed by a rebroadcast of the Tenth Doctor stories The Stolen Earth and Journey's End.
- 2016 - The novels Joyride, The Stone House and What She Does Next Will Astound You were published by BBC Books.
- 2018 - I Am The Master was first released by Big Finish Productions.
- ... that famed American comic book artist, George Roussos, coloured most of the covers for Marvel Comics' 1984 run of Doctor Who?
- ... that David Hasselhoff's singing was so abhorrent to the Doctor that he went to the fall of the Berlin Wall twice just so he could avoid hearing Hasselhoff perform? (PROSE: Autonomy)
- ... that Balmoral Castle was once removed from Scotland by the Judoon? (PROSE: Revenge of the Judoon)
- ... that the Sixth Doctor once thought he had preserved a rare swuffle in the TARDIS zoo, but it turned out to be a Kymbra Chimera? (COMIC: Changes)
- ... that Baaraddelskelliumfatrexius Beasts were giant, squirrel-like creatures that Raxacoricofallapatorians hunted to extinction? (TV: The Revenge of the Slitheen)
- 1923 - Producer and Script Editor Peter Bryant was born.
- 1925 - Controller of BBC One Paul Fox was born.
- 1939 - Actor John Cleese was born.
- 1945 - Actor John Kane was born.
- 1945 - Writer Andrew McCulloch was born.
- 1969 - Doctor Who creator Eric Maschwitz died.
- 1991 - Writer Paul Erickson died.
- 2008 - Actor Roy Stewart died.
- 1965 - Make-up lead Sonia Markham responded to producer John Wiles' 26 October memo, and apologised profusely about the lack of continuity with Brian Cant's beard from scene to scene in "The Nightmare Begins". She pushed back, however, against Wiles' criticism of the wig Hartnell wore as the First Doctor, explaining that there is little which can be done about being able to see the wig line during close-ups.
- 1970 - Script editor Terrance Dicks wrote to writer Louis Marks about Marks' story idea for Day of the Daleks, "the addition of the 'going into the future' storyline gives it the added science fiction feeling that we need." He however explained that he had not yet been given to all-clear to commission another season, and thus could not yet commission his storyline. He finally gave the order on 22 January 1971.
- 2004 - Recording for The Game took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2005 - The shooting script for The Age of Steel, then titled Parallel World Part 2, was issued. (DWMSE 14)
- 2009 - Recording for Situation Vacant took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2014 - Recording for Time Tunnel and The Other Woman took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2014 - Big Finish confirmed the casting of Jemma Powell as Barbara Wright for the third series of The Early Adventures.
- 2015 - Recording for The Second Doctor: Volume One and Lost and Found took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2016 - Recording for Forever Fallen took place at The Moat Studios.