The Doctor Who theme was composed by Ron Grainer and made its debut with the first episode of the Doctor Who series in 1963. Although it has undergone many rearrangements, this piece of music has remained the sole theme for the series throughout its history, making it one of the most recognisable themes in television. It is also one of the longest continually-used pieces of theme music in British entertainment history, surpassed only by the theme from Coronation Street (in use since 1960), and the "James Bond Theme" (in use since 1962).
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 - Episode four of The War Machines was first broadcast on BBC1, concluding season 3.
- 1966 - Part four of the TV Comic story The Haunted Planet was first published.
- 1977 - Part two of the TV Comic story The Orb was first published.
- 1987 - The novelisation of The Sensorites was first released by Target Books.
- 2009 - Chapter one of Blue Moon was published online.
- 2009 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story The Genius Trap was first published.
- 2013 - The DVD box set The Doctors Revisited: Part One was released in Region 1.
- 2013 - Heathrow Airport began a special summer-long Doctor Who event to celebrate the show's fiftieth anniversary. The opening was marked by a performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a book signing of Jenny Colgan's Dark Horizons.
- 2015 - The House of Sorrows was first published in Doctor Who Adventures.
- 2015 - The Drosten's Curse was first published by BBC Books.
- 2015 - Toby Hadoke's Who's Round 129 was released online.
- 2017 - Meet the Thirteenth Doctor aired on BBC One.
- ... that Love & Monsters director Dan Zeff was already a three-time BAFTA winner before he tackled the Abzorbaloff?
- ... that Berenyi was a Time Lord who designed the assassination of John F. Kennedy? (PROSE: Untitled)
- ... that Factor Eleven on the Oddness Scale was a painting created under such strong influence of the soul extractor that it was actually a living canvas? (PROSE: Untitled)
- ... that members of UNIT, under the leadership of "the Brig", put on Christmas pantomime productions of Aladdin? (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation, No Future)
- ... that there were two different kinds of abominable snowman controlled by the Great Intelligence? (TV: The Abominable Snowmen, The Web of Fear)
- 1930 - Actor Frances Pidgeon was born.
- 1931 - Writer Robert Banks Stewart was born.
- 1948 - Actor David Sibley was born.
- 1956 - Actor Adrian Mills was born.
- 1974 - Director Mark Tonderai was born.
- 1997 - Actor Hugh Martin died.
- 2003 - Actor John Bleasdale died.
- 2017 - Actor Trevor Baxter died.
- 1965 - "Trap of Steel" was recorded at BBC Television Centre Studio 4. (TCH 6)
- 2006 - The car chase scene in The Runaway Bride was filmed on location, on the A4232 Ely Link Road in Cardiff. The crew had a police escort, and two 4-hour periods over the weekend allotted, in which the road could be closed for production. (REF: About Time 8)
- 2007 - Recording for Dalek Empire IV: The Fearless began at The Moat Studios.
- 2008 - Recording for Seven Keys to Doomsday took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2010 - Recording for The Feast of Axos took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2012 - It was announced that the BBC Television Centre was sold to Stanhope plc for around 200 million pounds.
- 2012 - Recording for The Evil One and The Child took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2013 - Recording for Afterlife took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2017 - Jodie Whittaker was announced as the Thirteenth Doctor.