The Mind of Evil was a Third Doctor story that brought a radical change in the way United Nations Intelligence Taskforce was portrayed. Instead of being a primarily investigative body interested in alien or unexplained phenomena, here UNIT was mostly seen as a simple security force, guaranteeing the safety of international diplomats. In other words, the "United Nations" portion of their acronym was stressed over the "Intelligence Taskforce" bit — as would later happen in such stories as Day of the Daleks and The Time Warrior. Meanwhile, the main plot about the mind-control device was something writer Don Houghton intentionally included as an homage to A Clockwork Orange. Evil went badly over budget, thanks in no small part to one of Doctor Who's rare usages of a real helicopter in the concluding episode. An unimpressed Barry Letts therefore withdrew director Timothy Combe from his informal "director's rota", and Combe never worked on the programme again.
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 one of the TV Comic story Time in Reverse was first published.
- 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 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story Shark Bait was first published.
- 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 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story Planet Void was first published.
- 2014 - DWMSE 38 was first released by Panini Comics.
- 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 pre-title sequence of The Eleventh Hour was actually an entirely separate production to the main body of the episode, and that it was filmed months after principal photography had wrapped on Matt Smith's debut story? (WC: Doctor Who Video Explorer)
- ... that Edward Watkinson advanced the theory that civilisations developed beer before bread? (PROSE: Walking to Babylon)
- ... that the word shsurr is the polite form of address for an adult female in the Ice Warriors' language? (PROSE: Legacy)
- ... that both Jackie Tyler and Clyde Langer could make shepherd's pie? (TV: World War Three, TV: The Gift)
- ... that the Thalatth were a species with several radically different developmental stages, and that, when fully mature, they were known as Solarix Prizmatterflies, capable of flying through space? (COMIC: Hook, Line and Sinker)
- 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.
- 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 - Recording for Brave New Town took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2011 - Recording for Legion took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2017 - Recording for The Tenth Doctor Chronicles took place.