Rose was the first episode of the BBC Wales version of Doctor Who. As the first televised story of the 21st century, it had to introduce the concept of the programme, as well as new regulars, Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper. Its success on BBC One was immediate. As of 2013, it remained the second highest-rated season opener in Doctor Who history, behind only Destiny of the Daleks, a story that aired without any competition from other broadcasters. Aired in March, 2005 — several years before the BBC offered full scale digital content streaming — it picked up nearly 11 million terrestrial and cable BBC One viewers. The episode boasted a number of behind-the-scenes firsts, aside from merely being the first episode to feature Russell T Davies' vision of the show — such as being the first episode shot in a widescreen aspect ratio. It was also the first British-made episode to utilise an modern production style, and was thus the first time that credited cinematographers, production designers, colourists, digital artists, and any number of skilled professions had been credited on British-made Doctor Who.
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.
Though largely unknown to non-British audiences, Ken Dodd was a major star in the United Kingdom when cast to play the Tollmaster in the Seventh Doctor serial, Delta and the Bannermen. Find out more about the thousands of actors who have been on Doctor Who by exploring Doctor Who guest actors.
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.
- 1969 - Part two of the TV Comic story The Brotherhood was first published.
- 1975 - Part three of Terror of the Zygons was first broadcast.
- 1975 - Part one of the TV Comic story The Sinister Sea was first published.
- 1980 - Part three of The Leisure Hive was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1984 - DWM 93 was first released by Marvel Comics.
- 1986 - Part two of The Mysterious Planet was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1989 - Part two of Battlefield was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 2007 - Part one of the Doctor Who Adventures comic story Shipwreck! was first published.
- 2012 - Exodus Code was first published by BBC Books.
- 2012 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story Planet of the Rorys was first published.
- 2014 - Listen was first broadcast on BBC One.
- ... that Catherine Tate's introductory scene as Donna Noble was filmed twice due to a change in cinematographers?
- ... that reporter James Stevens once exposed the dangerous work of the top secret Inferno Project? (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)
- ... that the fob watch carried by the Seventh Doctor was the same one that the First Doctor regularly used? (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire)
- ... that Dragonfire establishes Ace to be 16 years old, a full decade younger than her actor, Sophie Aldred?
- ... that the Mentors — and maybe even Sil himself — returned in The Crimson Hand, the final Tenth Doctor comic story in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine?
- 1968 - Location filming for The Invasion concluded. Pre-filming for the story also took place at Ealing Studios on this day. (TCH 13)
- 1969 - Filming began on Spearhead from Space. These were the first scenes shot in colour, as well as the first starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor.
- 2008 - Recording for Hothouse took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2010 - Recording for The Cold Equations took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2011 - Recording for The Wrath of the Iceni took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2012 - Recording for The Apocalypse Mirror took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2013 - Recording for The English Way of Death took place at The Moat Studios.