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.
- 1970 - Episode three of Doctor Who and the Silurians was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1970 - Part five of the TV Comic story The Arkwood Experiments was first published.
- 1976 - Part three of The Seeds of Doom was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1976 - Part three of the TV Comic story Virus was first published.
- 1980 - DWM 19 was first released by Marvel Comics.
- 1981 - Part three of The Keeper of Traken was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1985 - The novelisation of Planet of Fire was first published by Target Books.
- 1998 - The Red Dwarf special was first broadcast on BBC Two.
- 2002 - Part one of "Planet of Blood" was first released online.
- 2006 - The DVD box set Doctor Who: The Complete First Series was first released in Region 1.
- 2007 - Part two of the Doctor Who Adventures comic story 13 O'Clock was first published.
- 2008 - Part two of the Doctor Who Adventures comic story The Halls of Sacrifice was first published.
- 2008 - Past Imperfect aired on BBC Three.
- 2011 - The Lost TV Episodes - Collection Two was first released by BBC Audiobooks.
- 2011 - The Ark was released on Region 2 DVD.
- 2012 - The Caves of Androzani was released on Region 1 DVD.
- 2013 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story Love is in the Air was first published.
- 2013 - Toby Hadoke's Who's Round 6 was released online.
- 2014 - The Brood of Erys and White Ghosts were first released by Big Finish Productions.
- 2014 - Toby Hadoke's Who's Round 42 was released online.
- 2017 - The Contingency Club was first released by Big Finish Productions.
- ... that director Toby Haynes was a film school classmate of Stephan Pehrsson, his cinematographer on The Big Bang? (CON: Out of Time)
- ... that Nina Rogers was a Cardiff student who, from a distance, saw Torchwood Three at work on at least three different occasions? (PROSE: Consequences, Risk Assessment, Lost Souls)
- ... that the Thousand Day War was a war fought at the end of the 21st century between humans and Ice Warriors? (PROSE: Legacy, GodEngine and others)
- ... that Toshiko Sato's Japanese grandfather worked for the Allies as a code breaker at Bletchley Park during World War II? (TV: Greeks Bearing Gifts)
- ... that Sundayan 'gators were a sort of cross between Earth alligators and turtles native to the planet Sunday? (PROSE: Wetworld)
- 1964 - "Five Hundred Eyes" was recorded at Lime Grove Studios. (TCH 2)
- 1969 - Pre-filming for The Space Pirates continued on Stage 2 of Ealing Studios. (TCH 14)
- 2011 - Recording for House of Blue Fire took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2012 - Recording for The Dark Planet took place at The Moat Studios.