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.
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.
- 1974 - Part three of Invasion of the Dinosaurs was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1974 - Part seven of the TV Comic story The Amateur was first published.
- 1982 - Part four of Four to Doomsday was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1983 - Part four of Snakedance was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1984 - Part one of Frontios was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1985 - Part two of Vengeance on Varos was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 2009 - The DVD and VHS boxset The E-Space Trilogy, including Full Circle, State of Decay and Warriors' Gate, was first released in Region 2.
- 2011 - Dermot and the Doctor was first broadcast on ITV.
- 2011 - DWDVDF 54 was first published by GE Fabbri Ltd.
- 2012 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story The Star Serpent was first published.
- 2013 - Toby Hadoke's Who's Round 4 was released online.
- 2020 - Fugitive of the Judoon was first broadcast on BBC One.
- ... that the televised episode Blink began its life as a Christmas-themed short story in the 2006 annual called, What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow?
- ... 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 perigosto sticks were used by students at the Time Lord Academy to play games of four-dimensional juggling? (PROSE: Seeing I)
- ... that Nyssa almost certainly lost her virginity with a man named Andrew in Stockbridge, England — while the Fifth Doctor enjoyed a season with the local cricket club? (AUDIO: Autumn)
- ... that Baaraddelskelliumfatrexius Beasts were giant, squirrel-like creatures that Raxacoricofallapatorians hunted to extinction? (TV: The Revenge of the Slitheen)
- 1966 - Innes Lloyd sent scripts of the first two episodes of The Gunfighters to director Rex Tucker.
- 2001 - Recording for Embrace the Darkness took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2003 - Recording for The Dark Flame took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2005 - Recording for Three's a Crowd took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2006 - This was the date of the script for Tardisode 1. (DWMSE 14)
- 2012 - Recording for The Last Post took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2017 - Recording took place for The First Doctor: Volume Two took place at The Moat Studios.