The Name of the Doctor was the beginning of Doctor Who's fiftieth anniversary storyline, and the conclusion of the seventh series produced by BBC Wales. It resolved the central mystery of the series by conclusively explaining how Clara Oswald had appeared and died at several points in the Doctor's life.
The episode contained the most Doctors ever seen in a single episode — though this was mostly achieved through the integration of old footage into new background plates. Nevertheless, the appearances were incidental; former Doctors were merely seen, not heard. A notable exception was the First Doctor, whose initial departure from Gallifrey was shown for the very first time on-screen — albeit in a way that essentially validated the depiction of the event seen in the 30th anniversary comic story, Time & Time Again.
While the main focus of the story was to explain Clara's splintered existence, it also had other reveals: the apparent conclusion of the Doctor's relationship with River Song, the definitive end of the Great Intelligence story arc and the shocking reveal of a previously unseen incarnation.
That reveal covemprised the episode's cliffhanger, which was not continued until the 50th anniversary episode itself.
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.
- 1973 - Part five of the TV Action comic story The Vortex was first published.
- 1994 - DWM 216 was first released by Marvel Comics.
- 2003 - Timeless was first published by BBC Books.
- 2005 - Spiral Scratch was first published by BBC Books
- 2011 - Long Time Dead was first published by BBC Books.
- 2011 - DWA 229 was first released by BBC Magazines.
- 2011 - DWI 5 was first published by Panini UK.
- 2011 - Escape to LA was transmitted on BBC One.
- 2013 - Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor aired on BBC One, announcing the identity of the Twelfth Doctor.
- 2016 - DWMSE 44 was released by Panini UK.
- 2016 - The audiobook version of The Macra Terror was first released by BBC Audio.
- ... that series 5 guest-star Bill Paterson was the star of Sea of Souls, the show ex-Doctor Who producer Phil Collinson launched immediately prior to making Rose?
- ... that Horatio Nelson was someone whose historic deathdate the Second Doctor actively tried to change? (DAN: H.M.S. TARDIS)
- ... that Balmoral Castle was once removed from Scotland by the Judoon? (PROSE: Revenge of the Judoon)
- ... that the Tenth Doctor temporarily travelled with the "last" dodo bird, and — much to Martha Jones' confusion — named it "Dorothea"? (PROSE: The Last Dodo)
- 1937 - Actor David Holliday was born.
- 1941 - Actor Martin Jarvis was born.
- 1941 - Actor John Atterbury was born.
- 1943 - Actor Georgina Hale was born.
- 1948 - Actor Ian Liston was born.
- 1949 - Assistant floor manager Russ Karel was born.
- 1968 - Actor Lee Mack was born.
- 1969 - Actor Fenella Woolgar was born.
- 1989 - Actor Maurice Colbourne died.
- 1997 - Film cameraman Dick Bush died.
- 2006 - Actor John Alderson died.
- 2018 - Actor Janet Hargreaves died.
- 2018 - Actor John Line died.
- 2020 - Actor Harry Dickman died.
- 2010 - Recording for The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2011 - Recording for The Anachronauts took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2015 - Recording for The Haunting took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2016 - Recording for The Outliers took place at the Moat Studios.