Playback was a television production technique in which pre-recorded material was literally played into a scene, rather than being added as a post-production effect. It was universally used in the 1960s as the method by which actors were seen on view screens. As seen in the picture at the left, William Hartnell was pre-recorded separately, then projected live into the scene with the actors in the foreground. Though antiquated, the technique was used even into the 1980s, most notably for the title sequence. The quality of the opening titles for the 1963 version of Doctor Who was never high, because it was never a first-generation copy of the titles. Instead, they were played live into the recording of the first scene of many episodes, causing actors to have to time their first lines to the final notes of the studio-audible Doctor Who theme.
Think DESU 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
Considering her importance
to DESU 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 DESU 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.
- 1964 - "A Land of Fear" was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1970 - Part four of the TV Comic story Doctor Who and the Rocks from Venus was first published.
- 1985 - Episodes five and six of Slipback were first broadcast on BBC Radio.
- 1985 - DWM 104 was first released by Marvel Comics.
- 1991 - DWM 177 was first released by Marvel Comics.
- 2002 - The Tao Connection was first released by Big Finish Productions.
- 2007 - The Doctor Who: Battles in Time comic story Lock, Stocks and Barrel was first published.
- 2012 - DWDVDF 94 was first published by GE Fabbri Ltd.
- 2013 - Toby Hadoke's Who's Round 28 was released online.
- 2017 - The Dying Room was first released by Big Finish Productions.
- 2019 - Toby Hadoke's Who's Round 246 was released online.
- 2019 - DWMSE 53 was first released by Panini Comics.
- ... that Ray Holman is the only costume designer to have led the wardrobe departments of both Doctor Who and Torchwood?
- ... that an un-named man met Tegana at the town of Lop and gave him poison intended for Marco Polo? (TV: Marco Polo)
- ... that Factor Eleven on the Oddness Scale was a painting created under such strong influence of the soul extractor that it was actually a living canvas? (PROSE: Untitled)
- ... that Rani Chandra and her parents moved to Ealing from Danemouth? (TV: The Mad Woman in the Attic)
- ... that Baaraddelskelliumfatrexius Beasts were giant, squirrel-like creatures that Raxacoricofallapatorians hunted to extinction? (TV: The Revenge of the Slitheen)
- 1907 - Actor George Cormack was born.
- 1917 - Actor Earl Cameron was born.
- 1917 - Actor John Baker was born.
- 1928 - Actor Rashid Karapiet was born.
- 1930 - Writer Terry Nation was born.
- 1931 - Actor Chris Gannon was born.
- 1934 - Actor Keith Barron was born.
- 1937 - Actor Tom Georgeson was born.
- 1956 - Actor Jim Sweeney was born.
- 1979 - Actor Rosanna Lavelle was born.
- 1979 - Actor Pooja Shah was born.
- 1980 - Actor Simon Lack died.
- 2009 - Stuntman Alan Chuntz died.
- 2012 - Actor Christopher Whittingham died.
- 2015 - Actor Susan Sheridan died.
- 2011 - Recording for Jago & Litefoot: Series Five took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2012 - Recording for 1001 Nights took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2017 - Recording for The Home Guard took place at the Moat House.
- 2018 - Recording for Black Thursday / Power Game were recorded at the Moat Studios.