Planet of the Dead was the first of the 2009 specials that ended David Tennant's tenure as the Doctor. It teamed the Tenth Doctor up with an aristocratic thief named Lady Christina De Souza for a one-off adventure that also heavily involved UNIT. Behind the scenes, it was important for a number of innovations, as it was the first episode to be filmed in HD, and the first to involve location filming in the Middle East. As of 2013, it was the only Doctor Who Easter special.
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 - "The Roof of the World" was first broadcast on BBC tv.
- 1965 - The sixth and final part of the comic story The Therovian Quest was first published in the 689th issue of TV Comic.
- 1969 - Episode five of The Seeds of Death was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1969 - Part four of the TV Comic story Martha the Mechanical Housemaid was first published.
- 1975 - Part one of The Sontaran Experiment was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1975 - Part seven of the TV Comic story Death Flower was first published.
- 1982 - Part three of The Visitation was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1983 - Part three of Terminus was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1997 - Part eight of the Radio Times comic story Perceptions was first published.
- 2002 - Part two of "Planet of Blood" was first released online.
- 2012 - DWDVDF 82 was first published by GE Fabbri Ltd.
- 2016 - Infernal Devices was released by Big Finish.
- 2017 - Part five of The Heralds of Destruction was first published in 3D 5.
- 2018 - The Missy Chronicles was first published by BBC Books.
- 2018 - Gallifrey: Time War was first released by Big Finish Productions.
- ... that Tony Auger, visual effects designer on Black Orchid, has recently done the special effects for the 2008 revival of Terry Nation's Survivors, as well as the 2009 Paul McGann series, Collision?
- ... that the Jeggorabax Cluster was a region of space that was the home of the energy entity which landed on Earth in 1283 and became known as the Pied Piper? (TV: The Day of the Clown)
- ... that Dragonfire establishes Ace to be 16 years old, a full decade younger than her actor, Sophie Aldred?
- ... the noxmycota was an extra-terrestrial species of fungus which would have taken over the world in 1070 had not the Eighth Doctor and Izzy Sinclair repelled the threat? (PROSE: Illumination)
- 1933 - Actor Sheila Hancock was born.
- 1939 - Actor Bridget Turner was born.
- 1940 - Actor Judy Cornwell was born.
- 1953 - Actor Nigel Planer was born.
- 1957 - Actor Robert Bathurst was born.
- 1965 - Actor Steve Speirs was born.
- 1966 - Actor Neil Stuke was born.
- 1975 - Writer Peter R. Newman died.
- 1982 - Actor Dichen Lachman was born.
- 1995 - Actor Nicholas Pennell died.
- 2002 - Actor Emilia Jones was born.
- 2011 - Actor Nicholas Courtney died.
- 2014 - Actor Roger Milner died.