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 fierce advocacy of Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner. 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.
- 1970 - Part three of the TV Comic story Doctor Who and the Robot was first published.
- 1985 - The Doctor Who Illustrated A to Z was first published by W.H. Allen & Co.
- 1996 - The Death of Art and Twilight of the Gods was first published by Virgin Books.
- 2002 - DWM 322 was first released by Panini Comics.
- 2007 - The Doctor Who: Battles in Time comic story Second Wave was first published.
- 2012 - DWDVDF 97 was first published by GE Fabbri Ltd.
- 2012 - Gods and Monsters, The Burning Prince, Project Nirvana and The Rosemariners were released by Big Finish Productions.
- 2013 - DWM 465 first released by Panini Comics.
- 2015 - The Magician's Apprentice was first broadcast on BBC One.
- 2019 - DWM 543 was published by Panini Comics.
- 2019 - Doctor Who The Official Annual 2020 was published by Penguin Group.
- ... that dubbing mixer Tim Ricketts, along with his principal team in the sound department, won a Royal Television Society Award for the sound design of TV: Midnight?
- ... 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 a Darksmith Agent was a robot created using a mixture of scavenged Nestene and Gundan technology, and that it could travel the time winds without ill-effect? (The Darksmith Legacy series)
- ... that several different incarnations of the Doctor have all believed they temporarily possessed "the last dodo"? (PROSE: The Last Dodo, PROSE: Echo, COMIC: The Didus Expedition)
- ... that the Terpsivores were a race of massive centipedes who powered their spaceships by dancing? (COMIC: Death Disco)
- 1925 - Actor Dallas Cavell was born.
- 1925 - Actor Keneth Thornett was born.
- 1939 - Actor Charles Pemberton was born.
- 1940 - Actor Caroline John was born.
- 1954 - Actor David Bamber was born.
- 1977 - Actor Michael Godfrey died.
- 1997 - Actor Jack May died.
- 2019 - Actor Sheila Vivian died.
- 1963 - The first filming session for the very first Doctor Who story, An Unearthly Child, took place. It was a one-day shoot at Ealing Studios of the last few seconds of episode one, depicting a caveman casting his shadow over the Doctor's TARDIS.
- 2011 - Episode two of The Underwater Menace was recovered.
- 2012 - Recording of the sixth series of Gallifrey began at The Moat Studios.
- 2017 - Recording for Torchwood One: Machines took place at The Soundhouse.
- 2019 - Recording for The First Doctor Adventures: Volume Four took place at the Soundhouse.