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 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.
- 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 McCoy-era script editor, Andrew Cartmel, has written for the Torchwood franchise in the form of the prose story The Wrong Hands?
- ... that reporter James Stevens once exposed the dangerous work of the top secret Inferno Project? (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)
- ... that the creation of Stonehenge was witnessed by the Doctor and Sam Jones, (PROSE: The People's Temple) although the Monk claimed to have assisted with its construction using anti-gravity lifts? (TV: "The Meddling Monk")
- ... that there were two versions of the Tenth Doctor in London during Christmas 2006 — one aboard a Sycorax spaceship and one helping a boy named Daniel at St Nicholas's Hospital? (TV: The Christmas Invasion, PROSE: Deep and Dreamless Sleep)
- ... that the Ikkaba were a time-traveling race who had a huge cultural impact upon several galaxies — and even influenced the building of pyramids by the Aztecs, Babylonians and Yamayans — but died out en masse, leaving behind little more than poetry? (PROSE: Walking to Babylon)
- 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.