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.
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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.
- 1966 - Part two of the TV Comic story The Hunters of Zerox was first published.
- 1977 - Part five of the TV Comic story The Orb was first published.
- 1992 - DWM 190 was first released by Marvel Comics.
- 2001 - Dark Progeny was first published by BBC Books.
- 2001 - The Human Factor was first released by Big Finish Productions.
- 2002 - The Tomb of the Cybermen was released on Region 1 DVD.
- 2007 - Time-Flight and Arc of Infinity were released together in a Region 2 DVD box set.
- 2008 - Doctor Who: Battles in Time comic story Swarm of the Zenith was first published.
- 2009 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story Copycat was first published.
- 2009 - Delta and the Bannermen was released on Region 4 DVD.
- 2009 - The audiobook version of The Mind Robber was first released by BBC Audio.
- 2015 - Wildthyme Reloaded was first released by Big Finish.
- ... that the reunion of the Sixth Doctor and Jamie begun in City of Spires is actually continued first in The Companion Chronicles: Night's Black Agents before returning to the main Big Finish Doctor Who range in The Wreck of the Titan?
- ... that the Malicious Damage Act 1861 applies to lighthouses — at least according to the Fourth Doctor? (TV: Horror of Fang Rock)
- ... that Dragonfire establishes Ace to be 16 years old, a full decade younger than her actor, Sophie Aldred?
- ... that the Mentors — and maybe even Sil himself — returned in The Crimson Hand, the final Tenth Doctor comic story in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine?
- 1926 - Actor Frank Finlay was born.
- 1937 - Actor Barbara Windsor was born.
- 1945 - Director Ron Jones was born.
- 1952 - Actor James Murray was born.
- 1958 - Producer and director Keith Barnfather was born.
- 1970 - Actor Alan Cox was born.
- 1976 - Actor William Mervyn died.
- 1980 - Actor Barry Justice died.
- 1980 - Writer Tom MacRae was born.
- 2002 - Actor Katherine Schofield died.
- 2013 - Designer Ian Rawnsley died.
- 2014 - Sound recordist Dave Baumber died.
- 1965 - "Mission to the Unknown" was recorded at BBC Television Centre Studio 4. (TCH 6)
- 1966 - The BBC announced to the press that William Hartnell was to leave the role of the first Doctor. Patrick Troughton signed a contract to play the second Doctor for 22 episodes.
- 1998 - Recording for Beyond the Sun took place.
- 2000 - Recording for The Holy Terror took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2004 - Recording for the UNIT story Snake Head took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2010 - Recording for The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2016 - Recording for The Haunting took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2018 - Recording for The Planet of Witches took place.