The Doctor Who theme was composed by Ron Grainer and made its debut with the first episode of the Doctor Who series in 1963. Although it has undergone many rearrangements, this piece of music has remained the sole theme for the series throughout its history, making it one of the most recognisable themes in television. It is also one of the longest continually-used pieces of theme music in British entertainment history, surpassed only by the theme from Coronation Street (in use since 1960), and the "James Bond Theme" (in use since 1962).
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.
- 1968 - Episode three of The Web of Fear was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1968 - Part three of the TV Comic story Cyber-Mole was first published.
- 1973 - Episode four of Carnival of Monsters was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1977 - The novelisation of The Seeds of Doom was first published by Target Books.
- 1979 - Part five of The Armageddon Factor was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1994 - No Future was first published by Virgin Books.
- 1994 - DWM 210 was released by Marvel Comics.
- 1996 - Episode five of The Ghosts of N-Space was first broadcast on BBC Radio.
- 2003 - The Seeds of Death was first released on Region 2 DVD.
- 2003 - The Mutants was released on VHS.
- 2005 - DWMSE 10 was first released by Panini Comics.
- 2011 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story If You Go Down to the Woods Today was first published.
- 2016 - Aquitaine was released by Big Finish.
- ... that the pre-title sequence of The Eleventh Hour was actually an entirely separate production to the main body of the episode, and that it was filmed months after principal photography had wrapped on Matt Smith's debut story? (WC: Doctor Who Video Explorer)
- ... that Spiral Yssgaroth was an alternate dimension, one of whose doorways into the main universe was located at Stonehenge? (PROSE: The Pit)
- ... that the Tenth Doctor and Donna once pretended to be Bjorn and Freida, two members of the Swedish rock group, ABBA? (AUDIO: Dead Air)
- ... that snegs are salamanders which are used at the basis of a chicken curry-eqsue stew served on Sirius Two? (PROSE: Island of Death)
- 1916 - Actor David Blake Kelly was born.
- 1941 - Actor Julia McKenzie was born.
- 1947 - Actor Dallas Adams was born.
- 1947 - Actor Malcolm Rennie was born.
- 1949 - Actor Brian Darnley was born.
- 1953 - Actor Norman Pace was born.
- 1992 - Actor Jack Montgomery was born.
- 2013 - Actor Richard Briers died.
- 1965 - Filming for The Crusade continued at Ealing Studios. The scenes filmed were the TARDIS materialising, William de Tornebu throwing a sword which then impales a Saracen warrior and the TARDIS dematerialising. Also filmed was a scene of Saracen warriors searching the streets of Lydda for Barbara from "The Knight of Jaffa". (TCH 5)
- 1967 - Pre-filming for The Macra Terror took place on Stage 3 of Ealing Studios. (TCH 10)
- 1968 - Episode six of The Web of Fear was recorded at Lime Grove Studios D. (TCH 11)
- 1969 - The Mists of Madness was commissioned by Terrance Dicks, to be written by Brian Wright. Wright later however accepted an academic writing post in Bristol, and never completed the season 7 serial. Its place in the schedule was later replaced by Inferno.
- 2010 - The BBC, before having a new trailer, released a new Eleventh Doctor promotional image featuring the Doctor, Amy Pond, a Dalek, a Weeping Angel, and the first glimpse of a new enemy, the Smiler.
- 2010 - Matt Smith chose the winner in a "design a TARDIS console" contest conducted on Blue Peter. The console design was later used in the series 6 episode The Doctor's Wife, fifteen months later.
- 2013 - An interview between Ed Stradling and show runner Steven Moffat was screened at the Gallifrey One 2013 convention. In it, Moffat confirmed that Mark Gatiss would be writing an episode featuring Ice Warriors. He also stated that, of all his scripts, The Big Bang was probably his personal favourite, and revealed that the title was actually a deliberate sexual innuendo, as it was the episode in which River Song was conceived.