The War Games was a 1969 serial which significantly changed Doctor Who. It was the first story which named the Doctor's people as "Time Lords", and the first to ever depict his home planet. It was also the first to show that the Doctor was genuinely a renegade, liable to the criminal courts on his home world. But it was also full of "lasts". It was the final serial in black and white, and the swan song for the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot. In fact, it was the only story prior to David Tennant's finalé which involved the departure of the entire cast of regulars. It was the last serial for several years in which the TARDIS was fully functional and under the Doctor's control, as one of the consequences of the story was that the Doctor be exiled on Earth thereafter. However, because the serial did not end with a clear regeneration, or actually seeing the Doctor be forced to go to Earth, a narrative gap was created between it and the next televised story. There are therefore many Second Doctor stories which take place after the Doctor's sentencing in this story, but before its execution. One of the biggest contributions to Doctor Who lore caused by The War Games is thus the so-called "Season 6b".
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.
- 1969 - Part three of the TV Comic story The Brotherhood was first published.
- 1975 - Part four of Terror of the Zygons was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1975 - Part two of the TV Comic story The Sinister Sea was first published.
- 1980 - Part four of The Leisure Hive was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1984 - The Key to Time: A Year by Year Record was first published by W.H. Allen.
- 1984 - The novelisation of The Aztecs was first released by Target Books.
- 1986 - The Doctor Who Roland Rat: The Series special was first broadcast.
- 1986 - Part three of The Mysterious Planet was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1989 - Part three of Battlefield was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1990 - The novelisation of Ghost Light was released by Target Books.
- 2001 - DWM 309 was first released by Panini Comics.
- 2004 - Ghost Light was released on Region 2 DVD.
- 2006 - Doctor Who: Battles in Time comic story Growing Terror was first published in its very first issue.
- 2007 - DWM 387 was first released by Panini Comics.
- 2010 - The anthology Present Danger was first published by Big Finish Productions.
- 2011 - James Corden and the Dalek was first released, alongside Open All Hours.
- 2012 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story Dawn of Time! was first published.
- 2012 - DWM 452 was first released by Panini Comics.
- 2014 - Time Heist was first broadcast on BBC One.
- 2018 - DWM 530 was first released by Panini Comics.
- ... 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 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 Golosian is a language so complex that it cannot be processed by the the TARDIS translation circuit? (AUDIO: Bang-Bang-a-Boom!)
- ... that Baaraddelskelliumfatrexius Beasts were giant, squirrel-like creatures that Raxacoricofallapatorians hunted to extinction? (TV: The Revenge of the Slitheen)
- 1921 - Visual effects designer Jack Kine was born.
- 1925 - Producer John Wiles was born.
- 1925 - Director Christopher Barry was born.
- 1955 - Actor David Haig was born.
- 1958 - Actor Suzanne Packer was born.
- 1969 - Actor Mina Anwar was born.
- 1986 - Writer and Script Editor Dennis Spooner died.
- 1989 - Actor Malachi Kirby was born.
- 1993 - Actor Salvin Stewart died.
- 1997 - Actor Roy Pattison died.
- 2000 - Director Mary Ridge died.
- 2009 - Actor Kenneth Seeger died.
- 1963 - The original cast of Doctor Who — that is, William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, William Russell and Jacqueline Hill — met for the first time for a photoshoot. The first ever photographs of Doctor Who were thus taken.
- 1968 - Episode one of The Invasion was recorded at Lime Grove Studios D. (TCH 13)
- 2006 - Recording for Return of the Daleks took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2012 - Recording for the sixth series of Gallifrey took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2015 - Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman participated in a photo shoot at Abbey Road, where, with the help of two Dalek props, they imitated the famous album cover produced by the Beatles. In costume as the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald, Capaldi struck the same pose as John Lennon, though wearing his Doctor's sunglasses, while Coleman, in her bare feet, mimicked Paul McCartney.
- 2017 - Recording for Torchwood One: Machines took place at The Soundhouse.
- 2018 - Recording for the sixth series of The Diary of River Song took place.