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(1963–1989)

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The longest running sci-fi series ever made for television.
The distinctive TARDIS sound effect is officially classified as a piece of music and was created by rubbing the bass strings of a piano with a key.
The word "Dalek" became so familiar to British audiences that it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Of the 253 episodes of "Doctor Who" that were produced in the 1960s, 97 no longer exist in the BBC Television Archives due to an archive purge between 1972 and 1978, during which BBC Enterprises destroyed the only known copies believing them to be of no future value. The BBC stopped destroying episodes in 1978 when this policy came to the attention of the series' fans. From this point the BBC realized the potential commercial and cultural value of the series and audited their archives that same year. A print of the 1965 episode "The Daleks' Master Plan: Day of Armageddon" was returned by a former BBC engineer in January 2004. In December 2011, a further 2 episodes were recovered, this time from a former ITV engineer: Doctor Who: Air Lock (1965) (Part 3 of the "Galaxy 4" serial) and Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace: Episode 2 (1967). In 2013, the entire story of "The Enemy of the World" and all except one episode of "The Web of Fear" were also recovered from Nigeria.
When the script called for him to recite coordinates to program the TARDIS, Tom Baker would sometimes rattle off a string of digits that was actually the telephone number to the "Doctor Who" production office; no one ever caught on.
The BBC owns the copyright to the design of the Police Box as used as the design for the TARDIS. It was bought from the Metropolitan Police.
The Beatles make a cameo appearance on a 1965 episode called "The Chase", in which they're seen on a time scanner performing "Ticket to Ride" on Top of the Pops (1964). Originally, the plan was to have the actual musicians appear as old men, but the idea was vetoed by Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. Ironically, the live footage used in the episode is all that remains of this performance, as the episode of Top of the Pops it was taken from was erased.
When it became clear that failing health was affecting his performance and relationship with the cast and crew, William Hartnell, the first actor to play the Doctor, was asked to leave the show. Hartnell had a very strained relationship with his second producer John Wiles and shortly after Innes Lloyd became the third producer, Lloyd told Hartnell that he was going to be replaced. Rather than cancel the successful series, story editor Gerry Davis came up with the Doctor's ability to regenerate his body when he is near death, which allows for the smooth transition from one actor to another playing the role, although this was not called "regeneration" in the series at the time. The previous production team of Wiles and Donald Tosh had considered replacing Hartnell with an actor who would play the part exactly the same as Hartnell, but Innes Lloyd and Gerry Davis preferred the idea the Doctor would become a completely different persona. The term "regenerating" was not introduced until the end of the Third Doctor's era in "Planet of the Spiders".
Asteroid 3325, a small main belt asteroid discovered in 1984, is named TARDIS after the Doctor's time/space machine.
Many actors were considered for the role of the Doctor over the years. Ron Moody twice declined the role. He was first choice after Hartnell left but refused (as did Peter Jeffrey), and he also turned down the chance again in 1969 when Troughton left. Graham Crowden turned down the role of the Fourth Doctor because he wouldn't commit to the series for three years and veteran British comedian Richard Hearne was also approached but rejected because he wanted to play it in the style of his famous character Mr Pastry. Michael Bentine was also approached to play the Fourth Doctor but he insisted on having a role in the scripting.
Originally, the Doctor's time machine, the TARDIS, was to have a different appearance in order to blend in wherever and whenever it materializes due to its "chameleon circuit." However, it was decided that this constant changing of a regular prop would be too expensive. So, it was decided that the circuit would be permanently disabled due to the TARDIS' age, thus retaining the appearance of a 1963 Police Callbox.
Only three of the Dalek "costumes" from the 1960s survive today. One such original prop has been cut open and is at the "Doctor Who" exhibition in Blackpool, where children can climb inside and see what it is like to be a Dalek. One of the Dalek costumes is stored in a glass display case under the stairs in the Southampton branch of the forbidden planet sci-FI stores.
The series was originally devised as an educational program for kids, with co-creator Sydney Newman having no intention of featuring "bug eyed monsters." The first episodes featured cavemen. But when the Daleks were introduced, the attitude of the program was forever changed. Even so, the series continued to alternate between science fiction and purely historical stories for several seasons.
Jon Pertwee was fond of using the phrase "reverse the polarity" in his dialog, so the writers made sure his incarnation of The Doctor said it frequently. The most common use was the technobabble sentence "Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow", which, due to its popularity with fans, was also used occasionally by later Doctors.
TV editing was very difficult in the 1960s, and so (in common with most other British TV drama at the time) many early episodes of "Doctor Who" were recorded "as live". If the actors fluffed their lines, the others had to cover for him/her. There are several obvious instances of this in the series, such as in "The Web Planet" where actor William Hartnell forgot his lines, leading to co-star William Russell to prompt him by asking "What galaxy is that in then, Doctor?". In order to facilitate this style of recording, the actors were allowed a four-day rehearsal period (Monday-Thursday) followed by camera rehearsal on Friday day and the actual studio recording Friday evening. Saturdays were often spent on location recording inserts for future episodes, and the actors were given Sunday off before the process started again for the next episode on Monday morning. Although editing techniques improved over the years, it remained the case that studio scenes would usually be taped almost as live, using a multi-camera system, until the series ended in 1989.
The original pilot episode was rediscovered in 1978 in a mislabeled film can. After an archive purge by the BBC between 1972 and 1978, the film survived by chance and was originally thought lost forever.
When the series was syndicated in the US, many stations did not show it in its half-hour long, cliff-hanger format. Instead, a "movie version", made up of all episodes of one adventure, but with the cliff-hanger endings edited out, would be shown. Since the number of episodes used to tell one story would sometimes vary (usually four episodes, but sometimes 6, 7, or only 2), the "movie versions" varied in length. Because of this, many stations showed the movie versions on weekends, in late-night or early-morning slots, where their schedules were more flexible.
The design of the Daleks was never based on an actual pepper pot and was designed around a seated person. The pepper pot was used by designer Raymond Cusick to demonstrate how he envisaged it moving. A Dalek used in the series was five feet six inches tall, four feet long and three feet wide, weighing 336 pounds. The operator inside worked the Dalek gun, plunger, eye stalk and the lights, while a voice actor in the corner of the studio provided the Dalek voice by speaking into a ring modulator. The operator inside still had to learn the lines even though he didn't speak them, as the lights had to operate in synchronicity with the voice.
The famous theme music won the accolade of the best sci-fi theme tune in an online vote for website Total Sci-Fi in 2009.
William Hartnell is believed to have approved of the casting of Patrick Troughton, although the decision as to who would follow him was made by producer Innes Lloyd. The actors met each other when filming "The Tenth Planet", and Troughton was so excited to be playing the new Doctor Who, but also admitted to Hartnell that he was scared stiff and Hartnell told Troughton that he will be fine. In the 2013 drama An Adventure in Space and Time (2013), based on real life events in the early years of the series, Hartnell is told by the Head of Drama Sydney Newman that Troughton is to succeed him.
For its entire run, the series did not have a "bible" to keep it consistent. Later in the series run, the producer John Nathan-Turner started consulting fan Ian Levine on continuity matters.
The character of the Doctor was originally conceived as a grandfather figure and the first three actors to play the Doctor, William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, were all over the age of 45 when they were cast in the part. However, the part subsequently became associated with younger actors, all of whom were under the age of 45 when cast. The youngest by far was Peter Davison, aged just 29 when he took the part. This trend of having younger actors continued with Doctor Who (1996) and Doctor Who (2005) until 55-year-old Peter Capaldi was cast as the Twelfth Doctor in 2013, making him the oldest actor since Hartnell to be chosen for the role.
Jon Pertwee had incredible difficulty learning some of the technobabble that the Doctor is famous for, so the crew hid cue cards in the set.
Although a number of spin-offs were considered throughout the course of the programme (including vehicles for the Daleks, for UNIT, and for the Jago and Litefoot characters from the Tom Baker serial "The Talons of Weng Chiang"), only one was ever produced as a pilot. This was K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981), aired initially as a Christmas special. Although it fared well in the ratings, the BBC decided not to proceed with a series. Ironically this featured ex-companions Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith and John Leeson as the voice of K9 - both would return for the altogether more successful 21st Century spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007).
Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor) appeared in 173 episodes of the series, more than any other actor.
Due to ill health, William Hartnell was unable to appear in the third episode of "The Tenth Planet" (1966), which was also his penultimate episode. Ironically, the final episode of the serial has since been lost and consequently the last surviving episode from the Hartnell era doesn't even feature Hartnell.
The BBC announced an 18-month break in the series in February 1985. The series returned to the air in September 1986. After the series ended in 1989, fans tried again to get the show back, but were unsuccessful. There were numerous "false starts" as attempts were made to produce a feature film based on the series. In the early 1990s, Steven Spielberg was widely reported to have been interested in making a film version and a number of script treatments were written. Ultimately, in 1996, the United States Fox Network co-produced (with the BBC) and aired a TV movie which failed to spark a new series. In late 2003, the BBC announced that it was finally going to be broadcasting a new series of Doctor Who in 2005.
The name of the Doctor's time machine, the TARDIS, is short for "Time And Relative Dimension In Space". In later serials, this was changed to "Time And Relative Dimensions In Space" (Dimensions in plural), but the series revamp (2005+) has reverted to the singular usage.
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Several versions of the theme tune were used over the years, with the most famous being used from 1963 to 1980 (albeit with a slight rearrangement and the addition of an echo chamber effect being added in 1966). A disco version of the tune became a hit in the UK in 1978, and an electronica version reached number 1 in 1988.
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Michael Jayston, a Shakespearian actor, played a potential future incarnation of the Doctor known as the Valeyard, who existed between the Doctor's twelfth and thirteenth incarnations.
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Tom Baker had two different length scarves. A shorter one was used for outdoor shoots to prevent the actor from snagging the scarf in anything as he walked.
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The format of the show's entire run was a series of cliff-hanger adventure serials. Each of the Doctor's adventures would be told across several half-hour episodes, with a cliff-hanger ending each one. Each "season" of the show would be broken into several stories, taking usually 4 to 6 episodes to play out - on-screen, each individual episode would begin with the title of the story ("The Android Invasion", to name one), followed by the story's author, then what episode the story the audience was watching ("Part One", for example). This method of titling wasn't established until late in the third season; prior to that, every episode was given its own unique title. Because of this, there are no 'official' story titles to the earliest adventures, though semi-official ones have been consistently used on DVDs, books, etc.
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Two reasons are given for the first episode of the first series series being repeated the following week: a) it aired the day after John F. Kennedy's assassination and as a result drew lower than expected audiences. b) there was a widespread power failure and the episode was not seen nationwide.
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In the 1976 season, The Doctor started operating his TARDIS from the craft's secondary control room, an obviously older version of the main control room with wood paneling and a Victorian design motif. This set was abandoned when it was discovered that the paneling warped while in storage during the hiatus and the series had the Doctor begin using the regular control room again.
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Patrick Troughton's regeneration was the only regeneration where we did not see The Doctor regenerate into his new incarnation. When the Second Doctor's regeneration was being filmed, the Third Doctor had yet to be cast and Jon Pertwee was later announced as the third actor to play the Doctor. However, in the following story "Spearhead in Space", we see the newly-regenerated Third Doctor step out of the TARDIS in Troughton's costume and collapse on the ground.
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During the 1970s, series star Tom Baker attempted to have a feature film made titled "Doctor Who Meets Scratchman", which would have co-starred Vincent Price.
David Troughton - Patrick Troughton's son - appeared as an extra alongside his father in "The Enemy of the World". He later played King Peladon in Jon Pertwee's "The Curse of Peladon". He was sharing a flat with an future 6th doctor - Colin Baker - at the time.
On three occasions, past Doctor actors have to returned to the series as the Doctor in stories known as "multi-Doctor" stories, meaning that they feature multiple incarnations of the Doctor. In 1973, the tenth anniversary story, The Three Doctors, saw William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton return to the role alongside Jon Pertwee. In 1983, the twentieth anniversary story, The Five Doctors, saw Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee return to the role alongside Peter Davison whilst Richard Hurndall played the role of the first Doctor (William Hartnell, who had passed away some years earlier) and Tom Baker appeared only in footage filmed for a story called Shada (1979), which was abandoned due to strike action. Finally, in 1984 Patrick Troughton reprized his role alongside Colin Baker in The Two Doctors.
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The pilot episode of the series would have been the first transmitted edition had it not been remounted on the recommendations of BBC executives. It has been shown on television in the UK once, in 1991, and remains the only surviving episode from the 1960s held in its original unedited format.
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K-9 was a constant source of difficulty for the crew: the cameras interfered with the signals from its remote operator, causing it to frequently run amok; it was difficult to frame the prop so that it was visible with the human actors; and the prop sat so low to the ground that even a cigarette butt could stop it dead. The writers didn't care for K-9 either, feeling his extraordinary abilities made solving problems too easy for the Doctor and his companions.
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The version of the "Doctor Who" logo that was used from 1970 to 1973 during the Jon Pertwee era would later resurface as the logo for the 1996 revival film, after which it once again became the official logo for most Doctor Who-related merchandise. As of 2005, it is used as the official logo for the "classic series" with a brand new logo used on all merchandise relating to the 2005 revival.
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Some television reference works erroneously list Terry Nation as the creator of this series. Nation created the Daleks, which were responsible for the series early success. The two 1960's spin-off movies Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966), carry the credit "Based on the BBC television serial written by Terry Nation" - referring to the "Doctor Who" scripts written by Nation, upon which the movies were based. Some people misunderstood this credit, believing it was crediting Nation as creating "Doctor Who" itself.
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The original version of Ron Grainer's theme music was created electronically in 1963 by Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and was one of the first TV themes so created. Ron Grainer tried to have Delia Derbyshire credited as co-writer of the music, to record her contribution, but was prevented from doing so by internal BBC politics which would not allow technicians to receive artistic credits.
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None of the UNIT army uniforms survive as they were disposable (and were disposed of).
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The motorized K-9 prop was extremely heavy, and a hollow version was constructed for scenes in which the actors had to carry it.
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The character 'Doctor Who' was ranked #22 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).
During its 26 years, the series only filmed episodes outside Britain on a few occasions. The first was in 1979 when "City of Death" was filmed in Paris. Later episodes filmed outside the UK were "Arc of Infinity" (Amsterdam), "Planet of Fire" (Canary Islands), and "The Two Doctors" (Spain). Plans to film episodes in the United States and Singapore fell through.
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Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) and John Leeson (K-9) are the only actors to play the same character in both this series and Doctor Who (2005).
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As William Hartnell's illness progressed, he started to have memory problems and often forgot his lines. Many unusual ad libbed lines in place of those scripted were passed off as part of the Doctor's character.
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Lyrics were added to the theme for a 1972 single by series star Jon Pertwee who chose to recite, not sing, the words. The single was called, "Who Is The Doctor?". It failed to chart in the UK.
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Bessie, who appeared on several occasions in the early 1970s, with the licence plate "WHO 1". This private plate had already been purchased by another party and so the BBC were unable to acquire it for the series. Instead they used a fake "WHO 1" plate on private roads, and the car's actual plate "MTR 5" was used only in long-shots.
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The first six seasons of the series were mostly shot on black and white 405-line videotape (although some later episodes were recorded on 625-line tape and others directly onto 35mm film). Of those black and white episodes all original videotape copies were wiped. The episodes from that period still in existence today exist only in the form of telerecordings (also known as Kinescopes).
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The most popular three seasons of the series were broadcast between 1975 and 1977, starred Tom Baker as the Doctor and were produced by Philip Hinchcliffe and script editor Robert Holmes. Hinchcliffe and Holmes deliberately made the series darker with the intention of expanding the audience and attracting more older children and adults. They often referenced famous horror novels and movies. During this period the series achieved the best ratings it ever managed, with over 40 episodes achieving more than 10 million viewers. The stories from this period have continued to dominate in fan polls ever since. However, this period of the series also attracted unfavourable attention from television watchdog Mary Whitehouse, who frequently complained that its levels of violence and horror were too frightening for children. The BBC eventually acquiesced and ordered the next producer, Graham Williams, to tone it down on joining the series.
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The main character's name is not actually Doctor Who. In fact, his real name is never revealed. Other characters who know him only address him as Doctor, and he only ever introduces himself by saying "I'm the Doctor." The title comes from the idea that, after being told someone is a doctor, you would naturally ask, "Doctor Who?"
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In a 2013 interview, Peter Davison expressed regret that flirtation and sexual tension between the Doctor and his companions was never allowed, unlike in the revival Doctor Who (2005). Davison claimed the original series "never quite mastered the whole companion idea".
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Changes to the cast were a regular fixture of the series - only five of the series' 26 seasons (the 8th, 9th, 22nd, 25th and 26th) did not include an arriving or departing regular cast member. Only two regular characters did not get a departure scene: the character of Dodo Chaplet disappeared halfway through the 1966 serial "The War Machines"; the character Liz Shaw simply did not return after the 1970 season. The departures were explained in dialogue in subsequent episodes. Actors Mary Tamm and Colin Baker did not get leaving scenes - their characters (Romana and the Doctor, respectively) returned at the beginning of the following season played by different actors. However, their characters belonged to a race whose appearance, it had already been established, would frequently change thus making the change of actors easy to explain.
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Ian Marter, who played Surgeon Lt. Harry Sullivan, also wrote the novelizations of several Dr. Who stories.
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Colin Baker was on the shortlist for at least two guest roles. Patrick Troughton was once offered a guest part
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Tom Baker was working as a hod-carrier after several roles fell through when he was approached to take on the role of the fourth doctor.
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Writer Terry Nation got the idea for the Daleks' wheeled motion seeing the Georgian State Dancers at the theatre: they wore floor-length skirts and bent their knees slightly to glide as if on castors.
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The last three Doctors in the series, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, all wore costumes with a question mark motif, as did Tom Baker in his last season, in an ironic reference to the title of the series. Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Colin Baker all had question marks on the collars of their shirts, while Sylvester McCoy had a pullover covered in question marks and an umbrella with a handle in the shape of a question mark. This was the idea of the series' producer at the time, John Nathan-Turner, who believed it made the series more marketable. Tom Baker disliked the introduction of the question mark motif, while Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy have all admitted they were never completely happy with their costumes in the series.
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William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton are the only actors to play The Doctor that didn't appear in every episode of his tenure.
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Actors considered to play the Seventh Doctor included Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Ken Campbell, Chris Jury and Alexei Sayle. Jury would later play Deadbeat in "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy," while Atkinson would star in the parody Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (1999). Furthermore, Andrew Sachs and Dermot Crowley auditioned for the role.
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The Seventh Doctor's straw hat actually belonged to Sylvester McCoy.
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Co-creator Sydney Newman, who also devised The Avengers (1961), never received screen credit as creator of the series or any of its subsequent spin-off films. Newman later took legal action against the BBC in an attempt to be recognized as creator of the series, but failed.
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Ranked #18 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).
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During Sylvester McCoy's tenure as the Doctor, the actress who played the Doctor's assistant Ace, Sophie Aldred, and the actor who played 'The Master', Anthony Ainley, along with McCoy himself, all share the same birthday (20th August).
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The visual effect used in the original sequence uses a technique called "howl-round" and was designed by graphic designer Bernard Lodge and special effects expert Norman Taylor.
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During the Tom Baker years, many props from 'Gerry Anderson''s live action series were incorporated into the sets. Notably parts and panels from the main control stations from the Moonbase in UFO (1969) appear on Nerva Beacon in "Ark in Space" and "Revenge of the Cybermen". Kano's computer control desk from Space: 1999 (1975) appears as the control desk for the Guardians in "Underworld".
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Michael Grade, Controller of BBC One (1984-1987), put the series on an 18 month hiatus in early 1985 and explained his decision at the time by claiming the series was producing disappointing ratings (averaging about seven million during this period) and he accused the series of becoming too violent, losing its imagination and wit and the people making it of becoming complacent. He has admitted in a number of interviews since that he wanted to cancel the series outright in 1985 because he thought the cheap production values were pathetic compared with films like Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). After pressure from fans and a campaign by the British press, Grade brought the series back after the hiatus the following year, although he insisted that star Colin Baker was replaced at the end of that season. Grade, along with BBC Drama Head Jonathan Powell, approved the casting of Sylvester McCoy as the new Doctor and oversaw his first season in the role before leaving for Channel Four in 1987. Powell replaced Grade as BBC One Controller and oversaw two more seasons with McCoy before it was permanently cancelled in 1989 by the BBC's new Head of Series, Peter Cregeen, following four seasons of very poor ratings since Grade's hiatus (only two episodes from these four seasons had won more than six million viewers, proving that the hiatus and the subsequent firing of Colin Baker had completely failed to improve the series' appeal). The last three seasons had been scheduled against Coronation Street (1960), the most popular series on the BBC's rival channel, ITV.
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Although the series is often referred to as a children's programme, it was actually conceived by the BBC's Head of Drama, Sydney Newman, and it was always made within the BBC's drama department for the whole of its 26 years. The series' appeal to adults was confirmed in 1969 when an Audience Research survey commissioned by the new producer Barry Letts revealed that 58 per cent of its audience were over the age of 15. The series' script editor between 1974 and 1977, Robert Holmes, admitted in a newspaper interview that he and producer Philip Hinchcliffe saw the core audience as being intelligent fourteen-year-olds and he personally believed the series was not suitable for children under the age of ten unless they were under strict parental guidance.
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Peter Cushing stated in an interview that he was offered the title role on three occasions after appearing as the Doctor in the 1960s movie adaptations of the series: Producers of the show asked him to play the second, third, and fourth Doctors; he turned them all down, not wanting to make a lengthy commitment to a television program. He later regretted the decision.
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Of the original four travelers in the TARDIS, only William Russell has yet to make a re-appearance in the series. William Hartnell (The Doctor) reappeared in the 10th season in "The Three Doctors" and reappeared, via archive footage, in the 20th season special, "The Five Doctors". Carole Ann Ford (Susan) also reappeared in the 20th season special once again as Susan. Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright) returned as Lexa in the Tom Baker's Doctor Who series "Meglos".
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The fourth Doctor simply leaves Sarah completely alone, with no explanation (a fact confirmed by Sarah when she is reunited with the tenth Doctor.) However, in the 20th anniversary, "Five Doctors Who," she is seen returning with K-9 carried under her arm. (K-9 was never given to Sarah Jane.)
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Only 6 of the actors playing the Doctor have had their image shown in the opening credits. They include Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy. Of those 6, only Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker had their opening images updated during the series run. Pertwee is the only Doctor Who actor who got a full-body pose (in his updated credits in 1973). Tom Baker is the only Doctor who does not smile in his opening image (though he smiles in the updated credits for the 1980-81 series). Also, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy are the only Doctors who had their opening image in motion. Baker's starts with a closed-mouth smile that breaks into a grin, and McCoy's image winks to the viewers.
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In addition to the 97 episodes that no longer exist, some episodes no longer exist in their original format. Four episodes only survive in an edited state - "Checkmate" ("The Time Meddler": Episode 4), "The Celestial Toymaker": Episode 4, "The War Machines": Episode 3, and "The War Machines": Episode 4. Furthermore, eleven episodes only survive in black and white whilst originally filmed in color - "The Ambassadors of Death": Episodes 2, 3, 4 and 7, "The Mind of Evil" (all six episodes) and "Invasion of the Dinosaurs": Part 1. Many of the Jon Pertwee episodes from the early 1970s, made in colour, now only exist as poorer quality NTSC 525-line colour versions recovered from Canada, the original 625-line colour master tapes having been wiped by the BBC in the 1970s, and as 16mm black and white telerecordings which had been kept by BBC Enterprises. For some Pertwee episodes wiped by the BBC, NTSC colour versions were not recovered and they remained only as the 16mm black and white telerecordings for many years. In the early 1990s, three serials (Doctor Who: Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 1 (1970), Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons: Episode One (1971) and Doctor Who: The Dæmons: Episode One (1971)) were restored to colour using the 16mm black and white telerecordings and the colour signal from NTSC domestic recordings to create new master copies on D3 digital tape. Doctor Who: Planet of the Daleks: Episode Three (1973) was restored to colour for the serial's DVD release in 2009 using the colour signal (also known as chroma dots) discovered in the black and white telerecording. All the colour master tapes starring the last four Doctors, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy have survived in the BBC archives.
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"The Celestial Toymaker" received complaints that the character Cyril was based on the Billy Bunter character created by Frank Richards, whose lawyers were incensed. The BBC issued a statement saying that Cyril was merely a Bunter-like character.
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Julia Sawalha auditioned for the role of Ace.
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The series was in part inspired by the British The Quatermass Experiment (1953) TV serials of the 1950s. In 1988 the show paid homage by referring to Quatermass in the 1988 episode "Remembrance of the Daleks." It is also implied that this episode takes place the day "Doctor Who" made its debut on TV. Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale turned down offers to write for Doctor Who, revealing in subsequent interviews that he disliked the concept of the series and regarded it as unsuitable for children to watch. Nevertheless, several Doctor Who stories were influenced by Kneale's stories.
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On an similar theme to the family connection, both Yeti stories "The Abominable Snowmen" and "The Web of Fear" feature an father and daughter team of Jack Watling (Professor Travers) and Deborah Watling (Victoria)
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The Whomobile was never actually called that name. It was referred to as The Alien by its producers, but was never named on screen.
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A number of scripts for season 23 were under development when the show was cancelled temporarily. Proposed stories included the return of the Toymaker in "Nightmare Fair" - to be filmed in Blackpool, as well as "Mission to Magnus" which united Sil and the Ice Warriors.
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When visual effects designer Mat Irvine was asked to build the K9 prop for the serial "The Invisible Enemy", no one told him it would be required beyond that story. Thus, the prop Irvine designed was only capable of traversing the studio floor and proved useless when brought on location for subsequent stories. Irvine eventually built a second K-9 that could cover rougher ground.
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Leslie French and Cyril Cusack turned down the part of the first Doctor before William Hartnell was asked.
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The show had at least one new writer a season in its 26-season run.
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Actors considered to play the Second Doctor included Rupert Davies, Valentine Dyall (later to play the Black Guardian and Slarn), and Michael Hordern. All declined, because they did not want to commit to a long-running series.
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Ron Moody was approached to play the Third Doctor after his success in "Oliver!" but he turned down the role. He has stated in interviews that turning down the role of the Third Doctor was the worst thing he ever did professionally; every time he hears the familiar Doctor Who theme tune he kicks himself.
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Actors considered to play the Fourth Doctor included Michael Bentine, Bernard Cribbins, Graham Crowden, Fulton Mackay and Jim Dale. Crowden would later play Soldeed in "The Horns of Nimon", while Bernard Cribbins, who was in Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966), would have a recurring role as Wilfred Mott in the revived series.
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Richard Griffiths was briefly considered to play the Fifth Doctor.
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Jon Pertwee and Sylvester McCoy are the only two doctors not to have regenerated on screen using the actor from his previous incarnation. Colin Baker refused to appear in the sequence involving him regenerating into Sylvester McCoy, so McCoy performed both parts of the sequence wearing a wig to resemble Baker.
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All seven incarnations of the Doctor had at least one serial in which they faced the Daleks as the main villains. However, the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors only tackled the Daleks once.
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Only the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, never had a serial with the Cybermen as the main villains. However, he did eventually have a scene with the Cybermen when he returned to the series in 1983 for The Five Doctors.
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In 2014, the character of Davros, mad scientist and creator of the Daleks, was voted TV's third nastiest villain in a countdown of TV's Nastiest Villains (2014) for Channel 5.
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Romanna goes through several "versions" in rapid succession until picking the one regeneration she and The Doctor (Tom Baker) approve. This second Romanna departs simply by exiting the TARDIS with K-9 to be a Time Lord in "E-Space." The Doctor then lifts a new K-9 from a box.
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Ace's trademark jacket was Sophie Aldred's idea.
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In the serial Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin: Part One (1976), it is established that the Doctor and the Time Lords have only 12 regenerations. There are 12 numbers on a clock. However, it was also established in the 20th anniversary special Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983) that the Time Lords can offer a new life cycle of regenerations.
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It had not been thought of or considered by Terrance Dicks, Malcolm Hulke and outgoing producer Derrick Sherwin that in Patrick Troughton's finale "The War Games" that instead of revealing The Doctor's people The Time Lords and that The Doctor being exiled by the Time Lords and forced to regenerate, what could have happened was a mysterious force drains the TARDIS of power, causing the TARDIS to crash on 20th century Earth and for The Doctor to be trapped on 20th century Earth. The Doctor is killed in the crash and undergoes his second regeneration and in a later season, The TARDIS's power is restored and The Doctor roams through time and space again.
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Verity Lambert considered Tom Baker's portrayal of the Doctor the best after William Hartnell's original Doctor.
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In the first ever story "An Unearthly Child", the First Doctor tells Ian and Barbara that he and Susan are wanderers from the fourth dimension of space and time and that they were cut off from their people. In "The War Games", The Second Doctor revealed to Jamie and Zoe that he had stole the TARDIS and that he ran away from Gallifrey because he was bored and that he wanted to see the universe. With this revelation, this meant that The Doctor had lied to Ian and Barbara about why Susan and himself left Gallifrey.
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The series has become synonymous in the British media with low production values and "wobbly sets". Even the official obituary of Jon Pertwee on the BBC News featured reporter Nick Higham stating "the baddies were unconvincing, the sets and acting shaky". When he was cast in the 50th anniversary special, actor John Hurt said his only knowledge of the original series was that "all the scenery used to fall over". Shortly before she died, actress Ingrid Pitt said she missed "the shaky sets, the Marks and Spencers wardrobe, the cardboard walls, Bacofoil interiors and Domestos bottle spaceships" when she watched the 2005 revival of the series.
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Tom Baker left the series in 1981 after seven years, because he felt he had done all he could with the part and it was time to move on. Furthermore, he strongly disliked the changes producer John Nathan-Turner made during his final year. Baker claimed that he half-jokingly said he wanted to leave and was half-surprised when the response was, "Okay, when do you want to go?"
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Sylvester McCoy hated the question-mark covered pullover he wore.
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Jon Pertwee left the series in 1974 after five years due to the death of his friend Roger Delgado, the departure of Katy Manning and the stepping down of Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks as producer and script-editor. After his request for a raise was declined, he decided to move on.
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When Andrew Cartmel was interviewed for the position of script-editor, he was asked what he hoped to achieve. His response was "I want to take down the government".
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When Jon Pertwee heard that Patrick Troughton was leaving the series, he told his agent to put him forward for the role. He was surprised to find out that he was already the second choice of the producer Peter Bryant after Ron Moody, who happened to turn it down.
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David Tennant, The Tenth Doctor, is the son in law of Peter Davison, The Fifth doctor
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It had been believed by fans that Leela (Louise Jameson) who left at the end of The Invasion of Time: Part Six to stay on Gallifrey, when she falls in love with Commander Andred (Chris Tranchell) had fought and died in the Time War, when Gallifrey was destroyed by The War Doctor (John Hurt). It is revealed in the "Companion Chronicles" audio production The Catalyst (#4.2) it had been revealed Leela survived the destruction of Gallifrey and had been captured by a warrior race called The Z'nai, whom had tortured Leela for information on Gallifrey and later in The Time Vampire (#4.10) the final audio production of the 4th season of "The Companion Chonichles". The fate of Leela was revealed and that she died in the Z'nai prison.
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Actors considered to play the First Doctor included Geoffrey Bayldon, Cyril Cusack, Hugh David and Leslie French. Bayldon would later play Organon in "The Creature from the Pit", while David would later direct "The Higlanders" and "Fury from the Deep" and French would play a mathematician in "Silver Nemesis".
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Laurence Olivier was once offered a guest role as the "Mutant" in "Revelation of the Daleks" (1985).
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Ian Chesterton was named after writer G.K Chesterton.
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The Second Doctor could have been a very different character. At various stages, he was going to be a gruff sea captain, have a sardonic Sherlock Holmes-like wit, wear a wig like Harpo Marx and even a blacked up Arabian Nights caricature. It was Sydney Newman who suggested The Cosmic Hobo type. It was Patrick Troughton's idea for him to play the recorder.
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Actor Michael Wisher was unable to reprise his role as Davros for the character's second appearance in 1979's "Destiny of the Daleks". However, replacement actor David Gooderson had to wear the same mask which had been designed for Wisher's previous appearance in 1975's "Genesis of the Daleks", so it did not fit him perfectly. The third and final actor to play Davros in the series, 'Terry Molloy', had a new mask sculpted especially for him.
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Peter Davison has expressed in several interviews and DVD commentaries his disillusionment with the directors on the series during his period. He has claimed only Graeme Harper on his final serial brought any excitement and invention to the direction. He has also criticised producer John Nathan-Turner, whose main focus, according to Davison, was generating publicity for the series but was not sufficiently interested in the quality of the stories.
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The Dalek Master Plan, The War Games, The Key to Time and The Trial of a Time Lord are the longest stories in the original series that have more than 6 - 7 episodes. The Dalek Master Plan had 12 episodes, The War Games had 10 episodes, The Key to Time had 26 episodes and The Trial of a Time Lord had 14 episodes. The Key to Time (Season 16) and The Trial of a Time Lord (Season 23) were all one story with a recurring story-arc. In Season 16, The Fourth Doctor, Romana 1 and K9 II are sent on a quest by The White Guardian to seek and retrieve the six segments to the Key to Time and in Season 23, The Sixth Doctor is again put on trial by the Time Lords, which recorded footage from the Doctor's past, present and future are shown and used as evidence against The Doctor, whom stands accused of interfering with the affair of other planets.
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Sylvester McCoy had wanted The Seventh Doctor to be darker and stated in an interview that he wanted to bring back the mystery of The Doctor, because he had felt too much had been told about The Doctor and that he wanted The Seventh Doctor to be a mix-up of all the other Doctors that had came before.
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Derrick Sherwin, who was the series' story editor during the Patrick Troughton era and devised the UNIT template for the Jon Pertwee years, twice offered to produce the series independently when he became aware during the 1980s that the BBC wanted to cancel it. His offers were rejected by Michael Grade and later by the BBC's Head of Series Peter Cregeen.
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Two stars of the BBC sitcom The Young Ones (1982) had guest roles opposite Colin Baker (The Sixth Doctor) and Nicola Bryant (Peri). Alexei Sayle played DJ in "Revelation of the Daleks" and Christopher Ryan played Lord Kiv in "The Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp".
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At the end of Planet of Fire (#24.16) The Doctor promises Peri that he would take her back home to America when she finishes traveling with The Doctor after 3 months. At the end of The Trial of a Time Lord, it was revealed, Peri whom had been believed to had been killed by Lord Kiv, when her body was taken over by Lord Kiv, was in fact revealed to be very much alive and had married King Yrcanos. Peri's family never learned of her fate. At the beginning of Planet of Fire, Peri was rescued by Turlough, whom saved her from drowning, when she tried to swim to shore, when her stepfather Howard left her stranded on his boat. It would had been assumed by Peri's family and the authorities that Peri may had drowned trying to swim to shore and her body was never found or Peri left Lanzarote and went off with the English boys to Morroco and never returned to the United States.
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It's been considered as a possibility that the first ever Dalek story "The Daleks" and "Genesis of the Daleks" may had been major influences behind The Terminator (1984). In "The Daleks", Skaro, The Dalek planet has been devastated by a neutron war between the Daleks and the Thals. The Daleks rule Skaro within their city, whilst the Thals live in the radioactive jungle, fighting to survive. In "Genesis of the Daleks", The Time Lords send The Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry back through time to Skaro before the neutron war, when the evil Kaled scientist Davros first created the Daleks and The Doctor sets out on his mission to prevent the Dalek's creation.
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Mavic Chen (Kevin Stoney) the traitorous Guardian of the Solar System's outfit in the epic Dalek Masterplan story was based after a Medieval English knight's banneret.
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Katarina (Adrienne Hill) was the first companion to be killed off and was sucked out of airlock after being taken hostage by Kirksen in "The Dalek's Masterplan".
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Lois Lane from the "Superman" comics is a major influence behind Sarah Jane Smith.
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The series' founding producer Verity Lambert considered the Doctor an essentially anti-establishment character and she disliked the Jon Pertwee era of the series, finding Pertwee's performance insufficiently quirky and his version of the Doctor too tied to the British establishment. Lambert described this period of the series as "a real mistake". Peter Purves, who played a companion to William Hartnell's Doctor, has concurred with this view, and Donald Tosh, a story editor during the Hartnell era, described the Pertwee era as "the beginning of the end" because the series had "nowhere to go".
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1960s producer Innes Lloyd had a policy of using fine name actors in guest roles on the series to heighten its dramatic appeal. The series' final producer, John Nathan-Turner, was also very fond of using big names, especially from comedy. He increasingly turned to stunt casting in an attempt to arrest the decline in the series' ratings in its final seasons. These guest stars included Joan Sims, Richard Briers, Ken Dodd, Peggy Mount, Nicholas Parsons, Gareth Hale and Norman Pace.
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Jon Pertwee's Doctor reflected the popularity of James Bond and his era featured a significant increase in filmed action sequences. The series even had its resident stunt team during this period. Pertwee brought his own love of fast cars, bikes, boats and planes to his action-orientated version of the character.
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The series' story editor towards the end of Patrick Troughton's era, Derrick Sherwin, felt Doctor Who would benefit from being set more on Earth because he felt it would make it more real and believable. He devised UNIT (the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce) as a group the Doctor could become allied to on Earth. The new actor to play the Doctor, Jon Pertwee, much preferred stories set on Earth and was comforted by working with the familiar company of the actors portraying the UNIT regulars, such as Nicholas Courtney, John Levene and Richard Franklin. Pertwee later said he would only have done stories set on Earth if it had been his decision. Producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks felt it was important to return the Doctor to space travel and set stories on other planets. However, UNIT would continue to appear regularly in the series until the new production team of Philip Hinchcliffe and Robert Holmes took over and wrote them out in Tom Baker's second season.
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William Hartnell left the series in 1966 after three years, due to illness. He suffered from arteriosclerosis, which affected his memory and his ability to learn his lines. He also disliked the direction the show was taking in his final year and the new production team.
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Patrick Troughton left the series in 1969 after three years due to exhaustion following the show's demanding work schedule and to avoid being typecast.
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Peter Davison left the show in 1984 after three years after following Patrick Troughton's advice to limit his tenure in order to avoid typecasting. He was also unhappy with some of John Nathan-Turner's production decisions.
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Colin Baker was dropped from the series in 1986 after barely two years by Michael Grade, despite John Nathan-Turner's protests. Baker is the only Doctor to not leave the series of his own accord.
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When Andrew Cartmel took over as script-editor, he intended to make the Doctor a mysterious character again. Throughout Seasons 25 and 26, there were hints dropped that the Doctor is an older and much more powerful figure than he lets on. This was dubbed 'The Cartmel Masterplan'. Sadly, the series was axed before anything could be revealed.
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Verity Lambert cast William Hartnell as The Doctor after seeing him in This Sporting Life (1963). Hartnell saw the role as a relief, as he had been typecast for years in tough-guy roles (policemen, gangsters, soldiers, etc).
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Barry Letts cast Tom Baker as the Doctor after he was recommended to him by the BBC drama director William Slater. Letts was then convinced Baker was right for the part after seeing him in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973). Letts had never heard of Baker before and had considered and even approached several bigger names but they had all been discounted for various reasons.
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John Nathan-Turner cast Peter Davison as The Doctor having worked with him on All Creatures Great and Small (1978).
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Colin Baker was cast as The Doctor after John Nathan-Turner saw him entertain guests at a wedding they were both at. Script editor Eric Saward disagreed with the casting of Colin Baker, later revealing in a magazine interview that he thought Baker lacked "the energy and eccentricity" the part required. Saward also later said in a documentary about the Sixth Doctor's era (called Trials and Tribulations (2008)) that he thought Baker was not a good enough actor to follow the previous Doctors and carry the series.
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John Nathan-Turner actively sought an actor who was reminiscent of the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, for the part of the Seventh Doctor. He felt Sylvester McCoy was the man he wanted for the role and cast him as the Doctor after seeing him in a stage version of The Pied Piper of Hamlin.
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Episodes planned for the unmade Series 27 included - . "Earth Aid" by Ben Aaronovitch, a space opera featuring a race of samurai insect-like aliens called the Metatraxi. It was to open with Ace in the captain's chair of a starship and the story would concern the politics of humanitarian aid.

. "Thin Ice" by Marc Platt, which would have featured The Ice Warriors in London (later Moscow) in 1968. It would have seen the departure of Ace to the Prydonian Academy to become a Time Lord. The story was to introduce a character with underworld connections who was intended to become a recurring character similar to the Brigadier. The character would have a daughter born at the conclusion of the adventure who would be named by the Doctor. The plot would have featured an Ice Warrior's armour in the London Dungeon and two reincarnated Warriors continuing a long rivalry. Platt also intended to have bikers being controlled by the Ice Warriors (and wearing similar helmets), scenes on a terraformed pastoral Mars, and a more mystical bent to the aliens while deepening their history.

. "Crime of the Century" by Andrew Cartmel, which would have introduced a cat burglar/safecracker named Raine Creevey (Beth Chalmers) as the next companion. Her father would have been the character with underworld connections from "Thin Ice".

"Animal" by Andrew Cartmel, in which The Doctor, Raine and UNIT investigate a science laboratory at Margrave University, 2001. The story would have seen the return of Brigadier Winifred Bambera from "Battlefield".
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Although Michael Grade's attempt to cancel the series in 1985 was very controversial among fans, Katy Manning praised it on the DVD commentary for "The Mind of Evil", arguing that the series had declined after Tom Baker, she had lost interest in it and the long rest before its revival in 2005 had done it good, enabling it to come back much better. She said Grade had done "exactly the right thing". Mal Young, who executive-produced the revival of Doctor Who in 2005, also congratulated Grade to his face on "Michael Grade On the Box" on Radio 2, saying he was "absolutely right in killing it off".
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Both Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker were cast by producers who were about to leave the series. Peter Bryant cast Jon Pertwee and never actually got to work with him on the series, having left before Pertwee's first serial went into production. Barry Letts cast Tom Baker and only produced his first serial before handing over to a new producer.
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1980s producer John Nathan-Turner and his script editor Eric Saward had problems with their professional relationship, which eventually led to Saward abruptly resigning from the series in 1986 before completing the scripts for the 23rd season.
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The series was always run by a staff producer of the BBC. The producer was assisted by a script editor, who was responsible for commissioning scripts and performing rewrites. Both Peter Davison and Steven Moffat have said (on Come in Number Five (2011)) that the series would have been better if it had been produced by a writer, which they said was one of the greatest strengths of the revival Doctor Who (2005), which has a writer as executive producer and "showrunner" in the style of American television. Moffat said the script editors on the original series were "way down from where they should have been" in making creative decisions about the production of the series, while Davison said that he felt his producer, John Nathan-Turner, wasn't qualified to guide the series properly because he wasn't a writer, and that's why he was dissatisfied with the standard of much of the writing on the series during his tenure as the Doctor.
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The first companion to leave the show by dying was the teenaged Adric, whose most noteworthy attribute seemed to be a gold badge for mathematical excellence.
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