An Adventure Through The Universe

by hmens1 | created - 30 Nov 2013 | updated - 30 Nov 2013 | Public

The creative minds behind BBC's DOCTOR WHO from 1963 to 2013.

1. Sydney Newman

Writer | The Avengers

Sydney Newman was born on April 1, 1917 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Sydney Cecil Newman. He was a writer and producer, known for The Avengers (1998), The Avengers (1961) and Police Surgeon (1960). He was married to Elizabeth McRae. He died on October 30, 1997 in Toronto.

2. Verity Lambert

Producer | Shoulder to Shoulder

A young Verity Lambert began her career as TV producer when given the chance to produce the new children's television sci-fi series Doctor Who (1963) in early 1963. Due to the fact this was her first job as a producer, Mervyn Pinfield was given guardian role over the series, but Verity's talents ...

3. Donald Baverstock

Producer | That Was the Week That Was

Donald Baverstock was born on January 18, 1924 in Cardiff, Wales as Donald Leighton Baverstock. He was a producer and editor, known for That Was the Week That Was (1962), Tonight (1957) and That Was the Week That Was (1964). He was married to Gillian Mary Pollock. He died on March 17, 1995 in ...

5. David Whitaker

Writer | Doctor Who

David Whitaker was born in 1928 in Knebworth, England. He is known for his work on Doctor Who (1963), Homicide (1964) and Showtime (1959). He died on February 4, 1980 in Fulham, London, England.

6. Terry Nation

Writer | Doctor Who

Before becoming a film scriptwriter, Terry Nation was a prolific writer of UK television scripts in both the action and science fiction genres. His scripts are noted for their depth, i.e. they usually have many sub-plots as well as the main plot. As a writer on the BBC's Doctor Who (1963) series, ...

7. Barry Letts

Producer | Doctor Who

Barry Letts started his career as an actor. He began in repertory in York whilst also working for a local radio station in Leeds. After a chance meeting with BBC producer/director Rex Tucker, he started working with him first on radio and then on television. His first television appearance was in a...

8. Terrance Dicks

Writer | The Avengers

Born in East Ham, London, England in 1935, Terrance Dicks was educated at the local grammar school and went on to study English at Downing College, Cambridge. After two years' National Service in the British Army, he got a job as an advertising copywriter. This lasted for five years, during which ...

9. Philip Hinchcliffe

Producer | Doctor Who

After graduating in English Literature, Philip Hinchcliffe worked for a travel company and as a teacher before becoming a script editor for the television company Associated Television. After extensive experience of working with writers and scripts for a number of shows, he began to set his sights ...

10. Douglas Adams

Writer | The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Born Douglas Noel Adams on March 11, 1952 in Cambridge. From 1959 until 1970 he went to Brentwood school in Essex, and his main interest was science. As a student in Cambridge he decided to hitch-hike through Europe to Istanbul, and in order to raise funds for this he took a lot of small jobs. In ...

11. Graham Williams

Producer | Doctor Who

Graham Williams joined the BBC in 1966 and worked as a script editor for several years on series such as The View from Daniel Pike (1971), Sutherland's Law (1973), Barlow (1971) and Z Cars (1962).

In 1977 he was made producer of Doctor Who (1963). On taking over the series, Williams was ordered by ...

12. John Nathan-Turner

Producer | Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time

John Nathan-Turner was born and brought up in the Midlands. As a boy he acted in numerous school plays and revues and appeared as an extra in several TV series, including The Newcomers (1965) and United! (1965) for the BBC and Crossroads (1964) for ATV. By the time he reached the sixth form his ...

13. Eric Saward

Writer | Doctor Who

Eric Saward was born in December 1944 and attended school until the age of 18. After working for a short time as an estate agent he moved to Holland, where he lived for three years and was briefly married. On his return to England he took a succession of jobs, including as a publisher's proof ...

14. Andrew Cartmel

Doctor Who

After taking a post-graduate course in computer science, Andrew Cartmel started working for a computer company in Cambridge. He left that job to become script editor for Doctor Who. After leaving the show in 1989, Cartmel worked for a year as script editor on "Casualty" before leaving the industry ...

15. Philip David Segal

Director | The Other Side of Monday

Philip David Segal is a producer and director, known for The Other Side of Monday (2000), Deadliest Catch (2005) and Ice Road Truckers (2007).

16. Geoffrey Sax

Director | Tipping the Velvet

Geoffrey Sax was born on October 17, 1949 in Barnet, Middlesex, England as Geoffrey Paul Sax. He is a director, known for Tipping the Velvet (2002), White Noise (2005) and The New Statesman (1987). He has been married to Karina Brewin since 1995. They have two children. He was previously married to ...

17. Russell T. Davies

Writer | Torchwood

Often described as a genius, Russell T. Davies is one of the leading British television writers of his generation, who specializes in emotional dramas, frequently with gay and sex-related adult themes. He was born in Swansea, Wales (UK) in 1963. After initially taking a BBC Television director's ...

18. Julie Gardner

Producer | Doctor Who

Julie Gardner is known for her work on Doctor Who (2005), Othello (2001) and Torchwood (2006).

19. Phil Collinson

Producer | Doctor Who

Phil Collinson started in television as a script editor for Granada. After working in this capacity on the popular soap opera Emmerdale (1972) he joined the medical drama Peak Practice (1993), subsequently being made into producer of the series. He then joined the BBC to become producer of Born and...

20. Steven Moffat

Writer | Sherlock

Steven Moffat was born on November 18, 1961 in Paisley, Scotland as Steven William Moffat. He is a writer and producer, known for Sherlock (2010), Doctor Who (2005) and The Adventures of Tintin (2011). He has been married to Sue Vertue since 1999. They have two children. He was previously married ...



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