‘Acidhead Dr Who’ secret unearthed

Another attempt to spin even more interest in the new series of Dr Who by raking over old internal BBC memos, has been revealed by a confidential BBC News Web story.

Among secrets from the programme’s past – disinterred from BBC archives by the BBC publicity department – is the revelation that the Doc’s first regeneration was designed to be modelled on a bad acid trip.

In an internal memo dated 1966, producers outlined how the first Doctor, played by William Hartnell, would morph into Dr Who 2.0 (Patrick Troughton): “It is as if he has had the LSD drug, and instead of experiencing the kicks, he has the hell and dank horror which can be its effect”.

Other secrets thought to be lurking in the Dr Who archive include the revelation that the show was originally named after the rock band The Who, in an attempt by BBC programme makers to attract a hipper viewing audience.


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