#DrWho 50th anniversary: Doctors, assistants and enemies – an annotated graphic

From William Hartnell’s 1963 debut to Peter Capaldi in 2013, a total of 12 actors have portrayed the enigmatic Doctor, eponymous star of the TV series Dr Who. As the BBC and the Doctor’s many fans worldwide prepare to celebrate 50 years of this unique take on science-fiction, we offer this infographic detailing key characters from the series. Fans of the Doctor might enjoy our recent sci-fi special, in which we looked at the restoration of original Dr Who episodes; talked to Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter about their Long Earth multiverse; celebrated the legendary sci-fi artwork of Chris … Continue reading #DrWho 50th anniversary: Doctors, assistants and enemies – an annotated graphic

‘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. Continue reading ‘Acidhead Dr Who’ secret unearthed

Delia Derbyshire, Dr Who, and the IET connection

Doctor Who fans will be among the coterie of admirers of Delia Derbyshire, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop sound engineer who realised Ron Grainer’s original theme to the BBC-Tv sci-fic series in the 1960s. BBC Radio 4 broadcast a tribute to Derbyshire last Monday, which you can still catch on iPlayer until 10:02pm 3 April 2010. According to the BBC programme puff, this ‘Archive on 4’ special ends with a track entitled ‘The Dance’ from the children’s programme ‘Noah’, recorded in the late 1960s this tape “sounds like a contemporary dance track which wouldn’t be out of place in today’s most ‘happening’ … Continue reading Delia Derbyshire, Dr Who, and the IET connection