Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who, here is an in-depth look at
the world’s longest-running and most successful science fiction show.
Airing the day after JFK’s assassination, the first episode,
“An Unearthly Child,” humbly launched one of the entertainment world’s first
super-brands. We begin with a look at the programming of the day and the
original pitch documents for this family show before delving into the Daleks,
which almost didn’t make the cut. After three years, first Doctor William
Hartnell left, prompting the BBC to recast their hit rather than ending it,
giving us the first “regeneration” and making television history. We follow the
succession of doctors—including third Doctor Jon Pertwee, exiled to Earth with
his Moriarty in The Master—and see how the program reflected the feminism of
the 1970s while gaining mainstream popularity with fourth Doctor Tom Baker …
until declining support from the BBC led to cancelation. Yet millions worldwide
continued to enjoy the Whoniverse in syndication, novels, audio dramas, comics,
and Doctor Who Magazine.
A new age dawned in 2005 with ninth Doctor Christopher
Eccleston and a serious special effects budget. Tenth Doctor David Tennant
helped rocket the series back to international popularity and a new era of
spinoffs. With Matt Smith as eleventh Doctor, the show has become a success
here in America, where it was long considered just a cult classic.
Featuring discussions of the show’s concepts and characters
and interviews and insights from producers, writers, and actors from across the
years; current and former editors and writers of Doctor Who Magazine;
and the titular heroes themselves, here is a rich, behind-the-camera
investigation into the dazzling multiverse of Doctor Who. Download and start listening now!