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Who created Doctor Who and when did it first start?

Doctor Who is currently airing its 13th series – but it’s actually run for many more seasons than that (Picture: BBC Studios/Zoe McConnell)

Doctor Who has been a landmark in pop culture and an icon in British television for nearly six decades across many, many seasons.

If you’re late to the party and still don’t know just who is Who – the show focuses on a time-travelling alien shapeshifter (who just happens to take the form of beloved actors like Jodie Whittaker, David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston).

Travelling around the universe, the Doctor and his many assistants solve problems and save the world.

For many fans, it’s just always been a presence. But when did Doctor Who first start?

When did Doctor Who first air?

The first season of Doctor Who was originally broadcast on BBC on November 23, 1963.

The first ever episode was titled An Unearthly Child and the first series ended with The Reign of Terror on September 12, 1964.

The first actor to play the Timelord was William Hartnell.

Hartnell was also well known for military roles, playing Company Sergeant Major Percy Bullimore in the ITV sitcom The Army Game (1957, 1961) and Sergeant Grimshaw, the title character of the first Carry On film, Carry On Sergeant (1958).

The first run of Doctor Who was cancelled in 1989, after lasting for 26 years.

The show would be later revived in 2005 by showrunner Russell T Davies, who is returning to helm the show in 2023.

Who created Doctor Who?

Who created Who is not as easy to answer as one might think.

Unlike the likes of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby being credited with creating their Marvel characters like Spider-Man and the X-Men, Doctor Who was the end result of a lot of people’s involvement.

Though many names get bandied around, the key figures instrumental in bringing Doctor Who to life on the BBC include Sydney Newman, Donald Wilson, Verity Lambert, Antony Coburn and Bunny Webber.

Sydney Newman was a Canadian film and television producer, who played a pioneering role in British television drama from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. Spotting an opportunity for the BBC to produce a weekly series, he championed the idea of a science fiction show to fill it and recruited Verity Lambert as producer.

He was keen that it should be unlike anything done on the BBC before, and popular with all ages, whilst retaining an authenticity and credibility. In that respect, he set the tenor and tone of Doctor Who.

The crucial idea that the Doctor’s time machine should be able to travel in space and in all kinds of matter can be traced back to Donald Wilson, according to sources including the BBC.

Anthony Coburn was credited as the writer for the first four televised episodes, so he surely helped create what would become Doctor Who as we know it today.

Other elements that are integral to the universe of the Timelord have been credited to various artists.

Peter Brachacki designed the interior of the TARDIS and Ron Grainer wrote the theme tune.

So, basically, it took a village. Luckily there’s room for them all in the Tardis…

Doctor Who continues on BBC One tonight at 6.15pm.

Credit: Original article published here.You can read this post on My Celebrity Life.

Credit: Original article published here.

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