The First Doctor Handbook
DOCTOR WHO is the world’s longest running science fiction television series. Each handbook provides both a broad overview and a detailed analysis of one phase of the programme’s history.
David J Howe, Mark Stammers and Stephen James walker are the authors of DOCTOR WHO – THE SIXTIES and THE SEVENTIES, the complete guide to the programme’s early years.
William Hartnell was already a well-known and experienced film and television actor when, in 1963, he took on a new role: a mysterious and crotchety time traveller in a new BBC drama series for children. Nothing else about the programme was as tried and tested, the fictional premise was offbeat, the producer was a young woman at the start of her television career, and the future direction of the series was unknown.
Doctor Who went on to thrill millions of children and adults around the world for three decades. But the foundations of success were laid in the first three years, when the TARDIS and the Daleks became as known and loved as the Beatles.
This is the third in the Handbook series by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker, the team that also produced The Sixties and the Seventies. Drawing on the latest research they have included in this book the definitive account of the genesis of Doctor Who, as well as a profile of William Hartnell, critical reviews of all the stories, a detailed analysis of the making of a typical First Doctor story and a complete review of the programme’s development.