Wow, I can’t believe I missed this.  Nov 23rd was Doctor Who’s birthday.


From the Freedictionary.com ……..

Doctor Who first appeared on BBC television at 5:15 p.m. (GMT) on November 23 1963. The programme was born out of discussions and plans that had been going on for a year. The Head of Drama, Sydney Newman, was mainly responsible for developing it, with contributions by the Head of the Script Department (later Head of Serials), Donald Wilson, staff writer C. E. ‘Bunny’ Webber, writer Anthony Coburn, story editor David Whitaker and initial producer, Verity Lambert. The series’ distinctive, haunting title theme was composed by Ron Grainer and realised by Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

The BBC drama department’s Serials division produced the programme for twenty-six seasons, on BBC One. Falling viewing numbers, a decline in the public perception of the show and a less prominent transmission slot saw production suspended in 1989 by Jonathan Powell, Controller of BBC One. Although it was for all intents and purposes cancelled (series co-star Sophie Aldred said in the documentary Doctor Who: More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS that she was told it was cancelled), the BBC maintained the series was merely “on hiatus” and insisted the show would return.