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Doctor Who

"Any - room - on - top?" "Don't look like it, mister" "We - will - make - room!" *zzzaapppp* "The thing about Verity was that she always lit up whatever set she was working on"

“NO NO, that’s not his name, it’s just the name of the programme.” Bollocks!



  1. Glenn Aylett

    October 12, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    It was supposed to last six weeks, the budget was low as the BBC didn’t think it would catch on, and Doctor Who was given some cramped sweatbox of a studio in Lime Grove instead of one of the nice new ones at the Television Centre. Clearly the BBC didn’t think that much of what was to become a huge success almost from the off, rather like Granada was cautious around their biggest product from the same era.
    Yet interesting the sixties DWs always used Lime Grove, when most other BBC dramas had moved to TVC by the mid 1960s, and I wonder if this was to save money that could be spent on convincing adversaries like The Cybermen.

  2. richardpd

    October 12, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    I heard that Verity Lambert had to fight for a lot of resources for the show, even after it was shown to be a ratings & merchandise winner.

    • Glenn Aylett

      October 13, 2019 at 11:18 am

      It did suffer a ratings decline in the late 1960s as the cheapness of the sets started to compare badly with American and ITV shows. However, the change to colour in 1970, a much bigger budget and Jon Pertwee saved the show and it entered a golden era.

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