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Paying tribute to the Doctor and the Daleks

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ORIGINALLY conceived to bridge the gap between Grandstand and Juke Box Jury - Doctor Who was first broadcast after the teleprinter on 23 November, 1963.

Unfortunately, this was the day after Kennedy's assassination and the programme went out 16 minutes late. It was popular, but the second story, featuring the Daleks. really captured the nation's imagination. From then on generations spent parts of their childhoods cowering behind a sofa, hiding from the Cybermen, the Yetis and the Daleks.

Since 1963 Doctor Who has reached a worldwide audience of over a hundred million million - there have been stage adaptations. films, even underpants with Tom Baker grinning out of the gusset.

Tonight, celebrating the greatest time traveller of 'em all, BBC2 proudly presents a night of programmes. linked by the fourth doctor. Tom 'underpants' Baker. These include a documentary revealing the background to the series, and clips featuring each of the doctors.

Of these there were nine - if a face didn't fit anymore, producers simply resorted to regeneration, allowing a succession of Doctors.

William Hartnel (1963-66). Patrick Troughton (1966-69), John Pertwee (196943), Tom Baker (19246), Peter Davison (1988-84). Colin Baker (1964-86). Sylvester McCoy (1998416) and Paul McGann (1996) have all been at the control of the Tardis.

There Is also a thirty minute documentary about the good Doctors adversaries, including the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Master and the Sea-Devils.

In the main, the programme featured monsters that looked like they were made, Blue Peter. style, out of empty washing up bottles, cellophane and cardboard. Explosions were created via the imaginative use of sparklers and a box of matches.

But it was all part of the fun D the wobbly sets, the homemade feel. As one commentator said. no show about the future was less-futuristic than Doctor Who.

Reflecting this rather humorous aspect, the night includes special comedy sketches written by League of Gentlemen creator Mark Gangs. who also wrote for the official Doctor Who magazine.

DR WHO NIGHT 1802, Saturday, 13 November,11.66pm.

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