Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Changing Face of Doctor Who - archive material

Article author: Alwyn Ash

The Changing Face of Doctor Who, an amazing archive of material & documentation relating to the longest-running science fiction series, was released by BBC Archive. Seeing as the 50th Anniversary is imminent, why not rediscover the behind-the-scenes magic...?

"In 1966, William Hartnell stepped down from the lead role in the beloved science fiction series, 'Doctor Who'. Rather than simply recast the part, the production team came up with a solution that would ensure the series would run for years to come.

"Discover what happens when one Time Lord hands over his TARDIS to the next. See early plans for the first 'new Doctor', Patrick Troughton, and discover how viewers reacted to the change. Photos also show the moments when new Doctors and their companions were unveiled and reveal those actors who narrowly missed out on becoming TV's favourite time traveller."

You can view this exciting trip down memory lane by visiting The Changing Face of Doctor Who. There is also a second archive section: The Genesis of Doctor Who, again at BBC Archive, which takes a look at the origins of the show.

Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann changing places
for the 1996 TV movie