Key Moments in Doctor Who History
- The BBC Decide to create a science fiction series
1963 - Sydney Newman comes up with the idea for "Doctor Who"
23, 1963 - The day after the assassination of JFK, the first episode of Doctor Who is broadcast on BBC1
1963 - The first appearance of the Daleks. The show became very popular.
November 21, 1964 - The Daleks return in an
invasion of Earth.
December 26, 1964 - The Doctor's Granddaughter Susan becomes the first companion to leave the
October 9, 1965 - Mission to the Unknown becomes the only episode without the Doctor in it.
8, 1966 - The first appearance of the Cybermen.
October 29, 1966 - After becoming ill, the First Doctor, William
Hartnell leaves the program and regenerates into Patrick Troughton.
November 5, 1966 - The first episode of the Second
Doctor. The Daleks also return.
November 11, 1967 - The first appearance of the Ice Warriors.
June 21, 1969 -
The tenth episode of "the War Games" is broadcast as Patrick Troughton leaves the role of the Doctor. This is the
last black and white episode.
January 3, 1970 - Spearhead from Space is the first colour episode and the first with
the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee. This is the only classic Doctor Who episode to be done 100% on film. This episode is the first
appearance of the Autons.
January 2, 1971 - Terror of the Autons is the first appearance of the Master, Jo Grant and
scares lots of children.
December 30, 1972 - The Three Doctors reunites the first three Doctors and celebrates the show's
December 15, 1973 - With the Time Warrior the final season for the Third Doctor begins. We also see
for the first time Sarah-Jane Smith and the Sontarrans.
June 8, 1974 - Jon Pertwee regenerates into Tom Baker and the
long era of the Fourth Doctor begins.
December 28, 1974 - Tom Baker's first episode "Robot."
1975 - The creation of the Daleks is explained in "Genesis of the Daleks"
September 2, 1978 - The first
season with one arch, the Key to Time begins. We are also introduced to a time lady companion for the Doctor.
30, 1980 - The Leisure Hive goes out as the first episode produced by John Nathan-Turner. He would remain producer until the
show is canceled in 1989.
March 21, 1981 - The longest serving Doctor, Tom Baker, regenerates into Peter Davison the
January 4, 1982 - The Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, has his first episode broadcast.
March 16, 1982
- Adric becomes the first long term companion of the Doctor to be killed. The credits are played without the music. The Cybermen
November 23, 1963 - The 20th Anniversary special, the Five Doctors, is first broadcast in the United States.
Mr. Mendoza was very excited.
March 16, 1984 - The final episode of the Fifth Doctor (and probably the greatest episode
ever) is broadcast. The Sixth Doctor takes over.
March 22, 1984 - The Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, has his first episode
(possibly the worst episode ever) broadcast.
February 16, 1985 - The Second Doctor makes one final appearance with the
Sixth Doctor in "the Two Doctors"