978-0-86379-153-6 / 9780863791536

The Key to Time: A Year-By-Year Record (Doctor Who Series)


Publisher:W. H. Allen



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The Key to Time marks the programme's coming of age - twenty-one years old on 23 November 1984. Peter Haining has adopted the novel technique of exploring the history of the series through key dates in its many life-cycles. He demonstrates - with extensive reference to files kept in the Doctor Who Production Office - how much a part of British life the programme has become, and how the impact of this extraordinary phenomenon has travelled further afield. He traces the many changes the series has undergone since the first episode was broadcast in November 1963 - not only in terms of regenerated Doctors but also new methods of programme-making. The beginning of the Jon Pertwee era coincided with the switchover from black-and-white to colour, but Peter Haining also gives details of how many of the special effects were achieved, and how this initially modest television series pioneered techniques used in the multi-million-dollar Star Wars.

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