Fifty years ago this week, the Radio Times previewed a brand new series it called Dr Who, scheduled to begin at 5.15 pm on Saturday November 23rd 1963.
This humble little piece explained that William Hartnell plays the titular Doctor (his first role for the BBC), an alien “exile” from the far future, who cannot control his travels through time and space. He is joined in his weekly adventures by grand-daughter Susan, and two of her curious teachers Miss Wright and Mr Chesterton. The article concludes by foretelling stories on a dead planet, and in Cathay: “The whole cosmos… is their oyster.”
The rest, as they say, is history.
Happy 50th birthday Doctor Who!