This Week In Doctor Who Classic - November 22, 1999
- Fourth and final installment in the rerun week. This Week's regular edition
will go out tomorrow. Thanks for bearing with the extra messages, and I hope
you've found them entertaining.
This special edition was written for an April Fools Edition of the Doctor
Who Alliance in 1999, which was eventually canceled before it went out. The
column was eventually posted to the rec.arts.drwho newsgroup on May 10,
Benjamin F. Elliott
Doctor Who returns to TV for the first time!
THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - November 22, 1963
At long last, loyal readers, the BBC is picking up Doctor Who! I know we've
all been waiting for this moment for many years. Time for rejoicing, dancing
in the streets, and giving Police Public Call Boxes funny looks. I don't
think anything could mar our enjoyment this weekend.
So, for the first time ever, the Doctor Who schedule column actually has a
station's schedule to cover. This is exciting. Maybe someday it will sell to
other countries. It could happen.
One more thing: William Hartnell has been cast as 'Doctor', not Peter
Cushing as some sources have claimed. William Russell will play 'Ian
Chesterson', Jacqueline Hill will play 'Barbara Wright', and Carole Ann Ford
has been cast as 'Susan'.
As always, additions, corrections, and updates should go to
snewman@... . And now, off to the listing:
5:15PM GMT 'An Unearthly Child' premiere of series
In 76 Totters Lane there sits a junkyard. It's an ordinary, if oddly
compiled, place. However, deep inside the junkyard sits something that
doesn't fit the decor. A London Police Public Call Box. Why is it sitting in
that junkyard, instead of out where it could be useful? And how is the
mysterious link between this box and an extraordinary teenager at Coal Hill
School? The answers to these and deeper questions form the basis for this
pilot episode - the first ever broadcast of Doctor Who.
Thanks for reading. Until next week, ta ta.
Doctor Who is not yet a registered trademark of the BBC. This is 1963.