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“It has a bouquet” – Douglas Adams as Doctor Who Script Editor

Douglas Adams was recommended for the Doctor Who Script Editor’s job by his predecessor Anthony Read, and accepted the job after meeting with producer Graham Williams. This was around September/October 1978. Williams was recovering from illness that meant he was unable to carry out his role during the filming of The Power of Kroll. It...

The Fast Show’s greatest ever characters

It’s testament to The Fast Show’s incredible depth of quality that narrowing this list down to a manageable number proved to be so exceedingly difficult. There were so many brilliant characters across the show’s run, it’s easy to forget some absolute gems.There was the thespian who spent “over six hours in make up”, the ever-so...

Doctor Who, Twitch, and why are we surprised younger viewers love classic Who?

There is a theory in the Philosophy of Science called the ‘Pessimistic Meta-Induction Argument’. Simplified, it states ‘Well, we’ve been wrong before, so we’ll probably be wrong again’. In related news, you cannot accurately predict how people will react when viewing pre-1989 Doctor Who stories for the first time. One person’s treasure is another person’s...

Red Dwarf: revisiting the eighth series

It’s time to wrap up our rewatch of classic Red Dwarf with a look back at series VIII… 1999 saw Red Dwarf return for its eighth and final series on the BBC, before taking a whopping ten-year hiatus and relaunching on Dave. Series VIII undid some of the questionable changes that were made in series...

When Christopher H Bidmead was Doctor Who script editor

Christopher Hamilton Bidmead became script editor of Doctor Who in late 1979, brought onboard by new Producer John Nathan-Turner. Bidmead had been an actor, scriptwriter and journalist, and was recommended to JNT by Robert Banks-Stewart (who had written for the show in the mid-Seventies). He inherited a situation where JNT and Executive Producer Barry Letts...