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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...

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...

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...

Could, and should, Black Lightning crossover to the Arrow-verse?

We’ve been spoilt. Once upon a time the ideas of crossovers and characters switching between shows was a rarity, a treat in an otherwise static TV landscape. Sure, you had your franchises like Law & Order and its offshoots, and Angel would occasionally pop up in Sunnydale post spin-off, but it was nothing compared to...

Doctor Who: the man who held Barry Letts’ test tubes

In the very early years of Doctor Who, script editors tended to start their tenure full of ideas for their version of the show, only to find themselves slowly run down by the sheer amount of work involved, just putting out what’s proven to work. They didn’t stick around for longer than two years, usually wanting to...