Doctor Who is 50 today!!! The Day of the Doctor is on BBC One at 19:50 on Saturday 23 November. To whet your appetite, here’s an interesting article about how Doctor Who reflected the real world – the programme started the day after President Kennedy was assassinated.
The Tardis had some echoes of entering Narnia in Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, but it was also influenced by the events of the previous decades that helped shape early Doctor Who. Graeme Burk co-author of the book Who’s 50 says the science fiction of Doctor Who was very influenced by the post-war sci-fi of Brian Aldiss and John Wyndham and, to a lesser extent, CS Lewis. “Early stories like The Daleks were written by people who grew up under the threat of Nazism and war.”
The very first Doctor Who story, An Unearthly Child, saw the Doctor and his companions transported through time to the Stone Age where they encountered a tribe that had lost the secret of fire. Continue reading the story