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Illuminating the past

Marc Platt, writer of the Victorian-set Ghost Light and numerous audio adventures, reveals how historical research shapes his stories.
Josiah Smith (Ian Hogg) and his ward Gwendoline (Katharine Schlesinger) in Ghost Light.

It had been a while since Marc Platt watched Ghost Light, the three-part story he wrote for Doctor Who in 1989.

Marc Platt, the writer of the 1989 story Ghost Light

“But I looked at a bit of it this morning,” he says. “I wasn’t quite sure what I thought. There are so many wonderful things about the production values. So much care went into it. There’s a lot I liked. However, it also felt a bit rushed. People always say it needs another episode. I think it just needs another five minutes on each, to let it breathe. And yet, it’s my first-born, so I absolutely adore it. Oh, I don’t know... Conflicted feelings!”

The Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) are dinner guests at Gabriel Chase in Part One.
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“History sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don’t quite fully understand... We’re all too small to realise its final pattern.” Doctor Who’s first journey in 1963 took viewers back to the Stone Age. Since then the TARDIS has visited many other landmarks in a unique chronicle of the Doctor’s favourite planet. Purely historical stories were once a mainstay of the series, but for more than 50 years significant periods in Earth’s past have provided evocative settings for more fantastical adventures. This unprecedented guide takes a trip back in time with the people, places and classic episodes that are essential parts of Doctor Who history.
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