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Doctor and the Who Space War

The production of Doctor Whos earliest episodes was threatened by a protracted debate over where the series should be recorded. In 1964, Sydney Newman took drastic measures to save the show hed helped to create…

“We have struggled along for six months in the studio and have made compromises of all kinds. The sound equipment is inadequate, old fashioned and worn out. The cameras do not take any wide angle lenses or zooms. The lighting equipment makes life almost impossible for the lighting supervisor and, because of the heat, unbearable for everybody else in the studio.”

Memo from Doctor Who producer Verity Lambert to BBC Head of Serials Donald Wilson, 13 May 1964.

Lime Grove Studio D was home to the very first episodes of Doctor Who.
Verity Lambert, the original producer of Doctor Who.
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In 1963 Sydney Newman and Donald Wilson devised an ambitious concept that would stretch the BBC’s technical resources to the limit. In its earliest days Doctor Who was jeopardised by a fierce dispute over facilities. The programme survived, but never stopped demanding the very best from its studios and dedicated crews. This is the inside story of Doctor Who’s evolution from relatively primitive beginnings to the cutting edge of modern television production.