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The Man Who Saved the Doctor

Graham Strong was modest about the Doctor Who soundtrack recordings he made in the 1960s, but his legacy is now considered to be priceless.
Susan (Carole Ann Ford) is menaced by a Voord in The Sea of Death, the opening episode of The Keys of Marinus (1964). This was the first episode that Graham Strong recorded.

It’s a tragedy that 97 episodes of Doctor Who are still missing from the BBC archive, but we can take consolation from the fact that a handful of dedicated fans made it part of their weekly ritual to record the soundtracks of episodes on reel-to-reel tape machines. It’s thanks to people such as the late Graham Strong that we have a complete audio record of every episode of Doctor Who ever transmitted.

Graham passed away on 16 May, aged 68. I was lucky enough to know him for 25 years. This is the story of how he made his recordings, how we were brought together and how Graham’s tapes made their way to the BBC.

On Saturday 23 November 1963, 14-year-old Graham Strong was sitting in front of the family television, waiting for an intriguing new series called Doctor Who. His mother had suggested he watch it, as she’d read an article previewing the show. Graham had previously watched Quatermass and the Pit (1958-59), but the science-fiction genre never really interested him. Doctor Who would be different, however – he was hooked from the very first episode.

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