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Terrance Dicks, co-writer of The War Games, remembers how and why the Doctor’s home planet was finally revealed.

Up until the summer of 1969, the Doctor’s origins were shrouded in mystery. It fell to Terrance Dicks, Doctor Who’s incoming script editor, to explain those origins in the momentous story that brought Patrick Troughton’s tenure to an end.

“We weren’t absolutely sure, but there had been a possibility Doctor Who was going to finish,” says Terrance, recalling the show’s declining fortunes at that time. “Certainly the first thing I heard when I joined was that they were thinking about replacing it. I felt like a cabin boy on the Titanic. But they just couldn’t find anything better. Eventually they said, ‘All right then, we’ll do another year,’ and got [producer] Peter Bryant to find another Doctor. He cast Jon Pertwee.”

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The Doctor’s own people, and his home planet, were introduced in 1969 as a major chapter in the series’ history came to an end. Five decades later, the Time Lords and their devastating war with the Daleks are still essential parts of Doctor Who’s mythology. This special publication analyses every story set on Gallifrey, reveals previously unseen images from the making of the episodes and interviews key players in the Time Lords’ fascinating story.