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Dr Who Memories and Memorabilia

Updated on September 26, 2014

Dr Who - my First Scary Adventure Behind the Sofa!

Where were you the day after President Kennedy was assassinated? Well, if you are British, the chances are you were waiting for the first episode of Dr Who, which was delayed by 80 seconds for news about the assassination! The first episode of Dr Who first went out on BBC One at 17:16:20 GMT on 23 November 1963 and I was allowed to watch it all! I can't remember very much about William Hartnell as the Doctor although I can remember the Kennedy assassination. I can remember Hartnell's face and that he travelled with his grandaughter, but it was the second series that hooked me and the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, will be forever imprinted on my memory.

Modified image of the console from the Hartnell series of Dr Who, copyright is believed held by the BBC but this is used and claimed as fair use in the USA by Wikipedia as no higher resolution or free image exists. Set design by Peter Brachacki, capped from an original episode of Dr Who by Khaosworks.

William Hartnell as Dr Who - Bid for Nostalgic Dr Who Stuff!

It is good to see that old episodes of Dr Who are being remastered and released. Some of these William Hartnell episodes are absolute classics for Dr Who fans worldwide.

Dr Who - the Opening Credits - Dr Who Theme as First Seen in 1963

Dr Who - the Early Series - Episodes starring William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton

The early series of Dr Who are Sci-Fi classics and many of us love them to this day. It is great that they are still available.

Daleks or Cybermen - Who was the Scariest Early Dr Who Monster?

I can't really remember the first series, "An Unearthly Child". It certainly wasn't the intention of the BBC in those early days to produce the "bug eyed monster" show that Dr Who has since become. In fact Mary Whitehouse complained the programme was too scary for young children, but we LOVED it. At school, we were Daleks, putting our arms in front of our faces like demented elephants and crying "exterminate" in raspy, low-pitched voices. (Or at least, as low as our treble voices would go).

We really weren't that scared of Daleks. You could hitch a ride on a Dalek, or better still, in one if you could evict the limp and harmless creature inside one. It was easy to cover a Dalek's eye with something gooey then watch it shoot its fellow Daleks.

For me, the Cybermen were something else, perhaps because they were closer to human. They were scary and they were ruthless. The Cybermen sent me scuttling behind the sofa where my Dad would laugh and reassure me it wasn't real and my Mum would say "I don't know why you watch that silly rubbish!"

What was the scariest Dr Who monster of your childhood? Dalek? Cyberman? Or was it something else...

Daleks - Dr Who's Ultimate Enemy! - Dalek Models and Toys

Even Peter Cushing got in on the Dalek action!


The Cybermen - the ones I found scariest! - Cybermen - monstrous androids from the future...

The Tardis - 1980s version
The Tardis - 1980s version

Eighteen years of Dr Who....

The Dr Who of my Youth - or the first four doctors....

The first four Doctors were the important ones for me. I kind of lost touch in 1981, I had graduated from college and I was working very hard in my first teaching job. For a while there I had no telly, then my grandparents donated their old black and white set but the new Doctors were not so much to my taste and I took up watching old episodes of the Twilight Zone or the Outer Limits at unearthly hours instead. I will always fondly remember those first four Doctor Who actors though and I find the new guy Matt Smith rather fun!

Image is TARDIS2 - author Zir - CC-BY-2.5; Released under the GNU Free Documentation License.

The Original Dr Who Theme Music! - And the Radiophonic Workshop Is Back!


Dr Who at the Radiophonic Workshop V.1 [Import, Soundtrack]

For those of us who grew up with Dr Who, the metallic sounds of the first theme are the classic theme music, as are those ring modulated images in the opening credits. Not for us the spinning Tardis and the National Lottery overtones!

Dr Who Theme music

Then and Now....

The Dr Who theme was originally composed by Ron Grainer. The amazing whirling psychedelic graphics were produced by using feedback. It was produced with the help of Dick Mills at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. This was done in the days of tape loops and electronic gizmos long before polyphonic synths and computers were invented! An individual piano string created the theme and various oscillators and filters were used along with tape loops! This was radical stuff in 1963 and this Dr Who theme tune was used right up to 1980.

For me, this IS the Dr Who theme, Other arranngements by Peter Howell, Dominic Glynn and Keff McCulloch were used in the 1980s. The kids of today are used to Murray Gold's symphonic version which uses samples from the original and has admirers in the classical music world. For me, it sounds a bit much like the National Lottery music though and I will always have a soft spot for the original which was so technically clever in its day!

The Modern Dr Who Music - Exciting music from the Matt Smith Series...


Doctor Who Series 5

If the old style Dr Who music seemed a little brutal or had too many rough edges for you, perhaps the modern version is more to your liking?

Doctor Who The Visual Dictionary [Hardcover] - A Valuable Dr Who Reference with Striking Illustrations!


Doctor Who The Visual Dictionary [Hardcover]

Indispensable reference for the modern Dr Who fan. Learn all about characters, villains, stories and much more!

My Tardis is happier for your presence!

A Word from the Doctor..... - Thank you for Visiting the World of Dr Who

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    • Dusty2 LM profile image

      Dusty2 LM 

      6 years ago

      WoW! My favorite weekend program as I used to watch Dr. Who religiously. Still enjoy watching Dr. Who whenever I can. Thank You for stopping by my Best Valentines Day Surprise Gifts lens and giving it both a "thumbs up" and a "blessing". I really appreciate it. Do stop by again as I am adding new lenses all the time. (^_^)

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      7 years ago

      Like you I was there for the first ever episode - I was two. I'm also a Troughton fan, so delighted to find a lens by another of my kind. Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      Interesting lens...I like Dr. Who and liked this lens too :-)

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      7 years ago

      I might be the only one here that has not seen Dr. Who but I can sure feel the love here for the show and I believe the assassination of President Kennedy was November 1963, so that is one long and powerful run of popularity and very well presented in the Sci-Fi theme by you!

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      7 years ago from West Midlands, England

      Great Lens. I love the bow ties are cool t-shirt.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What an enjoyable lens. You made Dr. Who alive again.

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      7 years ago

      I remember watching the very first episode on BBC at a very early age too. Still love the series. Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      Fab lens - lots of fun for Doctor Who fans :-)

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      7 years ago

      nice lens.

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      7 years ago

      I liked most of the doctors there were one or two I didn't like. My kids favorite is Mat smith. They like the bow tie.

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      7 years ago

      Well, during me days as a lad watching Doctor Who I remember covering me eyes whenever they showed the giant big-eyed ants. (dont remember what they are called). Lovely lens.

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      7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      A lifelong Dr. Who fan, I can remember hiding behind the couch when the Daleks first appeared. Still watching it today!

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens - I'll admit that I only recently got into Doctor Who (about three years ago) - but it's been a wonderful time, indeed! Thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on being featured on the home page with this awesome page! Of course anything with Dr Who is going to get a definite thumbs up from me :-)

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      7 years ago

      The "real" Dr. Who, of course, is Tom Baker. Didn't follow it much after he left.

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Like you I lost touch with Doctor Who in the 80's. Although the latest episodes are more popular than ever, it's the first Doctors that I enjoyed the most. I too remember watching the first episode, twice, although I didn't until recently realise that it was shown twice because of the Kennedy assasination. I saw that all on the news at the time, but it didn't mean too much to me.


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