Natural history documentarian Sir David Attenborough has revealed to the Radio Times that he was involved with the very early stages of Doctor Who. Attenborough, who would go on to be controller of BBC Two in 1965, had been working for the BBC for some years by the time Doctor Who was launched in to production. He says:

“I’ve always enjoyed Doctor Who from a technical point of view. I sat in on a lot of early discussions during which we cooked up the programme under the aegis of Sydney Newman, who was the BBC head of drama. I remember he specified he didn’t want monsters in it but the first producer, Verity Lambert, went against that and introduced the Daleks. Sydney was livid with her to start with but Verity, of course, was right.”

The latest issue of the Radio Times, with Peter Capaldi on the cover, is available now.
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Cameron K McEwan was the first owner and site editor of Blogtor Who since its creation in May 2008 until Dec 2015. A lifelong Doctor Who fan, Cameron has also written two books, The Who’s Who of Doctor Who and Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists, and directed a film all about Doctor Who fans throughout the years, Who’s Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans. Cameron also contributes TV and film news and reviews to BBC Radio London, Metro, Digital Spy, New York Observer and Den of Geek. He lives in London with his one trousers.

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