The Doctor Who Production Diary: 1963

January
14 Adjoa Andoh (Francine Jones) is born Francine Jones
30 Daphne Ashbrook (Doctor Grace Holloway) is born Grace
Holloway

February

March
11 Alex Kingston (River Song) is born River
Song
22 The Beatles release their first album, Please Please Me, which included the hits I Saw Her Standing There, Love Me Do and Twist And Shout
26 On the instructions of new BBC Head of Drama Sydney Newman, Head of Serials Donald Wilson convenes a meeting to begin development of a science-fiction series to fill a perceived hole in the BBC's Saturday evening programming The First Doctor

April

May
early
May
CE Webber completes a first draft of the Doctor Who format guide, although Sydney Newman takes issues with elements such as the Doctor secretly striving against science, and his time machine being a void of “nothing” The First Doctor
early
May
CE Webber completes another draft of the Doctor Who format guide, in which the time machine is now described as resembling a police box The First Doctor
13 Sydney Newman's unhappiness with the development of Doctor Who leads to the start of production on an initial four-part story being postponed by four weeks, from July 5th to August 2nd; it will later be delayed further, to September 27th The First Doctor
16 By now, a new version of the Doctor Who format guide refines the programme even further; the opening story is intended to be “The Giants” The First Doctor

June
early
June
Mervyn Pinfield is appointed as associate producer of Doctor Who The First Doctor
14 Anthony Coburn is commissioned to write 100,000 BC, which will ultimately become Doctor Who's debut story 100,000 BC
21 Valentina Tereshkova, travelling in Vostok 6, becomes the first woman in space
18 Anthony Coburn is commissioned to write “The Masters Of Luxor” The First Doctor
late
June
Verity Lambert and David Whitaker are appointed as producer and script editor of Doctor Who, respectively The First Doctor

July
9 John Lucarotti is commissioned to write Marco Polo Marco Polo
mid
July
David Whitaker refines the Doctor Who format guide; by now, the regular line-up of Dr. Who, Biddy, Cliff and Lola have become the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara The First Doctor
31 William Hartnell, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill and Carole Ann Ford are contracted for 52 weeks to play the Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Susan Foreman respectively The First Doctor
31 Terry Nation is commissioned to write The Daleks The Daleks
31 Alan Wakeman is commissioned to write “The Living Planet” The First Doctor

August
2 Ron Grainer is contracted to compose the theme music for Doctor Who The First Doctor
5 The UK, the USA and the Soviet Union sign the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
20 Bernard Lodge of the BBC Graphics Unit records the Doctor Who title sequence used from 1963 to 1967 The First Doctor
28 Martin Luther King delivers his I Have A Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC

September
2 Malcolm Hulke submits storylines for “Britain 408 AD” and “The Hidden Planet” The First Doctor
13 Test filming of the TARDIS materialising and dematerialising is carried out The First Doctor
19 Filming for 100,000 BC takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios 100,000 BC
23 “Britain 408 AD” is abandoned The First Doctor
24 Terry Nation is commissioned to write “The Red Fort” The First Doctor
27 Recording for 100,000 BC takes place at Lime Grove Studio D 100,000 BC

October
4 Unhappy with the quality of the material recorded on September 27th, Sydney Newman orders it remounted 100,000 BC
9 Filming for 100,000 BC takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios 100,000 BC
22 The second James Bond movie, From Russia With Love, is released in the UK
10 Filming for 100,000 BC takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios 100,000 BC
11 Filming for 100,000 BC takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios 100,000 BC
16 BBC Chief of Programmes Donald Baverstock orders nine further episodes of Doctor Who beyond 100,000 BC The First Doctor
18 Donald Baverstock rescinds his order of October 16th because of perceived cost overruns, but this is reinstated when it is discovered that he was acting on erroneous information The First Doctor
18 The September 27th recording for 100,000 BC is remounted at Lime Grove Studio D 100,000 BC
25 Recording for 100,000 BC takes place at Lime Grove Studio D 100,000 BC
28 Filming for The Daleks takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks
29 Filming for The Daleks takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks
30 Filming for The Daleks takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks
31 Recording for 100,000 BC takes place at Lime Grove Studio D 100,000 BC
31 Filming for The Daleks takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks

November
1 Recording for 100,000 BC takes place at Lime Grove Studio D 100,000 BC
1 Filming for The Daleks takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks
8 Recording for 100,000 BC takes place at Lime Grove Studio D 100,000 BC
15 Recording for The Daleks takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Daleks
16 The first trailer for Doctor Who is broadcast The First Doctor
21 A press conference is held to launch Doctor Who The First Doctor
22 US President John F Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas
22 A second set of thirteen episodes is ordered, to follow Inside The Spaceship The First Doctor
22 Recording for The Daleks takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Daleks
23 Debut broadcast of 100,000 BC episode one, An Unearthly Child, on BBC TV 100,000 BC
26 Filming for The Daleks takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks
29 Recording for The Daleks takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Daleks
30 The BBC elects to repeat 100,000 BC episode one, due to power blackouts on November 23rd and the intense international focus on the assassination of President Kennedy 100,000 BC
30 Debut broadcast of 100,000 BC episode two, The Cave Of Skulls, on BBC TV 100,000 BC

December
2 A remount of some of the previous filming for The Daleks takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios with an improved model of the Dalek city The Daleks
2 Malcolm Hulke is commissioned to write “The Hidden Planet” The First Doctor
6 Due to a catastrophic problem with the sound, the November 15th recording for The Daleks is remounted at Lime Grove Studio D The Daleks
7 Debut broadcast of 100,000 BC episode three, The Forest Of Fear, on BBC TV 100,000 BC
13 Recording for The Daleks takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Daleks
14 Debut broadcast of 100,000 BC episode four, The Firemaker, on BBC TV 100,000 BC
20 Recording for The Daleks takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Daleks
21 Debut broadcast of The Daleks episode one, The Dead Planet, on BBC TV The Daleks
28 Debut broadcast of The Daleks episode two, The Survivors, on BBC TV; viewing figures start to skyrocket following the introduction of the Daleks The Daleks
31 An additional set of ten episodes is ordered, to follow the slot ultimately filled by The Keys Of Marinus The First Doctor