The Doctor Who Production Diary: 1964

January
Expedition
3 Recording for The Daleks takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Daleks
4 Debut broadcast of The Daleks episode three, The Escape, on BBC TV The Daleks
10 Recording for The Daleks takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Daleks
11 Debut broadcast of The Daleks episode four, The Ambush, on BBC TV The Daleks
13 Filming for Marco Polo takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Marco Polo
14 Filming for Marco Polo takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Marco Polo
15 Filming for Marco Polo takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Marco Polo
16 Filming for Marco Polo takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Marco Polo
17 Recording for Inside The Spaceship takes place at Lime Grove Studio D Inside The Spaceship
17 Filming for Marco Polo takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Marco Polo
18 Debut broadcast of The Daleks episode five, The Expedition, on BBC TV The Daleks
21 Terry Nation is commissioned to write The Keys Of Marinus in place of “The Red Fort” The Keys Of Marinus
24 Recording for Inside The Spaceship takes place at Lime Grove Studio D Inside The Spaceship
25 Debut broadcast of The Daleks episode six, The Ordeal, on BBC TV The Daleks
31 Recording for Marco Polo takes place at Lime Grove Studio D Marco Polo

February
1 Debut broadcast of The Daleks episode seven, The Rescue, on BBC TV The Daleks
4 An untitled “miniscules” storyline by Robert Gould is abandoned The First Doctor
6 Moris Farhi proposes “The Fragile Yellow Arc Of Fragrance” The First Doctor
7 Recording for Marco Polo takes place at Lime Grove Studio D Marco Polo
8 Debut broadcast of Inside The Spaceship episode one, The Edge Of Destruction, on BBC TV Inside The Spaceship
9 The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, heralding the British Invasion of North America
10 David Whitaker is retroactively commissioned to write Inside The Spaceship Inside The Spaceship
13 The final thirteen episodes of Doctor Who's original 52-episode production block are ordered, following on from the slot eventually filled by The Sensorites The First Doctor
14 Recording for Marco Polo takes place at Lime Grove Studio D Marco Polo
15 Debut broadcast of Inside The Spaceship episode two, The Brink Of Disaster, on BBC TV Inside The Spaceship
16 The Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, is born The Ninth Doctor
20 Doctor Who appears on the cover of the Radio Times listings magazine for the first time, advertising the start of Marco Polo The First Doctor
21 Recording for Marco Polo takes place at Lime Grove Studio D Marco Polo
22 Debut broadcast of Marco Polo episode one, The Roof Of The World, on BBC TV Marco Polo
24 “The Fragile Yellow Arc Of Fragrance” is rejected, but Moris Farhi begins work on “Farewell Great Macedon” The First Doctor
25 Boxer Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, beats Sonny Liston to become the heavyweight champion of the world
25 John Lucarotti is commissioned to write The Aztecs The Aztecs
25 Peter R Newman is commissioned to write The Sensorites The Sensorites
28 Recording for Marco Polo takes place at Lime Grove Studio D Marco Polo
29 Debut broadcast of Marco Polo episode two, The Singing Sands, on BBC TV Marco Polo

March
early
Mar
filming for The Keys Of Marinus takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Keys Of Marinus
6 Recording for Marco Polo takes place at Lime Grove Studio D Marco Polo
7 Debut broadcast of Marco Polo episode three, Five Hundred Eyes, on BBC TV Marco Polo
13 Recording for Marco Polo takes place at Lime Grove Studio D Marco Polo
14 Debut broadcast of Marco Polo episode four, The Wall Of Lies, on BBC TV Marco Polo
17 Terry Nation is commissioned to write The Dalek Invasion Of Earth The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
20 Recording for The Keys Of Marinus takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Keys Of Marinus
21 Debut broadcast of Marco Polo episode five, Rider From Shang-Tu, on BBC TV Marco Polo
26 David Whitaker is forced to defend part three of The Keys Of Marinus against charges of plagiarism levied by Robert Gould, who had written an unused storyline for the series The Keys Of Marinus
27 Recording for The Keys Of Marinus takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Keys Of Marinus
28 Debut broadcast of Marco Polo episode six, Mighty Kublai Khan, on BBC TV Marco Polo

April
2 Dennis Spooner is commissioned to write The Reign Of Terror The Reign Of Terror
3 Recording for The Keys Of Marinus takes place at Lime Grove Studio D; William Hartnell is absent while on holiday The Keys Of Marinus
4 Debut broadcast of Marco Polo episode seven, Assassin At Peking, on BBC TV Marco Polo
10 Recording for The Keys Of Marinus takes place at Lime Grove Studio D; William Hartnell is absent while on holiday The Keys Of Marinus
11 Debut broadcast of The Keys Of Marinus episode one, The Sea Of Death, on BBC TV The Keys Of Marinus
13 Filming for The Aztecs takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Aztecs
14 Filming for The Aztecs takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Aztecs
14 Louis Marks is commissioned to write Planet Of Giants Planet Of Giants
17 Recording for The Keys Of Marinus takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Keys Of Marinus
18 Debut broadcast of The Keys Of Marinus episode two, The Velvet Web, on BBC TV The Keys Of Marinus
24 Recording for The Keys Of Marinus takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Keys Of Marinus
25 Debut broadcast of The Keys Of Marinus episode three, The Screaming Jungle, on BBC1 The Keys Of Marinus

May
1 Recording for The Aztecs takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Aztecs
2 Debut broadcast of The Keys Of Marinus episode four, The Snows Of Terror, on BBC1 The Keys Of Marinus
8 Recording for The Aztecs takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 3; Carole Ann Ford is absent while on holiday The Aztecs
9 Debut broadcast of The Keys Of Marinus episode five, Sentence Of Death, on BBC1 The Keys Of Marinus
15 Recording for The Aztecs takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 3; Carole Ann Ford is absent while on holiday The Aztecs
mid
May
Filming for The Sensorites takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Sensorites
16 Debut broadcast of The Keys Of Marinus episode six, The Keys Of Marinus, on BBC1 The Keys Of Marinus
20 Sydney Newman suggests that Doctor Who should be cancelled if satisfactory studio facilities cannot be found for the programme; it is soon agreed that Riverside Studio 1 will be the show's new production home The First Doctor
22 Recording for The Aztecs takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Aztecs
23 Debut broadcast of The Aztecs episode one, The Temple Of Evil, on BBC1 The Aztecs
29 Recording for The Sensorites takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Sensorites
30 Debut broadcast of The Aztecs episode two, The Warriors Of Death, on BBC1 The Aztecs

June
5 Recording for The Sensorites takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Sensorites
6 Debut broadcast of The Aztecs episode three, The Bride Of Sacrifice, on BBC1 The Aztecs
12 Recording for The Sensorites takes place at Lime Grove Studio D; Jacqueline Hill is absent while on holiday The Sensorites
12 Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison for protesting Apartheid in South Africa
13 Debut broadcast of The Aztecs episode four, The Day Of Darkness, on BBC1 The Aztecs
15 Doctor Who's first location filming takes place in Buckinghamshire, at Denham Green and Gerrards Cross, for The Reign Of Terror The Reign Of Terror
16 Filming for The Reign Of Terror takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Reign Of Terror
17 Filming for The Reign Of Terror takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Reign Of Terror
18 Filming for The Reign Of Terror takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Reign Of Terror
19 Recording for The Sensorites takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 4; Jacqueline Hill is absent while on holiday The Sensorites
20 Debut broadcast of The Sensorites episode one, Strangers In Space, on BBC1 The Sensorites
21 David Morrissey (Jackson Lake) is born Jackson
Lake
26 Recording for The Sensorites takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Sensorites
27 Debut broadcast of The Sensorites episode two, The Unwilling Warriors, on BBC1 The Sensorites

July
2 The Civil Rights Act abolishes racial segregation in the United States
3 Recording for The Sensorites takes place at Lime Grove Studio D The Sensorites
4 Doctor Who is preempted for the first time, due to an extended edition of Summer Grandstand The First Doctor
10 Recording for The Reign Of Terror takes place at Lime Grove Studio G, preceded by a remount of material for The Sensorites The Reign Of Terror
11 Debut broadcast of The Sensorites episode three, Hidden Danger, on BBC1 The Sensorites
17 Recording for The Reign Of Terror takes place at Lime Grove Studio G; William Russell is absent while on holiday The Reign Of Terror
18 Debut broadcast of The Sensorites episode four, A Race Against Death, on BBC1 The Sensorites
22 Bonnie Langford (Melanie Bush) is born Mel
24 Recording for The Reign Of Terror takes place at Lime Grove Studio G, prior to which director Henric Hirsch collapses from stress; William Russell is absent while on holiday The Reign Of Terror
25 Debut broadcast of The Sensorites episode five, Kidnap, on BBC1 The Sensorites
30 With Carole Ann Ford having grown unhappy with Susan's development, Terry Nation is asked to amend his scripts for The Dalek Invasion Of Earth to incorporate the character's departure Doctor Who Susan 
Foreman
30 Filming for Planet Of Giants takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Planet Of Giants
31 Recording for The Reign Of Terror takes place at Lime Grove Studio G The Reign Of Terror
31 Moris Farhi's “Farewell Great Macedon” is abandoned The First Doctor

August
1 Debut broadcast of The Sensorites episode six, A Desperate Venue, on BBC1 The Sensorites
6 Dennis Spooner begins trailing David Whitaker in preparation for becoming Doctor Who's script editor The First Doctor
7 Recording for The Reign Of Terror takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Reign Of Terror
8 Debut broadcast of The Reign Of Terror episode one, A Land Of Fear, on BBC1 The Reign Of Terror
13 The July 30th filming for Planet Of Giants is remounted at the Ealing Television Film Studios Planet Of Giants
14 The BBC orders thirteen episodes of Doctor Who to open its second production block The First Doctor
14 Recording for The Reign Of Terror takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Reign Of Terror
15 Debut broadcast of The Reign Of Terror episode two, Guests Of Madame Guillotine, on BBC1 The Reign Of Terror
17 Pamela Franklin is cast as new companion Jenny, who will be introduced in The Dalek Invasion Of Earth The First Doctor
20 Due to a contract dispute with the regular cast, Verity Lambert decides that Jenny will not be retained as a new companion; Pamela Franklin is subsequently replaced in The Dalek Invasion Of Earth by Ann Davies The First Doctor
21 Recording for Planet Of Giants takes place at Lime Grove Studio D Planet Of Giants
22 Debut broadcast of The Reign Of Terror episode three, A Change Of Identity, on BBC1 The Reign Of Terror
23 Location filming for The Dalek Invasion Of Earth takes place in London The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
25 Location filming for The Dalek Invasion Of Earth takes place in London The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
27 Location filming for The Dalek Invasion Of Earth takes place in London The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
28 Recording for Planet Of Giants takes place at Lime Grove Studio D Planet Of Giants
28 Location filming for The Dalek Invasion Of Earth takes place in Stone, Kent The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
29 Debut broadcast of The Reign Of Terror episode four, The Tyrant Of France, on BBC1 The Reign Of Terror
31 Dennis Spooner is commissioned to write The Romans The Romans
late
Aug
To settle the regular cast's contract dispute, the BBC guarantees a second block of thirteen episodes for Season Two; David Whitaker receives informal permission to write The Rescue to introduce new companion Tanni The First Doctor

September
4 Recording for Planet Of Giants takes place at Lime Grove Studio D Planet Of Giants
5 Debut broadcast of The Reign Of Terror episode five, A Bargain Of Necessity, on BBC1 The Reign Of Terror
11 Recording for Planet Of Giants takes place at Lime Grove Studio D Planet Of Giants
12 Debut broadcast of The Reign Of Terror episode six, Prisoners Of Conciergerie, on BBC1 The Reign Of Terror
18 Recording for The Dalek Invasion Of Earth takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
24 Victor Pemberton's “The Slide” is rejected The First Doctor
25 Recording for The Dalek Invasion Of Earth takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
28 Bill Strutton is commissioned to write The Web Planet The Web Planet

October
2 William Hartnell's back is injured during recording for The Dalek Invasion Of Earth at Riverside Studio 1 The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
9 Maureen O'Brien is contracted to play new companion Tanni for 12 episodes, beginning with The Rescue Vicki
9 Recording for The Dalek Invasion Of Earth takes place at Riverside Studio 1; William Hartnell is absent while recuperating from his back injury The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
mid
Oct
Glyn Jones is commissioned to write The Space Museum The Space Museum
16 Recording for The Dalek Invasion Of Earth takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
19 Donald Wilson orders Planet Of Giants trimmed from four parts to three because he feels the story lacks pace; the final two episodes are edited together to form a single installment Planet Of Giants
20 Malcolm Hulke's “The Hidden Planet” is formally rejected The First Doctor
23 Recording for The Dalek Invasion Of Earth takes place at Riverside Studio 1; Carole Ann Ford leaves Doctor Who The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
31 David Whitaker steps down as Doctor Who script editor, to be replaced by Dennis Spooner The First Doctor
31 Debut broadcast of Planet Of Giants episode one, Planet Of Giants, on BBC1 Planet Of Giants

November
1 David Whitaker is retroactively commissioned to write The Rescue The Rescue
1 David Whitaker is commissioned to write The Crusade The Crusade
7 Debut broadcast of Planet Of Giants episode two, Dangerous Journey, on BBC1 Planet Of Giants
9 The British House of Commons, under newly-elected Prime Minister Harold Wilson, votes to eliminate the death penalty
11 A photocall is held to introduce Maureen O'Brien as the new companion Vicki
14 Debut broadcast of Planet Of Giants episode three, Crisis, on BBC1 Planet Of Giants
16 Filming for The Rescue takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Rescue
17 Filming for The Rescue takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Rescue
17 Filming for The Romans takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Romans
18 Filming for The Romans takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Romans
20 The new companion played by Maureen O'Brien is renamed Vicki Vicki
21 Debut broadcast of The Dalek Invasion Of Earth episode one, World's End, on BBC1 The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
28 Debut broadcast of The Dalek Invasion Of Earth episode two, The Daleks, on BBC1; Doctor Who is one of the Top Ten programmes of the week for the first time The Dalek Invasion Of Earth

December
4 Recording for The Rescue takes place at Riverside Studio 1; Maureen O'Brien joins the regular cast of Doctor Who The Rescue
5 Debut broadcast of The Dalek Invasion Of Earth episode three, Day Of Reckoning, on BBC1 The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
11 Recording for The Rescue takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Rescue
12 Debut broadcast of The Dalek Invasion Of Earth episode four, The End Of Tomorrow, on BBC1 The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
16 Terry Nation is commissioned to write The Chase The Chase
18 Recording for The Romans takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Romans
19 Debut broadcast of The Dalek Invasion Of Earth episode five, The Waking Ally, on BBC1 The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
26 Debut broadcast of The Dalek Invasion Of Earth episode six, Flashpoint, on BBC1 The Dalek Invasion Of Earth