The Doctor Who Production Diary: 1965

January
1 Recording for The Romans takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Romans
2 Debut broadcast of The Rescue episode one, The Powerful Enemy, on BBC1 The Rescue
4 Filming for The Web Planet takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Web Planet
5 Filming for The Web Planet takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Web Planet
6 Filming for The Web Planet takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Web Planet
7 Filming for The Web Planet takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Web Planet
8 Recording for The Romans takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Romans
8 Filming for The Web Planet takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Web Planet
9 Debut broadcast of The Rescue episode two, Desperate Measures, on BBC1 The Rescue
11 The BBC orders nine further episodes for Doctor Who's second production block, and guarantees a third production block as well, ensuring that the programme will return for Season Three The First Doctor
11 Mervyn Pinfield officially steps down as Doctor Who's associate producer; he is not replaced The First Doctor
11 Filming for The Web Planet takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Web Planet
14 Jemma Redgrave (Kate Lethbridge-Stewart) is born Kate 
Lethbridge-Stewart
15 Recording for The Romans takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Romans
16 Debut broadcast of The Romans episode one, The Slave Traders, on BBC1 The Romans
22 Recording for The Web Planet takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Web Planet
23 Debut broadcast of The Romans episode two, All Roads Lead To Rome, on BBC1 The Romans
24 Sir Winston Churchill dies, aged 90
28 Maureen O'Brien's contract is extended for an additional fourteen episodes beyond The Web Planet Vicki
29 Recording for The Web Planet takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Web Planet
30 Debut broadcast of The Romans episode three, Conspiracy, on BBC1 The Romans

February
5 Recording for The Web Planet takes place at Riverside Studio 1; Jacqueline Hill is absent while on holiday The Web Planet
6 Debut broadcast of The Romans episode four, Inferno, on BBC1 The Romans
12 Recording for The Web Planet takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Web Planet
13 Debut broadcast of The Web Planet episode one, The Web Planet, on BBC1 The Web Planet
16 Filming for The Crusade takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Crusade
17 Filming for The Crusade takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Crusade
18 Filming for The Crusade takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Crusade
19 Recording for The Web Planet takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Web Planet
20 Debut broadcast of The Web Planet episode two, The Zarbi, on BBC1 The Web Planet
21 Civil rights leader Malcolm X is assassinated in New York City
25 Terry Nation is commissioned to write Mission To The Unknown, a one-episode prologue to his fourth Dalek story The Web Planet
26 Recording for The Web Planet takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Web Planet
26 John Lucarotti begins work on an untitled historical story set in India The First Doctor
26 Brian Hayles' “The Dark Planet” is rejected The First Doctor
27 Debut broadcast of The Web Planet episode three, Escape To Danger, on BBC1 The Web Planet
late
Feb
Feeling that he's in need of a change, William Russell decides to leave Doctor Who upon the expiry of his contract Ian Chesterton

March
1 William Emms is commissioned to write Galaxy 4 Galaxy 4
5 Recording for The Crusade takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Crusade
6 Debut broadcast of The Web Planet episode four, Crater Of Needles, on BBC1 The Web Planet
8 The first American combat troops arrive in Vietnam
11 Filming for The Space Museum takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Space Museum
12 Recording for The Crusade takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Crusade
13 Debut broadcast of The Web Planet episode five, Invasion, on BBC1 The Web Planet
15 Dennis Spooner receives permission to write The Time Meddler The Time Meddler
mid
Mar
Verity Lambert decides that she will leave Doctor Who at the end of the second production block The First Doctor
18 Outside Voskhod 2, Alexey Leonov executes the first spacewalk
19 Maureen O'Brien is issued a new contract to replace her January 28th extension, likely because she was granted a raise Vicki
19 Recording for The Crusade takes place at Riverside Studio 1; William Russell is absent while on holiday The Crusade
20 Debut broadcast of The Web Planet episode six, The Centre, on BBC1 The Web Planet
26 Recording for The Crusade takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Crusade
27 Debut broadcast of The Crusade episode one, The Lion, on BBC1 The Crusade

April
early
Apr
John Wiles is appointed to replace Verity Lambert as producer of Doctor Who; Dennis Spooner decides not to renew his contract as script editor, and will be succeeded by Donald Tosh The First Doctor
early
Apr
with the wholesale changeover in the production team, Jacqueline Hill decides to join William Russell in leaving Doctor Who Barbara 
Wright
2 Recording for The Space Museum takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Space Museum
2 Resubmitted versions of Malcolm Hulke's “Britain 408 AD” and “The Hidden Planet” are rejected The First Doctor
3 Debut broadcast of The Crusade episode two, The Knight Of Jaffa, on BBC1 The Crusade
9 Recording for The Space Museum takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Space Museum
9 Location filming for The Chase takes place at Camber Sands in East Sussex The Chase
10 Debut broadcast of The Crusade episode three, The Wheel Of Fortune, on BBC1 The Crusade
10 The Beatles are filmed performing Ticket To Ride at Riverside Studios; after discussions about having the Beatles appear in The Chase are unsuccessful, this footage is made available instead The Chase
12 Filming for The Chase takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Chase
13 Filming for The Chase takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Chase
14 Filming for The Chase takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Chase
15 Filming for The Chase takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Chase
16 Recording for The Space Museum takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4; William Hartnell is absent while on holiday The Space Museum
17 Debut broadcast of The Crusade episode four, The Warlords, on BBC1 The Crusade
18 Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler) is born Jackie Tyler
23 Robert Holmes meets with Donald Tosh regarding a story idea that will ultimately become The Krotons The Krotons
23 Recording for The Space Museum takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Space Museum
24 Debut broadcast of The Space Museum episode one, The Space Museum, on BBC1 The Space Museum
30 Recording for The Chase takes place in Riverside Studio 1 The Chase
late
Apr
Donald Tosh begins trailing Dennis Spooner in preparation for becoming Doctor Who's script editor The First Doctor

May
1 Debut broadcast of The Space Museum episode two, The Dimensions Of Time, on BBC1 The Space Museum
6 Photographs of William Russell and Jacqueline Hill are taken at various London locations for use in The Chase The Chase
7 Recording for The Chase takes place in Riverside Studio 1 The Chase
8 Debut broadcast of The Space Museum episode three, The Search, on BBC1 The Space Museum
10 Filming for The Chase takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Chase
10 Filming for The Time Meddler takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Time Meddler
13 Donald Cotton is commissioned to write the first two episodes of The Myth Makers The Myth Makers
14 Recording for The Chase takes place in Riverside Studio 1; Peter Purves, playing Morton Dill, makes a good impression on the cast and crew and is offered the role of new companion Michael Taylor The Chase
15 Debut broadcast of The Space Museum episode four, The Final Phase, on BBC1 The Space Museum
21 Maureen O'Brien's contract is extended through the fourth episode of the third production block Vicki
21 Peter Purves is contracted to play the new companion, now called Steven Taylor, through the fourth episode of the third production block Steven 
Taylor
21 Recording for The Chase takes place in Riverside Studio 1 The Chase
22 Debut broadcast of The Chase episode one, The Executioners, on BBC1 The Chase
24 William Hartnell's contracted is extended through the twenty-eighth episode of the third production block The First Doctor
27 Paul Erickson is commissioned to write The Ark The Ark
28 Recording for The Chase takes place in Riverside Studio 1 The Chase
28 Verity Lambert agrees to a BBC request to expand Terry Nation's fourth Dalek story from six episodes to twelve, on the condition that script editor Dennis Spooner is permitted to write half the episodes from an outline composed by Nation The Daleks' Master Plan
29 Debut broadcast of The Chase episode two, The Death Of Time, on BBC1 The Chase

June
early
Jun
Donald Tosh officially replaces Dennis Spooner as Doctor Who's script editor, although Spooner will continue to perform some duties over the summer The First Doctor
4 Recording for The Chase takes place in Riverside Studio 1; Peter Purves joins the regular cast of Doctor Who, while William Russell and Jacqueline Hill leave the programme The Chase
5 Debut broadcast of The Chase episode three, Flight Through Eternity, on BBC1 The Chase
11 Recording for The Time Meddler takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Time Meddler
11 Donald Cotton is commissioned to write the final two episodes of The Myth Makers The Myth Makers
12 Debut broadcast of The Chase episode four, Journey Into Terror, on BBC1 The Chase
mid
Jun
John Wiles begins trailing Verity Lambert in preparation for becoming Doctor Who's producer The First Doctor
18 Recording for The Time Meddler takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3; William Hartnell is absent while on holiday The Time Meddler
19 Debut broadcast of The Chase episode five, The Death Of Doctor Who, on BBC1 The Chase
22 Filming for Galaxy 4 takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Galaxy 4
23 Filming for Galaxy 4 takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Galaxy 4
24 Filming for Galaxy 4 takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Galaxy 4
24 An untitled historical story about Leif Eriksson by John Lucarotti is rejected The First Doctor
25 Recording for The Time Meddler takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Time Meddler
25 Filming for Galaxy 4 takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Galaxy 4
26 Debut broadcast of The Chase episode six, The Planet Of Decision, on BBC1 The Chase
26 Filming for Galaxy 4 takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Galaxy 4
26 Filming for Mission To The Unknown takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Mission To The Unknown

July
2 Recording for The Time Meddler takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Time Meddler
3 Debut broadcast of The Time Meddler episode one, The Watcher, on BBC1 The Time Meddler
5 Dennis Spooner is commissioned to write six episodes of Terry Nation's fourth Dalek story, The Daleks' Master Plan The Daleks' Master Plan
9 Recording for Galaxy 4 takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 4 Galaxy 4
9 John Lucarotti is commissioned to write The Massacre Of St Bartholomew's Eve The Massacre Of St Bartholomew's 
Eve
10 Debut broadcast of The Time Meddler episode two, The Meddling Monk, on BBC1 The Time Meddler
14 Mariner 4 becomes the first spacecraft to transmit photographs of Mars
16 Recording for Galaxy 4 takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 4 Galaxy 4
16 Terry Nation is commissioned to write six episodes of The Daleks' Master Plan The Daleks' Master Plan
17 Debut broadcast of The Time Meddler episode three, A Battle Of Wits, on BBC1 The Time Meddler
23 William Hartnell's contract is amended to reflect the extension of The Daleks' Master Plan from six to twelve episodes The First Doctor
23 Recording for Galaxy 4 takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 4 Galaxy 4
24 Debut broadcast of The Time Meddler episode four, Checkmate, on BBC1 The Time Meddler
29 Brian Hayles is commissioned to write episode one of The Celestial Toymaker The Celestial Toymaker
30 Maureen O'Brien is issued a revised contract which includes a BBC option for twenty episodes beyond The Myth Makers Vicki
30 Recording for Galaxy 4 takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Galaxy 4
late
Jul
unhappy with Maureen O'Brien's complaints about her dialogue in Galaxy 4, John Wiles decides to replace the character with a new companion, Katarina, at the end of The Myth Makers Vicki

August
6 Recording for Galaxy 4 takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 4; none of the regular cast is present Galaxy 4
6 Recording for Mission To The Unknown takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 4; none of the regular cast is present Mission To The Unknown
mid
Aug
John Wiles officially replaces Verity Lambert as producer of Doctor Who The First Doctor
27 Location filming for The Myth Makers takes place at Frensham Little Pond in Surrey The Myth Makers
28 Location filming for The Myth Makers takes place at Frensham Little Pond in Surrey The Myth Makers
29 Location filming for The Myth Makers takes place at Frensham Little Pond in Surrey The Myth Makers
30 Location filming for The Myth Makers takes place at Frensham Little Pond in Surrey The Myth Makers
31 Location filming for The Myth Makers takes place at Frensham Little Pond in Surrey The Myth Makers

September
1 Location filming for The Myth Makers takes place at Frensham Little Pond in Surrey The Myth Makers
2 Location filming for The Myth Makers takes place at Frensham Little Pond in Surrey The Myth Makers
3 Maureen O'Brien is informed that her contract option will not be taken up, and The Myth Makers will be her last Doctor Who story Vicki
3 Peter Purves' contract is extended for twenty-four episodes beyond The Myth Makers Steven 
Taylor
3 Probable date of filming for The Myth Makers at the Ham Polo Club in Middlesex The Myth Makers
9 Adrienne Hill is cast as new companion Katarina, although John Wiles and Donald Tosh have already agreed that the character is not feasible as a long-term member of the cast, and have decided to write her out in her second story, The Daleks' Master Plan Katarina
11 Debut broadcast of Galaxy 4 episode one, Four Hundred Dawns, on BBC1 Galaxy 4
mid
Sep
Jean Marsh is cast as Sara Kingdom; John Wiles and Donald Tosh briefly develop Sara as the new companion to replace Katarina, before deciding not to retain the character beyond The Daleks' Master Plan Sara Kingdom
17 Recording for The Myth Makers takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Myth Makers
17 Brian Hayles is commissioned to write the last three episodes of The Celestial Toymaker The Celestial Toymaker
18 Debut broadcast of Galaxy 4 episode two, Trap Of Steel, on BBC1 Galaxy 4
24 Recording for The Myth Makers takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Myth Makers
25 Debut broadcast of Galaxy 4 episode three, Air Lock, on BBC1 Galaxy 4
27 Filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks' Master Plan
28 Filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks' Master Plan
29 Filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks' Master Plan
30 Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's science-fiction Supermarionation programme Thunderbirds debuts on ITV
30 Filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks' Master Plan

October
1 Recording for The Myth Makers takes place at Riverside Studio 1 The Myth Makers
1 Filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks' Master Plan
2 Debut broadcast of Galaxy 4 episode four, The Exploding Planet, on BBC1 Galaxy 4
4 Filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios; Adrienne Hill joins the regular Doctor Who cast The Daleks' Master Plan
5 Filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks' Master Plan
6 Filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks' Master Plan
7 Filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks' Master Plan
8 Recording for The Myth Makers takes place at Riverside Studio 1; Maureen O'Brien leaves Doctor Who The Myth Makers
8 Filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks' Master Plan
9 Debut broadcast of Mission To The Unknown on BBC1 Mission To The Unknown
16 Debut broadcast of The Myth Makers episode one, Temple Of Secrets, on BBC1 The Myth Makers
18 Filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks' Master Plan
21 A remount of the October 18th filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks' Master Plan
22 Recording for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Daleks' Master Plan
23 Debut broadcast of The Myth Makers episode two, Small Prophet, Quick Return, on BBC1 The Myth Makers
25 Still photos of a model TARDIS are taken in Hammersmith Park, London, for the cricket sequence in The Daleks' Master Plan The Daleks' Master Plan
29 Recording for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Daleks' Master Plan
30 Debut broadcast of The Myth Makers episode three, Death Of A Spy, on BBC1 The Myth Makers

November
5 Recording for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Daleks' Master Plan
6 Debut broadcast of The Myth Makers episode four, Horse Of Destruction, on BBC1 The Myth Makers
12 Recording for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 3; Adrienne Hill leaves Doctor Who The Daleks' Master Plan
13 Debut broadcast of The Daleks' Master Plan episode one, The Nightmare Begins, on BBC1 The Daleks' Master Plan
15 A remount of the October 18th and 21st filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks' Master Plan
16 Brian Hayles is commissioned to write “The Hands Of Aten” and “The White Witch” The First Doctor
19 Recording for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Daleks' Master Plan
20 Debut broadcast of The Daleks' Master Plan episode two, Day Of Armageddon, on BBC1 The Daleks' Master Plan
26 Recording for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Daleks' Master Plan
27 Debut broadcast of The Daleks' Master Plan episode three, Devil's Planet, on BBC1 The Daleks' Master Plan
30 Donald Cotton is commissioned to write The Gunfighters The Gunfighters

December
early
Dec
Jackie Lane is cast as Dodo Chaplet, the companion developed to replace Sara Dodo Chaplet
3 Recording for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Daleks' Master Plan
4 A photocall is held to introduce Jean Marsh as new companion Sara Kingdom Sara Kingdom
4 Debut broadcast of The Daleks' Master Plan episode four, The Traitors, on BBC1 The Daleks' Master Plan
10 Recording for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Daleks' Master Plan
11 Debut broadcast of The Daleks' Master Plan episode five, Counter Plot, on BBC1 The Daleks' Master Plan
16 The Manchester Evening News reports that William Hartnell is quitting Doctor Who; this does not transpire, but is a sign of the deteriorating relationship between Hartnell and the production team of John Wiles and Donald Tosh The First Doctor
17 Recording for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Daleks' Master Plan
18 Debut broadcast of The Daleks' Master Plan episode six, Coronas Of The Sun, on BBC1 The Daleks' Master Plan
25 Debut broadcast of The Daleks' Master Plan episode seven, The Feast Of Steven, on BBC1 The Daleks' Master Plan
27 Filming for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Daleks' Master Plan
29 Jackie Lane is contracted for 13 episodes beginning with The Massacre Of St Bartholomew's Eve Dodo Chaplet
31 Recording for The Daleks' Master Plan takes place at BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Daleks' Master Plan
late
Dec
Having failed to gain permission to replace William Hartnell as the star of Doctor Who at the end of The Celestial Toymaker, John Wiles resigns as producer; Donald Tosh decides to remain loyal to his producer, and also steps down The First Doctor