The Doctor Who Production Diary: 1969

January
3 Recording for The Seeds Of Death takes place in Lime Grove Studio D The Seeds Of Death
4 Debut broadcast of The Krotons episode two on BBC1 The Krotons
7 Patrick Troughton's departure is announced to the press The Second Doctor
10 Recording for The Seeds Of Death takes place in Lime Grove Studio D The Seeds Of Death
11 Debut broadcast of The Krotons episode three on BBC1 The Krotons
17 Recording for The Seeds Of Death takes place in Lime Grove Studio D The Seeds Of Death
18 Debut broadcast of The Krotons episode four on BBC1 The Krotons
24 Recording for The Seeds Of Death takes place in Lime Grove Studio D; Patrick Troughton is absent while on holiday The Seeds Of Death
25 Debut broadcast of The Seeds Of Death episode one on BBC1 The Seeds Of Death
27 Wendy Padbury is contracted for The War Games; by now it had been agreed that she will leave Doctor Who alongside Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines Zoe
Heriot
30 The Beatles give their last public performance
31 Recording for The Seeds Of Death takes place in Lime Grove Studio D The Seeds Of Death

February
1 Debut broadcast of The Seeds Of Death episode two on BBC1 The Seeds Of Death
7 Recording for The Seeds Of Death takes place in Lime Grove Studio D The Seeds Of Death
7 Filming for The Space Pirates takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Space Pirates
8 Debut broadcast of The Seeds Of Death episode three on BBC1 The Seeds Of Death
10 Filming for The Space Pirates takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Space Pirates
11 Filming for The Space Pirates takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Space Pirates
12 Robert Holmes is commissioned to provide a storyline for Spearhead From Space Spearhead From Space
12 Filming for The Space Pirates takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Space Pirates
13 Filming for The Space Pirates takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Space Pirates
14 Filming for The Space Pirates takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Space Pirates
15 Debut broadcast of The Seeds Of Death episode four on BBC1 The Seeds Of Death
17 Brian Wright is commissioned to write a storyline for “The Mists Of Madness” The Third Doctor
19 Because of damage during processing, some of the February 14th filming for The Space Pirates is remounted at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Space Pirates
21 Recording for The Space Pirates takes place in Lime Grove Studio D The Space Pirates
22 Debut broadcast of The Seeds Of Death episode five on BBC1 The Seeds Of Death
24 Wendy Padbury's departure is announced to the press Zoe
Heriot
28 Recording for The Space Pirates takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Space Pirates

March
1 Debut broadcast of The Seeds Of Death episode six on BBC1 The Seeds Of Death
7 Recording for The Space Pirates takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Space Pirates
8 Debut broadcast of The Space Pirates episode one on BBC1 The Space Pirates
14 Recording for The Space Pirates takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Space Pirates
15 Debut broadcast of The Space Pirates episode two on BBC1 The Space Pirates
21 Recording for The Space Pirates takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Space Pirates
22 Debut broadcast of The Space Pirates episode three on BBC1 The Space Pirates
23 Location filming for The War Games takes place in Brighton, East Sussex The War Games
24 Location filming for The War Games takes place in Brighton, East Sussex The War Games
25 Location filming for The War Games takes place in Brighton, East Sussex The War Games
26 Location filming for The War Games takes place in Brighton, East Sussex The War Games
27 Location filming for The War Games takes place in Seaford, East Sussex The War Games
28 Recording for The Space Pirates takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Space Pirates
28 Location filming for The War Games takes place in Clayton, West Sussex The War Games
29 Debut broadcast of The Space Pirates episode four on BBC1 The Space Pirates
30 Location filming for The War Games takes place in West Dean, East Sussex The War Games

April
1 Location filming for The War Games takes place in Seaford, East Sussex; East Dean, East Sussex; and Clayton, West Sussex The War Games
3 Filming for The War Games takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The War Games
5 Debut broadcast of The Space Pirates episode five on BBC1 The Space Pirates
11 Recording for The War Games takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The War Games
12 Debut broadcast of The Space Pirates episode six on BBC1 The Space Pirates
18 Recording for The War Games takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The War Games
19 Debut broadcast of The War Games episode one on BBC1 The War Games
25 Recording for The War Games takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The War Games
26 Debut broadcast of The War Games episode two on BBC1 The War Games

May
1 David Whitaker is commissioned to provide a storyline for The Ambassadors Of Death The Ambassadors Of Death
2 Recording for The War Games takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The War Games
3 Debut broadcast of The War Games episode three on BBC1 The War Games
8 Recording for The War Games takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The War Games
10 Debut broadcast of The War Games episode four on BBC1 The War Games
15 Recording for The War Games takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 The War Games
17 Debut broadcast of The War Games episode five on BBC1 The War Games
21 Jon Pertwee is contracted to play the Third Doctor for at least twenty-one episodes The Third Doctor
22 Recording for The War Games takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 The War Games
24 Debut broadcast of The War Games episode six on BBC1 The War Games
27 Nicholas Courtney is contracted for at least twenty-one episodes during Season Seven Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
29 Recording for The War Games takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 The War Games
31 Debut broadcast of The War Games episode seven on BBC1 The War Games

June
3 Robert Holmes is commissioned to write Spearhead From Space Spearhead From Space
5 Recording for The War Games takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The War Games
7 A photocall is held to introduce Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor The Third Doctor
7 Debut broadcast of The War Games episode eight on BBC1 The War Games
12 Recording for The War Games takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8; Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury leave Doctor Who The War Games
14 Debut broadcast of The War Games episode nine on BBC1 The War Games
17 Jon Pertwee is introduced to the press as the Third Doctor The Third Doctor
21 Debut broadcast of The War Games episode ten on BBC1 The War Games
25 David Whitaker is commissioned to write The Ambassadors Of Death The Ambassadors Of Death
30 The Stonewall riots take place in New York City, galvanising the gay rights movement

July
28 Caroline John is contracted to play new companion Liz Shaw in two serials beginning with Sparhead From Space Liz 
Shaw
30 Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the Moon

August
3 A new colour title sequence, created by Bernard Lodge and used from 1970 to 1973, is filmed The Third Doctor
9 Sharon Tate and four others are murdered in Los Angeles by Charles Manson and his followers
11 Malcolm Hulke is commissioned to write The Silurians The Silurians
15 The four-day Woodstock Festival begins in New York state

September
10 A photocall is held to introduce Caroline John as new companion Liz Shaw Liz 
Shaw
13 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in London; Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney and Caroline John join the regular Doctor Who team Spearhead From Space
14 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in London Spearhead From Space
mid
Sep
Industrial action results in the cancellation of studio recording for Spearhead From Space; Derrick Sherwin successfully lobbies to film the material on location instead Spearhead From Space
15 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in Wisley, Surrey Spearhead From Space
16 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in Wisley, Surrey Spearhead From Space
17 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in Wisley, Surrey Spearhead From Space
18 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in London Spearhead From Space
19 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in London Spearhead From Space

October
early
Oct
Peter Bryant and Derrick Sherwin are moved off Doctor Who to salvage Paul Temple The Third Doctor
5 The first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC1
8 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
9 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
10 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
11 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
12 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
13 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
14 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
15 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
16 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
17 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
20 Barry Letts is appointed the new producer of Doctor Who The Third Doctor
20 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
21 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
22 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
23 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in Radford, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
24 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
25 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
26 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
27 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at Wood Norton, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
28 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in Evesham, Hereford and Worcester Spearhead From Space
29 Electronic communication begins via ARPANET, the precursor of the Internet
29 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in London Spearhead From Space
30 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in London Spearhead From Space
31 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in London Spearhead From Space

November
3 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in London Spearhead From Space
4 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in London Spearhead From Space
5 Location filming for Spearhead From Space takes place in London Spearhead From Space
10 Charlotte and Dennis Plimmer submit a storyline entitled “The Shadow People” The Third Doctor
12 Location filming for The Silurians takes place in London The Silurians
13 Location filming for The Silurians takes place in Tilford, Surrey The Silurians
14 Location filming for The Silurians takes place in Tilford, Surrey The Silurians
17 Location filming for The Silurians takes place in Rushmoor, Surrey The Silurians
18 After David Whitaker encounters difficulties writing The Ambassadors Of Death, Malcolm Hulke is commissioned to revise parts two and three, and write parts four through seven The Ambassadors Of Death
18 Location filming for The Silurians takes place in Rushmoor, Surrey The Silurians
19 Filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Spearhead From Space
19 Location filming for The Silurians takes place in Milford, Surrey The Silurians
20 Location filming for The Silurians takes place in Godalming, Surrey and Guildford, Surrey The Silurians
22 Filming for Spearhead From Space takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Spearhead From Space
24 Due to the accidental destruction of the film, a remount is held for part of the November 12th location filming for The Silurians in London The Silurians
27 Don Houghton is commissioned to provide a storyline for Inferno Inferno

December
1 Bob Baker and Dave Martin are commissioned to write episode one of “The Gift” The Claws Of Axos
8 Recording for The Silurians takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 The Silurians
15 Recording for The Silurians takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 The Silurians
21 Recording for The Silurians takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 The Silurians
22 Recording for The Silurians takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 The Silurians