The Doctor Who Production Diary: 1972

January
1 Debut broadcast of Day Of The Daleks episode one on BBC1 Day Of The Daleks
8 Debut broadcast of Day Of The Daleks episode two on BBC1 Day Of The Daleks
15 Debut broadcast of Day Of The Daleks episode three on BBC1 Day Of The Daleks
17 Recording for The Curse Of Peladon takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Curse Of Peladon
18 Recording for The Curse Of Peladon takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Curse Of Peladon
22 Debut broadcast of Day Of The Daleks episode four on BBC1 Day Of The Daleks
29 Debut broadcast of The Curse Of Peladon episode one on BBC1 The Curse Of Peladon
25 British Army soldiers kill thirteen unarmed protesters in Derry, Northern Island in what would become known as Bloody Sunday
31 Recording for The Curse Of Peladon takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Curse Of Peladon

February
1 Recording for The Curse Of Peladon takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Curse Of Peladon
3 Bob Baker and Dave Martin submit the story idea that will become The Three Doctors The Three Doctors
5 Debut broadcast of The Curse Of Peladon episode two on BBC1 The Curse Of Peladon
7 Location filming for The Mutants takes place in Northfleet, Kent The Mutants
8 Location filming for The Mutants takes place in Northfleet, Kent The Mutants
9 Jon Pertwee is contracted for Season Ten The Third Doctor
9 Location filming for The Mutants takes place in Frindsbury, Kent The Mutants
10 Katy Manning is contracted for at least twenty-two episodes of Season Ten Jo
Grant
10 Location filming for The Mutants takes place in Frindsbury, Kent The Mutants
11 Location filming for The Mutants takes place in Chiselhurst, Kent The Mutants
12 Debut broadcast of The Curse Of Peladon episode three on BBC1 The Curse Of Peladon
12 Location filming for The Mutants takes place in Chiselhurst, Kent The Mutants
19 Debut broadcast of The Curse Of Peladon episode four on BBC1 The Curse Of Peladon
21 US President Richard Nixon begins an eight-day visit to China, thawing relations between the two countries
25 Godfrey Harrison's “Multiface” is abandoned The Third Doctor
26 Debut broadcast of The Sea Devils episode one on BBC1 The Sea Devils
28 Recording for The Mutants takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Mutants
29 Recording for The Mutants takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Mutants

March
4 Debut broadcast of The Sea Devils episode two on BBC1 The Sea Devils
11 Debut broadcast of The Sea Devils episode three on BBC1 The Sea Devils
13 Nicholas Courtney is contracted for The Time Monster Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
13 Recording for The Mutants takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 The Mutants
14 Recording for The Mutants takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 The Mutants
18 Debut broadcast of The Sea Devils episode four on BBC1 The Sea Devils
22 John Levene is contracted for The Time Monster Sergeant
John Benton
24 The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, is released in North American theatres
25 Debut broadcast of The Sea Devils episode five on BBC1 The Sea Devils
27 Recording for The Mutants takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Mutants
28 Nick Frost (Santa Claus) is born Santa
Claus
28 Recording for The Mutants takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Mutants
29 Filming for The Time Monster takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Time Monster
30 Filming for The Time Monster takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Time Monster
31 Richard Franklin is contracted for The Time Monster Captain
Mike Yates

April
1 Debut broadcast of The Sea Devils episode six on BBC1 The Sea Devils
4 Location filming for The Time Monster takes place in Swallowfield, Berkshire The Time Monster
5 Location filming for The Time Monster takes place in Swallowfield, Berkshire The Time Monster
6 Location filming for The Time Monster takes place in Stratfield Saye, Hampshire; Heckfield Heath, Hampshire; and Mortimer, Berkshire The Time Monster
7 Location filming for The Time Monster takes place in Stratfield Saye, Hampshire and Hartley Witney, Hampshire The Time Monster
8 Debut broadcast of The Mutants episode one on BBC1 The Mutants
9 Carol McIntosh (aka Neve McIntosh, who played Madame Vastra) is born Madame Vastra
14 Malcolm Hulke is commissioned to provide a storyline for Frontier In Space Frontier In Space
15 Debut broadcast of The Mutants episode two on BBC1 The Mutants
mid
Apr
While both Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell have agreed to return to Doctor Who for a tenth anniversary story, Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks learn that Hartnell's health is too poor for him to have a substantial role The Three Doctors
21 Terry Nation is commissioned to provide a storyline for Planet Of The Daleks Planet Of The Daleks
22 Debut broadcast of The Mutants episode three on BBC1 The Mutants
25 Recording for The Time Monster takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Time Monster
26 Recording for The Time Monster takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Time Monster
29 Debut broadcast of The Mutants episode four on BBC1 The Mutants

May
4 Malcolm Hulke is commissioned to write Frontier In Space Frontier In Space
6 Debut broadcast of The Mutants episode five on BBC1 The Mutants
9 Recording for The Time Monster takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4; a new TARDIS console room set designed by Tim Gleeson appears, but is damaged in storage after the story is completed The Time Monster
10 Recording for The Time Monster takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 The Time Monster
11 Terry Nation is commissioned to write Planet Of The Daleks Planet Of The Daleks
13 Debut broadcast of The Mutants episode six on BBC1 The Mutants
20 Debut broadcast of The Time Monster episode one on BBC1 The Time Monster
23 Recording for The Time Monster takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Time Monster
24 Recording for The Time Monster takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Time Monster
27 Debut broadcast of The Time Monster episode two on BBC1 The Time Monster
30 Location filming for Carnival Of Monsters takes place at Tillingham Marshes in Essex Carnival Of Monsters
31 Location filming for Carnival Of Monsters takes place at Tillingham Marshes in Essex and in Asheldham, Essex Carnival Of Monsters

June
1 Location filming for Carnival Of Monsters takes place in Chatham, Kent Carnival Of Monsters
2 Location filming for Carnival Of Monsters takes place in Chatham, Kent Carnival Of Monsters
3 Debut broadcast of The Time Monster episode three on BBC1 The Time Monster
10 Debut broadcast of The Time Monster episode four on BBC1 The Time Monster
25 Five men working on behalf of the White House are arrested for burglarising the Democratic National Committee offices in the Watergate Hotel
17 Debut broadcast of The Time Monster episode five on BBC1 The Time Monster
19 Recording for Carnival Of Monsters takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 Carnival Of Monsters
20 Recording for Carnival Of Monsters takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 Carnival Of Monsters
24 Debut broadcast of The Time Monster episode six on BBC1 The Time Monster
27 Bob Baker and Dave Martin are commissioned to write The Three Doctors The Three Doctors

July
3 Recording for Carnival Of Monsters takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4; Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning are absent Carnival Of Monsters
4 Recording for Carnival Of Monsters takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 Carnival Of Monsters

August
14 Filming for Frontier In Space takes place at Bray Studios Frontier In Space
18 Filming for Frontier In Space takes place at Bray Studios Frontier In Space
22 Filming for Frontier In Space takes place at Bray Studios Frontier In Space

September
6 At the Olympic Games in Munich, the Black September terrorist group kidnaps and murders eleven Israeli athletes
10 Location filming for Frontier In Space takes place in London Frontier In Space
11 Location filming for Frontier In Space takes place in Redhill, Surrey Frontier In Space
12 Location filming for Frontier In Space takes place in Redhill, Surrey Frontier In Space
13 Location filming for Frontier In Space takes place in London Frontier In Space
14 Filming for Frontier In Space takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Frontier In Space
21 Patrick Troughton is contracted to appear in The Three Doctors The Second Doctor
21 William Hartnell is contracted to appear in The Three Doctors The First Doctor
28 A goal by Paul Henderson in the final minute of play leads Canada to dramatic victory in the ice hockey Summit Series against the Soviet Union

October
2 Recording for Frontier In Space takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 Frontier In Space
3 Recording for Frontier In Space takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 Frontier In Space
16 Recording for Frontier In Space takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 Frontier In Space
17 Recording for Frontier In Space takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 Frontier In Space
31 Recording for Frontier In Space takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Frontier In Space

November
early
Nov
Plans for Frazer Hines to return as Jamie McCrimmon in The Three Doctors are scrapped due to prior commitments Jamie
McCrimmon
1 Recording for Frontier In Space takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3; this would prove to be Roger Delgado's final work on Doctor Who Frontier In Space
6 Filming for The Three Doctors takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Three Doctors
7 Location filming for The Three Doctors takes place in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire The Three Doctors
8 Location filming for The Three Doctors takes place in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire The Three Doctors
9 Location filming for The Three Doctors takes place in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire The Three Doctors
10 Location filming for The Three Doctors takes place in Denham Green, Buckinghamshire The Three Doctors
14 Filming for The Three Doctors takes place at the BBC Television Centre Puppet Theatre The Three Doctors
15 Filming for The Three Doctors takes place at the BBC Television Centre Puppet Theatre The Three Doctors
27 Recording for The Three Doctors takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1; a new TARDIS console room set designed by Roger Liminton appears The Three Doctors
28 Recording for The Three Doctors takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 The Three Doctors
29 Pong, the first commercially successful arcade video game, is released by Atari
30 Robert Sloman is commissioned to write The Green Death The Green Death

December
11 Recording for The Three Doctors takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Three Doctors
12 Recording for The Three Doctors takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Three Doctors
14 Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the Moon
30 Debut broadcast of The Three Doctors episode one on BBC1 The Three Doctors