The Doctor Who Production Diary: 1977

January
1 Debut broadcast of The Face Of Evil episode one on BBC1 The Face Of Evil
8 Debut broadcast of The Face Of Evil episode two on BBC1 The Face Of Evil
8 Location filming for The Talons Of Weng-Chiang takes place in Northampton, Northamptonshire The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
9 Location filming for The Talons Of Weng-Chiang takes place in Northampton, Northamptonshire The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
10 Location filming for The Talons Of Weng-Chiang takes place in Northampton, Northamptonshire The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
11 Terrance Dicks is commissioned to write “The Vampire Mutations” State Of Decay
11 Location filming for The Talons Of Weng-Chiang takes place in Northampton, Northamptonshire The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
12 Location filming for The Talons Of Weng-Chiang takes place in Northampton, Northamptonshire The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
13 Location filming for The Talons Of Weng-Chiang takes place in Northampton, Northamptonshire The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
14 Bob Baker and Dave Martin are commissioned to write The Invisible Enemy The Invisible Enemy
15 Debut broadcast of The Face Of Evil episode three on BBC1 The Face Of Evil
22 Debut broadcast of The Face Of Evil episode four on BBC1 The Face Of Evil
24 Recording for The Talons Of Weng-Chiang takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
25 Recording for The Talons Of Weng-Chiang takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
29 Debut broadcast of The Robots Of Death episode one on BBC1 The Robots Of Death

February
5 Debut broadcast of The Robots Of Death episode two on BBC1 The Robots Of Death
8 Recording for The Talons Of Weng-Chiang takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
9 Recording for The Talons Of Weng-Chiang takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
10 Recording for The Talons Of Weng-Chiang takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
12 Debut broadcast of The Robots Of Death episode three on BBC1 The Robots Of Death
19 Debut broadcast of The Robots Of Death episode four on BBC1 The Robots Of Death
26 Debut broadcast of The Talons Of Weng-Chiang episode one on BBC1 The Talons Of Weng-Chiang

March
5 Debut broadcast of The Talons Of Weng-Chiang episode two on BBC1 The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
12 Debut broadcast of The Talons Of Weng-Chiang episode three on BBC1 The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
17 John Leeson is contracted to provide the voice for the robot dog K·9 in The Invisible Enemy; it is mooted that K·9 may be retained as a regular character K·9
19 Debut broadcast of The Talons Of Weng-Chiang episode four on BBC1 The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
26 Debut broadcast of The Talons Of Weng-Chiang episode five on BBC1 The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
27 In the deadliest accident in aviation history, almost 600 people die when two planes collide at Tenerife in the Canary Islands
28 Filming for The Invisible Enemy takes place at Bray Studios The Invisible Enemy
29 Terrance Dicks is commissioned to write Horror Of Fang Rock to replace “The Vampire Mutations” Horror Of Fang Rock
29 Filming for The Invisible Enemy takes place at Bray Studios The Invisible Enemy
30 Filming for The Invisible Enemy takes place at Bray Studios The Invisible Enemy
31 Filming for The Invisible Enemy takes place at Bray Studios The Invisible Enemy

April
1 Filming for The Invisible Enemy takes place at Bray Studios The Invisible Enemy
2 Debut broadcast of The Talons Of Weng-Chiang episode six on BBC1 The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
10 Recording for The Invisible Enemy takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Invisible Enemy
11 Recording for The Invisible Enemy takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Invisible Enemy
12 Recording for The Invisible Enemy takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Invisible Enemy
24 Recording for The Invisible Enemy takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6; a new TARDIS console room set designed by Barry Newbery appears, after the previous version warped in storage The Invisible Enemy
25 Recording for The Invisible Enemy takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Invisible Enemy
26 Filming for Horror Of Fang Rock takes place at the BBC Visual Effects Workshop Horror Of Fang Rock
26 Recording for The Invisible Enemy takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Invisible Enemy
30 Robert Holmes is commissioned to write The Sun Makers The Sun Makers
late
Apr
Robert Holmes confirms that he will step down as script editor midway through Season Fifteen The Fourth Doctor

May
early
May
Graham Williams decides to keep K·9 as a regular Doctor Who character, despite mechanical issues with the prop K·9
early
May
Anthony Read agrees to script edit Doctor Who for the second half of Season Fifteen and Season Sixteen The Fourth Doctor
2 Chris Boucher is commissioned to write Image Of The Fendahl Image Of The Fendahl
2 Filming for Horror Of Fang Rock takes place at the BBC Visual Effects Department Model Stage Horror Of Fang Rock
4 Filming for Horror Of Fang Rock takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Horror Of Fang Rock
5 Filming for Horror Of Fang Rock takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Horror Of Fang Rock
6 Filming for Horror Of Fang Rock takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Horror Of Fang Rock
25 George Lucas' Star Wars opens in theatres
25 Recording for Horror Of Fang Rock takes place at Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham; as a result of a scheduling crunch at BBC Television Centre, this is the first time studio recording for Doctor Who occurs outside London Horror Of Fang Rock
26 Recording for Horror Of Fang Rock takes place at Pebble Mill Studios Horror Of Fang Rock
30 John Leeson is contracted for The Sun Makers K·9

June
6 Four days of celebration begin in recognition of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
7 Recording for Horror Of Fang Rock takes place at Pebble Mill Studios Horror Of Fang Rock
8 Recording for Horror Of Fang Rock takes place at Pebble Mill Studios Horror Of Fang Rock
9 Recording for Horror Of Fang Rock takes place at Pebble Mill Studios Horror Of Fang Rock
10 K·9 is announced in the press as a new regular Doctor Who character K·9
13 Location filming for The Sun Makers takes place in Hartcliffe, Bristol The Sun Makers
14 Location filming for The Sun Makers takes place in Hartcliffe, Bristol The Sun Makers
15 Location filming for The Sun Makers takes place in Hartcliffe, Bristol The Sun Makers
16 Location filming for The Sun Makers takes place in London The Sun Makers
17 Location filming for The Sun Makers takes place in London The Sun Makers
20 Filming for The Sun Makers takes place at the BBC Visual Effects Workshop and on location in London The Sun Makers
23 Bob Baker and Dave Martin are commissioned to write Underworld Underworld

July
4 Recording for The Sun Makers takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Sun Makers
5 Recording for The Sun Makers takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Sun Makers
17 Recording for The Sun Makers takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Sun Makers
18 Douglas Adams is commissioned to provide a storyline for The Pirate Planet The Pirate Planet
18 Recording for The Sun Makers takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Sun Makers
18 David Weir is commissioned to write “Killers Of The Dark” The Fourth Doctor
19 Recording for The Sun Makers takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Sun Makers

August
1 Location filming for Image Of The Fendahl takes place in East End, Hampshire Image Of The Fendahl
2 Location filming for Image Of The Fendahl takes place in East End, Hampshire Image Of The Fendahl
3 Location filming for Image Of The Fendahl takes place in East End, Hampshire Image Of The Fendahl
4 Location filming for Image Of The Fendahl takes place in East End, Hampshire Image Of The Fendahl
mid
Aug
David Weir's “Killers Of The Dark” is abandoned, forcing Graham Williams and Anthony Read to hurriedly prepare The Invasion Of Time The Fourth Doctor
16 Rock and roll legend Elvis Presley dies at the age of 42
20 Recording for Image Of The Fendahl takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Image Of The Fendahl
21 Recording for Image Of The Fendahl takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Image Of The Fendahl
25 Anthony Read receives permission to write The Invasion Of Time, from a storyline he developed with Graham Williams; it will be credited to the pseudonymous “David Agnew” The Invasion Of Time

September
3 Debut broadcast of Horror Of Fang Rock episode one on BBC1 Horror Of Fang Rock
4 Recording for Image Of The Fendahl takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Image Of The Fendahl
5 Recording for Image Of The Fendahl takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Image Of The Fendahl
6 Recording for Image Of The Fendahl takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Image Of The Fendahl
7 John Leeson is contracted for Underworld K·9
10 Debut broadcast of Horror Of Fang Rock episode two on BBC1 Horror Of Fang Rock
17 Debut broadcast of Horror Of Fang Rock episode three on BBC1 Horror Of Fang Rock
24 Debut broadcast of Horror Of Fang Rock episode four on BBC1 Horror Of Fang Rock

October
1 Debut broadcast of The Invisible Enemy episode one on BBC1 The Invisible Enemy
3 Recording for Underworld takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 Underworld
4 Recording for Underworld takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 4 Underworld
8 Debut broadcast of The Invisible Enemy episode two on BBC1 The Invisible Enemy
10 With Louise Jameson leaving Doctor Who after Season Fifteen and Elisabeth Sladen uninterested in returning to the show, Graham Williams issues a character outline for a new companion called Romy (short for Romanadvoratrelundar) The First Romana
12 John Leeson is contracted for The Invasion Of Time K·9
15 Debut broadcast of The Invisible Enemy episode three on BBC1 The Invisible Enemy
15 Recording for Underworld takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Underworld
16 Recording for Underworld takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Underworld
17 Recording for Underworld takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Underworld
18 Recording for Underworld takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Underworld
20 Douglas Adams is commissioned to write The Pirate Planet The Pirate Planet
22 Debut broadcast of The Invisible Enemy episode four on BBC1 The Invisible Enemy
26 The last naturally-occurring case of smallpox is diagnosed, after which the disease is considered to be eradicated thanks to a program of vaccination
29 Debut broadcast of Image Of The Fendahl episode one on BBC1 Image Of The Fendahl

November
1 Filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place at Bray Studios The Invasion Of Time
2 Filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place at Bray Studios The Invasion Of Time
5 Debut broadcast of Image Of The Fendahl episode two on BBC1 Image Of The Fendahl
6 Recording for The Invasion Of Time takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 The Invasion Of Time
7 Recording for The Invasion Of Time takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 The Invasion Of Time
8 Recording for The Invasion Of Time takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 The Invasion Of Time
12 Debut broadcast of Image Of The Fendahl episode three on BBC1 Image Of The Fendahl
14 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey The Invasion Of Time
15 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey The Invasion Of Time
16 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey The Invasion Of Time
17 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey The Invasion Of Time
18 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in London The Invasion Of Time
19 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat makes a state visit to Israel, becoming the first Arab leader to do so
19 Debut broadcast of Image Of The Fendahl episode four on BBC1 Image Of The Fendahl
25 Tom Baker is contracted for Season Sixteen The Fourth Doctor
26 Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) is born Osgood
26 Debut broadcast of The Sun Makers episode one on BBC1 The Sun Makers

December
3 Debut broadcast of The Sun Makers episode two on BBC1 The Sun Makers
5 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey The Invasion Of Time
6 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey The Invasion Of Time
7 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey The Invasion Of Time
8 David Fisher is commissioned to provide a storyline for The Stones Of Blood The Stones Of Blood
8 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey The Invasion Of Time
9 Robert Holmes is commissioned to write The Ribos Operation The Ribos Operation
9 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey The Invasion Of Time
10 Debut broadcast of The Sun Makers episode three on BBC1 The Sun Makers
12 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey The Invasion Of Time
13 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey The Invasion Of Time
14 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey The Invasion Of Time
15 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey The Invasion Of Time
16 Location filming for The Invasion Of Time takes place in Redhill, Surrey; Louise Jameson leaves Doctor Who The Invasion Of Time
17 Debut broadcast of The Sun Makers episode four on BBC1 The Sun Makers
19 Bob Baker and Dave Martin deliver their storyline for The Armageddon Factor; it is commissioned in early 1978 The Armageddon Factor