The Doctor Who Production Diary: 1979

January
3 A storyline entitled “Valley Of The Lost” by Philip Hinchcliffe is rejected The Fourth Doctor
6 Debut broadcast of The Power Of Kroll episode three on BBC1 The Power Of Kroll
7 In Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge-backed regime of Pol Pot is toppled
9 Alistair Beaton and Sarah Dunant's “Child Prodigy” is rejected The Fourth Doctor
10 Pennant Roberts is commissioned to write “Erinella” The Fourth Doctor
11 Ted Lewis' “Shield Of Zarak” is rejected The Fourth Doctor
12 David Fisher is commissioned to write “The Gamble With Time” City Of Death
13 Debut broadcast of The Power Of Kroll episode four on BBC1 The Power Of Kroll
15 Tom Baker abandons his demands for creative control and agrees to a contract for Season Seventeen The Fourth Doctor
16 John Lloyd abandons “The Doomsday Contract” due to other commitments The Fourth Doctor
20 Debut broadcast of The Armageddon Factor episode one on BBC1 The Armageddon Factor
24 Lalla Ward is contracted to play a new incarnation of Romana for Season Seventeen; the actress had appeared as Princess Astra in The Armageddon Factor and her return had been championed by Tom Baker The Second Romana
27 Debut broadcast of The Armageddon Factor episode two on BBC1 The Armageddon Factor

February
3 Debut broadcast of The Armageddon Factor episode three on BBC1 The Armageddon Factor
6 A photocall is held to introduce Lalla Ward as the second incarnation of Romana The Second Romana
7 Bob Baker is commissioned to write Nightmare Of Eden Nightmare Of Eden
7 John Lloyd grants permission for Allan Prior to continue developing “The Doomsday Contract” The Fourth Doctor
10 Debut broadcast of The Armageddon Factor episode four on BBC1 The Armageddon Factor
11 The Iranian Revolution results in the overthrow of the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and the rise to power of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
17 Debut broadcast of The Armageddon Factor episode five on BBC1 The Armageddon Factor
24 Debut broadcast of The Armageddon Factor episode six on BBC1 The Armageddon Factor

March
early
Mar
With David Fisher unable to complete necessary rewrites on “The Gamble With Time”, the scripts are overhauled by Graham Williams and Douglas Adams as City Of Death; the story will be credited to the alias “David Agnew” City Of Death
2 Allan Prior's version of “The Doomsday Contract” is rejected The Fourth Doctor
16 With John Leeson electing not to return for Season Seventeen, David Brierly agrees to voice K·9 K·9
20 Frema Agyeman (aka Freema Agyeman, who played Doctor Martha Jones) is born Martha
Jones
21 Filming for The Creature From The Pit takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios; Lalla Ward joins the regular Doctor Who cast The Creature From The Pit
22 Filming for The Creature From The Pit takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Creature From The Pit
23 Anthony Read is commissioned to write The Horns Of Nimon The Horns Of Nimon
23 Filming for The Creature From The Pit takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios The Creature From The Pit
28 David Brierly is contracted to provide K·9's voice for Season Seventeen K·9

April
2 Alan Drury is commissioned to write “The Tearing Of The Veil” The Fourth Doctor
9 Recording for The Creature From The Pit takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Creature From The Pit
10 Recording for The Creature From The Pit takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Creature From The Pit
17 Filming for The Creature From The Pit takes place at the BBC Visual Effects Workshop The Creature From The Pit
18 Filming for The Creature From The Pit takes place at the BBC Visual Effects Workshop The Creature From The Pit
22 Recording for The Creature From The Pit takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Creature From The Pit
23 Recording for The Creature From The Pit takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Creature From The Pit
24 Recording for The Creature From The Pit takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Creature From The Pit
30 Location filming for City Of Death takes place in Paris, France; this is the first time filming for Doctor Who has occurred outside of the United Kingdom City Of Death

May
1 Location filming for City Of Death takes place in Paris, France City Of Death
2 Location filming for City Of Death takes place in Paris, France City Of Death
3 Location filming for City Of Death takes place in Paris, France City Of Death
4 Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher is elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
8 Filming for City Of Death takes place at Bray Studios City Of Death
9 Filming for City Of Death takes place at Bray Studios City Of Death
10 Filming for City Of Death takes place at Bray Studios City Of Death
21 Recording for City Of Death takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 City Of Death
22 Recording for City Of Death takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 City Of Death

June
2 Pope John Paul II begins a visit to Poland, inspiring the rise of the anti-Communist Solidarity movement
3 Recording for City Of Death takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 City Of Death
4 Recording for City Of Death takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 City Of Death
5 Recording for City Of Death takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 City Of Death
11 Location filming for Destiny Of The Daleks takes place in Worth Matravers, Dorset Destiny Of The Daleks
12 Location filming for Destiny Of The Daleks takes place in Wareham, Dorset Destiny Of The Daleks
13 Location filming for Destiny Of The Daleks takes place in Wareham, Dorset Destiny Of The Daleks
14 Location filming for Destiny Of The Daleks takes place in Worth Matravers, Dorset Destiny Of The Daleks
15 Location filming for Destiny Of The Daleks takes place in Worth Matravers, Dorset Destiny Of The Daleks
20 Filming for Destiny Of The Daleks takes place at the BBC Visual Effects Workshop Destiny Of The Daleks

July
2 Recording for Destiny Of The Daleks takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Destiny Of The Daleks
3 Recording for Destiny Of The Daleks takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Destiny Of The Daleks
15 Recording for Destiny Of The Daleks takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Destiny Of The Daleks
16 Saddam Hussein becomes President of Iraq following the resignation of Hasan al-Bakr
16 Recording for Destiny Of The Daleks takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Destiny Of The Daleks
17 Recording for Destiny Of The Daleks takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Destiny Of The Daleks

August
12 Recording for Nightmare Of Eden takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Nightmare Of Eden
13 Recording for Nightmare Of Eden takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Nightmare Of Eden
14 Recording for Nightmare Of Eden takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Nightmare Of Eden
15 With no scripts available to conclude Season Seventeen, Douglas Adams is granted permission to write Shada Shada
26 Recording for Nightmare Of Eden takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Nightmare Of Eden
27 Lord Louis Mountbatten, uncle of Prince Philip, and three others are killed by a bomb planted on his fishing boat by the Irish Republican Army
27 Recording for Nightmare Of Eden takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Nightmare Of Eden
28 Recording for Nightmare Of Eden takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6; animosity between Tom Baker and director Alan Bromly leads Bromly to quit during the supper break, leaving Graham Williams to complete production Nightmare Of Eden

September
1 Debut broadcast of Destiny Of The Daleks episode one on BBC1 Destiny Of The Daleks
8 Debut broadcast of Destiny Of The Daleks episode two on BBC1 Destiny Of The Daleks
15 Debut broadcast of Destiny Of The Daleks episode three on BBC1 Destiny Of The Daleks
22 Debut broadcast of Destiny Of The Daleks episode four on BBC1 Destiny Of The Daleks
24 Recording for The Horns Of Nimon takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Horns Of Nimon
25 Recording for The Horns Of Nimon takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Horns Of Nimon
26 Recording for The Horns Of Nimon takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Horns Of Nimon
26 John Lloyd again grants permission for “The Doomsday Contract” to be developed by another writer The Fourth Doctor
29 Debut broadcast of City Of Death episode one on BBC1 City Of Death

October
6 Debut broadcast of City Of Death episode two on BBC1 City Of Death
7 Recording for The Horns Of Nimon takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Horns Of Nimon
8 Recording for The Horns Of Nimon takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Horns Of Nimon
9 Recording for The Horns Of Nimon takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 The Horns Of Nimon
13 Debut broadcast of City Of Death episode three on BBC1 City Of Death
15 Location filming for Shada takes place in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire and Grantchester, Cambridgeshire Shada
16 Location filming for Shada takes place in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Shada
17 Location filming for Shada takes place in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Shada
18 Location filming for Shada takes place in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire; a planned night shoot is cancelled due to industrial action Shada
19 Location filming for Shada takes place in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Shada
20 Debut broadcast of City Of Death episode four on BBC1; the viewing audience of 16.1 million, bolstered by a strike which has taken ITV off the air, is the largest in Doctor Who history City Of Death
22 Filming for Shada takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Shada
27 Debut broadcast of The Creature From The Pit episode one on BBC1 The Creature From The Pit

November
2 Incoming producer John Nathan-Turner is approached by Head of Drama Graeme McDonald about the possibility of a coproduction arrangement with the ABC, which would result in at least one serial being filmed in Australia for Season Nineteen The Fifth Doctor
3 Debut broadcast of The Creature From The Pit episode two on BBC1 The Creature From The Pit
3 Recording for Shada takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Shada
4 Iranian students take over the US Embassy in Tehran, instigating the 444 day-long Iran hostage crisis
4 Recording for Shada takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Shada
5 Recording for Shada takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Shada
7 David Fisher submits a storyline called “The Castle Of Doom” but it is rejected by John Nathan-Turner in favour of The Leisure Hive The Fourth Doctor
10 Debut broadcast of The Creature From The Pit episode three on BBC1 The Creature From The Pit
15 Filming for Shada takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Shada
16 Filming for Shada takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Shada
17 Debut broadcast of The Creature From The Pit episode four on BBC1 The Creature From The Pit
19 Planned recording for Shada in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 is cancelled due to industrial action Shada
20 Planned recording for Shada in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 is cancelled due to industrial action Shada
24 Debut broadcast of Nightmare Of Eden episode one on BBC1 Nightmare Of Eden
30 The ongoing industrial action results in the wholesale cancellation of Shada Shada
late
Nov
Douglas Adams leaves his post as Doctor Who's script editor The Fourth Doctor

December
1 Debut broadcast of Nightmare Of Eden episode two on BBC1 Nightmare Of Eden
8 Debut broadcast of Nightmare Of Eden episode three on BBC1 Nightmare Of Eden
10 Although Graham Williams has been exploring the possibility of rescheduling the five cancelled studio days for Shada, it is officially decided that transmission of Season Seventeen will cease following the broadcast of The Horns Of Nimon episode four Shada
15 Debut broadcast of Nightmare Of Eden episode four on BBC1 Nightmare Of Eden
mid
Dec
Graham Williams leaves Doctor Who; Head of Drama Graeme McDonald has installed former producer Barry Letts as executive producer to oversee Williams' inexperienced successor, John Nathan-Turner The Fourth Doctor
20 David Fisher is commissioned to write The Leisure Hive The Leisure Hive
22 Debut broadcast of The Horns Of Nimon episode one on BBC1 The Horns Of Nimon
25 The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan
29 Debut broadcast of The Horns Of Nimon episode two on BBC1 The Horns Of Nimon
late
Dec
On the recommendation of writer Robert Banks Stewart, Christopher H Bidmead agrees to become the new script editor of Doctor Who The Fourth Doctor