The Doctor Who Production Diary: 1982

January
4 Debut broadcast of Castrovalva episode one on BBC1; for the first time, new episodes of Doctor Who air on a day of the week other than Saturday as the programme switches to a twice-weekly format, airing on Mondays and Tuesdays Castrovalva
5 Debut broadcast of Castrovalva episode two on BBC1 Castrovalva
5 Barbara Clegg is commissioned to write the final three episodes of Enlightenment Enlightenment
6 Location filming for Time-Flight takes place in Hounslow, Middlesex Time-Flight
7 The Commodore 64 is launched; it will become the best-selling personal computer of all time
7 Location filming for Time-Flight takes place in Hounslow, Middlesex Time-Flight
8 Location filming for Time-Flight takes place in Hounslow, Middlesex Time-Flight
11 Debut broadcast of Castrovalva episode three on BBC1 Castrovalva
11 Location filming for Time-Flight takes place in Hounslow, Middlesex Time-Flight
12 Debut broadcast of Castrovalva episode four on BBC1 Castrovalva
13 Johnny Byrne is commissioned to write Arc Of Infinity Arc Of Infinity
18 Debut broadcast of Four To Doomsday episode one on BBC1 Four To Doomsday
19 Debut broadcast of Four To Doomsday episode two on BBC1 Four To Doomsday
19 Recording for Time-Flight takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Time-Flight
20 Recording for Time-Flight takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Time-Flight
24 Recording for Time-Flight takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Time-Flight
25 Debut broadcast of Four To Doomsday episode three on BBC1 Four To Doomsday
25 Peter Grimwade is asked to provide seven minutes' worth of extra material for Time-Flight after the third episode is found to be severely underrunning Time-Flight
26 Debut broadcast of Four To Doomsday episode four on BBC1 Four To Doomsday

February
1 Debut broadcast of Kinda episode one on BBC1 Kinda
1 Recording for Time-Flight takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Time-Flight
2 Debut broadcast of Kinda episode two on BBC1 Kinda
2 Recording for Time-Flight takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Time-Flight
3 Recording for Time-Flight takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Time-Flight
8 Debut broadcast of Kinda episode three on BBC1 Kinda
9 Debut broadcast of Kinda episode four on BBC1 Kinda
10 Sarah Sutton is contracted for twenty episodes during Season Twenty; it has now been decided that Nyssa will be written out mid-year Nyssa
10 Janet Fielding is contracted for the first eighteen episodes of Season Twenty Tegan Jovanka
11 Peter Davison is contracted for Season Twenty The Fifth Doctor
15 Debut broadcast of The Visitation episode one on BBC1 The Visitation
16 Debut broadcast of The Visitation episode two on BBC1 The Visitation
16 Bill Lyons is commissioned to write one or more episodes of “Parasites” The Fifth Doctor
22 Debut broadcast of The Visitation episode three on BBC1 The Visitation
22 Terence Dudley is commissioned to write The King's Demons The King's Demons
23 Debut broadcast of The Visitation episode four on BBC1 The Visitation

March
1 Debut broadcast of Black Orchid episode one on BBC1 Black Orchid
2 Debut broadcast of Black Orchid episode two on BBC1 Black Orchid
3 Eric Pringle is commissioned to provide a storyline for “War Game” The Awakening
8 Debut broadcast of Earthshock episode one on BBC1 Earthshock
9 Debut broadcast of Earthshock episode two on BBC1 Earthshock
15 Debut broadcast of Earthshock episode three on BBC1 Earthshock
16 Debut broadcast of Earthshock episode four on BBC1; uniquely, the closing credits run silently to mark the death of Adric Earthshock
22 Debut broadcast of Time-Flight episode one on BBC1 Time-Flight
23 Debut broadcast of Time-Flight episode two on BBC1 Time-Flight
29 Debut broadcast of Time-Flight episode three on BBC1 Time-Flight
29 Sensitive to the requirements of Dalek creator Terry Nation, permission is sought for Eric Saward to write “The Return” Resurrection Of The Daleks
30 Debut broadcast of Time-Flight episode four on BBC1 Time-Flight
31 Filming for Snakedance takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Snakedance

April
2 First day of the Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina
12 Recording for Snakedance takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Snakedance
13 Philip Martin is commissioned to provide a storyline for “Domain” Vengeance On Varos
13 Recording for Snakedance takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Snakedance
14 Recording for Snakedance takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Snakedance
23 Bill Lyons is commissioned to write one or more episodes of “Parasites” The Fifth Doctor
26 Recording for Snakedance takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Snakedance
27 Recording for Snakedance takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Snakedance
27 Rod Beacham is commissioned to provide a storyline for “Poison” The Fifth Doctor
28 Recording for Snakedance takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Snakedance

May
3 Location filming for Arc Of Infinity takes place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Arc Of Infinity
4 Location filming for Arc Of Infinity takes place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Arc Of Infinity
5 Location filming for Arc Of Infinity takes place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Arc Of Infinity
6 Location filming for Arc Of Infinity takes place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Arc Of Infinity
7 Location filming for Arc Of Infinity takes place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Arc Of Infinity
17 Recording for Arc Of Infinity takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Arc Of Infinity
18 Recording for Arc Of Infinity takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Arc Of Infinity
27 Peter Grimwade is commissioned to provide a storyline for Mawdryn Undead Mawdryn Undead
27 Rod Beacham is commissioned to write “Poison” The Fifth Doctor
31 Recording for Arc Of Infinity takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Arc Of Infinity

June
1 Recording for Arc Of Infinity takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Arc Of Infinity
2 Recording for Arc Of Infinity takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Arc Of Infinity
4 Peter Grimwade is commissioned to write Mawdryn Undead Mawdryn Undead
10 Andrew Stephenson is commissioned to provide a storyline for “The House That Ur-Cjak Built”, and Colin Davis for “The Place Where All Times Meet” The Fifth Doctor
14 Mark Strickson is contracted to play new companion Turlough in the last eighteen episodes of Season Twenty, beginning with Mawdryn Undead Vizlor Turlough
17 Thomas Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) is born Rory
Williams
21 Princess Diana gives birth to Prince William

July
15 Head of Series David Reid approves the production of a ninety-minute telefilm to celebrate Doctor Who's twentieth anniversary The Five Doctors
29 Peter Davison is contracted for The Five Doctors The Fifth Doctor
29 Jon Pertwee is contracted for The Five Doctors The Third Doctor
29 Janet Fielding is contracted for The Five Doctors Tegan Jovanka
29 Mark Strickson is contracted for The Five Doctors Vizlor Turlough
29 Anthony Ainley is contracted for The Five Doctors The
Master

August
2 Patrick Troughton is contracted for The Five Doctors The Second Doctor
2 Robert Holmes is commissioned to provide a storyline for “The Six Doctors” The Five Doctors
18 Carole Ann Ford is contracted for The Five Doctors Susan Foreman
24 Christopher H Bidmead is commissioned to provide a storyline for Frontios Frontios
24 Location filming for Mawdryn Undead takes place in London; Mark Strickson joins the regular Doctor Who cast Mawdryn Undead
24 Christopher Bailey is commissioned to provide a storyline for “Manpower” The Fifth Doctor
25 Location filming for Mawdryn Undead takes place in London Mawdryn Undead
26 Location filming for Mawdryn Undead takes place in London Mawdryn Undead
27 Location filming for Mawdryn Undead takes place in London Mawdryn Undead

September
2 Eric Pringle is commissioned to write the first episode of “War Game” The Awakening
8 Recording for Mawdryn Undead takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Mawdryn Undead
9 Recording for Mawdryn Undead takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Mawdryn Undead
10 Johnny Byrne is commissioned to write Warriors Of The Deep Warriors Of The Deep
15 A photocall is held to introduce Mark Strickson as new companion Turlough Vizlor Turlough
16 Christopher Bailey is commissioned to write “Manpower” The Fifth Doctor
22 Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) is born Rose Tyler
22 Recording for Mawdryn Undead takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Mawdryn Undead
23 Recording for Mawdryn Undead takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Mawdryn Undead
24 Recording for Mawdryn Undead takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Mawdryn Undead
28 Filming for Terminus takes place in BBC Television Centre Presentation Studio B Terminus
29 Filming for Terminus takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Terminus
30 Filming for Terminus takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Terminus

October
1 The first compact disc player becomes commercially available
4 Nicholas Courtney is contracted for The Five Doctors Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
6 With the blessing of William Hartnell's widow, Heather, Richard Hurndall is contracted to play the First Doctor in The Five Doctors The Five Doctors
11 Recording for Terminus takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Terminus
12 Recording for Terminus takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 6 Terminus
13 Robert Holmes withdraws “The Six Doctors” from consideration The Five Doctors
14 Philip Martin is commissioned to write the first episode of “Domain” Vengeance On Varos
18 Terrance Dicks is commissioned to provide a storyline for The Five Doctors to replace “The Six Doctors” The Five Doctors
25 Recording for Terminus takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Terminus
26 Recording for Terminus takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Terminus
27 Recording for Terminus takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8; Sarah Sutton leaves Doctor Who, although because a studio day has been lost to industrial action, she will return in December for a remount Terminus
28 Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor) is born The Eleventh Doctor

November
3 Filming for Enlightenment takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Enlightenment
4 Filming for Enlightenment takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Enlightenment
5 Filming for Enlightenment takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Enlightenment
8 Peter Davison is contracted for the entirety of Season Twenty-One, although he is considering leaving Doctor Who at its conclusion The Fifth Doctor
8 Filming for Enlightenment takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Enlightenment
9 Filming for Enlightenment takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Enlightenment
10 Filming for Enlightenment takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Enlightenment
11 Filming for Enlightenment takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Enlightenment
12 Filming for Enlightenment takes place at the Ealing Television Film Studios Enlightenment
16 Terrance Dicks is commissioned to write The Five Doctors The Five Doctors
16 Studio recording for Enlightenment is postponed due to industrial action Enlightenment
17 Studio recording for Enlightenment is postponed due to industrial action Enlightenment
26 Christopher H Bidmead is commissioned to write Frontios Frontios
30 Michael Jackson releases Thriller, which goes on to become the best-selling album in history
30 Studio recording for Enlightenment is postponed due to industrial action Enlightenment

December
early
Dec
John Nathan-Turner decides that Enlightenment will take over the studio dates originally designated for “The Return” Enlightenment
1 Studio recording for Enlightenment is postponed due to industrial action Enlightenment
2 Studio recording for Enlightenment is postponed due to industrial action Enlightenment
3 Eric Pringle is commissioned to write the final three episodes of “War Game” The Awakening
5 Location filming for The King's Demons takes place in Bodiam, East Sussex The King's Demons
6 Location filming for The King's Demons takes place in Bodiam, East Sussex The King's Demons
7 Location filming for The King's Demons takes place in Bodiam, East Sussex The King's Demons
9 Although he has not signed a contract, Tom Baker indicates that he is agreeable to appearing in The Five Doctors The Fourth Doctor
13 Eric Pringle agrees to truncate “War Game” from four episodes to two; he is commissioned to write the new first episode, which becomes The Awakening The Awakening
mid
Dec
With the Kamelion prop proving extremely limited, it is decided to write the character out during Season Twenty-One Kamelion
18 Recording for Terminus takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Terminus
19 Recording for The King's Demons takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 The King's Demons
20 Recording for The King's Demons takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1; significant problems with the Kamelion prop force the scheduling of an extra studio day in January The King's Demons
29 Tom Baker decides not to participate in The Five Doctors; he subsequently agrees that the special can incorporate material featuring him from the unfinished story Shada The Fourth Doctor
late
Dec
Frazer Hines indicates that he will be unable to appear in The Five Doctors due to previous commitments Jamie McCrimmon