The Doctor Who Production Diary: 1987

January
6 In an interview with the Sun, Colin Baker speaks scathingly of BBC1 Controller Michael Grade, and the manner in which he was fired from Doctor Who The Sixth Doctor
mid
Jan
Bonnie Langford informs John Nathan-Turner that she is considering leaving Doctor Who after Season Twenty-Four Melanie Bush
16 Andrew Cartmel becomes the script editor of Doctor Who The Seventh Doctor
26 A character outline is issued for a potential new companion named Alf, which later inspires Ace Ace
30 Stephen Wyatt is commissioned to write the first episode of Paradise Towers Paradise Towers
31 Malcolm Kohll is commissioned to provide a storyline for Delta And The Bannermen Delta And The Bannermen

February
18 Sylvester McCoy, Dermot Crowley, Hugh Futcher and David Fielder record screen tests for the role of the Seventh Doctor The Seventh Doctor
19 Stephen Wyatt is commissioned to write the final three episodes of Paradise Towers Paradise Towers
28 Sylvester McCoy is announced as the Seventh Doctor The Seventh Doctor

March
2 A photocall is held to present Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor The Seventh Doctor
6 Sylvester McCoy is contracted for Season Twenty-Four, which an option for two additional years The Seventh Doctor
9 Ian Briggs is commissioned to provide a storyline for Dragonfire Dragonfire
16 Malcolm Kohll is commissioned to write the first episode of Delta And The Bannermen Delta And The Bannermen
28 Patrick Troughton (the Second Doctor) dies The Second Doctor
31 Malcolm Kohll is commissioned to write the final two episodes of Delta And The Bannermen Delta And The Bannermen

April
2 Ian Briggs is commissioned to write the first episode of Dragonfire Dragonfire
4 Location filming for Time And The Rani takes place in Cloford, Somerset Time And The Rani
5 Location filming for Time And The Rani takes place in Whatley, Somerset Time And The Rani
6 Location filming for Time And The Rani takes place in Cloford, Somerset Time And The Rani
7 Location filming for Time And The Rani takes place in Cloford, Somerset Time And The Rani
8 Location filming for Time And The Rani takes place near Chantry, Somerset Time And The Rani
13 Ian Briggs is commissioned to write the final two episodes of Dragonfire Dragonfire
19 The Simpsons debuts as a segment on The Tracey Ullman Show
20 Recording for Time And The Rani takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Time And The Rani
21 Recording for Time And The Rani takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Time And The Rani

May
3 Recording for Time And The Rani takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Time And The Rani
4 Recording for Time And The Rani takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Time And The Rani
5 Recording for Time And The Rani takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Time And The Rani
8 Stephen Wyatt is commissioned to write the first episode of The Greatest Show In The Galaxy The Greatest Show In The 
Galaxy
21 Location filming for Paradise Towers takes place in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire Paradise Towers
22 Location filming for Paradise Towers takes place in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire Paradise Towers
29 Pearl Mackie (Bill) is born Bill

June
4 Recording for Paradise Towers takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Paradise Towers
5 Recording for Paradise Towers takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Paradise Towers
12 During a visit to Germany, US President Ronald Reagan exhorts USSR Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall
mid
Jun
John Nathan-Turner decides to write Mel out of Doctor Who at the end of Season Twenty-Four Melanie Bush
17 Sophie Aldred is contracted to play Ace in Dragonfire, with an option for two further seasons Ace
17 Recording for Paradise Towers takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Paradise Towers
18 Recording for Paradise Towers takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Paradise Towers
19 Recording for Paradise Towers takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Paradise Towers
24 Location filming for Delta And The Bannermen takes place in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire Delta And The Bannermen
25 Location filming for Delta And The Bannermen takes place near Penarth, Wales Delta And The Bannermen
26 Location filming for Delta And The Bannermen takes place near Welsh St Donats, Wales Delta And The Bannermen
27 Location filming for Delta And The Bannermen takes place near Penarth, Wales Delta And The Bannermen
29 Location filming for Delta And The Bannermen takes place near Castle-Upon-Alun, Wales Delta And The Bannermen
30 Canada begins replacing its one-dollar bill with a coin nicknamed the “loonie”
30 Location filming for Delta And The Bannermen takes place at Barry Island, Wales Delta And The Bannermen

July
1 Location filming for Delta And The Bannermen takes place at Barry Island, Wales Delta And The Bannermen
2 Location filming for Delta And The Bannermen takes place at Barry Island, Wales Delta And The Bannermen
3 Location filming for Delta And The Bannermen takes place at Barry Island, Wales Delta And The Bannermen
4 Location filming for Delta And The Bannermen takes place at Barry Island, Wales Delta And The Bannermen
6 Location filming for Delta And The Bannermen takes place near Penarth, Wales Delta And The Bannermen
7 Location filming for Delta And The Bannermen takes place in Llandow, Wales Delta And The Bannermen
28 Recording for Dragonfire takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Dragonfire
29 Recording for Dragonfire takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Dragonfire
30 Recording for Dragonfire takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 1 Dragonfire

August
12 Recording for Delta And The Bannermen takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Delta And The Bannermen
12 Recording for Dragonfire takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Dragonfire
13 A photocall is held to introduce Sophie Aldred as Ace Ace
13 Recording for Dragonfire takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Dragonfire
19 One of the worst mass killings in modern British history occurs when Michael Ryan shoots sixteen people and then commits suicide in Hungerford, Berkshire
late
Aug
The BBC confirms that Doctor Who has been renewed for Season Twenty-Five, with John Nathan-Turner remaining as producer The Seventh Doctor

September
3 Graeme Curry is commissioned to write the first episode of The Happiness Patrol The Happiness Patrol
7 Debut broadcast of Time And The Rani episode one on BBC1; Doctor Who is now aired weekly on a weekday evening Time And The Rani
11 John Nathan-Turner informs composer David Snell that his music for Paradise Towers will not be used; instead, Keff McCulloch accepts an emergency commission to rescore the serial Paradise Towers
14 Debut broadcast of Time And The Rani episode two on BBC1 Time And The Rani
21 Debut broadcast of Time And The Rani episode three on BBC1 Time And The Rani
28 The syndicated Star Trek: The Next Generation premieres
28 Debut broadcast of Time And The Rani episode four on BBC1 Time And The Rani
29 Stephen Wyatt is commissioned to write the final three episodes of The Greatest Show In The Galaxy The Greatest Show In The 
Galaxy
30 Graeme Curry is commissioned to write the final two episodes of The Happiness Patrol The Happiness Patrol

October
5 Debut broadcast of Paradise Towers episode one on BBC1 Paradise Towers
12 Debut broadcast of Paradise Towers episode two on BBC1 Paradise Towers
14 In Midland, Texas, 18-month-old Jessica McClure falls 22 feet down a narrow well; she is eventually rescued after being trapped for 58 hours
19 Debut broadcast of Paradise Towers episode three on BBC1 Paradise Towers
26 Debut broadcast of Paradise Towers episode four on BBC1 Paradise Towers
30 Ben Aaronovitch is commissioned to write the first episode of Remembrance Of The Daleks Remembrance Of The Daleks

November
2 Debut broadcast of Delta And The Bannermen episode one on BBC1 Delta and The Bannermen
9 Debut broadcast of Delta And The Bannermen episode two on BBC1 Delta and The Bannermen
16 Debut broadcast of Delta And The Bannermen episode three on BBC1 Delta and The Bannermen
17 Kevin Clarke is commissioned to write the first episode of Silver Nemesis Silver Nemesis
18 Robin Mukherjee is commissioned to provide a storyline for “Alixion” The Seventh Doctor
19 Sylvester McCoy is contracted for Season Twenty-Five The Seventh Doctor
23 Debut broadcast of Dragonfire episode one on BBC1 Dragonfire
28 Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) is born Amy
Pond
30 Debut broadcast of Dragonfire episode two on BBC1 Dragonfire

December
1 Sophie Aldred is contracted for Season Twenty-Five Ace
7 Debut broadcast of Dragonfire episode three on BBC1 Dragonfire
18 Ben Aaronovitch is commissioned to write the final three episodes of Remembrance Of The Daleks Remembrance Of The Daleks