The Doctor Who Production Diary: 1988

January
20 Kevin Clarke is commissioned to write the final two episodes of Silver Nemesis Silver Nemesis
29 Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint) is born Jenny Flint

February

March
3 In the UK, the merger of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party brings about the formation of the Liberal Democrats

April
4 Location filming for Remembrance Of The Daleks takes place in London Remembrance Of The Daleks
5 Location filming for Remembrance Of The Daleks takes place in London Remembrance Of The Daleks
6 Location filming for Remembrance Of The Daleks takes place in London and Brentford, Middlesex Remembrance Of The Daleks
7 Location filming for Remembrance Of The Daleks takes place in Brentford, Middlesex Remembrance Of The Daleks
8 Location filming for Remembrance Of The Daleks takes place in London Remembrance Of The Daleks
9 Location filming for Remembrance Of The Daleks takes place in London Remembrance Of The Daleks
11 Location filming for Remembrance Of The Daleks takes place in London Remembrance Of The Daleks
12 Location filming for Remembrance Of The Daleks takes place in London Remembrance Of The Daleks
13 Location filming for Remembrance Of The Daleks takes place in London Remembrance Of The Daleks
27 Recording for Remembrance Of The Daleks takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Remembrance Of The Daleks
28 Recording for Remembrance Of The Daleks takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Remembrance Of The Daleks
29 Recording for Remembrance Of The Daleks takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 Remembrance Of The Daleks

May
14 Location filming for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy takes place in Warmwell, Dorset The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
15 The Soviet Army begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan after eight years of occupation
15 Location filming for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy takes place in Warmwell, Dorset The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
16 Location filming for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy takes place in Warmwell, Dorset The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
17 Location filming for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy takes place in Warmwell, Dorset The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
18 Location filming for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy takes place in Warmwell, Dorset The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
27 Asbestos is found at BBC Television Centre, forcing the cancellation of the first studio session for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy, scheduled for May 31st to June 2nd The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy

June
3 The asbestos problem at BBC Television Centre forces the cancellation of the second studio session for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy, scheduled for June 15th and 16th, but permission has now been granted for the serial to be completed in a tent erected on the BBC Elstree parking lot The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
6 Recording for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy takes place on the parking lot of BBC Elstree The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
7 Recording for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy takes place on the parking lot of BBC Elstree The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
8 Recording for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy takes place on the parking lot of BBC Elstree The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
9 Recording for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy takes place on the parking lot of BBC Elstree The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
10 Recording for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy takes place on the parking lot of BBC Elstree The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
15 Recording for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy takes place on the parking lot of BBC Elstree The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
16 Recording for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy takes place on the parking lot of BBC Elstree The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
18 Recording for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy takes place on the parking lot of BBC Elstree The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
22 Location filming for Silver Nemesis takes place in London Silver Nemesis
23 Location filming for Silver Nemesis takes place in London Silver Nemesis
24 Location filming for Silver Nemesis takes place in London Silver Nemesis
26 Location filming for Silver Nemesis takes place in Arundel, West Sussex Silver Nemesis
27 Location filming for Silver Nemesis takes place in Arundel, West Sussex Silver Nemesis
28 Location filming for Silver Nemesis takes place in Arundel, West Sussex Silver Nemesis
29 Location filming for Silver Nemesis takes place in Arundel, West Sussex Silver Nemesis
30 Location filming for Silver Nemesis takes place in Arundel, West Sussex Silver Nemesis

July
1 Location filming for Silver Nemesis takes place in Bramber, West Sussex Silver Nemesis
2 Location filming for Silver Nemesis takes place in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex Silver Nemesis
5 Location filming for Silver Nemesis takes place in Harefield, Middlesex Silver Nemesis
26 Recording for The Happiness Patrol takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Happiness Patrol
27 Recording for The Happiness Patrol takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Happiness Patrol
28 Recording for The Happiness Patrol takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 The Happiness Patrol

August
10 Recording for The Happiness Patrol takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 The Happiness Patrol
11 The organisation which will become known as al-Qaeda is formed by Osama bin Laden and others in Pakistan
11 Recording for The Happiness Patrol takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 8 The Happiness Patrol
20 The Iran-Iraq War ends after almost eight years of fighting

September
8 The BBC confirms that Doctor Who has been renewed for Season Twenty-Six The Seventh Doctor
16 Ben Aaronovitch is commissioned to write Battlefield Battlefield

October
5 Debut broadcast of Remembrance Of The Daleks episode one on BBC1 Remembrance Of The Daleks
12 Debut broadcast of Remembrance Of The Daleks episode two on BBC1 Remembrance Of The Daleks
19 Debut broadcast of Remembrance Of The Daleks episode three on BBC1 Remembrance Of The Daleks
26 Debut broadcast of Remembrance Of The Daleks episode four on BBC1 Remembrance Of The Daleks

November
2 Debut broadcast of The Happiness Patrol episode one on BBC1 The Happiness Patrol
9 Debut broadcast of The Happiness Patrol episode two on BBC1 The Happiness Patrol
9 Ian Briggs is commissioned to write The Curse Of Fenric The Curse Of Fenric
10 HB “Bev” Stokes, chairman and chief executive of Bassett Foods, writes to John Nathan-Turner to complain about the similarity between his company's Bertie Bassett advertising icon and the Kandyman in The Happiness Patrol The Happiness Patrol
16 Debut broadcast of The Happiness Patrol episode three on BBC1 The Happiness Patrol
16 Rona Munro is commissioned to write the first episode of Survival Survival
16 Marc Platt is commissioned to write Ghost Light Ghost Light
23 Debut broadcast of Silver Nemesis episode one on BBC1 Silver Nemesis
24 Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuts on the independent UHF channel KTMA in Minnesota
25 Debut broadcast of Silver Nemesis on TVNZ in New Zealand Silver Nemesis
25 Brian Turner of the BBC Copyright Department responds to Bassett Foods to deny that the Kandy Man has infringed on their Bertie Bassett trademark, but also to reassure the company that the character would not be used again The Happiness Patrol
30 Silver Nemesis episode two is broadcast on BBC1 for the first time Silver Nemesis

December
2 New Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is the first woman to lead the government of an Islamic country
7 Silver Nemesis episode three is broadcast on BBC1 for the first time Silver Nemesis
14 Debut broadcast of The Greatest Show In The Galaxy episode one on BBC1 The Greatest Show In The 
Galaxy
21 Debut broadcast of The Greatest Show In The Galaxy episode two on BBC1 The Greatest Show In The 
Galaxy
28 Debut broadcast of The Greatest Show In The Galaxy episode three on BBC1 The Greatest Show In The 
Galaxy