The Doctor Who Production Diary: 1989

January
4 Debut broadcast of The Greatest Show In The Galaxy episode four on BBC1 The Greatest Show In The
Galaxy
11 Rona Munro is commissioned to write the final two episodes of Survival Survival

February
8 Cyril Luckham (the White Guardian) dies The
White Guardian
14 Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran calls for the death of British Indian author Salman Rushdie on the grounds that his novel The Satanic Verses commits blasphemy against Islam
14 Nicholas Courtney is contracted for Battlefield Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
14 Anthony Ainley is contracted for Survival The
Master

March
13 Sylvester McCoy is contracted for Season Twenty-Six, with an option for Season Twenty-Seven The Seventh Doctor
24 The tanker Exxon Valdez runs aground in Alaska's Prince William Sound, spilling a quarter of a million barrels of oil

April
3 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place in Crowborough, East Sussex The Curse Of Fenric
4 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place in Crowborough, East Sussex The Curse Of Fenric
5 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place in Crowborough, East Sussex The Curse Of Fenric
6 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place in Crowborough, East Sussex The Curse Of Fenric
7 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place in Crowborough, East Sussex The Curse Of Fenric
8 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place in Crowborough, East Sussex The Curse Of Fenric
11 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place in Crowborough, East Sussex The Curse Of Fenric
12 Gerald Flood (Kamelion) dies Kamelion
12 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place in Hawkhurst, Kent The Curse Of Fenric
13 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place in Hawkhurst, Kent The Curse Of Fenric
14 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place in Hawkhurst, Kent The Curse Of Fenric
15 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place in Hawkhurst, Kent The Curse Of Fenric
18 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place at Lulworth Cove, Dorset The Curse Of Fenric
19 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place at Lulworth Cove, Dorset The Curse Of Fenric
20 Location filming for The Curse Of Fenric takes place at Lulworth Cove, Dorset The Curse Of Fenric

May
6 Location filming for Battlefield takes place in Fulmer, Buckinghamshire and Black Park, Buckinghamshire Battlefield
7 Location filming for Battlefield takes place in St Martin Without, Lincolnshire Battlefield
8 Location filming for Battlefield takes place in Hambleton, Leicestershire Battlefield
11 Location filming for Battlefield takes place in Hambleton, Leicestershire Battlefield
13 Location filming for Battlefield takes place in Twyford Woods, Lincolnshire Battlefield
14 Location filming for Battlefield takes place in the Twyford Woods, Lincolnshire and Ketton, Lincolnshire Battlefield
15 Location filming for Battlefield takes place in Hambleton, Leicestershire Battlefield
16 Location filming for Battlefield takes place in Hambleton, Leicestershire Battlefield
17 Location filming for Battlefield takes place in Hambleton, Leicestershire Battlefield
30 Recording for Battlefield takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Battlefield
31 Recording for Battlefield takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Battlefield

June
1 Recording for Battlefield takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Battlefield
4 A government crackdown brings a violent end to the student-led Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, China
10 Location filming for Survival takes place in Perivale, Middlesex Survival
11 Location filming for Survival takes place in Perivale, Middlesex and London Survival
12 Location filming for Survival takes place in Perivale, Middlesex Survival
13 Location filming for Survival takes place in Perivale, Middlesex Survival
14 Location filming for Survival takes place in Sudbury Hill, Middlesex Survival
15 Location filming for Survival takes place in Perivale, Middlesex Survival
18 Location filming for Survival takes place in Warmwell, Dorset Survival
19 Location filming for Survival takes place in Warmwell, Dorset Survival
20 Location filming for Survival takes place in Warmwell, Dorset Survival
21 Location filming for Survival takes place in Warmwell, Dorset Survival
21 Location filming for Ghost Light takes place in Weymouth, Dorset Ghost Light
22 Location filming for Survival takes place in Warmwell, Dorset Survival
23 Location filming for Survival takes place in Warmwell, Dorset Survival

July
12 Philip David Segal of Columbia Pictures first telephones the BBC to discuss a co-production deal for Doctor Who The Eighth Doctor
18 Recording for Ghost Light takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Ghost Light
19 Recording for Ghost Light takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Ghost Light

August
1 Recording for Ghost Light takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Ghost Light
2 Recording for Ghost Light takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Ghost Light
3 Recording for Ghost Light takes place in BBC Television Centre Studio 3 Ghost Light
24 Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose accepts a lifetime ban from baseball due to allegations that he bet on the game while he was a manager

September
6 Debut broadcast of Battlefield episode one on BBC1 Battlefield
11 John Nathan-Turner informs Sylvester McCoy that his contract option for Season Twenty-Seven will not be taken up The Seventh Doctor
11 John Nathan-Turner informs Sophie Aldred that her contract option for Season Twenty-Seven will not be taken up Ace
13 Debut broadcast of Battlefield episode two on BBC1 Battlefield
20 Debut broadcast of Battlefield episode three on BBC1 Battlefield
27 Debut broadcast of Battlefield episode four on BBC1 Battlefield

October
1 Denmark becomes the first nation to legally enact civil unions for same-sex partners
4 Debut broadcast of Ghost Light episode one on BBC1 Ghost Light
11 Debut broadcast of Ghost Light episode two on BBC1 Ghost Light
18 Debut broadcast of Ghost Light episode three on BBC1 Ghost Light
18 Columbia Pictures tenders a formal offer to co-produce Doctor Who with the BBC The Eighth Doctor
25 Debut broadcast of The Curse Of Fenric episode one on BBC1 The Curse Of Fenric
27 The BBC defers a decision on the co-production deal with Columbia Pictures until at least 1990 The Eighth Doctor

November
1 Debut broadcast of The Curse Of Fenric episode two on BBC1 The Curse Of Fenric
8 Debut broadcast of The Curse Of Fenric episode three on BBC1 The Curse Of Fenric
9 The dismantling of the Berlin Wall begins; it is part of a series of events which sees the dissolution of the Communist grip on Eastern Europe
15 Debut broadcast of The Curse Of Fenric episode four on BBC1 The Curse Of Fenric
22 Debut broadcast of Survival episode one on BBC1 Survival
23 BBC Head of Serials Peter Cregeen confirms in the Radio Times that Season Twenty-Seven has been postponed, but promises that Doctor Who has not been cancelled The Seventh Doctor
29 Debut broadcast of Survival episode two on BBC1 Survival
29 Philip David Segal begins discussions with the BBC and Coast to Coast, holders of the Doctor Who feature film rights, about the possibility of their movie serving as a television pilot in North America; talks peter out when Segal leaves Columbia Pictures The Eighth Doctor

December
6 Debut broadcast of Survival episode three on BBC1 Survival