The Doctor Who Production Diary: 1996

January
10 The casting of Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor is announced to the press The Eighth Doctor
15 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
16 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
17 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
18 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
19 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
22 Recording for Doctor Who (1996) takes place on a sound stage in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
23 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
24 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
25 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
26 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
29 France announces that it will end all nuclear testing
29 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
30 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
31 Recording for Doctor Who (1996) takes place on a sound stage in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)

February
1 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
2 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
5 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
6 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
7 Location filming for Doctor Who (1996) takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
8 Recording for Doctor Who (1996) takes place on a sound stage in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, while location filming takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
9 Recording for Doctor Who (1996) takes place on a sound stage in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
10 Recording for Doctor Who (1996) takes place on a sound stage in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
12 Recording for Doctor Who (1996) takes place on a sound stage in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
13 Recording for Doctor Who (1996) takes place on a sound stage in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
14 Recording for Doctor Who (1996) takes place on a sound stage in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
15 Recording for Doctor Who (1996) takes place on a sound stage in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
16 Recording for Doctor Who (1996) takes place on a sound stage in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
19 Recording for Doctor Who (1996) takes place on a sound stage in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
20 Recording for Doctor Who (1996) takes place on a sound stage in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
21 Recording for Doctor Who (1996) takes place on a sound stage in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Doctor Who (1996)

March
16 In Dunblane, Scotland, Thomas Hamilton shoots and kills sixteen students and a teacher before committing suicide

April
3 Domestic terrorist Theodore Kaczynski, nicknamed the “Unabomber”, is arrested at a remote cabin in Montana

May
12 Debut broadcast of Doctor Who (1996) on CITV in Calgary, Alberta, Canada Doctor Who (1996)
14 Doctor Who (1996) is broadcast on the FOX network for the first time Doctor Who (1996)
20 Jon Pertwee (the Third Doctor) dies The Third Doctor
21 The FOX network announces its Fall 1996 schedule; Doctor Who is not included, with poor ratings prompting the network to drop the programme The Eighth Doctor
27 Doctor Who (1996) is broadcast on BBC1 for the first time Doctor Who (1996)

June

July

August
28 Prince Charles and Princess Diana are divorced

September
27 Taliban forces capture Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan

October

November

December
31 Bill Watterson publishes the last installment of his comic strip Calvin And Hobbes
31 Universal Television's license for Doctor Who is originally due to expire; the BBC grants an extension into 1997, but Universal is unable to drum up interest in Doctor Who, and the rights eventually revert back to the BBC The Eighth Doctor