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bodger

This will make you feel old.

On this day in 1963 the first episode of the BBC TV serial Dr Who was screened in Britain. I don't know about you, but what really makes me cringe, is that I remember it so very well. I recall watching most of the early episodes from behind the settee. Seeing the first Doctor facing the Daleks wasn't something to be taken lightly.  He was of course played by William Hartnell and Ann Ford ( who very few people remember) was his first female companion.
Incidentally, the then producer, Sydney Newman, thought the Daleks, designed by Ray Cusick, were ‘bug-eyed monsters’ and that they were totally wrong for the series. Err! big mistake.

As good as the new series are, I bet that todays kids don't watch Dr Who from behind the settee anymore. Is this down to the change in todays modern kids rather than the scariness of the programme? I'd plump for the former. I still remember waiting every Saturday for the theme music to start and making sure that my route to the settee was clear. How about you?
HonkHonk

I dont think I have ever sat and watched a full episode of the Dr    as a kid i'd usually run off half way through when something else caught my attention, then as I got older my interest in space and all things spacey just dwinndled.
WhatCameFirst

I don't remember the first ever episode, but I do remember William Hartnell as the Doctor.  His first assistant was called Susan I think?  I certainly used to hide behind the sofa frequently.  

I love the new series too but DD was too old to be hiding behind the sofa when it started.  She got more scared of books, where of course the pictures in your head can be far more scary than on the telly!
Polly

My first Doctor would be John Pertwee and Sarah Jane was the assistant I most remember.  Always loved Dr Who - Saturday evenings weren't the same when it wasn't on and I enjoy the modern ones just as much.  The Torchwood spin off is also pretty good - especially the recent 'Miracle Day' one although I know a lot of people don't really like it much.  
sod

I have watch most of them here after they came on TV which was later as tv here didn't start till about 61-62 but being a teenager   didn't watch much till married in 70 so then home more love all I've seen agree with Polly love new ones just as much and "torchwood" but finding "miracle day" a bit slow it aint finished here still watch them all
Baldybloke

I can just about remember William Hartnell playing Dr Who, and yes it was mainly watched from behind the sofa. Scary stuff in those days of family feel good TV.
12Bore

All the more scary for being in black and white.
The Daleks lived in the field behind our house, my sister could see them over the wall cos she was older and taller than me.
sod

  sounds right
bodger

Freddie! This anniversary really makes me feel old. On this day in 1991 Freddie Mercury died at the age of 45.
As a seventeen year old I remember trying to find a catchy piece of music that I'd heard playing somewhere. The group was virtually unheard, it turned out to be Queen.
I ended up buying their LP from a record shop in the Staffordshire Moorlands town of Leek. That catchy bit of music was Seven Seas of Rye and it was the last record on the LP. It probably ran for all of a minute. The LP, has long since disappeared but I wonder how much it would be worth if I still had it.
Polly

bodger wrote:
Freddie! This anniversary really makes me feel old. On this day in 1991 Freddie Mercury died at the age of 45.
As a seventeen year old I remember trying to find a catchy piece of music that I'd heard playing somewhere. The group was virtually unheard, it turned out to be Queen.
I ended up buying their LP from a record shop in the Staffordshire Moorlands town of Leek. That catchy bit of music was Seven Seas of Rye and it was the last record on the LP. It probably ran for all of a minute. The LP, has long since disappeared but I wonder how much it would be worth if I still had it.


I remember that album - my best friend was a Queen fanatic and I borrowed it from her.  It was great!  I also remember that record shop in Leek as well - used to go hide in there when I was bunking off from certain classes at the art college!  
12Bore

Freddie Mercury made his first professional appearance at the Youth Club of which I am now a Trustee!
barraboy

wow Dr Who,,,altho 63 will always go down as the year greatness was created in other areas too.......i was born...ouch ego needs hammering back into its shell  

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