Who knew that “Doctor Who” was created by a Canadian? Sydney Newman transferred from Canadian television to English television in 1958. He worked on ITV’s Armchair Theatre series, which included a run of Mordecai Richler’s “The Trouble with Benny” in 1959. Of all the work he did, I mention the Richler TV series because I will be writing about Richler in a future post — but Newman is probably better known to some Canadians for “The Avengers.”
Newman joined the BBC in December 1962. One of his first projects there was the creation of “Doctor Who.”
Newman returned to Canada in 1970. For an article on the origins of “Doctor Who” check out the BBC archives: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7736130.stm; for a detailed description of Newman’s career, see http://www.screenonline.org.uk.
This year is the 50th anniversary. Expect much programming. For example, “The Reunion” on BBC Radio 4 on April 12, 2013.