|A Scene from An Unearthly Child|
The sheer amount of episodes produced during the first season is staggering. Today in Britain, 13 episodes is really the norm for a season. Even in the US, most major network series produce around 26 episodes. To successfully produce over 40 episodes of television in one year is a feat in and of itself. To capture the public imagination, and hold onto it, is an amazing achievement. The show wasn't quite an institution yet, but it was fast on its way to becoming one. It would take another season to truly confirm the series' status as a cultural touchstone.
|Season 1 Story Editor David Whitaker|
The production team found its stride rather quickly in terms of tone and style. The overtly educational brief they had originally been given was pared down to the absolute minimum in favour of a greater sense of adventure, intrigue and the fantastic. The main issue they faced, and would continue to face, was in finding plots that were complex enough to sustain themselves over longer-length serials, but by and large, they met these challenges over their first season.
|Season 2 Story Editor Dennis Spooner|
For now, the series moved into its second season with enormous confidence. The question became whether Doctor Who was a flash in the pan, or could it top itself?