Fifty years ago at 5.15pm on November 23rd 1963, a mysterious exile from another world appeared on BBC One - the Doctor.
Right from the beginning, Head of Drama Sydney Newman had wanted a programme to slot into the schedule between the live sports coverage of ‘Grandstand’ and the pop music review programme ‘Juke Box Jury’, and so #DoctorWho was created.
'Doctor Who' would continue to occupy our Saturday evening tea-time slot for 18 years. In 1982, the series was moved to a mid-week position in a bid to test the schedules to find out which days of the week would best suit a twice-weekly soap opera (BBC EastEnders eventually hit our screens in 1985).
When #DoctorWho returned to BBC One in 2005 after a long time off the air, it was once again designed as a Saturday night family show, just as it had been right at the start.
Today we celebrate 50 years of the programme with a feature-length anniversary episode at 19:50 GMT on BBC One.