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Up to date as of January 31, 2010

From TARDIS Index File, the free Doctor Who reference.

There have been various documentaries about Doctor Who over the years, with a considerable number of new ones featuring as part of the BBC DVD range. The 2005 revival of the series has been accompanied by a documentary series entitled Doctor Who Confidential.


Series Overviews

Era Overviews

  • A New Beginning - A look at the radical changes made to Doctor Who by incoming Producer John Nathan-Turner
  • A Matter of Time - A documentary exploring Graham Williams' three year tenure as Doctor Who's Producer and the Key to Time season as a whole
  • Doctor Who: Endgame - Documentary delving into why Doctor Who was cancelled at the end of Season Twenty-Six and what might have been in store for the Doctor and Ace if the series had continued into Season Twenty-Seven
  • Doctor Who: Origins - Detailing the creation of Doctor Who
  • Musical Scales - A look back at an era of musical experimentation in Doctor Who
  • Serial Thrillers - A look back as the Philip Hinchcliffe era and what made it one of the most successful and popular periods in Doctor Who's history
  • The UNIT Family (Part One) - Looks at the role of UNIT in the world of Doctor Who through to the end of Jon Pertwee's first year as the Doctor

Cast & Crew

  • Behind the Sofa: Robert Holmes and Doctor Who - Looking at this popular writer
  • Being Doctor Who - Peter Davison dicusses how he approached this iconic role
  • Directing Who - A series of short documentaries involving Directors from the series
  • Highlander - The Jamie McCrimmon Story - Frazer Hines takes an informal look back at his time in Doctor Who
  • Mouth on Legs - Actress Janet Fielding talks about playing Tegan Jovanka.
  • Paddy Russell: A Life in Television - In this special interview, Paddy looks back over her forty year career in television as an actress, Stage Manager, and Director
  • Philip Madoc - A Villain for All Seasons - A retrospective of actor Philip Madoc's numerous roles as a Doctor Who villain down the years
  • Playing with Time - An interview with Composer Jonathan Gibbs
  • Terrance Dicks: Fact & Fiction - With a career spanning six decades, the special documentary looks at Terrance Dicks' work for books and television
  • Terror Nation - A documentary about the writer Terry Nation, creator of the Dalek characters
  • There's Something About Mary - Actress Mary Tamm looks back at her time as Romana

Story Specific


  • Character Design - A featurette showcasing Steve Maher's character design drawings and animation tests for The Invasion DVD
  • Colour Silurian Overlay - A featurette explaining how Doctor Who and the Silurians was restored to full colour for DVD
  • Film Restoration - Before and after examples of techniques used during the restoration of the location film elements of Black Orchid
  • Flash Frames - A featurette about the creation of the animated Episodes 1 and 4 of The Invasion
  • Restoration - A featurette showing the techniques used in the restoration of The Time Meddler
  • Restoring The Aztecs - A featurette with look at the digital remastering process for the DVD release
  • Reverse Standards Conversion - The Axon Legacy - A featurette that looks as the restoration of The Claws of Axos

Monster/Villain Overviews


  • Inside the Spaceship - A look at the TARDIS
  • Double Trouble - A brief history of doubles in other Doctor Who stories
  • Hammer Horror - A featurette considering the influences of horror films on Doctor Who stories over the years
  • Love Off-Air - An affectionate tribute to the people dedicated enough to capture the soundtracks of Doctor Who in the sixties
  • Masters of Sound - A look inside the BBC Radiophonic Workshop which created electronic sounds and music during Doctor Who's early years
  • Stripped for Action - A look back at the comic adventures of the Doctor
  • Synthesizing Starfields - Peter Howell and Sid Sutton recall the creation of the new titles sequence and theme arrangement
  • The Crowded TARDIS - A look at the increase in the TARDIS crew at the end of Season Eighteen
  • The Missing Years - About the missing episodes of Doctor Who
  • The Ties that Bind Us - Examines the links to the show's past and future in The Five Doctors
  • The Tunnel Effect - Grpahic Designer Bernard Lodge explains how he created the complex opening titles for Tom Baker's stories

This article uses material from the "Documentary" article on the Dr Who wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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