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Innes Lloyd (24th December 1925-23rd August 1991) was producer for Doctor Who from the latter part of William Hartnell as the First Doctor tenure through to the end of Patrick Troughton's portrayal of the Second Doctor. With story editor Gerry Davis, he came up with the idea of replacing the character of the First Doctor by what later writers would call regeneration as well as presiding over the introduction of the Cybermen.

He was born in 1925 in Wales. As a producer, Lloyd reached the front rank of BBC television drama. He began his television career working on popular series in the 1960s. He was the third producer on Doctor Who and his duration as producer ran for two seasons between "The Celestial Toymaker" and "The Enemy of the World" (excepting "The Tomb of the Cybermen"). His most important contribution to the programme was in developing the notion whereby the lead actor in the programme might be replaced. This arose following continuing difficulties with William Hartnell as the lead actor.

Lloyd and Gerry Davis came up with an intriguing idea of writing out the character of the Doctor previously known to audiences. Whereas John Wiles, the previous producer to Lloyd, had intended to replace Hartnell with another actor playing the same character, Lloyd and Davis elected to change the Doctor's entire personality and appearance. They decided to cast Patrick Troughton, having considered character actor Peter Jeffrey, in the role. Troughton first appeared in November 1966 after the changeover from Hartnell had been seen at the end of the story "The Tenth Planet." That serial also introduced the popular Cybermen, second only to the Daleks in the Doctor Who monster popularity stakes. Indeed, Lloyd oversaw something of a "Monster Era" on the programme and introduced to it several durable and memorable monsters like the Ice Warriors and the Yeti. He also introduced the "Base Under Siege" formula, partly as a cost-saving measure where they could use the same set for much of the story.

Innes Lloyd also worked on Thirty-Minute Theatre, United! and Dead of Night, but he will perhaps best be remembered as the producer of more prestigious drama. His chosen projects were often biographical, and he was a frequent collaborator with Alan Bennett. Bennett's An Englishman Abroad told the remarkable true story of the chance meeting between actress Coral Browne (playing herself) and spy Guy Burgess (Alan Bates) in Moscow in 1958, while A Question of Attribution (finished shortly before Lloyd's death) was a logical sequel, showing the radically different fate of Keeper of the Queen's Paintings and fellow traitor Anthony Blunt.

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