Doctor Who's less than encouraging 1963 beginning


Judging from the original review of the first two broadcasts of Doctor Who, the word of a telly critics in the early 60’s was not taken as gospel, thankfully. Doctor Who will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013 despited the fact that Mary Crozier, telly reviewer for The Guardian was less than impressed when the series premiered back on 23 November, 1963.

Actually, Crozier did not review the new series that starred William Hartnell as the Traveling Time Lord until the second episode was transmitted on 2 December 1963 on BBC One. The previous weeks premiere on 23 November was never reviewed due to coverage of the assassination of U.S. President, John F. Kennedy in Dallas. She seemed more worried about the ‘ludicrous dialogue’ and questioning why the space ship looked like a police box than she did with the groundbreaking program that was about to begin a 50-year run towards becoming the longest running science fiction television series in the world.

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