9 Things You Didn’t Know About Doctor Who
7. Bug Eyed Monsters
One of Doctor Who’s creators Sydney Newman wasn’t interested in the idea of the Daleks because he didn’t want the show to contain any “bug-eyed monsters.” The Daleks were introduced in the show’s second serial and became the series’ most popular monsters and were responsible for BBC’s first merchandising boom. Once he realized how successful they were, he was placated.
6. Missing Episodes
BBC is missing numerous episodes of Doctor Who because, between 1967 and 1978, it routinely deleted archive programs due to lack of space, scarcity of materials and a lack of rebroadcast rights. As a result, 97 of the 253 Doctor Who episodes from the show’s first six years are currently missing. However, some episodes have been returned to be the BBC from other countries who bought prints for broadcast or by private individuals who acquired through other means.