Who Invented the Character Doctor Who?


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Sydney Newman created the character Doctor Who. First aired in 1963, "Doctor Who" is a long-running, BBC-produced, sci-fi TV show about an eccentric doctor who travels the universe in a time machine to battle Earth's enemies. Production on the series continues as of September 2015.

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Sydney Newman was a Canadian television executive who headed the BBC Drama Department in 1962 when he conceived the series "Doctor Who" as family entertainment for Saturday nights. The show revolutionized British TV at the time. He also created the spy-fi series "The Avengers." The Museum of Broadcast Communications credits Newman as being the most significant force in the evolution of British TV drama, while the newspaper "The Guardian" called him Britain's most important impresario during his time with the BBC.

He returned to Canada in 1970 and held a variety of senior positions in government media and broadcasting organizations such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Radio and Television Commission. He passed away of a heart attack in 1997 at the age of 80.

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