Archive Regeneration

As we reported in February, a collection of Doctor Who related documents have been added to the BBC Archive, with references to and LSD trip causing a bit of a stir in the press!

“The Changing Face of Doctor Who” collection relates how each of the Doctors were received by the public as relayed to the BBC’s Audience Research department.

Apparently, this man is a loonyAmong the reactions are those to Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor (“a half-witted clown”), Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor (“Doctor Who is a loony”)and Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor (“too aggressive”).

Most interesting is the document that describes how the first regeneration – the process by which actor William Hartnell left the role to be replaced by Patrick Troughton – was initially conceived.

“The metaphysical change… is a horrifying experience – an experience in which he relives some of the most unendurable moments of his long life, including the galactic war,” it said.

“It is as if he has had the LSD drug and instead of experiencing the kicks, he has the hell and dank horror which can be its effect.”

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