Historian, Michael Herbert will be teaching an 11-week evening class… about Doctor Who!
The course will cover the 51-year history of the show, from its creation in 1963 with William Hartnell at the controls of the TARDIS, through his regenerations, and examining the behind-the-scenes crew that shaped the programme, including Verity Lambert and Sydney Newman, Terrance Dicks and Barry Letts, John Nathan-Turner, Andrew Cartmel, and Russell T. Davies.
It’ll also look at why Doctor Who was cancelled in 1989 (hopefully encouraging the class to shake their fists in the air and shout, “Michael Grade…!”), as well as its return in 2005.
Naturally this sort of course wouldn’t be complete without watching some classic episodes from each Doctor’s tenure!
Michael Herbert has been watching Doctor Who since he was 8, so we reckon he knows his stuff – especially as he wrote the recent pamphlet, Doctor Who and the Communist: the television career of Malcolm Hulke, published last month by Five Leaves Press.
The class will take place at Aquinas College, Stockport, starting on 14th April 2015, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
“I am delighted to be presenting this course at Aquinas College,” Michael says. “I am hoping that viewers become fans of the programme since 2005 will come along and find more about the history of the programme. I also hope that viewers of my generation would like to revisit their memories of Doctor Who.”