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‘Doctor Who’: How To Announce a New Doctor (Anglophenia)

This Sunday, an event that has only happened eleven times in the past 50 years will happen again. An actor or actress will be confirmed as the new Doctor inDoctor Who. It’s an announcement that will be receiving a LOT of attention, a 30-minute live TV show, with interviews and analysis and all sorts.

This literal Who-ha represents a far greater reaction than the public and press responses to some of the Doctor’s previous incarnations. In fact if you go back as far as the very first regeneration, then known as a “renewal,” TV listings magazines like the Radio Times were encouraged to play it down, so as to reassure fans that it would be business as usual.

But let’s start at the beginning, in 1963….

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