Doctor Who, the BBC-produced science fiction series, was controversial from the moment the first episode aired at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 1963. The show follows an eccentric time traveller as he journeys through time and space.
Considered too violent and frightening for children, the programme was deemed by the BBC to be its most violent production
The Daleks, a recurring alien race in the series, were one of the show’s most frightening adversaries. Soon people widely used the phrase “hiding behind the sofa,” which referred to children who watched from behind the family couch.
Pre-CGI, every humanoid (and not-so-humanoid) alien costume contained an actor. The BBC hired specialist model-makers to create the costumes, though BBC budget constraints did not allow the use of elaborate prosthetics.
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