It was 49 years ago today that the first ever episode of Doctor Who was broadcast. An Unearthly Child, starring William Hartnell as the Time Lord, went out on BBC1 at 5:15pm on Saturday 23 November 1963. Want to see some proof? Here’s the original billing for the show, as carried by Radio Times magazine (click on the image, left, to see a full-sized version).
There’s also this feature (right), in which we introduced readers to the “mysterious exile from another world and a distant future” and his “adventures in space and time”. Click on the image to find out what else we had to say about the exciting new science-fiction series “Dr. Who”.
And remember, today's anniversary means it's just 365 days until the Doctor becomes a fully-fledged half-centurion (give or take a millennium or so) and only 39 days until we can start celebrating Doctor Who's 50th year...
Read our guide to the first ever Doctor Who adventure An Unearthly Child