The former producer of Doctor Who, Philip Hinchliffe, says he thought the arrival of Star Wars meant the end of the doctor, then explains he believes it didn’t.
Doctor Who has been running for an impressive 55 years, but Hinchliffe has revealed that back in 1977, he was sure the show would be axed.
The producer recalls going to the cinema to see the first George Lucas Star Wars movie.
“The first shot was of the starship going over, and I said, ‘The game’s up – we’re dead,'” he admitted.
Hinchliffe then went on to explain why he thinks that Doctor Who has managed to survive for all these years.
“Funnily enough, we weren’t dead, because there’s something uniquely British – and BBC-ish – about Doctor Who, which has enabled it to survive alongside all that super development of space adventure stories that have come out of Hollywood,” he said.
“There’s something about the format of Doctor Who, which is infinitely malleable. But at the time, it felt like we were doing stuff for 200 or 300 pounds, and there were these amazing effects on the big-screen.”
Hinchcliffe took over as producer of Doctor Who in 1974, during Tom Baker’s run as the doctor.