Yes, it’s 45 years since the world first saw a man travelling through time in a wooden box. (Normally I would have saved this for a Whoydensday post, but today is the Actual Anniversary).
The BBC did a nostalgia page for the 40th anniversary in 2003, asking for people’s memories of the show, and announcing that a new season would air the following year.
For this anniversary, BBC Archives have released papers relating to the genesis of the show, including debates about whether it should ever get the green light:
Previously seen only by a handful of lucky Doctor Who enthusiasts, this is the first time these documents have been made available to the general public.
Also included in this collection are clippings from the Radio Times, an audience report that shows what the public thought of the first episode and a gallery of rare images from the first episodes.