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Fifty years ago today, the first ever scene of Doctor Who was filmed

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Thursday, September 19th, 1963 - at Ealing Studios in West London actor Leslie Bates, standing in for Jeremy Young, casts a shadow over a sandy set... and over a Police Telephone Box. The cliffhanger to An Unearthly Child, the very first scene of Doctor Who committed to film, had been shot.

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Principal filming wouldn't really get underway on Doctor Who's first serial until a few days later - the day after, Friday 20th, the main cast met for a photoshoot with the Radio Times:

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At the time Doctor Who was a potential cover candidate for the esteemed magazine until Editors displayed a lack of confidence in the show, opting for a cover for Round the Horne instead (Who wouldn't get a Radio Times cover until 3 months later, for Marco Polo). Rehearsals for An Unearthly Child would start until the day after that, on Saturday 21st, but for now, a little piece of History in the making was already in the can.

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[Radio Times]

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