Verity Lambert 1935-2007

We’re absolutely crestfallen to announce the death yesterday of Verity Lambert, first producer of Doctor Who.

First reported earlier today by Outpost Gallifrey, the news has since been confirmed by the BBC.

As the first female producer at the BBC, Lambert was put in charge of Doctor Who back in 1963, and guided the series for it’s first two years before moving on.

Over the years Verity Lambert produced series such as Minder, Quatermass, Rumpole of the Bailey and Jonathan Creek, and set up her own production company Cinema Verity, responsible for many series including Eldorado. She also produced the John Cleese movie Clockwise, and was involved in a failed attempt to produce a series of Doctor Who in the late 1990s.

Other career highlights include:

1963 – Doctor Who

1975 – The Naked Civil Servant

1976 – Rock Follies

1983 – Widows

1986 – Clockwise

1991 – GBH

1991 – Sleepers

2001 – The Cazalets

Russell T Davies, the current writer and executive producer of Doctor Who, said: “There are a hundred people in Cardiff working on Doctor Who and millions of viewers, in particular many children, who love the programme that Verity helped create.”

“This is her legacy and we will never forget that,” he added.

Jane Tranter, controller of BBC Fiction said: “Verity was a total one-off. She was a magnificently, madly, inspirationally talented drama producer.”

Verity Lambert was due to collect a lifetime achievement award at the Women in Film and Television Awards next month. She was awarded the OBE in 2002, and was due to celebrate her birthday next week.

She was 71.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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