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Published on September 23rd, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Will Brooks’ 50 Year Diary Volume One: 1963 – 1969

Here’s an interesting way of reviewing Doctor Who: watch every episode in existence, in order, daily!

Will Brooks’ 50 Year Diary: 1963 - 1969

Doctor Who Online’s Will Brooks has done this, and his 50 Year Diary Volume One: 1963 – 1969 is now available to purchase for Kindle with a print version following on November 4th 3013, which you can pre-order now from for £14.99.

In celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, Will Brooks sits down to watch every episode of the programme made between 1963 – 2013 at the strict pace of one per day.


Having watched each episode, Will records his thoughts in a daily blog for Doctor Who Online, and scores the episode out of ten, on a scale ranging from ‘Perfect, the absolute pinnacle’ to ‘Why am I doing this again?’


Will Brooks’ 50 Year Diary: 1963 – 1969 collects together more than 260 entries of the popular blog, covering the complete eras of the First and Second Doctors (William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton), and also includes exclusive entries for the two 1960s Dalek feature films starring Peter Cushing, and a foreword by Doctor Who writer Gareth Roberts.

Says Doctor Who scriptwriter Gareth Roberts in the Foreword:

[Will’s] observations are fresh and often startling – his is a unique perspective on Doctor Who. I thought I knew all this stuff back-to-front but Will’s jumping-bean prose snaps me out of my jadedness and I see it with new eyes.

Brooks updates The 50 Year Diary daily for Doctor Who Online, and estimates that – at his current pace – he’ll continue to do it until early 2015 (by which point, it will either be time to cycle round and start again, or bin all his DVDs…). Watch out for further instalments in future – but in the meantime, you can buy Will Brooks’ 50 Year Diary: 1963 – 1969 now for Kindle for £7.71!


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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+.

One Response to Will Brooks’ 50 Year Diary Volume One: 1963 – 1969

  1. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    I wonder how he’ll tackle the massive gaps in the Hartnell and Troughton eras. Reading the novel is not the same as watching the episodes, although I guess if you watch the telesnaps while you listen to the complete audios, that will approximate the experience. It would have been something if someone had watched the series starting back in ’63 and happened to keep a diary for the last 50 years.I wonder if anyone has actually watched all the episodes as they were shown from the very beginning? I think the Moff and RTD were a bit too young to watch An Unearthly child by a year or so but then again, Capaldi himself may have done so!

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