Date Of Birth : – 01 October 1944
Doctor Who Producer: 1974 – 1977
Preceded by: Barry Letts
Succeeded by: Graham Williams
Phillip Hinchcliffe was the seventh producer of Doctor Who, taking over from Barry Letts in 1974 – until 1977; when he was replaced by Graham Williams.
For his first Doctor Who assignment, Hinchcliffe shadowed outgoing producer Barry Letts on Tom Baker’s first serial Robot.
Hinchcliffe’s first serial – as new producer, was The Ark In Space. With new script-editor Bob Holmes onboard. Hinchcliffe set about bringing in his new darker gothic-horror vision for the show; with Hammer Horror and classic literary influences.
On screen, there were a few changes made aswell. The Doctor left the Brigadier and UNIT behind to go travelling around time-and-space again. He said goodbye to long-term companion; Sarah-Jane Smith.
These years between 1975 – 77 (helmed by Hinchcliffe) have been held up as the finest in the shows entire run, fronted by the best Doctor. It is definitely hard to argue against this when looking at the serials produced.
Season 12 & 13 produced some the greatest Doctor Who serials of all time with The Ark In Space, Pryamids Of Mars, Genesis Of The Daleks, Planet Of Evil, The Deadly Assassin, Android Invasion, Brains Of Morbius, Talons Of Weng-Chiang and The Seeds Of Doom; chiefly among them.