Donald Wilson

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Donald Boyd Wilson (11 September 1910-5 March 2002[1]) was a British television writer and producer who, as Head of Serials in the BBC drama department, co-created Doctor Who alongside Sydney Newman. As Doctor Who was made by his Drama Serials unit, he also oversaw its initial development.

Wilson explained his role in the creation of the series to Malcolm Hulke when Hulke interviewed him in 1971 while researching The Making of Doctor Who, telling Hulke that he and Newman sat down and created the basic format jointly, with Wilson naming the series. When Hulke put Wilson's account to Newman, Newman did not dispute it.[2]

On the initial format documents for the show Wilson is jointly credited, along with Newman and C. E. Webber, as being responsible for devising the format and its characters.

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  1. DWM 566
  2. Burk, Graeme (editor), Head of Drama: The Memoir of Sydney Newman, pages 450-1. Toronto, ECW Press, 2017. ISBN 978-1-77041-304-7.