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Sydney Newman (I) (1917–1997)

Sydney Newman was born on April 1, 1917 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Sydney Cecil Newman. He was a writer and producer, known for The Avengers (1998), The Avengers (1961) and Doctor Who. He was married to Elizabeth McRae. He died on October 30, 1997 in Toronto. See full bio »

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 2018 Unit Tapes (TV Series) (creator: Doctor Who - 1 episode)
- Questioning Missy (2018) ... (creator)
 2018 The American Doctor (TV Mini-Series) (characters)
  Doctor Who (TV Series) (1 episode, 2017) (creator - 147 episodes, 2005 - 2016)
- The Pilot (2017) ... (uncredited)
- The Return of Doctor Mysterio (2016) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The Husbands of River Song (2015) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Hell Bent (2015) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Heaven Sent (2015) ... (creator - uncredited)
 2013 All American Doctor Who (TV Series) (original idea created by - 1 episode)
- Dawn of the Doctor (2013) ... (original idea created by)
 2010 Meanwhile, in the TARDIS: Part 1 (Video short) (creator - uncredited)
 2010 Meanwhile, in the TARDIS: Part 2 (Video short) (creator - uncredited)
 1999 Doctor Who: The Crusade (Video) (creator)
 1998 Doctor Who: The Missing Years (Video documentary) (creator)
 1998 Lust in Space (Video) (characters)
 1998 The Avengers (television series The Avengers)
 1996 I Was a 'Doctor Who' Monster (Video documentary) (characters)
 1996 Doctor Who (TV Movie) (creator - uncredited)
 1993 Doctor Who: 30 Years in the Tardis (TV Movie documentary) (characters)
 1992 Doctor Who: The Tom Baker Years (Video documentary) (creator)
 1963-1989 Doctor Who (TV Series) (creator - 695 episodes)
- Survival: Part Three (1989) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Survival: Part Two (1989) ... (creator - uncredited)
- Survival: Part One (1989) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The Curse of Fenric: Part Four (1989) ... (creator - uncredited)
- The Curse of Fenric: Part Three (1989) ... (creator - uncredited)
 1987 'Doctor Who': Then and Now (TV Movie documentary) (characters)
 1976 The New Avengers (TV Series) (characters)
 1966 Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (original concept - uncredited)
 1965 Dr. Who and the Daleks (original concept - uncredited)
 1964 The Wednesday Play (TV Series) (creator)
 1961 The Avengers (TV Series) (creator)
 1960 Police Surgeon (TV Series) (creator - 12 episodes)
- The Bigger They Are (1960) ... (creator)
- Operation Mangle (1960) ... (creator)
- Man Overboard (1960) ... (creator)
- Three's a Crowd (1960) ... (creator)
- Sunday Morning Story (1960) ... (creator)
 1946 Ski Skill (Short documentary)
 1944 Fighting Sea-Fleas (Documentary short)
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[on his inspiration for Doctor Who (1963)] We required a new programme that would bridge the state of mind of sports fans, and the teenage pop music audience, while attracting and holding the children's audience accustomed to their Saturday afternoon serial. It had to be a children's programme and still attract both teenagers and adults. Also, as a children's programme, I was intent upon it ... See more »


When he was interviewed for Melvyn Bragg on TV: The Box That Changed the World (2017), director Ken Loach was effusive in his praise for Newman and said British television no longer had the people who would take risks like he did. See more »

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