Today in Soap Opera History (November 23)

1963: The original Doctor Who premiered.

1970: Dark Shadows' Daphne and Quentin held a seance on.

1984: Days' Stefano shot Roman, who fell off a cliff.

1988: General Hospital's Cheryl was delirious."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1963: The original Doctor Who series premiered on the BBC. The show depicts the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord—a time-travelling humanoid alien. He explores the universe in his Tardis, a sentient time-travelling space ship.

1964: On Another World, Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) sent a letter to the Baxter family which said she did not kill Tom.

1966: On Dark Shadows,
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