From its first transmission in November 1963, Doctor Who, probably more than any other programme, has charted the history and development of British television over the last 45-plus years. With a format that always put constant demands on the ingenuity and inventiveness of all the production teams involved, the programme has often been at the forefront in the use of new techniques and technologies. From its early days in the small, cramped studios at Lime Grove through to its current home in the massive Upper Boat complex in Cardiff, the history of Doctor Who reflects how television as a medium has grown and developed over the past five decades.
Nothing at the End of the Lane is a magazine which focuses on the story behind and beyond the making of Doctor Who, looking not only at the programme's production but also at its distribution archiving, marketing and so on.
The magazine prides itself on being both detailed and accurate, wherever possible, going back to the primary sources of information – speaking directly with the many people involved in the many and varied aspects of the programme as well as locating and researching any original production materials that have survived over the years.
When the BBC Written Archive Centre in Caversham first made the original production files for Doctor Who available for examination in 1993, researchers began to uncover a multitude of fascinating and hitherto unknown information about the origins of the series. In one document, entitled Dr. Who – General Notes on Background and Approach, it was suggested to the Head of Drama, Sydney Newman, that the Doctor's time and space machine could be invisible, having been coated with a light-resistant paint. With this in mind, it was suggested that the first episode of the new series could be entitled Nothing at the End of the Lane.
As a detail about the early development of Doctor Who that was discovered from archived production documents, it is an appropriate title for a magazine that focuses on the research and restoration of this long-running television series.