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Philip Hinchcliffe
Born 1944
Occupation Television producer

Philip Hinchcliffe (born 1944) was a British television producer, who is probably best known for the overseeing of British television series Doctor Who from 1974-1977. With the death of Barry Letts in October 2009, he and Derrick Sherwin are the only producers of the classic series of Doctor Who who are still alive.

After an education at Slough Grammar School and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he studied English Literature, he joined the Doctor Who production team at the age of 29, trailing and then succeeding long-serving producer Barry Letts in 1974. Although he trailed Letts on Tom Baker's first story Robot, he was first credited on The Ark in Space. Throughout his first year he was mostly producing scripts that had been commissioned by the previous production team prior to their departure and it was not until a year later that Hinchcliffe's full influence came to bear, with Planet of Evil in late 1975 — Tom Baker's second season in the title role of the Doctor.

Hinchcliffe, together with script editor Robert Holmes, ushered in a change in tone for the television series. The series became darker and more adult than previously, with a gothic atmosphere influenced by the horror films produced by Hammer Films. This horror influence is especially evident in serials like Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Brain of Morbius, The Hand of Fear and The Talons of Weng-Chiang, all of which have content which directly recalls well known horror novels and movies.

During Hinchcliffe's tenure the programme achieved a popularity only previously seen during the 'Dalekmania' years of the mid 1960s. However, the BBC had received complaints from Mary Whitehouse, chairwoman of the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association, that the series was unduly frightening for children and could traumatise them. The NVLA had been critical of the series ever since the beginning of the 1970s, and the complaints reached their height in the Hinchcliffe-produced The Deadly Assassin, where Chancellor Goth was seen to attempt to drown the Doctor by forcing his head underwater. While the BBC publicly defended the programme, after three seasons Hinchcliffe was moved onto the adult police thriller series Target in 1977, and his replacement Graham Williams was specifically instructed to lighten the tone of the storylines. The classic series never again achieved such consistently high viewing figures after Hinchcliffe's departure.

Hinchcliffe also wrote several novelisations of Doctor Who serials for Target Books, adapting The Keys of Marinus, The Seeds of Doom, and The Masque of Mandragora.

After Doctor Who Hinchcliffe worked on numerous series, single dramas and films including Private Schulz, The Charmer, "Friday on My Mind" and many others. He went onto be an Executive Producer for Scottish Television.

His daughter, Celina Hinchcliffe, is a television presenter, who works on sporting events for the BBC.

In recent years, Hinchcliffe has made numerous appearances on DVD releases of Doctor Who serials made under his producership. His most notable appearance is in Serial Thrillers, a documentary focusing on his three-year reign as producer in some depth, examining what made the show so successful during that period.

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