10 Doctor Who Secrets Everyone Knows But You

8. Battling The Budget

Doctor Who Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor
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It's no secret that Doctor Who's budgets haven't always been on par with its sci-fi peers, but you might be surprised to learn just how little money the show had in those early days.

Various sources place the budget for its first season at around £2,000 an episode. An Unearthly Child - the show's debut serial - had four episodes, so that's less than £10,000 for the entire story. Mad.

According to the Bank of England's inflation calculator, that £2,000 is only worth £32,000 today. For comparison, 1966's Star Trek: The Original Series reportedly commanded a budget closer to $190,000 per episode - or $1.7 million in 2022.

With so few resources at its disposal, it's amazing that Doctor Who became as successful as it did.

Thankfully, with reports that the upcoming Series 14 could reach a budget of £10 million per episode (which is on par with Game of Thrones), Doctor Who's financial woes are firmly a thing of the past.

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