Written by David Holland On November 22, 1963, the United States changed forever when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. This event screwed up the news that day and really took everybody's mind off of ordinary television. So when a television show about a grumpy alien, his granddaughter, and their phone booth spaceship aired for the first time, not a ton of people paid attention. It seemed as if Doctor Who might die before it really got a chance to take off. After all, how could a show this eclectic actually attract an audience?