Peter BrachackiBorn: Saturday 30th January 1926
Died: Friday 14th November 1980 (age: 54)
Peter Brachacki was a production designer who worked for BBC Television in the 1960s. Although he worked on several programmes, he is best remembered as the first production designer for Doctor Who in 1963, making him responsible for the iconic design of the TARDIS interior.
Brachacki was production designer for the very first episode of Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child, shot and broadcast in 1963. Despite the success of his design for the TARDIS interior set, he was not enthusiastic about working on the programme and did so under duress. He worked only on the very first episode and its re-mount, thereafter being replaced on the opening serial by Barry Newbery and never working on the series again. Director Waris Hussein recalled in later interviews that he was never happy with Brachacki's contribution and only kept him on as designer out of necessity, as there was not the time to request a replacement.
Also worked on The Innes Book of Records, Blakes 7, When the Boat Comes In, It's Childsplay, Battle of the Sexes, Till Death Us Do Part, Fall of Eagles, Play for Today, The Black and White Minstrel Show, Comedy Playhouse, The Harry Secombe Show, The Onedin Line, The Liver Birds, The Witch's Daughter, The Silver Sword, Paul Temple, The Expert, BBC Show of the Week, The Gnomes of Dulwich, Softly Softly, Harry Worth, Not in Front of the Children, Thirty-Minute Theatre, Gaslight Theatre, The Valiant Varneys