Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 1

An Unearthly Child (23 Nov. 1963)

TV Episode  -   -  Adventure | Drama | Horror
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.4/10 from 689 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 7 critic

Two schoolteachers investigate the personal life of one of their brilliant students and her mysterious grandfather.


, (uncredited)


0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 167 titles
created 16 Nov 2011
list image
a list of 4 titles
created 05 Dec 2011
list image
a list of 25 titles
created 15 Jul 2013
a list of 30 titles
created 6 months ago
list image
a list of 32 titles
created 3 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: An Unearthly Child (23 Nov 1963)

An Unearthly Child (23 Nov 1963) on IMDb 8.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Doctor Who.
1 of 695 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode complete credited cast:
William Russell ...
Jacqueline Hill ...


Two schoolteachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, become concerned by the unusual behavior of their fifteen-year-old student, Susan Foreman. When they follow her home, they meet her mysterious grandfather, the Doctor, and find themselves unwilling passengers on his time ship, the TARDIS... Written by Sarah Hadley

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


See all certifications »




Release Date:

23 November 1963 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


After Barbara and Ian leave Susan alone in the class room, the idea that Susan should do something mysterious was a late, unscripted inclusion. In the previously recorded original version, Susan doodled in the book. In this version, it was decided to abandon the doodling, and zoom in on the book instead. The design team asked for a book with an identifiable picture of Robespierre on the cover. See more »


The Doctor: Have you ever thought what it's like to be wanderers in the fourth dimension? Have you?... to be exiles? Susan and I are cut off from our own planet, without friends or protection. But one day we shall get back. Yes, one day. One day.
See more »


Referenced in An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) See more »


Three Guitars Mood 2
Performed by the Arthur Nelson Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

100,000 BC (episodes 1 through 4)
28 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two schoolteachers, Ian and Barbara take interest in Sarah, one of their students, and her rather peculiar grandfather, Dr. Who (William Hartnell). They all take a trip in the TARDIS, back to 100,000 BC, where they're captured by cavemen wanting to know the secret of fire. And thus begins the most mature, fondly remembered, and long running 'children's programme' in the history of television. Known for it's series arcs and cliffhangers, this first tale is told across episodes 1 through 4 and is a fine start to what would soon become a stellar series. the series had tight, well-acted plots from the start. I enjoyed this first storyline immensely. Even if the good Doctor's personality is at odds with the rest of Hartnell's stint.

My Grade: A

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favourite forgotten scenes? deebeeinthesky
What type of reconstruction treatment do people prefer? kiwibeca
The two versions of "An Unearthly Child" - any comments? timmdoolen
Does everyone have a favorite guest character.... jozzcooper
the Target novelisations? m_e_fulton
Leela Luna-Phaedra
Discuss An Unearthly Child (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page