Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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An Unearthly Child 

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

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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

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23 November 1963 (UK)  »

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The very first words in Doctor Who (1963) were spoken by Barbara Wright: "Wait in here please, Susan. I won't be long." See more »

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Ian Chesterton: Let me get this straight. A thing that looks like a police box, standing in a junkyard, it can move anywhere in time and space?
Susan Foreman: Yes.
The Doctor: Quite so.
Ian Chesterton: But that's ridiculous!
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Referenced in Blue Peter: Episode #1.1052 (1973) See more »

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Three Guitars Mood 2
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Performed by the Arthur Nelson Group
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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


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