Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 1

An Unearthly Child (23 Nov. 1963)

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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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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 »

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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.
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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.

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