Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 2

The Cave of Skulls (30 Nov. 1963)

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The TARDIS takes its new passengers back to the dawn of history. There, the Doctor and his party are captured by a tribe who are trying to rediscover the secret of fire.

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The TARDIS takes its new passengers back to the dawn of history. There, the Doctor and his party are captured by a tribe who are trying to rediscover the secret of fire.

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Actors who auditioned for the Cavemen were asked to show their chests to see if they were hairy. See more »

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At about 5 minutes in, you can clearly see the structural bars that are holding the set of the TARDIS into place. See more »

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Ian Chesterton: Just a minute. You say we've gone back in time?
The Doctor: Yes, quite so.
Ian Chesterton: So that when we go out of that door, we won't be in a junkyard in London in England in the year 1963?
The Doctor: That is quite correct. But your tone suggests ridicule.
Ian Chesterton: But it is ridiculous. Time doesn't go round and round in circles. You can't get on and off whenever you like in the past or the future.
The Doctor: Really? Where does time go, then?
Ian Chesterton: It doesn't go anywhere. It just happens and then it's finished.
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100,000 BC Episode 2: Good but I wish it had been aliens instead of cavemen.
26 June 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review for episodes 2, 3 and 4.

Following on from the brilliant opening episode the remainder of the '100,000 BC' story is a slight disappointment.

It is not remotely bad as it has interesting elements and is of good quality in all respects but it is somewhat ill conceived to start the series with a story set in a prehistoric world with cavemen and their squabbles over the discovery of fire.

Any criticism that it is not correct historically can be answered in that it is not specified that it is Earth and therefore could be another planet at a time of caveman civilization. Also criticisms of how cavemen could converse in English make a lot more sense now that later on in Doctor Who we are told that the Doctor's time machine - the TARDIS - allows the travellers to converse with aliens or people speaking other languages via some sort of telepathic means. However it is somewhat less interesting and somewhat more confusing for viewers than if they had an opening serial featuring alien beings or a more suitable human era such as recent past or future.

The discovery of fire story with tribal in fighting is not really typical of the series to follow and does not afford good guest characters or sufficiently intelligent plot to get really into it. Apart from some very annoying screeching and grunting and lack of interest in the cavemen there is a lot more intelligent scripting and interest provided with the Doctor and his companions. Overall good but could have been better with aliens instead of cavemen.


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