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The Forest of Fear 

Old Mother frees the Doctor and the others on condition they will leave the tribe and not make fire.The group attempt to return to the TARDIS but Za and Hur follow them.

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Derek Newark ...
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Old Mother frees the Doctor and the others on condition they will leave the tribe and not make fire.The group attempt to return to the TARDIS but Za and Hur follow them.

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7 December 1963 (UK)  »

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This episode was watched by 6.9 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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The great stone is evidently made of sculpted polystyrene. The stone can be seen to wobble after being touched and at one point squeaks as Za attempts to move it. See more »

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Za: [of the Doctor and his companions] They have strange feet.
Hur: They wear skins on their feet.
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The Doctor Lacked Warmth in the Earliest Episodes
13 June 2015 | by (South Dakota, United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode, the Doctor and his companions make their first escape attempt from the tribe of cave people. The thinking processes of the cave people and their politics are well depicted. The episode is very enjoyable to watch.

One of the more interesting aspects of this episode (and of the earliest episodes in general) is the amount of distrust which existed between the Doctor and his companions. The Doctor's aloof attitude in the earliest episodes creates hostility between him and the companions from Earth. There is a great deal of animosity between the Doctor and Ian. The Doctor's granddaughter, Susan, tends to serve as a referee between the Doctor and Ian in these early episodes.

Eventually, the Doctor would develop a much warmer relationship with his traveling companions. However, it was interesting to see Hartnell's somewhat frosty portrayal of the Doctor during the earliest stories in the series. It seemed obvious that the Doctor was not used to taking strangers on board the TARDIS during this period.


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