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This is the real beginning
Wow. a 10 part story. Apart from the lost story 'The Daleks Master Plan', this is the longest story in Doctor Who's history.(The Trial of a Time Lord' and 'Key to Time' segments were separate stories melded into one long narrative).
Arriving in what appears to be WW1 the Doctor and his companions,Jamie and Zoe soon realise they are on an alien world which for some reason is being used to stage re-runs of famous wars from Human history.(Romans and the Wild West included).
Eventually(after a lot of plot twists) he finds himself in the hands of his own mysterious people, the Timelords.(The first mention of his home race).
Turns out the Doctor is a renegade from his homeland : has a stolen TARDIS and is generally regarded as a outcast and outlaw.
Owing to the fact that much of the story is manipulated by other,less benevolent renegade Timelords the Doctor is spared the ultimate sanction of his people(removal from time and exiled in limbo). As he helped to bring them to justice, the Doctor is forced to regenerate and is exiled to Earth. Jamie and Zoe are returned to their time streams with only memory of their first encounter with the Doctor intact.
A great story written under pressure by Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke as a replacement to 6 and 4 part stories which fell through, this effectively tells the story of Doctor Who and everything which came after (including the incredibly successful new series). It all stems from this story.
Patrick Troughton,Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury are there usual excellent selves (Hines's Jamie is surely the best ever companion).
Philip Madoc,Edward Brayshaw and James Bree provide sterling support.
The single most important story in Doctor Who history.
Scandalously not yet on DVD it is available(unusually for 1960's BBC product)complete on VHS. A must for any serious Doctor Who fan.