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Doctor Who – Episode 001 An Unearthly Child

Episode 001 An Unearthly Child

Season 1, 23 November 1963

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Doctor: First

Companions: Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright

Villains: Kal, Za, the Tribe of Gum

Setting: London, 1963; Ancient Earth, 100,000 BC

Common Who Plot Devices: Trapped in the Past, Capture and Coercion, Malfunctioning TARDIS

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… —The Doctor


Synopsis: In this first episode of Doctor Who, we meet the Doctor, his granddaughter Susan, and school teachers Ian and Barbara.

When the teachers discover the Doctor’s alien origins, they unwillingly accompany him and Susan on a trip back to the Stone Age. After an unfriendly tribe captures the Doctor, the four must forge an uneasy alliance to escape and return to the safety of the TARDIS.


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