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An Unearthly Child
Doctor Who, episode 1 (1.1)
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2012 23:28:39
Why does Susan Foreman live in a Police Box in a junkyard?
Schoolteachers Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton become intrigued by one of their pupils, Susan Foreman, and visit her home address - a junkyard at 76 Totter's Lane - where they meet her grandfather, the Doctor. The Doctor and Susan are aliens who travel through time and space in their ship, the TARDIS, which looks like an ordinary police box but actually houses a huge gleaming control room. The TARDIS takes them all to a Palaeolithic landscape where they encounter a tribe that has lost the secret of fire.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:47:24
100,000 BC can be subdivided into two distinct sections with very different settings and qualities: the first episode and the remaining three.
Contemporary reaction from the general viewing public to the first episode, An Unearthly Child, seems to have consisted mainly of bemusement, and in some cases even hilarity. While acknowledging that it was 'all good, clean fun,' a retired Naval officer quoted in the BBC's internal Audience Research Report on the episode said: 'Tonight's new serial...
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