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Season One ~ a recap

…And so ends the first season of Doctor Who. Lets have a look back at the journey so far.

Stories

  1. An Unearthly Child (and The Tribe Of Gum)
  2. The Daleks
  3. The Edge Of Destruction
  4. Marco Polo
  5. The Keys Of Marinus
  6. The Aztecs
  7. The Sensorites
  8. The Reign Of Terror

Total Number of episodes – 42

Regular Cast

Doctor Who: William Hartnell

Susan Foreman: Carole Anne Ford

Ian Chesterton: William Russell

Barbara Wright: Jacqueline Hill

A look at the stories shows that there were 3 (and 3/4) stories set in the past, 3 set on another planet, 1 set entirely in the TARDIS with 1 episode set in modern-day (the very first one that introduced school teachers Ian and Barbara as they wander into the TARDIS and begin their journey). They have encountered one iconic monster and a few less than spectacular ones.

I don’t think it can be understated just how important the Daleks were in the success of Doctor Who. The combination of design and sound is unique in this series with the Daleks being the only alien not to look remotely humanoid.

This season is also the best season for purely historical stories. There would be fewer of these types of story in the future with the early Patrick Troughton story, The Highlanders, being the last of these. If you will follow me on my quest you will see that the stories set in the past will have some otherworldly element to them. (But all of that is still to come).

The series has developed over the course of the 42 week run…hold on a moment, 42 week run? Think on that for a moment, here was a series that was on for all but 10 weeks of the year, being made on a week-to-week basis. No wonder that certain characters disappear for a week so that the actor can enjoy a holiday. And this was at a time when the episodes were filmed as live with few recording breaks (often taken for practical reasons (camera placement, scenery shifts etc.) rather than to give the actors a breather) and it is unsurprising that there are a lot of fluffed lines (particularly by William Hartnell who had some difficult elements of dialogue at times).

The Doctor was a very enigmatic character to begin with and even had an air of untrustworthiness about him. Ian was the heroic focus for the viewers but gradually the Doctor assumed this role, becoming the hero that we would come to know and love.

The first series was a success and a solid foundation was set, but change was around the corner.

Now join me as I continue my quest into season two…

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