001 An Unearthly Child by Anthony Coburn
When teachers Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton offer to privately tutor Susan, their strange and otherworld student she rejects their offer on the grounds of her grandfather “not liking strangers”. The pair decide to follow her home to see if everything is alright. They are surprised to discover that her home address leads them to a junkyard on Totter’s Lane and they follow her in to find nothing but a police box. However, the surprises have only just begun.
Her grandfather, a mysterious wanderer in time and space and a fugitive from his home world, kidnaps Ian and Barbara for fear of them revealing their secret and whisks them away to 100,000 BC, to the dawn of man and the birthplace of fire. Will the teachers ever make it home? Can they escape the Cave of Skulls? How can a police box really be bigger on the inside?
The real question is: Doctor Who?
STORY FACTS ~
- Introduces The First Doctor, Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Susan Foreman and the TARDIS.
- The TARDIS is first described as being “alive”.
- The TARDIS’ chameleon circuit is broken for the first time.
- Susan claims to have come up with the name TARDIS and its meaning (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space) herself. This is no longer considered canon.
- This is the only story where the Doctor is seen to be smoking.
- Alternate titles for this story are 100,000 BC, The Tribe of Gum, The Firemakers and The Cavemen.
We just want Ian to come back.
Moff. 50th anniversary. Get on this.
I would cry.
he can’t though. because rusty had to make a one off joke that irrecovably altered cannon (like he ALWAYS DOES the man never fucking THINKS about consequences but hey that’s a whole nother rant) - “they haven’t aged since the 60s”
We don’t think that line means it literally. When we first saw that SJA episode we always assumed he meant that the idea of the companion never aged, that Ian and Barbara are still young in all our eyes because we’ve never seen them age on screen. Sarah Jane says ‘Rumour has it…’ so we always imagined it meant that they were young at heart, at mind but not physically. Just what we always took from it.
Also, this scene with older Ian from the crusade intro was filmed in about 99/00 so it pre-dates SJA and we always take it as canon. So in our eyes, Ian has definitely aged. Which means there could be more Ian, why not? There’s no reason to suggest that one rumour means he can’t come back. So, fingers crossed for some Ian mention or appearance. :)
It would make me so happy if Ian made a return appearance. What a wonderful person.
He’s like fire and ice and rage.
He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun.
He’s ancient and forever.
He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe.
and… he’s wonderful.
Doctor Who 49th Anniversary
I need more Sass!First Doctor in my life.
People talk about Nine’s sass. They should see One.
He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and he can see the turn of the universe. And… he’s wonderful.