An Unearthly Child
 

No. 17 of 144 in the BBC classic series videos series
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Starring: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford & William Russell
By:Anthony Coburn
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Edition: UK UK (original)
When:  February 1990
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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A Time Lord from another civilization, the Doctor has travelled through time and space bringing thrilling cosmic adventures to millions of fans for over 25 years. Now the most familiar mystery figure in science fiction, the traveller from another world and a distant future first captured a generation of viewers on November 23rd 1963. With the much missed William Hartnell as the first incarnation of the Doctor, this original unedited classic adventure returns us to the days when he first seized our imaginations and begged the question 'Doctor Who?'

Visiting Britain in 1963 the Doctor's grand-daughter has become a pupil at an ordinary school. A strange amalgam of teenage normality and uncanny intelligence she whets the curiosity of two school teachers who become inextricably involved in the Doctor's strange travels. Proving that time goes round in circles the Doctor blasts them back to a pre-civilized age of the Great Cold where tribal leaders battle for supremacy in a race to make fire. Thrown into the cave of skulls the Doctor and his companions soon realize that their lives depend on two alternatives: making fire without matches or escaping through the forest of fear.........

Original unedited black and white recordings. First transmitted November 23rd - December 14th 1963

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Edition: Australia Australia (original)
When:  July 1990
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When:  January 1991
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Edition: UK UK (remastered)
When:  September 2000
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London 1963. Teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright are intrigued by mysterious pupil Susan Foreman. Following her home one night after school, they discover she lives in a strange junkyard. And in a corner of this junkyard is a police box...

Their investigations are disturbed by a mysterious old man who emerges out of the London fog and moves toward the police box. They learn he is Susan's grandfather. He is the Doctor. But Doctor who?

Forcing their way past the Doctor, the two teachers enter the police box, where they suspect Susan is being held against her will. They soon discover that this is no ordinary police box, what they find inside will change their lives forever. However, now that they know its secrets, can the Doctor afford to let them leave?

Carrying the Doctor, Susan and its reluctant new passengers, the TARDIS begins its journey. Travelling back in time, the crew encounter an ancient tribe who have lost the secret of fire. Their experiences in this prehistorical landscape introduce us to the characters who made television history, starring in the first story of the longest running science fiction programme ever.

This was the first story in the long series of adventures for Doctor Who, the most famous time-traveller of them all, and was broadcast on BBC1 between 23 November - 14 December 1963.

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Edition: Australia Australia (remastered)
When:  October 2000
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