Doctor Who as it began: An Unearthly Child

Waris Hussein on Doctor Who’s Beginnings

If you’re stuck for something to do in New York city this Tuesday evening, why not pay a visit to the very first director of Doctor Who, Waris Hussein?

Doctor Who: How It All Began—An Evening with Waris HusseinResponsible for the eerie and enigmatic opening episode, An Unearthly Child, Hussein is taking part in Doctor Who: How It All Began—An Evening with Waris Hussein at the Paley Center for Media this Tuesday evening at 7pm. The event will feature a screening of Doctor Who’s first episode – starring William Hartnell as the Doctor, William Russell as Ian Chesterton, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright and Carole Ann Ford as Susan – before taking questions from the audience.

Holding it all together in the moderator role will be Barnaby Edwards, president of Doctor Who New York.

Here’s the descriptive copy from the website, detailing the autograph policy.

Climb into your TARDIS and travel back in time with us to November 23, 1963, to hear all about the making of “An Unearthly Child,” the very first Doctor Who episode ever aired, from the man who brought it to life, director Waris Hussein, who will recall what it was like being part of the creation of television’s longest-running science fiction series. In addition to a discussion and Q&A, the evening will include the screening of the episode, with live commentary provided by Hussein. After the event, the director will participate in an autograph session with attendees. (Autograph Policy: Waris will sign a personal item for $20 each. He will also have pictures available for signing at $20 each, which will be signed for free.)

Tickets are on sale now, with Paley Center members gaining entrance for $15 while the general public tariff is $20. Find out more details at the Paley Center’s website.

(Via NewsDay)

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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