Tagged First Doctor

Susan and her Grandfather. But who is he?
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Monthly BFI Screenings for Doctor Who’s 50th!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary next year, the BFI have announced monthly screenings of Doctor Who! Curated by Dick Fiddy and Justin Johnson, the BFI will screen one serial per Doctor, starting with, naturally, An Unearthly Child, with the wonderful William Hartnell as the first Doctor. BFI writes: Hartnell created the role of the time-…

We meet the Cybermen for the first time in The Tenth Planet
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029 The Tenth Planet

The Tenth Planet…. Or, the ninth planet, now that Pluto has been reclassified. Or would it be Niburu/Planet X, the “Wandering Planet”? If it’s not, strictly speaking, part of the solar system, can it really be assigned a numeral? Can we, in fact, get past the name of the story to actually talk about it,…

The Doctor is threatened by Cherub in The Smugglers
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028 The Smugglers

This series of reviews has given our contributors the chance to cast an unfamiliar eye on some classic Doctor Who stories as we head to the show’s 50th anniversary. I daresay few will be as surprising as The Smugglers, a late Hartnell-era adventure that is quite unlike most adventures before or since… As befits a…

The War Machines introduces Ben Jackson and Polly Wright, played by Michael Craze and Anneke Wills
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027 The War Machines

Doctor Who’s first producer, Verity Lambert, said in interviews long after she left the show that she didn’t approve of Jon Pertwee’s Doctor, that he’d made the character part of ‘the establishment’, something which William Hartnell’s Doctor would never have done. She clearly never watched The War Machines. This 1966 tale, near the end of…

Doctor Who: The Savages
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026 The Savages

Writer Ian Stuart Black’s first story for Doctor Who contains a pure science-fiction premise as straightforward as they come. The Doctor, Steven and Dodo visit a seemingly-idyllic, advanced society on a distant world, only to discover that it’s maintained by foul means: the sophisticated, highly intelligent Elders live in comfort thanks to the life-essences they extract from…

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