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Season 1 of Doctor Who ran between 23 November 1963 and 12 September 1964. It starred William Hartnell as the First Doctor, Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman, the Doctor's granddaughter, and William Russell and Jacqueline Hill as the companions Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. The season opened with An Unearthly Child and concluded with The Reign of Terror.

Overview Edit

It consisted of eight serials and forty-two episodes, and a pilot episode which was never aired on television until 1991. (More accurately, the production team made several versions of the pilot episode.) The inaugural season established many of the concepts that continue to the present day, and also introduced the hugely popular Daleks. Two of the three historical stories of this season are presently considered lost, in total (as is the case of Marco Polo) or partially (The Reign of Terror), although audio recordings of all episodes remain.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 An Unearthly ChildAnthony Coburn4First appearances of the First Doctor, Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and the TARDIS.
2 The DaleksTerry Nation7First appearance of the Daleks, first story to be written by Terry Nation and the first story to have episodes directed by Christopher Barry and Richard Martin.
3 The Edge of DestructionDavid Whitaker2First and only story set entirely within the TARDIS, with no other cast apart from the regular actors.
4 Marco PoloJohn Lucarotti7First storyline based around a historical figure and the first story to be written by John Lucarotti. First story to have missing episodes.
5 The Keys of MarinusTerry Nation6First story by Terry Nation not to feature the Daleks until The Android Invasion in 1975. First and only televised appearance of the Voords.
6 The AztecsJohn Lucarotti4 Introduces the concept of changing history.
7 The SensoritesPeter R. Newman6First story clearly stated to be set in the future.
8 The Reign of TerrorDennis Spooner6First story to feature location filming and the first story to be written by future script editor Dennis Spooner.

Notes Edit

  • Unseen by the public, an early version of the episode "An Unearthly Child" was produced, but was not broadcast until 26 August 1991 (Bank Holiday Monday) when it was shown on BBC2 as part of The Lime Grove Story — a special day of programming to mark the closure of Lime Grove Studios.
  • Stories consisted of between two and seven episodes, with each episode having a distinct title. Some stories have been given different titles over the years; see individual articles for details.

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Guest Edit

Production Edit

Creation Edit

The series was essentially the creation of a committee, with the following amongst the many who created the various parts that went into the series: Donald Wilson (time travel), Sydney Newman (the First Doctor and Susan), C. E. Webber (Ian and Barbara, scenario for the first episode), Anthony Coburn (Susan's name, the TARDIS looking like a police box), and David Whitaker (Susan as the Doctor's granddaughter).

Production overview Edit

Verity Lambert was chosen by Sydney Newman as producer of the series and Mervyn Pinfield was assigned as associate producer, picking up on the mainly technical side of the series such as dealing with the in-camera SFX.

Initially, the series was only ordered for the first four episodes that made up 100,000 BC and came close to going no further. This was extended to thirteen episodes, but the production team had either eleven (100,000 BC and The Mutants) or eighteen (100,000 BC, The Mutants, Marco Polo). To solve this problem, David Whitaker wrote the two episode Inside the Spaceship, something that normally wouldn't have happened due to an existing rule that prohibited script editors writing for the series they were editing. (Otherwise they could simply have "hired" themselves and deprived other script writers of work.)

The first to third season story titles have been a contentious issue. For more information, see disputed story titles.

Stories considered during this season, but ultimately unmade, included:

Stories set before this season Edit

Stories set during this season Edit

Ratings Edit

  • Average: 8.1 million
  • Highest: 10.4 million (five-way tie)
  • Lowest: 4.9 million (An Unearthly Child episode 1, due to a widespread power cut)

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

  • An Unearthly Child (1990/2000)
  • The Daleks (2-part version) (1989)
  • The Daleks [Remastered] (2001)
  • The Edge of Destruction and Dr. Who: The Pilot Episode (2000)
  • The Keys of Marinus (1999)
  • The Aztecs (1992)
  • The Sensorites (2002)
  • The Reign of Terror (2003) (with linking narration of missing episodes, also includes The Faceless Ones episodes 1 and 3 & The Web of Fear episode 1)
  • The Hartnell Years (1991) (Pilot Episode)

See episode articles for full details.

Loose Cannon VHS releases Edit

  • Marco Polo (2002)
  • The Reign of Terror (2000) (episodes 4 and 5 only)

DVD releases Edit

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Beginning:
An Unearthly Child (4 episodes)
The Daleks (7 episodes)
The Edge of Destruction (2 episodes)
Marco Polo (reconstruction)
13 × 25 min.
1 × 30 min
30 January 2006 2 March 2006 28 March 2006
The Keys of Marinus (6 episodes) 6 × 25 min. 21 September 2009 7 January 2010 5 January 2010
The Aztecs (4 episodes) 4 × 25 min. 21 October 2002 2 December 2002 4 March 2003
The Sensorites (6 episodes) 6 × 25 min. 23 January 2012 2 February 2012 14 February 2012
The Reign of Terror (6 episodes, 2 animated reconstructions) 6 × 25 min 28 January 2013 6 February 2013 12 February 2013

Download/streaming availability Edit

Serial name Amazon Video BritBox Google Play iTunes
An Unearthly Child
(4 episodes)
The Daleks
(7 episodes)
The Edge of Destruction
(2 episodes)
Marco Polo
The Keys of Marinus
(6 episodes)
The Aztecs
(4 episodes)
The Sensorites
(6 episodes)
The Reign of Terror

BritBox is available only in the US. iTunes stores carry Doctor Who serials in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and US.

Novels Edit

Audiobooks Edit

Theatrical film Edit

External links Edit

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