Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Daleks

This is the second story of Season One.

It is sometimes referred to as The Dead Planet (the title of the first episode) and The Mutants (the final working title). The 60s edition of the novelisation was originally entitled Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks.

Where does this fit?

This follows on from the first story, An Unearthly Child

Doctor

The First Doctor

The first Doctor looks like a human in his sixties. He is physically quite frail, but has a keen intellect. He is paternalistic towards his companions, and has a degree of arrogance towards others. He sometimes forgets his companions' names, especially Ian Chesterton's surname.

Companion(s)

Susan Foreman

Susan Foreman is the Doctor's granddaughter. She and the Doctor left their home planet in Lungbarrow (Virgin New Adventure). Susan adopted the surname Foreman whilst staying on Earth during 1963. She appeared in the first TV story An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1), where she was a pupil at Coal Hill School in London. During that story Susan was followed home by two of her teachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. This led to them joining her and the Doctor in travelling through space and time.

Ian Chesterton

Ian Chesterton is a science teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. In An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1), he and colleague Barbara Wright were intrigued by the strange behaviour of one of their pupils, Susan Foreman. They followed her home to a junkyard where Susan and the Doctor had parked the TARDIS. In a confrontation with the Doctor they forced their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong to do so and decided to try to get them home.

Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright is a history teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. In An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1), she and colleague Ian Chesterton were intrigued by the strange behaviour of one of their pupils, Susan Foreman. They followed her home to a junkyard where Susan and the Doctor had parked the TARDIS. In a confrontation with the Doctor they forced their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong to do so and decided to try to get them home.

Recurring and Historical Characters

None.

Recommended Viewing

None.

Recommended Reading

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Recommended Listening

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