Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

Marco Polo

This is the fourth story in Season One.

All seven episodes are missing from the archives.

Where does this fit?

This follows on immediately from the end of The Edge of Destruction (Classic Series, Season One).

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 usually described as 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. The events of The Edge of Destuction (Classic Series Season 1) led to a much more friendly relationship between the Doctor and the two teachers. During The Edge of Destruction (Classic Series Season 1), the TARDIS attempted to communicate with its crew telepathically, causing the Doctor to accuse Ian and Barbara of sabotaging the ship. However, when the Doctor realised that they were not responsible, his relationship with them warmed considerably.

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. The events of The Edge of Destuction (Classic Series Season 1) led to a much more friendly relationship between the Doctor and the two teachers. During The Edge of Destruction (Classic Series Season 1), the TARDIS attempted to communicate with its crew telepathically, causing the Doctor to accuse Ian and Barbara of sabotaging the ship. However, when the Doctor realised that they were not responsible, his relationship with them warmed considerably.

Recurring and Historical Characters

Marco Polo

Marco Polo was an explorer who lived in the 13th Century. Whilst originally from Venice, he is famous for writing a book about his travels in the Mongol Empire, ruled by Kublai Khan. In the real world, many of the accounts on his book are believed to be things he heard about, rather than things he witnessed, and he did almost certainly did not go very far into the Empire.

Kublai Khan

Kublai Khan was the absolute ruler of the Mongol Empire in the 13th Century. His empire covered most of Asia and large parts of Eastern Europe. By the time of this story, he is an old man.

Recommended Viewing

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Recommended Reading

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Recommended Listening

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