Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Romans

This is the fourth story in Season Two.

Where does this fit?

This story follows on from the end of The Rescue.

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)

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. 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. 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.

Vicki Pallister

Vicki Pallister was an orphaned teenager in the 25th Century. She had been a passenger on a spaceship that crashed on the planet Dido. By the time she met the first Doctor in The Rescue (Classic Series, Season 2), there were only two survivors left. When the other survivor, a man called Bennett, was killed by the natives in revenge for his attack on them, the Doctor and his travelling companions Ian and Barbara offered Vicki a chance to travel with them on the TARDIS.

Recurring and Historical Characters

Emperor Nero

Emperor Nero was the absolute ruler of the Roman Empire. He was popular amongst the common people, but disliked by many in the nobility. He was one of the first Roman Emperors to persecute Christianity. During his reign, there was a great fire in Rome. Nero built a large palace amongst the ruins. In reality, Nero was away from Rome during the fire, but the idea of him "fiddling whilst Rome burned" (referring to him playing the Lyre) has become a popular conception.

Recommended Viewing

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Recommended Reading

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Recommended Listening

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