Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Crusade

This is the sixth story in Season Two.

Episodes 2 and 4 are missing from the archives. The surviving episodes were released on Lost in Time together with the audio for the missing episodes.

Where does this fit?

This happens in sequence with the rest of the season.

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

Richard the Lionheart

Richard the Lionheart was king of England in the eleventh century. He spent most of his reign outside the country, much of it fighting the Third Crusade - a holy war to capture the Holy Land (modern day Israel and Palestine) from Islamic rulers. Richard's sister Joanna and courtier The Earl of Leicester are also real historical figures, though not ones you are expected to be familiar with.

Saladin

Saladin is the Western name for Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb, the Muslim ruler of most of the Middle East in the 12th Century. Saladin was a great general and strategist, and had a reputation for being noble and chivalrous

Saphadin

Saphadin is the Western name for Al-Adil I, Saladin's brother. He was a great general and strategist, and would later succeed his brother as Sultan.

Recommended Viewing

None.

Recommended Reading

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Recommended Listening

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