Doctor Who and an Unearthly Child


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An Unearthly Child



BOOK DETAILS

Pages 128
ISBN 0-426-20144-2
Publication Date 15 October 1981

SYNOPSIS

1981 Target Books edition

FIRST PUBLICATION OF THE VERY FIRST DOCTOR WHO STORY

A strange girl who knows far more than she should about the past – and the future…

Two worried teachers whose curiosity leads them to a deserted junk yard, an extraordinary police box and a mysterious traveller known only as The Doctor…

A fantastic journey through Space and Time ending in a terrifying adventure at the dawn of history…

DOCTOR WHO AND AN UNEARTHLY CHILD

THE BEGINNING OF A LEGEND

1990 Target Books edition

23 NOVEMBER 1963: THE BIRTH OF A PHENOMENON.

Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright are teachers at Coal Hill School in London. One of their pupils, a girl named Susan Foreman, intrigues them: she displays strange knowledge and an uncanny intelligence. They follow her to her home– and she leads them to a police telephone box, incongruously parked in a junk yard, where they meet a tetchy, white-haired old man. Susan calls him grandfather, but he says he is known as The Doctor…

This was the public’s first glimpse of the dimension-hopping Time Lord, and the beginning of a television legend. More than a hundred and fifty adventures and a quarter of a century later, The Doctor and his TARDIS are still travelling through time and space.

Terrance Dicks, who was The Doctor Who script editor for five years, has written more than sixty novelisations of Doctor Who television stories. This is a new edition of his novel based on the first Doctor Who story ever shown on television.

Doctor Who – An Unearthly Child is available as a BBC Video, and will be broadcast on BSB television during 1990.

NOTES

CHAPTER TITLES

  1. The Girl Who Was Different
  2. Enter The Doctor
  3. The TARDIS
  4. The Dawn of Time
  5. The Disappearance
  6. The Cave of Skulls
  7. The Knife
  8. The Forest of Fear
  9. Ambush
  10. Captured
  11. The Firemaker
  12. Escape into Danger

DEVIATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY


  • The Doctor specifically states that his name is not “Doctor Foreman” rather than just implying it.
  • The Old Mother is said to be the mother of Za. The father of Za is named Gor.
  • The novel ends by mentioning a war between the Kaleds and the Thals.

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