An Unearthly Child
Susan Foreman is a mystery to teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, seemingly knowing more than she should about the past… and the future. Their curiosity leads them to follow her home one night, only to find that her ‘home’ appears to be a deserted junkyard. In the junkyard, they discover a police telephone box and a strange old man, who claims to be Susan’s grandfather, and calls himself The Doctor. The journey of a lifetime is about to begin…
- This is the first Doctor Who story broadcast on television.
- The very first words in Doctor Who were spoken by Barbara Wright: “Wait in here please, Susan. I won’t be long.”
- This story is also known as 100,000 BC, The Tribe of Gum, The Firemakers and The Cavemen. See disputed story titles for more information.
- The episodes of this story went by different titles during the production stage. Working titles included “Nothing At the End of the Lane” for the first episode; episode 3 was called “The Cave of Skulls”, episode 2 was entitled “The Firemaker” and episode 4 was originally called “The Dawn of Knowledge”
- All episodes exist as 16mm telerecordings and are held in the BBC’s Film and Videotape Library.
Originally, the premiere storyline was to have been a serial by C. E. Webber that carried the working titles Nothing At the End of the Lane and The Giants, with An Unearthly Child initially scheduled to be the second serial of the first series; when Webber’s storyline was rejected, Coburn’s script was promoted to premiere and retooled accordingly.
- Audiobook reading of An Unearthly Child, however this is not a reading of Terrance Dicks’ 1981 novelisation but a brand new adaptation of Doctor Who An Unearthly Child by Nigel Robinson written exclusively for audio