History Recap / DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild

26th Oct '16 3:22:58 PM LondonKdS
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* WritersCannotDoMath: What is clearly supposed to be the quadratic formula is seen on a chalkboard in the background. However, the denominator is written as 2ab instead of the actual 2a.

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* WritersCannotDoMath: What is clearly supposed to be the formula to solve a quadratic formula equation is seen on a chalkboard in the background. However, the denominator is written as 2ab instead of the actual 2a.
23rd Sep '16 4:13:12 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ButterflyOfDoom: The Doctor is so paranoid about the possible ramifications of this trope that he is convinced that the mere idea that a device such as the TARDIS exists could irreparably change the course of human history.



* DamselInDistress: Barbara in the last two episodes.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The First Doctor acting like a senile old man to his future companions. Barbara is introduced being neurotic about a girl in her class. Ian is introduced supporting her and suggesting a plan of action. Susan is introduced alienating everyone around her and dancing to pop music coming from a strange futuristic radio.



* HumansThroughAlienEyes: "Before your ancestors invented the wheel my people had made time-and-space travel into child's play!"



* {{Mundanger}}: The menace in the first Doctor Who story? ''Politics''.

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* {{Mundanger}}: The menace in the first Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' story? ''Politics''.''Politics''.
* NamesToRunAwayFrom: Kal.


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* WritersCannotDoMath: What is clearly supposed to be the quadratic formula is seen on a chalkboard in the background. However, the denominator is written as 2ab instead of the actual 2a.
12th Sep '16 9:34:29 AM editproboss
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Watch it [[http://doctorwhomedia.co.uk/classic-doctor-who/01-william-hartnell/season-01/e001-an-unearthly-child here.]] You know you want to.
8th Sep '16 2:14:55 AM moloch
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** In the unaired pilot version, the Doctor appears even ''more'' belligerent and sinister, including actively berating Susan for leading Ian and Barbara back to the TARDIS. Susan also acts and dresses older and more "unearthly". Then there's Susan's reference to coming from the 42nd century, a background element which was abandoned. The TARDIS also doesn't make its distinctive "wheezing and groaning" yet when they travel back in time. Interestingly though, some other details in the pilot sound ''more'' like the Gallifrey eventually established a few years later - the broadcast version is much more vague about their origins.

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** In the unaired pilot first version of the episode (dubbed the "pilot" version, but not a {{Pilot}} in the modern sense), the Doctor appears even ''more'' belligerent and sinister, including actively berating Susan for leading Ian and Barbara back to the TARDIS. Susan also acts and dresses older and more "unearthly". Then there's Susan's reference to coming from the 42nd century, a background element which was abandoned. The TARDIS also doesn't make its distinctive "wheezing and groaning" yet when they travel back in time. Interestingly though, some other details in the pilot sound ''more'' like the Gallifrey eventually established a few years later - the broadcast version is much more vague about their origins.
8th Sep '16 2:13:24 AM moloch
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** In the unaired pilot version, the Doctor appears even ''more'' belligerent and sinister, including actively berating Susan for leading Ian and Barbara back to the TARDIS. There's also Susan's reference to coming from the 42nd century, a background element which was abandoned. Interestingly, some other details in the pilot sound ''more'' like the Gallifrey eventually established. The broadcast version would be more vague about their origins.

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** In the unaired pilot version, the Doctor appears even ''more'' belligerent and sinister, including actively berating Susan for leading Ian and Barbara back to the TARDIS. There's Susan also acts and dresses older and more "unearthly". Then there's Susan's reference to coming from the 42nd century, a background element which was abandoned. Interestingly, The TARDIS also doesn't make its distinctive "wheezing and groaning" yet when they travel back in time. Interestingly though, some other details in the pilot sound ''more'' like the Gallifrey eventually established. The established a few years later - the broadcast version would be is much more vague about their origins.
8th Sep '16 1:50:50 AM moloch
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* {{Cliffhanger}}: The very first Doctor Who example, and it's a good one. The TARDIS has appeared on a mysterious, desolate plain... and an ominous shadow creeps into view downstage of it.

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* {{Cliffhanger}}: The very first Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' example, and it's a good one. The TARDIS has appeared on a mysterious, desolate plain... and an ominous shadow creeps into view downstage of it.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Episode 2 shows the Doctor smoking a pipe. This is the only on-screen occasion in which he is ever shown smoking; hereafter he is a non-smoker. (The smoking is plot-justified in this case as it propels the firemaker plotline.) Also, the Doctor's justification for taking Barbara and Ian captive was the apparent danger in allowing knowledge of things like aliens and the TARDIS to fall into contemporary human hands. He'd then spend the next fifty years taking humans as companions and telling them (both those taken as companions and those not) about things like aliens and the TARDIS.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** In the unaired pilot version, the Doctor appears even ''more'' belligerent and sinister, including actively berating Susan for leading Ian and Barbara back to the TARDIS. There's also Susan's reference to coming from the 42nd century, a background element which was abandoned. Interestingly, some other details in the pilot sound ''more'' like the Gallifrey eventually established. The broadcast version would be more vague about their origins.
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Episode 2 shows the Doctor smoking a pipe. This is the only on-screen occasion in which he is ever shown smoking; hereafter he is a non-smoker. (The smoking is plot-justified in this case as it propels the firemaker plotline.) Also, the Doctor's justification for taking Barbara and Ian captive was the apparent danger in allowing knowledge of things like aliens and the TARDIS to fall into contemporary human hands. He'd then spend the next fifty years taking humans as companions and telling them (both those taken as companions and those not) about things like aliens and the TARDIS.
8th Sep '16 1:15:08 AM moloch
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Two teachers, Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton, think their super-bright pupil, Susan Foreman (a brown-eyed girl, complete with transistor radio), is a bit on the strange side. She's bored with regular physics and math and wants to move on to multidimensional physics and maths, and she thinks that the UK has decimalised its currency (which hasn't yet happened in 1963: Britain would decimalize the pound in February 1971, after a few years of preparation. Amusingly, at the time this serial aired, pretty much all of the rest of the Commonwealth had either already decimalised, like South Africa, or was in the process of doing so, like Australia and NZ). So, they decide to follow her home one night. This being 1963, it's benign concern for the welfare of a child, and [[ValuesDissonance not at all creepy]].

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Two teachers, Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton, think their super-bright pupil, Susan Foreman (a ([[Music/VanMorrison a brown-eyed girl, complete with transistor radio), radio]]), is a bit on the strange side. She's bored with regular physics and math and wants to move on to multidimensional physics and maths, and she thinks that the UK has decimalised its currency (which hasn't yet happened in 1963: Britain would decimalize the pound in February 1971, after a few years of preparation. Amusingly, at the time this serial aired, pretty much all of the rest of the Commonwealth had either already decimalised, like South Africa, or was in the process of doing so, like Australia and NZ). So, they decide to follow her home one night. This being 1963, it's benign concern for the welfare of a child, and [[ValuesDissonance not at all creepy]].


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* {{Cliffhanger}}: The very first Doctor Who example, and it's a good one. The TARDIS has appeared on a mysterious, desolate plain... and an ominous shadow creeps into view downstage of it.
20th Aug '16 5:36:01 AM john_e
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* WhamShot: The first time we see what's inside that tiny police box.
15th Jul '16 3:47:56 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** When the TARDIS dematerialises for the first time, both Ian and Barbara faint. This effect is unique to this story as Ian and Barbara show no further ill effects in subsequent dematerialisations (at least not of this nature and not caused directly by the TARDIS activating), nor do any future new TARDIS passengers.
15th Jul '16 3:43:43 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheManual: According to the novelisation, The Old Mother is said to be the mother of Za. The father of Za is named Gor.
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