History Recap / DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild

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.
19th Jun '16 5:29:18 AM ApeAccount
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* 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.)

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* 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.
7th May '16 9:46:48 AM skidoo23
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NB: This story is commonly also called "100,000 BC", and less commonly called "The Tribe of Gum". "An Unearthly Child" is the title of the first episode (episodes were individually named until season 3), but the DVD also gives the name to the entire story.

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NB: This story is commonly also called "100,000 BC", and less commonly called "The Tribe of Gum". "An Unearthly Child" is the title of the first episode (episodes were individually named until season 3), but the DVD also gives the name to the entire story, as did the Target Books novelisation, so "Unearthly Child" is now considered the official BBC-sanctioned title for the story.



* 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.)



* IdiotBall: The Doctor carries it in episode 2. Despite being from an advanced civilisation that has mastered time travel, and himself being a scientist, the Doctor appears to only know how to make fire using matches and not any number of other methods boy scouts have been using for generations to create flame. (A possible rationalization is he's playing dumb out of concern he might introduce fire too early to earth civilisation, even though he's within earshot of cavepeople speaking openly about fire, meaning it isn't an unknown concept.



** It could be argued that applying this trope to Susan is unfair; she screams quite often, but is also shown to be remarkably intelligent, perceptive, and generally a very useful person to have around.

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** It could be argued that applying this trope to Susan is unfair; she screams quite often, but is also shown to be remarkably intelligent, perceptive, and generally a very useful person to have around. She just gets excited from time to time.
17th Nov '15 12:42:14 AM goldenroad
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[[caption-width-right:350:And thus, a franchise is born...]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:And thus, a franchise SciFi dynasty is born...]]



** Ian addresses the Doctor as "Dr. Foreman"; the Doctor responds, "Eh? [[ThrowItIn Doctor who]]?" With that, the "Doctor who?" RunningGag heard its starting gun.

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** Ian addresses the Doctor as "Dr. Foreman"; the Doctor responds, "Eh? [[ThrowItIn Doctor who]]?" With that, the "Doctor who?" a half-century RunningGag heard its starting gun.
21st Sep '15 5:27:42 PM HowlingSnail
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* FailedASpotCheck: The Coal Hill school nurse has failed to notice that Susan has a body temperature of sixty degrees and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang a curious double heartbeat]].[[note]] Blame Early Installment Weirdness; Time Lords have two hearts wasn't established until later in the series. [[/note]]
21st Sep '15 5:25:46 PM HowlingSnail
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NB: This story is commonly also called "100,000 BC", and less commonly called "The Tribe of Gum". "An Unearthly Child" is the title of the first episode (episodes were individually named until season 3) and is applied to the entire first serial through synecdoche.

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NB: This story is commonly also called "100,000 BC", and less commonly called "The Tribe of Gum". "An Unearthly Child" is the title of the first episode (episodes were individually named until season 3) and is applied 3), but the DVD also gives the name to the entire first serial through synecdoche.
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5th Sep '15 11:49:40 PM ChaoticNovelist
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*TheAllegedCar: After they arrive in pre-history, Susan expresses shock that the TARDIS still looks like a British police box. Its Chameleon Circuit is broken.
27th Jun '15 12:41:34 PM firejewel
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* FlamingSkulls: The Doctor escpaes by scaring the cavemen by placing skulls inside a fire he has started.

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* FlamingSkulls: The Doctor escpaes Doctor's group escapes by scaring the cavemen by placing skulls inside a fire he has started.
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