History Recap / DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild

15th Jul '17 1:48:18 PM ClintEastwood
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* DacingWithMyself: Susan dances to John Smith and the Common Men, albeit...somewhat oddly.

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* DacingWithMyself: DancingWithMyself: Susan dances to John Smith and the Common Men, albeit...somewhat oddly.
15th Jul '17 1:47:52 PM ClintEastwood
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-->'''Za''': Tomorrow, I kill many bears. You will all have warm skins.
-->'''Horg''': I say tomorrow, you will rub your hands together and hold them to the dry sticks, and ask Orb to send you fire. And the bears will stay warm in their own skins.
15th Jul '17 1:17:07 PM ClintEastwood
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* DacingWithMyself: Susan dances to John Smith and the Common Men, albeit...somewhat oddly.


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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Susan tries this when in Coal Hill Academy but her tendency to blurt things out limits the success of this and Ian even says he suspects she's smarter than she lets on.
10th Jul '17 5:08:20 AM goldenroad
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[[caption-width-right:350:And thus, a SciFi dynasty is born...]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:And thus, a an over half-century SciFi dynasty is born...]]



We commence with the World's Trippiest TitleSequence and the first time an audience would hear the "Oooh-ee-oooh" of the theme tune. (Don't believe us? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75V4ClJZME4 watch this]] (with about two minutes worth of unused footage).) And with this, an over half-century science fiction dynasty was born.

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We commence with the World's Trippiest TitleSequence and the first time an audience would hear the "Oooh-ee-oooh" of the theme tune. (Don't believe us? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75V4ClJZME4 watch this]] (with about two minutes worth of unused footage).) And with this, an over half-century science fiction dynasty was born.
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8th Jul '17 11:25:22 PM goldenroad
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We commence with the World's Trippiest TitleSequence and the first time an audience would hear the "Oooh-ee-oooh" of the theme tune. (Don't believe us? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75V4ClJZME4 watch this]] (with about two minutes worth of unused footage).)

Two teachers, Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton, think their super-bright pupil, Susan Foreman ([[Music/VanMorrison a brown-eyed girl, complete with transistor radio]]), is a bit on the strange side. She's bored with regular physics and maths 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 decimalise 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]].

They arrive at Susan's home address of 76 Totter's Lane. It's a junkyard. They hear Susan's voice coming from inside a police box. Thinking that her grandfather, "I. M. Foreman", has locked her in there, they proceed to open the door and enter the TARDIS. Which is bigger on the inside than out. Her grandfather, a crotchety old man, is the Doctor.

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We commence with the World's Trippiest TitleSequence and the first time an audience would hear the "Oooh-ee-oooh" of the theme tune. (Don't believe us? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75V4ClJZME4 watch this]] (with about two minutes worth of unused footage).)

) And with this, an over half-century science fiction dynasty was born.

Two teachers, Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton, think their super-bright pupil, Susan Foreman ([[Music/VanMorrison a brown-eyed girl, complete with transistor radio]]), is a bit on the strange side. She's bored with regular physics and maths 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 decimalise 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, decimalized, like South Africa, or was in the process of doing so, like Australia and NZ). NZ).[[note]]And for those who are confused, let's say UK/SA/AU currency back then was a ''lot'' more complicated.[[/note]] 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]].

They arrive at Susan's home address of 76 Totter's Lane. It's a junkyard. They hear Susan's voice coming from inside a police box. Thinking that her grandfather, "I. M. Foreman", has locked her in there, they proceed to open the door and enter the TARDIS. Which is a room bigger on the inside than out. Her This is Time And Relative Dimension In Space, or TARDIS, a time machine and spaceship with the ability to disguise itself to match its surroundings. And her grandfather, a crotchety old man, is the Doctor.
Doctor, who reveals the two of them are renegades who stole the TARDIS and left their planet in order to explore the universes temporal and physical.



When they've landed again, the foursome step out of the TARDIS and Susan quickly exposits that it was supposed to have changed shape: the first clue that it's somewhat less than reliable. Before long, the Doctor is kidnapped by a tribe of cavemen when they see him smoking his pipe [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness which he never smokes again]]. This tribe has lost the ability to make fire, and the Doctor agrees to placate them by giving them fire, but unfortunately he has lost his matches. His three companions try to rescue him, but only succeed in getting themselves captured too. In the middle of all that, the Doctor decides to simply kill a friendly but wounded cavemen who's slowing them down a bit. This earns him his first ever WhatTheHellHero from Ian, who prevents the murder. The tribe of primitive humans with monolithic names keep their captives in a cave full of skulls, skulls that have been obviously split open. Charming.

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When they've landed again, the foursome step out of the TARDIS and Susan quickly exposits that it was supposed to have changed shape: the first clue that while it's somewhat less more advanced than reliable.any Earth technology, it's still the equivalent of a used car. Before long, the Doctor is kidnapped by a tribe of cavemen when they see him smoking his pipe [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness which he never smokes again]]. This tribe has lost the ability to make fire, and the Doctor agrees to placate them by giving them fire, but unfortunately he has lost his matches. His three companions try to rescue him, but only succeed in getting themselves captured too. In the middle of all that, the Doctor decides to simply kill a friendly but wounded cavemen who's slowing them down a bit. This earns him his first ever WhatTheHellHero from Ian, who prevents the murder. The tribe of primitive humans with monolithic names keep their captives in a cave full of skulls, skulls that have been obviously split open. Charming.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In one episode, the Doctor -- y'know, the poster boy for [[TechnicalPacifist Technical Pacifism]] -- is apparently prepared to bash a helpless man's head in with a rock... because Barbara's insistence on caring for his wounds is slowing them down as they try to escape. In general, the Doctor is kind of a dick for the first twelve-and-a-half episodes of the show, before he softens up at the end of "The Edge of Destruction", which is pretty off-putting to viewers who have the benefit of fifty years' worth of lore about the character.
** The Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse also has many, many theories on how this is precisely the moment that started his love for humans, realising how they kept him from slipping into villainy.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In one episode, the Doctor -- y'know, the poster boy for [[TechnicalPacifist Technical Pacifism]] -- is apparently prepared to bash a helpless man's head in with a rock... because Barbara's insistence on caring for his wounds is slowing them down as they try to escape. In general, the Doctor is kind of a dick for the first twelve-and-a-half episodes of the show, before he softens up at the end of "The Edge of Destruction", which is pretty off-putting to viewers who have the benefit of over fifty years' worth of lore about the character.
** The Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse also has many, many theories on how this is precisely the moment that started his love for humans, realising realizing how they kept him from slipping into villainy.



* 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.

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* 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, civilization, even though he's within earshot of cavepeople speaking openly about fire, meaning it isn't an unknown concept.



'''The Doctor:''' "Am I? The children of ''my'' civilisation would be insulted."

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'''The Doctor:''' "Am I? The children of ''my'' civilisation civilization would be insulted."
9th May '17 8:32:59 PM bowserbros
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The one where it all began...
9th Apr '17 3:19:20 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* WhatTheHellHero: Ian calls the Doctor out for his aforementioned attempted rock bashing.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Ian calls Susan freaks out when the Doctor out for his aforementioned attempted rock bashing.decides to keep Barbara and Ian prisoner. Two episodes later, the Doctor moves as if to bash an injured man's head in (because he wanted to escape to the TARDIS and thought they were wasting time), and Ian intercepts him asking what the hell he thought he was doing.
22nd Mar '17 3:26:26 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: The Doctor smokes one just before he's captured. Unfortunately, he drops his matches, meaning he can't make fire for the tribe. This was the first and last time he was ever seen smoking. Perhaps the experience put him off it.
22nd Mar '17 3:23:19 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* LetMeGetThisStraight: "A thing that looks like a police box, standing in a junkyard, it can move anywhere in time and space? "
19th Mar '17 12:36:39 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* UnbuiltTrope: A commonly remarked-upon part of the show's premise is that it's about an old, sinister, extremely powerful man who goes travelling extra-legally with [[NaiveEverygirl naive]], [[ParentService sexy]] young women and holds total power over whether they come with him, get abandoned or die and that this is played for WishFulfillment rather than as a really creepy variant of the DirtyOldMan. However, in the ''very first episode'', it's clear that the reason Ian and Barbara are scared for Susan's safety is because they think her mysterious grandfather, the Doctor, is keeping her locked up in a police box in a junkyard, and refusing to let her see the outside world. Even after they are taken into the TARDIS, they believe that her grandfather has brainwashed her into believing they are aliens in order to keep her distressed and dependent on him, and Barbara attempts to explain to her that it is a game that he is playing with her.
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