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* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Ian and Barbara are discussing Susan's academic prowess.
--> '''Ian (to Barbara):''' Your problem is whether you should stay in business, or hand the class to her.
** The Doctor spends the 1st episode in utter delight over the dumbstruck reactions of both Ian and Barbara to the T.A.R.D.I.S. and everything else.

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* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Ian and Barbara are discussing Susan's academic prowess.
--> '''Ian (to Barbara):''' Your problem
GeniusBonus: A chalkboard in Ian's classroom has the quadratic formula written on it. Though [[WritersCannotDoMath the denominator is whether you written as 2ab, when it should stay in business, or hand the class to her.
** The Doctor spends the 1st episode in utter delight over the dumbstruck reactions of both Ian and Barbara to the T.A.R.D.I.S. and everything else.
be 2a.]]


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Za. Is he really that competent a leader for the tribe, considering he is spending his time trying to make fire instead of helping his people. Also he seems content to keep the TARDIS crew imprisoned even though he is apparently the "good guy" among the cavemen.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
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Za. Is he really that competent a leader for the tribe, considering he is spending his time trying to make fire instead of helping his people. Also he seems content to keep the TARDIS crew imprisoned even though he is apparently the "good guy" among the cavemen.



* LifeImitatesArt: When Ian and Barbara are discussing Susan's mysteriousness, Barbara remarks on how Susan did not know how many shillings were in a pound, and Susan's excuse was that she forgot that "the decimal system hadn't started yet." The United Kingdom did eventually switch to a system of 100 pennies to a pound in 1970.

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* LifeImitatesArt: HilariousInHindsight: When Ian and Barbara are discussing Susan's mysteriousness, Barbara remarks on how Susan did not know how many shillings were in a pound, and Susan's excuse was that she forgot that "the decimal system hadn't started yet." The United Kingdom did eventually switch to a system of 100 pennies to a pound in 1970.1970.
* NeverLiveItDown: Some fans will never forgive the First Doctor for being a {{Jerkass}} in the first episode, nor for the bit when [[WhatTheHellHero Ian caught him apparently about to bash a man's brains in with a rock]]. The fact that he soon gets some CharacterDevelopment, TookALevelInKindness and quickly develops into a funny, giggly TricksterArchetype with a pronounced belief in justice and a [[{{Determinator}} backbone of solid Dalekanium]] is ignored by many people, with the First Doctor popularly known as 'the GrumpyOldMan who once tried to kill someone with a rock'.

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* SpecialEffectFailure: Bizarrely, Barbara's first entrance to the TARDIS is much more convincingly realized in the unaired pilot episode. The broadcast version is a lot more jarring by comparison, as Barbara pushes her way into the TARDIS prop, then in the very next shot she, Ian and the Doctor are suddenly stood right next to the console, a good distance away from the doors.

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* LifeImitatesArt: When Ian and Barbara are discussing Susan's mysteriousness, Barbara remarks on how Susan did not know how many shillings were in a pound, and Susan's excuse was that she forgot that "the decimal system hadn't started yet." The United Kingdom did eventually switch to a system of 100 pennies to a pound in 1970.


* VanluesDissonance: The Doctor explains the humans' disbelief of the TARDIS to his granddaughter thusly: "Remember the Red Indian. When he saw the first steam train, his savage mind thought it an illusion too." As though the "savage mind" business wasn't enough, "Red Indian" is generally considered a seriously racist epithet these days.

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* VanluesDissonance: ValuesDissonance: The Doctor explains the humans' disbelief of the TARDIS to his granddaughter thusly: "Remember the Red Indian. When he saw the first steam train, his savage mind thought it an illusion too." As though the "savage mind" business wasn't enough, "Red Indian" is generally considered a seriously racist epithet these days.

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* VanluesDissonance: The Doctor explains the humans' disbelief of the TARDIS to his granddaughter thusly: "Remember the Red Indian. When he saw the first steam train, his savage mind thought it an illusion too." As though the "savage mind" business wasn't enough, "Red Indian" is generally considered a seriously racist epithet these days.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The first episode is beloved by many, the next three episodes... not so much. This is unfortunate because the story is built on solid ideas: a tribe of primitive humans starving to death because they lost the secret of fire; scheming politicos in different tribes who make power plays with hostages who know the secret. In more capable hands this could have rivaled [[DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs The Aztecs]] or even [[DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani]].
* 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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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The first episode is beloved by many, the next three episodes... not so much. This is unfortunate because the story is built on solid ideas: a tribe of primitive humans starving to death because they lost the secret of fire; scheming politicos in different tribes who make power plays with hostages who know the secret. In more capable hands this could have rivaled [[DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs "[[DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs The Aztecs]] Aztecs]]" or even [[DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani "[[DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani]].
* 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.
Androzani]]".

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The first episode is beloved by many, the next three episodes... not so much. This is unfortunate because the story is built on solid ideas: a tribe of primitive humans starving to death because they lost the secret of fire; scheming politicos in different tribes who make power plays with hostages who know the secret. In more capable hands this could have rivaled [[DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs The Aztecs]] or even [[DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani]].

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* UncannyValley: Invoked with Susan's dancing to GenreMotif/{{Pop}} music. It doesn't resemble any dance anyone would ever do to that kind of music and [[TheOphelia looks pretty, but freaky]].

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* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Ian and Barbara are discussing Susan's academic prowess.
--> '''Ian (to Barbara):''' Your problem is whether you should stay in business, or hand the class to her.
** The Doctor spends the 1st episode in utter delight over the dumbstruck reactions of both Ian and Barbara to the T.A.R.D.I.S. and everything else.


* 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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* UnbuiltTrope: 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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* 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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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Za. Is he really that competent a leader for the tribe, considering he is spending his time trying to make fire instead of helping his people. Also he seems content to keep the TARDIS crew imprisoned even though he is apparently the "good guy" among the cavemen.
** Horg. Is he just trying to ensure his survival by offering his daughter to the Chief? Or is he a cunning power-player and the cause of dissent, as shown by him encouraging the rivalry between Za and Kal over who should be leader, knowing that he'll win out.
* BrokenBase: After the first episode, the fandom is split about how good the next three episodes are. Some people say it's just running around with cavemen. However other people think it continues the themes of the first episode by putting the modern characters in a primitive setting, just as the Doctor was in their era, and enjoy the political intrigue going on among the cavemen.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The first story has some very sinister sequences, with someone having their chest torn open, and a cave of broken skulls. There's also the implication that Ian and Barbara think the Doctor is molesting Susan.

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