Two schoolteachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, become concerned by the unusual behavior of their fifteen-year-old student, Susan Foreman. When they follow her home, they meet her mysterious grandfather, the Doctor, and find themselves unwilling passengers on his time ship, the TARDIS...
Did You Know?
The only actor required at Ealing for this episode was Leslie Bates
, who cast the caveman "shadow" seen at the end of the episode. See more
After entering the TARDIS the top of the set is visible above and behind Ian as he says "you can't keep us here." See more
[On Susan's intelligence
I'm lending her a book on the French Revolution.
What's she going to do? Re-write it?
Four versions of this episode exist. Besides the final broadcast version there was also a trial pilot run-through that was not broadcast initially due to technical problems. The 2006 DVD release "Doctor Who: The Beginning" contains an unedited version of this pilot, with several different takes of the TARDIS sequence. A specially made re-edited version of the pilot is included for the first time in this set, using the best takes and digitally manipulating others to remove errors. Previously, an alternate edit of the pilot -- which included dialogue and prop errors -- was broadcast on the BBC and released on VHS. See more
Three Guitars Mood 2
Composed by Derek Nelson and Arthur Raymond
Performed by The Arthur Nelson Group
(playing on Susan's radio) See more