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The Cave of Skulls 

The TARDIS takes its new passengers back to the dawn of history. There, the Doctor and his party are captured by a tribe who are trying to rediscover the secret of fire.

Directors:

Waris Hussein, Douglas Camfield (uncredited)

Writers:

Anthony Coburn, David Whitaker (story editor)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Za
Alethea Charlton Alethea Charlton ... Hur
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Old Mother
Jeremy Young ... Kal
Howard Lang ... Horg
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The TARDIS takes its new passengers back to the dawn of history. There, the Doctor and his party are captured by a tribe who are trying to rediscover the secret of fire.

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This episode was watched by 5.9 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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At about 5 minutes in, you can clearly see the structural bars that are holding the set of the TARDIS into place. See more »

Quotes

Susan Foreman: We've left 1963.
The Doctor: Oh, yes, undoubtedly. I'll be able to tell you where presently. Zero? That's not right. I'm afraid this yearometer is not calculating properly. Hm! Well, anyway, the journey's finished.
[looking at Ian on the ground]
The Doctor: What are you doing down there?
Barbara Wright: What have you done?
Ian Chesterton: Barbara, you don't believe all this nonsense.
Susan Foreman: Well, look at the scanner screen.
The Doctor: Yes, look up there. They don't understand and I suspect they don't want to. Well, there you are. A new world for you.
Ian Chesterton: Sand and rock?
The Doctor: Yes. ...
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Featured in Doctor Who: Origins (2006) See more »

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The Cave of Skulls
28 April 2020 | by guswhovianSee all my reviews

The Doctor has kidnapped Ian and Barbara. The TARDIS takes them to 100,000 B.C., where they are soon captured by a group of cavemen.

"The Cave of Skulls" marks a significant downturn in quality from "An Unearthly Child". The majority of the episode is taken up by the cavemen. The actors playing them are old pros like Derek Newark, Jeremy Young, Alethea Charlton and Howard Lang, but they all deliver hammy performances.

Eileen Way is good as the old woman keen to kill the Doctor and company, and Norman Kay's incidental music is quite good. 3/5


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1963 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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