BBCDVD 1882A Doctor Who - An unearthly child


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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 1882A
Sleeve picturePicture of BBCDVD 1882A Doctor Who - An unearthly child by artist Anthony Coburn from the BBC records and Tapes library
TitleDoctor Who - An unearthly child
ArtistAnthony Coburn
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label code-
Item deleted?No
Released1963
LabelBBC DVD
BBC%20DVD label
Distributed / printed byBBC
Media typePrimary
Media genreDramas - Sci-fi View all other tracks listed as Dramas - Sci-fi.
Run-off codes / Shop bar codesA0100665723 A913 18 IFPI L558 Sony DADC
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Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1An unearthly child (Pilot episode)25.06
A2An unearthly child23.20
A3The caves of skulls24.35
A4The forest of fear23.35
A5The firemaker24.24
A6Pilot episode studio recording35.39
A7Theme music video2.37
A8COMEDY SKETCHES - The pitch of fear3.45
A9The corridor sketch5.54
A10The web of caves3.51
A11The kidnappers3.39
A12Gallery6.03
Total length of media 3:02:28.

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Starring


William Hartnell
William Russell
Jacqueline Hill
Carole Ann Ford
Derek Newark
Alethea Charlton
Howard Lang
Ellen Way
Jeremy Young

Written by


Anthony Coburn

Produced by


Verity Lambert

Directed by


Waris Hussein

Synopsis


Susan Foreman is a mystery to teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, seemingly knowing more than she should about the past ... and the future. Their curiosity leads them to follow her home one night, only to find that her 'home' appears to be a deserted junkyard. In the junkard, they discove a police telephone box and a strange old man, who claims to be Susan's grandfather, and calls himself the Doctor. The journey of a lifetime is about to begin ...

Background


A policeman walking his beat on a foggy evening ... An empty junkyard ... A police box that hums mysteriously ...

It all sounds - and looks - so iconic now, but it really was a humble beginning for a series that would run for over forty years. A series that would launch the careers of hundreds of talented actors, directors, writers and other TV professionals, and influence generations to come. The Daleks on Westminster Bridge, the Cyberman outside St Paul's Cathedral, the Sea Devils rising from the waves ... they all stem from this one small beginning.

Doctor Who's first episode is a masterpiece, probably one of the finest examples of 1960s television. With a pace and self-belief that is genuinely astonishing, it gently pulls the viewer into its world, so that 25 minutes after the safe, comfortable environs of Coal Hill School have been left behind, the first journey through time and space by a police box leaves no room for any doubt. The Doctor has arrived.

The Doctor .. In the wake of Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, and all those who followed, it's hard now to think of the character in terms of a single actor. But the first ever regeneration of the lead character was still three years away at this point. Here, William Hartnell if the Doctor, and the strength, power and authority he bestows on the character is electrifying. Although he would soon mellow, the first few stories of the series portrayed the Doctor as an aloof, amoral, authoritative alien, and Hartnell's performance is first-rate from the word go.

But although Doctor Who was the name of the series, the programme wasn't devised simply as a device for the central character. It began life as more of an ensemble piece, and plaudits must be given to William Russell, Jacqueline Hill and Carole Ann Ford, who all contributed greatly to the story's appeal.

The other star of the opening episode is the TARDIS. A ship that can look like any everyday object, but which gets stuck in the shape of a police box after the first time we see it in action is truly inspired. And oce past the faded blue paint of the exterior, a control room that appears timelessly elegant in design, and in concept too. Bigger on the inside that the outside - what an ideea!

Doctor Who had begun. The world has never been the same since.

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