First Doctor

The First Doctor

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Played by William Hartnell as an absent minded, bad tempered but kindly grandfather figure (1963 to 1966). The First Doctor stories introduced the Daleks, Sensorites, the Zarbi, the Meddling Monk, the Toymaker, and the Cybermen. The majority of historical stories occurred during this period. This Doctor travelled with Susan, Barbara, Ian, Vicki, Steven, Katarina, Sara, Dodo, Polly and Ben.

Story Location and Time Eps Companions Guests Villains
An Unearthly Child
(untransmitted pilot episode also exists)
London 1963
Earth c100,000 BC
4 Susan
Ian
Barbara
  Kal
The first Dr Who adventure introduces the mysterious alien Doctor and the TARDIS, a craft that is bigger on the inside than out and can travel anywhere in time and space. The fact that the TARDIS fails to change shape to match its new surroundings is the first hint that the craft does not always work properly.
The Daleks Skaro 1960s 7 Susan
Ian
Barbara
Thals Daleks
The first story set on another world. The first appearance of the Daleks. These are mutated creatures, survivors of a nuclear war, which live in a protective machine.
The Edge of Destruction TARDIS going back in time towards Event 1 2 Susan
Ian
Barbara
   
The only story taking place entirely within the TARDIS and featuring only the Doctor and his companions. This story contains the first hint that the TARDIS is sentient.
Marco Polo
(all episodes missing; audio and telesnaps exists)
Pamir Mountains / China 1289 7 Susan
Ian
Barbara
  Tegana
The first historical adventure. The first story featuring narration (from Marco Polo's diary). By now it is clear that the Doctor's control of the TARDIS is minimal.
The Keys of Marinus Marinus 6 Susan
Ian
Barbara
Yartek The Voord
The TARDIS lands on an island surrounded by a sea of acid.
The Aztecs Mexico 1430 4 Susan
Ian
Barbara
  Tlotoxl
The Sensorites Earth space ship 2764
Sense Sphere
6 Susan
Ian
Barbara
  Administrator
The first time that the TARDIS lands within a space ship.
The Reign of Terror
(episodes 4 and 5 missing, audio and cine clips exist)
France 1794 6 Susan
Ian
Barbara
  Colbert
Planet of Giants England 1964 3 Susan
Ian
Barbara
  Forester
The TARDIS and its inhabitants is reduced in size to a few centimetres. The first ecological story.
The Dalek Invasion of Earth London / Bedford 2167 6 Susan
Ian
Barbara
  Daleks
The first story set on Earth in the future and the second appearance of the Daleks. The departure of Susan is the first change in the TARDIS personnel. This is the third consecutive story set on Earth.
The Rescue Dido 2493 2 Ian
Barbara
Vicki
  Bennet
(Koquillion)
The first new companion as Vicki (from Earth's future) joins the TARDIS.
The Romans Rome 64 AD 4 Ian
Barbara
Vicki
  Nero
The Web Planet Vortis c20,000 6 Ian
Barbara
Vicki
  Animus
Zarbi
The only story in which the TARDIS members are the only humanoid characters.
The Crusade
(episodes 1 and 3 exist; audio exists)
Palestine 1190 4 Ian
Barbara
Vicki
  El Akir
The Space Museum Xeros 4 Ian
Barbara
Vicki
  Lobos
Moroks
The Chase Aridus 2170
New York 1966
Atlantic Ocean 1872
Ghana 1996
Mechanus 2265
6 Ian
Barbara

Vicki
Steven
  Daleks
Mechanoids
The first story to feature another time travelling craft. The first story set on a number of different planets. The third appearance of the Daleks. Three consecutive landings on Earth. No original companions remain with the departure of Ian and Barbara. Steven, an astronaut from Earth's future, joins the TARDIS.
The Time Meddler Northern England 1066 4 Vicki
Steven
  Monk
The first meeting with a member of the Doctor's race. The first time another TARDIS is seen. The first pseudo-historical story.
Galaxy Four
(only episode 3 exists and clips from episode 1; audio exists)
Unknown planet in Galaxy 4 4 Vicki
Steven
Rills Maaga
Drahvins
Mission to the Unknown
(missing, audio exists)
Kembal c4000 1   Marc Cory Daleks
The only story not to feature the Doctor, his companions or the TARDIS. It sets the scene for The Daleks' Master Plan.
The Myth Makers
(all episodes missing; cine clips from episodes 1, 2 and 4 and audio exist)
Asia Minor 1184 BC 4 Vicki
Steven
Katarina
   
Vicki leaves, Katarina (a Trojan hand maiden) joins.
The Daleks' Masterplan
(only episodes 2, 5 and 10 exist; short clips of episodes 1, 3 and 4; audio exist)
Kembal, Desperas, Earth, Mira c4000
England 1965
Hollywood 1921
England 1960s
Tigus
Egypt 2650 BC
12 Steven
Katarina
Sara
  Daleks
Monk
Mavic Chen
The fourth appearance of the Daleks. The story involves two other time machines (Dalek and Monk). Three consecutive landings on Earth. The first companion to die (Katarina in Episode 4). New companion Sara also gets killed (Episode 12). The longest Dr Who story to date.
The Massacre
(all episodes missing; audio exists)
Paris 1572
Wimbledon 1966
4 Steven
Dodo
  Abbot of Amboise
New companion Dodo joins at the end of Episode 4 when the TARDIS makes a brief stop on Earth.
The Ark Earth space ark c10,000,000
Refusis c10,000,700
4 Steven
Dodo
  Monoids
First story set in one location over two time periods.
The Celestial Toymaker
(only episode 4 exists; audio exists)
The Universe of the Toymaker 4 Steven
Dodo
  Toymaker
First story set in another Universe with an Eternal.
The Gunfighters Arizona 1881 4 Steven
Dodo
  Clantons
Johnny Ringo
Only story with a musical narration.
The Savages
(all episodes missing; audio, cine clips from episodes 3 and 4 and telesnaps exist)
Unknown planet in the far future 4 Steven
Dodo
  Elders
Steven leaves.
The War Machines London 1966 4 Dodo
Polly
Ben
  WOTAN
War Machines
Dodo departs (Episode 2). Two new companions (Polly and Ben). The first story set entirely on contemporary Earth. First time the Doctor is referred to as 'Dr Who'.
The Smugglers
(all episodes missing; short clips from episodes 1, 3, and 4; audio, location film, telesnaps exist)
Cornwall 1666 4 Polly
Ben
  Captain Pike
The Tenth Planet
(all of episode 4 missing except for the regeneration scene; audio, cine clips and telesnaps exist)
South Pole Space Station 1986 4 Polly
Ben
  Cybermen
First appearance of the Cybermen. They were once humanoid creatures which have replaced their body parts with plastic and metal. Their home planet is Mondas. Third consecutive landing on Earth. Last story with the First Doctor and the first regeneration.

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