An Unearthly Child
Written by: Anthony Coburn
Directed by: Waris Hussein
Produced by: Verity Lambert & Mervyn Pinfield
Broadcast Date: 23rd November 1963 - 14th December 1963
Reviewed by Ryan Denyer for the Gallifrey Times
In celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, I will be going through all 11 Doctor’s and reviewing their introductory story as well as their regeneration story. This will take some time and I will be going in order of Doctor so please remain patient. Also during this series of articles will be one story from each Doctor chosen by the Gallifrey Times team!
The best place to start is the beginning. Without these first set of stories we wouldn’t have the show we know and love today. These fist stories paved the way for the next 50 years.
|Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright|
Susan is mysterious from the off and although I find Carole Ann Ford’s portrayal as Susan Foreman a little like a whining child, it does improve during the next few episodes and we get to see Susan mature into a young women who doesn’t need her grandfather anymore.
Thankfully, the story picks up by the 4th episode when we resolve the storyline and get back into the TARDIS and get set for a next adventure. It is said that Anthony Coburn was to right another story for the second season The Robots which never saw the light of day. I don’t know how I would’ve felt about this as I don’t like to watch an episode, dislike it and then slate off everything that writers ever written that’s not fair but this episode was just such a mess during the middle that I feel The Robots would’ve been like that to, looks like we’ll never get to see that though.
|The 1st Doctor|
So as a round up this episode I’m divided on. The 1st episode is great, the 2nd is not so good, the 3rd is just bad but the 4th is great again. The best characters are Barbara and Ian by far although I think I’d have liked the Doctor more if he’d have actually been in it more. Susan I can give or take with depending on her attitude.
Ryan’s Rating: 7/10
Next Time: The Time Meddler starring William Hartnell, Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves