Unwilling Adventurer

Katie and Claire.

-First Doctor era obsessed, Ian and Barbara worshippers, William Russell devotees,The Adventures of Sir Lancelot fans.

Expect a lot of One era gushing. Feel free to say hi!

"As we learn about each other, so we learn about ourselves."- First Doctor.
Posts tagged "Susan Foreman"

BARBARA:Oh, I didn’t know he’s sulking, is he?
SUSAN:Well, he won’t eat. He won’t even talk to me.
BARBARA:Well, you know him better than I do. But I’d have said he was just feeling defenceless. He has a wonderful machine, capable of all sorts of miracles, and it’s taken away from him by a man he calls a primitive. Look, TARDIS is the only home we have at the moment, and when we’re in it, we feel safe and secure. But when we’re out of it…

SUSAN:Will he talk to me? Confide in me?
BARBARA:Oh, he’s like a rubber ball. He’ll come bouncing out of there soon full of ideas.

SUSAN:One day, we’ll know all the mysteries of the skies…and we’ll stop our wandering…
BARBARA:Then you and I will say goodbye.

A lovely scene. Susan is upset that her grandfather won’t open up about what is upsetting him, and Barbara comforts her. We love all the little longing for home moments in the serial, and its nice that it connects not only our four travellers and the TARDIS but also Marco as well.


"During all the years I’ve been taking care of you, you in return have been taking care of me. […] You’re still my grandchild and always will be but now…you’re a woman, too. I want you to belong somewhere, to have roots of your own. With David you’ll be able to find those roots, and live normally like any woman should do. Believe me, my dear, your future lies with David, and not with a silly old buffer like me. One day I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine. Goodbye, Susan. Goodbye, my dear."

"During all the years I’ve been taking care of you, you in return have been taking care of me. […] You’re still my grandchild and always will be but now…you’re a woman, too. I want you to belong somewhere, to have roots of your own. With David you’ll be able to find those roots, and live normally like any woman should do. Believe me, my dear, your future lies with David, and not with a silly old buffer like me. One day I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine. Goodbye, Susan. Goodbye, my dear."

And so starts the beautiful friendship between Susan and Ping Cho, both in their sixteenth year but living very different lives. They talk about their homes, and Susan says she has had many different ones. We love that this sets up Susan’s character journey of wanting a place to belong to, an identity.

Their scenes together are some of the best in the story and really give Susan another relationship and with someone who own age for a change. This is a great opportunity for her as a character, for someone so young, often unable to be the focus with three such strong adult characters around her. It’s such a shame this serial is missing because it really is a good story for Susan’s character, and Ping Cho is just fabulous. 

A really great scene from ‘The Daleks’. This was one of the many reasons we got so invested in the One era because it perfectly captures what we look for in stories- characters making their own choices, their own opportunities, facing fears, working as a team, being forced to act outside your comfort zone. Ian and Barbara are very much at the focus of these early prison cell scenes as the Doctor is overcome with radiation sickness and they are faced with many challenges. The Daleks have allowed one of them to get the drugs from the forest but Barbara and the Doctor are too ill, and Ian can’t use his legs. Susan is terrified but knows she has to be brave and go and face her fears. Ian is overcome with irritability that he is forced to send his pupil, a fifteen year old into the danger. Barbara doesn’t want Susan to go either as she’s concerned for her safety, but choices have to be made and time is running out. Ian encourages Susan and she does something incredibly brave with it, and all alone for the first time. 

Barbara comforts Susan in ‘the Daleks’

cleowho:

"Yes, one day."

An Unearthly Child - season 01 - 1963

As a history teacher, Barbara Wright had a special interest in Susan. Most of Barbara’s pupils regarded history as a dull chore, especially if it was the last lesson on a Friday afternoon. But Susan greeted each lesson with genuine enthusiasm. She was passionately interested in every period of history, and at times displayed knowledge of ages which astounded even Barbara.
From The Edge of Destruction audiobook.

Susan and Ace both looking through the French Revolution book in Coal Hill School in 1963- (An Unearthly Child/Remembrance of the Daleks)

The Doctor interrupts David and Susan getting close!