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.
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30 Days of Summer Time Doctor Who- Day 5-  What’s your favourite episode serial?

The Romans

DOCTOR: Oh, what zest, what youthful exuberance! Try not to look at them, child, their outburst of energy could make you go dizzy!
VICKI: Barbara, we went to Rome. We met Nero! They all thought the Doctor was a musician and they gave a concert and all these people were…
BARBARA:Vicki, listen, listen…
DOCTOR: My dear Barbara. The young lady doesn’t want to listen to people who have been idling away their days.
BARBARA:I haven’t been idling!
DOCTOR: Well, now you’ve had a nice long holiday, I’m sure you can’t wait to get back to the TARDIS, hmm?
IAN: If you let us get a word in edgeways, we’d…
DOCTOR: It’ll have to keep. Have a grape!

IAN: Well, how do you like that?
BARBARA: Oh well. Even if we had told them, I don’t think they’d have believed us.
IAN: No. Said we were dreaming.
BARBARA: Oh, it isn’t fair, Ian, is it?
IAN: No it is not! Though, got a funny side to it, hasn’t it?

It was hard to pick just one out of fifty years worth of great serials/episodes, but ‘the Romans’ never fails to make us laugh, and is purely brilliant from start to finish. Sit back, relax, and enjoy ‘the Romans’.

30 Days of Summer Time Doctor Who- Day 4- Who has been your favorite historical appearance?

Marco Polo

"Our route takes us across the roof of the world, down to the Kashgar Valley and southeast to Yarkand. Here, we join the Old Silk Road, along which the commerce and culture of a thousand years has travelled to and from Cathay. I wonder…what the stranger’s reaction will be when I tell them what I propose to do?"

Our favourite is Doctor Who’s first historical figure in the seven part serial of the same name. Mark Eden is wonderful as the explorer, and even though we can’t technically see it (because sadly it’s still missing), we’ve visualised it in our heads so many times because of the beautiful recons, the surviving audio, and lovely colour photos. The character is well explored, his quest to get home mirrors our travellers perfectly, and despite the fact the story is missing he still remains an absolute favourite.

 

 If they ever find the Marco Polo serial we’ll be doing this:

30 Days of Summer Time Doctor Who- Day 2- Who is your favourite companion?—

Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright.

The Doctor’s first human friends. Barbara the actual goddess, and Sir Ian Knight of Jaffa. The Unwilling Adventurers who went on an incredible journey. The brave, loyal, silly, cute, defiant, stubborn, strong Coal Hill School teachers who would stop at nothing to help their friends.

Ian, the biter of cardigans, and dorky dad dancing to the Beatles, as well as being the heroic action man. Barbara, the smasher of brain jars and wanted for mowing down Daleks in a lorry. You know you can always depend on these two!

They changed the Doctor for good, and at the heart of their stories they never gave up on seeing their beloved home once again.

Great as a pair, great separately, just great in general. 

30 Days of Summer Time Doctor Who- Day 1- Who was your first Doctor?
Ok we weren’t sure what to do for this one because we don’t have a memory of who our first Doctor was. We were plonked in front of the TV as kids and saw various classic Doctors at the same time (not actually at the same time, it wasn’t a multi-Doctor special). We were only toddlers when the classic series ended so who knows? Peter Cushing may even be our first Doctor!
So we thought we’d go with a pic of William Hartnell as he’s our ‘first Doctor’ he’s the first and he’s ours lol. And probably he’s the first Doctor to make us become obsessed whovians and get a tumblr blog and rave about Doctor Who all the time. So we owe him everything. 

30 Days of Summer Time Doctor Who- Day 1- Who was your first Doctor?

Ok we weren’t sure what to do for this one because we don’t have a memory of who our first Doctor was. We were plonked in front of the TV as kids and saw various classic Doctors at the same time (not actually at the same time, it wasn’t a multi-Doctor special). We were only toddlers when the classic series ended so who knows? Peter Cushing may even be our first Doctor!

So we thought we’d go with a pic of William Hartnell as he’s our ‘first Doctor’ he’s the first and he’s ours lol. And probably he’s the first Doctor to make us become obsessed whovians and get a tumblr blog and rave about Doctor Who all the time. So we owe him everything. 

Susan doesn’t want to say goodbye after her grandfather threatens to throw Ian and Barbara off the ship in ‘The Reign of Terror’

"Watching Doctor Who was a Saturday afternoon ritual, in a way that those born into the digital age could never appreciate…

Following the sports round up, anyone who grew up in the sixties will remember the amazing electronic sounds and opening titles of Doctor Who because they were so utterly innovative, and they have been justly celebrated since. Then, they really did seem other-worldly. Even though I knew it was my grandfather in the role, I still got wrapped up in the stories, and the suspense of the cliff-hanger endings. I didn’t have to hide behind the sofa, like some of my contemporaries, as I knew that no harm would really come to him, but the monsters still fascinated and frightened my brother and me.

The lack of sophistication of the creatures and the effects has of course been commented on and laughed at many times when compared with the 21st century version, but it was only to be expected given the money available for making the show, and the constraints of shooting in those days. Our excitement at the time was very real however. There had never been a television programme like it. In the eyes of children who were not accustomed to huge-budget American science fiction films, and who had never seen anything as remotely inventive as Doctor Who on television, the programme was captivating. Space travel was now a possibility and time travel therefore a logical development. Even those who were never fans attested to the universality of the effect that Doctor Who had on children then. Some of this was due to the uniqueness of the concept, but also the timing of the slot meant that the programmes created to interest a wide age group. It was aimed particularly at 11-14 year olds, but placed between a sports and a pop programme it captured a real family audience, with children as young as myself and my brother as well as parents.

I also like to think that some of the success of the series was to do with the performance my grandfather gave, creating such an enigmatic character…

My brother and I couldn’t bare to miss an episode, and with no such thing as videos, DVDs, or catch-up, perhaps more than for most fans, our Saturdays revolved around the show.”

William Hartnell’s granddaughter Jessica Carney about watching Doctor Who in the 60’s. (Who’s There?)

Things the the First Doctor says…part 1

On Saturday 23rd of July, he was flown to another air station, this time to open the Royal Naval Air Service Air Day at Culdrose, in north Cornwall. Although not in a Doctor Who costume, he emerged on a specially built stage from the TARDIS to the cheers of hundreds of children, and there was a mock battle with the Daleks complete with smoke bombs, the models apparently made by the sailors themselves. Great fun was had by all, despite the fact that, according to the local paper, the Daleks’ ‘destructive force became evident from the first when some mysterious anti-magnetic device blotted out Dr. Who’s opening remarks’. There was an air display and even a Dalek train for the children to ride on. Bill ‘created a sensation…not only was he besieged for hours by autograph hunters, but children by the score kept coming up and expressing their admiration. He was like a modern version of Father Christmas’.

- From Who’s There?

William Hartnell was hugely popular and made many guest appearances. The children adored him. 

Jessica Carney (William Hartnell’s granddaughter) My brother Paul visited the studios on Friday 21st May. This was during the shooting of an episode featuring Frankenstein’s house of horrors, part of the Dalek serial called ‘The Chase’. It must have been quite fun for him but he was barely six at the time and quite shy. (From ‘Who’s There?’)

William Russell: They’d (his children) been with me to the studios, and sat in Daleks, and pedalled them around. No, not all of them, but my eldest daughter. She came and had her picture taken in a Dalek. (From DWM)

William Hartnell’s grandson Paul, and William Russell’s eldest daughter visited the set during rehearsals for ‘the chase’.

Just wanted to write our feelings about the wonderful Susan and why we like her.

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Around the console.

BARBARA: Doctor, what is this machine?
DOCTOR: I’ve already told you, my dear. It’s a Time and Space Visualiser.
BARBARA: Yes, but apart from making that dreadful noise, what does it do?
DOCTOR: It converts neutrons of light energy into electrical impulses.
IAN: (Sarcastic) Oh, wonderful! I’ve always wanted one!

The Doctor acquired the Time and Space visualiser on the planet Xeros when he took it from the Space Museum (He did ask first this time). Vicki described it as sort of a ‘time television’ and it was a machine that would allow the team to view any period of history. Ian chose to see the Gettysburg Address whilst Barbara opted to see the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Vicki picked some ‘classical’ music and selected a performance of the Beatles on ‘Top of the Pops’ from 1965.

The machine also warned the Doctor of the Daleks on their trail, and by the end of the serial he used it to look in on Ian and Barbara as they arrived home back to their lives on Earth. He was so upset to see them go.

Cute companion alert. 

Ian and Barbara in Planet of Giants