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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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

K and C’s favourite Doctor Who episodes/serials (in no particular order)

The Gunfighters

THE LAST CHANCE SAL-OOOON. We absolutely adore this story and think it is brilliant. We love it the more times we watch it and notice lots of new things. We love that its a 1960’s British take on the American Western film genre, and we love that it takes it and uses it for great comedic effect. William Hartnell is just absolutely hilarious from start to finish and does not get nearly enough credit for how wonderful a comic actor he is. The way he uses the props, the setting, he just gets it, and is enjoying every minute of it.

It’s got a great studio set and some really creative shots (probably a lot to do with the fact that this serial had more at its disposal than the first two series episodes) and we love that it uses song as a narrative device. We really love the song (its a good song!) and it works really well at the transitions and the little moments in the story. It’s really quite upsetting when she sings 'it's curtains for Charlie' whilst the camera looks down on the dead barman. 

And of course the brilliant Steven and Dodo trying to blend in by being a singer and the pianist whilst being held at gunpoint. Steven tries act all cool but just ends up being a huge adorable dork. And Dodo gets to hold Doc Holliday at gunpoint! 

All the characters are likable, interesting, and its just so funny. Now where is that Mr. Werp?

K and C’s favourite Doctor Who episodes/serials (in no particular order)

The Idiot’s Lantern

This is an episode that we love because its a family favourite. This is our Mum’s favourite episode, and sometimes the three of us still sit down together and watch it. 

To others it may not be very exciting or memorable, but we just love the family relationships in it, the setting of 1950’s England with everyone crowded around the television to watch the Coronation. We love television and its history, and we love that the villain is some RP speaking woman played by Maureen Lipman taking people’s faces as they watch TV (only in Doctor Who!)

It’s got some great Ten and Rose interactions and a really lovely moment when Tommy stands up to his father, and when Rita tells her husband that it wasn’t her mother who was the monster living under their roof, it had been him all along- ah such good characters. We love stories about people the most, so that’s probably why this one sticks with us. We love that it plays on nostalgia and captures a time gone by with fondness and warmth, whilst showing the bad sides too, and the things people kept hidden. A rather nice little story.

IAN: Just a minute. You say we’ve gone back in time?
DOCTOR: Yes, quite so.
IAN: So that when we go out of that door, we won’t be in a junkyard, in London, in England, in the year 1963…

The magical moment the first ever companions step outside the TARDIS for their first ever adventure in time and space.

The First Doctor and the lapel grab.

The Web Planet