Season 1 of Doctor Who ran between 23 November 1963 and 12 September 1964. It starred William Hartnell as the First Doctor and Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman, the Doctor's granddaughter.

Overview Edit

It consisted of eight serials (listed below) and 42 episodes, and a pilot episode which never aired on television. (More accurately, the production team made several versions of the pilot episode.) The inaugural season established many of the concepts that continue to the present day, and also introduced the hugely popular Daleks. Two of the three historical stories of this season are presently considered lost, although audio recordings of all episodes remain.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 An Unearthly ChildAnthony Coburn4First appearances of the First Doctor, Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and the TARDIS
2 The DaleksTerry Nation7First appearance of the Daleks
3 The Edge of DestructionDavid Whitaker2Only set in the TARDIS
4 Marco PoloJohn Lucarotti7First storyline based around an historical figure
5 The Keys of MarinusTerry Nation6
6 The AztecsJohn Lucarotti4 Introduces the concept of changing history
7 The SensoritesPeter R. Newman6
8 The Reign of TerrorDennis Spooner6First story to feature location filming

Notes Edit

  • Unseen by the public, an early version of "An Unearthly Child" was produced, but was not broadcast until 1991.
  • Stories consisted of between 2 and 7 episodes, with each episode having a distinct title. Some stories have been given different titles over the years; see individual articles for details.

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Season 1 was the last season before Season 6 to retain the same core cast members for an entire series.

Guest cast Edit

Production Edit

Creation Edit

The series was essentially the creation of a committee, with the following amongst the many who created the various parts that went into the series: Donald Wilson (time travel), Sydney Newman (the First Doctor and Susan), C. E. Webber (Ian and Barbara, scenario for the first episode), Anthony Coburn (Susan's name, the TARDIS looking like a police box), and David Whitaker (Susan as the Doctor's granddaughter).

Production overview Edit

Verity Lambert was chosen by Sydney Newman as Producer of the series and Mervyn Pinfield was assigned as Associate Producer, picking up on the mainly technical side of the series such as dealing with the in-camera SFX.

Initially, the series was only ordered for the first four episodes that made up 100,000 BC and came close to going no further. This was extended to thirteen episodes, but the production team had either eleven (100,000 BC and The Mutants) or eighteen (100,000 BC, The Mutants, Marco Polo). To solve this problem, David Whitaker wrote the two episode Inside the Spaceship, something that normally wouldn't have happened due to an existing rule that prohibited Script Editors writing for the series they were editing. (Otherwise they could simply have "hired" themselves and deprived other script writers of work.)

The first to third season story titles have been a contentious issue. For more information, see Disputed story titles.

Stories considered during this season, but ultimately unmade, included:

Stories set during this season Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

  • An Unearthly Child (1990/2000)
  • The Daleks (in 2 parts) (1989)
  • The Daleks (Remastered) (2001)
  • The Edge of Destruction and The Pilot Episode (2000)
  • The Keys of Marinus (1999)
  • The Aztecs (1992)
  • The Sensorites (2002)
  • The Reign of Terror (2003) (with linking narration of missing episodes, also includes The Faceless Ones 1,3 & The Web of Fear Ep 1)
  • The Hartnell Years (1991) (Pilot Episode)

See episode articles for full details.

Loose Cannon VHSes Edit

  • Marco Polo (2002)
  • The Reign of Terror (2000) (Episodes 4+5 only)

DVD Releases Edit

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Beginning:
An Unearthly Child (4 episodes)
The Daleks (7 episodes)
The Edge of Destruction (2 episodes)
(Also includes a 30 minute telesnap reconstruction of Marco Polo)
13 × 25 min.
+ 1 × 30 min. reconstruction
30 January 2006 2 March 2006 28 March 2006
The Keys of Marinus 6 × 25 min. 21 September 2009 7 January 2010 5 January 2010
The Aztecs 4 × 25 min. 21 October 2002 2 December 2002 4 March 2003
The Sensorites 6 × 25 min. 23 January 2012 2 February 2012 14 February 2012
The Reign of Terror (episodes 1-3 & 6 of 6, animation of 4 & 5) 6 × 25 min 2012 TBA TBA

Unannounced DVDs Edit

Novels Edit

Audiobooks Edit

Theatrical Film Edit

External links Edit

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