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The Edge of Destruction / Inside the Spaceship

The Beginning Box Set DVD Cover

Writer: David Whitaker

Directors: Richard Martin and Frank Cox

First Broadcast: 8th February 1964 - 15th February 1964 (2 episodes)

Placement: Between The Daleks (Season 1) and Marco Polo (Season 1)

Links: A standalone story, but it forms the final part of a character arc with 100,000 BC and The Edge of Destruction.

Doctor: The First

The First Doctor

The first Doctor looks like a human in his sixties. He is physically quite frail, but has a keen intellect. He is paternalistic towards his companions, and has a degree of arrogance towards others. He sometimes forgets his companions' names, especially Ian Chesterton's surname.
Companions: Susan Foreman:

Susan Foreman

Susan is usually described as the Doctor's granddaughter. She and the Doctor left their home planet in Lungbarrow. Susan adopted the surname Foreman whilst staying on Earth during 1963. She appeared in the first TV story 100,000 BC (season 1), where she was a pupil at Coal Hill School in London. During 100,000 BC, Susan was followed home by two of her teachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. This led to them joining her and the Doctor in travelling through space and time.

Ian Chesterton:

Ian is a science teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. In 100,000 BC (season 1), he and colleague Barbara Wright were intrigued by the strange behaviour of Susan Foreman, one of their pupils. They followed her home to what appeared to be a junkyard. This led them to force their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong and began trying to get them home.

Barbara Wright:

Barbara Wright

Barbara is a history teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. In 100,000 BC (season 1), she and colleague Ian Chesterton were intrigued by the strange behaviour of Susan Foreman, one of their pupils. They followed her home to what appeared to be a junkyard. This led them to force their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong and began trying to get them home.

Recurring Characters: None.
Recommended Viewing: None.
Recommended Reading: None.
Recommended Listening: None.
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