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The Dalek Invasion of Earth

The Dalek Invasion of Earth DVD Cover

Writer: Terry Nation

Director: Richard Martin

First Broadcast: 21st November 1964 - 26th December 1964 (6 episodes)

Placement: Between The Reign of Terror (Season 2) and The Rescue (Season 2)

Links: A standalone story

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. During The Edge of Destruction, the TARDIS attempted to communicate with its crew telepathically, causing the Doctor to accuse Ian and Barbara of sabotaging the ship. However, when the Doctor realised that they were not responsible, his relationship with them warmed considerably.

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. During The Edge of Destruction, the TARDIS attempted to communicate with its crew telepathically, causing the Doctor to accuse Ian and Barbara of sabotaging the ship. However, when the Doctor realised that they were not responsible, his relationship with them warmed considerably.

Recurring Characters: The Daleks:

Dalek

The Daleks are a race of mutants encased in powerful cyborg bodies whose shape is reminiscent of pepperpots. The Doctor first encountered them on their home planet of Skaro in The Daleks (Season 1). In that story, they were confined to a single city on Skaro and the Doctor thought he had defeated them.

Recommended Viewing: It helps to be familiar with the Doctor's first meeting with the Daleks in The Daleks (Season 1), but it makes very little difference.
Recommended Reading: None.
Recommended Listening: None.
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