Newbies Guide to Doctor Who

The Dalek Invasion of Earth DVD Cover

The Dalek Invasion of Earth

Writer: Terry Nation

Director: Richard Martin

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

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

Links: A standalone story

Doctor:

The First DoctorThe First 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 ForemanSusan Foreman: Susan is usually described as the Doctor's granddaughter. She and the Doctor left their home planet in Lungbarrow (Virgin New Adventure). Susan adopted the surname Foreman whilst staying on Earth during 1963. She appeared in the first TV story 100,000 BC (Classic Series Season 1), where she was a pupil at Coal Hill School in London. During that story 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 (Classic Series Season 1), he and colleague Barbara Wright were intrigued by the strange behaviour of one of their pupils, Susan Foreman. They followed her home to what appeared to be a junkyard where Susan and the Doctor had parked the TARDIS. In a confrontation with the Doctor they forced their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong to do so and decided to try to get them home. During The Edge of Destruction (Classic Series Season 1), 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 WrightBarbara Wright: Barbara is a history teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. In 100,000 BC (Classic Series Season 1), she and colleague Ian Chesterton were intrigued by the strange behaviour of one of their pupils, Susan Foreman. They followed her home to what appeared to be a junkyard where Susan and the Doctor had parked the TARDIS. In a confrontation with the Doctor they forced their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong to do so and decided to try to get them home. During The Edge of Destruction (Classic Series Season 1), 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:

Dalek The Daleks 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 (Classic Series Season 1). In that story, they were confined to a single city on Skaro and the Doctor thought he had defeated them forever.

Recommended Viewing:

It probably helps to be familiar with the Doctor's first meeting with the Daleks in The Daleks (Classic Series Season 1), but it's not necessary.

Recommended Reading:

None.

Recommended Listening:

None.

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