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Author: Kim Newman
ISBN: 1 903889 02 2 (standard edition)
ISBN: 1 903889 03 0 (deluxe edition)
Published: November 2001
Editor: David J Howe
Placement: Not long before 100,000 BC, the first televised story.
Links: This book could be seen as a prequel to An Unearthly Child, the first Doctor Who episode.
||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.
||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. She appeared in the first TV story 100,000 BC (Season 1).
||Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright:
||Two schoolteachers from Coal Hill School who followed Susan home and became the Doctor's companions in An Unearthly Child (Season 1).
||Basil James Carker:
||Headmaster at Coal Hill School. He appeared in Remembrance of the Daleks (Season 25), although in that story he wasn't named.
||John and Gillian:
||In the 60s TV Comic's Doctor Who strip, the first Doctor was accompanied by two grandchildren called John and Gillian. However, even assuming that these strips are canon, there is no reason to assume that these are the same John and Gillian who appear in this story.
||This story sets the scene for An Unearthly Child, the first Doctor Who story.