Doctor who Review and Opinion

 

 

 

Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child (1963)
Director: Waris Hussein

review by Jeff Young

It's a weird experience watching this - the first ever appearance of the most famous British SF icon. William Hartnell's original interpretation of the immortal character is a decidedly odd combination of (other?) worldliness and brittle pomposity, as he virtually kidnaps a couple of nosy teachers from his 'granddaughter' Susan's school, and coolly transports the four of them back to the Stone Age.

The four episodes here feature poorly realised cavemen fighting with each other over who controls the fire (something whole nations are still doing today, of course). But the time-travellers' escape from being prisoners of the overly chatty primitives is clever, as Susan (Carole Ann Ford) comes up with the idea of using the tribal superstitions against them. The development may be unsophisticated and the ending too neatly achieved by later standards but, if viewed as a product of its time (excuse the pun), this brief little adventure is curiously tolerable (good b/w picture quality!) and really quite instructive for fans of the programme (like me), born after its early broadcasts.
previously published online, VideoVista #18

 

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Doctor who Review and Opinion

Doctor who Review and Opinion

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