Hello everyone! 🙂
Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
Let me give you a brief summary of what I think about Season 1 of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series. In many respects, the first season sets the ground rules for what ‘Doctor Who’ is going to be like with its stories being told in Earth’s past involving history as well as the future involving science.
The debut appearance of the Daleks in the second story of the TV show is what makes ‘Doctor Who’ what it is today. It’s also interesting to see the formation of the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan as a team. It was four TARDIS travellers at the beginning as opposed to one Doctor and one companion. 🙂
My favourite story out of Season 1 is of course ‘The Daleks’, as it’s a classic epic ‘Doctor Who’ story introducing the pepperpots and it’s no surprise it got adapted into the movie ‘Dr. Who and the Daleks’. I also like ‘The Keys of Marinus’ very much, as it has a pretty enjoyable quest romp feel to it.
Both ‘The Daleks’ and ‘The Keys of Marinus’ are by Terry Nation, who contributed well to ‘Doctor Who’s action-packed formula. Some of the historical stories in Season 1 are good too, including ‘Marco Polo’ and ‘The Aztecs’. ‘The Aztecs’ does very well with showcasing Barbara as a character. 🙂
‘The Edge of Destruction’ is a decent two-parter showcasing the four regulars in the TARDIS. ‘The Reign of Terror’ is a decent historical story about the French Revolution, despite having behind-the-scenes issues. ‘The Sensorites’ is equally decent, despite feeling rushed in its conclusion, which could have been better.
‘An Unearthly Child’ has a good opening episode that introduces us to Susan, Ian, Barbara and the First Doctor, but the cavemen story wasn’t as interesting. Season 1 also works well with William Hartnell’s casting as the First Doctor. It’s interesting how his character is depicted as being irascible and such. 🙂
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