Today, Doctor Who celebrates it’s 56th Anniversary! In honor of this landmark moment, we are linking the Doctor Who episode An Unearthly Child. You can listen along with our commentary from Examining The Doctor #59, which has Mark and Seth discussing the episode along with classic facts and jokes.
Don’t worry, just start the commentary first, and it will tell you when to start the TV episode. If you like what you hear, we have dozens more Doctor Who stories, both Classic and Modern (or “NewWho” to some fans), on our podcast Examining The Doctor.
November 1963 – The first episode of Doctor Who aired, beginning the legacy of a sci-fi epic that is still going strong 56 years later.
However, many fans do not know that the first episode was not the one originally produced. The original version did not go well with producer Sydney Newman, so it was tweaked and refilmed into the version that was seen by 10 million viewers.
Geekville Radio examines Part Three of the epic Multi-Doctor story The Three Doctors, starring Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, and William Hartnell as the original three Doctors. The episode is also significant for being the official introduction to Omega, the crazed villain of the story.
Join Mark and Seth as they bring their signature blend of knowledge and humor to this classic installment of Doctor Who!
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This week, Geekville Radio’s Examining The Doctor goes all the way back to the beginning, and looks at the very first episode of Doctor Who. Join Mark and Seth as they provide commentary for An Unearthly Child, first broadcast on November 23, 1963. This is the episode that started it all, and introduced us to The Doctor and The TARDIS.
Unlike most episodes of Examining The Doctor, this show will only look at An Unearthly Child itself, and not the remaining three episodes in the story arc. And to be specific this is the regular episode as broadcast, and not the unaired pilot.
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It’s a new era for Examining The Doctor. The format of the show has officially shifted from examining all of The Doctor’s incarnations to examining stories. Each new episode will look at a classic or modern Who story, and will provide a commentary track to be played during the episodes. History, insight, and jokes aplenty to be found. If you’re a fan of Doctor Who and movie riffings a la Mystery Science Theater or Riffrax, you’ll love this new format. The first story to be examined is the 1983 classic The Five Doctors, which aired for the show’s 20th Anniversary.
Geekville has spawned a monthly Doctor Who podcast called Examining The Doctor. Each month brings a look at a specific Doctor.
November 23rd, 1963: The BBC debuted a new children’s show called Doctor Who to a modest reception. However, the following months viewership would skyrocket with the debut of The Daleks. William Hartnell would portray The Doctor for three years, passing on the role to Patrick Troughton in 1966.
Hartnell reprised the role one last time for the 1973 story The Three Doctors. In 1983, actor Richard Hurndall portrayed The First Doctor for the 20th Anniversary story The Five Doctors.