Two school teachers are perturbed by one of their pupils, Susan Foreman. In some cases she is exceptionally bright, sometimes to the point of overshadowing her teachers. But on occasion she has shown a lack of knowledge of the basics, such as the currency that England was using.
Worried by this the two teachers, Ian and Barbara, decide to follow her to her home in order to talk to her grandfather. Instead they see her enter a junkyard. When they follow her inside there is no sign, although there is a strange, vibrating police telephone box. They hear Susan inside, and when her grandfather returns they barge past him and into the police box - where they find a large, brightly lit, room with a mushroom shaped console in the centre. The Doctor is not happy at the intrusion, and says that if he lets them go free they will inevitably tell someone about what they saw. Before anyone can stop him the Doctor dematerialises the TARDIS.
It re-materialises around 100,00 B.C. where they have to battle to escape from primitive man. The Doctor attempts to take the teachers back to their own time, but the TARDIS materialises on an unknown world.
Regular castSusan Foreman: Carole Ann Ford; Barbara Wright: Jacqueline Hill; Ian Chesterton: William Russell;
Guest castHorg: Howard Lang (2-4); Kal: Jeremy Young (2-4); Za: Derek Newark (2-4); Hur: Alethea Charlton (2-4); Old Mother: Eileen Way (2-3);
Uncredited cast: Policeman: Fred Rawlings (pilot), Reg Cranfield (1); Schoolchildren: (All 1) Francesco Bertorelli, Carole Clarke, Heather Lyons, Mavis Ransom, Cedric Schoeman, Brian Thomas, Richard Wilson; Shadow of Za: Leslie Bates (1, reprise 2); Tribe: (All 2-4) Leslie Bates, Elizabeth Body, Al Davis, Billie Davis, Roy Denton, Jean Denyer, Veronica Dyson, Diane Gay, Bob Haddow, Margot Maxine, Bill Nicholas, Brenda Proctor, Lyn Turner, Doreen Ubells, Frank Wheatley; Tribe Children: Janet Fairhead (3-4), Antonia Moss (2), Julie Moss (2), Timothy Palmer (3-4), David Rosen (2-4), Trevor Thomas (2), Elizabeth White (3-4); Double for Kal: Billy Cornelius (4); Double for Za: Derek Ware (4);
|BBC 1||1||An Unearthly Child||Sat 23 November 1963||5:15 pm - 5:40 pm||4.4M||114th|
|BBC 1||2||The Cave Of Skulls 1||Sat 30 November 1963||5:30 pm - 5:55 pm||5.9M||85th|
|BBC 1||3||The Forest Of Fear||Sat 7 December 1963||5:15 pm - 5:40 pm||6.9M||61st|
|BBC 1||4||The Firemaker||Sat 14 December 1963||5:15 pm - 5:40 pm||6.4M||70th|
1: Originally scheduled for 17:15
Repeats (on the BBC)
This programme does not have any outside filming
Ealing Television Film Studios; Lime Grove Studio D;
Bloopers and mistakes
This programme has no bloopers or mistakes. It's probably not perfect, just that they haven't been found or pointed out yet.
Notes and trivia
Bernard Lodge was the uncredited designer of the original title sequence, which was accompanied by Delia Derbyshire's arrangement of Ron Grainer's theme tune. Grainer would be credited for virtually every subsequent episode, even after drastic rearrangements of the theme.
The Firemakers; 100,000 B.C.; Episode 2 - 4: The Tribe of Gum; Episode 2 - 4: Doctor Who And The Tribe Of Gum; Episode 2 - 4: Doctor Who In 100,000 B.C.; Episode 4: The Dawn Of Knowledge;