November 23, 2011 7:57 AM Subscribe
posted by jbickers (118 comments total)
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Forty-eight years ago this evening, BBC viewers were introduced to a cranky old man
, his granddaughter Susan, and the singular device they used to travel the universe
. Happy birthday, Doctor Who!
The first episode, "An Unearthly Child,
" was originally titled "100,000 BC," and can be viewed in its entirety online (part 1
, part 2
, part 3
"As the first episode it laid the groundwork for the cliché Who story of capture and escape;
in this case, the Doctor and company are captured by primitive humans. An Unearthly Child was the only televised story in which the Doctor smoked."
"As originally conceived, Doctor Who was a cracking great adventure series for children
— that taught some important lessons along the way."
Much, much more about the good Doctor on the blue