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Doctor Who - The Beginning (An Unearthly Child  / The Daleks  / The Edge of Destruction ) [DVD]
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The first three adventures for the Doctor (William Hartnell) from the classic BBC television sci-fi series, including all 13 episodes. In the 'An Unearthly Child' episodes, the Doctor takes schoolteachers Ian (William Russell) and Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) back to the dawn of human history after they discover his TARDIS time machine. There, they become embroiled in a dangerous conflict between groups of cavemen who have lost the secret of making fire. In 'The Daleks' episodes, the team travel to the ravaged planet of Skaro, where the meet the pacifist race of Thals, and the evil mutant Daleks. When the Doctor interferes, the Daleks learn information vital to their survival and hatch a plan to wipe out the Thals. But, with the Doctor's help, the Thals start an attack that wipes out the Daleks completely. In the 'Edge of Destruction' episodes, the TARDIS is hit by a massive explosion and at first the Doctor suspects Ian and Barbara of sabotage. As it becomes clear that a mechanical fault has caused the problem and is sending the TARDIS hurtling towards destruction, the time machine itself is able to communicate with the crew and warn them of danger. The Doctor finally accepts Ian and Barbara as proper members of his crew. Episodes are: 'An Unearthly Child'; 'The Cave of Skulls'; 'The Forest of Fear'; 'The Firemaker'; 'The Dead Planet'; 'The Survivors'; 'The Escape'; 'The Ambush'; 'The Expedition'; 'The Ordeal'; 'The Rescue'; 'The Edge of Destruction'; and 'The Brink of Disaster'.
Doctor Who - The Beginning features four early episodes. Includes the previously unreleased pilot episode and the very first episode from the long-running sci-fi TV series. Set in London in 1963, "An Unearthly Child" is our very first brush with the Doctor. Teachers Ian and Barbara follow a mysterious pupil, Susan, home one evening and find that she lives in a junkyard. Suddenly her uncle, the Doctor, appears but they suspect Susan is being held in the police box. On entering this box their lives change forever... Also includes "The Daleks" and the two-part episode of "The Edge Of Destruction".
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The second serial "The Daleks" has to be classed among the best Doctor Who adventures ever made. Written by Terry Nation it introduced the world to scariest tin-cans ever! The Doctor's greatest and most featured enemy that had three generations of children hiding behind the sofa and shooting at dustbins still strike a chord with children today in the revived series. Genius! Far superior to the ...Read more ›
It captures three of the earliest available Doctor Who programs from 1963-1964. You would think that things were still very primitive in regards to the character and plot of Doctor Who but these DVDs show that things were very well thought out and three brilliant and well written, produced shows are here for all of us to enjoy.
An Unearthly Child is incredible TV and is a credit to the team who created this show.
I also love the original daleks and the edge of destruction is also a great addition.
Overall this box is a very worthy, historic moment in TV history and thankfully These stories won't thrown out as many other lost episodes were by the thoughtless BBC back in 1970s.
A must get and must see.
The Beeb had a hole in their schedule and in order to plug it, they decided to try something that would be science fictiony and yet not too extreme. After much thought, they came up with a story that would see four characters travelling through time and space - a young girl, to appeal to the youths; a pair of adults to provide a mature view; and a crotchety old man who the rest could look up to or rail against as necessary.
What we got was Doctor Who. The old man was played by William Hartnell, the two adults by William Russel and Jacqueline Hill and the girl by Carol Ann Ford.
'The Beginning' consists of the first three stories in the Doctor Who series:
- An Unearthly Child
- The Daleks
- The Edge of Destruction
All three disks come with commentaries and 'making of' documentaries.
'An Unearthly Child' is the opening story, introducing the new series. Unlike the original broadcast, the very first episode has two versions, which are played back-to-back on the DVD. The two are somewhat different, but one was somewhat disconcerted when it happened :-).
'The Daleks' introduces us to probably the most infamous aliens in televised SF history, and while some of the special effects work was nothing to write home about, it's easy to see how they could become so iconic so quickly.
Although 'The Edge of Darkness' is a filler, made on the cheap to fill an unexpected delay in the schedule, for all that, it is important in that it introduces us to the four travellers in the TARDIS as real people and makes them a team rather than a disparate band of people.Read more ›
These have always been amongst my favourite Doctor Who stories, and this set improves on the previous video release by means of improved sound and picture quality, and all the extras, which make this set probably the best Doctor Who release so far.
The first story, An Unearthly Child, begins when two school teachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, follow a particularly mysterious pupil to her home. This girl, Susan, appears to live in a junkyard with a bad-tempered old man, who may or may not be her grandfather. Bursting their way into the police box, the teachers find themselves in a huge, gleaming control room. Soon, they are whisked off to the dawn of mankind’s history, where they must fight for survival.
Next is The Daleks, the seven-part serial which changed the fortunes of the programme, ensuring its survival and making icons of the eponymous creations. Tricking his companions into visiting the mysterious metal city, the Doctor discovers the evil mutations, and has to help their ancient enemies the Thals to defeat them.
Finally, in The Edge of Destruction, the crew find themselves under attack inside the Tardis itself.
These three stories have been released before on video, but what makes this release such a triumph is the package of extras. We are given the original unedited pilot, 35 minutes, with a commentary from producer Verity Lambert and director Waris Hussain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Doctor Who - The Beginning" is most definitely the perfect way to start your Doctor Who collection, if you intend to collect the serials on DVD. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my son who is watching every episode of Doctor Who from the very beginning. It's a great DVD for the classic Doctor Who fan.Published 6 months ago by Stacy B.
The acting is fine and the stories are good but the dialogue is far too modern from the people who are supposed to be cave people when the tardiss goes back in time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mandl.taylor
Love the bad acting, wobbly sets and naff storyline. Interesting to see various takes on the first episode - I was 5 at the time and I can remember being scared witless!! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Newbury Girl
Wonderful to watch again after all these years. Pure escapism ably delivered by a capable cast using simple yet effective stage props. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JD
An Unearthly Child - Loved it! Amazing!
The Daleks - Not the best Dalek story ever, gets a bit boring, still thought it was great though! Read more