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Doctor Who - The Beginning (An Unearthly Child [1963] / The Daleks [1963] / The Edge of Destruction [1964]) [DVD]

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  • Actors: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell
  • Directors: Waris Hussein, Richard Martin, Christopher Barry, Frank Cox
  • Writers: Terry Nation, David Whitaker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2006
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C6EMTC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,731 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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'.

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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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Birthday present for my grandson - he loves Dr Who and will be thrilled with it.
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I've always been a Doctor Who fan but only recently got around to collecting the DVDs and this seemed the obvious place to start. It represents the birth of one of the BBC's most successful and long running shows and explains how everyone involved faced the odds from all directions to prove to the world that this new experimental format wasn't just a training ground for young producers and directors. The opening episode "An Unearthly Child" has a dark mysterious air about it as we are introduced to the characters one by one. It is very clearly early 60s television but the whole team put everything into it and produced a masterpiece. Even the first recording (referred to as the pilot but really just a rejected first take) is also worthy with just a few off moments - there are even aspects in the original that I prefer but perhaps didn't fit in with the requirements at the time. The adventure that follows in the stone age isn't so wonderful but highlights the stark contrast between contemporary London and the potential adventures the TARDIS crew could be facing.

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
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This has to be the best Doctor Who box set out of all of them.
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.
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In the beginning was an idea.

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.
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This boxset contains the first thirteen episodes of the TV series from 1963-64, and includes the first story, An Unearthly Child, the first Dalek story, and the strange two-parter, The Edge of Destruction, set entirely in the Tardis and featuring only the main four characters.
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.
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