A Biography of the Doctor

The First Doctor

Season One

"I know that free movement in space and time is a scientific dream I don't expect to find solved in a junkyard." - Ian Chesterton on the TARDIS in An Unearthly Child

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 4 - Between consecutive stories

The Doctor and Susan arrive in London during late 1962 or early 1963, The Doctor enrols Susan in Coal Hill School, using forged records. This idea is her suggestion. Susan also gets a weekend job looking after a six-year-old boy called Malcolm.

The cold that has been around since Christmas intensifies. The Doctor discovers that it is sentient and that it ruled the Earth before humanity evolved. He intends to let it eliminate humanity.

Meanwhile, Susan sees the Cold begin to attack others at Coal Hill. Whilst in detention after school she sees the Cold kill several people and holes up in the school with two friends - John and Gillian - and John's dad. They struggle to get back to Foreman's Yard. On the way John's dad is killed. They stop for a bit in the local Wimpy and join up with Malcolm and Zack, a biker with whom Gillian had made friends.

They eventually make it back to Foreman's yard, where the Doctor is studying the Cold - which has centred itself there - and persuade him to interfere to protect the humans. He captures the heart of the Cold and takes it in the TARDIS to Pluto in the far future. However, he takes five trips to get there and a more than a dozen to get back, arriving a moment after he left. These trips cause something in the TARDIS to break down.

Duration: 8 days
Location: Coal Hill School & Totters' Lane. 24th March - 4th April 1963. p.17-30 suggest they've been there since before Christmas 1962.

Notes: This is a prequel to An Unearthly Child. Susan says that it feels like they've been in 1963 for five months (p.11), but also says that everywhere feels like that. on page 11 of Time and Relative. However, she also says that everywhere they stay feels like they've been there for five months, accounting for her claim in the first episode of An Unearthly Child that her stay on Earth has been "the happiest five months of her life". On pages 17 and 30, it looks like she has been there since before Christmas 1962.).

The Little Things (Short Trips: A Christmas Treasury) establishes that the TARDIS's chameleon circuit broke before they originally landed in Totter's Lane. Since this is a surprise to the Doctor in An Unearthly Child, it seems clear that he didn't leave the ship during the trips he takes here.

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman )
Placement Rating: 3 - Within a range of stories

Whilst at Totters' Lane, the Doctor makes repairs to the TARDIS [this may be why he is already known to the scientific community in The War Machines). He also makes arrangements to hide the Hand of Omega in a coffin.

Location: Totters Lane, London, 1963

Notes: An Unearthly Child, The War Machines, Remembrance of the Daleks

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 5 - Part of ongoing series
Concurrent with The Eight Doctors (First Doctor), Playtime (Brief Encounters)

Two of Susan's teachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, become suspicious of Susan's behaviour. They discover that her address is a junkyard and decide to investigate. Following her home, they find the TARDIS and force their way in. The Doctor, anxious to protect Susan and, presumably, the Hand of Omega sends the ship on a journey though time. The TARDIS arrives on Stone Age Earth, but the chameleon circuit has broken and its shell is stuck in the form of a 1963 Police Box. Exploring the area, its occupants are captured by a Stone Age tribe that has forgotten how to make fire. They eventually manage to escape, having given the tribe fire.

Duration: 3 days
Location: London, 1963. Earth, c. 100,000 BC

Notes: There is a recap of the scene where Ian and Barbara meet the Doctor in the novelisation of Remembrance of the Daleks. Ian and Barbara believe that Susan is 15.

Placement Rating: 4 - Between consecutive stories
Concurrent with An Unearthly Child

Lavinia Smith takes her niece Sarah Jane Smith out of school for a day trip to London. Whilst there, Sarah wanders into a junkyard to play. Shortly afterwards an older girl goes into the junkyard as a car arrives outside it.

Duration: For Sarah, it's less than an hour. Susan, Ian, and Barbara only appear in cameo at the end.
Location: Totter's Lane, 1963.

Notes: For Susan, Ian, and Barbara this clearly happens during An Unearthly Child episode 1 (An Unearthly Child). Sarah's age is never mentioned, but she has already decided to become a journalist when she grows up.

(First Doctor , Ian Chesterton )
Placement Rating: 4 - Between consecutive stories
Concurrent with An Unearthly Child

The Doctor is suspended in a time bubble, where he meets his eighth incarnation. His future self regains some of the memories he has been searching for and then scolds the first Doctor for his arrogance, persuading him not to kill the caveman Za.

Duration: A couple of minutes for the Doctor, nothing for anybody else.
Location: Earth, 100,000 BC

Notes: During The Forest of Fear, episode 3 of An Unearthly Child

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 5 - Part of ongoing series
Follows on from An Unearthly Child

The TARDIS lands on the planet Skaro, which the crew do not know is highly radioactive. Three of them want to leave, but the Doctor sabotages the ship - claiming that the fluid link requires a new supply of mercury - in order to investigate a nearby city. They stay the night in the TARDIS before making for the city the next day. During the night a Thal leaves a box of anti-radiation drugs outside the TARDIS, but the travellers do not know what they are. When they arrive in the city they are imprisoned by the Daleks. However, they persuade the Daleks to let Susan go get the drugs from the TARDIS (having realised that they are suffering from radiation sickness and what the drugs are). Susan returns with the drugs, having made contact with the Thals on the way. The Daleks, realising that the Thals are out there, decide to kill them all. They offer the Thals some food but plan to exterminate them when they arrive to collect it.

Meanwhile, the TARDIS crew escape and arrive just too late to warn the Thals of the ambush. They escape along with the survivors, only to discover that the fluid link is still in the Dalek city. After some discussion Ian persuades the pacifist Thals that they can and must fight the Daleks. Ian, Barbara, and a small group of Thals sneak into the Dalek city through an area full of dangerous mutants whilst the Doctor, Susan, and the rest of the Thals provide a distraction at the main entrance to the city. Ian and Barbara's group ends up stopping a Dalek bomb which would increase the planet's radiation levels so much that it would kill the Thals, and shut down the static electricity that powers the Daleks.

When the TARDIS crew leave, the Thals give them a number of gifts, including a scroll granting the Doctor the freedom of the city of Skaro.

Duration: 8 Days
Location: Skaro

Notes: Follows on from An Unearthly Child. We see the scroll in Robot.

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 5 - Part of ongoing series
Follows on from The Daleks

As the TARDIS leaves Skaro there is an explosion, knocking the travellers out. The [faulty telepathic circuits] cause paranoia, memory loss and aggression. The Doctor immediately suspects that his human companions have sabotaged the TARDIS to get back home. Eventually the crew realise that the problems with each other and the TARDIS are the TARDIS trying to communicate with them. [The telepathic circuits may be faulty, as the effects don't effectively communicate to the crew.] The fast return switch has become stuck and they have been travelling back to the creation of the universe. The Doctor finally realises that he had been wrong in his attitude to the teachers and becomes much more friendly towards them.

Duration: 2 days, depending how long everyone is unconscious.
Location: The TARDIS

Notes: Follows on from The Daleks. It is never stated how the switch became jammed, but presumably, the Doctor tried to use it to get back to 1963. Its failure is probably connected to the repairs the Doctor carried out in 1963.

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 5 - Part of ongoing series
Follows on from The Edge of Destruction

Escaping from this crisis, the TARDIS arrives on the Pamir Plateau in 1289. Its life support systems then shut down [as a consequence of the Fast Return switch jamming]. The travellers are rescued by the arrival of Marco Polo, who is travelling to the court of Kublai Khan. He takes them and the TARDIS with him and, during the journey, manages several times to stop them from escaping in the TARDIS. The Doctor does, however, manage to repair the problem. When they arrive at court, the Doctor loses the TARDIS in a game of Backgammon. He reclaims it, however, when he foils the plot of warlord Tegana to kill the Khan. The TARDIS crew then depart.

Duration: At least a month.
Location: The Himalayas, the Plain of Pamir, Lop, the Gobi Desert, Tun-Huang, Sinju, a bamboo forest, Cheng-Ting, the Summer Palace at Shang-Tu and Peking, Summer 1289.

Notes: Follows on from The Edge of Destruction. Susan tells Ping Cho that she is 16.

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 4 - Between consecutive stories
Follows on from Marco Polo

The TARDIS arrives on the planet Avalon. The crew are locked out of the TARDIS by its electrical defence grid. Seeking to find out why they arrive at Fluxford Castle. Soon afterwards the sorcerer Morton Dhal kidnaps Susan. The Doctor and Ian accompany members of the court on a quest to recover the legendary Merlin's Helm. Barbara begins studying the records to find clues as to why magic works on the planet and why the TARDIS has locked them out. She helps Susan and Princess Melissa to escape. Meanwhile, the expedition encounters the occupants of a recently crashed shuttle from the Earth Empire. The Doctor eventually realises that the magic is caused by nanobots created by the planet's natives. Placing the Helm, actually the control system, on a native's head deactivates the system. This removes the threat the TARDIS had detected, allowing the travellers to depart.

Location: Avalon, late 30th or early 31st Century.

Notes: On page 5 it's "two minutes" since they left China

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 5 - Part of ongoing series

The TARDIS arrives besides an acid sea on the planet Marinus. They soon meet Arbitan, keeper of the Conscience of Marinus. Arbitan places a force field around the TARDIS and agrees to release the force field if the crew undertake a quest to locate the missing Keys of Marinus. In this quest, they visit several areas of the planet. The first is Morphotron, where disembodied telepathic brains hold sway. The next is a ruined fortress being overrun by plant life. The third is an ice wasteland with hunters and ice soldiers. Finally they arrive in Millenius. This city has the legal rule guilty until proven innocent and Ian falls foul of the law. When they return the Voord have killed Arbitan and taken the conscience. They are defeated when the Doctor gives them three of the four keys and one fake. Using them in the Conscience causes it to be destroyed, ruining their plans. The TARDIS crew then leave.

Duration: 9 days.
Location: Marinus, 2000 years after the creation of the Conscience.

Notes: Ian is still wearing the clothes he acquired in Marco Polo, and continued to wear in The Sorcerers' Apprentice

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 3 - Within a range of stories

The TARDIS lands in ancient Egypt. Its crew are captured, taken to the Pharoah, and accidentally foil an assassination attempt on him. In the confusion they escape and return to the under-construction pyramid where the TARDIS landed.

Duration: 1 day. Maybe a lot less if the Pharaoh's court is quite close to the Pyramid.
Location: Ancient Egypt under the reign of Pharaoh Menkuare (who reigned c.2530 BC to c.2510 BC).

Notes: Ian and Barbara have clearly been on the TARDIS for a number of trips. On the other hand, they and the Doctor are actively hostile towards each other. There's not really a gap where both are true. There's a brief comment that they haven't seen an Aztec temple, making it before The Aztecs. Ian is wearing his regular clothes, so it's probably not in the gap between Marco Polo and The Keys of Marinus.

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 3 - Within a range of stories

Susan relates a bad dream she has been having recently to Barbara. The dream concerns a piece of red glass, which the Doctor picked up not long before arriving on 1963 Earth.

Duration: 5 minutes.
Location: The TARDIS.

Notes: Susan and Barbara are talking in the TARDIS. Susan has just been asleep, so it has to be in a gap of at least one day between adventures. This is the first clear-cut gap of that length between adventures.

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 3 - Within a range of stories

Susan gets Ian and Barbara to play the board game Sepulchasm. They take it with them when the TARDIS lands. The TARDIS lands on a planet where time is in short supply, and people called conduits can drain the time from people and things – leaving them frozen – and share it with others. It turns out that people and things from Gallifrey have enough time in them that the conduits can't drain it all. Susan leaves the game on the planet, allowing the people she has met to survive for longer.

Duration: It appears to be a couple of days, though could be significantly more.
Location: The planet Torcaldi

Notes: The board game is not named here, but is clearly the same game we see in Lungbarrow. On page 32 Susan thinks she couldn't ever leave the Doctor and sometimes wishes for a more settled life. Ian and Barbara are confused by the natives being hermaphrodites. On page 18 the Doctor calls Barbara "Miss Wright". So it's still relatively early in Ian and Barbara's travels.

(First Doctor , )
Placement Rating: 3 - Within a range of stories

The TARDIS lands on the planet Dascaris, and the Doctor uses the local law concerning Verevan (intensity of desire for the land) to protect its native inhabitants.

Location: Dascaris

Notes: This trip is mentioned in People of the Trees (Decalog 3). The Doctor was a white haired old man with three companions, so I have set it here, when he was travelling with Susan, Ian and Barbara - though it could equally be Vicki, Ian and Barbara.

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 5 - Part of ongoing series

The TARDIS materialises in an Aztec tomb and Barbara picks up a bracelet in the form of a snake. When the travellers emerge from the tomb they find they cannot get back in. When they run into the Aztecs Barbara is, because of the bracelet, proclaimed as the divine reincarnation of the dead priest Yexata. She uses her new importance to try to abolish the custom of human sacrifice, hoping this will enable the Aztecs to survive the arrival of the Spanish in 1520. Meanwhile, Susan is placed in a seminary and then refuses the wish of the perfect victim to become his wife, causing an outcry as Aztec law demands that his every wish be granted. Ian is made a commander of the army, coming into direct competition with the established leader Ixta. The Doctor resides in the garden of the elders where he shares cocoa with a woman named Cameca, unwittingly betrothing himself.

The Doctor and Ian discover a secret passage into the tomb, and Ian manages to place a strong rope beneath the door. However, the high priest of sacrifice and Ixta arrange to frame Ian for an attack on the high priest of knowledge. ,Both he and Susan re to be punished before a sacrifice due to happen at a forthcoming solar eclipse. Barbara's attempt to end the sacrifices has convinced the high priest of knowledge to lose his faith. His last act before leaving for the wilderness is to give Cameca some help so that she can free Ian and Susan. Their escape generates enough confusion to enable the travellers to escape back into the tomb using a pulley mechanism the Doctor has constructed. Barbara returns some of her Aztec finery to the tomb but the Doctor decides to keep a brooch given to him by Cameca.

Duration: 5 days.
Location: Tenochtitlan, the Aztec Empire (modern-day Mexico), c.1454.

Notes: The first scene shows the TARDIS dematerialising from Marinus, but there's no reason to believe the next scene follows immediately on from it.

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 5 - Part of ongoing series

The TARDIS materialises on a 28th century spaceship whose crew have come under the influence of the telepathic Sensorites. The crew are periodically placed into catatonic trances. Investigating, the Doctor discovers that the Sensorites have been poisoned by a previous human expedition to Sensesphere. His intervention cures the disease and helps establish peace between the two races.

Duration: 1 day.
Location: The planet Sense-Sphere and a spacecraft in its solar system, 28th Century.

Notes: We see the TARDIS dematerialise from the Aztec temple, but by the next scene everybody has changed their clothes - so it doesn't necessarily follow on from The Aztecs.

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 5 - Part of ongoing series
Follows on from The Sensorites

The TARDIS materialises in France, 1794. Ian, Barbara, and Susan all spend time being held in the Concierge Priso, whilst the Doctor poses as a civic dignitary in the search for them. They eventually slip away from Paris as Robespierre is deposed.

Duration: 4 days.
Location: Paris and nearby rural areas, July 1794.

Notes: At the end of The Sensorites, the Doctor threatens to throw Ian off the ship the next place they land. The first scene here carries on from that conversation.

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 3 - Within a range of stories

The TARDIS materialises near the besieged city of Masada in first Century Judea. The crew are caught in a skirmish during the siege. The Doctor and Susan are camped with the Roman soldiers whilst Ian and an injured Barbara are trapped in the city. Over the course of a few weeks Ian rallies the defenders. Barbara recovers from her injuries just before the Jews decide to commit mass suicide. Ian and Barbara escape and the Doctor saves them from crucifixion by claiming that they are his spies.

Duration: At least a few weeks.
Location: Masada, Judea, 73AD

Notes: Ian refers to The Aztecs, so it's between The Aztecs and The Sensorites or between The Reign of Terror and Planet of the Giants.

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 4 - Between consecutive stories

The TARDIS lands in the city of Arkhaven on the planet Sarath and the Doctor insists on exploring. The TARDIS crew discover that the outer city is mysteriously deserted as a meteor storm hits. Barbara and the TARDIS are buried under rubble and Susan is injured. The Doctor and Ian are taken to an internment camp before persuading the authorities that they are aliens. They are asked to help perfect the Ship, a vast spacecraft designed to take the city's population to another world before the planet is destroyed.

Susan is replaced by an identical android who is then kidnapped by the official Church. The real Susan is dumped with the garbage but meets up with Barbara. The two are then captured and forced to do manual labour. Their captors, the functionaries, know that the Ship won't work and are working on a scaled-down version, the Lander. The Doctor, Ian, and the fake Susan escape the destruction of the Ship, and meet up with Barbara and the real Susan. The Doctor is able to increase the capacity of the Lander, by removing a portion of folded space from the TARDIS and donating it. The fake Susan then pilots the Lander to Mirath.

The removal of a portion of folded space causes the TARDIS to develop a dimensional instability. When it is fully developed the TARDIS will materialise at a vastly reduced size.

Location: Sarath, a few thousand years after the twentieth century.

Notes: Officially between The Reign of Terror and Planet of the Giants this sets up the TARDIS malfunction in the latter story. But as The Witch Hunters definitely leads into Planet of the Giants, we have to assume that the fault takes some time to develop.

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 4 - Between consecutive stories

The TARDIS arrives in 12th Century England, and it turns out that Ian is the spitting image of Robin Hood. The real Robin is killed and Ian returns Hood's stolen gold to the villagers, thus creating the legend.

Duration: It appears to be a few days.
Location: Nottingham and Sherwood Forest, medieval period.

Notes: This story is told in the form of various book and magazine extracts about a fictitious TV story broadcast in the six weeks between The Reign of Terror and Planet of the Giants. One of the articles suggests it leads directly into Planet of Giants. However, since that story explicitly says the TARDIS has just left the eighteenth century this cannot be the case. Given the format of the story we can probably speculate that there is a gap between the main adventure and the final scene which leads into the next story.

(First Doctor , Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright )
Placement Rating: 5 - Part of ongoing series

The TARDIS materialises in the woods near Salem, Massachusetts. The Doctor intends to use the fast return switch to carry out a month's worth of repairs in the vortex while his companions wait a few minutes. The others persuade him to do the repairs in real time. The travellers thus spend several days in Salem, believing it to be January 1691 - over a year before the infamous witch trials. It is actually January 1692. They leave shortly before the witch trials begin and arrive in Bristol 1954, where Susan sees The Crucible and learns of the horror of the trials. Desperate to save her new friends from this horror she uses the fast return switch to return them to 1692.

The TARDIS then arrives in late June 1692 - at the height of the trials. Susan refuses to return to the TARDIS without trying to save her friends. The travellers become involved in the appeal for Rebecca Nurse, and the Doctor takes the appeal to the governor, but ends up persuading the governor to reject it. Meanwhile Ian, Barbara, and Susan are all accused of witchcraft. When they attempt to return to the TARDIS only the Doctor and Barbara are able to make it. They are followed by a mob of witch hunters who attempt to burn the TARDIS. In order to avoid changing history the Doctor dematerialises as the flames rise. Using the fast return switch he manages to return two weeks later. Whilst they have been away Susan has been forced to join the 'possessed' accusers and live in Reverend Parris' house. Ian has been imprisoned, having attempted to help John Proctor and others escape the jail The Doctor then helps them all excape.

Location: Salem, Massachusetts January, June, and July 1692; Boston Massachusetts, July 1692; Bristol, 9 November 1954; New England, 8 September 1742.

Notes: This story leads directly into Planet of Giants. Susan and Barbara now have separate rooms in the TARDIS, as opposed to the shared room with palates as seen in The Edge of Destruction.

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