Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
An Unearthly Child
This was the first ever Doctor Who story, beginning Season One.
It is sometimes called 100,000 BC (the final working title) or The Tribe of Gum (an earlier working title - used for the script book).
Where does this fit?
This happens at the start of the series.
The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.
Susan Foreman is the Doctor's granddaughter. She and the Doctor left their home planet in Lungbarrow (Virgin New Adventure). Susan adopted the surname Foreman whilst staying on Earth during 1963. This is her first appearance.
Ian Chesterton is a science teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. This is his first appearance.
Barbara Wright is a history teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. This is her first appearance.
Recurring and Historical Characters
The following stories and other resources are not necessary in order to follow the plot (we've summed up the essential bits for you). But being familiar with them will probably enhance your enjoyment of this story.