Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Reign of Terror

This is the eighth and final story in Season One.

Two of the six episodes are missing from the archives. The DVD release contains animated versions of these episodes.

Where does this fit?

This is in sequence with the rest of the season.

Doctor

The First Doctor

The first Doctor looks like a human in his sixties. He is physically quite frail, but has a keen intellect. He is paternalistic towards his companions, and has a degree of arrogance towards others. He sometimes forgets his companions' names, especially Ian Chesterton's surname.

Companion(s)

Susan Foreman

Susan Foreman is the Doctor's granddaughter. She and the Doctor left their home planet in Lungbarrow (Virgin New Adventures novel). Susan adopted the surname Foreman whilst staying on Earth during 1963. She appeared in the first TV story An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1), where she was a pupil at Coal Hill School in London. During that story Susan was followed home by two of her teachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. This led to them joining her and the Doctor in travelling through space and time.

Ian Chesterton

Ian Chesterton is a science teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. In An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1), he and colleague Barbara Wright were intrigued by the strange behaviour of one of their pupils, Susan Foreman. They followed her home to a junkyard where Susan and the Doctor had parked the TARDIS. In a confrontation with the Doctor they forced their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong to do so and decided to try to get them home. During The Edge of Destruction (Classic Series Season 1), the TARDIS attempted to communicate with its crew telepathically, causing the Doctor to accuse Ian and Barbara of sabotaging the ship. However, when the Doctor realised that they were not responsible, his relationship with them warmed considerably.

Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright is a history teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. In An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1), she and colleague Ian Chesterton were intrigued by the strange behaviour of one of their pupils, Susan Foreman. They followed her home to a junkyard where Susan and the Doctor had parked the TARDIS. In a confrontation with the Doctor they forced their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong to do so and decided to try to get them home. During The Edge of Destruction (Classic Series Season 1), the TARDIS attempted to communicate with its crew telepathically, causing the Doctor to accuse Ian and Barbara of sabotaging the ship. However, when the Doctor realised that they were not responsible, his relationship with them warmed considerably.

Recurring and Historical Characters

Maximilien de Robespierre

Maximilien de Robespierre was one of the main leaders of the French Revolution, and wanted radical reform of France to help the poor. He was one of the main leaders responsible for the Reign of Terror, where large numbers of people opposed to the Revolution were executed.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte was an artillery general in the French military. At this point in history, he was best known for winning the Siege of Toulon. Later in his career he would become absolute ruler of France, and conquer most of Europe.

Recommended Viewing

None.

Recommended Reading

You might want to read some history books about the French Revolution, but it really isn't necessary.

Recommended Listening

None.

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