Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

Time and Relative

This is the first Doctor Who novella published by Telos.

Where does this fit?

This happens before An Unearthly Child.

Other Guides to this Story

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 granddaughter Susan, and has a degree of arrogance towards others.

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.

Recurring and Historical Characters

Ian Chesterton

Ian Chesterton is a science teacher at Coal Hill School who followed Susan home and became the Doctor's companion in An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1). This story is set several months before those events.

Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright is a history teacher at Coal Hill School who followed Susan home and became the Doctor's companion in An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1). This story is set several months before those events.

The headmaster in Remembrance of the Daleks

Basil James Carker is the Headmaster at Coal Hill School. He (or possibly his successor) appeared in Remembrance of the Daleks (Classic Series Season 25), although in that story he wasn't named.

In the 60s TV Comic's Doctor Who strip, the first and second Doctors were accompanied by his two grandchildren called John and Gillian. The novel Conundrum (Virgin New Adventures) established that these grandchildren were entirely fictional, so they are not the same John and Gillian who appear in this story.

Recommended Viewing

This story sets the scene for An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1), the first Doctor Who episode.

Recommended Reading

None.

Recommended Listening

None.

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