Every Doctor Who story: 001 - An Unearthly Child (1963)
“If you could touch the alien sand and hear the cry of strange birds and watch them wheel in another sky, would that satisfy you?”
Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child (1963)
with Waris Hussein, William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, Mark Gatiss, and more.
UKTV continues its season of classic Doctor Who stories today (13th) with the broadcast of The Aztecs at 4:30pm (Australia) and 4:20pm (New Zealand).The four-part adventure forms part of the channel’s celebration of the First Doctor this month, which kicked off last weekend with An Unearthly Child and continues with The Dalek Invasion of Earth next week (AU:3:30pm, NZ:3:15pm), rounding off with The War Machines on the 27th (AU:4:30pm, NZ:4:20pm).
The channel is showing stories every Sunday throughout the year in the lead-up to Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary in November, focussing on a Doctor a month. February is, as one might then expect, dedicated to the Second Doctor, featuring The Tomb of the Cybermen (3rd), The Dominators (10th), The Mind Robber (17th), and The Seeds of Death (24th).
All up-and-coming broadcasts from both 20th and 21st Century series of Doctor Who can be found via UKTV’s Doctor Who sections for Australia and New Zealand.
Radio Times has a great writeup of this past Saturday’s all star panel to celebrate the First Doctor at BFI Southbank:
Saturday was a big day for Doctor Who – the programme and fans – as the British Film Institute launched Doctor Who at 50, its year-long celebration of the Time Lord. Every month they’ll be screening a classic story for each Doctor and reuniting many luminaries from the world of Who.
To kick off, it was right back to the very beginning, to An Unearthly Child, the atmospheric four-part serial that launched the series on BBCtv in November and December 1963. And it was amazing how many guests were able to attend, people directly involved on that programme or with the era of the first Doctor, William Hartnell. They included (pictured above) William Russell and Carole Ann Ford (companions Ian and Susan) and Jeremy Young, who played the first villain….
23 November 1963
Happy Birthday Doctor Who!
^_^ It was cool!
“It all started as a mild curiosity in a junkyard…”
…Now it has become 49 years of an adventure.
Happy Birthday Doctor Who, 23rd November, 1963.
Happy 49th birthday Doctor Who! - original Radio Times feature and TV billing
If you’re in New York City, Waris Hussein, Director of the first episode of Doctor Who “An Unearthly Child” will take part in a screening, discussion, and Q&A about the very first episode of Doctor Who.
Doctor Who: How It All Began—An Evening with Waris Hussein
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
7:00 pm ET
Waris Hussein, Director, “An Unearthly Child”
Moderator: Barnaby Edwards, President, Doctor Who New York
Climb into your TARDIS and travel back in time with us to November 23, 1963, to hear all about the making of “An Unearthly Child,” the very first Doctor Who episode ever aired, from the man who brought it to life, director Waris Hussein, who will recall what it was like being part of the creation of television’s longest-running science fiction series. In addition to a discussion and Q&A, the evening will include the screening of the episode, with live commentary provided by Hussein. After the event, the director will participate in an autograph session with attendees. (Autograph Policy: Waris will sign a personal item for $20 each. He will also have pictures available for signing at $20 each, which will be signed for free.)
Tickets on sale now.