"My name is William Hartnell, and as Doctor Who, I make my debut on Saturday 23rd November at 5.15." Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction TV series in history, airing initially from 1963 to 1989. The series told the story of the Doctor, a mysterious traveller in space and time, whose TARDIS can take him and his companions anywhere in time and space. Inevitably he finds evil at work wherever he goes… The series was postponed indefintely in 1989, but fans of the series would not allow it to die, and a whole cottage industry was created around original novels and audio-only productions. There was an abortive attempt to renew the franchise as a series of telemovies in the U.S., but ratings for the pilot were judged insufficient. In 2003, the BBC announced that, at long last, it would commission a revival of Doctor Who. The series, initially starring Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor, was launched in 2005. You can read about the new series here. Traditionally listed by production, the data on this site has now been amended to TV.com standards and lists each of the 697 broadcast episodes from the original series. I hope that you find the site useful, and that it might act as a springboard to the wider world of Doctor Who appreciation. TheOldBill
Continuity: The Doctor uses the same control to electrocute Ian that Susan used to close the door.
When this episode was first aired, there was a power failure affecting Britain. Only about 4·4 million people saw it.
Susan is seen not knowing how many shillings are in a pound and the explanation she gives is that she thought the UK was on the decimal system. The UK would actually switch to a decimal currency system seven years later, on 15 February 1971.
The date the companions travelled to was not given in this episode. The Doctor indicated that the "yearometer" was broken and gave the date only as "zero".
Susan never takes the book about the French Revolution home. "Remembrance of the Daleks" shows the book in Ian's lab. How does it get in there? Ian and Barbara leave Susan alone in Barbara's classroom, not Ian's lab.
The Doctor is seen smoking a pipe in this episode, the only time that he would smoke anything.
When Za is injured you can see that his wounds criss-cross his entire chest, but in later scenes his wounds only go diagonally in one direction.
When Za is attempting to move the rock to enter the cave where everyone's being held, you can clearly see from the amount it's moving that it is nowhere near as heavy as they're portraying it.