t all began as a mild curiosity in a junkyard and turned into quite a spirit of adventure! The swinging 60s introduced us to the Beatles, MODs and a Science Fiction serial that would last well over 50 years. Doctor Who took its audience on a trip through time and space in an old Police Public Call Box piloted by a crotchety elderly man only known as the Doctor!
The First Doctor, portrayed by the legendary William Hartnell was your stereotypical grandfather, the grandfather of the universe I would say! He was brash and didn’t take no nonsense. Though through his hardened exterior he had a soft and loving side towards his granddaughter Susan and whoever joined him on his adventures.
The adventures of the First Doctor was when the ball started rolling with the show itself. We were introduced to a large manner of thuggery from the cosmos. The Daleks for that matter were the first proper monsters the Doctor and Co. faced. Space metal dustbin that thrived on the destruction of anything/one that wasn’t a Dalek, looking back at the time they were unveiled it is pretty obvious to why children would hide behind bits of furniture.
At the time it was brand-new and not forgetting how Nazi-like the creatures are. It was somewhat too close to home, being as the Second World War ended less than 20 years before Doctor Who even started. Though the Daleks would go onto become a fan favourite which resulted in two films starring Hammer Horror actor Peter Cushion in the title of role of 'Dr. Who.'
The Hartnell era of the show also introduced us to the Time Meddling Monk, another time traveller with a TARDIS but with a sinister objective to cause carnage and mess with time itself. The 1960s run of the show was many of firsts for the series and paved the way for the show today. I would go as far to say however that if it wasn’t for the bold move of introducing the idea of regeneration we wouldn’t have a series that is fifty plus years old.
In 1966 William Hartnell had to leave the show due to ill health, this was when Patrick Troughton took over the title role of the Doctor. However it was the First Doctor’s swansong story that introduced us to the frightening emotionless Cybermen, who were last seen in the season finale of Peter Capaldi’s final series of the Doctor Who. In 1966 a new monster for the series was born and slowly became a fan favourite, the Cybermen were more or less the Roman Empire of the cosmos, branching out from Mondas to Telos and far out into the depths of space.
These silver giants were an unstoppable force and somehow dwindled away during the Civil Cyber War, but they were out there crippled but alive slowly growing stronger until they had the resources to strike which would eventually result into another defeat when the Doctor would ruin their plan.
The first Cyber-story was titled The Tenth Planet (1966) and it took place of a polar icecap set in 1986, it was a brilliant piece of science-fiction where it would predict Britain’s future. A lot of what if’s were circling around when the story was created. The costume of one of the astronauts was seen again in Star Wars, Episode VII: The Empire Strikes Back (1980). So could this mean that Doctor Who and Star Wars are part of the same universe? Many of eagle-eyed fans can spot that many number of guest actors have small roles in the Star Wars franchise.
Jeremy Bulloch who played the role of Tor in the 1965 story The Space Museum, he would later on have another guest appearance in Doctor Who for the introduction of Sarah Jane Smith in 1974 for the serial The Time Warrior. Many fans know that Bulloch was guy behind the mask of Boba Fett in two episodes of the original trilogy of Star Wars.
So that’s it, a brief insight to Doctor Who 1963-66. Roll on the next article that will feature our favourite cosmic hobo, Doctor No. 2 portrayed by the legendary Patrick Troughton. “OH MY GIDDY AUNT!”