The First Doctor

Opening Sequence Titles Designed by Bernard Lodge for the BBC, 1963

Used from "An Unearthly Child" (1963) to "The Moonbase" (1967)





"We can travel anywhere and everywhere in that old box as you call it. Regardless of space and time... and if you like adventure, my dear, I can promise you an abundance of it."

The Doctor, "The Rescue"


"That is the dematerializing control. And that, over yonder, is the horizontal hold. Up there is the scanner, those are the doors, that is a chair with a panda on it. Sheer poetry, dear boy. Now please stop bothering me."

The Doctor, in "The Time Meddler"


Starring William Hartnell (The Doctor), Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman), William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright), Maureen O'Brien (Vicki), Peter Purves (Steven Taylor),

Adrienne Hill (Katarina), Jean Marsh (Sarah Kingdom), Jackie Lane (Dodo Chaplet), Anneke Wills (Polly),

Michael Craze (Ben Jackson)

                                                                                                                            Episode Setting

Number, Title                                  # of  Episodes      Airdate                     Time                        Place

Season One - 1963-64

The Doctor's Companions: Susan, Ian, Barbara

1  An Unearthly Child 

The Pilot Episode

 Written by Anthony Coburn, Directed by Waris Hussein

A1 An Unearthly Child

A2 The Cave of Skulls              

A3 The Forest of Fear 

A4 The Firemaker                                         

The Doctor and his granddaughter Susan have landed the TARDIS in London of 1963, where Susan is attending Coal Hill School.  Her teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright are curious about Susan because she seems detatched from Earth culture, and discover that she is from another planet.

(4, all episodes existing in BBC archives)

23 November 1963

30 November 1963

7 December 1963

14 December 1963

100,000 BC 
London, England

Paleolithic Earth
2 The Daleks 

Written by Terry Nation, Directed by Christopher Barry (1, 2, 4, 5), Richard Martin (3, 6, 7)

B1 The Dead Planet 

B2 The Survivors

B3 The Escape

B4 The Ambush

B5 The Expedition

B6 The Ordeal

B7 The Rescue

The first appearance of the Daleks, when the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara travel to Skaro.  The travelers ally themselves with the Thals to battle the mutated Daleks, who want to take over the planet.

(7, all existing) 

21 December 1963 

28 December 1963

4 January 1964

11 January 1964

18  January 1964

25 January 1964

1 February 1964

3 The Edge of Destruction 

Written by David Whitaker, Directed by Richard Martin (1) and Frank Cox (2)

C1 The Edge of Destruction

C2 The Brink of Disaster

The TARDIS is malfunctioning and the crew argue about what might be the cause of it.

(2, all existing)  

8 February 1964

15 February 1964

? Inside the TARDIS 
4 Marco Polo 

Written by John Lucarotti, Directed by Waris Hussein (1, 2, 3, 5, 6,7) and John Crockett (4)

D1 The Roof of the World

D2 The Singing Sands

D3 Five Hundred Eyes

D4 The Wall of Lies

D5 Rider from Shang-Tu

D6 Mighty Kublai Khan

D7 Assassin at Peking

The Doctor joins Marco Polo in his travels through the Gobi Desert to Cathay.

(7, all episodes missing*) 

22 February 1964

29 February 1964

7 March 1964

14 March 1964

21 March 1964

28 March 1964

4 April 1964

1289 China 
5 The Keys of Marinus 

Written by Terry Nation, Directed by John Gorrie

E1 The Sea of Death

E2 The Velvet Web

E3 The Screaming Jungle

E4 The Snows of Terror

E5 Sentence of Death

E6 The Keys of Marinus

On the planet Marinus, Arbitan captures the TARDIS and enlists the Doctor to find the keys that allow a machine to prevent crime.

(6, all existing)  

11 April 1964

18 April 1964

25 April 1964

2 May 1964

9 May 1964

16 May 1964

6 The Aztecs 

Written by John Lucarotti, Directed by John Crockett

F1 The Temple of Evil

F2 The Warriors of Death

F3 The Bride of Sacrifice

F4 The Day of Darkness

The travelers are caught up in Aztec affairs after landing in a tomb.

(4, all existing)  

23 May 1964

30 May 1964

6 June 1964

13 June 1964

1450 Mexico 
7 The Sensorites 

Written by Peter R. Newman, Directed by Mervyn Pinfield (1, 2, 3, 4) and Frank Cox (5, 6)

G1 Strangers in Space 

G2 The Unwilling Warriors

G3 Hidden Danger

G4 A Race Against Death

G5 Kidnap

G6 A Desperate Venture

The TARDIS crew learn about the conflict between the Sensorites and humans in the future.

(6, all existing)  

20 June 1964

27 June 1964

11 July 1964

18 July 1964

25 July 1964

1 August 1964
28th Century Earth Spaceship; Sense-Sphere 
8 The Reign of Terror 

Written by Dennis Spooner, Directed by Henric Hirsch

H1 A Land of Fear

H2 Guests of Madame Guillotine

H3 A Change of Identity 

H4 The Tyrant of France

H5 A Bargain of Necessity

H6 Prisoners of Conciergerie

In revolutionary France, the Doctor and companions find themselves entangled in the politics and dangers of the time.

(6; episodes 1, 2, 3 and 6 existing, episodes 4 and 5 missing)

8 August 1964

15 August 1964

22 August 1964

29 August 1964

5 September 1964

12 September 1964
July 1794 Paris, France 


Season Two - 1964-65

9Planet of Giants

Written by Louis Marks, Directed by Mervyn Pinfield and Douglas Camfield (footage for episode 3)

J1 Planet of Giants 

J2 Dangerous Journey 

J3 Crisis

The travelers are reduced in size and try to stop an insecticide manufacturer from poisoning the Earth.

(3, all existing)

31 October 1964

7 November 1964
14 November 1964        
after World War IIEngland
10 The Dalek Invasion of Earth 

Written by Terry Nation, Directed by Richard Martin

K1 World's End

K2 The Daleks

K3 Day of Reckoning

K4 The End of Tomorrow

K5 The Waking Ally

K6 Flashpoint

In which the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan discover the Earth has been invaded by Daleks and humans have been made into servants.

(6, all existing)  

21 November 1964

28 November 1964

5 December 1964

12 December 1964

19 December 1964

26 December 1964

2167 London and Bedfordshire 

 Ian, Barbara, Vicki 

11 The Rescue 

Written by David Whitaker, Directed by Christopher Barry

L1 The Powerful Enemy

L2 Desperate Measures

The Doctor meets Bennett and Vicki, humans stranded on the planet Dido.  He investigates what happened to the rest of their spaceship crew.

(2, all existing)  

2 January 1965

9 January 1965
2493 Dido 
12 The Romans  

Written by Dennis Spooner, Directed by Christopher Barry

M1 The Slave Traders

M2 All Roads Lead to Rome 

M3 Conspiracy

M4 Inferno 

 On a visit to Rome, the travelers are separated but meet up again at the palace of Emperor Nero.
(4, all existing)  

16 January 1965

23 January 1965

30 January 1965

6 February 1965

64 AD  Rome, Italy 
13 The Web Planet  

Written by Bill Strutton, Directed by Richard Martin

N1 The Web Planet

N2 The Zarbi

N3 Escape to Danger 

N4 Crater of Needles

N5 Invasion

N6 The Centre 

The planet Vortis, home to insect-like aliens, is the site of a conflict between the Zarbi and Menoptra.

(6, all existing)  

13 February 1965

20 February 1965

27 February 1965

6 March 1965

13 March 1965

20 March 1965
Far Future Vortis 
14 The Crusade 

Written by David Whitaker, Directed by Douglas Camfield

P1 The Lion

P2 The Knight of Jaffa

P3 The Wheel of Fortune

P4 The Warlords

The Doctor happens upon the conflict between the Saracens and English military in Palestine.

(4, episodes 1 and 3 existing, 2 and 4 missing)  

27 March 1965

3 April 1965

10 April 1965

17 April 1965
October 1191 Jaffa, Palestine 
15 The Space Museum 

Written by Glyn Jones, Directed by Mervyn Pinfield

Q1 The Space Museum

Q2 The Dimensions of Time

Q3 The Search   

Q4 The Final Phase

The Morok space museum on Xeros contains exhibits of their conquests, including the Daleks and the Doctor and his companions.  The time travelers must change the future to avoid this outcome.

(4, all existing)  

24 April 1965

1 May 1965

8 May 1965

15 May 1965
25th Century The Space Museum, Xeros 
16 The Chase 

R1 The Executioners

R2 The Death of Time

R3 Flight Through Eternity

R4 Journey Into Terror 

R5 The Death of Doctor Who

R6 The Planet of Decision 

(6, all existing)   

22 May 1965

29 May 1965

5 June 1965

12 June 1965

19 June 1965

26 June 1965

1966, 1996, 1965 Aridus 
New York

 Vicki, Steven
17 The Time Meddler 

S1 The Watcher

S2 The Meddling Monk

S3 A Battle of Wits

S4 Checkmate

(4, all existing)  

3 July 1965

10 July 1965

17 July 1965

24 July 1965
1066 Northumbria 




 Season Three - 1965-66

18Galaxy 4

T1 Four Hundred Dawns

T2 Trap of Steel

T3 Air Lock

T4 The Exploding Planet

(4, all except episode 3 missing, some clips from episode 1 surviving)


11 September 1965

18 September 1965

25 September 1965

2 October 1965

alien planet
19 Mission to the Unknown 

Doesn't have any of the regular cast, is a prelude to "The Daleks' Master Plan"

(1, missing) 9 October 1965  3999 Kembel 
 Vicki, Steven, Katarina
20 The Myth Makers 

U1 Temple of Secrets

U2 Small Prophet, Quick Return 

U3 Death of a Spy

U4 Horse of Destruction

(4, all missing, some clips from episodes 1, 2, 4 surviving)

16 October 1965 

23 October 1965

30 October 1965

6 November 1965
1184 BC  Troy 
 Vicki, Steven, Katarina, Sara Kingdom
21 The Daleks' Master Plan 

V1 The Nightmare Begins

V2 Day of Armageddon

V3 Devil's Planet

V4 The Traitors

V5 Counter Plot

V6 Coronas of the Sun   

V7 The Feast of Steven

V8 Volcano

V9 Golden Death   

V10 Escape Switch

V11 The Abandoned Planet

V12  The Destruction of Time 
(12, episodes 1, 3, 4, 6-9, 11, 12 missing; 2, 5, 10 existing)

13 November 1965

20 November 1965

27 November 1965

4 December 1965

11 December 1965

18 December 1965

25 December 1965

1 January 1966

8 January 1966

15 January 1966

22 January 1966

29 January 1966

25th century BC 20th century AD 
4000 AD 
 Steven, Dodo
22 The Massacre 

W1 War of God

W2 The Sea Beggar

W3 Priest of Death

W4 Bell of Doom

(4, all missing)  

5 February 1966

12 February 1966

19 February 1966

26 February 1966
19-23 August 1572 Paris, France 
23 The Ark 

X1 The Steel Sky

X2 The Plague

X3 The Return 

X4 The Bomb

 (4, all existing)  

5 March 1966

12 March 1966

19 March 1966

26 March 1966
10 million years in the future spaceship; Refusis 2


24 The Celestial Toymaker      (4; episodes 1-3 missing, 4 existing)                             Celestial Toymaker's domain

                         Y1 The Celestial Toyroom                        2 April 1966

                         Y2 The Hall of Dolls                                     9 April 1966

                         Y3 The Dancing Floor                                 16 April 1966 

                         Y4 The Final Test                                          23 April 1966

25 The Gunfighters                   (4, all existing)                                                 October 1881         Tombstone, Wild West

                         Z1 A Holiday for the Doctor                      30 April 1966 

                         Z2 Don't Shoot the Pianist                          7 May 1966 

                         Z3 Johnny Ringo                                           14 May 1966 

                         Z4 The O K Corral                                           21 May 1966

                  Last story with individual episode titles, until the new series in 2005

26 The Savages   (4; all missing, clips from episodes 3 and 4 existing)                                                      alien planet

                                                                             28 May, 4, 11, 18 June 1966     


Dodo, Polly, Ben
27 The War Machines   (4, all existing)    25 June, 2, 9, 16 July 1966                    1966                  London, England


Season Four - 1966

Polly, Ben
28 The Smugglers  (4, all missing, clips from episodes 1, 3, 4 surviving)       17th Century     Cornwall, England

                                                                                 10, 17, 24 September, 1 October 1966

29 The Tenth Planet  (4; 1-3 existing, 4 missing with some clips from this episode surviving including the first regeneration scene from the First Doctor to the Second Doctor)

            First appearance of the Cybermen who come to Earth from the planet Mondas and want to convert humans to Cybermen. 

                                                                                   8, 15, 22, 29 October 1966           December 1986                  

                                                                                                                          South Pole Snocap Space Tracking Station, Earth


10th Anniversary Special

65 The Three Doctors (4 episodes)     30 December 1972, 6, 13, 20 January 1973

                                                                                                                                                  November 1971           Earth, Gallifrey

                      Features the First, Second and Third Doctors played by William Harnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, with the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) and Sergeant Benton (John Levene).  The Time Lords send the Doctor's earlier selves to help him combat an alien that is threatening Earth and Gallifrey.


20th Anniversary Special
130 The Five Doctors     (1)           25 November 1983      1970s, 1979, 1983      Eye of Orion; Earth; Gallifrey

                       First Doctor played by Richard Hurndall, William Hartnell is shown in a scene from "The Dalek Invasion of Earth."


Other Adventures:

Telos Novellas
Time and Relative by Kim Newman                 November 2001                                  1963                  London, England 

                    With Susan, takes place before "An Unearthly Child"

Frayed by Tara Samms                                         December 2003                          the future                 Planet Iwa

                    With Susan

Virgin Publishing: Missing Adventures
3 Venusian Lullaby by Paul Leonard                                    May 1994              3 Billion years ago                         Venus

                    With Ian and Barbara, takes place between "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" and "The Rescue."

12 The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Christopher Bulis       July 1995              30th Century    Elbyon, planet Avalon

                    With Ian, Barbara and Susan, takes place between "Marco Polo" and "The Keys of Marinus."

16 The Empire of Glass by Andy Lane                      November 1995               1609                   Venice, Italy

                    With Steven and Vicki, takes place between "The Time Meddler" and "Galaxy Four."

                    Re-published at

19 The Man in the Velvet Mask by Daniel O'Mahony     February 1996     July 1804      France (alternate Earth)

                    With Dodo Chaplet, takes place between "The Savages" and "The War Machines."

28 The Plotters by Gareth Roberts                                           November 1996         1605          London

                    With Ian, Barbara and Vicki, takes place between "The Space Museum" and "The Chase."

BBC Books: Past Doctor Adventures
9    The Witch Hunters by Steve Lyons                   March 1998

                    With Ian, Barbara and Susan, takes place between "The Reign of Terror" and "Planet of Giants."

18  Salvation by Steve Lyons                                     January 1999

                    With Steven and Dodo, takes place between "The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve" and "The Ark."

25 City at World's End by Christopher Bulis        September 1999

                    With Ian, Barbara and Susan, takes place between "The Reign of Terror" and "Planet of Giants."

39 Bunker Soldiers by Martin Day                           February 2001 

                    With Steven and Dodo, takes place between "The Gunfighters" and "The Celestial Toymaker."

44 Byzantium! by Keith Topping                              July 2001

                    With Ian, Barbara and Vicki, takes place during "The Romans."

54 Ten Little Aliens by Stephen Cole                      June 2002

                    With Ben and Polly, takes place between "The War Machines" and "The Smugglers."

66 The Eleventh Tiger by David A. McIntee       May 2004   

                    With Ian, Barbara and Vicki, takes place between "The Romans" and "The Web Planet."


75 The Time Travellers by Simon Guerrier         November 2005

              With Susan, Ian and Barbara, takes place between "Planet of Giants" and "The Dalek Invasion of Earth."


Eighth Doctor Adventures:


1 The Eight Doctors by Terrance Dicks                 June 1997

                    Takes place after the Doctor Who TV movie

                    The Eighth Doctor has his memory erased after finding a trap from the Master.  He meets Sam Jones in 1997 London after landing in the same junkyard from the first episode, "An Unearthly Child," then the TARDIS takes him through space and time to visit his past incarnations and help him remember his life.