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The First Doctor in The Sensorites

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« on: September 04, 2013, 12:12:13 pm »

The First Doctor was the first incarnation of the Time Lord known as the Doctor. Most accounts of him were drawn from close to the end of his life.

Initially, he had as companions his granddaughter Susan Foreman and her kidnapped teachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. He bade Susan farewell to let her live a happier life with a man with whom she had fallen in love. Later, during a confrontation with the Daleks, the Doctor used one of their time capsules to return Ian and Barbara to their proper time - something he had been unable to manage with the TARDIS.

After Susan's departure, the Doctor gained a new companion in Vicki Pallister. She reminded him of Susan and the Doctor saw her as a surrogate to fill her spot in his travels with Ian and Barbara. Vicki left the Doctor's company, feeling her time with him was over and she needed to move on.

Soon after the departure of Ian and Barbara, the Doctor gained a new companion in Steven Taylor, with whom he had a relatively uneasy relationship. Steven was bitter towards him, blaming him for the deaths of Katarina and Sara Kingdom. However, the Doctor was forgiven and companion Dodo Chaplet joined them on their travels.

Ultimately, Dodo became injured in an adventure and decided to remain home in her own time, while Steven decided to stay and help a civilisation they had encountered.

Right before his battle with the Cybermen of Mondas, the Doctor had gained two new companions in Ben Jackson and Polly Wright, to whom he was much more kind to prevent them from leaving as Steven had.

He met his end after battling the Cybermen for the first time on Earth. He was forced to regenerate into his second body from exhaustion and a loss of strength to maintain his ancient body.
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2013, 01:11:07 am »

The Doctor was becoming a more affable person at this stage than he'd been early on, and I think this story was a good showcase for him, showing his curiosity, his sense of adventure and his scientific ability.  It's probably not the story I'd pick out to illustrate the First Doctor, simply because there are others that are better stories, but he did well in this one.
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2013, 12:03:21 pm »

I think it is around about this story where the Doctor began to settle down and become more consistent in his character. Up to this point (and sometimes after) he was very up and down, but this story shows more of the Doctor that we see for the rest of his run.
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2013, 12:04:50 pm »

Love the First Doctor a lot and I think that he is great in this story. It's not his best or my favourite, but still very enjoyable to watch him in this.
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2013, 03:31:59 pm »

A very decent performance from Hartnell here, but for me it wasn't amongst his best. I do like how he was written, however.
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2013, 02:37:59 pm »

Nothing stood out for me here about his performance. That's not to say it was bad, because it wasn't, it just wasn't outstanding.
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