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Doctor Who: The Beginning Box Set (3 Discs)

Released on 30 January 2006

Featuring: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford & William Russell

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction series in television history and this fantastic box set premier's the very first three stories ever transmitted. William Hartnell stars as the first Doctor venturing through time and space, thwarting evil where ever it rears its head.

This release features the first 13 episodes plus the untransmitted pilot episode.

Episodes comprise:
1. An Unearthly Child
2. The Cave of Skulls
3. The Forest of Fear
4. The Firemaker
5. The Dead Planet
6. The Survivors
7. The Escape
8. The Ambush
9. The Expedition
10. The Ordeal
11. The Rescue
12. The Edge of Destruction
13. The Brink of Disaster


  • Commentaries on various episodes by William Russell and Carol Ann Ford plus the show's producer Verity Lambert and directors Waris Hussein and Christopher Barry
  • Unedited studio footage of the pilot episode
  • Documentary detailing the origins of the show
  • Condensed version of the (missing) fourth story Marco Polo
  • Comedy sketches from the Doctor Who night broadcast on BBC 2

customer Reviews

 Average rating (16 reviews)

 Behind the sofa stuff!

| | See all diamondal's reviews (30)

Amazing to see this again and still be entranced by it. I was very young when the Daleks episodes were transmitted - I remember sitting with my older cousin and being absolutely transfixed ffrom the opening credits - the theme tune must rank as one of the most haunting pieces of music ever - and I remember first seeing the Daleks and that was it - I was Dr. Who mad from then on!
I love the way Bill Hartnell plays the Doctor - a bit grumpy, quite condescending and not at all trying to be 'liked' or 'zany' as I find the current David Tennant Doctor to be (though I still love the series)
I would like to see a Doctor in the future who is a bit like a cosmic Simon Cowell - insulting and not trying too hard to be popular. I am off the subject though - this DVD is truly classic 'behind the sofa' stuff. Buy Buy Buy!

 Is it too late to watch the oldies?

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If you are sitting at your computer and are a great fan of dr who since 2005 onwards, and you are thinking what to do whilst there is hardly any dr who one telly. You have come to the right place, brilliantly priced and really good to watch.

I was thinking to myself i should watch the old episodes so i bought this, my first thoughts were it will be rubbish, no effects, black and white and so on. But seriously when i got this i couldnt stop watching i was glued to the screen, dr who in the 1960's just proves how the show hasnt changed up to now.

Brilliant and a must buy for all dr who fans and even new fans!!!

The doctor in this isnt so up to date he is like a typical grandfather, stubborn and grumpy but that makes watching funny, interesting and different like all the doctors should be...different!

 The Beginning - Buy It!

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I don't think I need to say how good this is. It's the beginning of a legend. All three complete stories are brill, particularly the very first one, An Unearthly Child. The condensed reconstruction of missing story Marco Polo is superb. The special features are probably the finest yet. As an overall box set this is a joy to watch and obviously an essential part of anyone's collection. Quite frankly you should already own this.

 The beggining of things to come!

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Its great! This is where everything to do with Doctor Who started. The doctor, Ian chesterson, Barbara Wright, Sausan Foreman, the TARDIS and the daleks- all iconic names in English television. Almost everything about it is great. The sets, the characters, the imaginative design and the daleks. In the first fve episodes on disc 1 (if you include the pilot) the doctor and his companions leave london in 1963, and travel on to the uncivilized stone age, where they are captured. After narrowing escaping the stone age on disc 2, they venture on to Skaro, the dead planet , and their first ever meeting with the daleks, where again they are captured but the doctor and his companions have a plan to escape, and help the starving race the Thales, probably one of my favorate doctor Who stories. Next, on disc 3, they board the TARDIS and its seriously wrong, and they get themselves tangled up not fighting enimies, but themselves. Its definatly worth getting, classic.

 Back to the Start

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It might be viewed as a bit dated now and some people might be put off by the black and white and lack of special effects compared to the new series but for anyone interested in Doctor Who you need to buy this to travel all the way back to 1963 and where the programme started.
Here for the first time meet the engimatic time travelling Doctor in his first incarnation; take a trip for the first time in the TARDIS and meet the Daleks for the first time ever.
A classic of tv history if nothing else, well worth it in thsi box set.

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ActorsWilliam Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, William Russell & Jacqueline Hill
DirectorWaris Hussein, Christopher Barry & Richard Martin
Certificate12 years and over
Year1963-1964
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (2.0) Mono
SubtitlesEnglish for the hard of hearing
Duration5 hours 25 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.