Origin : London, Earth (1963)
Companion reign – 1963 – 65
“Oh, look, I don’t understand it anymore than you do. Even some of the things ‘Doctor Foreman’ says…..” Barbara Wright – An Unearthly Child
“That’s not his name. Who is he……? Doctor “Who”……? Perhaps if we knew his name, we might have a clue to all this. ….!” Ian Chesterton – An Unearthly Child
Teachers in space and time
Ian Chesterton (played by William Russell) and Barbara Wright (played by Jacqueline Hill), were two teachers who taught the Doctor’s grand-daughter Susan – at Coalhill school. They become the first (non-family) companions, to be featured – in Doctor Who.
In the original pilot An Unearthly Child – 1963, Ian was a science teacher and Barbara – a history teacher.
Together, they noticed how academically gifted – there pupil Susan Foreman was (they did not know she was infact an alien!) but that Susan struggled with basic concepts, such as the current currency – in use – in 1963.
Curious about Susan and concerned for her welfare, Ian & Barbara followed her home – one night after school to I.M Foreman’s Junkyard, where they met her next of kin – “The Doctor”.
The Doctor and Susan, explained their origin to the two startled teachers and then promptly kidnapped them. Taking Ian & Barbars on a journey, through space-and-time – to Earth’s primitive past.
Ian was smart, headstrong – and brash and fiercely protective over Barbara & Susan. At first, he (and Barbara) clashed with the Doctor in The Edge of Destruction but eventually, they both won the Doctor’s stubborn respect.
Later on, Ian was to watch out for the Doctor on many occasions saving his life. His army training was put to good use. Ian also developed some nifty sword skills along the way (The Aztecs – 1964) and was knighted by Richard Lionheart (The Crusades – 1964).
Ian also displayed abilities to organise – and lead others, such as when he was made to physically challenge the leader of the Aztecs in The Aztecs – 1964 or whipping up the Thals to attack the Daleks; in The Daleks.
Ian also overcame his fear of drowning in (The Romans – 1965) when he was sold into slavery and the galleon he was aboard, sank. Forcing Ian to swim for it. He even gained his sea legs, aboard the Marie Celeste in The Crusade – 1965.
Barbara and Ian were the moral compass of the group, frequently clashing with the Doctor – over his sometimes inhuman and standoffish ways. In The Daleks – 1964, Ian castigated the Doctor, over the suggestion that the Thal’s should mount a suicide assualt – against the Dalek city. To retrieve an integral component, lost from the Tardis.
Barbara’s knowledge as an Earth history teacher, was to serve the Doctor well – on their travels. She was able to advise the Doctor on the customs and practices – of different historical cultures. Including, how to blend in to the local populace; as not to cause suspicion, as inThe Romans – 1965 & The Aztecs – 1964.
Barbara had a particular interest in the Aztec culture but was soon party to the horrors of human sacrifice, when they visited in The Aztec’s – 1964. Barbara was also mistaken for a reincarnated deity and used her standing, to try and make the Aztecs change their savage ways – by appealing to their better nature. However, Barbara had to reluctantly accept defeat as it was too ingrained in their culture.
Barbara’s most important role -in The Tardis, was to look after the young and impressionable Susan, with whom Barbara developed a motherly bond. Susan had a brilliant intellect but was profoundly naive and Barbara attempted to protect her, from the worst dangers.
Barbara was particularly sad when Susan left but was coldly indifferent to her replacement; : Vicki, in The Rescue – 1964.
Despite Ian & Barbara’s eventual enjoyment of their kidnap predicament. They both decided to risk a trip in a Dalek time-ship in The Chase – 1965, returning to 1960’s London, only two years after they had left, leaving the company of the Doctor – for good.
Season One – 1963-64
An Unearthly Child – (Pilot)🔵🔵🔵⚪⚪
The Edge of Destruction⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Marco Polo (whole episode missing)🔵🔵🔵🔘⚪
The Keys of Marinus🔵🔵🔵🔵⚪
The Reign of Terror (Parts 4 & 5 missing)🔵🔵🔵⚪⚪
Season Two – 1964-65