Origin : Gallifrey

Companion’s reign – 1963 – 64

“I was born in another time, another world” Susan – An Unearthly Child – 1963

The Doctor’s original companion – and alleged family member

Susan “Foreman” – (played by Carol Ann Ford), was the chosen Earth name of the First Doctor’s companion; who appeared as a 15-year-old girl.

The Doctor referred to Susan as his ‘Granddaughter’ and she referred to him as ‘Grandfather’. But again, this was never made clear whether the actualy two shared biological ties, or they simply continued to refer to each other – by their chosen Earth aliases.

Most likely, Susan was Gallifreyan in origin (although this was never confirmed). It was confirmed, that Susan was born sometime around the 49th Century.

Susan’s 15 Earth years, were considered to be much higher in Gallifreyan measurement than Earth but was considered young; by Gallifreyan standards.

Susan’s chosen Earth alias ‘Susan Foreman’ was taken in part from ‘I.M. Foreman’s junkyard’ in An Unearthly Child – 1963, which the Doctor were encamped in and using as a base for Tardis repairs; in London – in 1963.

Susan’s first love was 20th Century Earth culture and she longed to experience it, by attending an Earth school – to learn. Therefore, Susan enrolled at Coalhill School, in London.

It was here, at Coalhill, that Susan attracted the attention of teachers; Barbara & Ian. Who noticed how academically gifted Susan appeared to be – and how impossibly naive she was in other matters.

In lessons, Susan would completely undermine the teacher by always knowing the answer to complex equations. Sometimes even appearing slightly arrogant and frustrated; that no-one else, could verify her answers.

Other times, she was unable to answer simple questions – such as what the correct currency was – in London, in 1963.

It was this – and the lack of a visible parental figure, that made Ian & Barbara decide to follow Susan home; one night, after school. They noticed Susan slip into the junkyard and then inside a blue police phonebox. They followed Susan inside – and met the Doctor.

Susan became particularly close to Barbara, during their travels together. Due to being naive, Barbara provided Susan with motherly guidance and protection; which Susan craved.

Although academically bright, Susan didn’t understand the Tardis workings fully, aswell as the Doctor. Susan did claim to have given the Tardis, it’s name : “Tardis” – being the abbreviation of “Time And Relative Dimension In Space”. Susan also displayed the skill of being mildly telepathic in The Sensorites – 1964.

After a number of adventures with the Doctor, Barbara & Ian. Susan met and fell in love with an Earth-based freedom fighter – called David Campbell, in The Dalek Invasion of Earth – 1964 and decided to stay with him – in 22nd Century, London and leave the Doctor and the Tardis; for good.

Susan was briefly reunited with the first Doctor in  The Five Doctors – 1983 having been transported against her will into the ‘Deathzone’, on Gallifrey – in the Time Lord games.


Appearances :

Season One – 1963-64

An Unearthly Child – (Pilot)???⚪⚪
The Daleks⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Edge of Destruction⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Marco Polo (whole episode missing)????⚪
The Keys of Marinus????⚪
The Aztecs????⚪
The Sensorites????⚪
The Reign of Terror (Parts 4 & 5 missing)???⚪⚪

Season Two – 1964-65

Planet of Giants????⚪
The Dalek Invasion of Earth (leaves)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Season Twenty – 1983

The Five Doctors⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐