When you watch Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, or Peter Capaldi, it’s hard to believe that Dr. Who started out with a mysterious, maybe dangerous, protag who looked like a mad scientist. But it happened. In 1962, the BBC had no idea what it had commissioned. The writers and William Hartnell, the First Doctor, made it all up as they went along. Hartnell would go on to be a fierce protector of the show and its title character until his health forced him to retire. But in the beginning?
There’s something about knowing all that’s come since and still seeing it with that first sense of wonder. Here now, the First Doctor whisks his first companions off on what will become 53 years (to date) of wild adventures.