'Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child' 1

The nature of the Doctor, the shape of the story and the social context - these are the three pillars upon which Doctor Who is built. When all three are in place, the show is at its best; when one or more are undermined, the show becomes unstable and suffers both critically and in the audience ratings.

Originally aired on November 23rd, 1963, the very first episode of Doctor Who could hardly have chosen a more dramatic moment in which to appear. US President John F. Kennedy, the embodiment for many of a new era which was leaving the Second World War behind and entering into the new challenge of the