When Ian and Barbara follow Susan (Doctor’s granddaughter) home from school, they don’t know what to expect. I can assure you that they never expected this. Hiding in a junk yard they see an old man walk up to a blue police box and attempt to open it. They confront him, demanding to know where Susan is. I guess if this was set in the modern day it would be so much more serious - old guys and boxes and young girls are never a good combination.
Anyway, they force their way inside, arguments occur.
Here’s the part I liked - the Doctor was adamant that they would have to move times. Susan didn’t want to go; she liked the school she was at. So they’re arguing and the Doctor is being grumpy and Susan is being a bit squeaky and “Gosh oh golly” but I can forgive her for that.
So stuff happens, and they’re taken back to the something era - y’know, the one where they’d discovered fire. And the Doctor wanders off and leaves his companions all alone. They’re freaking out about the whole time travel thing. He’s wandered off somewhere, and sets fire to something. Typically enough, a caveman is watching (is that the PC term?) and he kidnaps the Doctor and takes him to the tribe. There’s a whole big power struggle going on between two guys, and if you want better information then please visit Wikipedia.
Basically, this episode is companions freaking, and everyone trying to get away from cavemen.
Okay. William Hartnell.
One is the oldest. Or youngest. But he’s the oldest actor and you know what I meant. He’s a bit grouchy, seemingly uncaring and… alien. I mean, I know he’s a Time Lord and all, but still. He’s old and he shows it. While Eleven can run for miles without getting out of breath, One has to stop. He’s not a superhuman.
He seems to have more respect for the time rules than later Doctors do. He doesn’t really want to change things - just wants to let them get on with it. He’s prepared to let people die.
There was this part in the episode (I can post spoilers, right? It’s been 50 years already!) where a guy got mutilated by a boar or something (I missed that because a certain lady friend texted) and the companions are all like “OMG MUST SAVE HIM” and the Doctor is all there like “Lol, nope, gotta get back to the TARDIS.”
It was interesting.