Forty eight years ago yesterday, a little educational show started up in England. It featured a history teacher and a science teacher traveling with, and providing lessons to, one of their students. Due to the Kennedy assassination, the show’s premier went almost completely unnoticed, and only a rebroadcast of the initial episode before the second kept if from vanishing before it started.
The teachers’ lessons were greatly enhanced by the fact that their young student’s grandfather could bring them all to the date and location of any lesson needed with his magic box that could travel through Time And Relative Dimensions in Space…
A month later, they were all attacked by psychotic, fascist pepper mills with unusual armaments.
|I always said, “It’s not the toilet plunger, it’s the egg whisk you need to watch out for."|
The educational aspect was mostly tossed out the window in favor of intelligently presented adventure and, in what has become the most successful and longest running science fiction series of all time, the Doctor and his companions have been running ever since.
|Hartnell started it all, and influenced all who followed.|