The dark-tone and mystery of the characters create a great starting point for such an iconic series. The four-part serial begins in the style of a kitchen-sink drama. It is when the two curious teachers follow their interesting student home to Totters Lane, that the story takes on a completely different angle.
The TARDIS is very reminiscent to H.G Wells' novel The Time Machine, Lewis Carroll's Alice Through the Looking Glass, and lastly, the cupboard in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis. After discovering the TARDIS (disguised as Police Box), Ian and Barbara are transported back in time to the Stone Age, where a tribe is struggling to survive as they attempt to make a fire.
In the second part of this story, 100,000 B.C, the Doctor and the TARDIS crew are held captive and soon discover that someone in the tribe is murdering the prisoners. This is what made the show popular over the last 51 years. It goes from a soap-opera style drama to science fiction, with the inclusion of a Whodunit! Doctor Who has also been using sub-genres to tell its stories.
"It all started out as a mild curiosity in the junkyard, and now it's turned out to be quite a great spirit of adventure."
The Doctor is seen as a hero towards the tribe due to the use of his pipe, the tribe believe that the benevolent Time Lord has the capability to generate fire from his own hands, due to being seen smoking a pipe outside the TARDIS on his arrival in to the Stone Age.
This serial is dark and gothic like the majority of the classic stories and is the one the best stories in the show's history. The idea of having a time ship that's bigger on the inside was a complete brand-new idea at the time and has wowed its audiences over half a century.
The performance of William Hartnell reminds me of the Wizard of Oz. The character's introduction is very brash and aggressive, it is not until Ian and Barbara actually get to know the Doctor that they discover that he is actually quite a humble character.
After escaping the tribe and fleeing to the TARDIS, the Doctor and Co are transported across space to an alien world that has a high level of radiation to which the travellers are unaware of, and they leave to explore their new environment. In the closing scene, a caption appears stating that "Doctor Who will return in The Mutants."
Therefore to conclude this review, I gives this story a beautiful and well-deserved 10 out of 10 nosey school teachers.