Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Episode 4: The Firemaker

The finale to "An Unearthly Child", originally aired December 14, 1963.  Written by Anthony Coburn, directed by Waris Hussein, starring William Hartnell as Dr. Who.  Audio length: 41 min 22 secs.  




  1. I wish you two the best on this venture. I hope you guys stick with it, it's a very rewarding show the deeper in you go. This next serial should be better than the first one.

    At some point, you guys might want to consider doing two or three episodes at a time or even a complete serial at a time. I would love to hear your thoughts eventually on the the whole show, I just don't know if I want to wait 20 years to find out.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement, mcguffin!

    We've discussed the possibility of doing more than one episode per week. We may do so in the future, but for now, we're content with just the one. I think part of the appeal is that we're so ridiculously behind everyone else.

    Also, doing only one episode a week, allows The Who Noobs to be a casual project. If we increased our pace, we'd increase our workload and burn ourselves out much quicker, I think. I hope we stick with it, too, and I think keeping it a minimal commitment will increase those chances. So for now, it's a marathon, not a sprint. :)

    Thanks for listening!

  3. Fair enough, your reasoning is sound. Just start with one per week now, but later on keeping the door open as to whether it might be more. Part of the fun of listening to you two is the completely fresh perspective your views are. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on some of the better stories, better companions and better Doctors who appear later.

    I was wondering what you guys were planning on doing with the 'missing' episodes from the first two Doctors?

  4. *Ahem*

    Well, _technically_ we don't know anything about 'missing' episodes, but speaking off-the-record, yeah, we plan on covering them so long as we have access. :-)

    As for future story/character discussions, we have a popular saying here at Juicy Cow: "Just 'Cause You Can't Wait!" My best advice is to stay healthy, for it might be a long, _long_ journey indeed! ;-)

  5. Wow! Great show guys! You're doing a fantastic job so far. I have been a Who "fan" for years but it was mainly with Tom Baker. I just recently "acquired" ;) a complete set myself and I'm just a few shows ahead of you. You guys are the only podcast I could find that came at this from a noobs perspective. Great idea!

    I too was wondering how you were going to address those missing eps. I'm glad to see that you are going to cover them as well. I've seen one or two and was just amazed at how they were made considering what was left too work with.

    I know you said that you don't want to "burn yourselves out" but maybe could you consider doing a longer show once a week? Covering 2 eps at a time? I just want to hear more!!

    Anyway, can't wait till next time!

  6. Doing one double-length episode per week wouldn't really reduce the work load, though. Including watching the episode at least twice, taking extensive notes, recording the podcast, and then editing it, Who Noobs currently takes about six hours per week to make. I'd love for us to increase our pace, but it's definitely not feasible for me at this time.

    It's awesome to know you're following along with us, though, and enjoying it enough to crave more. Have you seen these early episode before?

    One of the biggest things I'm looking forward to (other than different Doctors, and better stories and special effects) is the missing episodes. It's going to be a very different experience, that's for sure!

  7. That's cool. I guess I didn't realize how long it takes to make one.

    No, I haven't seen these early ones until just recently. Takes a lot of suspended belief sometimes but I still have enjoyed them. I'm currently on eps 13 but I'm going to stop and restart at eps 02 again so it's fresh in my mind.

  8. I am definately going to have to watch this again sometime considering the mention of knives and axes in the episode. I am almost certain the cavemen had large stones in their hands to fight with but maybe I am remembering wrong.

    My few comments. I believe the fire with the skulls was an attempt to play off of the cavemens simpler minds. Unlike us they were probably more superstiscious then us. The talk of orb would seem to support this but then again we don't know enough to say for certain.

    The Doctor saying this place is evil, may just be a reaction to the whole situation and lets face facts, they have been imprisoned twice in room with bones. In that situation, I might be inclined to say something similiar.

    Nice catch on the spear and the vanishing Tardis. I never registered that in my mind and just overlooked that bit.

    Thanks for the impute on what you do to prepare for the podcast. I had a few questions answered in that post above. Any episode that is missing in the future that you need a recon to watch, send me a message via my facebook page, I will send you the link to a reconstructed episode on dailymotion. I will send you my email as well if you want as well.

    I forgot to mention that it was enjoyable to hear your reaction to the Doctor picking up the stone in the last episode. I knew that was coming and was curious how you would react.

    On a side note, Doctor who episodes were filed at two location: Ealing Television Film Studios and Lime Grove Studios (Studio D). I believe these episodes were filmed in Lime Grove and they were noted for being cramped filming spaces and got quite hot at times. From the Cadmium 2 podcasts I learned that in this early day of tv, the style of filming was more in line with the approach to doing a radio show, which explains some of what you see. Hence you get more story driven episodes compared to later years in the show and on other tv.

    They did have another idea for an opening story but choose this route with the cavemen. The other idea was eventually used but you will just have to wait for that one. (I will try to remember to point out that story when you get to it.)

    As a personal note, Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton are my favorite Companions on Doctor Who. Companions are what we call the people who travel with the Doctor and I am certain you would be aware that they do leave at some point since the show has been arround for 47 years. I am curious to see how they will rank as you continue the journey. I think I will push on for the next episode tonight.

  9. Sorry had a strange web glitch occur and it appeared my long post didn't post when it really did twice.

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