EPISODE: An Unearthly Child Part 3: The Forest of Fear
OVERALL EPISODE NUMBER: 003
STORY NUMBER: 001
TRANSMITTED: 07 December 1963
WRITER: Anthony Coburn
DIRECTOR: Waris Hussein
SCRIPT EDITOR: David Whitaker
PRODUCER: Verity Lambert
FORMAT: DVD - The Beginning Boxset
So we escape from cave, with help from the old woman in the tribe who doesn't want the tribe to have fire who then becomes the first death in Doctor Who, struggle through jungle, reach Tardis and then get ambushed. Plotwise it doesn't advance the story much and effectively returns everyone to where they were at the start of the story.
A word for some of the behind the scenes personnel: Verity Lambert is both the only female and youngest producer at the BBC. Waris Hussein is the youngest and only Asian director on the staff. For 1963 this is a huge change from the norm at the BBC. For the writer, Anthony Coburn, this story is his only contribution to the series. Hussein would only direct one more story, though he was invited back to direct the 1983 anniversary special, and Lambert would be gone in two years to an illustrious television career including Euston films, Minder and Jonathan Creek.
The two talents that worked on An Unearthly Child that would be associated with Doctor Who for the longest period of time are the Script Editor, David Whitaker, who would write for the program many times after leaving his post, and the production assistant, Douglas Camfield, who would shortly find himself elevated to director. It's interesting that Hussein's production assistant is Camfield, who later directs many stories and uses Graeme Harper as his PA, who in turn directs for both the old and new series of Doctor Who. It's also interesting to note that Derek Newark, who plays Za, the lead caveman, returns to Doctor Who in a later Camfield production, Inferno.