The First Doctor

As promised, today begins Eleven Days of Doctor Who blogs. First up: the First Doctor.


Actor: William Hartnell

First Appearance: An Unearthly Child – November 23, 1963

Last Appearance: Tenth Planet – October 29, 1968

Total Appearances: 134 episodes

Time to Watch: 54h 24m 36s

Companions: Susan Foreman, Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Vicki, Steven Taylor, Katarina, Sara Kingdom, Dodo Chaplet, Polly, Ben Jackson

Regeneration: After defeating the Cybermen in the Antarctic, the Doctor collapsed inside the TARDIS from age and exhaustion.

Notable Characteristics: Appearing to be a frail old man, he possessed unexpected reserves of strength and will, and held tremendous knowledge of scientific matters. He started off as abrasive and patronizing towards his human companions, though shared a close bond with his granddaughter, Susan. Eventually the Doctor began to enjoy his travels, despite revealing he was in exile from his home planet.

Notable Episode: The Aztecs was a four episode arc of Season One. The arrival of the TARDIS in 15th century Mexico leads the crew to the doomed Aztec people, a mixture of high culture and brutal savagery. Matters are further complicated when Barbara is mistaken for a god and learns the importance of not changing the past.

Recipe: Xocolatl Brownies

Xocolatl is a spicy chocolate drink from Mexico that can be traced back to the Aztecs.

1 can black beans, drained & rinsed well
1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 bag chocolate chips
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. chili powder

Preheat oven to 350.

Thoroughly rinse and drain the black beans.
In a blender, puree the black beans, flour, and water until smooth. Pour into a medium-large sauce pan and whisk over low heat until it thickens (about 5 minutes).
Turn off heat and stir in the chocolate chips, salt, vanilla, and sugar until the chocolate is melted.
Fold in the oil, then baking soda and spices, then the remaining flour.

Spread evenly in a greased 13×9 baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


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