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The Giants (TV story)

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This story was never produced.

Therefore, its known narrative elements are not a part of the Doctor Who universe. It may have been the basis for a similar story in another medium, however — and that story may indeed be a part of the DWU.

The Giants
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Cliff, Lola and Biddy
Main setting: Coal Hill School
Key crew
Writer: C.E. Webber
Release details
Unproduced Doctor Who TV stories
You may wish to consult Nothing at the End of the Lane (disambiguation) for other, similarly-named pages.

The Giants was an unproduced serial of Doctor Who intended for broadcast in 1963. It was also called Nothing at the End of the Lane. It would have kicked off season 1 and would have starred the Doctor and his companions, called Cliff, Lola and Biddy. It was written by C. E. Webber and featured the characters being shrunk to a miniature size at the Coal Hill School, and encountering difficulties in an otherwise familiar setting. (REF: The First Doctor Handbook)

It also introduced the Doctor as having escaped from his galaxy in the year 5733 to start a new and better life in the past. It was eventually rejected as it lacked characterisation and would require too many special effects. It was replaced by An Unearthly Child.

Nevertheless, the first episode of The Giants was largely retained as the so-called "pilot episode", which itself was reworked into the episode "An Unearthly Child".

It is often believed that The Giants was eventually made under the name of Planet of Giants. However, the two stories are only tangentially related, and, appropriately, Webber was not credited as having inspired Planet of Giants. (REF: The First Doctor Handbook)

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