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Old October 22 2013, 02:25 PM   #990
diankra
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Re: Wiped Episode Discoveries

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And they're right. History doesn't mean the whole past, it means what's documented about the past. "An Unearthly Child" (or "The Tribe of Gum" or "10,000 BC" or whatever) is set before the dawn of recorded history. So it's not a historical -- it's a prehistorical. "Marco" is the first story set during actual historical (i.e. documented) events.
In Doctor Who, historicals are stories set in Earth's past, without any sci-fi elements.
Actually we don't, technically, know for sure that episodes 2-4 of the series are set on Earth, we just assume so.
And, of course, we have no way of knowing when stories with no apparent links to Earth like The Keys of Marinus and The Krotons and so on are set, so they could be before 1963 for all we know! Which would make them non-Earth historicals!

[Sorry, couldn't resist it!]
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