I watched the "Beginning" box set this week, and finished "Edge of Destruction" last night. By modern standards, the pacing is glacial, and the dialog stilted and padded. For the time, however, these were amazing, fast paced, and scarey. EoD reminds me of the recent Tennent episode on the train/bus. Also, the older episodes weren't as loud and rushed. THe slower pace makes more room for thought, which since the show was intended as a children's educational, thought provoker, make sense. I think they still hold up pretty well. EoD ends with a couple of speaches by William Hartnell that are nicely understated, but also remind me of Tennant when he's marvelling at some aspect of the universe. And the budget that those episodes were made on! 2500 pounds sterling per episode! OK, that's 1960s 2500 pounds, which translates into... I don't know what. Probablly 1/2 to 1/4 of what StarTrek TOS episodes cost. Unearthly child spent 25 minutes to introduce concepts that can now be glossed over in about 4 because everyone in the fan base knows what's going on, and modern society has a much broader understanding and SciFi background. THe Caveman story had to take a rediculous idea and get people wearing furs in a broiling hot studio to act like they were cold. Heck, just getting people to take being dressed as cave men seriously was a stretch. The Daleks at 7 episodes feels very padded. But it was the first fully sci-fi story, and again, they were dealing with topics that were thought-provoking--how would humans survive a nuclear war? what would be the result. The first episode is just them looking arround the forest. Then there are a lot of man-vs-elements/nature scenes to really pad out the episodes. Psychological exploration of the characters that probablly isn't necessary in the long run, but adds a lot more depth to the story, and which I haven't seen in any of the RTD stories. Tried watching Dark Shadows. Ran into the problem of not caring about any of the characters. Also their labelling system was misleading. "The Beginnings" was the first season that Barnabus appears, whereas to see the actual first episode, you have to start with "The Early Years".