Writer Gareth Roberts has explained why First Doctor companion Ian Chesterton didn’t make an appearance in ‘The Caretaker’, despite the character’s appointment to Chairman of the Governors.
Speaking to CultBox, Roberts said: “I just thought [including Ian] would be too much of a distraction. I think that’s an episode all of its own. I thought, particularly after the 50th, where there were lots of references to past Doctor Who, sometimes you need to just put your foot on the accelerator and keep going forward.”
However, the writer did hint at the character returning in the future: “I’d love to see William Russell [who plays Ian] back in the show! That’s so rich and so fertile for someone to do. You’d have to explain it enough so that everyone would get it.”
He added: “There’s a tiny reference to that first year of Doctor Who in ‘The Caretaker’ which is the Coal Hill motto, on the wall of the parent’s evening: “a great spirit of adventure”, which is what the Doctor says about Ian and Barbara in ‘The Sensorites’. I thought that was a nice nod in the background.”