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|Known relatives:||Ian Chesterton (husband); John Alydon Ganates Chesterton (son)|
|First:||"An Unearthly Child"|
Barbara Wright is a fictional teacher and a main character featured on the original British science fiction television series Doctor Who. She was played by actress Jacqueline Hill and first appeared in the program's pilot episode, "An Unearthly Child".
Barbara Wright lived in London, England and worked as a history teacher at the Coal Hill School in Shoreditch in the 1960s. In 1963 she met a fifteen-year-old student named Susan Foreman, who proved to be quite a peculiar young girl. Barbara noted some irregularities in her education. Though Susan was quite astute when it came to world history, she knew practically nothing about current events.
Along with science teacher, Ian Chesterton, Barbara took it upon herself to look into Susan's home life. After finding the girl's street address, they followed her to 76 Totter's Lane where they saw her entering a police call box in the I.M. Foreman Junkyard. The guardian of this box, an elderly man they later learned was a Gallifreyan known as the Doctor, tried to get them to leave, but Barbara and Ian entered the box to discover that it was bigger on the inside than it was on the outside. In truth, it was actually a time machine called the TARDIS. They found Susan, who explained to Barbara how she and her grandfather were refugee time travelers. Determined to keep their existence a secret from humanity, the Doctor forced Ian and Barbara to accompany him, and they became his first human companions.