Doctor Who (1963)

Planet of the Spiders, Part Six

Season 11, Ep 26, Aired 6/8/74
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  • Episode Description
  • The Doctor's past has caught up with him, and now he must risk death to save the universe from the evil clutches of the Great One.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Barry Letts

  • Robert Sloman

  • Dudley Simpson

  • Elisabeth Sladen

    Sarah Jane Smith

  • Jon Pertwee

    Doctor Who

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Planet of the Spiders is one of the scariest, but exciting Doctor Who adventures ever made. It marks the end of Jon Pertwee, who transforms into Tom Baker in the conclusion of Part Six. Tom Baker was uncredited as Doctor Who at the end the story, but we

    By DoctorWho44, Apr 21, 2007

  • Wow!

    By sarahjanesmith, Jan 30, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Brigadier: Aren't you going to introduce me to your friend, Miss Smith? Sarah: Oh, um, yes. This is the abbot of… No, it's Cho-je… I mean, it looks like Cho-je, but it's really K'anpo Rimpoche. I think. Brigadier [ sarcastically ]: Thank you. That makes everything quite clear.

    • The Brigadier: Well... here we go again.

    • [The Third Doctor's last words] The Doctor: A tear, Sarah Jane? No, no, don't cry. While there's life, there's...

    Notes (4)

    • Harry Sullivan is mentioned briefly here at the end, but is not seen until the next episode.

    • The Doctor explains the regeneration process to Sarah. This is the first time that the term is used: the First Doctor was "renewed", the Second was sentenced to a change of appearance. This is the first time that we see another Time Lord - K'anpo Rimpoche - regenerated. It is established that a projection of a Time Lord's future incarnation can exist alongside his present one: Cho-je was a distillation of K'anpo Rimpoche's future incarnation. See also Season 18's Logopolis.

    • The Doctor is poisoned by the radiation in the Great One's mountain lair and is forced to regenerate again.

    • Final regular appearances of Jon Pertwee as the Doctor and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates. Both appear next in The Five Doctors.

    Trivia (2)

    • Equipment Visible: When the spiders are dying, a shot of Arak and Tuar reveals a BBC camera in the lower right corner.

    • Unusually, the reprise of the previous episode's final events is slightly altered: The sequence where Sarah Jane is revealed to be under the Eight Legs' has been spliced between scenes.

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