Doctor Who (1963)

Season 19 Episode 22

Earthshock, Part Four

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Mar 16, 1982 on BBC
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Earthshock, Part Four
A massive Cyberman invasion force is determined to strike Earth. The Doctor works to defeat them… but victory may come at a terrible cost.

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  • Painful but Great

    I'm sure i'm taking the words 'Painful to Watch' the wrong way as many would associate that line with the idea that i hated this episode, and to an extent i did, but in the same way i loved it.

    I loved the character of Adric, i know not many did, but i did. He was annoying as hell but he meant well, and that's why he was so good.

    He died, the series was ruined, and now i spend my days wishing to see these episodes again.

    Great, fantastic, fabulous!

    Kinda sad on my part, but i loved them all!

    RIP Adric!moreless
Beryl Reid

Beryl Reid


Guest Star

James Warwick

James Warwick


Guest Star

Clare Clifford

Clare Clifford


Guest Star

June Bland

June Bland


Recurring Role

David Banks

David Banks

Cyber Leader

Recurring Role

Mark Hardy

Mark Hardy

Cyber Lieutenant

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Revealing Mistake: Just before the wounded Cyberman blasts the computer, Matthew Waterhouse is poking at it very gingerly, as though knowing it's about to explode.

    • Plot Hole: Not only does the Cyberdevice miraculously allow the freighter to travel through time, it also transports it to the side of the Galaxy that Earth was on 65 million years ago.

    • Plot Hole: Where are the Cybermen evacuating to… while in warp drive?

    • Continuity: When Scott returns to the TARDIS, he has two men and a woman with him. A Cyberman grabs the woman, but when they enter the TARDIS, the man is missing. Later, when they leave, the woman is gone again.

    • Revealing Mistake: Just before and when the freighter crashes into Earth, the TARDIS computer shows the freighter to be still in space and not moving when it blows up. This is fixed on the 2003 DVD.

    • Factual Error: As the freighter is approaching Earth, the continents look very much like they do today. 65 million years ago, the land masses of modern-day China, Korea and Japan would not have been in the position that they are seen here. This is corrected in the 2003 DVD release.

    • Crew or equipment visible:
      Near of the end of this episode, pay close attention to when the Doctor shoves Adric's gold laiden badge into the Cyberleader's chest from behind. Through the Cyberleader's face plate, a silver box can be seen pressing against David Bank's face. The Cyber costumes had radio microphrones in them for recording so the modulation of the actor's voices could occur in real time. The batteries for these mikes were taped to the top inside of the actors' helmets. Over time, of course, the tape would work free and the batteries would fall out of place, resulting in the silver box seen in the Cyberleader's face plate for this scene. Also, when the Cyberleader explodes, the wire attached to the small microphone can be clearly seen.

    • This episode portrays the major extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period, 65 million years ago. Not all dinosaur species were eliminated, however, and two distinct intelligent bipedal species (the Silurians and the Sea Devils) had evolved by the Eocene period, some 20 million years later.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Tegan: You won't like Earth.
      Cyber Leader: Like or dislike does not come under consideration.
      Tegan: It will when you start going rusty!

    • Captain Briggs [about the Cyberleader]: Are they all so dedicated?
      The Doctor: Compared to some, this one's positively flippant!

    • Adric: Now I'll never know if I was right...

    • The Doctor: Emotions have their uses.
      Cyberleader: They restrict and curtail the intellect, and the logic, the mind.
      The Doctor: They also enhance life. When did you last have the pleasure of smelling a flower? Watching a sunset? Eating a well-prepared meal?
      Cyberleader: These things are irrelevant.
      The Doctor: For some people, small, beautiful events is what life is all about!

  • NOTES (3)