Doctor Who (1963)

Season 2 Episode 1

Planet of Giants

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Oct 31, 1964 on BBC
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Planet of Giants

Earth, 1964. An accident on landing vastly reduces the TARDIS and the travellers in size. They come across a scheme run by Forester, a ruthless businessman and his misguided scientist colleague Smithers to launch a new insecticide which is capable of destroying the local ecology. Forester is prepared to commit murder to secure the success of this project - can the inch-high travellers somehow foil him?


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  • The Doctor and his companions land on a giant planet that is experimenting with insectides that are killing it's own creatures.

    A fun episode even though there are many flaws to it. This is like an episode of the TV series "Land of the Giants" by Irwin Allen. We don't really get a rationale explanation as to why the Doctor and company land on the planet. The planets all look human but are giants? Then this whole side story with the insectides seems too primitve.

    Then again this sounds like just the Irwin Allen series "Land of the Giants". In that show the Giants where human but very primitive. That lack of reality hurt that show and hurts this episode to an extent.

    It might have been better to rewrite the Giants as aliens expirementing with human life that would have been more intriguing.

    The special effects used were crude but were the norm of the time superimposing large pictures over small ones to present the illusion of something being huge. On top of that they did spend money to buy huge props to make the Giants big (as seen by the Giant Ant and Earthworm).

    The cliffhanger of this episode has Vicki, Doctor and others being confronted by a huge cat (although the cat isn't really looking at them).

    It's a fun story but could have been re-edited storywise.

    From what GallifreyOne says as well there were four episodes but we only see three since the BBC decided to put the episodes as only a three part story.

    In today's age, the story should be remade seeing as they have the CGI and other things to make it better than what it was way back when. Still for fun it's worth checking out.moreless

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