Doctor Who (1963)

Season 11 Episode 26

Planet of the Spiders, Part Six

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jun 08, 1974 on BBC
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Planet of the Spiders, Part Six
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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.

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  • 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 wemoreless

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    see Tom Baker's name credited in "Robot." The Doctor risks death to return to the cave of the Great One and free the Universe from her power. The ending of Part Six is the final episode for Jon Pertwee. Tom Baker was approached about playing Doctor Who, when he was on a brick site. He was hired as Pertwee's replacement. Known as "The Tall Lightbulb," Pertwee continued to attend Doctor Who conventions, and played Dr. Who in "The Five Doctors," starring Peter Davison as the Doctor. Planet of the Spiders was the most exciting adventure to date on TV, today. The Third Doctor gets lost for 3 weeks, and whe the Tatdis arrives, the Doctor is so weakened that he falls to the floor. Elisabeth Sladen gives a emotional performance when Sarah cries whe the Doctor dies. K'Ampo appears and tells Sarah that the Doctor isn't dead. Sarah stands up, and in tears, she says she doesn't think she can take much more. K'Ampo says that the Doctor is alive. Sarah cries harder when she says that the Doctor is dead. K'Ampo explains that the Doctor's body was badly damaged by the crystals, but that he is a Time Lord. He tells Sarah that he will give the process a little push, and the cells will regenerate, and the Doctor will become a new man. He aids the Doctor, and the Doctor regenerates for third time into a much younger Doctor (Tom Baker.) Pertwee died in 1996, and Lis Sladen was saddened and heartbroken and she cried for weeks after Pertwee died. Pertwee appeared in The Five Doctors in 1983. Jon Pertwee regenerated into Tom Baker in the conclusion of Planet of the Spiders in 1974.moreless
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    One of my all time favourite episodes at the time, this story still looms large in my memory. The big spiders! The chanting ("oom, haddy haddy um!")! The end of the world (again). It was good to have a resolution to the Mike Yates sub-plot, tragic to witness the death of the Doctor (I had watched since Troughton, but this was my first regeneration scene). Life, or at least Saturday tea time, would never be the same again. According to one of the novels, an irradiated Doctor took hundreds of years dying in his Tardis before returning to Earth, which is really too horrid to contemplate!moreless
Gareth Hunt

Gareth Hunt

Arak

Guest Star

Ralph Arliss

Ralph Arliss

Tuar

Guest Star

George Cormack

George Cormack

K`anpo

Guest Star

Richard Franklin

Richard Franklin

Mike Yates

Recurring Role

John Dearth

John Dearth

Lupton

Recurring Role

Christopher Burgess

Christopher Burgess

Barnes

Recurring Role

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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