Doctor Who (1963)

Season 4 Episode 24

The Moonbase, Episode 2

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Feb 18, 1967 on BBC
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The Moonbase, Episode 2
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Trying to take his companions to Mars, the Doctor instead ends up on the Moon in the year 2070. Earth's weather is controlled by means of gravity waves directed from an internationally-run Moonbase, but the staff of the Moonbase are suffering from a mysterious outbreak of plague, and moments after the Doctor and his friends enter the entire Moonbase is placed under quarantine. The Doctor offers to help find a cure for the plague, which he suspects is no plague at all – and he's right. The base's food supplies have in fact been poisoned by Cybermen from the colony world Telos, who intend to seize control of the Graviton and use it to destroy the Earth – not as revenge for the destruction of Mondas, but simply and logically to eliminate a potential threat.moreless

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  • Brilliant!

    9.8
    Everything about this story shows Doctor Who at it's ultimate best. Teaming the greatest enemy, with the greatest story and a sense of mistery rarely done this well in any show. It brings the show back to it's beginnings and keeps you thinking. With the greatest action scenes ever seen in a doctor who episode, this is my absolute favourite.
Patrick Barr

Patrick Barr

Hobson

Guest Star

André Maranne

André Maranne

Benoit

Guest Star

Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf

Nils

Guest Star

Alan Rowe

Alan Rowe

Voice from Space Patrol

Recurring Role

John Rolfe

John Rolfe

Sam

Recurring Role

Barry Ashton

Barry Ashton

Scientist

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • The Doctor claims to have received a degree from James Lister in Glasgow, in 1888. By 1869, had left Glasgow for Edinburgh. By 1888, Lister was working at King's College Hospital, London.

    • Originally, fire extinguishers were intended as a delivery method for "Polly cocktail." On the screen, spray guns are used. However, Ben's description reads, "This bottle holds the stuff that puts the fire out, and the cylinder pushes gas into the bottle." The fire extinguishers were replaced, but the dialogue describing them wasn't.

    • The reason Benoit wears a tie is that they changed the character's first name after designing his costume, which sported the initial of the old name. Unfortunately, the tie fails to cover the incorrect initial.

    • Throughout the episode, the Gravitron is pointed at the Atlantic Ocean. Many hours pass, during which the Earth would revolve on its axis until the Atlantic would be pointed away from the Moon.

    • The climax of the episode seems rather far-fetched. A Cyberman is revealed to have been concealed under covers on one of the sick beds. It seems unlikely Polly or anyone else would have failed to notice an extra body in the sick bay.

    • Hobson notes they need to keep a hurricane in the Pacific Ocean. However, the Gravitron is pointed at the Atlantic and the hurricane is threatening Miami.

    • Some fairly obvious model work: closeups of the transparent dome from the outside only show the Gravitron, not any of the desks, controls, people, etc.

    • The examination tables in the sickbay are very light and wobble frequently. The most obvious cases are when the Cyberman takes one of the crew off one and later when he hops up off the table, almost knocking it over completely.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Ben: But the Cybermen were all killed when Mondas blew up, weren't they?
      Hobson: Stop this Cybermen nonsense! There were Cybermen, every child knows that. But they were all destroyed ages ago.
      The Doctor: So we all thought.

    • Polly: You did say you took your degree in Glasgow in 1888. It does seem an awful long time from now, 2070 or whatever it is.
      The Doctor: Polly, are you suggesting that I'm not competent to carry out these tests?
      Polly: Oh no, I was just wondering if there was anything that Joseph Lister didn't know in 1888 that might possibly help you now!

    • The Doctor: There are some corners of the universe that have bred the most terrible things, things which act against everything that we believe in. They must be fought.

  • NOTES (1)

    • DVD: This episode was included in the Doctor Who: Lost in Time DVD set (BBCDVD 1353, Warner Home Video E2083) released in November 2004.

      Video: This episode was included in Doctor Who: Cybermen: The Early Years (BBCV 4813) released in July 1992. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1104) in March 1993.

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