Doctor Who (1963)

Season 4 Episode 5

The Tenth Planet, Episode 1

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Oct 08, 1966 on BBC
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The Tenth Planet, Episode 1

The TARDIS materialises in the year 1986, at Snowcap Tracking Station at the South Pole. There, an international team is struggling to bring down a shuttle which has inexplicably been drawn out of orbit – by the sudden appearance of a tenth planet, Earth's exact mirror twin. And the inhabitants of the planet are on their way…


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  • The Tenth Planet is the last series with Hartnell as the Doctor, and it is the first appearance of the Cybermen. The Doctor and his companions materialize at a research base at the South Pole that coordinates space operations.moreless

    Early Doctor Who has very odd pacing. The acting is done well enough, but it is not nearly as refined as any show on television today. Modern viewers will no doubt need to apply themselves to maintain focus. Even though this series is the last Hartnell series, he isn't written as a main role in the scripts. There are a few plot holes in this series, and as I mentioned before the pacing is something to get used to.

    I enjoy being able to let go of my internal demand for flawless effects and realism whenever I watch Doctor Who. That being said, the costumes, props and effects are very primitive in this series.moreless
  • The Doctor arrives on planet Mondos and sees that the Cybermen have knocked a crew off course from Earth.

    The plot really doesn't matter that much as the same story arcs would be repeated (the Cybermen attempt to capture or destroy an earth vessel and then try to capture the earth) but the significance of the episode is the appearence of the Cybermen.

    Creativity-wise though they did everything right in this episode. It had nice buildup, decent acting, actual special effects and that finale with unveiling of the Cybermen trying to get into the Tardis was classic. They used the spinning camera trick (seen in stuff like "Planet of the Apes") to give the impression that the earth crew was knocked of course.

    The only thing I might have done differently is add a bit more violence. The confrontation with the Cybermen here is really silly (the Cybermen basically knock them out with a karate chop!!!). I guess there was a limit into how much violence they could show because in later years we would the Cybermen become more violent. Still this episode is a keepermoreless
Christopher Matthews

Christopher Matthews

Radar Technician

Guest Star

Steve Plytas

Steve Plytas


Guest Star

John Brandon

John Brandon

American Sergeant

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Equipment Visible: When the general comes into the room to meet the Doctor, Ben and Polly, the shadow of the boom mike moves over the soldier on the 'phone.

    • Equipment Visible: When the sergeant turns the periscope to see the Doctor, Ben and Polly, the boom mike creeps into the upper right corner of the shot.

    • Revealing Mistake: The arctic base's periscope shifts around when the TARDIS materializes nearby.

    • How can Earth and Mondas have identically shaped land masses, as each planet has been separately affected by continental drift for millions of years?

    • Factual Error It is always seen snowing in Antarctica. Given its high altitude, the Antarctic air is very dry and precipitation is rare.

    • Writer Kit Pedler is incorrectly credited as Kitt Pedler for this episode.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Polly: You're looking terribly worried, Doctor.
      The Doctor: Am I, my dear? Yes, I'm afraid I am rather worried.
      Ben: What is it, Doctor? What's up?
      The Doctor: Well, you see Ben, I know what that planet is, and what it means to Earth.
      Ben: What does it mean to Earth?
      The Doctor: Only that pretty soon we shall be having visitors.
      Ben: Visitors? What, here? Who do you think's bringing them, Father Christmas and his sledge?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Video: Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet (BBCV 6874) released as part of the Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen/The Tenth Planet box set (BBCV 7030) in November 2000. Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet (Warner Home Video E1529) released in U.S.A./Canada in May 2001.

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet by Gerry Davis (ISBN 0 426 11068 4) first published by Tandem in 1976.

    • This episode sees the first appearance of the Cybermen, who would become almost as popular an enemy for the Doctor as the Daleks.

    • Dramatically, the robot-like Cybermen are shown at the end of the episode to have human hands, hinting at their cyborg natures.