Doctor Who (1963)

Season 4 Episode 5

The Tenth Planet, Episode 1

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Oct 08, 1966 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions