Doctor Who (1963)

Season 4 Episode 6

The Tenth Planet, Episode 2

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Oct 15, 1966 on BBC
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The Tenth Planet, Episode 2

The remorseless Cybermen have arrived from Mondas and prepare to strip the planet of all its energy. At the polar cap, the Doctor's friends prepare to fight. But an interplanetary war is looming…

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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
David Dodimead

David Dodimead


Guest Star

Dudley Jones

Dudley Jones


Guest Star

Robert Beatty

Robert Beatty

General Cutler

Guest Star

Reg Whitehead

Reg Whitehead


Recurring Role

Roy Skelton

Roy Skelton

Cyberman Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Revealing Mistakes: The Cyber voices are dubbed in, which xometimes causes the opening and closing of their mouths to be inconsistent with the spoken lines.

    • Factual Error: When Mondas is first seen in detail, its continents are found to be identical to Earth's. The planet is rotating so that all of the continents can be seen. While making for a nice visual, this would mean that Mondas is spinning on its axis once every few seconds - tens of thousand of times faster than Earth. This would be such a fast rotation that the objects would be unable to stay on the surface or the planet would become extremely oblate or completely disrupted.

    • The Cybermen's helmets were held together with Sellotape, which can clearly be seen in this episode.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Krail: You must come and live with us.
      Polly: But we cannot live with you! You're different. You've got no feelings.
      Krail: Feelings? I do not understand that word.
      The Doctor: Emotions. Love, pride, hate, fear. Have you no emotions, sir?
      Krail: Come to Mondas and you will have no need of emotions. You will become like us.

    • Ben [ regarding the Cyberman ]: Just imagine trying to tackle one of those things with a screwdriver!

  • NOTES (1)

    • This story (Episodes 2 and 4) was the only time that Roy Skelton provided a Cyberman voice. These Cybermen speak in unnatural, mechanical tones, with unusual emphasis and pronunciation. In future stories, more naturalistic voices are provided by the actors in the suits.