Doctor Who (1963)

Season 5 Episode 37

The Wheel in Space, Episode 3

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM May 11, 1968 on BBC
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The Wheel in Space, Episode 3
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The TARDIS materialises on a deserted rocket in deep space, where the Doctor suffers concussion after an abrupt course change, and he and Jamie are attacked by a hostile servo-robot. Jamie manages to attract attention from a nearby space station, but the crew then attempt to destroy the apparently deserted rocket – and in order to save the TARDIS, Jamie must sabotage the station's asteroid defense laser. He and the Doctor thus face extremly hostile questioning, but the real threat is aboard the space rocket, where two Cybermen are preparing to infiltrate the station, open the way for their army to arrive and use the Wheel as the first stepping stone in an invasion of Earth. After the Cybermen are defeated, the Doctor and Jamie depart with a new companion – computer programmer Zoe Heriot, who finds her ordinary life dull and seeks adventure with them.moreless

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    Peter Laird

    Peter Laird

    Chang

    Guest Star

    Kevork Malikyan

    Kevork Malikyan

    Kemel Rudkin

    Guest Star

    Anne Ridler

    Anne Ridler

    Dr. Gemma Corwyn

    Guest Star

    Roy Skelton

    Roy Skelton

    Voices

    Recurring Role

    Peter Hawkins

    Peter Hawkins

    Voices

    Recurring Role

    Jerry Holmes

    Jerry Holmes

    Cyberman

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Once again, the Cybermen are featured in a new design that, though aspects are carried over into their next appearance, is exclusive to a single story arc.

      • The Cybermen's entire attack is geared toward turning the Wheel into a beacon. Space is a big place. Wouldn't setting up a little tin satellite anywhere in the millions of miles of the Solar System have been more effective than the massively convoluted plot they end up using?

      • The Cybermen ionize a star in M13 to deflect asteroids to the station. Apart from the various scientific idiocies (it would take thousands of years for any light waves to reach Earth and they would be unable to deflect asteroids), this seems an insane amount of trouble to go to to break into the station. Surely a simpler way would occur to the logical Cybermen.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Leo: It's all a problem in solid geometry to you, isn't it? Don't you care what happens here?
        Zoe: Well, of course, I'm only telling you what is going to happen.
        Leo: Yeah, just like a robot. Facts, calculations!
        Tanya: Leo!
        Leo: Proper little brain-child, all brain and no heart!

      • The Doctor: Logic, my dear Zoe, merely enables one to be wrong with authority.

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