Doctor Who (1963)

Season 5 Episode 40

The Wheel in Space, Episode 6

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jun 01, 1968 on BBC
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The Wheel in Space, Episode 6
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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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • When Zoe is discovered hiding in the box in the TARDIS, the background is simply TARDIS interior circles painted onto a draped cloth. In longer shots, the join between the TARDIS set walls and the cloth is jarringly obvious.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Leo: You know what you've done, don't you? Those two kids out there have probably been either burned up by radiation or fried by thermal blast. Always assuming of couse that they weren't actually hit by any of that rubbish!
        The Doctor: Do you think I don't know that? It was a calculated risk that had to be taken.
        Leo: Why?
        The Doctor: Because there's something on board that rocket that we've got to have if we're going to beat the Cybermen!
        Leo: And that justifed risking two lives?
        The Doctor: Yes, to save many!

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