Sunday, February 16, 2014

"The Wheel in Space"

Aired Apr 27 - June 1, 1968

6 Episodes

Story 43

Written by David Whitaker
From a Story by Kit Pedler

Directed by Tristan DeVere Cole


The TARDIS materializes on board a spaceship, the Silver Carrier, where the Doctor and Jamie are attacked by a maintenance Robot. Jamie manages to contact a nearby space station known as the Wheel and they are rescued. Though viewed with suspicion by many of the crew, the Doctor and Jamie befriend Zoe Heriot, a young prodigy with total recall and broad scientific knowledge, as well as a healthy ego.

Meanwhile, the Silver Carrier discharges Cybermats, which travel to and enter the station. These pave the way for the penetration of the station by Cybermen, who intend to use its direct radio link with Earth as a beacon for their invasion fleet.

The Doctor sends Jamie and Zoe over to the Silver Carrier to fetch the TARDIS's vector generator rod. Meanwhile he manages to free the Wheel's crew from the Cybermen's hypnotic control and to destroy all the Cybermen on the station.

When Jamie and Zoe return, he installs the rod in the station's X-ray laser, making it powerful enough to destroy the Cyber-fleet. Zoe joins Jamie and the Doctor in their travels.

Monday, February 10, 2014

"Fury from the Deep"

Aired Mar 16 - Apr 20, 1968

6 Episodes

Story 42

Written by Victor Pemberton

Directed by Hugh David


The TARDIS lands on the surface of the sea, just off the east coast of England. The travelers use a rubber dinghy to get ashore, whereupon they are shot with tranquilizer darts and taken prisoner.

They awaken to find themselves imprisoned at a natural gas refinery for trespassing in a restricted area. The Doctor learns that there have been a number of unexplained problems with the pressure in the feed pipes from the offshore drilling rigs, problems exacerbated by Robson, the ruthlessly driven head of the refinery. The Doctor uncovers that one of the rigs has sucked up a parasitic form of seaweed capable of releasing poisonous gas and emitting a strange foam allowing it to take control of people's minds.

The weed spreads rapidly, intent on building a huge colony centered on and around the rigs. The Doctor makes the discovery that it is susceptible to high pitched noise; consequently he is able to use the amplified sound of Victoria's screams to destroy it. Victoria, tired by the constant dangers in their travels, elects to remain with Harris, one of the refinery workers, and his family.

Although he shares Jamie's sadness at her departure, the Doctor understands her decision to settle down to a quieter life, and the duo sadly leave her to continue on their journey.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"The Web of Fear"

Aired Feb 3 - Mar 9, 1968

6 Episodes

Story 41

Written by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln

Directed by Douglas Camfield


In space, the TARDIS narrowly avoids becoming engulfed in a web-like substance. The Doctor manages to materialize the ship, and the TARDIS arrives in the London Underground railway system, but the travelers discover the tunnels and the city above have been evacuated due to some dire emergency.  They soon discover the tunnels are being overrun by the web and by the Great Intelligence's robot Yeti.

The Doctor discovers that this crisis was precipitated when their old friend Professor Travers, inadvertently caused one of the Yeti to be reactivated. This allowed the Intelligence to begin a second invasion attempt, this time in London itself.

Trapped in the Underground, the travelers work alongside army forces led by Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, as they battle against the alien menace, hampered by the fact that one of their number may have fallen under the Intelligence's influence and is a traitor in their midst.

The Intelligence's ultimate aim is to drain the Doctor's mind. The Doctor manages to sabotage the device with which it intends to achieve this, so that he can drain the Intelligence's mind instead, but he is 'rescued' by his friends before he can bring his plan to fruition.

The Intelligence is eventually repelled into space, though the Doctor warns that the Intelligence is not totally defeated, and will undoubtedly return.