I've spoilered this weeks for a reason. Don't open until you've watched The Tenth Planet STORY 5
A new Doctor. A new enemy. The Tenth Planet was an important story. The end of one era but the start of something new. With William Hartnell gone no one from the original TARDIS crew remained and Patrick Troughton was given the job of somehow rejuvenating the Doctor. The Cybermen proved popular and, with the Daleks beginning to be over saturated, they were quickly brought back attacking a base on the moon. The Cybermen would go on to feature 4 times up against the 2nd Doctor and by this point in his life he has already seen off the Daleks twice, one being the "ultimate end". Also he has said goodbye to Ben and Polly but picked up a Scottish lad. Sadly as before much is missing of this era. In fact this weeks story was only found in 1991 and not only is it the earliest complete 2nd Doctor story until recently this was the only complete story of season 5. Season 5 starts with a cracker!
The Tomb of the Cybermen
In the far future a group of archeologists are investigating the planet Telos. As they uncover the secrets of the planet a strange blue box appears. The Doctor is joined by Jamie, a highlander from the 1700's and Victoria, the daughter of a Victorian scientist recently killed by the Daleks, has just joined them on their travels. Together they explore........... The Tomb of the Cybermen!
Originally Broadcast- 2 September to 23 September 1967 Written by- Kit Pedler & Gerry Davis
I've watched storyline 4 - The Tenth Planet episode 1.
Quite a mysterious start to this series and the musical effects set the tone! This Ben companion seems to be a bit of a "Cor, blimey, guv!" kinda character. Had a wee laugh when the space station control guy said, in response to the Zeus 4 pilots quandary, "It's probably just space fatigue".
Oh boy! So, the Cybermen arrive and immediately go into jedi disguise mode before striking people to,the ground with the mildest of whacks . Brilliant stuff and it sets things up for episode 2.
I did like the cool intro and outro sequence when the credits appeared with various letter symbols in between... pretty nice style for the game.
I've watched storyline 4 - The Tenth Planet episode 2.
Like humans... but without emotions! Ben soon witnessed the strength of the new arrivals, exclaiming "Blimey!" as they bent a gun with their bare mechanical hands.
With this first look at the Cyberman, they don't seem to be evil as such; just totally focused on themselves and their own survival. Sure, taking resources from Earth isn't exactly friendly, but it seems like they're doing it to for reasons of logic rather than to harm others. The ends doesn't justify the means... but they do feel less evil than the Daleks. Although the costumes are of their time, they look a bit cooler, too .
And then there is talk of a first interplanetary war . Cue raucous music! The base's scanner shows that hundreds of ships are arriving!
The Watching Artist wrote:Really looking forward to your reaction to episode 4!
Just watched storyline 4 - The Tenth Planet episode 4.
... ... . I can only imagine that the cartoon presentation is because the original version was lost? To be fair, the artists have done an excellent job - the characters are clearly recognisable from the earlier filmed episodes. Am I right in thinking that the soundtrack and voicing is as per the original film version, though? It's a dreadful shame if the film has been lost but, again, this comic version is extremely well done.
As for the storyline, this has been my favourite one so far. It has kept my attention and I have been eager to watch each episode. It's remarkable that the Doctor wasn't really a main character, although I am confused as to why he was so affected by Mondas. I don't feel that aspect was explained... and why did the Doctor become so poorly that he regenerated?
I enjoyed seeing the Cybermen - their appearance and even their voicing was, considering the time, pretty well done.
jawafour wrote:I can only imagine that the cartoon presentation is because the original version was lost? To be fair, the artists have done an excellent job - the characters are clearly recognisable from the earlier filmed episodes. Am I right in thinking that the soundtrack and voicing is as per the original film version, though? It's a dreadful shame if the film has been lost but, again, this comic version is extremely well done.
Although footage of one scene remains (see the new story intro). The audio survives because fans use to record the audio off of the TV when it was broadcast. Some stuff on the lost eps and some recently found ones!
jawafour wrote:It's remarkable that the Doctor wasn't really a main character
William Hartnell had time off due to ill health. So it was rewritten late on, with the Doctor collapsing etc. His health was one of the main reasons for recasting the Doctor.
jawafour wrote:I don't feel that aspect was explained... and why did the Doctor become so poorly that he regenerated?
Its always been a bit of a mystery as to exactly why it happens. Most tend to just put it down to old age of that body. The radiation on the base and the influence of Mondas on him being a contributing factor. Perhaps we will find out more at Christmas? In the original script his last words are something like "No... no, I simply will not give in!" But they ran out of time to record this. You may notice this is much like 12's recent stubbornness to regenerate and who turns up in a snowy place? The first Doctor!
Of course you might find out exactly how the show dealt with it at the time if you watch the follow up story "The Power of the Daleks". Sadly we had to skip along for the club.
The Watching Artist wrote:...Some stuff on the lost eps and some recently found ones!...
Wow! I hadn't realised just how many episodes had been lost... so, just under 100 are currently missing. it seems amazing that they ever could have been destroyed.
The Watching Artist wrote:...William Hartnell had time off due to ill health. So it was rewritten late on, with the Doctor collapsing etc. His health was one of the main reasons for recasting the Doctor...
I guess that Hartnell wasn't exactly a spring chicken when he started the show but it's a shame that it ended in that way. He seemed to play an older, knowledgeable but slightly impatient kind of Doctor . And, of course, this enabled the first ever regeneration!
With the TARDIS in imminent danger The Doctor is forced to take the the ship out of known reality using the emergency unit. He, Jamie and Zoe, an astrophysicist from the 21st Century, find themselves lost in a white void. Doctor Who is about to get very surreal as team TARDIS discover the land of fiction....
Originally Broadcast- 14 September to 12 October 1968 Written by- Peter Ling
This weeks is 5 episodes so I've decided to give you 2 weeks. Admittedly this is mainly because you are all miles back.