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The Tenth Planet
Doctor Who, episode 29 (4.2)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:25:45
Earth's twin planet arrives and brings with it the Cybermen.
The TARDIS arrives in December 1986 at a South Pole Space Tracking station where the personnel, under the command of General Cutler, are engaged in trying to talk down a manned space capsule that has got into difficulty.
The Doctor realises that the problem stems from the gravitational pull of another planet that has entered the solar system and is now heading for Earth. His words are borne out when the base is invaded by a force of alien Cybermen. The Cybermen's world, Mondas, is draining energy from Earth - once its 'twin planet' - and the situation will soon become critical.
The Cybermen propose to take the humans back to Mondas for conversion into further members of their race. The humans fight back - although sabotage by Ben prevents Cutler from taking the highly dangerous step of launching a powerful Z-bomb - and Mondas eventually disintegrates due to absorbing too much energy.
All the remaining Cybermen collapse and die, having been totally dependent on their planet. The Doctor has become weak during the ordeal, and hurries back to the TARDIS...
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:48:13
The Tenth Planet marks the end of an era. It features William Hartnell's final regular appearance as the Doctor and provides an early indication of the type of story that would come to typify Patrick Troughton's time in the series. 'This is what makes The Tenth Planet important - it's a nebulous picture of things to come,' wrote Mark Clapham in Matrix Issue 53, dated autumn 1996. 'It's a prototype Troughton monster tale, one restrained by the nature of the series at the time. Trapped between...
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