Doctor Who: Season 19, Episode 19

Earthshock: Part One (8 Mar. 1982)

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In 2526, 8 Earth paleontologists and geologist were investigating a fossil find in a newly discovered case when 7 of them disappear. The only one who seems to have got out is Professor Kyle... See full summary »



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In 2526, 8 Earth paleontologists and geologist were investigating a fossil find in a newly discovered case when 7 of them disappear. The only one who seems to have got out is Professor Kyle. She accompanies Lt. Scott and his troop of soldiers into the unmapped caves to see if they can find her colleagues. What they find however is the Doctor and his traveling companions Nyssa, Adric and Tegan who have also just arrived in the TARDIS. They're near the location where the scientific expedition was attacked and Scott suspects the Doctor. There are others in the in the subterranean structures however. Written by garykmcd

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The role Scott was offered to Gareth Hunt. See more »


When the troopers are in the caves, the two dark figures in background walk past (to the right) and one of the troopers stops and turns around. As he does this the shadow of a crewmember can be briefly seen on the left wall. This is not the dark figure's shadow because they have already walked past. See more »


[regarding Adric wanting to go home]
The Doctor: You do not have the monitor skill Adric! And even if you did, I am not taking you back into E-Space!
Adric: Then I'll find someone who will take me!
The Doctor: E-Space is another universe! There isn't a taxi service that goes back and forth!
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Fast-paced, action packed Dr Who outing
2 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

EARTHSHOCK is an effective, well-paced DOCTOR WHO serial and possibly the best of the Peter Davison era. The narrative sees the Doctor and his three (count 'em!) companions doing battle with the nefarious Cybermen, who this time around have a convoluted plan to bomb Earth into destruction. Despite the distinctly episodic structure to the story, EARTHSHOCK is a zinger: action packed, filled with incident, and not bad effects.

The Cybermen have always been my favourite of Dr Who villains - they just seem to have the edge over the Daleks, somehow - and they're on top form as the android menace in this production. They get plenty of screen time, and almost half the running time seems to be made up of intense shoot-outs between the humans and their robotic foes.

The storyline is all over the place at times, and there's early stuff - like a futuristic potholing expedition - which seems to a little extraneous considering what comes later. But that matters not. The cast are on top form, and joined by seasoned professional Beryl Reid who brings plenty of irascibility to her role of Briggs. Really, though, this serial belongs to Matthew Waterhouse's much-hated Adric, who turns out to be something of a hero after all. Who knew?

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