Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 1

Spearhead from Space: Episode 1 (3 Jan. 1970)

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As the newly-regenerated Doctor arrives on Earth, so does the Nestene too.



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Episode complete credited cast:
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As strange meteorites are crashing down, an unconscious Doctor is found lying just outside the TARDIS. The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT) commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is already onto the issue of the meteorites and when he learns that a man has been found unconscious in the woods lying next to blue police box, he's certain that his old friend the Doctor has returned. He visits him at the nearby hospital but doesn't recognize him, not realizing that he Doctor has regenerated. The Doctor foils an attempt to kidnap him and he's soon back in hospital having been shot by the soldiers guarding the TARDIS. Written by garykmcd

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First appearance of Liz Shaw. See more »


When the Brigadier visits the Doctor's bedside, a boom microphone shadow can be seen moving across the wall. See more »


Lethbridge-Stewart: In the last decade, we've been sending probes deeper and deeper into space. We've drawn attention to ourselves, Miss Shaw.
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References The Avengers (1961) See more »


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14 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE is a well-remembered and classic DOCTOR WHO story, and for good reason. It contains one of the entire series' most frightening pieces of imagery ever, in the form of shop mannequins coming to life and wreaking havoc on the high street.

Of course, the said dummies are part of a sinister alien plan to invade earth, but a newly-regenerated Jon Pertwee is on hand to thwart them. SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE isn't perfect - it is quite slow and it takes a while to get to the action, partly because a lot of it's about Pertwee "discovering" himself - but it has a timeless charm that makes it irresistible to this viewer.

The entire alien invasion plot is familiar but workable, and the story is enlivened by the dedicated performances from the supporting cast. Nicholas Courtney's Brigadier is on particular top form here, but here's merely a highlight of a generally well-made and inventive story overall. When it comes to DOCTOR WHO, SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE is one of the very best.

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