Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 26

The Steel Sky (5 Mar. 1966)

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The Doctor, Steven and Dodo arrive on a giant spaceship millions of years in the future, transporting the last humans away from the doomed Earth.


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The Doctor, Steven and Dodo arrive on a giant spaceship millions of years in the future, transporting the last humans away from the doomed Earth.

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This serial was released by the BBC on video cassette in the UK in October 1998. See more »


A microphone shadow is visible on a wall shortly after a Monoid drives a truck past it bearing an ill colleague. See more »


[first lines]
Steven Taylor: Just where do you think you're going?
Dorothea 'Dodo' Chaplet: Out.
Steven Taylor: Out?
Dorothea 'Dodo' Chaplet: Yes, I thought I'd get some fresh air. Somebody opened the door.
Steven Taylor: But nobody said you could go out.
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Two Stories Stuck Together To Make A Relatively Good One
12 August 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

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The Tardis materialises amongst The Ark a giant spaceship containing a diverse cross section of Earth life . The Doctor finds out that the Earth is about to be consumed by the Sun and that Mankind is using a self aware race of Aliens called Monoids as servants . The Doctor's new companion Dodo Chaplett suffers a cold a virus unknown to humanity which then starts spreading amongst the Human race with deadly results

This is a story that has a very up and down reputation . It was held in fairly low regard until the 1987 novelisation came out and the novelisation was universally praised as being much better than the television story so much so that I was expecting a total turkey when I sat down to watch the original TV version in 1993 but was very surprised at what I saw because while never being classic material does show that even an average lowly regarded story from that era can be very entertaining , involving and engaging

There's no escaping the story structure . This is bluntly two different stories stuck together , but this doesn't really matter because if this was a two part Matt Smith episode 13 year old fangirls would bombard this site saying " OMG this is the most awesome thing ever in the history of mankind " and you could easily see this story being reproduced for the present show involving the first part where the race against time to find a cure for the virus is the focus for the story and the following week trying to save humanity from the jackboot of the Monoids . This is one of these stories that has a subtext about the nature of humanity both good and bad which wasn't actually explored all that often in the 1960s show and would become more frequent , though no less obvious in the Pertwee era

For a 1966 story the production values are a bit patchy and archive material shows the production team at the time bigged up the fact that so much wildlife was being used but as you might expect the sets are composed of small set interiors including the surface of Refus which is realised with putting a few plants around the set . The Monoids themselves might split opinion but if I was a kid , which I often am when I watch an episode for the first time I would have thought of the Monoids as being the most awesome monsters since the Daleks as they slither around gunning down humans

The characters themselves are very nondescript and one note such the paternalistic commander , the intelligent rebel , the cowardly , traitor , the cruel Mononoid leader. Most non descript character is new companion Dodo introduced in the previous story The Massacre which was massacred itself during the archive purges in the 1970s who right away becomes a plot device and to just spout lines but the production values of this story show so much imagination that the flaws themselves don't matter

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