The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 5

The Sixth Finger (14 Oct. 1963)

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A scientist experimenting with speeding up human evolution, hires on uneducated, but bright Gwyllim, from the nearby Welsh mining town. He proves a devoted lab assistant, but not content to... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gwyllim Griffiths
Cathy Evans
Professor Mathers
Nora Marlowe ...
Mrs. Ives
Robert Doyle ...
Wilt Morgan
Constance Cavendish ...
Gert 'the Bread' Evans
George Pelling ...


A scientist experimenting with speeding up human evolution, hires on uneducated, but bright Gwyllim, from the nearby Welsh mining town. He proves a devoted lab assistant, but not content to stick to animal subjects, Gwyllim speeds up his own evolution, becoming a super genius with 6 fingers and a huge cranium. With such mental powers does the rebellious, former coal miner acquire equivalent wisdom and maturity too ? Written by David Stevens

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14 October 1963 (USA)  »

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The entire story line illustrates the misperception that evolution is a directed process leading to improvements in a species. The actual processes of evolution were known long before the time of original airing. See more »


Control Voice: [Opening Narration] Where are we going? Life, the timeless and mysterious gift is still evolving. What wonders or terrors does evolution hold in store for us in the next ten thousand years? - in a million? - in six million? Perhaps the answer lies in this old house in this old and misty valley...
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Referenced in The Loved One (1965) See more »

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Even in the future, people are still pretty dumb!
24 June 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode features two British actors very familiar to 1960s American television--Edward Mulhare ("The Ghost and Mrs. Muir") and David McCallum ("The Man From UNCLE").

Mulhare is a genetic scientist who has been manipulating DNA in chimps in order to speed up evolution. The result is a chimp that is nearly as smart as a person! When a local dullard sees this, she begs the scientist to do this procedure on her boyfriend (McCallum)--a rather dull coal miner. Mulhare reluctantly agrees to his first human subject and McCallum is accelerated thousands of years--and becomes MUCH smarter and with psychic powers but also some contempt for mankind, as we are all very stupid in comparison. He continues to evolve--and each time, we become more and more like mere parasites to the point that he sees us as inconveniences. What's next? See this very interesting episode to find out for yourself.

I liked this one because it could simply have been about how noble mankind would one day become (BOOORRRIIINNGGG!). Instead, although McCallum seems pretty benign, over time his view of the human race is pretty scary! An insightful and clever show--well worth seeing because of this as well as it being incredibly unique!

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