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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At the end when he was in the machine it was originally intended for Cathy to regress Gwyllim beyond a caveman so that he would look like an ape. The network objected, fearing that such a scene would offend a number of viewers, so they stopped the regression at the point of a caveman. See more »


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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Welsh miners with Yorkshire accents and pistol-packing policemen...
11 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Truly one of my favourite OL episodes, but I have to agree with the other UK reviewer about the truly extraordinary world that it creates for British audiences.

Not only is the town apparently located in Wales whilst the cast all speak in a sort of bastardised Yorkhire dialect (with a couple of Cockney accents thrown in), but - and this slays me every time I watch "Sixth Finger" - the motorcycle cops who square off against the creature immediately reach for their sidearms. For those non-Brits who aren't aware, few of our policemen back in the 1960s would have been allowed anywhere near a pistol or rifle. (Even today only specially-trained officers are allowed to carry guns.)

For all that, it's a cracking tale, very well told, with great performances from the leads. Sadly, as I pen this review I note that Jill Haworth passed away just a few weeks ago, of natural causes but at only 65. RIP.

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