Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 36

The Wheel in Space: Episode 2 (4 May 1968)

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The Doctor and Jamie are brought aboard the Wheel where Jamie is horrified to learn the crew plan to destroy the Silver Carrier with the TARDIS on board.


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Episode cast overview:
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Kenneth Watson ...
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The Doctor and Jamie are brought aboard the Wheel where Jamie is horrified to learn the crew plan to destroy the Silver Carrier with the TARDIS on board.

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Dr. Gemma Corwyn: Can you give me your full name please?
Jamie McCrimmon: James Robert McCrimmon. Jamie.
Dr. Gemma Corwyn: Thank you. And your friend?
Jamie McCrimmon: Err... The Doctor.
Dr. Gemma Corwyn: I can't put that down.
Jamie McCrimmon: Err...
[spots the lid of Gemma's stethoscope box with the words "John Smith & Associates" on it]
Jamie McCrimmon: John Smith.
Dr. Gemma Corwyn: [with a bemused look on her face] Really?
Jamie McCrimmon: Aye.
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Fun but not entirely Wheel-istic!
17 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 6 episodes:

This is a fun and mostly very high standard production providing tense and exciting Cybermen attacks and the arrival of a good new companion Zoe. (Previous companion Victoria having just left, featuring only in the clip from the end of the preceding episode.)

The plot and some of the science does not all make sense. Some of the science is not as realistic as it could be and the Cybermen's plan is not entirely sensible or believable. It is not as awful a plan as some would have you believe though and it certainly does not make it an unsuccessful story, it just takes a bit of the silver sheen off of some of this adventure. It still is very good, entertaining stuff with parts 5 and 6 particularly good.

The Wheel in Space is a very enjoyable romp with excellent elements but it looks weaker by comparison to the truly brilliant stories preceding it in season 5.

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