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The Wheel in Space: Episode 2 

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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Frazer Hines ...
Kenneth Watson ...
Michael Goldie ...
Derrick Gilbert ...
Michael Turner ...
Eric Flynn ...
Anne Ridler ...
Clare Jenkins ...
Peter Laird ...
James Mellor ...
Wendy Padbury ...
Jerry Holmes ...


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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4 May 1968 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Doctor is absent from this episode in order to give Patrick Troughton a holiday during production. See more »


Zoe Heriot: [notices that Jamie has entered the room] Sorry. You must be...
[breaks off into uncontrollable laughter]
Jamie McCrimmon: Hey, what are you laughing at?
Zoe Heriot: Your clothes. You're wearing female garments.
Jamie McCrimmon: Female? Look I have you know this is a kilt. Have you never seen it before?
Zoe Heriot: [to herself] Kilt? Kilt. A barbaric form of garment as worn by a kiltie! Are you of Scandinavian origin? Danish?
Jamie McCrimmon: [annoyed] No I am not. I am a true bred Scot! And I just stand...
Zoe Heriot: Oh, a Scot! Scotland, of course. Pre-century history isn't my ...
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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 decent standard production providing tense and exciting Cybermen attacks and the arrival of a good new companion Zoe. (Previous companion Victoria having just left and featuring only in a clip at the start of Episode 1)

This story is written by David Whitaker from a story by Kit Pedler. Whitaker's script provides good dialogue and tense scenes but Pedler's plot is unremarkable and does not all make sense sadly. Some of the science is not as realistic as it could be (the meteorite sequences etc) and the Cybermen's plan is not entirely sensible or believable. It is not as awful as some would have you believe and the issues certainly do not make it a totally unsuccessful story but they do take the silver sheen off of some of this adventure as it lacks a bit of credibility and originality. It still is mostly solid, entertaining stuff. Part 5 is the least good featuring more of the silly aspects.

The Wheel in Space is largely an enjoyable romp with some excellent elements but it is unexceptional and looks weak by comparison to the truly brilliant stories preceding it in season 5.

My Ratings: Episodes 1, 3 & 6 - 7.5/10, Episodes 2 & 4 - 8/10, Episode 5 - 6.5/10, Average 7.5/10

The rest of Season 5 was far better than this rather anticlimactic final story. Easily one of my top 5 Doctor Who Seasons of all time, truly fantastic quality.

Season 5 Average Rating: 9.29/10

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