Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 37

The Wheel in Space: Episode 3 (11 May 1968)

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Jamie sabotages the Wheel's x-ray laser, unknowingly giving the Cybermen an opportunity to reach the Wheel.


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Jamie sabotages the Wheel's x-ray laser, unknowingly giving the Cybermen an opportunity to reach the Wheel.

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[first lines]
Tanya Lernov: My nose never lets me down.
Leo Ryan: Well, don't overwork it, eh? I mean it's rather pretty. Too much exercise might damage its shape.
Tanya Lernov: [half laughing] If something happens, don't say I didn't warn you. That's rocket dangerous!
Leo Ryan: Nah, not for long. Just as Jarvis gives the word, the laser will blast it out of existence.
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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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