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The Wheel in Space: Episode 3 

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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clare Jenkins ...
Eric Flynn ...
Michael Turner ...
Kenneth Watson ...
Anne Ridler ...
Michael Goldie ...
Derrick Gilbert ...
James Mellor ...
Peter Laird ...
Gordon Stothard ...


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

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11 May 1968 (UK)  »

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This episode takes place aboard Space Station W3 in the 21st Century. See more »


[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 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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