Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 38

The Wheel in Space: Episode 4 (18 May 1968)

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The Cybermen instruct their human slaves to smuggle them onto the Wheel while the Doctor attempts to convince Bennett of the threat they pose.


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The Cybermen instruct their human slaves to smuggle them onto the Wheel while the Doctor attempts to convince Bennett of the threat they pose.

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This episode was watched by 8.6 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


The cyber mans voice have changed from the previous Episode as now they are clearer whilst previously they weren't understandable most of the time. See more »


[first lines]
Cyberman #1: You will take us to the Wheel.
Cyberman #2: Obey. Inside the Wheel, you will help us. You will obey.
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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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