Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 2

Spearhead from Space: Episode 2 (10 Jan. 1970)

TV Episode  -   -  Adventure | Drama | Family
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 221 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 3 critic

UNIT's attempts to locate the meteorites are hampered by the mysterious plastic Autons, being constructed by Channing at a nearby factory, while the Doctor makes another attempt to escape from the hospital.

Director:

Writer:

(by)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3305 titles
created 29 Apr 2012
 
a list of 551 titles
created 25 Aug 2013
 
list image
a list of 695 titles
created 31 Oct 2013
 
list image
a list of 25 titles
created 10 months ago
 
list image
a list of 966 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Spearhead from Space: Episode 2 (10 Jan 1970)

Spearhead from Space: Episode 2 (10 Jan 1970) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Doctor Who.
« Previous Episode | 255 of 695 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

1 video »
Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Hugh Burden ...
Hamilton Dyce ...
...
Antony Webb ...
Henry McCarthy ...
John Woodnutt ...
Derek Smee ...
Neil Wilson ...
Betty Bowden ...
Meg
George Lee ...
Edit

Storyline

The Doctor is in a coma in the hospital having been shot by the soldiers guarding the TARDIS. The attending physician thinks the coma may be self-induced as a way of healing. When he recovers consciousness the Doctor manages to escape from the hospital and heads straight to UNIT headquarters and the TARDIS which has been relocated there. The military has only recovered fragments of the 50 or so objects that fell in what they thought was a meteor shower. Meanwhile, a nearby plastics factory seems to be producing something altogether different. A former employee, Ransome, tries to find out what is going on. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 January 1970 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robin Squire was cast as a Auton after the extra could not handle wearing the mask. See more »

Goofs

When Ransome breaks into his office he has a small bandage on his left hand. The bandage disappears after he enters the office. See more »

Quotes

Liz Shaw: What are you a doctor *of*, by the way?
Doctor Who: Practically everything, my dear.
See more »

Connections

Featured in What Lies Beneath (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Spearhead of a new era!
20 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 4 episodes:

Spearhead From Space marks perhaps the biggest combination of changes in Doctor Who history:

  • the change from the Patrick Troughton era to the Jon Pertwee era.




  • the change from black and white to colour.




  • the change from constant time and space travelling to an exile


leaving The Doctor stranded in contemporary Earth.

  • the change from two or three traditional companions to a whole


organisation (UNIT) regularly working with The Doctor.

These changes are made even more striking by the fact that Pertwee's Doctor, having been forced to regenerate as a punishment from the Time Lords, spends much of the early part of the story inactive in a hospital bed. Yet the story manages to be interesting enough and contains enough action, humour and thrills to make this big transition go very successfully.

The story involves the new Doctor finding himself stranded on Earth and suffering from regeneration then having to deal with an invasion attempt by the Nestene Consciousness using their power to control plastic, creating armies of shop dummies.

The production is a peach with a superb look (recorded beautifully on film rather than the usual video), excellent direction, well executed and thrilling special effects (shop dummies coming to life and attacking through shop windows etc.) believably and excitingly executed.

The acting and dialogue is very good and Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart) and Caroline John (Liz Shaw) do well in their roles beginning already to get audiences to sympathise and relate to them.

It is not perfect but it is perfectly entertaining and interesting with thrilling, scary moments.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Our Blessed Davison? captain-emerald
How many times has the Doctor killed someone? Dr Wily
question about davros IMDbMember99
Why is "Destiny of the Daleks" disliked? timmdoolen
10 Most Cringeworthy Moments from 2005 to 2009 emperordalek
doctor who film rumors in the eighties marigoldchurchill
Discuss Spearhead from Space: Episode 2 (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page