Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 3

Spearhead from Space: Episode 3 (17 Jan. 1970)

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Ransome manages to escape from the plastics factory and alert UNIT, prompting the Doctor and the Brigadier to start an investigation.



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Having seen Ransome on the factory premises, Channing, sends a robotic being - an Auton - to deal with him. The terrified Ransome however is stopped by the army and taken to UNIT headquarters. The Doctor and Liz Shaw are making little headway in the lab with the equipment available to them. Lethbridge-Stewart has the key to the TARDIS and it's up to Liz to get her hands on it. The TARDIS is out of commission however and after Ransome's report, the Doctor suggests a visit to the factory. They learn the factory has been producing shop window mannequins and shipping them across the country. Meanwhile, the poacher who found one of the cylindrical objects that fell from space seeks a reward for what he's found. The Autons are soon on to him. Written by garykmcd

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"Never mind the front, what about the back!?" Great first story for Pertwee.

Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space: Episode 3 starts as Ransome (Derek Smee) is horrified at seeing a plastic mannequin come to life & try to kill him in his own workshop, he manages to escape & is picked up by UNIT who he tells what's just happened to him. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicolas Courtney) is informed & together with the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) & Dr. Liz Shaw (Caroline John) question Ransome who says he feels it all has something to do with a sinister man named Channing (Hugh Burden). The a report comes in that one of the mysterious meteorites has been found in a local cottage, they rush there to obtain it but when they get there they encounter one of the killer mannequins described by Ransome. Obviously the plastics factory is the source of whatever's going on & the Doctor is determined to get to the bottom of it...

This Doctor Who adventure was episode 3 from season 7 that aired here in the UK during early 1970 & was Pertwee's first story, directed by Derek Martinus I'm really enjoying Spearhead from Space. The script by Robert Holmes is certainly maintaining my interest & it is a fine story that still hasn't been totally revealed & as such I'm looking forward to seeing part 4, the fun interplay between the Doctor & Liz Shaw is there for all to see & it's clear that she will be his new companion by the end of this story. This is a well written, well thought out story that's good fun & provides great entertainment although it's a far more serious story than usual.

Shot on film because of industrial action at the BBC when it was made this gives Speahead from Space a really good, gritty look & they should really have continued making Doctor Who on film rather than cheap, bright looking videotape.

Spearhead from Space is a good four part Doctor Who story & a great introduction to Jon Pertwee as the new Doctor, I'm liking it.

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