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"Doctor Who" Earthshock: Part Four (TV Episode 1982) Poster

(TV Series)

(1982)

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Eric Saward considered having the Cyber-Leader survive the story, as another example of the Fifth Doctor's fallibility compared with his predecessor, but decided against it.
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Steve Martin nicknames Adric the "Bambi's Mother" of science fiction.
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One of very few episodes not to use its regular closing credits with the show's theme music.
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This episode was watched by 9.6 million viewers on its original transmission.
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John Nathan-Turner got the idea of the end credits rolling silently over Adric's shattered badge from an episode of Coronation Street (1960).
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The multiple rows of marching Cybermen were actually a single row duplicated and placed side by side using photographic editing.
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This is one of the few serials in which the ending credits have been changed from the regular credits. Adric's star-shaped badge for mathematical excellence is shown broken in pieces while the credits roll in silence. It is the only story in which the main theme is not used in the credits.
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This is the first episode since Doctor Who: The War Games: Episode Ten (1969) to feature rolling credits. They would not be seen again until Doctor Who: Rose (2005).
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Earthshock is considered by some to be Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhattan (2012) of the 1980s.
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John Nathan-Turner borrowed the idea of the closing credits rolling in silence from Coronation Street (1960). Which, in the soap opera, when a popular character died or was killed off, the closing credits would roll in silence.
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The third time one of the Doctor's companions has died on camera after Katarina in Doctor Who: The Traitors (1965) and Sara Kingdom in Doctor Who: Destruction of Time (1966). It did not happen again until Doctor Who: Face the Raven (2015) when the Twelfth Doctor lost Clara.
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