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The Invasion: Episode One 

The Doctor and the newly formed UNIT must stop a Cybermen Invasion and a Sinister Industrialist in league with them


Douglas Camfield


Derrick Sherwin, Kit Pedler (from a story by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
Frazer Hines ... Jamie
Wendy Padbury ... Zoe
Sally Faulkner Sally Faulkner ... Isobel
Kevin Stoney ... Tobias Vaughn
Peter Halliday ... Packer
Murray Evans Murray Evans ... Lorry Driver
John Levene ... Benton
Geoffrey Cheshire Geoffrey Cheshire ... Tracy
Walter Randall ... Patrolman
Sheila Dunn Sheila Dunn ... Computer Voice (voice)


When the Doctor, Zoe and Jamie investigate the mysterious disappearance of an eminent scientist, their search takes them to International Electromatics, a powerful firm run by the sinister Tobias Vaughan. Under surveillance by the Brigadier's top secret United Nations Intelligence Task Force (UNIT), it soon becomes apparent that there is more to Vaughan's activities than meets the eye. Just who are his mysterious allies? What is lurking down the sewers of London? Soon the Doctor discovers his ultimate horror - that the Cybermen are in league with Vaughan. As they begin bursting from the sewers onto the streets of London and cities around the world it is clear that their plan is the total invasion of planet Earth Written by Anonymous

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This story marked Terrance Dicks' first contribution to Doctor Who (1963) as a script editor. See more »


Referenced in Evolution of the Invasion (2006) See more »

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An interesting start, despite the dodgy animation
6 December 2007 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

After reading several glowing reviews and seeing some episodes featuring the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), I decided to give the original Doctor Who series a try. The first DVD I was able to get my hands on was The Invasion, a story from the sixth season (1968), starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor.

Being divided in eight parts, it is legitimate to assume the opening chapter will reveal very little of the big picture, and that's exactly what happens: in these first 22 minutes, we get to know practically nothing of whatever is going to threaten the Earth, apart from the fact that a businessman named Tobias Vaughn (Kevin Stoney) has some role in it, the center of interest is London and everyone's favorite Time Lord, alongside his assistants Zoe and Jamie, happens to be in the right place at the right time.

Prior to the DVD release, two parts of The Invasion (episodes 1 and 4, to be precise) were deemed lost forever. However, the BBC were relieved to find out people had kept recordings of the original soundtrack; at this point, Cosgrove Hall came up with the idea of merging the existing audio with brand-new animation, which would be a faithful rendition of the black-and-white footage.

The intent in itself is admirable, but the result is something of a mixed bag: firstly, the technique sort of slows down the episode, making it excruciatingly static in certain points; secondly, the homage to '60s London, in particular as depicted by Antonioni (the female fashionista who asks Zoe to pose as a model is straight out of Blow-Up) looks quite stiff in its animated version; thankfully, Cosgrove Hall's effort doesn't detract from the performances, Troughton's dry wit (which I did not expect from a guy who scared me to death in The Omen) finding its match in Stoney's controlled, very British ambivalence (imagine The Simpsons with a more ambiguous Mr. Burns).

Overall, not as good as I thought it would be, but pretty enjoyable nonetheless. Fans of the Doctor shouldn't be too disappointed.

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2 November 1968 (UK) See more »

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