Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The TARDIS is drawn by a mysterious force and lands on the alien planet Vortis. There the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki find themselves caught up in a war between an evil force known as "... See full summary »

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Richard Martin

Writer:

Bill Strutton
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Maureen O'Brien ... Vicki
Robert Jewell ... Zarbi Operator
Jack Pitt Jack Pitt ... Zarbi Operator
Gerald Taylor ... Zarbi Operator
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The TARDIS is drawn by a mysterious force and lands on the alien planet Vortis. There the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki find themselves caught up in a war between an evil force known as "The Animus", its ant-like Zarbi allies, and the butterfly-like Menoptra race and their allies the subterranean Optera. Written by Daniel Williamson [edited]

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1965 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, the Zarbi had the ability to spit venom. See more »

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When Vicki awakes alone a shadow can be seen moving to the right of her. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: Whatever force has got hold of the TARDIS has taken your pen!
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Featured in The 50 Greatest Television Dramas (2007) See more »

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The Web Planet Part 1: Ambitious but sadly unsuccessful. One of the weakest Who stories

Review for all 6 parts:

This story deserves points for ambition and if you are fair to it by bearing in mind its age you should not hate it too much for its dodgy costumes and other effects because I try not to heavily criticise and hugely deduct points for dated effects, only if the effects are poor for the time it was made. However, even being fair in this way this is one of the weakest Who adventures.

The effects were probably acceptable for their time given the low budget but the problem is there is too much reliance on the effects and the budget was not nearly enough to create the effects required. The story puts all the emphasis on the creation of alien beings in insect form on a very alien landscape. The costumes and effects look silly and give it all a pantomime feel. This would be forgivable if the story and script were strong enough to stand up on their own but they are not strong enough. If you imagine overlaying modern CGI effects onto this to make it all look plausible I am afraid it would still leave a lacklustre story with below par performances. It is a weak entry in the history of Doctor Who saved from total failure by its ambition in presenting a strange world full of non humanoid aliens and the better parts of script, story and acting. It is not all bad and it is an interesting idea but it is badly realised and becomes boring. It ultimately must be considered a misfire and a failure.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 5.5, Episodes 2-6 - 5/10


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