Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Wheel in Space: Episode 1 

The Doctor and Jamie arrive on a mysterious spacecraft whose only occupant is a dangerous Servo Robot.


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Episode cast overview:
... Dr. Who
... Jamie
... Victoria Waterfield
Freddy Foote ... Servo Robot (as Freddie Foot)
Eric Flynn ... Leo Ryan
Anne Ridler ... Dr. Gemma Corwyn
Clare Jenkins ... Tanya Lernov
... Enrico Casali
... Jarvis Bennett


The Doctor and Jamie arrive on a mysterious spacecraft whose only occupant is a dangerous Servo Robot.

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Release Date:

27 April 1968 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Fans voted this number 127 in a countdown of the 163 Doctor Who (1963) stories in Outpost Gallifrey's 40th anniversary poll in 2003. See more »


[a food dispenser has just produced a number of food cubes]
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Fun but not entirely Wheel-istic!
17 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Review of all 6 episodes:

This is a fun and mostly decent standard production providing tense and exciting Cybermen attacks and the arrival of a good new companion Zoe. (Previous companion Victoria having just left and featuring only in a clip at the start of Episode 1)

This story is written by David Whitaker from a story by Kit Pedler. Whitaker's script provides good dialogue and tense scenes but Pedler's plot is unremarkable and does not all make sense sadly. Some of the science is not as realistic as it could be (the meteorite sequences etc) and the Cybermen's plan is not entirely sensible or believable. It is not as awful as some would have you believe and the issues certainly do not make it a totally unsuccessful story but they do take the silver sheen off of some of this adventure as it lacks a bit of credibility and originality. It still is mostly solid, entertaining stuff. Part 5 is the least good featuring more of the silly aspects.

The Wheel in Space is largely an enjoyable romp with some excellent elements but it is unexceptional and looks weak by comparison to the truly brilliant stories preceding it in season 5.

My Ratings: Episodes 1, 3 & 6 - 7.5/10, Episodes 2 & 4 - 8/10, Episode 5 - 6.5/10, Average 7.5/10

The rest of Season 5 was far better than this rather anticlimactic final story. Easily one of my top 5 Doctor Who Seasons of all time, truly fantastic quality.

Season 5 Average Rating: 9.29/10

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