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Earthshock: Part Two 

With the Doctor cornered in the underground caves by androids, Adric ventures outside of the TARDIS and manages to destroy one of them. They get control of the situation and the Doctor ... See full summary »


Peter Grimwade


Eric Saward (by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Davison ... The Doctor
Beryl Reid ... Briggs
James Warwick ... Scott
Clare Clifford Clare Clifford ... Kyle
Janet Fielding ... Tegan
Sarah Sutton ... Nyssa
Matthew Waterhouse ... Adric
June Bland June Bland ... Berger
Alec Sabin Alec Sabin ... Ringway
David Banks ... Cyber Leader
Mark Hardy Mark Hardy ... Cyber Lieutenant
Mark Fletcher ... First Crew Member
Christopher Whittingham Christopher Whittingham ... Second Crew Member


With the Doctor cornered in the underground caves by androids, Adric ventures outside of the TARDIS and manages to destroy one of them. They get control of the situation and the Doctor manages to open the door they've located - but in doing so, he's activated a bomb. They set off to find who is behind it all and arrive on board a spaceship on its way to Earth. Unknown to them as yet is that it's all down to the Cybermen, who are determined to destroy the Earth. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

9 March 1982 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The reason for the Third Doctor's omission from the flashback clips was that he never encountered the Cybermen during his original tenure. In relation to this story, the Cybermen's encounter with the Sixth Doctor, (Attack of the Cybermen) in 1985 would have also been part of their chronological past as would be their 1988 encounter with the Seventh Doctor in Silver Nemesis. Neither were seen as part of the flashback clips. The real world reason for this, of course, was that although these events would have happened already in the timeline, these serials (with their respective Doctors) had not yet been created for the show. See more »


When the Doctor and Adric exit the TARDIS, the normal inside of the Police Public Call Box can be seen. See more »


Cyber Lieutenant: A Time Lord. But they're forbidden to interfere.
Cyber Leader: This one calls himself the Doctor, and does nothing else but interfere.
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Features Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet: Episode 2 (1966) See more »

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Immaculately subtle.
27 December 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

This coming new year's day sees 'Resolution' hit our screens, the villain's identity being the worst kept secret on TV, I wondered if back in 1982 things were different with Earthshock, was it a surprise for fans that the big reveal turned out to be The Cybermen.

Another deliciously dark episode, I am struck by just how visual it is, the special effects are very decent, it's hugely atmoshpheric, and the music is terrific.

It's nice to see Adric getting some screen time in favour of Tegan and Nyssa.

The huge talking point in this part must be the arrival of Beryl Reid, and actress I absolutely adored, so many superb comedy performances, she just looks totally out of place here, she looks somewhat awkward, and I'm not sure her delivery is very good to be honest, I understand she was a 'name' and probably cast to hook viewers, but I knocked a point off the score for her presence.

It's a wonderful continuation. 9/10

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