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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 »


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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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9 March 1982 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Patricia Phoenix was a possible for Captain Briggs. See more »


The Cybermen archive contains information about Cybermen's encounter with the Fourth Doctor. The episode "Revenge Of The Cybermen" takes place in their future. It's placement suggests that "Revenge Of The Cybermen" took place before "Earthshock", which is the year 2526. According to the Doctor in "The Ark In Space", when he first steps out onto the station, the Nerva Beacon is 29th or 30th century technology. Viewers have speculated that the "Revenge Of The Cybermen" clip is possible because the Cybermen had travelled back in time to prevent the Cyber Wars - which would also explain their more advanced design. There is nothing in the episode itself, however, to support this notion. See more »


[regarding the inside of the TARDIS]
Scott: It's bigger than you think.
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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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