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The Wheel in Space: Episode 3 

Jamie sabotages the Wheel's x-ray laser, unknowingly giving the Cybermen an opportunity to reach the Wheel.


David Whitaker (by), Kit Pedler (from a story by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
Clare Jenkins Clare Jenkins ... Tanya Lernov
Eric Flynn Eric Flynn ... Leo Ryan
Frazer Hines ... Jamie
Michael Turner ... Jarvis Bennett
Kenneth Watson Kenneth Watson ... Bill Duggan
Wendy Padbury ... Zoe
Anne Ridler Anne Ridler ... Dr. Gemma Corwyn
Michael Goldie Michael Goldie ... Elton Laleham
Derrick Gilbert Derrick Gilbert ... Armand Vallance
Donald Sumpter ... Enrico Casali
Kevork Malikyan ... Kemel Rudkin
James Mellor James Mellor ... Sean Flannigan
Peter Laird Peter Laird ... Chang
Gordon Stothard Gordon Stothard ... Cyberman


Jamie sabotages the Wheel's x-ray laser, unknowingly giving the Cybermen an opportunity to reach the Wheel.

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[first lines]
Tanya Lernov: My nose never lets me down.
Leo Ryan: Well, don't overwork it, eh? I mean it's rather pretty. Too much exercise might damage its shape.
Tanya Lernov: [half laughing] If something happens, don't say I didn't warn you. That's rocket dangerous!
Leo Ryan: Nah, not for long. Just as Jarvis gives the word, the laser will blast it out of existence.
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Fun but not entirely Wheel-istic!
17 September 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee 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. The Cybermen voices are, in my opinion, far inferior to their original voices from The Tenth Planet or from some of their later incarnations.

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

Overall: 7.33/10

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: 9.26/10

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