Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet (1966)

UK, 8 October 1966 – 29 October 1966
Series 4, episodes 5-8, 25m each
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: Doctor Who: The Smugglers (1966)
Next Serial: Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks (1966)
Part of: Doctor Who (1963-1989)

A British television science fiction serial directed by Derek Martinus. This was the first story to feature a regeneration as actor William Hartnell handed over the lead role to Patrick Troughton and also the first to feature the alien cyborgs the Cybermen. The final episode is currently missing from the BBC’s archives though the regeneration scene still exists and in 2013 an animated reconstruction of the episode was released on DVD.

Plot Summary

The TARDIS lands in the near future at a South Pole tracking station. The station is aiding a space craft in difficulty. The Doctor discovers it is in trouble because the Earth’s energy is being drained by a rogue planet entering the solar system. Its inhabitants, the machine-like Cybermen, invade. After the adventure’s conclusion The Doctor collapses in the TARDIS and begins to change…

Credits

Crew
Director: Derek Martinus [episodes 1-4]
© [not given on screen] [episodes 1-4]
BBC TV [episodes 1-4]
Producer: Innes Lloyd [episodes 1-4]
[Written] By: Kitt Pedler [sic] [episode 1]
[Written] By: Kit Pedler [episode 2]
[Written] By: Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis [episodes 3-4]
Story Editor: Gerry Davis [episodes 1-4]
Lighting: Howard King [episode 4]
Title Music by: Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episodes 1-4]
Title Music Arranged by: Delia Derbyshire [uncredited]
Sound: Adrian Bishop-Laggett [episode 4]
Special Sound: Brian Hodgson [uncredited]
Costumes: Sandra Reid [episode 4]
Make-up: Gillian James [episode 4]
Designer: Peter Kindred [episodes 1-4]
Production Assistant: Edwina Verner [uncredited]
Assistant Floor Manager: Jenny McArthur [uncredited]

Cast
Episode 1
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
Robert Beatty (General Cutler)
Dudley Jones ([Dr Ernest John] Dyson)
David Dodimead ([Dr] Barclay)
Alan White ([Major Dan] Schultz)
Earl Cameron ([Colonel] Williams)
Shane Shelton ([Private] Tito)
John Brandon (American sergeant)
Anneke Wills (Polly [Wright])
Michael Craze (Ben [Jackson])
Steve Plytas (Wigner)
Christopher Matthews (radar technician)

Episode 2
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
David Dodimead ([Dr] Barclay)
Dudley Jones ([Dr Ernest John] Dyson)
Robert Beatty (General Cutler)
Christopher Matthews (radar technician)
Reg Whitheead (Krail)
Harry Brooks (Talon)
Gregg Palmer (Shav)
Michael Craze (Ben [Jackson])
Anneke Wills (Polly [Wright])
Steve Plytas (Wigner)
Ellen Cullen (Geneva technician)
Glenn Beck (T.V. announcer)
Earl Cameron ([Colonel] Williams)
Alan White ([Major Dan] Schultz)
Roy Skelton (Cyberman voice)

Episode 3
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
Robert Beatty (General Cutler)
Christopher Matthews (radar technician)
Christopher Dunham (R/T technician)
Anneke Wills (Polly [Wright])
Michael Craze (Ben [Jackson])
David Dodimead ([Dr] Barclay)
Dudley Jones ([Dr Ernest John] Dyson)
Callen Angelo ([Lt] Terry Cutler)
Steve Plytas (Wigner)
Ellen Cullen (Geneva technician)

Episode 4 [cast taken from a fan reconstruction of the missing episode]
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
Anneke Wills (Polly [Wright])
Michael Craze (Ben [Jackson])
Robert Beatty (General Cutler)
David Dodimead ([Dr] Barclay)
Christopher Dunham (R/T technician)
Callen Angelo ([Lt] Terry Cutler)
Christopher Matthews (radar technician)
Dudley Jones ([Dr Ernest John] Dyson)
Harry Brooks (Krang)
Reg Whitheead (Jarl)
Gregg Palmer (Gern)
Steve Plytas (Wigner)
Ellen Cullen (Geneva technician)
Peter Hawkins, Roy Skelton (Cybermen voices)

Uncredited
Patrick Troughton [Dr Who]
John Haines, John Knott, Bruce Wells [Cybermen]
Nicholas Edwards [RT technician]
Gordon Craig [double for The Doctor]
Peter Pocock [double for Ben]
Sheila Edwards [secretary]
Alec Coleman [Corporal]
Freddie Eldrett, Nick Hilton, Terence Jones, Ken McGarvie, Roy Pierce, Peter Pocock [soldiers]
Bill Gosling, Gordon Lang, Richard Lawrence, Morris Quick [officers]
Freddie Eldrett, Roy Pierce [engineers]

Extracts included in
Talking about Regeneration (2009)

See also
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time (2017)

References

Books

  • Doctor Who Program Guide 25th Anniverary Edition by James C. Armstrong Jr, Michael L. Brown p.18 – credits, episode list