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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/25/18 9:13 pm
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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, 2, 3 & 6 - 7.5/10, Episode 4 - 8/10, Episode 5 - 6.5/10

Overall: 7.42/10

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: 9.28/10
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/20/17 6:17 am
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Easily the worst Cyberman story of the 1960s. The pacing was often glacial, and the plot convoluted or absurd. There also showed the base under siege story being played out. This episode featured the man in charge suffering a mental breakdown right after Fury from the Deep did the same thing.

The redeeming elements in this story are Zoe's first appearance and also Anne Ridler turned in the performance of the serial as Gemma.

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