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The Tenth Planet

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/23/18 12:17 pm
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This story from writer Kit Pedler is historic and thankfully the quality matches its importance. And important it really is because the idea of changing the actor playing the Doctor by having him 'regenerate' into a different version of the same character was incredible and untested. It is hard now to imagine how radical this idea was at the time. If it had failed Doctor Who would have been finished whereas as the time of writing it is 55 years to the day since the first episode braodcast with the show and most of its key elements still continuing as strongly as ever.

As a springboard for all that we have this is an excellent adventure which also has the historic first ever appearance by the Cybermen. I really like these prototype Cybermen and even their 'sing-song' voices. I think the concept behind them is great and the story itself has them involved in an exciting attempt to destroy humanity. Their unfeeling nature and the scares and action set them up as an iconic 'monster' to rival the Daleks.

All aspects of the production are very good indeed and any flaws are minor. The story unfortunately has the Doctor sidelined a lot of the time which was unnecessary and sad in Hartnell's last regular appearance. However, when he does get involved he is as good as ever, delivering his lines with his usual charisma and that magical touch Hartnell had for being somewhat other worldly and dangerous but also endearing and delightful.

This is a classic which all fans must see. All 4 episodes 10/10.

Average rating for all William Hartnell episodes Seasons 1-4: 8.26/10.
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Reviewed By: comparestoreReview Date: 9/2/18 8:41 am
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Fantastic introduction to the cybermen. This is their best variation in my opinion, they body-horror and general creepiness is off the charts.

Story wise, The Tenth Planet is a bit slow with a few stumbles, and nothing really happens for a bit, but it's worth it for the cybermen and the first ever regeneration.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/24/15 11:27 pm
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There are two things that make this serial must-see: The introduction of the Cybermen and the first regeneration. Given those two key ingredients, it'd be fair to expect this to be a top rated serial.

However, the execution leaves something to be desired. The Doctor and his companions Polly and Ben land the South Pole where an international space command center is run by a stereotypical American general and the Doctor and companions are confined as a twin Planet of Earth appears and the Cybermen launch their invasion.

There was something interesting things going on but until the end of the second episode, this had little to do with even the companions. Polly at one point hangs around to make coffee while the Doctor faints for an entire episode and does or says very little in each episode with the exception of one impassioned speech on emotion in Episode 2. In addition, the whole resolution to the problem of the Cybermen is really weak.

The story does have some things working for it. There's mystery in the first two episodes, and Ben does have some good action in part 3 with a terrific cliffhanger to wrap that up. And Episode 4 features the first regeneration with the Doctor urging them to "keep warm" as a final charge before going to the TARDIS and changing into Patrick Troughton. Again, not bad, but could have been better.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 5/20/13 12:47 pm
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I listened to the soundtrack published by AudioGo and I was most impressed.

After the bland dross that was the Smugglers, this was a very tense drama with some very solid supporting characters. I never wanted to stop.

It was very doctor-lite and with a ridiculous underlying plot, but as an introduction to the cybermen and as a vehicle for the first regeneration, it was perfect.

I was also most impressed to hear the phrase "Spare Parts" spoken so early in the series.