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The Wheel in Space: Episode 2 

The Doctor and Jamie are brought aboard the Wheel where Jamie is horrified to learn the crew plan to destroy the Silver Carrier with the TARDIS on board.


Kit Pedler (story), David Whitaker




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


The Doctor and Jamie are brought aboard the Wheel where Jamie is horrified to learn the crew plan to destroy the Silver Carrier with the TARDIS on board.

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Release Date:

4 May 1968 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place aboard Space Station W3 in the 21st Century. See more »


Zoe Heriot: [notices that Jamie has entered the room] Sorry. You must be...
[breaks off into uncontrollable laughter]
Jamie McCrimmon: Hey, what are you laughing at?
Zoe Heriot: Your clothes. You're wearing female garments.
Jamie McCrimmon: Female? Look I have you know this is a kilt. Have you never seen it before?
Zoe Heriot: [to herself] Kilt? Kilt. A barbaric form of garment as worn by a kiltie! Are you of Scandinavian origin? Danish?
Jamie McCrimmon: [annoyed] No I am not. I am a true bred Scot! And I just stand...
Zoe Heriot: Oh, a Scot! Scotland, of course. Pre-century history isn't my ...
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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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