43) THE WHEEL IN SPACE

27 April - 1 June 1968

Average Viewing Figure: 7.2M

Plot

The Cybermen take over, The Wheel by hatching from eggs with a plan to once again take over the Earth

Cast

Patrick Troughton (The Doctor), Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Michael Turner (Jarvis Bennett), Anne Ridler (Dr Gemma Corwyn)

Eric Flynn (Leo Ryan), Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield), Wendy Padbury (Zoe Heriot), Freddie Foote (Servo Robot)

Clare Jenkins (Tanya Lernov), Donald Sumpter (Enrico Casali), Kenneth Watson (Bill Duggan), Michael Goldie (Elton Laleham)

Derrick Gilbert (Armand Vallance), Kevork Malikyan (Kemel Rudkin), Peter Laird (Chang), James Mellor (Sean Flannigan)

Jerry Holmes, Gordon Stothard (Cybermen), Peter Hawkins, Roy Skelton (Cybermen Voices)

Uncredited Cast

Gordon Pitt, Angela March, Dorothy Su, Harry Fielder, Yinka Adebeyi, John Taylor, Kedd Senton (Crew of Wheel)

Tony Harwood (Cyberman), Chris Jeffries (Double for Dr Who), Ken Gibson (Double for Ben)

Crew

David Whitaker (Writer), Ron Grainer (Title Music), Brian Hodgson (Special Sound), Bill King (Special Effects Designer)

Martin Baugh (Costumes), Sylvia James (Make-Up), Mike Jefferies (Lighting), John Holmes (Sound), Jimmy Court (Film Cameraman)

Ron Fry (Film Editor), Derrick Sherwin (Story Editor), Dered Dodd (Designer), Peter Bryant (Producer), Tristan de Vere Cole (Director)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Ealing Film Studios

  • Television Centre: Puppet Theatre

  • Lime Grove: Studio D

  • Television Centre: Studio 3

  • Television Centre: Studio 1

  • Riverside Studio 1

Deaths

  • Jarvis Bennett [killed while trying to fight a Cyberman]

  • Gemma Corwyn [killed while trying to flee from a Cyberman]

  • Bill Duggan [electrocuted and killed]

  • Elton Laleham [shot and killed by Vallance]

  • Kemel Rudkin [killed by Cybermats]

  • Chang [shot and killed by Cybermen]

  • Cybermen [killed in a variety of ways]​

Production Days

  • 11 Days between Monday 18 March - Friday 10 May 1968

Production Errors

  1. When Jarvis is killed, there is some sort of powder on the floor - how put it there, and what is it?

  2. Patrick Troughton makes a major line fluff during episode six, 'We're all going to be killed shortly unless you switch over to sexual air supply'. Troughton was meant to say 'sectional air supply'

  3. When The Doctor pours mercury in the Tardis console, it's obvious that part of the control on the left panel is missing - where did it go?

  4. When The Doctor and Jamie discover Zoe hiding in a chest in the Tardis, the wall behind the chest is clearly a painted canvas or piece of cloth rather than a constructed set piece  ​​

Working Titles

  • The Space Wheel

Verdict

Cannot give a review due to the story being missing from the BBC Archives​