The Tenth Planet

First Transmitted

1 – 08/10/1966 17:50

2 – 15/10/1966 17:50

3 – 22/10/1966 17:50

4 – 29/10/1966 17:50


The TARDIS arrives in December 1986 at a South Pole Space Tracking station where the personnel, under the command of General Cutler, are engaged in trying to talk down a manned space capsule that has got into difficulty.

The Doctor realises that the problem stems from the gravitational pull of another planet that has entered the solar system and is now heading for Earth. His words are borne out when the base is invaded by a force of alien Cybermen. The Cybermen’s world, Mondas, is draining energy from Earth – once its ‘twin planet’ – and the situation will soon become critical.

The Cybermen propose to take the humans back to Mondas for conversion into further members of their race. The humans fight back – although sabotage by Ben prevents Cutler from taking the highly dangerous step of launching a powerful Z-bomb – and Mondas eventually disintegrates due to absorbing too much energy.

All the remaining Cybermen collapse and die, having been totally dependent on their planet. The Doctor has become weak during the ordeal, and hurries back to the TARDIS…


The Doctor – William Hartnell

Ben Jackson – Michael Craze

Polly – Anneke Wills

American Sergeant – John Brandon

Barclay – David Dodimead

Cyberman Voice – Roy Skelton

Cyberman Voice – Peter Hawkins

Dyson – Dudley Jones

General Cutler – Robert Beatty

Geneva Technician – Eileen Cullen

Gern – Gregg Palmer

Jarl – Reg Whitehead

Krail – Reg Whitehead

Krang – Harry Brooks

R/T Technician – Christopher Dunham

Radar Technician – Christopher Matthews

Schultz – Alan White

Shav – Gregg Palmer

T.V. Announcer – Glenn Beck

Talon – Harry Brooks

Terry Cutler – Callen Angelo

Tito – Shane Shelton

Wigner – Steve Plytas

Williams – Earl Cameron


Director – Derek Martinus

Assistant Floor Manager – Jenny McArthur

Costumes – Sandra Reid

Designer – Peter Kindred

Film Cameraman – unknown

Film Editor – unknown

Incidental Music – stock

Make-Up – Gillian James

Producer – Innes Lloyd

Production Assistant – Edwina Verner

Special Sounds – Brian Hodgson

Story Editor – Gerry Davis

Studio Lighting – Howard King

Studio Sound – Adrian Bishop-Laggett

Title Music – Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, arranged by Delia Derbyshire

Writer – Kit Pedler

Writer – Gerry Davis

Episode 4 is missing from the BBC Archives.

© Anneke Wills 2017