February 11, 2016

Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet

The First Doctor's tenure comes to an end with this story.

the Doctor, Polly, and Ben

The Doctor, Polly, and Ben land on the South Pole of Earth in 1986. They get taken underground to a military base, where they learn that a planet is moving toward the Earth. It's Mondas! The Earth's old twin and home of the Cybermen, who appear for the first time in this story. Cybermen land and try to act menacing. But they can't.

the first Cybermen

I mean, look at them. Early Cybermen aren't menacing at all. Their voices are kind of ridiculous, and they look silly.

The Cyberman are sucking all the energy out of the Earth and pumping it into Mondas. But don't worry- they say they'll take everyone back to Mondas and turn them into Cybermen. Oh, great. Cutting to the chase, their plan is foiled and Mondas explodes.

The Doctor rushes back to the TARDIS and collapses on the floor. Polly and Ben run over to him and see him change into Patrick Troughton.

The 2nd Doctor era begins!

This is, of course, the first time the Doctor has regenerated. With Patrick Troughon comes a new Doctor- a Doctor that is funny, a little wacky and crazy, and fun. This is the Doctor's baseline personality moving forward, not the grumpus of the First Doctor. A lot of people don't like the First Doctor for that reason. He isn't like the others. But he was the first, and I respect him for that. I take him for what he is.

I'm excited for the Second Doctor era. He's one of my favorites, if not my favorite. I have a hard time deciding between him and the Fourth. He also has some of my favorite companions. Good times ahead!


Doctor: First
Companions: Polly, Ben
Episode: #29, "The Tenth Planet," four parts
Adversary: the Cybermen
Classic Lines: the Doctor, to General Cutler: "I don't like your tone, sir." General Cutler, in response: "I don't like your face, nor your hair!"
Tuck This Away to Impress Your Friends: This is the first appearance of the Cybermen. This is also the first story in which the Doctor regenerates. 
Next Up: "The Power of the Daleks"

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