Doctor Who – The Moonbase, 1967

The Moonbase was Patrick Troughton’s fourth story and the the sixth story of season four.

The four part story was the second appearance of the Cybermen and introduced us to a new design of Cyberman.  Commissioned before the final episode of the Tenth Planet original working titles considered were Cybermen and The Return Of The Cybermen.

Whilst not the final story in the season Moonbase was the last to feature the original title sequence.  It also notes the first appearance of John Levene in an uncredited role as a Cyberman, he would return as a Yeti in a later story before going on to make his debut as regular character Sergeant Benton alongside Jon Pertwee.

Summary

In 2070 the Doctor and his travelling companions Jamie, Polly and Ben materialise on the Moon and set out to visit the Moonbase, a manned structure used to control the Earth’s weather through a device known as the Gravitron.

The Moonbase, however, has problems with many of its crew suffering from a mysterious virus.  It’s not long before the base is quarantined, leaving the Doctor, Jamie, Polly and Ben to try to get to the bottom of events and to deal with the increasing threat posed by the Cybermen, who appear to have infiltrated the base.

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Cast

The Doctor – Patrick Troughton
Ben – Michael Craze
Polly – Anneke Wills
Jamie – Frazer Hines

Archives

Only two of the original four episodes remain in the archives, the missing two were reconstructed using animation and the original soundtrack for the DVD release.

Details

Channel: BBC1
Written By: Kit Pedler
Script Editor: Gerry Davis
Produced By: Innes Lloyd
Original Transmission Dates: 11th February – 4th March 1967

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