Wheel in Space
Time for just Jamie and the Doctor and there seem to be problems straightaway. The screens gone blank, Jamie has to look at the ‘Ford’ indicator and then the TARDIS sends multiple warnings to the pair. The Doctor flicks a few switches to avoid them getting vapourised by the Mercury as the fluid link is broken. The Doctor removes the time vector generator, and without it, the TARDIS returns to that of an ordinary police box.
Jamie is cheered up by being given a Lemon Sherbert to quench his thirst! There are some similarites between this and First Doctor stories, the Doctor needs some Mercury to refill parts of the TARDIS and a food replicator on board the ship. Bit of an odd scene them sitting down to dinner to eat Sunday Lunch.
From the sound of the episode, it is a reconstruction after all, it’s very Alien or 2001. A robot onboard is not happy with the intruders and blocks off the TARDIS and re-engages the engines causing the Doctor to get a concussion. It then releases pods which must have some effect on the other ship that’s come into view. Meanwhile, unaware they are under attack, the other ship think as it’s veered off course, nobody could still be on board, and they fear it might start up again flying towards them. Here comes the cliffhanger, time to blow it up.
Jamie remebers the Time Vortex and signals the other ship who think they must be sabouters. Promted to name his fellow travellor, he gives him the name John Smith, named after a piece of machinery in the office, first reference! Zoe, the parapsychology libriarian is sent to monitor him. Zoe, the future companion, starts off well laughing at Jamie’s femanine clothes as well as tricking him to find out he’s not used to space travel (Jamie turned down a drink of water which is rare). Jamie yet again saves the day, and the TARDIS, by stopping the lazer that was to blow it up with plastic spray. Cybermen it seems are behind ull this at the end of second episode.
Get to see Zoe properly in the third episode as we have the video, my word she’s short. Future episodes look bright with her in as she’s logical and a bit of a know it all. The Doctor may have some trouble with her, or at least Jamie will.
Cybermats are back and they’re a bit dangerous as they now seem to control/shoot people while destroying the metal. They seem to have trouble with plastic though, one is disabled easily. Sticking a metal panel to the back of the head will apparently stop the mind control from the Cybermen too, a few more weaknesses of the cybermen we’ve now learnt including a “High Current Phased Contrast” can be used.
The end of episode 5 and feeding into the 6th (which there is video) looks like a great cliffhanger, meteorites zooming towards Jamie and Zoe in their spacesuits as they have to go back to the other spaceship, a calculated risk. That must have been an interesting day of filming doing those space scenes trying to make them look authentic. With the plastic being used a weapon, there’s a very surreal shot of the cybermen walking and flapping arms through space onto the wheel before they get blasted into space.
As another ingenious way to get on the TARDIS, Zoe hids in a cupboard. Little did she know she was going to be shown an episode of Evil of the Daleks right at the end to prepare her for travelling with the Doctor.
ANOTHER cybermen story to close off season 5. Hope for a bit more variety next season with Zoe on board but a good story overall