Donna and the Doctor escape, and the Empress decides to use Lance as a substitute, force-feeding him huon particles and then throwing him into the pit, where he is eaten by the Racnoss children. The 'vanilla' DVD release of the episode, along with the Doctor Who Confidential episode "Music and Monsters", was released 2 April 2007 in Region 2 and 4 July 2007 in Region 4. Russell T Davies had the idea for this episode from the very beginning of his association with the programme, and he planned to air it in Series Two. The Doctor and Sarah escape back to Earth for a showdown with Lupton's gang and the spider Queen, during which the true nature of the peaceful monk Cho-Je (Kevin Lindsay, who also played the not-at-all-peaceful Sontarans!) The TARDIS eventually brings the Doctor back from Metebelis 3 after (from the Brigadier and Sarah's point of view) three weeks. One perfect crystal and it will be complete. 'The Doctor's ego is... out of control,' observed Paul Cornell in DWB No. In the night sky six ninja clad people fly through the sky. It marks the last regular appearance of Mike Yates. John Kane, who played Tommy in this story, also worked as a television writer, including on the sitcom Terry and June. The project's inhumane testing killed the rest of her unit, and drove her insane in the pro… When Clegg is hooked up to the Doctor's Image Reproducting Integrating System (IRIS) machine and given the Doctor's sonic screwdriver he sees Drashigs (Carnival of Monsters). As broadcast, after Donna finds a piece of Rose's clothing and challenges the Doctor about it, he angrily snatches it from her and sets a course for the TARDIS. [Outside K'Anpo's room] (Tommy is standing guard.) The Moon Creature. It is rare indeed for a genre series like Doctor Who to afford one of its regulars this sort of significant character development, and all concerned deserve to be congratulated on such a thoughtful and well worked out departure from the norm. The Doctor and Donna return to the present as other Racnoss start emerging from the pit. Some of the Doctor's final dialogue is taken from The Monster of Peladon. Spider-Man then web swings by but misses the ninjas by only a few seconds. Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders is available for streaming on BBC, both individual episodes and full seasons. Rather than thundering towards a climax, every episode gave the impression that it was slowly but surely running out of steam.'. 'Oh dear, this is getting monotonous...' Grotesquely over padded and stuck with bad CSO, Planet of the Spiders is not the celebration of an era that it should have been. For legal reasons, the production team made obviously fake banknotes for the scene where money comes flying out of a cashpoint. Fickett was also positive about the way Rose was not ignored. Planet of the Spiders takes this to the ultimate extreme with its artificially enlarged talking spiders with delusions of grandeur, and the viewer is called upon to do even more than usual in the way of suspension of disbelief. Elisabeth Sladen, Assistant Floor Manager - Captain Streaming. When the Doctor was a 'young man' he spent a lot of time with an old hermit who lived 'halfway up a mountain just behind our house' (see The Time Monster). While there's life there's... Hope...'. The Doctor is prepared to die, but Donna urges him to escape with her, just as the Empress teleports to her ship to try to escape. In his online podcast commentary for the episode, David Tennant explained that this was due to a change in lighting supervisors, and the one hired for this episode liked to light the TARDIS interior differently; the scene therefore had to be refilmed in order to match. ', Geraint Jones was rather nearer the mark in his assessment in Doctor Who - An Adventure in Space and Time in 1987: 'There was far too much padding and repetitive to-ing and fro-ing to make the script and production a tight one; had the story been told in four episodes, it would undoubtedly have ensured a far more satisfactory swansong for Pertwee's Doctor. (If Delgado had not died it is likely that he would have been written out in the final story of season eleven - the production team had it in mind that the Master would sacrifice his life in order to save the Doctor's and thus achieve a kind of redemption - but this idea, provisionally entitled The Final Game and also intended to be written by Robert Sloman and an uncredited Barry Letts, was never developed further and Planet of the Spiders was a completely different story.). Doctor Who: The Television Companion © David J Howe and Stephen James Walker 1998, 2003. Animal Farm (Two Legs bad, Eight Legs good). They're in yet another UNIT HQ. "Merry Xmas Everybody" by Slade appears again, as in the previous year's "The Christmas Invasion". The Doctor takes Donna to his TARDIS and travels back billions of years to discover that an inert Racnoss ship became the core of the Earth as the planet formed around it; the Empress is now trying to wake her children aboard that ship with the huon particles. Catherine Tate returned in series 4, reprising her role as Donna Noble as a full-time companion. Share on ... (Tanya Fear) relates her concerns about the spiders in Sheffield to The Doctor and her Companions in Doctor Who Season 11 Episode 4. Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders (A Target adventure) [Read] Online. The acting and production were generally commended, although some viewers thought the minor roles were sometimes stiffly or hammily performed, or the giant spiders in this story (perhaps mercifully) less life-like than some monsters the series had created.' Also as with "The Christmas Invasion" (which contained the tune "Song for Ten"), composer Murray Gold wrote an original song for this special, called "Love Don't Roam". (K'Anpo puts his hand on the Doctor's, and the Queen Spider becomes visible on Sarah's back.) ", Tommy : More regrettable still is that the characterisation of the Brigadier reaches its absolute nadir in this story - the culmination of a slow but steady decline over the previous three years. This episode could be everything from fascinating to horrifying depending on how it works out, but we have to think it’s going to be different from the standard scary-spider episode that we’ve seen from other shows. [1], The end of "Doomsday" is featured as part of the pre-title sequence, although the scene was actually refilmed. K'anpo has meanwhile been killed while protecting Yates from an attack by the spider-controlled residents of the meditation centre, only to be reborn in the form of his assistant Cho-je - his own future self. Yet, not too much — this is a series watched by kids, after all. Don't cry. The TARDIS chase scene down the A4232 Grangetown Link Road was shown at a Children in Need concert,[7] which featured a live orchestra performing many of the music themes from Doctor Who, including the Dalek music and Rose's theme. The regulars come across well, but the 'Two Legs' are clichés with West Country accents. Lupton's human cronies are rather nondescript, however, and the humanoid inhabitants of Metebelis 3 are a singularly dull bunch. If you have arachnophobia, you might want to miss out on next week's episode of Doctor Who, titled Arachnids in the UK.In the preview for the upcoming episode, the Doctor … First Appearance Kill the Moon (2014) Home Planet: The Moon . 88, dated April 1991, 'ignoring Sarah, getting Professor Clegg killed in his dilettante psychic experiments ("my greed for knowledge"), and basically displaying all the paternalistic traits that so annoy modern viewers. On Metebelis 3, the Doctor gets into a fight with the Queen spider's guards. These had the phrase "There's no point being grown up if you can't be a little childish sometimes" printed on them, misquoting the line originally spoken by the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker), in Robot, "There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes. The £10 notes feature the Doctor's face and the phrases "I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of ten satsumas" and "No second chances — I'm that sort of a man". [9] The final official ratings for "The Runaway Bride" gave it an audience of 9.35 million viewers, making it the tenth most-watched programme on British television during Christmas week.[10]. New details have been revealed about an upcoming Doctor Who adventure for Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor, with the new series’ fourth episode – … Suddenly a giant spider appears on the mandala. Catherine Tate co-starred with Tennant in a sketch for Comic Relief (2007) which made several Doctor Who references. She declines, but suggests he needs a companion to keep his temperament in check. Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). In a podcast commentary for the episode, David Tennant and executive producer Julie Gardner discussed a sequence that was cut from the broadcast. [6] This is the first Doctor Who episode to be shot at the new dedicated Upper Boat studios in Pontypridd; the TARDIS set had previously been housed in former warehouse space in Newport. "[3][5] All notes and the cash machine were labelled "London Credit Bank". The BBC's Audience Research Report on the story's concluding instalment suggests that contemporary viewers were none too impressed: 'The conclusion of Planet of the Spiders... met with a tolerant rather than enthusiastic response from most of the adult viewers who constituted the sample audience. As a favour, her part was read by Sophia Myles, who played Madame de Pompadour in the 2006 series episode "The Girl in the Fireplace". Their presence brings forth the spider-like Empress of the Racnoss. "We are all apt to submit ourselves to domination... Not all spiders sit on the back. Doctor Who Classic - 02x01 - Part 1 - Planet Of Giants - Planet Of Giants SUB Castellano. The Doctor's past catches up with him when experiments with a stolen crystal. Along with "Doomsday", "The Runaway Bride" is also featured on the DVD included with the fourteenth issue of the Doctor Who DVD Files magazine released 15 July 2009 and in the Region 1-exclusive Doctor Who: Series 3, Part 1 DVD set released 10 June 2014. When he looks round, however, Lupton has vanished. Letts felt that this creation was too frightening, and instead opted to use the same prop which had been designed for the Spider Queen. fdf3efr. and abbot K'anpo Rinpoche (George Cormack) are revealed and we gain a fascinating glimpse into the Doctor's youth on Gallifrey. It reproduces the pattern of my brain. This Time Lord regenerated and came to Earth as the Abbot K'Anpo Rinpoche. In the episode, set in London, the alien Racnoss Empress (Sarah Parish) and the human resources head Lance (Don Gilet) attempt to use Lance's fiancée, the secretary Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), as a "key" to awaken the Racnoss children hibernating at the centre of the Earth by gradually and secretly poisoning Donna with an alien particle the Racnoss use as an energy source. The Mummy. "The Runaway Bride" was released as an individual episode, along with the Doctor Who Confidential special episode "Music and Monsters", on 2 April 2007 as a basic DVD with no additional special features. Look. What has she done? Even so, it is hard to imagine that anyone but the most arachnaphobic could be truly scared of these 'eight legs' (as they like to be known); and certainly as far as the Great One is concerned it is a pity that the rather more realistic model originally prepared by the Visual Effects Department was vetoed by producer Barry Letts. With the public announcement of two Christmas specials and the private knowledge of Billie Piper leaving at the end of Series Two, Davies decided to elevate this story to the Christmas special, not introducing the new companion immediately, and filling the slot with "Tooth and Claw". The Doctor is familiar with Tibetan customs (see The Abominable Snowmen). ', These virtues apart, it is difficult to find much to praise in Planet of the Spiders, and one can only assume that it was a case of initial over-enthusiasm when Keith Miller wrote in DWFC Magazine Number 20, dated June/July 1974: 'This story was fantastic! 433 years after the crash the spiders planned to invade Earth, their 'rightful home'. [8] King had previously appeared in the Doctor Who Unbound audio drama Deadline. George Gallacio, Title Music - The Discontinuity Guide © Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping 1995. It was Jon Pertwee's last serial as the Third Doctor, and marks the first, uncredited appearance of Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor. Doctor Who Monsters and Aliens Below is a list of the alien races featured in Doctor Who (in order of appearance) ... Queen of Years. During this epic chase, why doesn't Lupton simply disappear as he does at the climax? See through my eyes. Children in the BBC's sample were, as always, far more positive, their views being neatly exemplified by the one who said: 'Exciting, frightening, a must every Saturday. At some point, her unit was lined up along the Bikini Atoll to absorb the radiation from the ongoing weapons tests. The Doctor appears in the doorway, but Sarah's initial relief turns quickly to disappointment when she sees guards behind him and realises that he too is a prisoner. The Doctor and Sarah talk with K'anpo while, outside the room, the meditation centre handyman Tommy tries to prevent the spider-controlled residents Barnes, Keaver, Land and Moss from entering. There were also £20 notes featuring producer Phil Collinson. Nothing is known about Ana's life until, in the beginning of World War II, she joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. 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Jo sends the blue crystal back from the Amazon as the natives are fearful of it: she and Clifford have yet to find the fungus they're looking for. DOCTOR: Sarah, what has the Queen Spider done to you? Gardner said it was cut as it was too melodramatic a moment.[6]. The spiders' method of taking over humans is by leaping on their backs and remaining there, invisibly, while they exert telepathic control. The Brigadier phones Sullivan, the UNIT Medical Officer (see Robot). Lupton flees in a speedboat and the Doctor gives chase in a one-man hovercraft. First Appearance The Rings of Akhaten (2013) Home Planet: Tiaanamat/Akhaten . The Empress, who had been hiding in hibernation at the edge of the universe, awoke and used the Torchwood company to gain the equipment to make huon particles. Another point in the story's favour is that it not only draws on the overt trappings of Buddhism - such as the meditation rituals and the 'jewel of the lotus' mantra (om mane padme hum) - to enhance its atmosphere but also takes that philosophy as the whole basis of its plot, making it in effect a Buddhist parable. John Dearth's Lupton, Kevin Lindsay's Cho-je and George Cormack's K'anpo are also worthy of special mention. 22:38. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart - It was produced as the Doctor Who Christmas special for 2006, broadcast on 25 December, and aired between the second and third series of the relaunched show. Related News – Be sure to preview more of what’s coming on this upcoming episode in a different form. Spider Specialist - Doctor Who Season 11 Episode 4. Sarah is invited by Mike Yates to visit him at a Buddhist meditation centre where he has been staying. Learning that Donna and her fiancé Lance work for a locksmith company secretly owned by the Torchwood Institute, the Doctor asks Lance to take them there. The Doctor and Sarah escape back to Earth for a showdown with Lupton's gang and the spider Queen, during which the true nature of the peaceful monk Cho-Je (Kevin Lindsay, who also played the not-at-all-peaceful Sontarans!) On Metebelis 3, the Doctor gets into a fight with the Queen spider's guards. The Doctor attempts to offer a peaceful solution but the Empress refuses, and the Doctor is then forced to remotely detonate explosive baubles used by the Santas at the walls of the base, flooding the pit with water from the Thames. Even the Doctor must submit to his own principles. The cliffhanger to Part Five is re-edited when reprised at the beginning of Part Six, with a significant amount of extra material inserted. 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