Doctor Who #46: The Invasion

Title: Doctor Who: “The Invasion
Year: 1968
Network: BBC
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Douglas Camfield
Writer: Derrick Sherwin, story by Kit Pedler
Starring: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury, Nicholas Courtney
Music: Ron Grainer (theme), Don Harper
Episodes: 8, at 25 minutes; the 3rd story (of 7) from season 6
Synopsis: the Cybermen are preparing to invade Earth
How I saw it: on video a couple times (rented from Netflix), most recently a few months ago
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great).
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for special effects/design) c. 3.1/4 (Very good).

Iconic. One of the best classic Doctor Who stories. Great directing, decent writing, excellent use of location filming, and girls climbing ladders in miniskirts. Even though it’s 8 episodes long, when 4 episodes of most stories seem like too much, it never stalls or hits any slow points. Two episodes have been lost, with only the soundtracks remaining; they’ve animated those soundtracks, and the results are quite good. I think it’s the first time that this particular alien invasion formula (later to become a staple) was used on the show.


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