Heard: The Tenth Planet by Kit Pedler, 2006 for audio version, 1966 for Limey TV broadcast, downloaded from Overdrive.
Another audio track with partial narration from the original Dr. Who
TV series. This one was not that good. The audio track had varying
sound levels from different the actors and the narration was the
loudest. The teleplay also had a fair amount of dialogue-free action
that required plenty of narration. That narration did not play well for
The Tardis lands on the South Pole in 1986. Who,
Polly, and Ben land near an underground control station for spacecraft.
The three are spotted and taken captive by the station's American crew.
At the same time a manned capsule mission reports some power anomalies
and a strange disturbance in the universe. Alderaan has not blow-up but
Mondas has appeared.
Mondas, it turns out, is Earth's
sister planet and had been away on a trip to the outer universe. Mondas
has returned, is low on power, and is populated by the Cybermen. The
capsule goes missing. The Cybermen land, kill some guards, and announce
their intentions to suck all the power from the earth to save their own
More things happen. Cybermen became
cyberriffic by replacing everything on their human bodies. They did not
keep emotions. They do speak like 1950s robots. A couple more people
are killed. Dr. Who goes into a deep sleep or coma. Polly, Ben, and
the rest are left to defeat the Cybermen. The general in charge of the
station wants to launch a nuclear missile to destory Mondas. The
geneal's astronaut son was sent up to investigate the missing capsule
and the general is pushing to destroy Mondas and save his son. Conflict
occurs amongst the humans.
The Cybermen are ultimately
defeated. Mondas melts like a candle - I can only imagine those cheesy
special effects. Dr. Who regenerates.
1. I suppose the story is of note to Who fans because of the regeneration of the Dr. and the introduction of the Cybemen.
There is a nice interview with the narrator, Anneke Wills, who played
Polly in the show. Wills said that the show attracted some great actors
who wanted to appear in the current hit show. The show was a lark for
famous or established stage and screen names. Overacting was
encouraged. William Hartnell, who played the Doctor, was very ill at
the time. The plot point of Dr. Who being unconscious was due to
Hartnell's very poor health.
3. Further information on the show is at: http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/The_Tenth_Planet_(TV_story).
4. Not the novelization entitled Dr. Who and the Tenth Planet and published in 1976 (or so the internet says...).
The Overdrive entry lists William Hartnell as author. Hartnell played
the Doctor. That's a problem with the catalog records for these BBC
productions. The actual writer is often obscured or missing.
6. The Tardis Wikipedia says Hartnell was not that ill, but was let go by new producers. But, Wills said different.