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This review is from: Doctor Who: Wheel In Space
Don't believe what some may say : This is a 1st-rate Dr Who adventure - The review before this one gives some of the reasons why this is so.
In its own way it is as just as good as "Tomb Of The Cybermen" & "The Invasion".
The Cybermen's voices aren't as good as in previous tales but - despite being a little silly - they are still far preferable to the vaguely-demonic-bog-standard-Sci-Fi-deep-growl of the ersatz Cybermen of the 1980s.
Although it doesn't reach the high vistas of "The Evil Of The Daleks" - which to me is the pinnacle of Dr Who - the image of the Cybermen hatching out of egg-like bubbles ( which can be seen at the beginning of episode 3; one of the surviving episodes ) is a wonderfully fantastical, mysterious & mildly surreal image which has remained with me since childhood.
In my opinion it is only in the Hartnell & Troughton eras that any sustained level of poetic / aesthetic expression is achieved & as I'm writing this I might as well try & put another myth to rest as well - or more like throw my twopenny's worth in ! - ie the excellent "The Abominable Snowmen" is actually at least as good as "The Web Of Fear".
And ( while we're here ) I assume everyone else has noticed that the Sutekh character in the Tom Baker story "Pyramids Of Mars" sounds like an inferior version of the High Lama in "...Snowmen" : The actors even have similar names if memory serves me well ( ? ).
Probably this - & other similarities between these two stories -are well documented in fan circles / Dr Who lore.
As no doubt is the fact that it is Troughton who originated one of Tom Baker's Doctor's best-known idiosyncrasies : ie the sweet thing :
Here in "The Wheel In Space" this characteristic is displayed, for what is probably the 1st time, when he offers Jamie a lemon sherbet; later in "The Space Pirates" there is some mention of toffee or suchlike; & - most tellingly - in "The Three Doctors" he offers jelly babies ( to Omega probably ).
Anyway : Thanks for reading this fellow Troughtonites !