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Doctor Who: Spearhead From Space, Episode One

As a newly-regenerated Doctor crashes to Earth, so do a shower of meteorites, sparking off a chain of strange events in the countryside. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is called in, along with UNIT's newest recruit, Dr Liz Shaw... the Brigadier needs the Doctor. But the Doctor is not the man he was...


Episode Info


Episode number: 7x1
Production Number: AAA
Airdate: Saturday January 03rd, 1970

Director: Derek Martinus
Writer: Robert Holmes

Alternate Airdates:

France Jan 03, 1970
Ireland Jan 03, 1970

  • Currently 7/10
7/10 (1 Vote cast)
Guest Stars
Antony WebbAntony Webb
As Dr. Henderson
Recurring
George LeeGeorge Lee
As Corporal Forbes
Recurring
Hugh BurdenHugh Burden
As Channing
Recurring
John BreslinJohn Breslin
As Captain Munro
Recurring
Neil WilsonNeil Wilson
As Seeley
Recurring
Prentis HancockPrentis Hancock
As 2nd Reporter
Recurring
Talfryn ThomasTalfryn Thomas
As Mullins
Recurring
Alan MitchellAlan Mitchell
As Wagstaffe
Ellis JonesEllis Jones
As Technician
Tessa ShawTessa Shaw
As UNIT Officer

Uncredited
Alan CooperAlan Cooper
As Extra
Dave MobleyDave Mobley
As Extra
Hugh WoodHugh Wood
As Extra
Trevor CuffTrevor Cuff
As Extra
Vicky MaxineVicky Maxine
As Extra
Main Cast
Jon PertweeJon Pertwee
As The Third Doctor
Caroline JohnCaroline John
As Elizabeth "Liz" Shaw
Episode Notes
For each episode, the title zooms up to the audience.

For the first time on the end titles, the Doctor is credited as "Doctor Who" rather than "Dr. Who".

For the first time, the end credits are superimposed against the title sequence backdrop rather than being rolled up against a black screen.

From this episode onwards, the series was produced in colour.

Autons created by Robert Holmes.

In 2006 this episode was released by The Sun free along with Robots of Death Part 1, Earthshock Part 1, The Faceless Ones Part 1, A Day of Armageddon and Rose.

This epiosde marks the first appearances of The Doctor, Liz Shaw, The Autons and the Nestene Consciousness.

Story Working title: Facsimilie

This episode attracted 8.4 million viewers on initial broadcast.



Episode Goofs
Although the Third Doctor is considerably taller than his previous incarnation, the Second Doctor's outfit still fits him perfectly.



Warning: Doctor Who season 7 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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