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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

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Guest Stars
Antony Webb
As Dr. Henderson
George Lee
As Corporal Forbes
Hugh Burden
As Channing
John Breslin
As Captain Munro
Neil Wilson
As Seeley
Prentis Hancock
As 2nd Reporter
Talfryn Thomas
As Mullins
Alan Mitchell
As Wagstaffe
Ellis Jones
As Technician
Tessa Shaw
As UNIT Officer

Alan Cooper
As Extra
Dave Mobley
As Extra
Hugh Wood
As Extra
Trevor Cuff
As Extra
Vicky Maxine
As Extra
Main Cast
Jon Pertwee
As The Third Doctor
Caroline 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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