Blue Crystal which the Doctor found on the planet Metebelis 3 and gave
to Jo Grant as a wedding present is vitally important to the giant spiders
who rule the planet. Both Humans and Spiders came to Metebelis 3 in a
colonist ship but the local conditions helped the Spiders to dominate
the Humans. The Spiders send an emissary to recover the Crystal. The Doctor
and Sarah, alerted by the ex-UNIT Captain Yates, are transported to Metebelis
3 and the Doctor leads a revolt of the planet's Human slaves against their
Spider rulers. But he finds that meanwhile the Spiders have started their
invasion of Earth. The Doctor defeats them again there and returns to
Metebelis 3 to confront the Great One - a gigantic mutated spider - with
the Crystal of Power. The stone destroys the Spider but the Doctor's body
suffers irreparable damage. The Doctor returns to Earth, dying. However,
the Tibetan monk Cho-Je, a new incarnation of the Time Lord K'Anpo, accelerates
the regeneration process. The Doctor begins to change . . .
Sarah Jane Smith: Elisabeth
Brig. Lethbridge-Stewart: Nicholas
Sergeant Benton: John Levene
Mike Yates: Richard Franklin
Moss: Terence Lodge
Keaver: Andrew Staines
Barnes: Christopher Burgess
Land: Carl Forgione
Professor Clegg: Cyril Shops
Cho-Je: Kevin Lindsay
Tommy: John Kane
Soldier: Pat Gorman
Policeman: Chubby Oates
Man with Boat:
Hopkins: Michael Pinder
Tramp: Stuart Fell
Spider voices: Ysanne
Churchman, Kismet Delgado, Maureen Morris
Script Editor: Terrence
Solomon, with Barry Letts uncredited.
L Rowland Warne.
Make up: Deanne Turner.
Visual Effects: Bernard
Music : Dudley
"Doctor Who - Planet of the Spiders" by Terrance Dicks
(0 426 10655 5) first published by Tandem as "Doctor Who and the
Planet of the Spiders" in 1975 with cover by Peter Brookes. New
edition by W. H. Allen (now Virgin Publishing Ltd) in 1978 with cover
by Alun Hood. New edition in 1991 with cover by Alister Pearson. Target
library number 48.
as "Planet of the Spiders"
in UK April 1991 and in Australia & New Zealand (BBC catalogue #4491)
Released in US & Canada in 1994 (CBS/FOX catalogue #8105, reclassified
as WHV #E1262). Cover art by Andrew SkilleterReleased as a two-tape set
in UK, on one tape in US, Canada, Australia, & New Zealand.
"regeneration" was heard during this serial for the very first
Tom Baker, as the Fourth Doctor, was briefly seen at the end, as was Cho-Je,
a Time Lord hermit (also known as K'anpo Rinpoche).
Richard Franklin returned to the role of Mike Yates, in his final appearance
in the show, although he later made a cameo appearance in "The
Five Doctors" and "Dimensions in Time" .
This was the last regular appearance by Jon Pertwee, who would later return
for "The Five Doctors," "Dimensions in Time,"
the stage play "Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure" and
two BBC Radio dramas, "The Paradise of Death" and "The
Ghosts of N-Space" before his untimely death in May 1996.
episodes exist in color on PAL 2" videotape as held by the Film &
Videotape Library when audited in 1978.
recording in studio TC1. (2-3
recording in studio TC6. (30
April; 1 May 1974)
Studio recording in studio
Manor, Tidmarsh, Berkshire. (11
Mortimer Railway Station, Stratfield Mortimer, Berkshire.
Bloomfield Lane / Mereoak Lane, near Stratfield
Membury Airfield, Membury, Wiltshire. (12-13
Le Marchant Barracks, London Road, Devizes, Wiltshire. (13
River Severn, near Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire. (14-15
1 - The sonic screwdriver the Doctor gives
to Clegg to try his psychometry on is not the same one that appears in
the images on the screen.
1 - After the UNIT laboratory
gets shaken up, notice that the hatstand manages to remain upright, and
all the equipment on the workbench also stays in place.
2 - When Lupton steals the boat
during the chase scene, he shoots one guy, and pushes another into the
water. But when the Doctor and Sarah arrive on the scene, Lupton is struggling
with the same guy he pushed into the water – whose clothes aren't even
the slightest bit wet!
2 - Watch for when the "Whomobile"
changes colour between gold and silver.
2 - After the spectacularly pointless
chase scene, when Lupton literally vanishes after the Doctor has been
pursuing him for a good 15 minutes, you may well ask why he didn't disappear
a lot earlier than that and saved us a lot of boredom.
3 - As Tommy enters the room where
the Doctor, Sarah and Mike Yates are talking with Cho-je, the camera follows
him in – or at least tries to, until the cameraman bumps into something
with an audible "clunk" and the picture shakes noticeably.
4 - As the guard captain speaks
to the Queen spider after blasting down the Doctor, you can see the rod
used to support and operate the spider puppet poking up through the bottom
of the sedan chair. The same problem occurs when the Queen arrives back
in the council chamber and confronts Lupton.
4, 5 - It was very kind, if somewhat
out of character, for the spiders to provide pillows for their captives
to rest their heads on in the "larder"!
5 - When Tommy locks the cellar
door after rescuing the Doctor and Sarah, the wall beside it wobbles badly.
6 - The reprise in this episode
is considerably different from the cliffhanger in episode 5. There are
several new scenes interpolated before we reach the cliffhanger scene
of Barnes and co. attacking Tommy.