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Escape to Danger 

The Doctor is forced to co-operate with the Animus but Ian uses the opportunity to make an escape attempt.


Richard Martin


Bill Strutton


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Episode complete credited cast:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Maureen O'Brien ... Vicki
Roslyn De Winter Roslyn De Winter ... Menoptra Vrestin
Robert Jewell ... Zarbi
Hugh Lund ... Zarbi
Kevin Manser Kevin Manser ... Zarbi
Jack Pitt Jack Pitt ... Zarbi
John Scott Martin ... Zarbi
Gerald Taylor ... Zarbi
Catherine Fleming Catherine Fleming ... Animus (voice)


The Doctor is forced to co-operate with the Animus but Ian uses the opportunity to make an escape attempt.

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This episode was watched by 12.5 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


Ian speaks without moving his lips immediately prior to the earthquake, showing that the dialogue had been pre-recorded. See more »


Menoptra Vrestin: That is the way to the Crater of Needles.
Ian Chesterton: How far?
Menoptra Vrestin: You cannot fly. It will take two hours.
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The Web Planet Part 3: Ambitious but sadly unsuccessful. One of the weakest Who stories

Review for all 6 parts:

This story deserves points for ambition and if you are fair to it by bearing in mind its age you should not hate it too much for its dodgy costumes and other effects because I try not to heavily criticise and hugely deduct points for dated effects, only if the effects are poor for the time it was made. However, even being fair in this way this is one of the weakest Who adventures.

The effects were probably acceptable for their time given the low budget but the problem is there is too much reliance on the effects and the budget was not nearly enough to create the effects required. The story puts all the emphasis on the creation of alien beings in insect form on a very alien landscape. The costumes and effects look silly and give it all a pantomime feel. This would be forgivable if the story and script were strong enough to stand up on their own but they are not strong enough. If you imagine overlaying modern CGI effects onto this to make it all look plausible I am afraid it would still leave a lacklustre story with below par performances. It is a weak entry in the history of Doctor Who saved from total failure by its ambition in presenting a strange world full of non humanoid aliens and the better parts of script, story and acting. It is not all bad and it is an interesting idea but it is badly realised and becomes boring. It ultimately must be considered a misfire and a failure.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 5.5, Episodes 2-6 - 5/10

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27 February 1965 (UK) See more »

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