|'The Tenth Planet' - Originally Broadcast 8 October - 29 October 1966|
There are times throughout the near-50 years of Doctor Who where memories imprint on our life, or change the future of the show. 'The Tenth Planet' is certainly one of these times, providing us with an introduction to the fearsome Cyberman, the Doctor's second biggest enemy, just behind the Daleks. Within the space of four episodes the Cybermen give us a spine-chilling opening story, displaying the agenda of no emotions and no care for humanity, something which is continued into every Cyberman story. Not only did it introduce the Cybermen, but brought in the concept of regeneration, something that the show would not have lasted near-50 years without.
The episode begins when the TARDIS lands at the South Pole, where the 'Snowcap' space tracking station is monitoring the launch of the manned Zeus IV probe. The Doctor, Ben and Polly are thrown into the equation and it begins to get hectic. In proper Doctor Who style things turn to the worse, when an alien planet, Mondas, arrives in the vicinity of Earth's view and the Cybermen arrive on Earth with the intention to take human beings and turn them into Cybermen. With limited supplies and no prior information on the Cybermen, the crew must find a way to defeat the Cybermen before they take over the Earth, and bring the population to Mondas.
In this serial we are left with an unusual scenario, at least...unusual for 1966. By now we are very comfortable with the concept of regeneration, but back in 1966 this was a brand new concept, invented to keep the show going once the main actor was unable to continue the role. The end credits give the title role of 'Doctor Who" (yes, you can argue he's 'the Doctor', which he is, but he's billed as 'Doctor Who') to Patrick Troughton, who is seen in the final scene of the episode, regenerating from his predecessor William Hartnell. In this particular DVD we are presented with something very different than we've ever seen before, the famous first regeneration in animation form.
The Regenerations Boxset is avaliable to order from the BBC Shop now, and is due for release 24th June 2013.