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The page that was made unintelligent, and will remain that way for the rest of its life.

A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects...

#73

THE EXPLODING PLANET

“I told them soldiers were no good for space work,” sighs Maaga, long-suffering dominatrix of the Drahvins, in perhaps the finest speech ever gifted to a Doctor Who villain, “but they wouldn’t listen. If you are to conquer space, they said, you will need soldiers.”

Poor old Galaxy 4. It’s not a story that will ever top a season poll. Having had the opportunity to view an episode and a bit, most fans seem to rate recovering the rest of it as a lower priority than almost any other missing Hartnell. Its star Peter Purves didn’t exactly mince his words in these pages last year.

Well, I think it’s about time someone stood up for William Emms’ beleaguered four-parter. The next time you watch Galaxy 4 – or what remains of it – you may wish to consider what a groundbreaking little slice of Doctor Who it really is.

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This issue, DWM celebrates 50 years of the one of the Doctor's greatest enemies: the Cybermen! Contents include: an interview with the woman who designed the original Cybermen, Alexandra Tynan; a look at every single Cyber-plan through the ages, as told by the Cybermen themselves; a new Cyberman comic strip by Alan Barnes with art by Adrian Salmon; a detailed look at how the Cybermen have evolved from their first appearance; Steven Moffat answers readers' questions; The Fact of Fiction puts the 1988 25th anniversary story Silver Nemesis under the spotlight; the Time Team watch 2010's Vincent and the Doctor; actor Jami Reid-Quarrell is interviewed about his monstrous roles (including Colony Sarff) in Doctor Who's 2015 series; a new comic strip adventure for the Twelfth Doctor – 'Moving In' by Mark Wright with art by John Ross; the Watcher praises Galaxy 4; plus reviews, previews, official news, competitions and much more!
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