N. Doctor Who - The Web Planet

Season Two

  • Story Editor: Dennis Spooner
  • Writer: Bill Strutton
  • Director: Richard Martin
  • Produced by: Verity Lambert
  • Designer: John Wood
  • Incidental Music: Stock
  • Insect Movement: Rosyln de Winter (2-6)

N. Doctor Who - The Web Planet

The TARDIS is drawn to the planet Vortis by a strange force. Whilst the Doctor and Ian attempt to investigate the force possesses Barbara and she leaves the TARDIS, leaving Vicki inside alone.

Barbara is taken by the ant-like Zarbi to the slave coloby whilst the Zarbi drag the TARDIS to their Web headquarters. Meanwhile the Doctor and Ian become caught up in the struggles of the Menotptra who have been enslaved by the Zarbi.

The Doctor goes to the Web centre and finds the Animus, a large spider-like mind parasite that is controlling the Zarbi. The Menoptra attempt to regain their planet, and the invasion fails.

Barbara uses an isotope brought to the planet by the Menoptra that destroys the Animus, returning the Zarbi to a mindless state, and allows the Menoptra to liberate themselves and return to their planet.

Regular Cast

  • Barbara Wright: Jacqueline Hill
  • Ian Chesterton: William Russell
  • Vicki: Maureen O'Brien

Cast

  • The Zarbi: Robert Jewell (1-3,5,6), Hugh Lund (3,5,6), Kevin Manser (3,5,6), John Scott Martin (3,5,6), Jack Pitt (1-3,5,6), Gerald Taylor (1-3,5,6)
  • Vrestin: Roslyn de Winter (2-6)
  • Hrostar: Anne Gordon (2,4,5)
  • Hrhoonda: Arthur Blake (2)
  • Animus Voice: Catherine Fleming (2-6)
  • Hetra: Ian Thompson (4-6)
  • Captain Hilio: Martin Jarvis (4-6)
  • Prapillus: Jolyon Booth (4-6)
  • Hlynia: Jocelyn Birdsall (4-6)
  • Nemini: Barbara Joss (4-5)
  • Walk-Ons: Ken McGarvie, Len Russell

Showings on the BBC

First showing

Channel Episode Title Date Viewers Rating
BBC 1 58 The Web Planet 13 February 1965 17:40 - 18:05 13.5M 56%
BBC 1 59 The Zarbi 20 February 1965 17:40 - 18:05 12.5M 53%
BBC 1 60 Escape To Danger 27 February 1965 17:40 - 18:05 12.5M 53%
BBC 1 61 Crater Of Needles 03 March 1965 17:40 - 18:05 13.0M 49%
BBC 1 62 Invasion 13 March 1965 17:40 - 18:05 12.0M 48%
BBC 1 63 The Centre 20 March 1965 17:40 - 18:05 11.5M 42%

Locations

Outside Locations

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Studios

  • Ealing Television Film Studios
  • Riverside Studio 1

Notes

Bloopers

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Notes

  • On the end credits sub-titles are used above each race. For part one the actors playing Zarbi are billed as "Zarbi Operators"; for the rest of the story they are just "The Zarbi".
  • Episode 3: Jacqueline Hill does not appear in part three.
  • Episode 6: Because of the supposed sensitive nature of the following story, The Crusade was not sold abroad to some countries so there exists a second version of part six of The Web planet which indicates that the next episode is The Space Museum and not The Lion.

Working titles

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