To celebrate Jon Pertwee's 96th birthday we look back at his very first story as The Doctor.
Spearhead From Space
By Robert Holmes
“You really believe in a man who has helped to save the world twice, with the power to change his physical appearance? An alien who travels though time and space, in a police box!”
The newly regenerated 3rd Doctor has arrived on earth the worst for wear as he has been traumatize by being forced to regenerate by the Time Lords after his trial. His exile on earth hasn’t started off all that well as The Doctor is hospitalized and almost kidnapped and then grazed by a bullet from a UNIT soldier. Not a very good start in your new body. Over shadowed by those events was a mysterious asteroid shower with quite a few of them making their way to earth. But the problem is these are not your ordinary space debris as The Nestene Intelligence is was part of that and that act was the first salvo fired in the invasion of Earth. With the control of plastic and the plastic creatures the Autons to control it’s up to the new Doctor and his new companion Liz Shaw to stop them with the aid of UNIT and the Brigadier.
Spearhead from Space started the UNIT years for Doctor Who. In what would be a staple for this era would be The Doctor working for the Brigadier and UNIT. Spearhead started this off with a brilliant introduction to UNIT and some of the soldiers like Sgt Benton who we’ve meet before in The Invasion but in a minor capacity. Spearhead also gave us Liz Shaw who was an equal of The Doctor and who was a Doctor in her own right. She starts off pretty well and her introduction to the crazy world that is UNIT and The Doctor was pretty comical.