Doctor Who: Season 22, Episode 1

Attack of the Cybermen: Part One (5 Jan. 1985)

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The Cybermen plan on destroying Earth in order to prevent the destruction of their home world, Mondas. The Doctor also discovers the Cyber Controller is far from dead.



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The Doctor is drawn to Earth in 1985 by a strange signal. On arrival he gets caught up in a bank heist that has far more sinister motives than money. Deep in the London sewer system the Doctor meets one of his greatest foes, the Cybermen. What are they doing in London, and who sent the signal? Written by glen_chapman

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Eric Saward confesses on The Cold War DVD featurette that he wrote this serial not Paula Moore or Ian Levine.(source Attack of The Cybermen DVD special features). See more »


[repeated line]
The Doctor: Watch, listen and learn.
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Featured in Cybermen (2009) See more »


Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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13 November 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

"Attack of the Cybermen" may have its moments, but they most certainly do not make up for the bulk of this story: some of the worst, most unbelievably dull nonsense in the history of "Doctor Who". All revisionism aside, fandom's consensus that this is utter crap is absolutely correct. It's going to take another painful re-watch of "The Twin Dilemma" to be sure, but I'm actually quite sure that this is even harder to sit through.

First of all, the incidental music re-defines awful. I mean, it's literally unbelievable. It's like a twelve year old randomly pushing buttons on one of those little toy keyboards, and it's particularly awful when used to punctuate the bits and pieces of visual humor here. Seriously, coming in a season full of gritty, dark, and violent stories (outside of "The Mark of the Rani"), we get a story here with incredibly childish, obvious humor, and a dumbed-down script a two year old could follow, and some of the most brutal violence the show had seen at that point. It doesn't work, it feels like shock tactics, like trying to appeal to several incompatible audience groups, and it's simply disastrous.

The story is terrible on so many levels. Not only is this script abysmal, but the basic plot is so contrived and convoluted and useless that the end result could never have been any good. There's just nothing here that works. It really depresses me to talk about this, because it's not even like you can laugh at some ridiculously cheesy acting or horrible costumes/effects, because the story really does look quite good (credit to the director and design department).

Er, other positives besides the look of the episode? I guess Colin Baker's actually a fine Doctor regardless of what anyone says, and even better in the audio plays, and his abrasive personality was an interesting and novel take on the character. Peri in tight-fitting pink with a lot of cleavage showing.

I guess it's not the worst ever "Doctor Who" story. There are sections of episode 1 that are tolerable. The rest of it... Ugh.


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