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Attack of the Cybermen: Part One 

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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5 January 1985 (UK)  »

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Pennant Roberts was originally assigned to direct this serial. However, he proved to be unavailable, so Matthew Robinson was asked to direct instead. Roberts would later go on to direct Timelash. See more »

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Cyberleader: When you become as we are, you will serve the Cyber Race well.
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Featured in Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (2013) See more »

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Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Colin Baker's surprisingly good
15 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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ATTACK OF THE CYBERMEN is a Dr Who serial that was made early on in the reign of the much-hated Colin Baker, whose brash, arrogant Doctor got up everybody's nose back in the day. However, I was surprised by just how entertaining this serial actually is. It provides a welcome return for the arch villains the Cybermen, while also tying in nicely to their previous adventures in Davison's EARTHSHOCK and Troughton's TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN.

The setting this time is a contemporary Earth, with much of the action taking place in the sewers underneath London. Along for the ride is the great Brian Glover, bringing plenty of humour to his role as one of a gang of jewel thieves who are planning to tunnel into a bank vault. Inevitably the Cybermen are soon involved in the storyline again, with Baker having to do his best to deal with their threat.

ATTACK OF THE CYBERMEN isn't a perfect serial by any means, and it gets worse in the second half with the inclusion of some cling film-clad alien characters who really weren't required. But Baker gives a compelling performance, tough yet likable, while Nicola Bryant's Peri is actually quite funny and endearing for a change. It's not perfect, but it is fun.


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