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The Tomb of the Cybermen: Episode 1 

The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive on Telos, where an archaeological group are exploring the Tomb of the Cybermen. But are the Cybermen as dormant as they believe?

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The Doctor and his traveling companions, Jamie and Victoria, arrive on a planet where an archaeological expedition led by Professor Parry is searching for the home of the long-extinct Cybermen. Parry believes they have found the Cybermen's home, the city of Telos. The Doctor finds a way to get them inside the complex and the group splits up to explore what they've found. It's clear that at least one member of the party is up to no good. It all leads to death for one of them. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

A scene in which ooze pours out of a dying Cyberman was one of the first complaints the show had about violence. The content of the serial prompted a debate on the BBC series "Talkback", hosted by David Coleman, in which writer Kit Pedler defended the series against complaints from viewers that it was too violent for children. See more »

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In the scene where Victoria and the scientists find the Projection Chamber, the shadow of a boom-mic can be seen behind her head. See more »

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[first lines]
The Doctor: There we are. Well, what do you think?
Victoria: I don't know. I can't believe it. It's so big. Where are we?
The Doctor: Oh, it's the TARDIS. It's my home. At least it has been for a considerable number of years.
Victoria: What are all these knobs?
The Doctor: What, these?
Jamie: Instruments. These are for controlling our flight.
Victoria: Flight?
Jamie: Well, yes. You see, we travel around in here through time and space.
[Victoria laughs]
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Written and Performed by John Scott as Johnny Scott and his Orchestra
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Effective early outing for the best of the Who enemies
15 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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The Cybermen have always been my favourite villains in the DOCTOR WHO franchise and THE TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN, a serial for second Doctor Patrick Troughton, has given me the opportunity to see what they looked like in the 1960s. And they don't disappoint; TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN is an effective and atmospheric outing showcasing this programme at its best.

Troughton is on top form as the impish Doctor, interrupting an archaeological expedition when it transpires that those involved are plotting to resurrect his age-old foe. Inevitably it all goes wrong and the Cybermen are once more brought back to life with thrilling results. Although the old cyber-suits were more clunky back in these days, the episodes are nevertheless good: suspenseful, full of action, twists and danger.

Fans of the era should watch out for Hammer veteran George Pastell playing yet another weaselly character while Roy Stewart makes an impact as an imposing strongman. Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling have a good repartee as the companions, but inevitably it's the Cybermen themselves who are the stars of the show here and who can disagree with that?


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