Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 1

The Tomb of the Cybermen: Episode 1 (2 Sep. 1967)

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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Deborah Watling ...
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Aubrey Richards ...
Cyril Shaps ...
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Shirley Cooklin ...
George Roubicek ...
George Pastell ...
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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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[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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Classic Doctor Who.

Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen: Episode 1 starts as the Doctor (Patrick Troughton), Jamie (Frazer Hines) & Victoria (Deborah Watling) arrive on the planet of Telos in the TARDIS, there they come across an archaeological expedition from Earth lead by Professor Parry (Aubrey Richards) who are trying to find the lost tombs of the Cybermen. When the word Cybermen is mentioned the Doctor becomes interested & helps the team break into the tombs, at first the tombs seem deserted but not for long as the Cybermen aren't as dormant as everyone first thought...

Episode 1 from season 5 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during September 1967 & was Patrick Troughton's first story from his second season, The Tomb of the Cybermen is a four part story which was wiped during the early 70's by the BBC & thought lost forever but all four episodes were discovered in 1991 as 16mm recordings at a TV station in Hong Kong & were subsequently returned to the BBC & has been released both on VHS & DVD. Since none of Troughton's first seven stories from his first season exist in their entirety The Tomb of the Cybermen is the oldest complete surviving Troughton story & is in fact the only complete surviving story from Troughton's first two seasons. Originally given the titles Planet of the Cybermen & The Ice Tombs of Telos this was directed by Morris Barry I rather enjoyed the opening episode of The Tomb of the Cybermen although one has to say there is a distinct lack of Cybermen so far, the script by Kit Pedler & Gerry Davis has started off rather nicely with a ominous feeling build up as the team & the Doctor enter the Cybermen's tomb & you just know that something is going to happen & the script manages to create a fair amount of tension. I must admit I didn't like the cliffhanger ending that much &, well I'd have liked to have seen some proper Cyberman action in this their third appearance in the show having last appeared in a story from Troughton's first season called The Moonbase (1967). I mean the story is called The Tomb of the Cybermen after all so it's not like the makers were trying to keep their presence a secret was it?

The old Doctor Who stories usually have really cheap production values (then again so do the modern ones...) but I was pretty impressed with The Tomb of the Cybermen, the sets look good & the Cybermen computer terminals look alright too & haven't dated as badly as a lot of 60's sci-fi. In fact I'd go as far as to say The Tomb of the Cybermen looks as good if not better than a lot of the horrible pantomime quality sets from Doctor Who during the 80's. There hasn't been any special effects in this one, we didn't even see the TARDIS materialise.

The Tomb of the Cybermen: Episode 1 is a great way for any self respecting Doctor Who fan to spend 25 minutes, I'm sure this is a story which would appeal to those who aren't huge Doctor Who fans & sci-fi fans in general as well as anyone looking for a bit of sci-fi entertainment.

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