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:
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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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Vladek Sheybal was originally considered for the role of Eric Klieg. See more »


When the Doctor and Jamie try to pull open the entrance to the tomb, they both hold the door shut with their feet to give the impression that the door is stuck. See more »


[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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It Is A Classic Despite The Hype
18 August 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

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Arriving on the Planet of Telos the Doctor , Jamie and new companion Victoria Waterfield find an expedition from Earth who are excavating the ancient tombs of the Cybermen who have disappeared from the Galaxy and appear to have to become extinct . Going through the Tombs the Cybermen may not be extinct in the literal sense of the word and it's becoming clear that there's a saboteur amongst the party

For reasons due to the BBC purging their archive television material in the 1970s an act that would have made Stalin proud this is the third Cyberman story in a row that I've reviewed for this site and also means that Victoria doesn't have an introductory story which is a pity because the previous story that ended season 4 The Evil Of The Daleks is considered one of the all time greats of any archive television you care to mention which would the last Dalek story of the 1960s . By now the Cybermen were the show's most identifiable aliens , almost but not quite as popular as the Daleks That said there is a linking sequence of sorts where the Doctor explains time travel to Victoria before the opening credits start

This story kick starts season five of the show and both the opening story and the season it opens are considered amongst the very best the show has given us . Tomb has a very interesting mythos behind it because it was another victim of the BBC 70s purge and not a single clip remained of it until a copy it turned up in Hong Kong in 1992 which was returned to the BBC and rushed released on to video . Between the news of its finding and its release fandom went in to meltdown since it was considered he holy grail of lost DOCTOR WHO material . To have it released led to the hype that it's the fandom equivalent of the second coming

This type of hyperbole does work against it to a degree but regardless of that this is a very good story indeed . It's DOCTOR WHO doing what it does best - horror lite and this owes a lot to Hammer horror movies . At this point in history DOCTOR WHO wasn't all that interested in contrast in the way the Hartnell era was interested in contrast but it's so well done here it's difficult not to care that almost every single story of the era just wanted to send the younger audience screaming and running behind the sofa . The Cybermen themselves don't make an appearance until the episode two cliffhanger but that there's so much atmosphere , mystery and suspense built up it doesn't matter in the slightest

I used to babysit my brother in 1992 and used to take a DOCTOR WHO video down to watch and my brother had very little interest in the show and would always be bored by the stories . That is with the exception of this one where he sat glued to the screen unable to not watch it , compelled by it and only spoke once to state that " They don't look like Cybermen " indeed to don't look anything like the ones from the 1980s but not even really Cybermen , they're metaphorical monsters like Vampires , Mummies or Zombies brought back to life to stalk and convert the humans in to them . I also remember reading a similar story of some bloke who was babysitting his relatives young kids and they'd no concept of th show and were playing on the floor while their uncle watched his newly bought video . Within a few minutes all the children were hypnotized by the on screen events and the writer of the letter said he was so amazed he felt the need to write on and share this magical moment

It is dated and some people might get a bit outraged that all the bad guys are invariably characters who are not of White Anglo Saxon stock which implies old fashioned ideals , and there's a couple of revealing mistakes such as " Oh is that harness I see " but apart from that this is a very solid DOCTOR WHO story that will have a compelling effect on children of all ages

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