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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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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This is the earliest Patrick Troughton Doctor Who (1963) serial to exist in its entirety and the only serial from his first two seasons. Believed lost for nearly 25 years, a complete copy was recovered in 16mm format from TV Asia in Hong Kong in 1992. See more »

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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 »

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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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Great entertaining adventure but in my opinion not quite the top classic it is claimed to be.
28 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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This story is rightly praised. It is great TV with thrills, fun and the Doctor on usual good form. However, many people herald this as an all time classic story in the history of the series and I think that is an exaggeration of its quality. That is not to say it is not a great 4 part story but it is just not producing the same level that I consider the greatest Doctor Who stories reach. I know season 5 of Doctor Who is one of the most popular and highly regarded and I 100 percent agree with that but in my opinion this is not as good as some of other stories that followed in series 5 like The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors or The Web of Fear.

The reason I think this story is below that very highest level of Who adventures is that it just feels less well executed on screen than those all time classics. The acting of the group who join The Doctor in the Tomb is not up to the highest standards of the series. The plot and the actions people take are also not fully well thought through by the writer i.e. they occasionally act in a way that does not ring true.

The ideas of Cybermen in a tomb and them coming out of their 'cocoons' are thrilling ideas and provide some great moments. The Cybermen themselves are pretty good and The Doctor and Jamie are entertaining (You always have to suspend disbelief a bit with Jamie as he copes with time travel and science slightly too well for his supposedly simple Scottish Highlander character from the past). There is also plenty of fun and action along the way.

Overall it is excellent in many ways but for an all time classic look forward to The Ice Warriors, among others, later in the season.


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