Upon landing on an alternate version of the Earth, The Doctor, Rose and Mickey learn that Peter Tyler is apparently alive and well. Lurking in the shadows are creatures made to destroy - one of The Doctor's greatest fears have come true...the Cybermen are reborn.



, (characters: "Cybermen") | 1 more credit »

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mona Hammond ...
Helen Griffin ...
Dr. Kendrick
Andrew Ufondu ...
Soldier (as Andrew Ufondo)


The TARDIS falls through a gap in the time vortex which leads the crew to find themselves in a parallel version of London, England in the year 2006. It's a slightly more advanced era where Zeppelins fly overhead and the populace wear special ear pods where information can be downloaded via the Cybus corporation. A multi-million pound conglomerate owned by the crippled genius John Lumic. Lumic is involved in his own personal business project which involves an alternate version of Rose Tyler's father, Pete who has become a millionaire in this reality and who Rose is hell bent on meeting. Lumic wishes to convince the President of Great Britain that his new project which involves the human brain being transferred to a robotic body of pure steel would mean that people need never die. A fate that Lumic is facing as he is suffering from a critical illness. But a project that the President dismisses as unethical and immoral. All the while homeless people on the street's of London are being ... Written by Robert McElwaine

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

27 October 2006 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (50 episodes)


See  »

Did You Know?


Considered to be the 40th anniversary Cybermen story. See more »


In the parallel Earth, Great Britain has a president, but the police officers still have the normal "royal" badge with a crown and E-II-R (Queen Elizabeth II) monogram. See more »


Jake Simmonds: One, two, three... Go!
[Jake rushes up the stairs with Mrs. Moore and Mickey, opens door, and points gun at Ricky]
Ricky Smith: [Angrily] What the hell are you doing?
Jake Simmonds: [Looking bewildered] What are you doing there?
Ricky Smith: What am I doing here?
[as he points at Mickey]
Ricky Smith: What am I doing there?
[Jake and Mrs. Moore point their guns at Mickey, who puts his hands up]
See more »

Crazy Credits

TO BE CONTINUED... See more »


Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Episode #4.14 (2008) See more »


The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Original written by Solomon Linda
Adapted and arranged by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss and Albert Stanton
Performed by Tight Fit
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Rise of the Cybermen
15 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have been watching Doctor Who since I was six and I've always looked at the cybermen as just being tin men who convert people into their kind. This story is no exception, The Doctor, Rose and Mickey land on an alternate Earth ( or it could even be Mondas) see Big Finish audio Spare Parts. The main baddie, villainous John Lumic is obsessed with prolonging life and in doing so brings about a new race of cybermen that we have never seen the like of before. Their only purpose is to "delete" you if you are incompatible. We also get a background on Mickeys life to a certain extent in the way that his dad did a runner and he lived with his gran. At the end of the episode the gang of heroes are surrounded by about 30 cybermen, I'm dying to find out how they get out of this little scrape......

2 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did RTD hate UNIT Sonic_whovian
The Paternoster Gang gagemichaeljohn
I wonder if they named the new Companion Bill as a homage to... neBBen438834
Phil Collins and Sting were considered for The Master! ckmcewan-1
Best and worst episode. lucylight-68075
Peter Kay as Craig Sonic_whovian
Discuss Rise of the Cybermen (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: