Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 5

Rise of the Cybermen (27 Oct. 2006)

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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.

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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

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Adam Shaw was cast at a day's notice. See more »

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When you see the Car pull up to Peter Tyler's mansion the number plate on the back of the car is different, even if a little blurry, to the front when it reads PETE 1. See more »

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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]
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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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29 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Okay, Series 2 isn't exactly my favourite Series of New Who anyway, but this just sticks out like a sore thumb as one of the worst (but not THE worst. That title goes to "Love and Monsters") moments in Doctor Who history. What've we had up to this point this series? Let's think. The god-awful first episode with the lame body swap comedy. The werewolf episode (good one). The evil teachers (average). And the girl in the fireplace (almost perfect). Now we come to a big event-the return of the Cybermen, my favourite Doctor Who villains. The Cybermen are one of the most brilliant creations of all time. They were born from the brain of a genius named Kit Pedler, and I was looking forward to their return.

So, I sat down to watch this episode with high hopes. VERY high hopes. By the end, I was ready to commit murder. Bloody, gory murder. I sat there, with my jaw on the floor, then screamed like Darth Vader at the end of Revenge of the Sith: "Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!". I felt like Stan and Kyle in that episode of South Park "The China Probrem" after they watched Steven Spielberg and George Lucas violated Indiana Jones. That's what this episode did to the Cybermen and Kit Pedler. It's an atrocity. And you know what riles my gut? Nobody cared. Nobody cared that someone went and stuck up two fingers to Kit Pedler's grave and yelled: "Screw you!". No everyone was too busy drooling at the pretty special FX to notice the filmed atrocity taking place on screen (but that's generally the case with New Who anyway).

This episode is more than an atrocity, this is an arrogant, self-centred ego trip, in which someone said of the creation of the Cybermen "God, that was embarrassing-I know! Let's destroy it". Because that's what freaking happened this episode. They destroyed it. They sweept it under the rug, all to satisfy their own egos. And the sad thing is, there's not a damn thing I can do about it.

The only reason this gets a three is because without the destruction of 40 years worth of history, it might've been good.


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