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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Mickey's alternate world counterpart is named Ricky. This is the name the ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) mistakenly and repeatedly called Mickey -- although it was ambiguous whether the Doctor did this because he forgot, or simply to irritate Mickey. See more »

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Lumic describes the human-to-cyberman conversion process as involving "a cradle of copyrighted chemicals". Copyright protects artistic works. Technological innovation is protected by patent. See more »

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Ricky Smith: [Ricky has just met Mickey] Well this is off the scale! He's flesh and blood, how did that happen?
Mrs. Moore: It's possible that Cybus Industries has perfected the science of human cloning... or your father had a bike.
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'Ex-Ter-Min-Nate' is a tad cooler a battle-cry than 'De-Lete'
30 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Knowing this was going to be the first part of a two part arc, I held off on reviewing it until I saw the whole story. Then I got a bit lax and am behind reviewing not 2, but 3 episodes (This 2 parter as well as Idiot's Lantern). Needless to say, I seem to have my work cut out for me, so let's get to the nitty-gritty, right? The Doctor, Rose, and Mickey find themselves stranded on an alternative Earth after the TARDIS breaks down after the time vortex suddenly and inexplicably disappears. Rose is excited at the prospect because her long deceased father is still alive in this reality and very successful to boot. The Doctor is quite adamant about her not seeing her alternate daddy, but fate has other plans in store, as he works for a baddie who is creating a new version of old Doctor Who enemies, the Cybermen. As a rule, I'm not really fond of 'Alternative Reality' stories, as more often than not they usually have no lasting repercussions and no real sense of any danger (stemming from no vested interest in any but the main characters) I'll get more into that in my review of the second part, but suffice it to say this episode felt more like an episode of the now defunct "Sliders" than a true Who episode. Still very watchable though.

My Grade: B-


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