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 »


A crewmember and a camera are reflected in Mickey's Gran's glasses when Mickey meets her. See more »


The Doctor: [Mickey has his finger on a button] Um, what are you doing that for?
Mickey Smith: Cause you told me to
The Doctor: When was that?
Mickey Smith: About half an hour ago
The Doctor: Um, you can let go now
Mickey Smith: Well how longs it been since I could have stopped?
The Doctor: Ten minutes?... twenty... twenty-nine?
Mickey Smith: You just forgot me?
The Doctor: No, no no! I was just, I was calibrating... I was, no, I know exactly what I'm doing.
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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
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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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