Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 6

The Age of Steel (3 Nov. 2006)

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Lumic's army of cybermen is on the rise, and with more and more people being converted by the hour, time is of the essence. The gang are reduced to fugitives as they roam the streets of parallel London trying to rid the earth of cybermen.

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Lumic and the Cybermen are forcing the population to "upgrade" to cold, emotionless creatures like themselves. The Doctor, Rose, and Mickey join forces with the alternate-reality counterparts of Pete Tyler and Mickey Smith, in the search for the one weakness in the Cybermen's plans. Written by RTF

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The marching of thousands of mind-controlled Londoners to Battersea (referred to by the Doctor as "sheep") echoes the Pink Floyd song "Sheep" from their album Animals, where the sheep are led into the "valley of steel" to be slaughtered. The album also features a shot of Battersea Power Station on its cover, with a pig floating above it just like Lumic's own airship. Pink Floyd is known for incorporating the Doctor Who theme music into live performances of the song "One of These Days". See more »

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When the Cyberman is hit by the electromagnetic bomb, it falls to its knees, then backwards. As the Doctor and Mrs. Moore walk towards it, the Cyberman has its legs extended. See more »

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Jake Simmonds: [on seeing humans walking in a hypnotic state] What the hell?
Rose Tyler: What's going on?
The Doctor: It's the earpods. Lumic's taken control.
Rose Tyler: Can't you just... I don't know, take them off?
The Doctor: Don't! You'll cause a brainstorm. Human race, you're such an intelligent lot. You aren't half susceptible. Give anyone a chance to take control and you submit. Sometimes I think you like it, easy life.
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Written by Murray Gold
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Cybermen part Duex
30 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beginning where it left off, Doctor Who, Rose, her alternative dad, Mickey, his alternative counterpart Ricky, and Mickey's small gang of rebels find themselves at the mercy of this realities version of the Cybermen, this second part of the 2 episode Cybermen arc feels more like a Doctor Who episode, as opposed to the previous part which honestly felt like more of an episode of the defunct show "Sliders", which granted was a great show in it's own right. The arc as a whole was enjoyable enough as I'm one to subscribe to the maxim that ANY Who is good Who, but at the same time it's inevitable that this will be compared to the Dalek episode of the previous series. And said comparisons would only make this seem like a lesser work, as it is. I just feel that this story could've been done in one episode. Remember in the first part of the review I said that these type of stories dealing with alternative realities usually have no lasting repercussions, well that's not the case here, but what changes overall feels tagged on and not really in keeping with the character.

My Grade: C+


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