The Doctor's warnings are ignored and the Cybermen take over the base, hampering the crew's efforts to help Zeus IV.

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David Dodimead ...
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Christopher Matthews ...
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Reg Whitehead ...
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The Doctor's warnings are ignored and the Cybermen take over the base, hampering the crew's efforts to help Zeus IV.

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15 October 1966 (UK)  »

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This episode takes place in Antarctica in December 1986. See more »

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Polly: But don't you care?
Krail: Care?No, why should I care?
Polly: Because they're people and they're going to die!
Krail: I do not understand you, there are people dying all over your world, yet you do not care about them.
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Historic, very effective and entertaining - First ever Cybermen story and the first ever regeneration for the Doctor
21 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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This story is historic and thankfully the quality matches its importance. And important it really is because the idea of changing the actor playing the Doctor by having him 'regenerate' into a different version of the same character was incredible and untested. If it had failed Doctor Who would have been finished whereas as the time of writing we have just celebrated an amazing 50 years of Doctor Who with the show and most of its key elements still continuing as strongly as ever.

Before that we have this excellent adventure which also has the historic first ever appearance by the Cybermen. I really like these prototype Cybermen and even their sing-song voices. I think the concept behind them is great and the story itself has them involved in an exciting attempt to destroy humanity. Their unfeeling nature and the scares and action set them up as an iconic 'monster' to rival the Daleks.

All aspects of the production are very good indeed and any flaws are minor. The story unfortunately has the Doctor sidelined a lot of the time which was unnecessary and sad in Hartnell's last regular appearance. However, when he does get involved he is as good as ever, delivering his lines with charisma and that magical touch Hartnell had for being somewhat other worldly and dangerous but also endearing and delightful.

This is a classic which all fans must see.


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