Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 3

The Tomb of the Cybermen: Episode 3 (16 Sep. 1967)

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The Cybermen have been revived and plan to convert the archeologists into their own kind, prompting Hopper to attempt a rescue.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Aubrey Richards ...
George Pastell ...
Roy Stewart ...
Frazer Hines ...
Shirley Cooklin ...
Deborah Watling ...
George Roubicek ...
Clive Merrison ...
Michael Kilgarriff ...
Hans De Vries ...
Tony Harwood ...
John Hogan ...
Richard Kerley ...
Ronald Lee ...


The Cybermen have been resurrected and the Doctor realizes that it was all a trap on their part to capture beings intelligent enough to interpret the codes and operate the equipment to do so. They intend to create a new race of Cybermen with the Earthlings as the prototypes. Meanwhile, Victoria turns to Captain Hopper for help and he manages to open the hatch. He rescues all of them except Toberman but the Cybermen unleash their secret weapon. Written by garykmcd

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Vladek Sheybal was originally considered for the role of Eric Klieg. See more »


When the Cybermats attack, a wire can be seen trailing from the tail. See more »


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Cyber Controller: You belong to us. You shall be like us.
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"To struggle is futile..." Classic Doctor Who.

Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen: Episode 3 starts as the Cybermen prepare to freeze Klieg (George Pastell) & Professor Parry (Aubrey Richards) in readiness to turn them into Cybermen with the Doctor (Patrick Troughton) & Jamie (Frazer Hines) not far behind. They sense a chance to run & they mange to make it back to the main control room where Victoria (Deborah Watling) & Kaftan (Shirley Cooklin) are, however the spaceship is still not fixed, Kaftan & Klieg are still trying to make an alliance with the Cybermen who program their Cybermats to hunt the survivors out & kill them...

Episode 3 from season 5 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during September 1967, directed by Morris Barry The Tomb of the Cybermen is considered to be the best surviving Patrick Troughton story by many fans & that's something I wouldn't disagree with. The script by Kit Pedler & Gerry Davis has a familiar set up used many times in many films & TV show's of a group of space travellers menaced by some alien force while stranded somewhere in space & with that basic story the makers have turned in a pretty entertaining four part story. There is quite an emotional scene for the Doctor in this episode where he has to comfort Victoria because she is missing her father & he unusually talks about his own family with Troughton pulling the scene off nicely, a shame about Watling though who just isn't very good. Some of the typical Doctor Who lapses in logic are starting to rear their ugly heads, for instance if the Cybermen are so clever why did they trap themselves down in an icy tomb with no way to open the only hatchway out from inside? I mean you would have thought the Cybermen would have made sure they could open the only way out of the tomb if they became trapped in it, wouldn't they? How did they get down there & shut the hatchway in the first place? Also after meeting a Cyberman for the first time Victoria says they are 'so strong' yet a few seconds earlier she fought one off the Doctor using a drinks bottle! Anyone or anything which can be defeated with a drinks bottle just isn't that tough in my opinion. Finally, why did they lock the treacherous Kaftan & Kleig who want to take over the universe in the Cyberman's weapon room where there were obviously all sorts of Cybermen weaponry? Was it any great surprise to anyone to see Kleig & Kaftan break out of the weapon's room with a deadly Cyberman ray gun?

There has been a couple of noticeable goof in this episode, the wire holding Toberman up when the Cyberman holds him above it's head is far too visible & at about 11 minutes in when the Cyberman is climbing down the ladder if you look under his left armpit you can clearly see a large rip in it's costume & the actor's clothes underneath! The special effects have been good so far, there has been some electricity effects & some OK model work although I thought the Cybermats looked a bit silly with huge stuck on eyes! Also, am I the only one who is slightly disappointed with the fact there are only about five Cybermen in this story? The acting has been variable, the two American spaceship pilots are annoying, Deborah Watling as Victoria is poor & Shirley Cooklin who was producer Peter Bryant's then wife looks like a dead ringer for teenage singer Amy Winehouse with that odd looking hair-do.

The Tomb of the Cybermen: Episode 3 is a good episode in a great story although the story is starting to perhaps show a few cracks & the odd plot hole but not enough to prevent an enjoyable 25 minutes.

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