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 ...
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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Did You Know?


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


The Kirby wire holding Toberman when he is lifted up by the Cyberman is clearly visible. See more »


[first lines]
Cyber Controller: You belong to us. You shall be like us.
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Featured in Doctor Who: The Curse of the Cybermen's Tomb (2012) See more »

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Great entertaining adventure but in my opinion not quite the top classic it is claimed to be.
28 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 4 episodes:

This story is rightly praised. It is great TV with thrills, fun and the Doctor on usual good form. However, many people herald this as an all time classic story in the history of the series and I think that is an exaggeration of its quality. That is not to say it is not a great 4 part story but it is just not producing the same level that I consider the greatest Doctor Who stories reach. I know season 5 of Doctor Who is one of the most popular and highly regarded and I 100 percent agree with that but in my opinion this is not as good as some of other stories that followed in series 5 like The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors or The Web of Fear.

The reason I think this story is below that very highest level of Who adventures is that it just feels less well executed on screen than those all time classics. The acting of the group who join The Doctor in the Tomb is not up to the highest standards of the series. The plot and the actions people take are also not fully well thought through by the writer i.e. they occasionally act in a way that does not ring true.

The ideas of Cybermen in a tomb and them coming out of their 'cocoons' are thrilling ideas and provide some great moments. The Cybermen themselves are pretty good and The Doctor and Jamie are entertaining (You always have to suspend disbelief a bit with Jamie as he copes with time travel and science slightly too well for his supposedly simple Scottish Highlander character from the past). There is also plenty of fun and action along the way.

Overall it is excellent in many ways but for an all time classic look forward to The Ice Warriors, among others, later in the season.

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