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The Tomb of the Cybermen: Episode 4 

Klieg attempts to do a deal with the Cybercontroller while the Doctor tries to find a way to refreeze the Cybermen permanently.

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Having managed to control the Cybermen's small mechanical creatures, the Doctor must now deal with Klieg who is still intent on taking control of the Cybermen. Klieg reveals his true objective - the conquest of the Earth, with the help of the Cybermen - allowing him to build a better world. It's left to the Doctor to foil his plans. Written by garykmcd

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This episode was watched by 7.4 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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When Toberman throws the cyber controller it's obviously a dummy as the head comes off and is back in position in the next shot when it's apparently dead. See more »

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[first lines]
Jamie: Watch out, Doctor!
[Klieg fires and shoots Ian Callum]
Eric Klieg: [to Professor Parry] Keep back! Your gun.
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Great entertaining adventure, superb start to a superb season.
28 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 4 episodes:

This story of an archaeological expedition in the future searching for the remnants of the Cybermen is rightly highly praised. It is great TV with thrills, fun and the Doctor on usual good form. Many people herald this as one of the all time top 10 or 20 greatest classic stories in the history of the series and I think that is only a very tiny exaggeration of its quality. It is a truly great 4 part story with only a few small imperfections. Parts 1, 2 and 4 are 10/10 classic episodes, whilst not necessarily absolutely perfect they are deserving of top marks overall. Part 3 has a few scenes that are less impressive but it is still brilliant and I rate Part 3 as 9/10.

The only real flaw in the production is the American characters Captain Hopper and Jim Callum which are cheesily written and woodenly performed. It is mainly the fact there are more scenes involving them in Part 3 that hold it back slightly from top marks. Thankfully they are not in it very much in the rest of the story.

Season 5 of Doctor Who is one of the most popular and highly regarded and I 100 percent agree with that as it is in my top 5 Doctor Who series of all time. In my opinion this story is mostly magical, memorable, exciting and fun but even then it is not quite as good as some of other stories that followed in series 5 like The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors or The Web of Fear which are even more magical and near perfect.

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 marvelous villains although I am in the minority who feel their voices during this period are inferior to the earlier 'sing song' voices used in The Tenth Planet. The Doctor and Jamie are really entertaining throughout the story (although you as always have to suspend disbelief a bit with Jamie at times as he copes with time travel and science slightly too well for his supposedly simple Scottish Highlander character from the past). There is plenty of good dialogue and action and only a few less well executed scenes along the way.

Overall it is excellent and an all time classic but look forward to a few other stories later in Season 5 which I feel are even better!


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