Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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Attack of the Cybermen: Part One 

The Cybermen plan on destroying Earth in order to prevent the destruction of their home world, Mondas. The Doctor also discovers the Cyber Controller is far from dead.


Matthew Robinson


Paula Woolsey (by) (as Paula Moore)

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Episode cast overview:
Colin Baker ... The Doctor
Nicola Bryant ... Peri
Maurice Colbourne Maurice Colbourne ... Lytton
Brian Glover ... Griffiths
Terry Molloy ... Russell
James Beckett James Beckett ... Payne
David Banks ... Cyber Leader
Michael Kilgarriff ... Cyber Controller
Michael Attwell ... Bates
Jonathan David Jonathan David ... Stratton
Brian Orrell Brian Orrell ... Cyber Lieutenant
John Ainley John Ainley ... Cyberman
Stephen Churchett ... Bill
Stephen Wale Stephen Wale ... David


The Doctor is drawn to Earth in 1985 by a strange signal. On arrival he gets caught up in a bank heist that has far more sinister motives than money. Deep in the London sewer system the Doctor meets one of his greatest foes, the Cybermen. What are they doing in London, and who sent the signal? Written by glen_chapman

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Release Date:

5 January 1985 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brian Blessed was considered for the role of Russell (Terry Molloy) See more »


Russell: Who are you?
The Doctor: I've already told you. I am known as the Doctor. I'm also a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous.
Russell: You're bonkers.
The Doctor: That's debatable.
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Featured in The Cold War (2009) See more »


Steptoe and Son Theme
(Old Ned)
Written by Ron Grainer
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Colin Baker's surprisingly good
15 April 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

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ATTACK OF THE CYBERMEN is a Dr Who serial that was made early on in the reign of the much-hated Colin Baker, whose brash, arrogant Doctor got up everybody's nose back in the day. However, I was surprised by just how entertaining this serial actually is. It provides a welcome return for the arch villains the Cybermen, while also tying in nicely to their previous adventures in Davison's EARTHSHOCK and Troughton's TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN.

The setting this time is a contemporary Earth, with much of the action taking place in the sewers underneath London. Along for the ride is the great Brian Glover, bringing plenty of humour to his role as one of a gang of jewel thieves who are planning to tunnel into a bank vault. Inevitably the Cybermen are soon involved in the storyline again, with Baker having to do his best to deal with their threat.

ATTACK OF THE CYBERMEN isn't a perfect serial by any means, and it gets worse in the second half with the inclusion of some cling film-clad alien characters who really weren't required. But Baker gives a compelling performance, tough yet likable, while Nicola Bryant's Peri is actually quite funny and endearing for a change. It's not perfect, but it is fun.

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