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Rise of the Cybermen 

The TARDIS crash lands in London on a parallel world, where Rose's dad is still alive, people are disappearing off the streets and one of the Doctor's deadliest enemies is about to be reborn.


Graeme Harper


Tom MacRae, Kit Pedler (characters: "Cybermen") | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Camille Coduri ... Jackie Tyler
Noel Clarke ... Mickey Smith
Shaun Dingwall ... Pete Tyler
Roger Lloyd Pack ... John Lumic
Andrew Hayden-Smith ... Jake Simmonds
Don Warrington ... The President
Mona Hammond ... Rita-Anne
Helen Griffin ... Mrs. Moore
Colin Spaull ... Mr. Crane
Paul Antony-Barber ... Dr. Kendrick
Adam Shaw ... Morris
Andrew Ufondu Andrew Ufondu ... Soldier (as Andrew Ufondo)
Duncan Duff ... Newsreader


The TARDIS falls through a gap in the time vortex which leads the crew to find themselves in a parallel version of London, England in the year 2006. It's a slightly more advanced era where Zeppelins fly overhead and the populace wear special ear pods where information can be downloaded via the Cybus corporation. A multi-million pound conglomerate owned by the crippled genius John Lumic. Lumic is involved in his own personal business project which involves an alternate version of Rose Tyler's father, Pete who has become a millionaire in this reality and whom Rose is hell bent on meeting. Lumic wishes to convince the President of Great Britain that his new project which involves the human brain being transferred to a robotic body of pure steel would mean that people need never die. A fate that Lumic is facing as he is suffering from a critical illness. But it's a project that the President dismisses as unethical and immoral. All the while homeless people on the streets of London are ... Written by Robert McElwaine

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Tom McRae envisioned the parallel counterparts of Mickey, Jackie and Pete as being much more at odds with their usual portrayals, but this was scaled back by Russell T. Davies. See more »


When Rose is typing on her phone, the type of phone that she has should mean that she should have to go through all of the letters on each button before getting to the right one, but in the episode this does not happen. Also throughout the typing sequence her thumb is on the 'ok' button the whole time, and her other hand is down by her side, meaning that there is no way she could have even written that in the first place. See more »


The Doctor: So this is London?
Mickey Smith: Yep.
The Doctor: Your city?
Mickey Smith: That's the one.
The Doctor: Just as we left it?
Mickey Smith: Bang on.
The Doctor: [looking up] And that includes the zeppelins?
[They all look up and see lots of zeppelins moving throughout the sky]
Rose Tyler: Those are beautiful.
[looking around, we see zeppelins everywhere]
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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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The Rise of the Cybermen!
5 August 2020 | by wetmarsSee all my reviews

I really liked this episode, it was so interesting and suspenseful. What really surprised me was that the director of this 2 parter was the same director of The Caves of Androzani and Revelation of the Daleks, I loved that episode. Just great dialogue, man.

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27 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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