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The Age of Steel 

The Cybermen take control of London as the population is enslaved and the Doctor and his friends become fugitives.

Director:

Graeme Harper

Writers:

Tom MacRae, Kit Pedler (characters: "Cybermen") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
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 Andrew Hayden-Smith ... Jake Simmonds
Helen Griffin ... Mrs. Moore
Colin Spaull ... Mr. Crane
Duncan Duff ... Newsreader
Paul Kasey ... Cyber-Leader
Nicholas Briggs ... Cybermen (voice)
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Storyline

Lumic and the Cybermen are forcing the population to "upgrade" to cold, emotionless creatures like themselves. The Doctor, Rose, and Mickey join forces with the alternate-reality counterparts of Pete Tyler and Mickey Smith, in the search for the one weakness in the Cybermen's plans. Written by RTF

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(50 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This episode, along with Doctor Who: Rise of the Cybermen (2006) was produced in the same production block as the series finale story, Doctor Who: Army of Ghosts (2006)/Doctor Who: Doomsday (2006). See more »

Goofs

The Doctor tells Mickey to use the code to stop Lumic's other factories. Since the data streams on that world are all interconnected and Mickey already broadcast the code, Lumic's other factories should have been stopped already. See more »

Quotes

John Lumic: My everlasting children. Tell me. How does it feel?
Cybermen: We feel nothing.
John Lumic: But in your mind. What do you think?
Cybermen: We think the same. We are Uniform.
John Lumic: But you think of what?
Cybermen: We think of the humans. We think of their difference and their pain. They suffer in the skin. They must be upgraded
John Lumic: Excelent! Then lets begin!
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Edited from Doctor Who: Rose (2005) See more »

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Rose's Theme
Written by Murray Gold
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Emotional roller-coaster
21 May 2006 | by BeercatSee all my reviews

Once again, Doctor Who delivers the goods by the bucket load. It has humour ("You're just making it up as you go along!" "Yup, but I do it brilliantly"), action, monsters (in this case still more kick-ass cybermen), tragedy and scare tactics. In short, just what the doctor ordered (pun intended). The way that the emotions move from one to the other is done so well that there is no feeling of "get on with it". So, chalk up 3 out of the last 4 episodes that have made you laugh, then made you cry, and made you go "eek".

In terms of character development, this is clearly the clincher for Noel Clarke's Mickey (and Ricky). Being one of the Doctor's companions, you know that he will do the right thing, and may even suspect the manner that he does it. However, it is still an emotional wrench when he confirms his future path.

While "The rise of the Cybermen" had more of the sinister build up to terror, "The Age of Steel" is an all out blast. Like "Alien" compared to "Aliens" - both true classics, but in different ways. Can the series keep it up at this level? Let's hope so.


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