Number : Season 12, episode 5 of 5.
Which One : Baker’s Cybermen run-in.
Cast : The Doctor : Tom Baker
Sarah-Jane : Liz Sladen
Harry : Ian Marter
Commander Stevenson : Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Kellman : Jeremy Wilkin
Lester : William Marlowe
Warner : Alec Wallis
Magrik : Michael Wisher
Tyrum : Kevin Stoney
Vorus : David Collings
Sheprah : Brian Grellis
Cyber Leader : Christopher Robbie
Written By : Gerry Davis & Robert Holmes
Produced By : Philip Hinchcliffe
First UK Broadcast : 19 April – 10 May 1975.
Length : 4 x 25 minute parts.
Plot : The Doctor, Sarah-Jane and Harry, return to spacestation Nerva – to a different time period and find the invading Cybermen; are attempting to destroy an asteroid made of gold.
Whats good : Return of the Cybermen.
Whats bad : Plot is muddled.
Review With Spoilers : Revenge Of The Cybermen, is the finale of season 12 and the first reappearance of the Cybermen; since Patrick Troughton’s Invasion – 6 years earlier.
The most notable thing about Revenge Of The Cybermen, is the radical [more] modern Cybermen redesign, which would (bar small alterations) carry the distinctive Cybermen look through – till 1989.
The plot itself – is muddled, containing alot of angles but principally revolves around the Cybermen wanting to blow up the nearby asteriod world of Voga. Voga is made of pure gold and the Cybermen want it destroyed, as gold is deadly to them.
Meanwhile, spacestation Nerva is under quarantine and the remaining living humans – are monitoring, amongst other things; the orbit of Vega. The deaths are not disease borne but are actually being caused by poison, injected by Cybermats; which are skulking around the station.
“What great rewards have you promised Kellman?… …Cybermen possess nothing that a human might want…..
You’ve no home planet, no influence, nothing! You’re just a pathetic bunch of tin soldiers skulking about the galaxy in an ancient spaceship!” The Doctor
Voga itself, is populated by a race of alien beings – called “Vogans” and if their faces look a little familar. It’s because their mask moulds were cast from the face of actor Arthur Ridley; who played Godfrey in 70’s war sitcom Dads Army. The Vogans are conducting a guerilla war, against the superior armed Cyberforces.
Writer Gerry Davis was reportedly unhappy, that a substanial portion of his script was rewritten by Robert Holmes; who introduced the Vogans into the story and it shows – in the finished product.
The plot is jam packed (and muddled in places) but still underpinned by the re-introduction of the Cybermen, who were strangely missing from the Pertwee era. If Genesis Of The Daleks redefined the Daleks in terms of origin, then Revenge Of The Cybermen redefines the Cybermen – in terms of their look and future storylines.
In that respect, it is the most important Cybermen episode, as it sets down the template – for all future modern Cyber-tales.
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