Number : Season 4, serial 1 of 7.
Which One : Buried Cybermen.
Cast : The Doctor : Patrick Troughton
Jamie : Frazer Hines
Victoria : Deborah Watling
Kaftan : Shirley Cooklin
Toberman : Roy Stewart
Eric Klieg : George Pastell
Parry : Aubrey Richards
Viner : Cyril Shaps
Peter Haydon : Bernard Holley
Captain Hooper : George Roubicek
Jim Callum : Clive Merrison
Ted Rogers : Alan Johns
Cyberman Controller : Michael Kilgarriff
Written By : Kit Pedler, Gerry Davis.
Produced By : Peter Bryant
First UK Broadcast : 2 – 23 September 1967.
Length : 4 x 25 minute episodes.
Plot : The Second Doctor joins an Earth expedition, looking for a Cyberman tomb – on planet Telos. What they find, is less a tomb – and more a deep freeze trap; where the Cybermen are waiting – to assimilate and conquer.
Whats good : Another great atmospheric Troughton monster episode, which makes great use of the Cybermen. The Cybermen finally evolve to the ppint where they are most effective – in their look. They have never been so scary, with their gaping mouths – and disco robot voices.
Whats bad : Nothing.
Review With Spoilers : After Troughton’s last Cyberman adventure; Moonbase, Tomb Of The Cybermen comes – hot on its heels – and is another iconic Cybermen episode.
This time around, the Cybermen are fearsome in reputation only – until their appearance; in the second act.
They disappeared five centuries previous – and have become a mysterious bogeyman, who have gone down in folklore. Hence why Earth has sent an expedition, to discover what happened to them; in a newly discovered tomb – on planet Telos.
Infact, the tomb is more of a deep-freeze. Waiting for a bunch of snooping humans to come by and fall into a trap.
Tomb Of The Cybermen ladles on the suspense – in thick measure. Just like Moonbase did and the scenes of the Cybermen breaking out of their warren-like tombs; has become – as iconic a Who moment; as any.
“You belong to us, you will be like us!” Cyber controller
The Cybermen themselves, are equally eiree – in their second last originally “classic” appearance. With their blank faces, gaping mouths – and inhuman robotic ‘sing-song’ voices; before Tom Baker’s; Revenge Of The Cybermen and another more modern redesign; 8 years later.
Tomb Of The Cybermen is also notable, for the introduction of the the ‘Cyber-controller’ – leader and central brain – and the ‘Cybermats’; the small robotic animals – used for subterfuge. These two, would both become staple parts of the cyberman lore – for the next 20 years.
Troughton’s era – was strong on the monster episodes, with spades of atmosphere to boot. Tomb Of The Cybermen is no different and like Moonbase and Invasion; forms three of the best turns – by the Cybermen; all in one era.
A real classic cybermen adventure – and one of the best Troughton episodes – to boot.
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