1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2009
Only available from Amazon, this box set contains three classic Cybermen stories from the Doctor Who series that ran between 1963 and 1989. With only the Second and Fifth incarnations of the Timelord represented here, the set gives a fascinating insight into how the metal giants changed over the years but is somewhat limited in scope. It is fair to say that although dated, the black and white stories 'The Invasion' and 'Tomb of the Cybermen' are probably the best Cybermen serials of the classic era; personally I would have made this a four-disc set and included 'Silver Nemesis'; that serial polarises opinion but at least represents a different era of the show. The 1960s were the golden age of The Cybermen (how ironic!) and the silver men from Mondas were to Pat Troughton's Doctor what The Daleks were to William Hartnell and to a lesser extent, Jon Pertwee. Oddly enough, Pertwee is the only Doctor never to face the Cybermen, and Tom Baker's only meeting with them - the forgettable 'Revenge of the Cybermen' from 1974 - doesn't really deserve inclusion. Overall then, the three serials included here are fairly representative of The Cybermen in Doctor Who, but the box set could have been improved in my opinion.
The discs are nicely packaged in a collector's cardboard sleeve and come with a host of DVD extras as detailed above:
Each DVD also includes special features as per the individual releases of these DVDs, including commentaries, special effects featurettes, photo galleries and much more. Of particular note are the DVD special features on The Invasion. Two episodes are missing from the BBC archive, and these have been recreated in stylish animation by Cosgrove Hall, the British animation studio best known for Danger Mouse.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2009
This boxset containing Tomb of the Cybermen, The Invasion and Earthshock shame they didn't wait till the release of Attack of the Cybermen to add.
I don't own the boxset but I do own the indavidual dvds.
Weakest story in the set but still brilliant, however it lacks a main plot, but has some gory and sad scenes. Adrics death is very weak in the orginal but with the new cgi effects its great.
TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN
Not as strong as the Invasion but even better than Earthshock. Fantastic, there are only two downsides, one that this is Victorias only fully surviving story and she kicks off to a great start, enthusiastic, then loses it somewhere in the middle. and Two it would of been fantastic if Attack of the Cybermen didn't ruin it, it would of worked our nicely if the controller had been destroyed but Attack spoils it a bit.
The Best story here, great that they restored the missing two episodes there are no downsides to this story Zoe's at her best in episodes 7 and 8 (you'll see why) and Pat Troughton is at his usual witty but serious self. Jamies got a good perfromance two, not a bad word about this story
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2007
I didn't have any of these stories on DVD so it represents great value for money (still no sign of Revenge or Attack of the Cybermen yet?).
Nonetheless, its worth pointing out that the Amazon exclusive element is simply (an admittedly splendid) cardboard keepcase in which sit the individual dvds in their original cases. I'd hate to see someone buying this expecting more (as the 'exclusive' might unwittingly hint at).
The stories are great, hence all five shiny gold stars (maybe six, if you know what I mean).
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2006
Ok, so the Daleks might have returned to menace the Doctor and Rose once again in 'Doomsday', but its the Cybermen who have emerged as the second series of the New Doctor Who's crowning monsters. But long before they were metal monsters from a parallel Earth, they were metal monsters from the planet Telos...
The Cyberman set includes what are probably the two best 'Classic' Cybermen tales, 'Tomb of the Cybermen' and the latest classic release 'The Invasion', plus the very first appearance of those glass-jawed 80's Cybermen in 'Earthshock'. All are not only some of the best Cyber-Related tales in Who-History, but also shining points for the two featured Doctors, Patrick Troughton and Peter Davison.
Tomb was voted the best 2nd Doctor story in the 2003 UK Gold celebrations and with such an engrossing story it easy to see why - in fact, the story was completely missing from the archives until found in Hong Kong in the early 90's. The Doctor and Jamie take new travelling companion Victoria on her first trip to the planet Telos, but it seems trouble is brewing in the form of a logical genius and madman named Kreig, who intends to revive the frozen Cybermen in order to make them his leader. Its a battle against the clock as the Doctor faces both Kreig and the Cybermen's plans to kill them... or worse. The story is famous for the first appearance of the Cyber Controller, A infamous Cyberman who would crop up several more times in Doctor Who, most recently as the alter ego of John Lumic in 'The Age of Steel'.
Newly released this month 'The Invasion' is an equally important story not so much for the Cybermen but the very first UNIT adventure, with the Brigader making his second appearance after his encounter with the Yeti in 'The Web of Fear'. With two episodes missing from the full story they are reconstructed using a beautiful art render done by Cosgrave Hall, creators of the online Doctor Who 2003 adventure Scream of the Shalka. Patrick along with fellow companion actors Friaser Hines and Wendy Panbury as Jamie and Zoe are excellent, with the evil Tobias Vaughton as perhaps one of the best 60's Who villains ever, a twisted man allied with the Cybermen, but having goals of his own too....
Finally its off to the 80's for 'Earthshock', which was the first appearance of the Cybermen for 6 years. Now fully redesigned, the Cybermen of this era have often being criticised for being too emotional ('Excellent!') and moving away from the original ideas of them as interesting contrasts of ourselves to mere monsters. All the same their first outing was a blast, with their very appearance said to be 'the last great surprise in Doctor Who', and a equally surprsing conclusion, depending or not if you like or despise a certain character.... Top of the range here is Peter Davison, who creates sparks in a brilliant confrontation with the Cyberleader, played by the fan-loved David Banks. Also on hand is the witty Janet Fielding as 'the mouth on legs' Tegan, who really shines in this story over the slightly sloppier companions Adric and Nyssa.
All in all this is a (As Chris would say) fantastic set of Cyber-Related episodes, so if you don't have any of them be sure to pick this up, as its great for anyone who has enjoyed them in the new series and is curious about the original Cyberhordes. Don't forget, you can see more 60's Cybermen goodness with the 'Lost in Time' collection, featuring incomplete adventures 'The Moonbase' and 'The Wheel in Space'. And for those who still prefer the nazified pepperpots to the Cybermen, an Amazon Exclusive set featuring all the classic Dalek stories released so far should be out around January.
on 30 January 2010
After the horrifying Daleks, The Cybermen are next in the list of worst enemies of Doctor Who.
Some time ago, BBC and 2 Entertain released The Cyberman Collection, a 4 disc box set containing 2 Patrick Throughton stories in which he faces the Cybermen and one by Peter Davison.
Now that I have seen the 2 stories with the Second Doctor I can tell that they are very interesting.
The Tomb of the Cybermen is particularly original... The Doctor, Vicky and Jimmy land in the planet where a human archeological expedition is looking for the Tomb of the infamous monsters. But things will not be as expected... A story with a lot of scientific connotations, that proves that with good ideas it is possible to make mathematics, logic and science funny. What a pity that professors around the world usually try to make them serious and therefore uninteresting for the students... The most remarkable conclusion I get from those old TV episodes is that imagination and plot are far more strong for entertainment than spectacular special effects and CGI that are in fact empty... If only USA film-makers would fill in their films with some imagination! They would be just amazing.
The Invasion narrates a plan to invade the Earth... So far, so good. I don't want to write any spoilers here.
I just wanted to thank you the BBC for gifting us with the two animated episodes. They allow us to enjoy the full 8-episode story greatly. It is a risky decision but I think is a big success and a great use of animation to fill in the gaps that history and bureaucratic administration have left.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This Amazon exclusive contains the following stories - The Tomb Of The Cybermen, The Invasion and Earthshock. The dvds are exactly the same as the individual releases and are presented in a very stylish cardboard case. This makes a nice (and quite cheap) way to buy the stories of you don't already own them.
All three stories are excellent and represent the best available Cybermen stories. The Invasion features the classic scene in which the Cybermen march down the steps at St Pauls. Earthshock has one of the best cliffhangers ever in which the Cybermen are revielled at the end of part 1. How nice would it be if the missing episodes from The Moonbase or The Tenth Planet or even The Wheel In Space could be discovered. I can dream can't I. With any luck a second Cybermen box set containing Revenge Of The Cybermen, Attack Of The Cybermen and Silver Nemesis will be released in the near future.
on 10 April 2013
I have revisited this as I watched most of doctor who from behind the
sofa as a child not as scary as I remember but well worth revisiting
19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2006
Earthshock - ***** - This 4 part story starring Peter Davison takes place on the Earth, in the 25th century. The Cybermen have plotted to destroy the Earth when a hyper conference is taking place. They intend to kill all the galactic leaders. But when the Doctor gets involved, the Cybermen get more than they bargained for. This is the second adventure for the Cybermen in colour. And they have been redesigned. In this story they look fantastic. Apart from knowing the Cybermen are in this story, in the first episode we don't see them till the end. There is no proof it is the Cybermen until the end.
The Tomb of the Cybermen - **** - This is another one of Patrick Troughten's Cyber Stories. The Doctor gets caught up with an exploration team, intended to discover the lost tombs of the Cybermen. When the team and the Doctor get into the tomb, one of the explorers opens the tombs, and brings hell to them all. The Cybermen no want to use the explorers and turn them into Cybermen. Another black and white story which really adds to the effects, which sees the Doctor fights the dreaded Cybermen yet again.
The Invasion - ***** - This is another Patrick Troughten story. The longest cyber story with 8 episodes, we see the Cybermen emerge from the sewers (Later to be used in attack of the Cybermen.). Because two episodes of this story have been lost, the clever people down at 2|entertain thought it would be a good idea to use cartoon versions of episodes 1 & 4. The soundtrack to episodes 1 & 4 still exists, so we still get all the information. Again in black and white, even the animations are like that. From thrill to thrill, from spill to spill, the doctor still gets to triumph over the Cybermen and its Patrick Troughten's 4th time to do it. After this adventure we won't see the cyber men until Tom Bakers 5th story of his 1st season, Revenge of the Cybermen. Jon Pertwee won't do any cyber adventures. But lucky for us the brigadier is in this story. This story lives in history as the best cyber adventure in Doctor Who history.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2013
i choosen 4* because not everything is perfect there was a little damage to the box so thats why is is not a 5