A disc that features three more superb episodes from David Tennant's first series in the TARDIS, this DVD finds Doctor Who
facing one of his deadliest opponents--the Cybermen.
The lethal foes are brought back to life in the first two episodes on this disc, Rise Of The Cybermen and The Age Of Steel. They find the Doctor, Rose and Mickey in an alternative version of Earth, where zeppelins dominate the London skyline and Roger Lloyd Pack's maniac genius is hard at work on an enhanced version of humankind. Ruthlessly harvesting humans, his work is soon revealed as the all-new Cybermen, who are as fatal as ever. And while the two-part story may cut the odd corner here and there, it's nonetheless a triumphant return in an action-packed, tightly scripted story.
However, the real treat on the disc is the lower profile episode, The Idiot's Lantern. Set at the time of Elizabeth II's coronation, the Doctor and Rose find a shop offering strangely low cost television sets, and people worried by rumours of strange goings in. Buoyed by a guest appearance by Maureen Lipman, this is yet another highpoint for an increasingly confident series, by turns clever, sinister and intriguing.
In short, the best disc yet of episodes from the second new series of Doctor Who. And there's the promise of even better around the corner...--Simon Brew
Three more episodes of the BBC's relaunched version of the sci-fi classic, starring David Tennant as the legendary Time Lord, and Billlie Piper as his human sidekick Rose. In 'Rise of the Cybermen (Part 1)', the TARDIS is drawn into a parallel version of Earth, where Rose's father Pete (Shaun Dingwall) is still alive. But with a population obsessed with the Cyberindustries technology of the sinister John Lumic (Roger Lloyd-Pack), it isn't long before the Doctor and Rose, along with Mickey (Noel Clarke), stumble across a deadly plan to convert the human race into the dreaded, soulless Cybermen. In 'The Age of Steel (Part 2)', the team split up to bring down the Cyberman menace, with Mickey taking the place of his murdered parallel world counterpart Rickey. Can the Doctor foil Lumic's deadly plans before the whole of London has been enslaved? In 'The Idiot's Lantern', the Doctor and Rose arrive in the year of the Queen's coronation, 1953. But while the population settles down to watch on their new-fangled televisions, an alien evil is stakling the streets. Does it have something to do with with the 'idiot box' in the corner?