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Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen (Longbow) Hardcover – 20 Mar 1978


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: W.H. Allen / Virgin Books (20 Mar 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 049102262X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0491022620
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 915,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Oct 2013
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The Tomb of the Cybermen is one of those classic stories, that seem to evoke memories - memories of the first time you saw the awesome power of the Cybermen, little knowing how formidable they would evolve into being over the years in more stories with more Doctors. While the Cybermen had appeared in Doctor Who before (The Tenth Planet, with the First Doctor in 1966, and The Moonbase, with the Second Doctor in 1967), this, I think is the first time the audience gets to see just how organised, widespread and frightening the Cybermen are, given their clear organisational skills and strategies for domination. These are not just random aliens, they're an entire civilisation. And they seem to be everywhere.

This reading is of the novelisation (by Gerry Davis) of this story from late 1967, which features the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) with his companions Jamie, and Victoria Waterfield in only her second story after being rescued by the Doctor from the Daleks who killed her father in Victorian England. To start with, she seems a reserved and proper Victorian miss, but even in the development of this story, she shows an intelligence and a backbone that will stand her in good stead in future stories.

The Doctor and his crew land in the Tardis on a planet, which they learn when encountering a team of archaeologists and others is Telos, the home of the Cybermen, who apparently died out some centuries earlier. But the Doctor, clearly to us, is suspicious from the start, and when access to the Cybermen's tombs is clearly based on advanced human scientific and mathematical knowledge, the Doctor is convinced that a trap is about to be sprung. But unfortunately for everyone involved on Telos, there are more schemes and more plots hatching than even the Doctor may suspect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 13 Feb 2014
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Back in the 60s, 70s and 80s, there wasn't much availability in terms of videos to watch `Doctor Who' stories. The only way fans could enjoy a `Doctor Who' story again and again, was by reading the Target novelisations provided for them based on the original TV scripts when it was first transmitted.

`Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen' was written and published in 1976 based on the original scripts for 'The Tomb of the Cybermen' back in 1967. More recently in 2013, AudioGo has produced a lavish audiobook reading on the novelisation of that story with Michael Kilgarriff reading and Nicholas Briggs providing the Cybermen voices. I bought this on holiday in Chester last summer, and just recently listened to it all the way through while reading the book that I purchased just recently. I really enjoyed the experience listening and reading the book of the story. It kept my attention all the way through, with such descriptive detail and dramatic plot threads with characters and situations.

Gerry Davis wrote the novelisation of the story based on the original TV scripts he did with Kit Pedler (who co-created the Cybermen) in 1976. Davis has only just recently scripted the Tom Baker story 'Revenge of the Cybermen' and much of the influence from that story is resonant here. The novel provides a more richer atmosphere and setting to the story compared to what was shown on TV. The story feels more cinematic than ever before.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar 2013
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Whatever happened to the Cybermen? Once they were the scourge of the Galaxy, but then they seemed to just disappear. In order to answer this question, a group of archeologists land on the planet Telos, reputed to be the last resting place of the silver giants. However, there are some in their party who have more sinister motives. And are the Cybermen really dead? Or are they merely sleeping and awaiting the signal to rise again?

Landing on the planet at the same time, The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria find themselves in mortal danger as the Cybermen begin to awake .....

Gerry Davis' novelisation of the 1967 TV script was published by Target books in 1978. It's a faithful adaptation of the original story, sticking closely to the original source material.

Michael Kilgarriff, who played the Cyber Controller in the original TV production of Tomb, is the reader. Amongst his other talents, Kilgarriff is a vastly experienced voice actor, which makes this reading very enjoyable.

When he played the Cyber Controller in 1967, he didn't do the voice - Peter Hawkins did. It's therefore slightly ironic that some 45 years later he's still not able to, as this time Nicholas Briggs provides the Cyber voices.

After the disappointment of Earthshock which had the wrong type of Cyber voices, it's good to find that on this audiobook Nicholas Briggs produces a good approximation of the authentic Tomb Cyberman. This really does help to create the atmosphere, as although the Cybermen don't say an awful lot, what they do say sounds so much better with the weird buzzing monotone delivery as heard on the TV broadcast - "You belong to uzzzzzz".

Tomb of the Cybermen is a great reading of a classic Doctor Who tale.
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