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4.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Cybermen, 20 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Doctor Who-Attack of the Cybermen (Target Doctor Who Library) (Paperback)
This is a review of the novelisation of Attack of the Cybermen, the second story which, when televised in 1984 featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor. In this story he is travelling with his companion Peri, and the Tardis lands on Earth when the Doctor picks up an intergalactic distress signal. The story has a good sense of “place” in the Doctor Who canon and there are references to which a Doctor Who fan will respond. One is the chameleon circuit on the Tardis, which the Doctor believes he has fixed, but which keeps giving incongruous appearances to the Tardis all through the story when it materialises.

Another major continuity reference is the return of Commander Gustave Lytton in this story. Lytton was left on Earth by the Fifth Doctor unknowingly in the story Resurrection of the Daleks. This story also, self-evidently features the Cybermen in a new and cunning plan. The Doctor must stop them, but how? And who is Lytton working for?

This story makes a brave attempt to show Colin Baker’s rather acerbic and brusque Doctor in a new and more compassionate light; he is concerned deeply about Peri’s safety, is embarrassed when she wants more information on how Mondas was destroyed, and he is horrified when he learns how badly he has misjudged Lytton. As such, it’s a good story and adds to the characterisation of the Doctor well. But the action itself is rather muddled; too many characters bob up and then bob off again – Lytton’s criminal gang from Earth, the Cryons, the Cybermen (of which there seem to be lots of groups trundling about the place on Telos and Earth), the space pilots attempting to escape from Telos – it all gets a bit muddled to take in. I did think it played out better for the audience in a novelised form than I recall it doing on tv years ago. Perhaps it would be less muddled to watch on repeated viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Logically Brilliant, 15 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Doctor Who-Attack of the Cybermen (Target Doctor Who Library) (Paperback)
I am not a fan of the new series Cybermen and their monotone voice and awful look. I remember the old cybermen of the old series with decent actors and decent technology so this book was a good reminder of when there were really good bad cybermen.

The best thing is the book is full of continuity with reminders of the earliest series in the Unearthly Child, The Tenth Planet episodes. Well written and easy to understand for fans of Doctor Who this is a great addition to

PLOT
In the sewers of London, two workers are attacked by an unseen force. In the meantime, The Doctor is trying to make repairs to the TARDIS's systems, in particular the chameleon circuit, which will enable the ship to alter its external form to something more suitable than the police box it normally looks like. His efforts have little success though and cause the ship to behave chaotically in-flight, much to Peri's consternation. The Doctor eventually manages to pilot the TARDIS to Earth in the year 1985, where he treats Peri to the sight of Halley's Comet, although Peri is more worried about the prospect of crashing into it.

Continuity Spoilers Beware

This story takes place immediately after The Twin Dilemma. Peri is still worried about the Doctor's problem regenerating.

The scrapyard where the TARDIS arrives in London is supposed to be the same location from which the Doctor departed in the first Doctor Who story, An Unearthly Child.

The Doctor would again revisit the scrapyard in Remembrance of the Daleks.
The TARDIS changes from its police box shape for the first time when the Doctor manages to repair the chameleon circuit.

Peri claims that the Doctor has called her "Tegan, Zoe, Susan" and "Jamie", as well as the "Terrible Zodin".

Zodin is a never-seen character first referenced in The Five Doctors.

Other continuity references in this story include the Cybermen's first attempt at destroying the Earth in 1986 (The Tenth Planet) and the Second Doctor's earlier encounter on Telos (The Tomb of the Cybermen).

The Cyber-controller was originally introduced in that story and apparently survived being electrocuted on the tomb doors at the end of that serial.

The Doctor makes reference to his first encounter with Lytton in the Fifth Doctor story Resurrection of the Daleks, where Lytton was working as a mercenary, though they actually only meet once.
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