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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable If Flawed Sixth Doctor Cybermen Adventure
Positive.
1)A unpredictable Sixth Doctor played by Colin Baker makes this Sixth incarnation of the Timelord edgy & mysterious in his actions in his second Doctor Who adventure.
2)The Cybermen are back.
3)A competent if flawed script by Paula Moore.

Negative.
1)The Cybermen seem to becoming very easy to defeat with attacking them with gold or...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Attack of Mr Sugden
This oft-criticised mid 80s offering features Colin Baker as The Sixth Doctor and Nicola Bryant as his Lycra-clad whingeing American botanist travelling companion - with heart-attack inducing shocking pink leotard/shorts combo; only in the eighties! - With guest stars of the calibre of Brian Glover and Maurice Colbourn, plus the eponymous alien threat, this should be...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Attack of Mr Sugden, 6 May 2011
This review is from: Doctor Who - Attack of the Cybermen [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
This oft-criticised mid 80s offering features Colin Baker as The Sixth Doctor and Nicola Bryant as his Lycra-clad whingeing American botanist travelling companion - with heart-attack inducing shocking pink leotard/shorts combo; only in the eighties! - With guest stars of the calibre of Brian Glover and Maurice Colbourn, plus the eponymous alien threat, this should be classic Doctor Who; but although it's still watchable it's uneven tone and excessive violence mean it doesn't quite live up to its potential. With the late-lamented Michael Kilgariff as an inappropriately portly Cyberleader, and the poorly realised 'Cryons' (including future Blue Peter presenter Sarah Greene among their number), it is easy to see why it gets some flak, however, despite some forgettable moments, (The Doctor rising from the ground wearing the helmet of a fake policeman he'd just battered is just one inexplicable example), this is a pleasingly dark and claustrophobic story with some great moments too - the TARDIS' chameleon circuit (briefly) working provides some good humour.
Perhaps this particular serial would have been better as a three parter instead of the two 45 minute episode format that the production team inexplicably adopted towards the end of The Fifth Doctor's tenure, but as a companion piece to the less impressive 'Resurrection of the Daleks' - both featuring scheming intergalactic mercenary 'Lytton' - and despite its flaws, this is rather satisfying piece of 80s drama.

DVD extras are actually pretty impressive, and include a potted history of the Cybermen from their 1966 debut right through until their most recent appearance in 40 years later; looking at how the costume design has changed, and exploring how Cyber technology may soon become a reality; an intriguing making-of documentary, 'Cold War', that raises the question of who actually wrote the serial; and the obligatory PDF files, stills from the shoot, and commentaries. The package as a whole is okay and if you're a fan like me'll you'll definitely want this in your DVD collection no matter what its shortcomings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable If Flawed Sixth Doctor Cybermen Adventure, 26 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Attack of the Cybermen [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
Positive.
1)A unpredictable Sixth Doctor played by Colin Baker makes this Sixth incarnation of the Timelord edgy & mysterious in his actions in his second Doctor Who adventure.
2)The Cybermen are back.
3)A competent if flawed script by Paula Moore.

Negative.
1)The Cybermen seem to becoming very easy to defeat with attacking them with gold or shooting there chest plate instead of the being frightening as they were in Second Doctor story Tomb Of The Cybermen.
2)The Cyber Controller is more like Mr Blobby & seems far to overweight to be menacing & is played once again by Michael Kilgarriff.
3)Not sure about Faith Brown & her Bill & Ben's & Sarah Greene playing the roles of Flast & Varne as the Cyrons seem a flimsy addtion to the plot.

Trivia.
1)Russell is played by Davros actor Terry Molloy ( He gets around a bit in Doctor Who & Big Finish audios).
2)The credit of Paula Moore( Woodsey) is one of controversy on the right's issues of characters as Eric Saward created Lytton in Resurrection Of The Daleks, Kit Pedler & Gerry Davis creator's of the Cybermen & Doctor Who copyrighted by the BBC.
3)Ian Levine is also alleged to have contributed to some of the elements in this script but Script Editor Eric Saward denys his involvement.

Dvd Info
1 dvd, 2x45 minute episodes running time 90 minutes, Making of Documentary, Dvd Commentary, Photo Gallery, Trailer & much more.

Review.
This was Colin Bakers first story as the Sixth Doctor now in his first full series which brought back an old enemy for the new Doctor to face off against The Cybermen.

The story by Paula Moore sees the Doctor & Peri arrive in a junkyard on Earth were the Doctor has repaired the chameleon circuit as the Tardis blends into becoming a piano the adventurous duo head of as the Doctor is tracking a signal to the underground sewers of London.

Infact the signal the Doctor is following is by Lytton who has activated a beacon, Lytton you may recall who was in the Fifth Doctor story Resurrection Of The Daleks.

The Doctor is eventually captured by Lytton & the Cybermen who threaten to kill Peri unless the Doctor takes them to there homeworld on Telos.

The Tardis has now returned to the form of a Blue Police Box arrives on Telos, The Cyberman have gained possession of Time distortion weapon from another alien race as they intend to use this weapon to crash Haleys Comet into the earth obliterating it & before it brings about the demise of the Cybermens home planet of Mondas.

The Doctor manages to avert the comet colliding with Earth & shoots the Cyber Controller but is unable to save a part converted Lytton who dies as the Doctor thinks he may have in fact misjudged Lyttons actions in all this.

This is quite a violent story which is one of many adventures that were criticized in season 22 which seems to have become labelled the most violent of all Doctor Who.

There is a graphic scene of Lyttons bloodied hands were the Cybermen crushed them & the Doctor using a Cyber weapon on the Cyber controller although not gruesome implies this sixth incarnation is capable of anything.

The Cryons seem a bit of a damp squid & add little to the plot the story could've worked quite well without there appearances.

Maurice Colbourne returns as Commander Lytton who shows a different side to his character here that is explained later in this story & we also get the Cyber Controller back in this adventure once again played by Michael Kilgarriff.

The story about Monda changing history to survive Haleys comet is intriguing but part of the story's problem is the Cybermen are begining to lose there menace as they are easily destroyed by Gold or shot through a chest plate & don't seem to have the same impact here as they did in Tomb Of The Cybermen.

But this is a enjoyable fast paced adventure with Colin Bakers more bashful arrogant Timelord upstaging mostly anyone & with that costume it would be difficult for the Sixth Doctor to be upstaged really.

The Making of Documentary is quite enjoyable discussed are the character of Paula Moore & who did what in the story as again saviour of the original Daleks story from being junked Ian Levine pops up commenting he came up with the idea for most of this adventure yet Eric Saward rebuffs this as utter nonsense so at the end of the documentary were non the wiser on who did what?

A digitally remastered picture & sound round off a inconsistent but enjoyable Cybermen adventure & worth adding to your Doctor Who dvd collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Cybermen!!, 8 Feb. 2010
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Attack of the Cybermen has to be my favorite of the original series Cyber stories.

New, slightly "unstable" Doctor played beautifully by Colin Baker and supported by a great cast of strong actors.

The strength of the Cybermen really comes together well in this as does the constant referrals to people, adventures and times gone by.

The repair of the Camelion circuit and the arrival in Foremans scrap yard are a highlight as is the takeover of the Tardis by the Cybermen.

The only letdowns are the costuming of the Cryons and a somewhat "well fed" Cyber Controller, however don't let this deter you as this is a classic well worth your time and effort!

Plenty of extras on this dvd. overall an EXCELLENT buy!Doctor Who - Attack of the Cybermen [DVD] [1985]
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cold War! - Return to Telos with the Cybermen and Cyrons, 10 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Doctor Who - Attack of the Cybermen [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
`Attack of the Cybermen' is a 2 by 45 minute episode story featuring Colin Baker as the Doctor with his companion Nicola Bryant as Peri, and features the return of the Doctor's old foes - the Cybermen.

This is Colin Baker's second story in his tenure as the Doctor, following his rocky start in 'The Twin Dilemma'. It was the first of a new series of stories for 1985 and introduced the 45-minute episode format that is currently running today. The show was also restored back to its Saturday tea-time slot where before it had been weekdays during Peter Davison's run. To start off this story, the production team decided to have Colin's Doctor face off the Cybermen which is a great start to a new season since it compensated for the audience to get use to this newly brash and rather aggressive Doctor that was rather unlikeable to start with.

I find this to an okayish story for my liking. It promises a lot, but doesn't deliver as I expected it to and is why it's not one of my standout favourites. There's a lot of good points about it, notably Colin, Nicola and certain members of the cast. But in terms of the story, it was rather obsessed with too many continuity elements and plot threads that made it all confusing and convoluted. Nice touches, but rather made the story hard-going to watch and understand. Also the violence issues are debated in this since this story went for a more adult atmosphere, but more on that later.

The story of `Attack of the Cybermen' is like this. The Doctor and Peri are in the TARDIS and discover a strange alien signal emanating from Earth. They track it down to London, 1985 where they find themselves in a normal urban setting that takes them from 76 Totters Lane (reference to 'An Unearthly Child') to the London sewers where Cybermen are lurking (reference to 'The Invasion'). They eventually get caught by Cybermen in the TARDIS and are taken back to Cyber Control on Telos where the revived Cyber Controller awaits them.

There is some debate about the author of this tale. `Attack of the Cybermen' is credited to writer Paula Moore, though it's actually Eric Saward, Doctor Who's script editor who wrote this. This is due to the fact Eric couldn't write the story himself due to contract reasons and writers' union rules occurring at the time. So he used the name of his girlfriend to cover up this mishap and write the story himself. There's also debate about Ian Levine, continuity advisor, contributing the story ideas to this tale. Though Eric Saward denies this, which is rather strange.

The continuity elements in the story might be obvious to hardcore Who fans, but I don't think general public would have got this. I find the continuity elements make the story rather hard to follow and convoluted, and though Eric provided these touches for the fans it doesn't make the story exciting. It's like providing too many toppings when you're out on order for a pizza night.

The elements included are the 76 Totter's Lane and London sewer references I mentioned before. But also there are the Tombs of Telos and the Cyber Controller from 'The Tomb Of The Cybermen' and the strong links to the first story `'The Tenth Planet' where the Doctor first met and destroyed their home planet Mondas. The Cybermen want to use Haley's Comet to stop Mondas ever being destroyed in 1986 using a stolen time-ship they've mysteriously acquired. Although a nice basis of a story, it's not that exciting and surely normal viewers wouldn't understand it having never seen `The Tenth Planet' before. So a bit of a waste, perhaps. I couldn't help but feel a little deflated. It's something Russell T. Davies never did when bringing the Cybermen back during his era for the new series as they reinvented and never had that history baggage behind them.

Aside from that, Colin Baker brings in a marvellous performance as the Doctor. He's starting and is still brash and abrasive from `The Twin Dilemma', but he's managing to find his feet. I liked that touch he gave to his cat badge on his lapel, which was suggested to him by Matthew Robinson (director of this, who also directed `Resurrection of the Daleks' before this). I also like his relationship with Peri, although they do bicker a lot they seem to be fond of each other. The Doctor shows concern and defies the Cybermen when trying to save Peri at the beginning of `Part 2'. Also the scenes where the Doctor's with the Cyrons were a nice touch as he seems to be connecting to him. I liked it when he had that outburst of anger at the Time Lords when it seems he turned out to be their agent. Also when the Doctor finds Lytton and is horrified at him being half-converted as a Cybermen and misjudging him was a nice touch.

Nicola Bryant is lovely as Peri in this. I really like Peri, and I found it very funny when she's having to run and catch up with the Doctor in her inappropriate shoes and revealing outfit. Peri is concerned for the Doctor thinking him rather `unstable' following his regeneration, to which the Doctor categorically denies. `UNSTABLE! This is me, Peri!'. I liked it when Peri `sshed' the Doctor when playing the TARDIS as it turned into an organ. I enjoyed that fight sequence with the policemen and the Doctor pops up from the sewers with police hat on his head. Peri gets annoyed with him as she was almost about to shoot him with a gun coming out.

I was shocked as Peri was when the Doctor told to shoot Russell the policeman who refused to tell them anything. `Shoot him Peri'. That is so unlike the Doctor, isn't it. I liked it when Peri was with the Cyrons, and when she persuaded the Doctor to leave her with in the TARDIS following the death of Lytton. That last scene with them both in the TARDIS was very touching when the Doctor was emotionally drained following misjudging Lytton and Peri showing concern for him and trying to reassure him. It added something more to their relationship rather than just constantly bickering all the time.

Can I just say, I'm really glad they decided not to have the TARDIS change its shape when it landed as for this one story the chameleon circuit works rather badly to change the standard police box that the TARDIS had always been since the start of the show. It was producer John Nathan-Turner's idea to do that, and it was quickly abandoned due to fan reaction and it was absurd to have the TARDIS change shape since it's iconic for it to be a blue box, isn't it? I felt like Sarah Sutton in `Tomorrow's Times - The Sixth Doctor' on the `Vengeance of Varos' special edition DVD - `What a relief!'.

Returning to `Doctor Who' is Lytton (played by Maurice Colbourne) who last appeared in 'Resurrection Of The Daleks' with Peter Davison's Doctor. Last time we saw Lytton he was walking away at Shad Thames, London with some policemen (who also appear in the story). I wondered what had happened to Lytton following that. Now we get to see him in this and he's leading an attempt bank robbery that's done in the sewers. But it turns out there's more to this than he's letting onto his gang on gangsters. Lytton is still tough as ever as he was in `Resurrection'. But it seems he's not the bad guy as we thought he was. He seems to be working for the Cybermen at first. But there's a hint he's working for somebody else.

Also appearing in this is Terry Molloy (who to `Doctor Who' fans is well-known for playing Davros). Here he's playing Russell, a policeman working undercover as one of Lytton's mob. Matthew Robinson the director gave this part to Terry to play a normal human being compared to his intense performance as Davros in 'Resurrection' with make-up and everything. It's strange to see Terry in the flesh and a normal character since he looks so young and unmenacing. But it's great to watch him in this and to play a different character compared to what he usually does in `Doctor Who'. He plays more characters in other `Doctor Who's in Big Finish such as `Rat Trap' and `Kingdom of Silver'.

The rest of the cast include Lytton's mob - Brian Glover as Griffiths (a rather down to Earth character with a Yorkshire accent) and James Beckett as Payne (who gets killed off early in `Part 1'). There's also two labour workers on Telos - Michael Attwell (who my dad recognised from a Terrance Dicks production of `Oliver Twist') playing an angry character called Bates and Jonathan David playing a well-mannered Stratton

The Cybermen in the story are the 80s Cybermen seen in 'Earthshock' and 'The Five Doctors'. Eric wanted to build on the success of `Earthshock' , but sadly it didn't work out as he hoped. These Cybermen are not my absolute favourites as they look like men in foil suits and look a little pathetic. One time I thought these Cybermen were getting better, but they did tend to display emotional tendencies especially the Cyber Leader (David Banks) who tended to seem angry when striking on the Doctor. They also tended to press hard on people's shoulders with their steel hands getting them hurt which was rather tedious and repetitive. At one point they were about to display menace and power from the start, until the Cyber Leader uttered that immortal catchphrase of his - `Excellent!'. The 80s Cyber Leader has the habit of saying `Excellent' a lot and he's doing it again in this one as is the Cyber Controller which got me annoyed.

There seem to be black Cybermen in this story who are scouts lurking in the London sewers. Good idea, but Cybermen are silver aren't they? Why have some of them resorted to black?

Returning to `Doctor Who' also in this is Michael Kilgarriff playing the Cyber Controller from `The Tomb of the Cybermen'. Before he didn't have to use his voice as somebody else spoke the lines for him when he opened his mouth. Now he's having to say the lines with his voice cyber-fied sounding much like David Banks. I like how they've done the look of the Cyber Controller's domed head, but being honest I wish they hadn't brought the Controller back. No disrespect to Michael Kilgarriff, but he looked rather chubby in that cyber suit he wore and despite his tall presence is rather less menacing. I thought the Cyber Controller was rather underused in this one, especially with the Cyber Leader added into the mix which provided more writing challenges for Eric Saward to contend with.

I found the Cyrons in this story rather disappointing. They were the original inhabitants of the planet Telos before the Cybermen took over. Although a nice idea, they didn't seem to convince as worthy opponents for the Cybermen. Their costumes and make-up (if it was make-up) looked rather daft and pathetic. Their contrast to being feminine and lyrical added a nice touch against the Cybermen, but it was sometimes hard to understand what they were saying and the fluting tones rather unusual. The actresses who played them did a nice job, but it didn't really work. I wished they hadn't bothered with the Cyrons, or if they did have them look more convincing. They looked like female pixies with moustaches on their mouths which sometimes was laughable. So not great the Cyrons, I think. I couldn't take them seriously and didn't understand what they were there for.

The issue of violence and death in this story is debatable as I've said before. Eric Saward went for more adult approaches in `Doctor Who' with killing of characters and having scenes displaying bloody scenes when characters get tortured or killed. This is the wrong way to go about things making it more graphic, and is one of the factors why the show went off the air for eighteen months afterwards.

One scene that really disturbed me was the torture scene of Lytton where he got his hands being crushed by Cybermen holding them and they bleed heavily and him screaming. I don't know how kids reacted this but I'm sure it was horrifying, and it was entirely unnecessary and inappropriate for Saturday tea time viewing. Effective moment in the story, but too violent for my liking.

Also when Griffiths, Bates and Stratton get into the time ship and are instantly killed to prove their failure was unsatisfying since after all that hard work ended in nothing and added more to the death toll which shouldn't happen. I don't like seeing characters getting killed off and the death toll increased in 80s story wasn't really necessary. So not the best approach I would go for under Eric Saward's supervision. Although it did provide drama and tension, sometimes and certainly in this story it was unnecessary.

This DVD contains a wealth of special features as with all classic `Doctor Who' stories.

There's an audio commentary with Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Terry Molloy for episode 1 and Sarah Berger (who played one of the Cyrons called Rost in this story) for episode 2. There's a music only option with Malcolm Clarke's musical score to play during the story, and an info-text option to watch during the story.

There's a making-of documentary for this story called `The Cold War' with interviews from cast and crew and narrated by Stephen Grief.

There's also a documentary called `The Cyber Story' focusing on the brief history of the Cybermen containing interviews to contributors of the Cybermen. I wish that documentary was longer since they only briefly mentioned in the new series Cybermen for a number of seconds. They made it up though with an extensive documentary containing classic and new series Cybermen on the special edition of 'The Tomb of the Cybermen'.

There's also `Human Cyborg' which is a short documentary about a cybernetics scientist named Professor Kevin Warwick that doesn't have any relevance to `Attack' in my opinion.

There are some trailers and continuity announcements to this story, as well as a photo gallery for `Attack of the Cybermen'. There's also a Cyber Generations gallery containing photos of all the various versions of Cybermen from `The Tenth Planet' to `Silver Nemesis'. Why they didn't include the new series Cybermen, I don't know. There's some PDF files containing Radio Times billings for this story and 'The Invasion'. There's also an Easter Egg to look out for, as well as `coming soon' trailer for `Image of the Fendahl' with Tom Baker's Doctor.

So `Attack of the Cybermen' is not great, but it's something to enjoy with Cybermen. I have mixed feelings about this particular Cybermen story. Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant are great as ever. The story tends to be too dependent on other stories such as 'The Tenth Planet' and 'The Tomb of the Cybermen'. Despite the convulsions in the story it makes a good season opener to the Sixth Doctor's first season. It's a `big bang' of a story and can readily be appreciated despite its continuity elements and levels of violence.

The next story for the Doctor and Peri is 'Vengeance on Varos'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ressurection of the Cybermen, 12 May 2013
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Well, isn't it? Cybermen get the Sayward treatment, all of the Cyberman stuff in one big story, and in the end everybody's dead. It's even got Terry Molloy in it.

And in the main it's good; all the right bits in all the right places, or thereabouts. A well made Who.

Colin Baker starts off pompous and annoying, but that passes, and the return to Totters Lane is spurious at best, and the chameleon circuit thing might as well have been a JNT publicity stunt for all it has to do with the story... oh, hang on, it was a JNT publicity stunt. It is a shame that those sinister policemen don't get a better exit. I feel quite sorry for them.

And then there's the Cryons, and apparently the story is all about them; they nearly work too. Once Upon a Time Telos was home to a race of people that were slim and beautiful and accomplished and somehow very annoying in a way that it's really very hard to put your finger on. Admittedly they do look good.

So the story is about a bloke that used to work for the Daleks, heading up a firm of armed robbers to steal a time vessel and thereby screw up the plans of the Cybermen, and his paymasters are these altruistic, but otherwise very cold Cryons. OK, dafter things have certainly been put on telly, and the Sweeney-style villains seem to work, even if the bits of West London they work in do look rather dull. There's one downside with Attack; most of it happens in non-photogenic places.

There are Cybermen in the sewers of London - left over from The Invasion in 1968, shame they're not of the same design, now that would be cool! - and there's lots of humans in varying stages of conversion, which is laudably gruesome, and there's a black Cyberman wandering around as well for some reason (we never find out why). The Cybermen's plan is to change history so that Mondas destroys Earth in the Tenth Planet (1966) rather than the other way round. Understanding this story is much easier if you're a fan - I said *easier* not easy.

There is good acting, notably from Michael Attwell, Brian Glover and Maurice Colbourne (none of them saw the age of 65, and Mr Colbourne never got as far as 50 - great losses to the profession). I'm not sure who thought that Terry Molloy was going to be natural casting for undercover cop, especially with Billy Murray and Alan Ford in the business.

Moving us nicely to gratuitous violence; it's not actually a very violent story, so it's a bit of a shock when the Cybermen crush Lytton's hands (OK, Bates did give Griffiths a nasty squeeze earlier on). It does seem a bit out of place, and I have to wonder if Deadly Assassin had been considered and a false correlation drawn between high ratings and the annoyance of Mary Whitehouse; 'If we annoy Mary Whitehouse the ratings will go up'. No, Mr Nathan-Turner, the ratings go up if you tell a good story. Now, how do I explain this...

There is a lot of story here, but not necessarily all good. Occasionally there seems to a surfeit of ideas in the mix, and at the start the Doctor runs around doing really something so close to nothing that it might as well be nothing, and that by the time we get to the highly laudable punchline about badly misjudging Lytton it's too late; the dichotomy between his villainous exterior and his heart of gold has never really been played hard enough, nor sufficiently close to centre stage. It rather gets lost in the muddle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the CYBERMEN!!!, 21 Aug. 2012
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Good Story.

Colin Baker - The Doctor
Nichola Bryant - Peri
(Ranked 161 in DWM'S 2009, Mighty 200, Pol)

Nichola Bryant is great The Cybermen are great, Colin Baker is not that bad in this one however the Cryons annoy me a little. Still, great release and a great story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action and humour nicely combined., 16 Mar. 2009
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Be aware that this is a single disc release not 2 as stated in the description but there are still plenty extras included here, enough for most tastes.
The story has quite a few strands working together the Cybermen trying to use Halley's comet to destroy the Earth, prisoners on Telos trying to steal a ship to escape, a fake bank robbery and Telos' original inhabitants the Cryons seeking revenge on the Cybermen. Not all of these work to the same standard and the first episode is generally viewed as being the better of the two.
Like many people I did not take to the Cryons at all, that might have changed if they were filmed as they were originally conceived but to me they just look silly but the chunky Cyber-controller makes up for some of that disappointment.
With decent actors like Maurice Colbourne and a nice vein of humour largely focused through Brian Glover, both of whom are now sadly deceased, oh and Peri's pink outfit which is fairly well discussed in the very interesting commentary by Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Terry Molloy and Sarah Berger who reveal many things including that there was an underwear thief at the BBC at that time.
The extras include a documentary about the making of the show which highlights the disagreements over several plot areas. It was meant to be slightly more violent, the Cryons were written as males, there's even dispute over who was responsible for coming up with the actual plot itself.
There's a nice look at the history of the Cybermen that examines how the design has changed over the years as budgets increased and a brief look at the possible future of cybernetic implants in humans.
As a whole it's a pretty decent package and one that I will be watching fairly often.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted and Controversial?, 9 July 2014
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Something of a mixed bag: a convoluted plot, but actually quite a good one. Plenty of action and possibly too many deaths. Colin Baker's first full season is off to a good start in a story that might have been better suited as the regeneration story.

Plot: There is some argument over the authorship of this with both Ian Levine and Eric Saward claiming responsibility. The script reads like Saward and Levine had no track record, so I think it unlikely that Saward would have allowed him to write it. On the other hand the convoluted plot heavily influenced by previous cybermen stories, some of which no longer existed (at the time) is pure Levine (Continuity Adviser). It is probable that Levine had a hand in crafting the plot, and suggesting things that could be input. Despite the reliance on the past, it is not actually necessary to know about the past stories as the relevant parts are explained soon enough.

Script: This is a very good script, all of the parts given something of substance to deal with and enabling all of the characters to get moments in the limelight. The cybermen don't fare so well with a Leader, Lieutenant and Controller all competing to get lines and explanations. Once the controller appears, the other two are merely there to recite lines, which is a shame. Also the death of all of the principle non-regulars makes this quite a blood-thirsty story, despite which all of the deaths make some sense, except perhaps Stratton, Bates and Griffiths. It might have been nice if someone escaped, though I understand Saward's reasons for not allowing this.

Design: The big design blunder here is the Cyber-tombs which bear no resemblance to the original story. Somewhat forgiveable at the time since only photographs existed, but more noticeable now. The Cryons are well defined, with their heads and voices being very different from the norm.

Acting: Universally super acting, though Michael Kilgariff could have been replaced with a thinner actor (nothing wrong with his voice though). In particular Maurice Colbourne, Brian Griffiths & Michael Attwell. All of this helps to sell the story.

Direction: Very good, the outdoor scenes set the tone and the whole thing looks slick and well made.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Cybermen, 24 Jan. 2011
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Attack of the Cybermen offers a bold and ambitious start to Colin Baker's first full season as The 6th Doctor. With some great locations, acting and nods to the shows past, the serial is a generally enjoyable 88 minutes.

There are, however, a few let-downs, which prevented the story from reaching its full potential.

The role of the Cyber Controller didn't really work, as David Banks' Cyber Leader had already been established within the story, and is more than a powerful enough adversary for The Doctor to face off with.

The musical score for the story, has to be one of the worst in the shows entire history, and ends up sounding both messy and terribly dated. That being said, the brief theme for The Cryons had great potential and was sadly underused.

The script also had its fair share of pitfalls, with most of the meatier dialogue given to Maurice Colbourne, who, to be fair, was instrumental in most of the areas that this story succeeds in.

The DVD release is packed with some top quality features that not only compliment, but help to mend the way for those who may feel a little short-changed by the serial itself.

'The Cold War' looks at the making of Attack of the Cybermen, and features interviews with Actors; Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Terry Molloy (Russell) and Sarah Berger (Rost), Writer; Eric Saward, Director; Matthew Robinson, Continuity Advisor; Ian Levine, and Film Cameraman; Godfrey Johnson.

It proves to be an insightful breakdown of the genesis of the story, and may even surprise some fans when the authorship of the story comes into discussion.

'The Cyber Story' blasts off with an awesome CGI introductory title sequence, and offers an in-depth look at the genesis of the Cybermen, and how there is a basis of plausibility behind their concept. Featuring interviews with Director; Morris Barry, Writer; Eric Saward, Designers; Sandra Reid and Dinah Collins, Cybermen Actor; Mark Hardy, Cybermen Voice Artist; Roy Skelton and Professor Kevin Warwick.

'Human Cyborg' features an extended version of the interview with Kevin Warwick (Professor of Cybernetics at Reading University), from the previous feature, who, as well as being a self-proclaimed Doctor Who fan, is heralded as the worlds first Human Cyborg.

The feature looks at the possibility of whether Cybermen could exist, as Kevin unveils some of his experiments, beliefs and ideas. This is a DVD extra that is bound to capture the minds of all fans of The Cybermen, as well as educating with surprising clarity.

'The Cyber-Generations' is a pictorial guide to the different types of Cybermen throughout the year s, displayed in chronological order. With photos from lost stories that some fans will never have seen before, it is great to have such a concise guide to one of The Doctors greatest villains. (The title sequence isn't quite as mind-blowing as 'The Cyber Story', however).

The 'Coming Soon Trailer' is for the forthcoming Image of the Fendahl DVD release. As with the other trailers, it fails to disappoint, with tight scene cutting and an energetic music track that work well together.

The 'Audio Commentary' features Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri) and Terry Molloy (Russell) for Part One, with Sarah Berger (Rost) replacing Terry Molloy for Part Two. Colin in particular, provides a thoroughly entertaining narrative, thanks to his knowledge of the show, coupled with some choice one-liners - he also directs the conversation perfectly. Colin and Nicola's on-screen chemistry, carries itself off-screen for this commentary, as the pair share both affection and memories which are a genuine joy to hear.

As with previous DVD releases, the usual Photo Gallery, Info Text, Trails & Continuity and Radio Times Listings are included. There's also a Dalek related Easter Egg hidden somewhere within the menu system.

Although this release may not house the best example of Classic Who, the features are representative of some of the best examples of the impressive quality and effort that goes into the Doctor Who DVD range.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whilst not a classic, 16 April 2009
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Attack of the Cybermen [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
This story is from season 22 in 1985,screened shortly before the infamous
hiatus,when the BBC pulled the show for 18 months.One of the reasons given
at the time was the excessive violence being shown,looking at it today i
think they had a point.A scene in episode 2 showing Lytton's hands covered
in blood was far too gratuitous for a family teatime show.
Whilst not exactly a classic,its still entertaining in parts,and im sure
fans of the new series will find much to enjoy here.Episode 1 sets up the
story,moves at a good pace,eerie in parts especially the scenes set in the
sewers,although a minor gripe is that the Doctor and Peri are excluded
from much of the action with a lot of inane running back and forth.
But its in episode 2 that things start to go a wee bit pear shaped.
What on earth was the script editor thinking of,littering the serial with
references to past stories that the general viewing public wouldn't have a
clue about.Repeated viewings by myself and i still cant fathom some bits
of the story.
But anyway enough rambling,in its defence it did gain healthy viewing
figures on its original screening and despite of the overloading
continuity i still give this story 4/5.
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