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5.0 out of 5 stars Not an Irrelevant DVD set. Buy This or be Deleted!, 9 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Doctor Who Original Series : The Cybermen - Limited Edition 4 Disc Box Set (Exclusive To Amazon.co.uk) [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
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.
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