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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable If Flawed Sixth Doctor Cybermen Adventure, 26 Nov 2013
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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Initial post: 26 Nov 2013 19:25:39 GMT
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Posted on 26 Nov 2013 20:35:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Nov 2013 21:33:05 GMT
Paul Wilcox says:
Solid review again. As with Revenge and Nemesis, the first episode holds up quite well. It's downhill with the Cryons appearance and the Cybermen posing and gesticulating. For a creature with no emotion, they don't half run the gamut in the JNT years (Earthshock and exterior Five Doctors scenes notwithstanding.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2013 12:20:00 GMT
Paul Tapner says:
Trouble with the Saward vision is that he kept trying to revisit the style of Earthshock. That worked with Earthshock and Caves of Androzani because they had great directors, good production values, and twenty five minute long pacy episodes. Other action attempts like this and warriors of the deep didn't.

Posted on 6 Jan 2014 11:36:11 GMT
I've mixed feelings about this particular 'Cybermen' story. I enjoyed it, but there's something not quite right about it.
There's too many continuty references to previous stories which I'm sure baffled the audience since it's dependant on 'Tomb of the Cybermen' and 'Tenth Planet'.
I found the violence rather unneccesary in this, especially with Lytton having his hands crushed. And I found the Cryons rather a disappointment and couldn't take them seriously as I didn't know what they were there for.
It's not a great Cybermen story, but it isn't terrible. I enjoyed it. And seeing Colin and Nicola as the Doctor and Peri is always a treat. Tim.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2014 02:24:00 GMT
Timelord007 says:
I take your point this season went to far in some scenes while i understand they wanted to shake things up the scene of Lytton bloodied hands was to extreme.

I thought the Cybermen had lost the chill factor that was apparent in Earthshock.

Great review of Earthshock Tim by the way i posted a comment.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2014 16:08:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Feb 2014 10:23:57 GMT
Oh I think the scene with Lytton tortured by Cybermen with his hands was very effective. It was just unnessesary to have so many deaths during many of 80s stories. It's claimed Peter Davison's era had the most body count.

When the series came back with the Cybermen in 2006, I thought they were pretty scary. The 60s Cybermen were pretty good. But I agree the 80s versions lost something in terms of being scary.

Thanks for your comments on my 'Earthshock' review, Timelord. I really appreciate it. Tim.
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