The Tomb of the Cybermen
2 September 1967
Roy Stewart (Toberman), Aubrey Richards (Professor Parry), Cyril Shaps (John Viner) , Clive Merrison (Jim Callum) [1,3-4], Shirley Cooklin (Kaftan), George Roubicek (Captain Hopper), George Pastell (Eric Kleig), Alan Johns (Ted Rogers) , Bernard Holley (Peter Haydon) , Ray Grover (Crewman) , Michael Kilgarriff (Cyberman Controller) [2-4], Hans de Vries, Tony Harwood, John Hogan, Richard Kerley, Ronald Lee, Charles Pemberton, Kenneth Seeger, Reg Whitehead (Cybermen) [2-4], Peter Hawkins (Cybermen Voices) [2-4].
|Written by||Kit Pedler/Gerry Davis|
|Directed by||Morris Barry|
|Produced by||Peter Bryant|
The once-feared Cybermen have disappeared from the universe without trace. An expedition from Earth arrives on Telos — homeworld of the Cybermen — to try and discover exactly what has become of the silver giants.
Soon after The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria join the archaeological party, the first mysterious death occurs. With the group now stranded on Telos, it becomes clear that the Cybermen may not be as ‘dead’ as it was first thought…
Beneath the planet’s surface, giant ice-tombs hold the last remains of the Cybermen in a frozen sleep. And someone is working to re-activate them from their slumber
- Martin Johnson’s set designs are truly excellent, and include some striking bas-relief Cyberman images on the walls of the tomb complex.Producer Peter Bryant’s then wife Shirley Cooklin appears in the role of Kaftan, which was written specially for her.
- Klieg mentions ‘Whitehead logic’ in the first episode – probably referring to Alfred North Whitehead, co-author of ‘Principia Mathematica’ and one of the fathers of mathematical and computer logic, and maybe a bit of a nod to the actor Reg Whitehead, who had played a Cyberman in all their stories to date.
- There is a wonderfully moving scene in which The Doctor comforts a frightened Victoria and tries to help her to come to terms with the death of her father by telling her that he can recall his own family, but only when he chooses to
- released in Revistations 3 DVD Set – click here for details
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