The Cybermen


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BOOK DETAILS

Pages 150
ISBN 0-426-10575-3
Publication date

19 July 1975 

 

SYNOPSIS

One by one, their limbs became diseased-they were replaced by plastic and steel!

Little by little, their brains tired-computers worked just as well!

With metal limbs, they had the strength of ten men.

they could live in the airless vacuum of space. They had no heart, no feelings, no emotions and only one goal – power!

In the year 2070, a small blue planet caught their attention. They would land on its satellite and, from there, attack, ransack, destroy and finally abandon…

THE SATELLITE WAS THE MOON

THE HELPLESS PLANET – EARTH

THEIR Species:S? THE CYBERMEN!

Can The Doctor defeat an enemy whose threat is almost as great as that of the mighty Daleks?

NOTES

CHAPTER TITLES

  • Prologue: The Creation of the Cybermen
  • The Landing on the Moon
  • The Moon Base
  • Attack in the Medical Unit
  • The Space-plague
  • The Doctor Investigates
  • The Cybermen’s Plot
  • The Battle with the Cybermen
  • Victory, perhaps…
  • The March of the Cybermen
  • Into Battle with the Gravitron!

    DEVIATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY

  • An introductory chapter briefly recounts the origin and history of the Cybermen but states that they originated on Telos, not Mondas. A condensed version of this is reprinted in the books Doctor Who and the Tenth PlanetDoctor Who – The Revenge of the Cybermen and Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen with additional details were relevant: for example in Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet it is stated the Cybermen subsequently colonised Mondas.
  • The story itself says the Cybermen left Mondas before it was destroyed and went to Telos, “the other Cyberman planet”. This was written into the Moonbase script but edited out of the episode.
  • The Cyberleader’s name is mentioned as Tarn.
  • Both Tarn and another high-ranking Cyberman, Krang, are described as having black helmets, like the Cybermen would have in the then-upcoming Revenge.
  • Ben and Polly are retconned to be from the 1970s, the decade the book was written, rather than the 1960s. This allows Ben to make reference to the Apollo 11 moon landing, which hadn’t happened yet when The Moonbase first aired.
    • Polly is given a few more extra expository questions to ask than she had in the show, while Jamie is described as “a little thick, even by 1745 standards”: the 2011 edition’s “Between the Lines” would note that this is unfair on both characters.
  • In Chapter 10 (taken from episode 4 of the TV story) the task of stopping more cyber-controlled people coming out the infirmary is given to Polly and Jamie instead of Ben and Jamie.
  • When lowering the Gravitron in Chapter 11, the characters use the intercom to communicate rather than the hand signals used in the TV version.
  • A few extra characters and nationalities are added to the supporting cast, and base command Jack Hobson is now a Yorkshireman (lacking a regional accent in the episodes).
  • Benoit‘s first name is given as Jules rather than Roger. In the television version, Jules is one of the crewmembers attacked on the lunar surface (named as Frank and Luigi here). Other characters are switched around: It is Bob, rather than John, who collapses during the coffee break, Peter, rather than Bob, who is killed by the Cybermen in the medical centre and a new character, Joe Trueman, rather than Joe Benson (who is mentioned elsewhere), who is knocked out by Evans while operating the Gravitron. Only two men in addition to Evans are “zombified”, Ralph and Gregory.
  • Evans is not under guard when he is reactivated.
  • Ben is given the role of observing the Cybermen from an observation port and it is he and Benoit, rather than Hobson and Benoit, who seal the hole in the dome.
  • The Doctor states that Evans and the other controlled men will be recovered. Redirecting the Gravitron at the end takes longer and the Cybermenare about to cut through the dome with their lasers at the time.
  • Cyberman dialogue has been edited in places, in order to make them less emotional.
  • The lead into The Macra Terror is not included.
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