With the Cybermen returning this week The Gallifrayan Gazette decided to take a look back at some of the classic stories featuring the Cybermen. Today The Tomb of the Cybermen.
The Tomb of the Cybermen
By Kit Pedler and
“Oh yes, I can when I want to. And that's the point, really. I have to really want to, to bring them back in front of my eyes. The rest of the time they sleep in my mind, and I forget. And so will you. Oh yes, you will. You'll find there's so much else to think about. So remember, our lives are different to anybody else's. That's the exciting thing. There's nobody in the universe can do what we're doing. You must get some sleep and let this poor old man stay awake.”
The Tomb of the Cybermen is the earliest complete story to survive featuring Patrick Troughton. It was found in Hong Kong back in 1991 and was until The Enemy of the World was found with The Web of Fear (minus ep 3) the only complete story from Season 5 of Doctor Who. The Tomb of the Cybermen opens up Season 5 and also brings back The Cybermen yet again last seen in The Moonbase (which is out on DVD with animated missing episodes 1 &3). What is a pretty cool side bar for Season 5 is that it is known as The Season of Monsters. The Cybermen start off the Season of Monsters in The Tomb of the Cybermen and also finishes it with the Cybermen returning in The Wheel in Space. So in essence Season 5 is bookend with Cybermen stories.
There was a lot of hype for this story and while some felt disappointed with The Tomb of the Cybermen I did not. I really enjoyed this story and it is one of my all-time favorites. What’s not to like it has Cybermen in it and it takes place in their tombs. But some think the story did not live up to all the hype which generally can happen when a missing story is recovered as those who saw it before don’t think it was as good as they remember and those that have bought into the hype are equally disappointed. But I fall into the camp that really enjoys the story and believe it is one of Patrick Troughton’s best.
The Tomb of the Cybermen is the ultimate base under siege story as the base is under siege from within and by two groups. First you have Kleig and Kaftan that want to free the Cybermen from the tombs and are willing to sabotage the rocket ship that brought them there to do it. Then you have the Cybermen who want to capture the humans and make them Cybermen and they are trying to get them from deep inside the tomb. This is a pretty good plot twist as The Doctor must defend from both sides and for a moment teams up with the Cyberleader against Kleig.
The Tomb of the Cybermen cemented the Cybermens as the other greatest villain for The Doctor and during the latter half of Sixties Doctor Who they were the go to villain as the Daleks were given a break as Terry Nation tried to get a show in the US for his creation. It is one of the best stories to feature the Cybermen and one of the best stories during the Patrick Troughton era. It is also one of my all-time favorite stories and is a true classic in Doctor Who.