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Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen (Story 138) (2009)

Colin Baker , Nicola Bryant , Matthew Robinson  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Terry Molloy, Michael Kilgarriff
  • Directors: Matthew Robinson
  • Writers: Paula Moore
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U3ZYXY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,707 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Commentary by actors Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Terry Malloy, and Sarah Berger
  • The Cold War: making-of featuring writer Eric Saward, director Matthew Robinson, continuity advisor Ian Levine, and film cameraman Godfrey Johnson
  • The Cyber Story: A brief history of the Cybermen in the classic series
  • Human Cyborg: interview with professor Kevin Warwick
  • The Cyber-Generations: a gallery of cybermen throughout the years
  • Photo gallery
  • Trails and continuity
  • Isolated score
  • Radio Times Listings: Attack of the Cybermen and The Invasion, plus a 1969 article from The Listener (PDF DVD-ROM)
  • Production-note subtitles

Editorial Reviews

A distress call lures the Sixth Doctor and Peri into London's sewer system, dragging them into an interplanetary plot involving diamond thieves and the Cybermen.

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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your popcorn ready for this ABSOLUTE CLASSIC!!! March 3, 2009
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This season opener from 1985 (season 22) has it all! Cybermen in the London underground, a new doctor, mercinaries, diamond robers, new aliens (the cryons), a working cameleon cirtut in the TARDIS, Haley's Comet, a return to the frozen Cyber tombs on Telos and even a return visit to the junk yard where Doctor Who all began in 1963... Whew!
The story grabs you from the first minute and never lets you go; Right up to the bloody, corpse filled final seconds. New doctor Colin Baker realy shines here. Everything we were hoping Colin Baker's doctor would be is evident here. He is brash and bold and taking on all comers including the Cyber Controller himself. The sixth doctor has no problem picking up a gun (or Cyber laser)and defending himself and the earth from who or what ever threatens. This is Colin Baker's best performance; I still find it regretable he was never really given a chance to grow into the role ( He was one of the scape goats for the 1986 hiatus).
You get excellent performances from the supporting cast as well which just adds to a gripping ending since none of them live to see the end of the episode. There are multiple reference to the show's past and a timely subplot envolving the Cyberman's plan to crash Haley's Comet into the Earth (Haley's Comet was in our "area" for real in 1985). I could go on and on about this episode but lets not spoil it for those who have not seen this episode yet. If you are one of them I say go for it and buy this one; Trust me! you will not be disapointed!
Ofcourse, every Doctor Who episode has it's nae sayers and this one is no exception. Some say the plot is too convoluted, the Cyber Controler is too "rotund", and the Cybermen in the frozen tombs on Telos do not look like the ones in the old Troughton episode "Tomb of the Cybermen".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "I thought I looked like a psychedelic Hitler!" August 9, 2009
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The plot of "Attack of the Cybermen" is very easy to describe, really. The Cybermen seek to travel back in time to Earth in 1985 to make sure that the events of Doctor Who - The Tenth Planet [VHS] in 1986 never take place.

Actually it's a little more complex than that. There are actually two factions of Cybermen, each led by familiar characters from the show's past history: there's the Cyber Leader (last seen in Doctor Who - Earthshock (Episode 122) and Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Episode 130) (25th Anniversary Edition)) on Earth, and then there's the Cyber Controller (last seen in Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen (Episode 37)) on the Cyber home planet of Telos. And the Cybermen don't just have one scheme to change history -- they have three. First they've acquired a time machine that accidentally landed on Telos; then they accidentally walk into the TARDIS on Earth in 1985; and finally they plan to divert the course of Halley's Comet.

Sorry, that's not enough. I'm still not doing the story justice. The Cybermen aren't alone in this story -- they're opposed by the Cryons, a race of sub-zero female humanoids. One of the Cryons is played by a great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud; another is played by actress Sarah Berger, who on the DVD commentary track likens her mustachioed outer-space costume to a psychedelic Hitler.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent, Solid Cyberman Story November 7, 2009
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I think when some fans look back on old Doctor Who serials, they forget that they are viewing them through a haze of ideas and experiences that came long after those classic serials had aired. In some cases, these newer ideas have been derived from original Doctor Who, but received far more attention in their new incarnation, stealing the credit from those who thought of it before.

"Attack of the Cybermen" is a perfect example. Anyone who has watched "Star Trek: First Contact" may draw comparisons with the premise presented in that film and the one in the Who story (which aired over a decade earlier) reviewed here. In both cases, we have soul-less mechanized humanoids clad in implants and hoses (the Borg are basically cybermen with a hive conciounse, after all) traveling back in time to prevent their own destruction by altering past events. Does anyone really believe its just coincidence?

I also wonder which, if any, episodes are liked by the detractors of this one. This definitely isn't Who's finest hour, but it is nowhere near its worst, either. A solid Cyberman story, with the return of Litton, the merc from "Resurrection of the Daleks", a return visit to Telos, and repair of the chameleon circuit of the TARDIS, it does seem there is a lot going on, but it never really gets confusing, even if one is unfamiliar with "Tomb of the Cybermen" or "the Tenth Planet", as those 2 stories are referenced enough to give the viewer a good idea of why events are occurring as they are. Also, the roles of the 2 prisoners attempting escape from the Cybermen were well-cast, and it was agony watching the characters' progress.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Ok Backer Doctor Who episode but not his best and not great Cyberman protrayal for the general Doctor Who series.
Published 2 months ago by Edward Kirven
3.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Cyberman
The writing for the 6th Doctor was always uneven, and this is no exception. A bit too much meandering in the first act, but the DVD was excellent, as always.
Published 2 months ago by WeirdRaptor
5.0 out of 5 stars So good
I started watching Doctor who with the 11th doctor. I had never heard of it before but once I saw Dinosaurs on a Spaceship I wanted to know more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JAOF
5.0 out of 5 stars love curly top. He is one of my absolute best loved Doctor.
He should have been given a chance to really develop his own character. Instead they just regenerated him. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nitza L. Melgar
3.0 out of 5 stars Unspectacular But Solid Sixth Doctor Action
I'm a big fan of Colin Baker, who I think is criminally underrated, and even his weakest story is worth watching.

This isn't the weakest, but it's not my favorite. Read more
Published 11 months ago by James D.
2.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of The End
Attack Of The Cybermen: the sixth Doctor's second TV story and the first story of actor Colin Baker's first full season as the Doctor. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Matthew Kresal
3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor returns to Earth in 1988 and fears something he has already...
In the Colin Baker era of Doctor who with the epsidoes entitled "Attack of the Cybermen" the Doctor and Peri are reciving an alien signal on Earth in 1988. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story whom the Doctor & Peri fall victim to in helping a...
They equally run into another would be nemesis whom it appears near the end was working against his cyber-cohorts of the past
& trying to help save a near distinct people that... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nicco Aiello
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen (Story 138)
This story is about the doctors old enemies the cybermen are up to no good and are attempting to alter time with the help of others he will pervent there terrible plan but at A... Read more
Published 17 months ago by john ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
If you are a Dr. Who fan this is a must buy. Colin Baker didn't get enough credit for his time as the Doctor. His performance is good in this episode.
Published 18 months ago by J. Cook
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