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Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen (Story 37) - Special Edition
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Those used to the far more sophisticated sci-fi shows that followed in its wake will be bemused by Doctor Who's clunky dialogue and action sequences, cheesy sets, and primitive special effects. But then, all of that's part and parcel of the show's appeal. As for the bonus material, arguably the most entertaining of the lot is a 32-minute look at the Cybermen's various manifestations over the decades. Other special features, which range in length from one to nearly thirty minutes, include a making-of featurette (with contemporary interviews with those cast and crew members who are still alive), an examination of the program's Egyptian iconography, and audio commentary tracks. --Sam Graham
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Visual Effects Outtakes: unused title sequence and 8mm cine footage Production Notes: Optional caption stream
Top Customer Reviews
I was only a kid when this aired, and I can't recall it all (but I do remember the Ice Warriors from "The Seeds of Doom"). Now I have 6-year-old myself,and he *loves* Dr. Who, esp. this doctor, despite the fact that it's in black and white. Also, the title music during this phase of the show was at its very best. My son rocks out to it when it comes on!
Don't listen to the nay-sayers who complain about lack of production values. This is 40 years old, for f**** sake! What matters in Dr. Who is not set-design or the tiny budgets, but the active use of your imagination, great writing, appealing characters, thorougly evil monsters, and solid acting. "Tomb" has all of these traits in abundance. I love this version of the Cybermen, with their metallic voices and three fingers. They may be the best yet (though I've not seen the newest version of them yet).
All in all, an unreserved recommendation. I've watched it (with my lad, and a second who is approaching Who-worthy age) at least three times and loved every minute of it.
The story consists of a team of archaeologists who arrive on Telos, with the Doctor showing up shortly thereafter. They all wind up going into the titular tomb where they find stacks of frozen cybermen, waiting to be revived. That this happens is something of a given, and things get very nasty very fast.
This is a good, simple story with some wonderful scenes, especially one between the Doctor and Victoria where he talks about the loss of family members, and makes the point that they aren't ever really gone as long as he can remember them. Also noteworthy, though not in the most positive way, are the American accents that a couple of the actors try on for size. Imagine having John Wayne trying to sound Cockney and you'll get some idea of what happens.
This disc was released back in the early 2000s, but now it's getting the special treatment. In addition to the previous features, you also get:
* New Commentary
* Tomb and the Magic of VidFIRE documentary
* All four episodes VidFIREd for the first time
* Sky Ray promotional TV spot
* Lost Giants documentary
* Curse of the Cybermen's Tomb documentary
* Cybermen (extended edition of the documentary that appeared on a box-set of more recent episodes)
(all information comes from a review on Amazon's UK site)
This is an excellent, if not entirely perfect, story and a great example of what the Second Doctor was like. It's also, if I remember right, the only intact story with Victoria, so for that reason alone, it's a must-have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) travels with Jaime and Victoria to Telos, home of the Cybermen. An archeological expedition from Earth is there as well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph M. Reninger
This is the earliest story from the Troughton years avalible, as one of the few in its entirety without the need for animation to fill in the missing episodes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alex2814
One of the best Troughton stories, and one of the best Cybermen stories of all time.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
All I can say is that this story is a classic and a must own story.Published 10 months ago by Malbus
This is a classic old Dr. Who when the Cybermen were still fairly new. I have many of the Doctors companions in my Dr. Who library but did not have Victoria. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mike Volpe
Amazing story! Troughton never disappoints, and this is one of his best! Highly recommended for Who fans old and new. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer