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Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen (Story 79) (2010)

Tom Baker , Elisabeth Sladen , Michael E Briant  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter
  • Directors: Michael E Briant
  • Writers: Gerry Davis
  • Producers: Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • 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: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001Q9ECM6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,086 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Audio commentary by producer Philip Hinchcliffe and actors Elisabeth Slade (Sarah Jane Smith) and David Collings (Vorus)
Checks, Lies and Videotape: New documentary on fan collecting in the days before official Doctor Who videos and DVDs
The Tin Man and the Witch: Making of
Location report: archive interview with Tom Baker at Wookey Hole
Photo gallery
PDF materials: Radio Times listings
Production notes subtitle option

Editorial Reviews

The Doctor and his companions are lost in time. Expecting to be reunited with the TARDIS following a secret mission for the Time Lords, they instead find themselves on a plague-stricken space station orbiting the remnants of Voga, Planet of Gold. The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane have stumbled into the last battle of an ancient conflict between humankind and one of its most terrifying foes--the Cybermen.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back, Cybermen. Has it really been 7 years? April 16, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
It's been seven years after the 1968 story The Invasion that the Cybermen put in a full appearance, apart from a cameo in The Mind Of Evil and Carnival Of Monsters. As the Cybermen were overused in the Troughton era, coming out in four stories in three years, perhaps a long absence was necessary. But guess what? It would be another seven years until Earthshock in the Peter Davison era.
The adventure starts aboard the space station from The Ark In Space, where the TARDIS crew are waiting for their wayward time machine. The Doctor opens a door and a body leaning on the other side falls toward him. But in a sterile atmosphere, with "no sign of injury" and "nothing to indicate a cause of death," what could have happened? The Doctor, Harry, and Sarah have to tiptoe through a trail of bodies sprawled along the corridor. Captured by Commander Stevenson and his second-in-command Lester, they learn that a plague is responsible. With the discovery of a Cybermat, the Doctor realizes who's behind the deaths of 47 crewmen.
Key to this is Voga, the legendary planet of gold instrumental in wiping out the Cybermen in the Cyber Wars centuries ago. Two factions, the long-haired Councillors wearing tatty fishnet robes, and the Guardians, with clipped shorter hair and wearing black vests with gold pinstripes, are at odds with each other, although the cautious but kindly Councillor Tyrum is clearly the wiser as opposed to the audacious and ruthless Guardian leader Vorus.
A Cyberleader makes his first appearance here and this is one of the most curious ones ever. He has an obvious non-British accent and speaks of Voga in a hateful tone. How can creatures of logic use words like "unhappily," and "it is good"? Even the Doctor says, "For a moment, I thought he was going to smile.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A much maligned classic! July 9, 2003
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Okay, I admit I gave this episode four stars just to catch your eye. I'm that kind of deceitful, attention-grasping loser. But now that you're here, I'll be honest and say that I do indeed consider this an episode scorned by vengeful fans, who hate it for all the wrong reasons. I would give it a solid three and a half stars, or better.
"Cybermen" is Tom Baker's only tangle with this staple villain of the Dr. Who series; the clanking, droning, mechanical men bent on...gasp!...conquest of the universe (why do machines always want to conquer the universe?) He twice battled both the Daleks and the Sontarans, and crossed swords with the Master at least three or four times, but for the tin men, this his is his sole contribution. Apparently, fans of previous doctors found the Cybermen as they are portrayed in this episode to be extremely lame and toothless, and felt a good villain had been wronged with a weak portrayal. I have admittedly little interest in the other doctors, being a Baker freak, so I can't really say, though I admit the more mobile (and combustible!) versions I saw in "The Five Doctors were more threatening.
"Revenge" is an underrated episode for several reasons. First off, it makes excellent use of the underground caves in which it was primarily shot; given the show's modest (meaning pathetic) budget, Dr. Who episodes were generally stronger when shot on location than when they were entirely confined to sets. The costume design is very good, the script clever and full of double-crosses, the villains suitably evil (excluding the admittedly boring Cyberleader), and the plot imaginative and well-developed. I also thought the regular cast (the Doc, Harry & Sarah) and the guest starts worked very well together.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly Maligned July 10, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
I base my rating of a story on whether or not I was entertained, and if what I just watched left me with a good feeling. This story accomplishes both. I find it hysterical that critics of Doctor Who stories use lack of realism as an argument, as if someone traveling through space and time in a police box is realistic! Cheap sets? Use your imagination. We all have it; it's just that some of us know how to utilize it better than others. Revenge Of The Cyberman is one of the better stories of Tom Baker's first season as the Doctor, certainly better than the "classic" that preceded it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Cybermen are back--all four of them! December 22, 2010
"Revenge of the Cybermen" was filmed before the Fourth Doctor had made his TV debut, so the producers of the show decided to play it safe by bringing back an old favorite, the Cybermen, a staple of the Patrick Troughton years who were put on hiatus during the Jon Pertwee period.

The story itself is unremarkable: The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane return to the space station Nerva at an earlier period (reusing the set from "Ark in Space") to discover it's being used as a beacon warning space traffic of an asteroid orbiting Jupiter. The crew is afflicted with a deadly "plague," which is actually poisoning by Cybermats in preparation for an invasion by the Cybermen. The asteroid is the planet Voga, which the Cybermen hope to destroy because it is rich in gold, the element deadly to them. Meanwhile, the Vogans are plotting to blow up the Cybermen on the space beacon with a rocket called the Skystriker.

As recounted in the "making of" documentary included in the Special Features menu, the old Cybermen costumes had been in mothballs for seven years and were entirely unsuitable for color television and had to be redesigned. The results were quite good, although the same cannot be said of the costume design for the Cybermen's rivals, the Vogans. The scenes on Voga were shot in the caves of Wookey Hole, where the crew experienced several unusual incidents that could be described as hauntings.

Not to be missed is "Cheques, Lies and Videotape," a new documentary in the Special Features menu describing the challenges faced by Doctor Who collectors seeking back episodes of the show in the early days of videotape. As late as the Peter Davison years, early episodes of the program were available only as bootlegs, usually copied over and over until they were virtually unwatchable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Tom Baker is my doctor.
Published 6 days ago by Gary Prott
5.0 out of 5 stars VHS love...
Not the greatest Doctor Who story, but it's always fun and the supplemental materials are great! Being reminded of the days before instant access to everything brought a tear to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mechanicoid
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
This isn't the best Cybermen story ever. Nor is it the greatest Doctor Who story of all time. Not even close. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great Doctor Who episode involving Baker and the Cyberman in his attempt to save the Universe and Galxay from the Cyberman.
Published 3 months ago by Edward Kirven
4.0 out of 5 stars For Those Seeking just the "Best of" Early Dr. Who
REVENGE OF THE CYBERMEN has always struck me as one of those "almost an epic". All the elements were there- variety of locations, complexity of plot, plenty of action, and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tinfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Awesome Adventure :)
As usual the Digital Re-Mastering is quite well done. No skips audio is clear and the video is extremely sharp

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Published 4 months ago by Jim Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars They'll Fragmatize You!!!
Cleverly inserted between the exceptional episode 78 "Genesis of the Daleks" and number 80 "Terror of the Zygons" is the Baker era sleeper "Revenge of the Cybermen". Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Wiz
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Big Tom Baked he is my favorite Doctor Who, the effects are cheesie comparied to the new shows but I still like the older ones the best.
Published 5 months ago by p.j.bower
4.0 out of 5 stars if you like tom baker...
have been a tom baker doctor fan since the beginning, so that makes me kind of older (lol), if you enjoy Tom Baker it is a must to complete the collection. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steve M Kohut
5.0 out of 5 stars as promised
This arrived in perfect condition and is exactly as promised. Doctor Who fans, both young and older, will love it!
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This is one I've been waiting a long time for.
Really? I wouldn't say that this was a bad episode, but I felt it kind of boring. Of course the 'Silver Nemesis' was an example of a worse Cybermen episode, but this pales in comparison to greatness of 'Tomb of the Cybermen', 'The Invasion', and 'Earthshock'. Actually, I am a little upset that... Read More
Aug 23, 2010 by Angelus |  See all 3 posts
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