Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen (Story 79)
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PDF materials: Radio Times listings
Production notes subtitle option
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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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
- All 4 episodes of the story, digitally remastered and restored.
- Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for the hearing impaired.
- Optional commentary track by actors Elisabeth Sladen and David Collings(Vorus), producer Philip Hinchcliffe and production designer
- Information Text subtitles option. Displays pop-up production trivia throughout the story.
- "The Tin Men and The Witch" A new 25-minute featurette about the making of the story featuring interviews with producers Philip Hinchcliffe and Barry Letts and director Michael E. Briant.
- Location Report. A 6-minute segment from a contemporary news magazine program that interviewed Tom Baker during the location shooting in the caves for this story, before he'd debuted to the British public. This interview was also seen on the DVD of The Ark in Space.
- "Cheques, Lies, and Videotape" A 28-minute featurette about the Doctor Who "black market" of videotape trading during the 1980s in Britain when repeat showings of older episodes were few and far between.
- Photo Gallery. 5 minutes of still photos taken during the making of the story.
- Coming Soon Trailer. A 40-second trailer for the forthcoming release of Time and the Rani.
- PDF Materials. Place this disc into your computer and you'll have access to PDF files containing the original 1975 Radio Times TV listings for this story.
- 1 Easter Egg.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my grandfather for Christmas, came just in time the wrapper was still on the dvd when it came and my grandfather loved it and watched it for a while and still... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ann-Marie
We wanted to introduce our niece to one of the most popular "older" Doctors, who we were fortunate to meet several years ago. He was a hit with her!Published 5 months ago by Pam Evans
The Collection is growing!!!!! Thank you for having this awesome story!Published 7 months ago by VictorSlim3D
I really enjoy the Tom Baker years as the Doctor. I've begun ordering and watching his stories in order and thus far have enjoyed all of them. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brad
Tom Baker is my favorite Doctor and this is a 5 star episode. I highly recommend this episode and I watched it many times. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dinsdale
Like most Americans of a certain age, this was the first Cyberman story that I saw. At the time, I was fascinated by the limbering silver monsters, and they quickly because my... Read morePublished 13 months ago by MarkK
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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