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

Tom Baker , Elisabeth Sladen , Michael E Briant  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter
  • Directors: Michael E Briant
  • Writers: Gerry Davis
  • Producers: Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Format: 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001Q9ECM6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,609 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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21 of 22 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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27 of 34 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks Aren't Everything December 1, 2001
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OK I'll admit, this episode kind of does a dis-service to the series in the way that it draws attention to the junky, klunky, kitchy cheapo Sci Fi TV that actually WAS the essence of Doctor Who. This is amongst the first episodes I remember seeing as a kid, and I don't think I was very impressed by the look of it even back then (some of the dead bodies in the quarrantined section of the Beacon are so obviously mannekins that I am surprised they were allowed to get away with it -- sooo fake). But what I am still impressed by is the story and the charictarizations of the principal players. Even the Cyberleader exudes a sense of "person"; he seems to have a twisted sense of humor under that silver spray painted wetsuit of his. And like the "Genesis of the Daleks" episodes, I am struck by how unremittingly grim the elements of the story are for a *family* oriented show. Not only are all of the humans from the Beacon slaughtered to serve the plot, but dozens and dozens of bug eyed Vogans bite the dust in a hopeless, one sided battle against the Cybermen -- why did they bother? So they could die on camera, of course, and show how ruthless the Cybermen are. Unnecessary IMHO, but whatever. I think that Vorus is one of the great anti-heroes of the Dr Who series, and love the part where the slimy Professor Kellman gets his poetic justice [ever notice how these Professors never have a first name? odd] and Lester's scene of ultimate self sacrifice -- that look on his face as he twists the release harnass is well worth sitting through all the dreck. This is also probably the most claustrophobic episode of the Baker years, shot entirely either on the Beacon or the caverns of Voga. After watching it you may want to take a stroll just to feel some wind on your face. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 day 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 19 days 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 3 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!
Published 3 months ago by Susan
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My Doctor Who fan loved receiving this gift. I am sure I will enjoy watching it with them as I am also a fan of the show.
Published 3 months ago by Melissa Crump
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fourth Doctor Takes on the Cybermen!
The Fourth Doctor and Sara Jane return to the space station Nerva (from "Ark in Space") at a later time period when it now serves as a beacon warning spaceships away from a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keitheaux
5.0 out of 5 stars A key episode in the Cybermens' ongoing evolution!
All Whovians know this is a key episode in the ongoing evolution of the Cybermen, and so it's a must-have Dr. Who story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maui Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Doctor Who: REVENGE OF THE CYBERMEN
The 5-Star rating is for the quality and value of the DVD. Superb job as is typical of the Doctor Who Restoration Team in their production of Classic Era Doctor Who DVD's. Read more
Published 9 months ago by G. L. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Doctor VS my favorite monsters (of classic Doctor Who).
After seeing the 11th Doctor fight the Cybermen in Closing Time, I decided to get any Doctor Who DVD featuring them and wouldn't you know it this was the first one I got. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Patrick Correa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
If you are a Doctor Who fan you will like this DVD story is great but special effects are ok.
Published 15 months ago by Pete
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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
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