With the Cybermen returning this week The Gallifrayan Gazette decided to take a look back at some of the classic stories featuring the Cybermen. Today The Invasion.
By Derrick Sherwin
“Oh I'm not joking, Jamie. Underneath all that charm there was something odd. Sinister. Almost inhuman.”
Following the events that happened in The Mind Robber and the quick escape of a missile shot at them while in space near the dark side of the moon the TARDIS seems to have landed in a field filled with quite a bit of cows. With the TARDIS visual stabilizer not working the 3 travelers head off to present day London to find Professor Travers and see if he can help them fix it. With no luck there The Doctor ends up meeting Brigadier Lethbridge - Stewart who is investigating Tobias Vaughn and his company International Electomatics. What The Doctor and Brigadier will find out is that Tobias Vaughn and his company is in fact in league with an invasion force. An invasion force made up of Cybermen who are based on Earth and also hidden on the dark side of the moon.
That is the only downfall of The Invasion is that it is too long and really hard to watch in one sitting. But that is only a minor negative as the story is really good. Well for the most part it is but it does fall into the trap of being caught and escaping and yes getting caught yet again. If all else fails just write that into the script to make the story longer and you have yourself a top notch Doctor Who script. When you have to fill eight episodes because of an abandoned story well you do what you must. But let’s not let 8 episodes spoil the fun of watching Patrick Troughton at his best. He gives us one of his best performances during his tenure and one that thankfully we still have to watch over and over. He really shines in this one and his confrontations with Tobias Vaughn are top notch and a real highlight of this story.
Unfortunately episodes one and four are missing. But through modern technology and all that great stuff those missing two episodes were animated. The Invasion was also the testing ground for animating missing episodes for nearly complete stories. It would prove to be pretty good but the animations just wasn’t as good as it was for the newer release of The Reign of Terror, The Moonbase and The Tenth Planet but it was a start and luckily it was good enough to for others to get animated also but using better technics.