Continuing Our Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Cybermen
Attack of the Cybermen
By Paula Moore
“Then perhaps you should tell them, because if you don't, they intend to prevent Mondas from being destroyed.”
The Doctor discovers that the Cybermen want to save Mondas but in doing that Earth must be destroyed. The have the perfect weapon in doing it as Haley’s Comet is making its approach back to Earth. The Doctor and Peri stumble upon their plan by searching out a distress signal which leads them to the sewers of London and a secret Cybermen base. The Cybermen capture The Doctor and force him to pilot his TARDIS to Telos so that they can use his TARDIS in their plans to save Mondas. On Telos is an old adversary of The Doctor as he finds out that The Cyber Controller is still alive. There is also a wildcard in the mix as Lytton is involved in this also and The Doctor does not know if he is working for the Cybermen or the Cryons. One thing The Doctor does know about and that is stopping the Cybermen and preserving the web of time by preventing Mondas from being saved.
They also did not need to have The Doctor fix the chameleon circuit. This was not a big deal or anything but did seem unnecessary as they could have had The Doctor just do regular maintenance. Plus the whole Cryons just did not work for me. They just seemed to be made of bubble wrap and walk along like they were ice skating. I guess that was the point as they can only live in below freezing temperatures. Plus the Cryons just did not work for me as they just weren’t developed well and I did not feel sorry for them having their planet invaded. Plus I could not find it plausible that the Cybermen would really have any problem with them at all.
Now I did say in the beginning that I find this story a guilty pleasure for me. I do like this story even with all the faults that I have brought forth. I think mainly that I enjoy this story for the parts in the sewers with the Cybermen skulking about in the dark. It was pretty cool to see a stealth Cyberman all decked out in black so you could not see it clearly in the shadows. That Cyberman is pretty cool and you can get a good look of it in the TARDIS at the end of part one and possibly we should see different kinds of Cybermen in the new series also instead of the same types all the time.
Attack of the Cybermen may not be the greatest Cybermen story ever but I do like it as Colin Baker gives a great performance and we also learn that The Doctor can be bull headed and not give someone a second chance. He does admit this at the end as he tells Peri that he misjudged Lytton and you can see the regret in his face. I also enjoyed seeing the tombs again and seeing the Cybermen walking around in them. It is not a well written story but it does have some fine moments to it and if you are a fan of the Cybermen you will enjoy this one as they are used a lot better in the classic series than they have been in the new series.