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Rise of the Cybermen 

The TARDIS crash lands in London on a parallel world, where Rose's dad is still alive, people are disappearing off the streets and one of the Doctor's deadliest enemies is about to be reborn.


Graeme Harper


Tom MacRae, Kit Pedler (characters: "Cybermen") | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Camille Coduri ... Jackie Tyler
Noel Clarke ... Mickey Smith
Shaun Dingwall ... Pete Tyler
Roger Lloyd Pack ... John Lumic
Andrew Hayden-Smith ... Jake Simmonds
Don Warrington ... The President
Mona Hammond Mona Hammond ... Rita-Anne
Helen Griffin ... Mrs. Moore
Colin Spaull ... Mr. Crane
Paul Antony-Barber ... Dr. Kendrick
Adam Shaw ... Morris
Andrew Ufondu Andrew Ufondu ... Soldier (as Andrew Ufondo)
Duncan Duff ... Newsreader


The TARDIS falls through a gap in the time vortex which leads the crew to find themselves in a parallel version of London, England in the year 2006. It's a slightly more advanced era where Zeppelins fly overhead and the populace wear special ear pods where information can be downloaded via the Cybus corporation. A multi-million pound conglomerate owned by the crippled genius John Lumic. Lumic is involved in his own personal business project which involves an alternate version of Rose Tyler's father, Pete who has become a millionaire in this reality and whom Rose is hell bent on meeting. Lumic wishes to convince the President of Great Britain that his new project which involves the human brain being transferred to a robotic body of pure steel would mean that people need never die. A fate that Lumic is facing as he is suffering from a critical illness. But it's a project that the President dismisses as unethical and immoral. All the while homeless people on the streets of London are ... Written by Robert McElwaine

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The working title for this episode was Parallel World. See more »


Lumic describes the human-to-cyberman conversion process as involving "a cradle of copyrighted chemicals". Copyright protects artistic works. Technological innovation is protected by patent. See more »


Rose Tyler: [On the Cybermen] They're people?
The Doctor: They were. Now they've had all their humanity taken away. That's a living brain jammed inside a cybernetic body, with a heart of steel. All emotions removed.
Rose Tyler: Why no emotion?
The Doctor: Because it hurts.
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References Metropolis (1927) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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The return of the Cybermen!! and Trigger's gone mad!!!!
14 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Finally, the return of the Cybermen, last year we had the return of the Daleks, this time around we get the long awaited appearance of the other cult villain, the Cybermen. We've had a trio of wonderful episodes ending with the Girl in the Fireplace, the next trio would be slightly less good.

The Doctor, Rose and Mickey are marooned on a parallel London after the TARDIS explodes and dies. Parallel London is different in many ways (echoes of Inferno,) Pete Tyler is still alive, the sky is full of zeppelins. Pete and Rose are a success, Rose is a Yorkshire Terrier. John Lumic appears to be behind the creation of the new Cybermen, he tries with the help of the Cybermen to build on his Cybus industries. Not getting it Lumic proceeds anyway attacking at Jackie's 40th Birthday celebration, all are cornered.

I think Noel Clarke is really good in this one, I enjoyed the part where he meets up with his Gran, and finally the Ricky question is answered, and he's really good in the Ricky role. It pains me to say it but I really disliked Roger Lloyd Pack's characterisation of John Lumic, I've loved him over the years, but he is rather terrible, as is Don Warrington, who almost seems uncomfortable, he is very wooden.

The imagery of people being turned into Cybermen is very well done, it's very macabre and nasty, and the sound they make when they march fits in really well. The cliffhanger is a brilliant one, very satisfying, seemingly no way out.

I liked the link back to The Invasion, Cybus Industries, International Electromatics etc.

7/10 it's good, but it should have been fantastic.

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27 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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