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The Age of Steel 

The Cybermen take control of London as the population is enslaved and the Doctor and his friends become fugitives.


Graeme Harper


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




Episode complete credited cast:
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
Helen Griffin ... Mrs. Moore
Colin Spaull ... Mr. Crane
Duncan Duff ... Newsreader
Paul Kasey ... Cyber-Leader
Nicholas Briggs ... Cybermen (voice)


Lumic and the Cybermen are forcing the population to "upgrade" to cold, emotionless creatures like themselves. The Doctor, Rose, and Mickey join forces with the alternate-reality counterparts of Pete Tyler and Mickey Smith, in the search for the one weakness in the Cybermen's plans. Written by RTF

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Upon learning about the emotional inhibitors, the Doctor says to Mrs. Moore, "Do I have that right?" This echoes the same line said by the Fourth Doctor when he is faced with the prospect of destroying the Daleks in Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks: Part Six (1975). See more »


When Cyber Lumic falls from the zeppelin, you also see part of the rope ladder falling as well. While Pete only used the sonic screwdriver on one side of the ladder, the other side could have snapped due to Cyber Lumic's weight. See more »


The Doctor: And where is Mr. Lumic? Don't we get to meet our lord and master?
Cyber-Leader: He has been upgraded.
The Doctor: So he's like you.
Cyber-Leader: He is superior. The Lumic unit has been designated Cyber Controller.
[two doors open, and the cyber-controller glides in on a throne]
Cyber Controller: This is the age of steel; and I am its creator.
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References Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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A Classic.
29 March 2020 | by ollywill-08723See all my reviews

The "Rise of the Cybermen" / "Age of Steel" two-parter still remains the best Cyberman story since Doctor Who's 2005 revival.

Tom MacRae bravely takes the iconic villains, reinvents them & makes their history more relevant to every-day viewers by linking their inception to pre-existing modern technologies we rely on whilst simultaneously exploring both sides of the moral debate between the individualistic freedoms of humanity versus maintaining long lasting peace, health & stability in the form of indistinguishable uniformity.

It's a genius script which dares to make bold creative choices, questioning the ethical limitations of scientific endeavours - whether if in order to preserve humanity, we must sacrifice the humanity within ourselves & if that's ultimately a price worth actually paying?

Most other writers make the Cybermen nothing more than glorified robots whereas Tom constantly reaffirms the fact that these mechanical beings are indeed HUMAN underneath, grounding the narrative with far more personal stakes & stronger motivations for each character festured. It's a massive shame he's only written 3 Who episodes in total.

Plus, it takes a fiercely intelligent person to find a way of debating the morality of the Cybermen's actions. It's not often you can find a way of having the Doctor make an entertaining & captivating philosophical argument against a piece of emotionless machinery & yet he succeeds in doing so, regardless.

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3 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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