Doctor Who #173: The Tomb of the Cybermen Part 2

"You shall be like uzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz."TECHNICAL SPECS: First aired Sep.9 1967.

IN THIS ONE... Kaftan shows her hand and gets bit by a Cybermat while Klieg awakens the Cybermen from their frozen tomb.

REVIEW: While Jamie stays at the Doctor's elbow, usually in a state of disbelief, Victoria stays behind and babysits Kaftan, which is an opportunity for her to shine and for us to get to know her better. Her father's daughter, she collects a Cybermat as a sample, or perhaps a souvenir, and she may be as foolish, stuffing something dangerous into her purse after being warned not to. Well, she won't be told what to do, a young girl freed from the restrictions of home and era. And anyway, the Cybermat proves useful, attacking Kaftan with surprising bursts of speed. Why didn't every kid ask for a wind-up Cybermat in the fall of 1967?! Victoria makes her escape and will get a hold of Captain Hopper, he of the most colorful idiom ever experienced, who's out fixing his ship (when did the Logicians have time to "ball up the fuel pumps"?

The Doctor's behavior continues to be very strange. He fixes Klieg's mistake and opens the hatch to the tomb, then lets Klieg activate the controls that awaken the monsters. Why? Is his curiosity really stronger than his common sense? Or is he actually manipulating events? He does have that book with the Cybermats pictured in it... Does it also reveal historical information on the Cybermen that requires he awaken and destroy them here? That's 7th Doctor territory to be sure, and here just looks foolhardy. I'm with Jamie on this one. He allows Klieg to show his hand, but it's pretty obvious from the start the team mathematician is trying to reactivate the Cybermen. He's one of those megalomaniacs who thinks they'll be beholden to him. You know what, Mr. Klieg? If you say you're like the Cybermen with all your logic and things, they're just gonna want to make you MORE like them. At least his killing of Viner was something of a mercy. I was about to have a sympathetic panic attack just watching him go.

The return of the Cybermen is well worth waiting for. Their transparent ice tombs have real scale and so do they, giants opposite the rather short cast. Their signature theme tune has never been so well utilized. A big effects sequence both in the model shop and pratically in a studio. Very cool and a large part of this story's reputation. When the Cyber Controller comes out, from a balled position at the lower center of the wall, he unfolds into a even taller individual with a glowing brain and frost sticking to his face. A striking figure and awesome monster. And wouldn't you know it, I was right. Your logic WILL be assimilated.

REWATCHABILITY: Medium-High - The thawing of the Cybermen alone warrants its high position in many hearts, but it's also a nice episode for Victoria, if not for Logic.


snell said...

Perhaps the opening of the Cyber Tombs is one of those "fixed points in time" deals.

And perhaps he learned of this from the 6th Doctor mentioning Attack Of The Cybermen, if you somehow wrangle that the Second Doctor's side of The Two Doctors happened before Tomb...ouch, I just hurt my brain...

Siskoid said...

I'd rather believe in Season 6b than have Doc2 and Jamie from before this story (when? the only real hole would be later, between Fury and Wheel) showing up in The 2 Doctors. But then, no one theory is airtight when it comes to The Two Doctors.

snell said...

If the BBC truly loved us they'd CGI a few stray Cryons into the "special edition" of Tombs.

"the only real hole would be later..." Ahh, but it was a mission for the Time Lords. They don't worry about twiddly things like gaps where stories could take place. They just rip you outta time and then put you back, no time having passed for you (cf War Games...).


Blog Archive


5 Things to Like Activities Advice Alien Nation Aliens Say the Darndest Things Alpha Flight Amalgam Ambush Bug Animal Man anime Aquaman Archetypes Archie Heroes Arrowed Asterix Atom Avengers Awards Babylon 5 Batman Battle Shovel Battlestar Galactica Black Canary BnB 2-in1 Books Booster Gold Buffy Canada Captain America Captain Marvel Cat CCGs Charlton Circles of Hell Class Comics Comics Code Approved Conan Contest Cooking Crisis Daredevil Dating Kara Zor-El Dating Lois Lane Dating Lucy Lane Dating Princess Diana DCAU Deadman Dial H Dice Dinosaur Island Dinosaurs Director Profiles Doctor Who Doom Patrol Down the Rabbit Hole Dr. Strange Encyclopedia Fantastic Four Fashion Nightmares Fiasco Films Within Films Flash Flushpoint Foldees French Friday Night Fights Fun with Covers FW Team-Up Galleries Game design Gaming Geekly roundup Geeks Anonymous Geekwear Gimme That Star Trek Godzilla Golden Age Grant Morrison Great Match-Ups of Science Fiction Green Arrow Green Lantern Hawkman Hero Points Podcast Holidays House of Mystery Hulk Human Target Improv Inspiration Intersect Invasion Invasion Podcast Iron Man Jack Kirby Jimmy Olsen JLA JSA Judge Dredd K9 the Series Kirby Motivationals Krypto Kung Fu Learning to Fly Legion Letters pages Liveblog Lonely Hearts Podcast Lord of the Rings Machine Man Motivationals Man-Thing Marquee Masters of the Universe Memes Memorable Moments Metal Men Metamorpho Micronauts Millennium Mini-Comics Monday Morning Macking Movies Mr. Terrific Music Nelvana of the Northern Lights Nightmare Fuel Number Ones Obituaries oHOTmu OR NOT? Old52 One Panel Outsiders Panels from Sheena Paper Dolls Play Podcast Polls Questionable Fridays Radio Rants Reaganocomics Recollected Red Bee Red Tornado Reign Retro-Comics Reviews Rom RPGs Sandman Sapphire & Steel Sarah Jane Adventures Saturday Morning Cartoons SBG for Girls Seasons of DWAITAS Secret Origins Podcast Secret Wars SF Shut Up Star Boy Silver Age Siskoid as Editor Siskoid's Mailbox Space 1999 Spectre Spider-Man Spring Cleaning ST non-fiction ST novels: DS9 ST novels: S.C.E. ST novels: The Shat ST novels: TNG ST novels: TOS Star Trek Streaky Suicide Squad Supergirl Superman Supershill Swamp Thing Tales from Earth-Prime Team Horrible Teen Titans That Franchise I Never Talk About The Orville The Prisoner The Thing Then and Now Theory Thor Thursdays of Two Worlds Time Capsule Timeslip Tintin Torchwood Tourist Traps of the Forgotten Realms Toys Turnarounds TV V Waking Life Warehouse 13 Websites What If? Who's This? Whoniverse-B Wikileaked Wonder Woman X-Files X-Men Zero Hour Strikes Zine