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February 15, 2016
this is ma first black and white doctor Who episode and I really enjoy watching it.
September 29, 2014
The best story during Troughton's time as the Doctor and the best Cybermen story.
February 8, 2014
A great old science fiction show with some genuinely scary parts, and an open ending you'll love.
February 4, 2014
Doctor Who is portrayed by Patrick Troughton, the second in a long line of actors who portrayed the Doctor. Aided by his two assistants Jamie and Victoria, the Doctor lands the TARDIS on Telos, the last resting place of the infamous Cybermen who he encountered and defeated twice before. There, they discover a band of archaelogists on a secret expedition to unearth the reason for his old enemies' extinction. In the underground icy tomb they find an army of Cybermen in hibernation. While they pose a threat to no one while the temperature remains low, a traitor among them plans to awaken the Cybermen and become their leader. The dialogue and production values, as with all early Doctor Who episodes, are unsophisticated resulting in this reviewer's low rating.
July 23, 2013
A sci-fi take on the archetypal Tomb of the Mummy stories this Doctor Who serial has it all!! Scares, laughs,drama, memorable side characters and lots death Dodgy special effects aside the eery music really heightens the atmosphere along with the voices of the Cybermen which come across as very creepy. Troughton is on top form here, the speech he gives about his family is very touching. This episode is a classic, out of Doctor Who's 50 year long history this is my 11th favourite story and definitely my favourite story involving the sinister Cybermen.
March 19, 2012
The Second Doctor Takes His Young Companions Jamie & Victoria To The Planet Telos, The Resting Place Of The Cybermen. The Doctor Along With Some Explorers Must Fight The Cybermen, When To Of The Explorers Release Them. A Classic Chlostrophobic Story Based In The Resting Place Of The Cybermen.
Theta Sigma
Super Reviewer
April 10, 2011
The second incarnation of the Doctor (Patrick Troughton) takes his young companions Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Victoria (Deborah Watling) to the planet Telos, where they meet an archaeological exhibition keen to unearth a building associated with one of the Doctor's deadliest foes, the Cybermen.

But when traitors in the group re-awakens the Cybermen from their frozen tomb, they not only threaten the party but the fate of the universe...



This story was enshrined in myth with the Doctor Who community due to the fact that it was missing from the BBC's archive until the early 1990's when it was found at a television company's archive in Hong Kong.

The story itself can fall into several categories. Granted, it's a monster story with the Cybermen making an appearance and a "base under siege" story as the action takes place in a single place, the Cybermen's tomb, but it's also a story about traps - not only the trap laid by the Cybermen through the use of intelligence tests to find candidates to convert to be like them (much as in the form of the Borg assimilating in Star Trek), but the traps the Doctor lay down, firstly to find out the identities of the human traitors and then to defeat not only the traitors but the Cybermen as well.

Patrick Troughton is on brilliant form in this adventure as the Doctor. Not only does he have to portray a fierce intellect, like William Hartnell before him, but he also hides it in this wonderful bumbling clown character to mask his intellect and cunning. This story also has room for Troughton to display a softer side to the Doctor's character, such as in the scene where he talks to Victoria about how he thinks of the family he has left behind for his life of travelling. No wonder Matt Smith has cited him as the incarnation of the Doctor who has inspired his performance.

He is ably supported by Hines and Watling in their roles of companion, playing their roles like a niece and nephew to Trroughton's Doctor.

The human villains come in the form of the manipulative Kaftan (Shirley Cooklin), the arrogant Klieg (George Pastell, who featured as a train conductor in the Bond film, From Russia With Love) and their strongarm protector, Toberman (Roy Stewart, who would go on to appear in a different role in the story Terror Of The Autons and appeared in the Bond film, Live And Let Die in the role of Quarrel).

All the actors in the Cybermen suits are very much anonymous, but their voices are represented by regular monster voiceover artist, Peter Hawkins.

The direction by Morris Barry is claustrophobic and adds menace to the story.

It's a good story, with a simple but effective script and very good acting.

Would it be worth it's legendary status if it had always existed in the BBC archive? Maybe not, there are stronger stories in the Doctor Who canon, but if you want to see a rare example of a complete story featuring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, give this one a go.
June 29, 2010
Along with Genesis of the Daleks, this has got to be my favourite of the Doctor Who serials I have seen so far. Patrick Troughton is excellent here, giving just the right amount of oddness mixed with compassion and world/time weariness to embody all that William Hartnell and all the actors after him have strived to convey. Although in parts it is laughably outdated (the 'cyber-mats' for example are rather more on the comical than sinister side), the series is very intriguing and kept me wanting to watch more episodes until the end. The Cybermen themselves, whilst being far less well conceptualised than what they will become (and in some ways they are more interesting for this reason) there characters (or lack of) are just as creepy and unsettling. This has got to be one of my favourites so far and has certainly set the bar high for discovering more of the classic series.
February 20, 2010
This is televsion at its best.
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