Doctor Who #138: Attack of the Cybermen

Title: Doctor Who: “Attack of the Cybermen
Year: 1985
Network: BBC
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Matthew Robinson
Writer: Eric Saward
Starring: Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant
Music: Ron Grainer (theme), Malcolm Clarke
Episodes: 2, at 45 minutes; the 1st story (of 6) from season 22
Synopsis: the Cybermen… don’t actually attack anything, but they’re around, and the Doctor… convinces someone to kill herself
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad).
Objective Rating: 0/10 c. 0.6/4 (Very bad).

Terribly written crap – and this one was written by the show’s script editor, so it strikes me as pretty remarkable that anything watchable came out of this era at all. The only redeeming quality is a handful of references to older stories, which aren’t geeky fun like they are in “Remembrance of the Daleks” or “Battlefield,” but instead serve to keep in perspective just how bad this story is relative to older ones.


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