My Thoughts on Story 037 – “Tomb of the Cybermen”

Heads-up. I’m taking tomorrow as a planned absence. If Trump wins, I’ll skip straight to reviewing “Enemy of the World”. If it’s Hillary, I’ll skip up to “Silver Nemesis”. Either way, I’ll return to normal programming afterword.

At least with the latter’s Cybermen, I won’t need subtitles.

This is one of the best of the Troughton stories, and certainly the best prior to the aforementioned “Enemy of the World”. It’s very well-written, very well-acted, and features some truly wonderful scenes. You get some bits of high comedy, with the Doctor accidentally holding Jamie’s hand, and other moments. You also get some nicely emotional content, with the Doctor and Victoria talking about loss and family.

The story fails only on two elements. First off, the bad guys, Kleig and Kaftan, just aren’t sufficiently fleshed-out. I still don’t really understand whats going on with them and their motivations for doing what they do.

Second, the Cybermen voices. Now this is less of a problem on DVD than it as with VHS back in the day, but they’re still entirely too hard to understand. Subtitles help, but they shouldn’t be necessary. I understand what the producers were going for here, but they really processed the voices way too much.

But that said, this remains an excellent story, and one I enjoy every time I watch it.

Directed by Morris Barry
Written by Kit Pedler
Gerry Davis
Script editor Victor Pemberton
Produced by Peter Bryant
Executive producer(s) None
Incidental music composer Stock music
Production code MM
Series Season 5
Length 4 episodes, 25 minutes each
Date started 2 September 1967
Date ended 23 September 1967

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