My Thoughts on Story 046 – “The Invasion”

Well, that’s eight episodes down, and zero to go! We’ve finished “The Invasion”, and that’s the last of the Cybermen we’ll see for a while.

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This is one of my favorite stories, though rather like “The Mind Robber”, it’s kind of hard to say why. The individual episodes are kind of dull, but the story itself really is better than the sum of its parts.

Some of this is the acting. Kevin Stoney, who plays Vaughn, is a very good hissworthy villain. It’s great to see the Brigadier again, and it’s nice to see UNIT in their first proper outing. Plus the Cybermen invading London is just cool.

I also really like Troughton’s performance in this story. He’s really at the top of his game, and playing the most “Second Doctor” version of the Second Doctor. It’s pretty fantastic all around.

On a historical level, it’s also quite great to even have these episodes. Of the eight, six are missing, and have been replaced with animated versions. This is kind of routine now, but this was the first time it was done.

All in all, this is quite a fun little story, if a bit long at parts, and as mentioned, way better than the sum of its parts.

Cast
Others
Production
Directed by Douglas Camfield
Written by Derrick Sherwin, from a story by Kit Pedler
Script editor Terrance Dicks
Produced by Peter Bryant
Incidental music composer Don Harper
Production code VV
Series Season 6
Length 8 episodes, 25 minutes each
Episode(s) missing 2 episodes (1 and 4)
Date started 2 November 1968
Date ended 21 December 1968
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