THE TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler.
For centuries, the disappearance of the Cybermen from the universe has been a mystery. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive on Telos, once the Cyber home world, just as an Earth expedition uncovers the entrance to a long-lost control centre filled with baffling technology. With the Doctor's help, the archaeological party discover the last of the Cybermen, frozen and entombed in a vast underground cavern. But by entering the tombs, the humans have sprung a fiendish trap. All around them, the Cybermen begin to rise from the dead...
The original appearance of the Cybermen
in The Tenth Planet had created something of a stir in 1966. In an unprecedented move, the production team opted to bring back the emotionless metal giants for two further appearances in 1967, first in The Moonbase and then in The Tomb of the Cybermen
. The cosmopolitan mix of characters thrown together here on Telos-including the exotic, duplicitous Kaftan, the intellectually snobbish Klieg and the comic strip-styled Captain Hopper-echoes a multicultural future also depicted in The Moonbase. Although Toberman initially
appears to embody a racial stereotype that would be unacceptable today, his ultimate fate portrays him in a positive light. Cleverly evoking an air of ancient mystery in an alien, technologically advanced setting, the striking and ambitious design provides an impressive backdrop for a tale of subterfuge and deception on all sides,most intriguingly of all from the Doctor himself. Missing from the BBC archives for nearly two decades, The Tomb of the Cybermen was recovered from Hong Kong in 1992. lt has subsequently proved deserving of its reputation as a Doctor Who classic, boldly embellishing the mythology of the Cybermen,and firmly cementing their rank as one of the Doctor's top foes!
Commentary by Deborah Watling (Victoria] and Frazer Hines (Jamie] recorded in 2001. Commentary by Debora Watling, Frazer Hines, Bernard Holley (Haydon], Shirley Cooklin (Kaftan], Reg Whitehead [Cyberman] and Victor Pemberton [Script Editor], moderated by Toby Badoke, recorded in 2010. Morris Barry Introduction - The director's introduction from 1993. Title Sequence Tests. Late Night Line-Up Behind the scenes at the BBC Visual Effects department in 1967. The Final End 8mm film from The Evil of the Daleks. The Abominable Snowman, Audio Trailer. The Lost Giants Cast and crew look back on the making of the story. The Curse of the Cybermen's Tomb Sir Christopher Frayling and Dr Debbie Challis examine the story's ancient Egyptian origins. Cybermen - Extended Edition A history of the Cybermen by Matthew Sweet. The Magic of VidFIRE, The technology behind this unique process. Sky Ray Advert 1960's ice lolly promo. Radio Times listings(DVD-ROM].Production information subtitles. Photo gallery.Coming Soon trailer. Digitally remastered picture and sound quality.
Commentary#1 by Deborah Watling and Frazer Hines [recorded in 2001) - Deborah Watling made her first appearance as Victoria Waterfield in The Evil of the Daleks in 1967 and remained as a companion to the Second Doctor until Fury from the Deep the following year. Her first TV role was aged nine as a regular in The Invisible Man, and was followed by appearances in Danger UXB and Doctor In Charge. As well as her extensive theatre work, Deborah has appeared in films including Take Me High and That'll Be The Day. Frazer Hines joined the TARDIS crew as Jamie McCrimmon for Patrick Troughton's second story The Highlanders(1967], and he remained as his companion throughout the Second Doctor's era, leaving at the end of The War Games in 1969. Frazer returned for a cameo appearance in The Five Doctors in 1983, and two years later featured alongside Patrick Troughton one last time in The Two Doctors. An actor since childhood, Frazer notably appeared alongside Charlie Chaplin in A King in New York, but is probably best remembered for his role as Joe Sugden in Emmerdale Farm. Commentary#2 by Deborah Watling, Frazer Hines, Bernard Holley, Shirley Cooklin, Reg Whitehead and Victor Pemberton, moderated by Toby Hadoke ［recorded in 2010] Bernard Holley's career has spanned more than 40 years. His TV appearances include Z Cars, Elizabeth R, The Gentle Touch, Birds of a Feather and recent roles in Holby City and Doctors. His theatre work includes My Fat Friend, Wife Begins at Forty and Noises Off, and in 2011 he played Mr Pendleton in the highly acclaimed Mary Broome. He has also voiced hundreds of commercials, including the campaign for the PS3 game LittleBigPlanet. Shirley Cooklin had made notable TV appearances as Alice Beverley in The Children of the New Forest and Lilith in The Adventures of Sir Lancelot before taking the memorable role of Kaftan in The Tomb of the Cybermen. She has also written for television, including scripts for Emmerdale and The Bill, and the BBC mini-series Knockback.
Reg Whitehead's association with Doctor Who began in 1966, appearing as Cybermen Krail and Jarl in The Tenth Planet. The following year, he returned to appear in both The Moonbase and The Tomb of the Cybermen, and subsequently as a Yeti in The Abominable Snowmen. Hher TV work includes appearances in The Avengers, The Saint and Counterstrike. Victor Pemberton appeared in the Moonbase before joining the Doctor Who production team ater in 1967, working as Script Editor on The Tomb of the Cybermen. His own script for the show, Fury From the Deep, was broadcast the following year. Subsequently he wrote scripts for Timeslip, Ace of Wands and Within These Walls. His work as a producer included the British version of Fraggle Rock and the international Emmy Award - winning Gwen-A Juliet Remembered. He now lives in Spain and is a successful novelist. Toby Hadoke's one-man show Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf spawned a West End run and a successful follow-up, Now I Know My BBC. An award winning comedian, he has residencies at XS Malarkey and The Comedy Store. His first book, Running Through Corridors Vol 1 [co-written with Robert Shearman] was published in 2010. Extensive broadcasting work includes hosting The 7th Dimension for Radio 4 Extra, and roles for Big Finish and Radio 4. Morris Barry Introduction - The director's introduction from the 1993 VHS release. Title Sequence Tests and build-up elements from the Patrick Troughton Doctor Who title sequence. Late Night Line-Up
This segment from the 1967 aris programme sends Joan Bakewell behind the scenes at the BBL Visual Effects department to interview Jack Kine. The Final End The Evil of the Daleks is mostly missing from the BBC archives. A small taste of the climactic battle from Episode 7 has been put
together from an off-air audio recording coupled with 8mm film shot by Tony Cornell, a designer at Ealing Studios.
The Abominable Snowmen Audio Trailer- An off-air amateur recording of the BBC1 trailer for the story which followed The Tomb of the Cybermen. Production Subtitles Subtitles provide the viewer with cast details,script development and other production information,offering further insight into the making of The Tomb of the Cybermen. Coming Soon A trailer for a forthcoming Doctor Who DVD release.
The Lost Giants - Cast and crew look back on the making of The Tomb of the Cybermen. With Deborah Watling, Frazer Hines, Shirley Cooklin, Bernard Holley and Michael Kilgarriff, script editor Victor Pemberton and visual effects designer Peter Day. The Curse of the Cybermen's Tomb Sir Christopher Frayling and Dr Debbie Challis examine the ancient Egyptian origins to the story of the Cybermen's tomb on Telos. Cybermen-Extended Edition A history of the Cybermen, presented by writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet. The Magic of VidFIRE - A look at the technology behind the VidFIRE process,developed specifically for the Doctor Who DVD range in order to restore the
original live studio video look to episodes that now only survive as film recordings. Sky Ray Advert 1960s Doctor Who-themed promo for Walls Sky Ray ice lolly. Photo Gallery A selection of production,design and publicity photos from the story. Radio Times Listings Printed material from the Walls Sku Rau promotion, and listings for this story from the Radio Times presented in a PDF file[DVD-ROM only-to be viewed on PC or Mac]