In this set, we have the four part serial Tomb of the Cybermen featuring Patrick Troughton and Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel from series 2 featuring David Tennant. I like this pairing because it was a bit different from the others I've previously viewed. Instead of the classic story being the villain's first, the Doctor had already encountered the Cybermen twice before. He and his current companion Jamie, a Scottish bloke complete with a kilt, responded to the news of Cybermen with a sort of dread, instead of the pure curiosity that could be seen in the first Silurian special with Pertwee, or the Daleks' with Hartnell.
The Tomb of the Cybermen-
The Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria, a girl just rescued from a conflict with the Daleks, land on the planet Telos where there are archaeologists all searching for a Cyberman tomb. Once inside the tomb, various rooms and cyber technology are discovered and it's revealed that some of the group's members aren't there for the simple reason of a discovery.
The first appearance of the Cybermats is in this set of episodes and proves to be a real treat for people who have only seen them in current Who. They've proven to me that potato shaped metal slugs with antennas and eyes, are surprisingly effective at being a startling foe when it can jump and make a high pitched sound as it rolls towards you.
Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel-
After Mickey joins Rose and the Doctor on the TARDIS, they land in an alternate time line pocket universe where the TARDIS is unable to fly. Trapped here, they find Jackie and Pete Tyler, both still alive and in good health, as well as Mickey's grandmother who had already died in the real time stream.
One more thing I must say about The Tomb of the Cybermen is this- There's one scene in particular between the Doctor and Victoria that came off particularly heart warming. The discussion of the loved ones they've lost, and how they miss them or only think of them occasionally was beautiful, and one of the first glimpses I've seen of a classic Doctor showing the same introspective side we see occasionally with those in current Who.
The collection is a good one, but as always I wish it had been a bit more extensive. With only two story lines it left me wanting more, but in its own way, I suppose that was the general idea.
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