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Legend of the Cybermen (audio story)

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Legend of the Cybermen
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Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion(s): "Jamie"
Featuring: Zoe
Main enemy: The Cybermen
Main setting: The Land of Fiction
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Mike Maddox
Director: Nicholas Briggs
Post production: Jamie Robertson
Cover by: Simon Holub
Release details
Release number: 135
Release date: 30 June 2010
Format: 2 CDs, 4 parts
Production code: 7C/PK
ISBN 978-1-84435-459-7
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Legend of the Cybermen was the one hundred and thirty-fifth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. It was the third story in a series of three of a wholly original season for the Sixth Doctor in 2010. It featured the first joint appearance of Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury since TV: The Five Doctors in 1983 and the first appearance of Zoe Heriot in a full cast audio drama.

Publisher's summary

The Cybermen are on the march through the Hundred Realms, killing and converting as they go. Resistance is useless.

Trapped on the outermost fringes of the battle, the Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon are astonished to encounter an old friend: astrophysicist Zoe Heriot.

It's the happiest of reunions. But what hope is there of a happy ending against the unstoppable Cybermen?

Plot

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Cast

Credits

References

Books

Cultural references from the real world

  • The works of Charles Dickens play a part in the metafictional element of the Land of Fiction, as well as the works of other authors.
  • Characters from authors such as Wagner, Carrol, Stoker, Verne, Melville and Arthur Conan Doyle appear. These characters include the Artful Dodger, Oliver Twist, Alice Liddell of Alice in Wonderland, Dracula and Captain Nemo.
  • References are made to "the four colour kingdom" (comics), expanding the literary basis of the Land of Fiction into modern pop culture and superheroes (although by the time of the events the Doctor takes part in, the four colour kingdom has been devoured, and the last of the super-heroes are either dead or converted).

The Doctor

Individuals

  • Zoe Heriot was able to break the locks placed on her memories by the Time Lords.
  • Jamie asks the Doctor the question: "Why did you never come back for us?" The Doctor never came up with a valid explanation.
  • Jamie repeatedly shouts, "Craig a tur!" as he fights the Cybermen.

Species

  • A Cyber-Planner is present within the Land of Fiction.
  • A Cyber Controller is mentioned as having been been destroyed.
  • The Cybermen convert several fictional species into Cybermen including: mermaids, giants and ogres.
  • The Cybermen also attempted to convert woodsmen who were in fact werewolves.
  • Fairies, mermaids and trolls exist within the Land of Fiction.
  • As Jamie regains his memories, he hears the sounds of Daleks' weapons firing and the fire/recharge cycle that Quarks go through.
  • The Doctor is hostile to the Count, saying that his people and "that thing's" have a long history. Jamie compares it to a Highland blood feud.

Notes

  • This story cleverly breaks the fourth wall several times, most notably a cameo by Nicholas Briggs (playing himself) and Zoe describing the Doctor's adventures as being "targeted at children, but loved by adults".
  • Many musical cues appear to take inspiration from classic adventure and horror movies.
  • This story marks the first appearance of the Land of Fiction in an audio drama.
  • All of the pre-existing mythological or literary characters and creatures featured in this story are in the public domain.
  • One of the fictional adventures that Zoe created for the Doctor is entitled Doctor Who and the Laird of McCrimmon. This is a reference to an unproduced Season 6 serial which would have been written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln. The storyline would have involved a possessed Jamie piloting the TARDIS to 1746 Scotland, specifically his ancestral home, Castle McCrimmon. Once there, he finds the current laird, Sir James McCrimmon, on his deathbed. Robot Yeti appear and surround the castle where the local villagers fall under the influence of the Great Intelligence. The only person who seems to be immune is a girl named Fiona, with whom Jamie falls in love. The Great Intelligence wants to inhabit Jamie's body and become the laird once Sir James dies. However, the Great Intelligence is ultimately defeated by the Doctor. Jamie decides to leave the TARDIS and become the laird himself. A candidate for Frazer Hines' departure story, it was abandoned in August 1968.[1]
  • This audio drama was recorded on 19 and 20 October 2009.

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