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A Parallel London - Doctor Who - The Rise of the Cybermen - BBC

The Doctor's TARDIS accidentally lands in Pete's World. (TV: Rise of the Cybermen)

"Pete's World" was the Tenth Doctor's name for an alternate universe that was home to Cybermen created by John Lumic, the head of Cybus Industries.

Overview Edit

The Doctor derived the name from Pete Tyler, that universe's version of Rose Tyler's father, who in her universe had died in 1987. Time ran ahead in this universe, compared to the Doctor's universe, so that when it was 2007 in the Doctor's universe it was simultaneously three years later in Pete's World. (TV: Doomsday)

Differences Edit

Historical Edit

Pre-Cybermen Edit
Post-Cybermen Edit
  • Following the Cybermen incident and the death of the British President, a People's Republic was formed in Britain with Harriet Jones as the new President. (TV: Doomsday)
  • Torchwood was infiltrated by Cybermen, who used its technology to cross dimensions. The Institute was taken over by the People's Republic when the full scale of its activities were discovered; Rose Tyler later joined it. They later went on to work at creating other ways of dimensional travel, Rose claimed it was so she could come back, despite the Doctor telling her this would destroy both worlds. They sent agents to Earth in Rose Tyler's universe during the stolen planets crisis. (TV: Turn Left, The Stolen Earth/Journey's End)
  • A global war was fought against the Cybermen, who were successfully sealed in their factories. However, debate raged about whether or not the Cybermen (as former humans) could be saved, and this gave the Cyber-race time to cross realities. (TV: Doomsday)
  • Due to the mass dimensional travel, ambient temperatures began to rise on Earth; three years on, the ice caps were melting. (TV: Doomsday)
  • By 2010, at least five million humans from Pete's World were converted into Cybermen. (TV: Doomsday)

Technological Edit

People Edit

Deleted scenes from those episodes imply that Ricky and Jake had a romantic relationship.

History Edit

In 2001, Cybus Industries' profits reached $78 billion. In 2004, South American state reported 265,000 people missing. (WC: Tardisode 5)

In February 2007, the Doctor's TARDIS was catapulted into Pete's World while travelling through the Time Vortex. The TARDIS was critically drained of energy by the journey and unable to replenish itself due to the incompatibility of the ambient energy of the alternate universe. The Tenth Doctor gave away 10 years of his life to recharge a still-function artron crystal which was then used to restore the TARDIS long enough to enable it to travel back to N-Space. The first Cybermen were created by John Lumic (TV: Rise of the Cybermen) and attacked Great Britain. The Doctor and his allies eventually teamed-up and destroyed the Cybermen. The Cybermen leader, their Controller (with John Lumic's brain), perished in the destruction of his cyber-factory. After meeting his parallel counterpart Ricky Smith and being inspired by his example, Mickey Smith decided to stay in the alternate universe to take the late Ricky's place and help fight the Cybermen. (TV: The Age of Steel)

In 2010, Mickey returned to his original world in N-Space and, disguised as a lab technician, investigated the Void Ship kept in Torchwood 1's headquarters. (TV: Army of Ghosts)

Jake Simmonds and Peter Tyler crossed over into N-Space to stop the Cyberman invasion. That universe's Jackie Tyler met the other version of Pete Tyler for the first time and decided to stay with him. Mickey Smith, Pete, and Jake returned to the other world, taking Jackie and her daughter Rose with them. Rose joined the parallel version of the Torchwood Institute. Jackie and Pete conceived a child and Mickey apparently took up residence with the Tylers.

Soon after joining Torchwood and several months after Jackie became pregnant, Rose began receiving what appeared to be a message from the Tenth Doctor. With the support of her family, she travelled to a remote fjord in Norway, Dålig Ulv Stranden, where she was able to briefly make contact with the Doctor. She asked him if he could come back to her, but he said that this would destroy both worlds, which Rose didn't care about. Although she was able to tell him that she loved him, he was unable to respond properly before communication is lost. The exchange left Rose and the Doctor emotionally devastated. (TV: Doomsday) Despite the risk to both worlds work was done on a "dimension cannon" device capable of transporting Rose back to her original Earth.

At some point after Jackie gave birth to Tony Tyler, Rose and Torchwood began detecting the onset of "the Darkness": the after-effects of the detonation of the Daleks' reality bomb. They accelerated their work on the dimension cannon. This work was successful, and Rose made several trips to her original Earth, where time was running slower and therefore was a couple of years in the past and before the detonation of the reality bomb. It was indicated that the Dimension Cannon may have worked due to the crumbling of the walls of reality as Rose said that it hadn't worked before and the weakening may have allowed a traveller to pass through the walls. The device was also capable of measuring timelines and showed that they all converged on Donna Noble. (TV: Turn Left)

After defeating the Daleks and preventing the reality bomb from detonating, the Tenth Doctor returned Rose and Jackie to the parallel Earth. Also left behind was the Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor. Due to the disarming of the Reality Bomb by Donna Noble, the Darkness never occurred at all and this universe was saved from destruction. (TV: Journey's End)

Jackie mentioned that Pete was on the "nursery run"; the child being at nursery school would place this at least 3 years after the birth, either 2013 or 2014.

Behind the scenes Edit

The Time Traveller's Almanac Edit

The non-narrative source REF: The Time Traveller's Almanac gave further information about Pete's World's chronology.

It said that Cybus Industries was founded by John Lumic in 1982 and in 2005, Cybus purchased Vitex from Pete Tyler.

Creatures and Demons Edit

REF: Doctor Who: Creatures and Demons, a non-narrative source, theorised that Pete's World split from the universe occupying N-Space when Queen Victoria still went to Torchwood House in 1879. The Werewolf attacked the house and Queen Victoria was killed in this event.

Cybus Industries website Edit

Cybus Industries had a tie-in website, no longer hosted by the BBC as of July 2013.

The website had a collection of the CEO of Cybus Industries, John Lumic's, thoughts. He mentioned that living in an airship had its "disadvantages", such as a if a dissident Cybus executive "accidentally" fell into the Grand Canyon, which in Pete's World was in the United States of Mexico, then they couldn't vote against Lumic again. Lumic corrected himself by saying, "I'm sorry, did I say disadvantages? I meant to say advantages."

The article also mentioned Lumic's dismissal of "unimportant" pressure group like the Preachers in Great Britain, or the Free Information Collectives in New Germany and "Czechoslovenia™", saying that such groups "should simply be ignored".

The website featured an interview with Lumic. When asked what the "best" decision he made was, Lumic answered with, "Assassinating the Prime Minister of the United States of Mexico". When asked the "best" and "worst" things about the BBC, Lumic simply responded that he abolished the BBC after Cybusnet became the sole global information provider. [1]

Footnotes Edit

  1. Lohn Lumic - Some thoughts from our CEO. Cybus Industries website. Archived from the original on 23 September 2012. Retrieved on 25 July 2013.

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