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|Rise of the Cybermen|
|Main enemy:||Cybermen, John Lumic|
|Main setting:||Alternative London, 2007|
|Premiere broadcast:||13 May 2006|
|Premiere network:||BBC One|
|Format:||1x45 minute episode|
|Doctor Who television stories|
|The Girl in the Fireplace||The Age of Steel|
Rise of the Cybermen was the fifth episode in the second series of Doctor Who. It was the first part of a two-part story that featured the first televised appearance of a parallel Earth's Cybermen. Tardisode 5 served as its prologue, hinting toward their return.
On a parallel Earth, a deadly new version of the Doctor's old enemy is about to be reborn.
In a laboratory, Dr. Kendrick examines a humanoid metal form and declares, "It's alive" and his wheelchair-bound boss, John Lumic, expresses his pride in this achievement. However, Dr. Kendrick warns him that they must tell the authorities in Geneva about their new development, as this is a new form of life. Lumic orders his new creation to kill the luckless doctor, which it does. Lumic then tell his staff to set sail for Great Britain.
Meanwhile, Rose and the Doctor are laughing about a prior adventure when the Doctor notices that Mickey is holding a control. The Doctor says he can let go. As Mickey indignantly asks if he was forgotten, the Doctor protests that he was... calibrating. Suddenly, there is an explosion and the TARDIS crashes. The Doctor says the Time Vortex is gone. He believes the TARDIS is dead and they've crashed in The Void, beyond the universe from which it draws energy. Mickey rushes outside to find they've arrived in what turns out to be London in a parallel universe: almost, but not quite, the same. There are zeppelins in the sky, the population use advanced EarPods instead of mobile phones, and Rose's father Pete is alive and a very successful businessman, marketing a health drink called Vitex.
The Tenth Doctor manages to find a small part of the TARDIS which is still alive, and gives up a bit of his life to help his ship regenerate. Since this will take around 24 hours, he reluctantly agrees to let his companions explore the parallel Earth, but he chases after Rose to persuade her not to seek out her "father".
One of the powerful players on this earth is John Lumic, owner of Cybus Industries. Lumic is obsessed with the extension of life through cybernetics, since he is confined to a wheelchair by a fatal condition. His latest experiment, a human "upgrade", is nearing completion, and Lumic has one of his scientists killed for raising ethical objections. He has his henchmen round up bands of homeless people and take them to the Cybus factory at Battersea Power Station to "upgrade" them. He also later has a meeting with Pete Tyler and the President of Britain, the latter of whom refuses to allow Lumic to carry on his experiments. Knowing that the President will be attending Jackie Tyler's birthday that night, Lumic accesses the security arrangements and house plans in Jackie's mind via her EarPods and orders a new batch of upgrades be created.
The Doctor and Rose witness a crowd pause as the EarPods they wear download information directly into their brains, and this advanced technology piques the Doctor's interest. The EarPods are manufactured by Cybus, who also own Pete's company, Vitex. The Doctor decides to attend Jackie Tyler's birthday celebration, since the President and many other high profile guests will be there and he may be able to find out more about the Pods.
Mickey, left to his own devices, seeks out his Gran, who died in his universe. While visiting her he's abducted by two people in a blue van, Jake and Mrs Moore, who take him back to their base where they meet Ricky, Mickey's double from this universe.
The three of them are the "resistance", a team who have been investigating Cybus' abductions of homeless people with the help of an inside agent. Their contact has just advised that a group of "upgrades" is leaving the Cybus factory. The resistance head off to tail the Cybus truck, taking Mickey with them.
Disguised as catering staff, the Doctor and Rose infiltrate the party, but before they can find out anything useful Lumic's "upgrades" arrive, and the Doctor recognises them as "Cybermen". They smash their way into the house and kill the President before rounding up the rest of the guests to be upgraded into Cybermen themselves.
Rose, the Doctor and Pete manage to get outside, where they meet up with Mickey and the others, but Ricky and Jake's guns are useless against the Cybermen, who surround them. The Doctor tries to surrender, claiming he volunteers for the upgrade, but the Cybermen refuse; as "rogue elements", they are to "perish under maximum deletion..."
- The Doctor - David Tennant
- Rose Tyler - Billie Piper
- Mickey Smith / Ricky Smith - Noel Clarke (uncredited as Ricky Smith)
- Jackie Tyler - Camille Coduri
- Pete Tyler - Shaun Dingwall
- John Lumic - Roger Lloyd-Pack
- Jake Simmonds - Andrew Hayden-Smith
- The President - Don Warrington
- Rita-Anne Smith - Mona Hammond
- Angela Price - Helen Griffin
- Mr Crane - Colin Spaull
- Dr Kendrick - Paul Antony-Barber
- Morris - Adam Shaw
- Soldier - Andrew Ufondo
- Newsreader - Duncan Duff
- Cyber-Leader - Paul Kasey
- Voice of the Cybermen - Nicholas Briggs
|Executive Producers Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner|
|Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.|
The Doctor Edit
- The Doctor explains the destruction of the Time Lords made it near-impossible to cross between universes, though he doesn't explain how, exactly.
- The Doctor powered a green crystal with ten years of his life to power the TARDIS once more so that it can return home.
- International Electromatics is a front company for Cybus Industries. It has the same name of the company used by Tobias Vaughn in the Doctor's universe.
Cultural references from the real world Edit
- Jake Simmonds refers to Cybus Industries' kidnapping of homeless people as similar to the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
- Veronica of Reykjavík hand made flower sculptures for Jackie's '39th' birthday.
- Jackie has an autobiography out, stating she was born on the same days as Cuba Gooding, Jr..
- Mrs Moore suggests that Ricky's father could have had a "bike".
- Jackson Smith was the father of Mickey Smith. He was a key cutter at Clifton's Parade. He went to Spain and never came back.
- Almost everyone uses EarPods.
- Jackie's EarPods can pick up signals from Venezuela.
- Mrs Moore suggests that Cybus Industries could have perfected human cloning.
Foods and beverages Edit
- The Doctor compares the parallel world to a gingerbread house.
- Mickey's Gran offers him a cup of tea.
- One of the types of food being served at Jackie's party is salmon pinwheels.
- Rose serves champagne at Jackie's party.
- Rose offers to make Jackie a cup of tea. She later says that her real mum takes two sugars in her tea.
Pete's World Edit
- Mickey's Gran lives on Waterton Street.
- The Time Vortex in the TARDIS may not be compatible with the energies outside our universe.
- If any energy remains, The Doctor's TARDIS can accept a donation of life force directly from The Doctor to begin a recharging cycle.
- In event of a catastrophic landing, gas masks may descend from the space above the TARDIS console.
Story notes Edit
- Early reports erroneously gave the title of this story as Rise of the Cyberman.
- When Rose's phone picks up the Cybus network and connects, a video plays during which you can hear a man say, "And it's good news for Great Britain as John Lumic returns to the country of his birth. Mr Lumic, the inventor of high contact metal, has denied reports of ill health." This so called 'high contact metal' could be what is produced when Jackie has her earpods overridden by Lumic and two 'metal' looking prongs emerge from them and meet at the top of her head; this could also be what the handles on the Cybermen's head's are - they could be used for communication with other Cybermen.
- This is the first episode of the new series to be directed by Graeme Harper, the only classic series director to direct for the new series.
- This is the first episode in which the Doctor breaks tradition of wearing white plimsolls with his brown suit, red plimsolls with his blue suit and black plimsolls with his black suit by wearing black ones with his brown suit. This occurs again later in TV: The Impossible Planet, Love & Monsters and Fear Her in which he wears the same combination as in this episode.
- According to Russell T Davies, the fact that Jackie has her 40th birthday in this episode was a deliberate, if obscure, reference to the fact that Rise of the Cybermen occurred in the 40th anniversary year of The Tenth Planet. (AUDIO: Doctor Who at the BBC: The Tenth Doctor)
- In a change from routine for post-2005 Doctor Who, there is no "NEXT TIME" trailer for the next episode shown at the end of the episode, merely a "TO BE CONTINUED" caption.
- 9.22 million (BARB official)
- According to The Sun, Lloyd Pack broke his leg just days before filming began on the episode, requiring the scripts being rewritten to place his character, John Lumic, in a wheelchair. Writer Tom MacRae told Doctor Who Magazine in issue #369 that no rewrites were necessary: the script had always had Lumic in a wheelchair.
Filming locations Edit
- The scene where Mickey, the Doctor and Rose all split up away from each other in the alternate universe was filmed outside the recently built Riverfront Arts Centre in Newport.
Production errors Edit
- The clock face of Big Ben is square however it reverts back to round in the following episode. This was because in this episode, Big Ben was represented by a computer-generated establishing shot, but in The Age of Steel, Big Ben was captured in genuine location filming.
- When Mickey meets his Gran, the boom mike operator is reflected in her sunglasses.
- Ricky Smith's name refers back to the previous Doctor's insistence on calling him that name to annoy him, particularly while visiting Cardiff. (TV: Boom Town)
- The Doctor has previously travelled to parallel universes in TV: Inferno, PROSE: The Shadows of Avalon, and PROSE: Blood Heat, and a future Doctor travels to one mentioned in TV: Battlefield.
- PROSE: Loving the Alien featured an alternate Earth where the humans embraced Cyber technology.
- Rise of the Cybermen is partially inspired by Marc Platt's AUDIO: Spare Parts.
- The story takes place in a parallel universe in which the Cybermen were created on Earth, rather than on Earth's twin planet Mondas as described in TV: The Tenth Planet.
- When Rose is looking at a Zeppelin with her phone on the news, the news reporter mentions Torchwood. (TV: The Christmas Invasion, Tooth and Claw etc al)
- Torchwood is mentioned a second time by Pete later on.
Home video releases Edit
- Rise of the Cybermen was sold on Series 2 Volume 3, along with The Age of Steel and The Idiot's Lantern.
- It was also sold as part of the Series 2 Box Set, which included the specials Children in Need Special and The Christmas Invasion.
- It was also sold on Issue Ten of the Doctor Who DVD Files, along with the second part of this episode, The Age of Steel.
- BBC - Doctor Who - Episode Guide - Rise of the Cybermen
- Rise of the Cybermen at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Rise of the Cybermen at The Whoniverse
- Rise of the Cybermen at Shannon Sullivan's A Brief History of Time (Travel)
- Rise of the Cybermen at The Locations Guide