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Spare Parts
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Script release: The Audio Scripts: Volume Three
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Nyssa
Main enemy: The Cybermen
The Central Committee of Mondas Zheng
Main setting: Mondas
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Marc Platt
Director: Gary Russell
Sound: Alistair Lock
Post production: Alistair Lock
Cover by: Clayton Hickman
Release details
Release number: 34
Release date: July 2002
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
Production code: 6C/E
ISBN 1-903654-72-6
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Spare Parts was the thirty-fourth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. It explained the somewhat surprising origins of the Mondasian Cybermen.

It was the partial inspiration for two 2006 Doctor Who television episodes — The Age of Steel and Rise of the Cybermen, on which Spare Parts writer Marc Platt received acknowledgement.

Publisher's summary Edit

"I'm not even sure they are people by the end. They’re just so many tinned left-overs..."

On a dark frozen planet where no planet should be, in a doomed city with a sky of stone, the last denizens of Earth's long-lost twin will pay any price to survive, even if the laser scalpels cost them their love and hate and humanity.

And in the Mat-infested streets, round about tea-time, the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa unearth a black market in secondhand body parts and run the gauntlet of augmented police and their augmented horses.

And just between the tramstop and the picturehouse, the Doctor's worst suspicions are finally confirmed: the Cybermen have only just begun, and the Doctor will be, just as he always has been, their saviour...

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Surfacing (1) Edit

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Necessary Force (2) Edit

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Popping the Seals (3) Edit

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Shelter (4) Edit

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Species Edit

  • Yvonne has a pet Cybermat.
  • The Doctor tries to fight off a Cyberman with gold, but it has no effect.
  • This story marks the first chronological appearance of a Cyber-Planner. It originates in a union of the brightest minds of the Mondasian Council.
  • Part of the Cybermen design is structured after the Doctor's own brain.

Preview illustration by Martin Geraghty featured in DWM 320

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Continuity Edit

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  • This story takes place at the beginning of the Cybermen's creation. Many of its events lead into those of TV: The Tenth Planet.
  • Mondas began to drift through space, due to the sudden arrival of a moon between Earth and Mondas. This upset the gravitational equilibrium of Mondas, causing it to escape its orbit. (TV: The Tenth Planet)
  • Cyber-Commander Zheng would return for a cameo appearance in AUDIO: The Reaping. That story depicted him as still being operational in September 1984.
  • Nyssa has sympathy with people losing their family. (TV: The Keeper of Traken)

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