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Cybermen have been using upgraded humans on Centuria to mine special gems called Hargstones. But what is their plan?
The TARDIS lands in Centuria Central in a temporal stasis field. Kadett is caught in the frozen moment but the Doctor, who is a Time Lord, can resist the field. Cybermen in a patrol aircar spot him moving and pursue him. The Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver to bring the aircar crashing down. This draws the attention of other Cybermen, who arrive to salvage parts and take them back to base. The Doctor smuggles himself into the base with the salvage.
The base is the Triplanetary base which the Doctor suspects has been robbed of its Hargstone reserves to enable the Cybermen to maintain a stasis machine. The Doctor learns from the Cybermen that they built the stasis machine from Torchwood files and used the device to subdue overwhelming opposition. Choosing the most secure place for the machine, the Doctor escapes and heads for the bank's vault, but it is made of titanium and is protected by laser-proof glass and destructor rays.
When the Doctor can't get in he uses the sonic screwdriver to turn the destructor rays inwards, destroying the stasis machine. The Cybermen have a mental link with the machine that enables them to move around inside the stasis field, so when the machine is destroyed the temporal feedback overloads their circuits.
With the Cybermen now no more than ghosts and the stasis field gone, the Doctor says goodbye to Kadett, warning her to keep her eyes peeled. In the shadows, the eyes of Cybermen glow red.
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- Supporting the series of collectible Doctor Who trading cards, the magazine carried a regular four page, individually titled comic strip of the Tenth Doctor's adventures.
- The artwork and colours were bold and bright, reflecting the tone of the magazine and, as did Doctor Who Adventures, reflected the appeal to readers younger than those catered to by Doctor Who Magazine.
- The Cybermen featured in this story are those from Pete's World, although it is stated earlier that they were created in the Doctor's universe from files in the Torchwood archives. This comic strip, and the previous three, which piece together the full story, mark the only time these variants of Cybermen have appeared in a comic, and the only time so far the Cybermen have appeared in a new series comic.
- The Battles in Time comic strip sought to associate its Doctor with the one seen on screen by using "props" from the TV series: blue/brown suit, intelligent-looking glasses, sonic screwdriver and psychic paper.
Original print details
- 4/4 DWBIT 11 (4 pages) TO BE CONTINUED!!!
- No reprints to date.
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