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5/13. The Tardis is trapped on a parallel Earth and an old enemy is about to be reborn.
Doctor Who Confidential follows on BBC3 at 7.45pm; Machine Men traces the robot's history in sci-fi on BBC4 at 8.15pm; Blue Peter meets the Cybermen on Monday BBC1 at 5pm; and Totally Doctor Who has the gossip on Thursday at 5pm.
Rptd tomorrow BBC3, 7.15pm
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Return of the Cybermen: page 10; Aliens and Enemies book offer: page 14; Collecting your Doctor Who stickers: page 26; Moment of the Week: page 65
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The Tardis crash-lands on Earth in what at first seems to be the present. But the skies are filled with airships, and the docile citizens suffer regular downloads of information into their brains. This parallel world is ruled by crazed megalomaniac John Lumic (played with relish by Roger Lloyd Pack), a sinister Dr Strangelove-type figure whose henchmen load London's homeless people into vans to deliver them to an unimaginable fate.
Gripping though all this is, the real interest of tonight's episode is the return of the Doctor's old foes, the Cybermen. There's a big build-up to their first appearance, and you can hear their terrifying footsteps long before they stomp into view in all their tinny majesty.
Time has moved on, of course, and they look very different from how they did in the old days. If anything, they're more scary, and there's genuine dread as they clump, clump, clump towards the Doctor and Rose (David Tennant and Billie Piper), ready to take over the world.
The story concludes next week, while Doctor Who Confidential (7.45pm BBC3) reveals more on-set secrets. (Alison Graham TV editor)
Return of the Cybermen: page 10; Collecting your Doctor Who stickers: page 26; Moment of the Week: page 65
On a parallel Earth where Rose's parents remained together, the Doctor sees a terrifying enemy reborn... The Cybermen are coming!
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