Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)

UK, 2 September 1967-23 September 1967
4 episodes, 25m each
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks (1967)
Next Serial: Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen (1967)
Part of: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 5, episodes 1-4

A British television science fiction serial directed by Morris Barry. This story features the first references to both the Doctor’s family and his age, given here as 450 years. It was produced not by the programme’s regular producer at the time, Innes Lloyd, but by former script editor Peter Bryant as a prelude to him taking over full time with The Web of Fear. His then wife Shirley Cooklin appears here as Kaftan.

Plot Summary

The TARDIS lands on the planet Telos where the crew meet an archaeological expedition from Earth who are searching for the lost tombs of the Cybermen. But there are traitors among them who reactivate the dormant Cybermen to aid in their plans for conquest. But the tombs aren’t all that they seem and The Doctor must lead the dwindling number of humans in a fight for survival against the silver giants and their Controller.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Morris Barry [episodes 1-4]
© [not given on screen] [episodes 1-4]
BBC TV [episodes 1-4]
Producer: Peter Bryant [episodes 1-4]
[Written] By: Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis [episodes 1-4]
Story Editor: Victor Pemberton [episodes 1-4]
Lighting: Graham Sothcott [episode 4]
Film Cameraman: Peter Hamilton [episode 4]
Film Editor: Alan Martin [episode 4]
Title Music by: Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episodes 1-4]
Title Music Arranged by: Delia Derbyshire [uncredited]
Sound: Brian Hiles [episode 4]
Special Sound: Brian Hodgson [uncredited]
Costumes: Sandra Reid [episode 4]
Make-up: Gillian James [episode 4]
Visual Effects: Michealjohn Harris, Peter Day [episodes 1-4]
Designer: Martin Johnson [episodes 1-4]
Production Assistant: Snowy Lidiard-White [uncredited]
Assistant Floor Manager: Sue Willis [uncredited], Catherine Sykes [uncredited]

Cast
Episode 1
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Frazer Hines (Jamie [McCrimmon])
Deborah Watling (Victoria [Waterfield])
Roy Stewart (Toberman)
Aubrey Richards (Professor Parry)
Cyril Shaps (John Viner)
Clive Merrison (Jim Callum)
Shirley Cooklin (Kaftan)
George Roubicek (Captain Hopper)
George Pastell (Eric Klieg)
Alan Johns (Ted Rogers)
Bernard Holley (Peter Haydon)
Ray Grover (crewman)

Episode 2
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Bernard Holley (Peter Haydon)
Deborah Watling (Victoria [Waterfield])
Frazer Hines (Jamie [McCrimmon])
Cyril Shaps (John Viner)
Aubrey Richards (Professor Parry)
George Pastell (Eric Klieg)
Shirley Cooklin (Kaftan)
Roy Stewart (Toberman)
George Roubicek (Captain Hopper)
Michael Kilgarriff (Cyberman controller)
Hans De Vries, Tony Harwood, John Hogan, Richard Kerley, Ronald Lee, Charles Pemberton, Kenneth Seeger, Reg Whithead (Cybermen)
Peter Hawkins (Cybermen voices)

Episode 3
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Aubrey Richards (Professor Parry)
George Pastell (Eric Klieg)
Roy Stewart (Toberman)
Frazer Hines (Jamie [McCrimmon])
Shirley Cooklin (Kaftan)
Deborah Watling (Victoria [Waterfield])
George Roubicek (Captain Hopper)
Clive Merrison (Jim Callum)
Michael Kilgarriff (Cyberman controller)
Hans De Vries, Tony Harwood, John Hogan, Richard Kerley, Ronald Lee, Charles Pemberton, Kenneth Seeger, Reg Whithead (Cybermen)
Peter Hawkins (Cybermen voices)

Episode 4
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Clive Merrison (Jim Callum)
George Pastell (Eric Klieg)
Aubrey Richards (Professor Parry)
Shirley Cooklin (Kaftan)
Frazer Hines (Jamie [McCrimmon])
Deborah Watling (Victoria [Waterfield])
Roy Stewart (Toberman)
George Roubicek (Captain Hopper)
Michael Kilgarriff (Cyberman controller)
Hans De Vries, Tony Harwood, John Hogan, Richard Kerley, Ronald Lee, Charles Pemberton, Kenneth Seeger, Reg Whithead (Cybermen)
Peter Hawkins (Cybermen voices)

Uncredited
Frankie Dunn [extra]

Alternative Titles

The Cybermen Planet – working title
The Ice Tombs of Telos – working title

References

Books
Doctor Who: The Handbook: The Second Doctor by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers, Stephen James Walker pp.97-103 – credits, synopsis, review
Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker pp.129-133 – credits, synopsis, review