They materialise and a missile shot at them from dark side of moon, which they have to quickly jump away to avoid. This causes the visual stabilizer circuit to need fixing. The Doctor remembers Professor Travers (YETI stories)should be in London and could help.
They’ve landed right in the middle of compound, tech based and someone tries to help get them out as people are going missing. This seems to be set in the near future, around 1975, so there’s a UNIT timeframe for you. The guy was shot by security, a bit extreme for 60’s Who.
Unable to find Professor Travers who can help fix the visual stabilizer circuit , they find that he has left for America, leaving his home in the care of Isobel Watkins and her uncle, Professor Watkins. This leads them onto investigating why the Prof has disappeared, bumping into John Benton for the first time (Corporate at the moment), and seeing the MD of International Electromatics. All does not seem right to The Doctor and it seems he’s right as the MD reveals alien technology at the end of the episode.
A reoccurrence of The Doctor playing patience whenever he is cornered. Never fear, story moves into proper UNIT territory when after the abduction, they are shown they have been taken by the Brig who explains what UNIT is. Nice unscripted line about the Doctor want Pattacake biscuit.
We get to see Zoe using her future knowledge by ‘talking’ to the unhelpful computer in Algol, sending it into a feedback loop and destroying it.
Mavic Chen, or at least the same actor playing Vaughn, pulls off a great meglomanic performance again with more technobabble Micromonolithis microprocessor etc. The machine recognises The Doctor from Planet 14, where exactly was that?
After being captured again, I love the scene of Jamie going straight thru car, and going into the passenger seat, unscripted too. Much of the time spent trying to get Prof Watkins to continue his work and Travers finding out the TARDIS which he wants. Time to escape again! They trick Packer and escape into the lift, his hair goes a bit haywire in the act. Time for a Die Hard moment with Jamie and The Doctor going all John McTiernan in the lift shaft.
After passing a ‘Kilroy was here’ sign they escape down the fire escape and end up a box with, I’m guessing, a cyberman
As a back up, Vaughn plans to use the cerebration mentor, their emotions, to control the Cybermen once they have invaded Earth. He threatens The Doctor again who uses the communicator to call upon assistance from UNIT.
The rescue was quite clever and done on a big scale, the actors climbing down a rope ladder to get the two ladies before flying off to UNIT base. This episode certainly sets the scene for Third Doctor format.
The dark side of the moon, flying saucers, the plot thickens for UNIT and The Doctor. I think he starts to get an inkling of who might be behind this and what trouble they might be in.
Realising they seems to be sneaking the cocoons into London, they head off to the London premises in a canoe. Great looking scene, just wish we had the live action not the animation.
Final moments of episode 4, the typical scene of the cycberman, albeit all new looking, through the cocoon.
The Brig has been warned off investigating further and you see that people are being mind controlled in this story, not just cybermen. A few scenes later, there’s a good scene where Isobel suggests using an Infared camera and The Brig suggests this is a job for a man. How very bigoted, but at least it points it out by Isobel saying you ‘man’
Multiple elements in the story which is good. There are cyber transmitter micromonolithic circuits that remind me of ATMOS Sontaran sat nav and Army of Steel. Meanwhile Vaughn tests out the emotion chip on a newly formed cyberman, and turns him a bit mental. Anyone that meets the arms flailing insane cyberman will be destroyed straightaway and we see he at the end of the episode chasing Jamie, Zoe and the policeman on their trail in the sewers.
Jamie spends some of the episode sleeping again, the Doctor analyses the microprocessors while Isobel gets the tea. Everybody has their role.
The final scenes of the cybermen coming out of the drains outside St Paul’s Cathedral are fantastic, one of my favourite of the iconic scenes.
Getting to use Zoe computational skills to plan the knocking out of the invasion force. It worked, knocking them all out. This is model work pretty well, and as a consequence Vaughn is no longer in charge and they will destroy the human race.
Cybermen appears on the TV screen almost made me jump. This really was a great era for the Cybermen. Lots of explosions, missiles and even rocket launchers are used so a fully stocked army arsenal for the final episode. Love the shots of The Doctor jumping when explosions went off as he was running across the roof.
We finish off with an invisible TARDIS in the field. Overall, a great script that’s just a little long but a standout story.