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Published on May 20th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

Programme Information Update…

At 6.40 tonight, The Age of Steel will air slightly earlier than normal due to Eurovision.

The BBC Press Office Programme Information for this week describes the episode:

The Cybermen take control of London and start converting the populace, in the conclusion of this gripping two-part episode.

While Jackie falls under Lumic’s control, the Doctor, Rose and Mickey are reduced to fugitives in a world of terror. A last, desperate attack on the Cyberfactory is their only chance – but will they all survive?

David Tennant plays the Doctor, Billie Piper plays Rose, Noel Clarke plays Mickey, Camille Coduri plays Jackie Tyler, Shaun Dingwall plays Pete Tyler, Roger Lloyd Pack plays John Lumic and Andrew Hayden-Smith plays Jake Simmonds.

And if you want more of the Cybermen, why not try Cybus Industries? That’s right, the company behind the Cybermen has not one but two websites. There’s particularly a lot to see on this site, however – trust me on this…

www.eyeofhorus.org.uk advise us that there are some changes to the BBC3 schedule over the next week:

BBC THREE are setting aside the schedule to repeat the complete (so far) SERIES 2 and DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (CUT DOWN edition) every weeknight at 19:00.

Monday 22 May – NEW EARTH

Tuesday 23 May – TOOTH AND CLAW

Wednesday 24 May – SCHOOL REUNION

Thursday 25 May – THE GIRL IN THE FIREPLACE

Friday 26 May – RISE OF THE CYBERMEN

(At 21:00) Friday 26 May – THE AGE OF STEEL

And just to keep you all up to date – a review from Now Playing Magazine of Rise of the Cybermen. And further proof that Rise just didn’t push the right buttons…

If the Daleks were reborn last year in golden glory, then the Cybermen have returned with somewhat of a leaden thud. Given what a big event this story is for new Who and how important the Cybermen are to the show’s history, it’s disappointing that this is less than a thorough triumph.

Reviewer Arnold T. Blumberg’s words aren’t always agreed with on these pages, but he’s certainly hit the nail on the head. He’s not slow, either, to pick up on the inconsistencies:

Where once the Cybermen were horribly mutilated corpses turned into patchwork cyborgs – a concept lifted and augmented by Star Trek’s Borg – these new Cybermen are just human brains wired into an empty metal shell. And if they’re only using the brain, what was that whole slice-and-dice scene about? Are they just cutting those homeless guys up for fun?

Interesting point – but then we don’t know what they eat on this alternate (as yet unnamed) planet, do we? But Arnold is spot on here:

…Performances are decent if not superb, while Noel Clarke seems to think sneering is all he has to do to look tough as alternate Ricky. Kudos to Colin Spaull for his portrayal of Lumic’s weary but efficient assistant, Mr. Crane.

I’m looking forward to a seen between Crane and the Doctor more than one between Lumic and the Doctor…

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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