To tie in with the return of the Cybermen in The Pandorica Opens, Den of Geek have listed their top ten favourite stories involving the metal menaces from the last fourty four years of Doctor Who.
Their list includes (in order)
10. Revenge of the Cybermen, Tom Baker, 1975
9. The Next Doctor, David Tennant, 2008
8. Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, David Tennant, 2006
7. Silver Nemesis, Sylvester McCoy, 1988
6. Attack of the Cybermen, Colin Baker, 1985
5. Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel, David Tennant, 2006
4. The Invasion, Patrick Troughton, 1968
3. The Tenth Planet, William Hartnell, 1966
2. Earthshock, Peter Davison, 1982
1. Tomb of the Cybermen, Patrick Troughton, 1967
The article describes Tomb of the Cybermen as:
â€œThe greatest. The undisputed champion. The archetypal and never bettered Cyberman story. I may have spoken tongue in cheek, for I have greatly enjoyed all the stories listed so far, but this is by head and shoulders the king amongst them.â€
Missing from the list is The Moonbase and The Wheel in Space, two Patrick Troughton adventures that are incomplete due to missing episodes. It should be noted however that The Wheel in Space should be included in the list in favour of The Next Doctor as itâ€™s a) brilliant and b) better. Attack of the Cybermen should be languishing at the bottom here, as fun as it is; it is a messy continuity fest with an overweight Cybercontroller desperate to find out who has stolen his last Kit Kat.
And as for Tomb of the Cybermen as number one? No thank you. Itâ€™s a great tale, extremely cinematic in scope and has some great lines of dialogue but The Tenth Planet should get the crowning glory as the Granddaddy of them all. It was the template, it was the first story to introduce the Cyber-fiends and it got them spot on from the start. Emotionless, ruthless, overly logical and desperately trying to survive. Even the Daleks werenâ€™t this well realised in their first serial.
They would return to menace humanity time and time again but never were the Cybermen this ruthless, cold and cruel until 2006.
The full article can be viewed at Den of Geek.