Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen (part four)

I don’t know that anybody, anywhere, is really satisfied with the conclusion of “The Tomb of the Cybermen,” except for five year-olds. Ours thought this was really thrilling, and was very excited by these Cybermen being refrozen and sealed away, hopefully forever. Or until 1985, anyway.

Otherwise, well, the “take that, you dummy!” moment where Toberman throws an empty costume across the room is one of Who‘s most painfully silly bits, but at least it’s over quickly. Eric Klieg wasn’t on anybody’s list of top hundred villains anyway, but his ranting this time is so, so boring. Honestly, I was having more fun watching my son curl up during the ominous bits, and hop around with a big smile during Toberman’s final fight with the Controller, than I was watching the program itself. This won’t be the last time, though, that a promising Doctor Who story peters out in its final episode.

It’s always bothered me that the heroes just leave Toberman’s body in front of the tomb doors like that. I prefer to think that they cut a line for time, and Professor Parry and Captain Hopper bring a stretcher party back for him. That’s a very unhappy moment.


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