Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

This week we’re dipping back to a story that dips back even further! Join Erika, Kat, and Liz as we discuss the the Cybermen, Cyber Leader, Cyber Controller, and (of course) Lytton!

How do you feel about this story? Is it terrible? Is it enjoyable? Is it both? Drop us a tweet or let us know in the comments!


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Comments on: "Attack of the Cybermen in Black" (3)

  1. scooter27 said:

    Hello! No hate here, I always loved this story! It’s not a straight line of a plot, and the whole repairing the Chameleon circuit annoyed me, but it’s FUN! 80’s Cybermen are clearly the best Cybermen! They, and David Banks in particular, gave them personality! Emotionless robots that look like emotionless robots are BORING!!! (“The Orville” got away with it for awhile, but that changed pretty fast.) If Colin Baker had more stories like this, his run would be better remembered.

  2. Icon_UK said:

    I think the first example of partial cyber-conversion we’d seen was Toberman in “Tomb of the Cybermen” with only one of his arms converted.

    Even if we weren’t old enough to have seen the earlier Cyberman stories, I think many of us younger fans would have read the Target novelisations of Tomb, the Moonbase etc.

    I remember not liking Lytton at ALL from his first appearance (A mercenary who works for the Daleks is either breathtakingly ignorant of their rep, or deluding themsleves something fierce) so him coming back was not something that filled me with anticipation and, even at that age I could tell that this was the writer’s pet character (and I don’t think I was wrong given that Eric Saward is STILL featuring him in a series of comic books) especially given the Doctor’s entirely unwarranted assessment of his character at the end. (and I mean the Doctor berating himself for thinking Lytton was working for the Cybermen instead of against them seems entirely reasonable based on past experience with him)

    I confess I wasn’t aware of how complicated the writing of this story seems to have been, but such is life:

    Might be time to give this one a re-watch though, but it’s not going to be first on my list. 🙂

  3. I wouldn’t quite say I love this story, but it’s certainly not boring and I’m always entertained by it. I do tend to find the two partially converted cyber-blokes a bit annoying though. Too shouty for my liking, but it’s an Eric Saward script, so all the characters seem to hate each other.

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