10th Doctor
Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel

Executive Producers
Julie Gardner
Russell T. Davies

Phil Collinson

Script Editor
Helen Raynor

Written by Tom MacRae
Directed by Graeme Harper
Incidental Music by Murray Gold

David Tennant (The Doctor), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith), Shaun Dingwall (Pete Tyler), Roger Lloyd Pack (John Lumic), Andrew Hayden-Smith (Jake Simmonds), Don Warrington (The President) [1], Mona Hammond (Rita-Anne), Helen Griffin (Mrs Moore), Colin Spaull (Mr Crane), Paul Antony-Barber (Dr Kendrick) [1], Adam Shaw (Morris) [1], Andrew Ufondo (Soldier) [1], Duncan Duff (Newsreader) [1], Paul Kasey (Cyber-Leader) [1], Nicholas Briggs (Cyber-Voice).

On a parallel Earth, a deadly new version of the Doctor's old enemy is about to be reborn.

Original Broadcast (UK)
Rise of the Cybermen      	May 12th, 2006			7h20pm - 8h05pm
The Age of Steel      		May 19th, 2006			7h00pm - 7h45pm
  • A commentary track by Graeme Harper, Neill Gorton and Rob Mayor for Rise of the Cybermen is available on the official Doctor Who website.
  • A commentary track by Noel Clarke, Camile Coduri and Shaun Dingwall for The Age of Steel is available on the official Doctor Who website.
Rise of the Cybermen
On a computer screen; a message has been received by a group known as ‘The Preachers’ from another figure known as ‘Gemini’. It details that the subject of the report is John Lumic, founder of Cybus Industries (est. 1982).

It reports the main information on Cybus Industries; such as the profit margin of $78 billion in 2001, and a report from South America that in 2004 259,996 people went missing from within its borders. Finally it reports the Lumic is working on his “ultimate upgrade” and then goes on to say that he must be stopped.

Across the globe metal men are preparing to disembark as part of the upgrade and as the report concludes a figure resembling Mickey sits in a large blue van, watching the screen before him. He watches as the report calls for all Preachers to mobilise and as the message ends with an advertisement from Cybus Industries promoting the upcoming “ultimate upgrade”, he drives away…

The Age of Steel
A report issued from John Lumic to every continent on the planet orders all cyber factories across the Earth to begin production, the “ultimate upgrade” is about to reach maximum velocity.

As the report continues it details the objectives of the upgrade; the removal of the human brain from its body and its replacement into a brand new metal body.

Across the globe hoards of Cybermen are being manufactured and are starting to awaken. They line the streets in preparation to take over the world; their orders stand to delete all incompatible material…


In a laboratory in a place unknown, a blinding light silhouettes a robotic figure amongst the pieces of machinery. A scientist working in the lab informs his superior that ‘it’ is working. The other man, seated in the shadows, explains that that is not the correct terminology. He moves forward on a large motorised wheel chair and tells him: this is not a machine. The scientist corrects himself. It’s alive.

The man in the chair asks if the creature can hear him. The scientist explains that it may be in a state of shock; the brain has been welded to the exoskeleton. The seated man marvels at his new creation: skin of metal, and a body that will never age. He envies it. He turns to face it and asks if it knows him. He orders it to answer and asks again. Slowly the creature answers, he is John Lumic. Lumic marvels at what stands before him, his child. It is ready, he tells his friend Dr Kendrick to mark this day, that are blessed.

Yet Kendrick explains this is a new form of life and they must inform Geneva of it’s existence, it contravenes the Bio-Convention. They must ratify it. However Lumic knows they will never allow this creature life, and decides he shall not apply to ratification. Kendrick apologises but it is his duty to inform them. Lumic stares at him and asks how he shall do that from beyond the grave. Kendrick does not understand, but it is too late to escapes. The hazy shape of the creature has crept up behind him and on Lumic’s orders it reaches for Kendrick’s neck, electrocuting him. He writhes in agony and falls to the ground.

Lumic turns away and activates a communication link. He calls for his captain to contact all staff and explain they have a new destination. “Set sail for Great Britain.”

Rise of the Cybermen

In the TARDIS console room the Doctor and Rose reminisce over past adventures, in particular a weird munchkin lady with a big eye that nearly killed Rose by breathing fire at her. They laugh, and are joined by Mickey, who is standing at the console. He asks to hear more about this encounter but the Doctor trails off, fobbing it off as a long story that happened on a planet asteroid thing.

He then notes that Mickey is holding down a switch on the console and asks how long he has been doing that. He replies, explaining the Time Lord asked him to about half an hour ago. The Doctor slowly explains he can let go now, as Rose laughs into her hand. Mickey asks how long it has been since he could have stopped and the Doctor again slowly explains: about ten minutes ago…or twenty…twenty-nine.

Mickey, somewhat angered, accuses the Doctor of forgetting him but he maintains he was calibrating. He knows exactly what he was doing.

Suddenly the console explodes in a blinding light and a pool of sparks. Outside in space a volcanic eruption blows the TARDIS off-course as inside the Doctor, Rose and Mickey are thrown to the floor. The Doctor wrestles for control and Rose asks what is happening. He replies, telling her that the time vortex has gone.

The ship thunders downwards through clouds of smoke and raw energy and the Doctor warns his companions to brace themselves, they’re about to crash. The ship thunders to a halt and again they are thrown to the floor, as oxygen masks descend from the ceiling. The lights go out and all that is left are blackened walls, a burnt out console and the three occupants, dazed and confused.

The Doctor asks if everyone is all right and once they have replied he turns to the console. The TARDIS is dead. Rose asks if he can fix it but he tells her there is nothing left to fix, she’s perished. He slowly paces the around the console, pressing random switches, but it is no use. The last TARDIS in the universe is extinct.

Rose maintains that they can get help, they must have landed somewhere. The Doctor however explains that they fell out of the vortex through the void and into nothingness. They are in some sort of no place, a silent realm, a lost dimension…

…Otherwise known as London. Mickey has opened the TARDIS door and has taken a look outside. He steps out onto the Thames embankment and marvels as London, England, Earth as the Doctor and Rose follow him from inside the ship. He walks to a nearby bin and pulls out a newspaper, reading out the date as the first of February; in the same year he left. Rose joins him to take a look as the Doctor wanders over; getting Mickey to confirm that this is London, his home, just as he left it. Each time the young earthling replies positively whilst looking at the paper. The Doctor concludes, asking if his London included Zeppelins.

They all look up at the sky to see it crowded with the floating bags of air. Rose marvels at their beauty as Mickey cobbles together the excuse that there must be some kind of festival, it must be London, the date is the same.

Realising the truth he asks the Doctor if this is a parallel one and the Doctor concludes that it must be. Rose remains distant, staring at something before her as Mickey continues, explaining it is exactly the same as their world but a little bit different, just like in films. In this universe traffic lights might be blue, Tony Blair might never have been elected… “And he’s still alive.”

Rose continues to stare at the object before her and the Doctor and Mickey do the same, meeting with the sight of Rose’s dad Pete on a large advertisement poster, with a ‘Vitex Lite’ cherry-flavour health drink. In this reality, Peter Allan Tyler is still alive.

The Doctor is quick to warn her not to look at it or even to think about it, but she doesn’t listen, she reaches out to the advert and it instantly springs to life, like a television ad. In a jerky motion Pete coins the phrase “trust me on this” and gives a cheesy thumbs up. Rose is joyful, in life in her own dimension he always had daft schemes like selling health food drinks and in this dimension he’s done it, he’s become a success.

The Doctor again warns her. He tells her to stop looking at her and if she ever trusted him to listen to his warning. Her own father is dead. That is not her Pete. It is a Pete. He probably has his own Jackie and his own Rose, his own daughter who is not her. She cannot se him. Not ever. She looks forlorn as Pete’s advert continues to talk and move. “Trust me on this.”

At a stately home surrounded by fields and woodland, a posh car with the registration plate “PETE 1” pulls up outside. Sure enough the driver is Rose’s dad Pete, who steps outside holding a bunch of flowers. He straightens his shirt cuffs and surveys the area around him, before making his way inside.

Once there he calls out to his sweetheart, hiding the flowers behind his back. Jackie appears at the top of a grand staircase, dressed in an elegant gown. She descends amongst a crowd of busied servants, and begins to nag at him, sniping that he told her he could “trust me on this” and all he’s gone is cocked it up. Slightly confused he enquires as to what it is he’s done wrong and she walks off to show him. They arrive in another grand room where Jackie stares up at a large banner, which is inscribed: “Happy 40th Birthday”.

Pete asks what is wrong and Jackie protests the fact it says forty. He concurs that she is forty but she whines that she doesn’t want everyone to know. Pete, still somewhat confused simply confirms that she has a birthday party tonight, but Jackie is set that it is only her thirty-ninth. Her official biography states that she was born on the same day as Cube Gooding Junior, which makes her thirty-nine.

She turns away from him, thanking him mockingly, before calling out to Rose. Pete follows her out to the stairwell and presents her with the flowers, explaining they are from the girls in her office. She looks at them bluntly and quips that she has hand-sculpted arrangements by Veronica of Reykjavik and all his secretary did was stop off at the garage. She declines to take them and he places them on a table, whilst she asks why he hasn’t brought her a Zeppelin as a present, everyone else has one.

Again she calls out to Rose, in a non too flattering manner, before turning back to Pete and showing off her present from Mr Lumic, a set of metallic ear pieces, brand new encrusted with real diamonds, the latest model. They can pick up signals from Venezuela, and although Pete or she can work out why she would need to utilise this function, at least now she can find out. Pete too has a set of earpieces attached to the sides of his head, as do the servants milling around them, although they seem not to react to wearing them as anything out of the ordinary. She turns away and again calls out to Rose, commenting to Pete that she will need a bath before tonight. Rose appears at the foot of the stairs, she is a small dog.

Pete looks on as Jackie welcomes her pet but turns away at the sound of a phone ringing. He puts his hand up to one of his earpieces to answer the call, it is Mr Lumic. He thanks him for the gift he has given Jackie, and from within his Zeppelin hovering above the Thames Lumic comments that they are hand made, she must take care of them. Pete asks if he will be attending the party tonight, explaining it would be an honour. He declines, he has work to do. His plans have advanced, and the President has promised a decision. He explains he will be flying in tonight and arriving at the airstrip by five o’clock. Pete worries that escorting his boss will upset Jackie and her party but Lumic will not take no for an answer, if the President of Great Britain can attend the meeting, so can he. He expects him at five o’clock; today is a famous day.

Lumic signs off leaving Pete to his thoughts, as Lumic takes in oxygen from a mask on his life support wheel chair. He then turns to a computer and signs in. He activates the ear-pod access for Jacqueline Tyler.

In her room, Jackie is putting on her makeup when suddenly her ear-pods begin to glow and two metallic rods extend from within them. They bend to join above her head, forming a small glowing bulb where they meet. Jackie freezes as this process unfolds, as if in a state of hypnotism. He demands to know the security codes and encryptions for the house tonight and the information pours from her brain, into the screen before him. Once the information is fully downloaded he calls for the computer to restore her. The glowing bulb disappears and the two rods disappear back into her ear-pods, allowing her free movement once more.

With the information his, Lumic thanks her and then opens a video link with one of his associates, Mr Crane. He explains that events are moving on faster than he had expected. He needs extra staff. Crane accepts the unspoken order and begins a recruitment drive. He calls for the driver of the lorry he is sitting in to back up and it reverses out onto a London street.

Back in the burnt out TARDIS console room the Doctor sits alone. The door behind him opens and Mickey enters, with Rose nowhere to be seen. The Time Lord scolds him for letting her run off in a parallel world, the equivalent of a gingerbread house out to tempt her. Mickey is taken aback by the fact that the Doctor is not concerned by what he gets up to but the agitated Time Lord claims he cannot worry about everything. He kicks the TARDIS console, wishing he could get it to work. Mickey asks if that will help the ship and the Doctor claims it will. The young human then asks if it hurt his foot and sure enough it did. He sits down and rubs his sore toes.

On the Thames embankment Rose walks alone. She looks around her and come to a stop by a bench. She sits down and watches the Zeppelins loom overhead. Suddenly, her mobile phone begins to beep and when she takes it from her pocket to look at it, she finds that she has been given a free trial access to the Cybus Network. She opens up a news report detailing the return of John Lumic, the inventor of high-contact metal, to his home country. Lumic, who does not wear his own set of ear-pods, appears in an interview from his ship, denying reports of ill health. He explains that they are all flesh and blood, the brain is what keeps a man human and his mind is more creative than ever. The screen returns to the reporter, who explains that the price of shares in Cybus Industry are doubling, and as his voice drones on Rose looks up once again at the Zeppelins. She looks again at the screen and turns it off, as the reporter talks about a new report published by the Torchwood Institute.

Back in the TARDIS the Doctor laments that they are not meant to be in a parallel dimension. The ship draws its power from the universe but they are in the wrong universe. Mickey comments that he’s seen dimension hopping in comics, it looks so easy. The Doctor simply explains, it’s not like that in the real world. When the Time Lords were in power inter-dimensional travel was a lot easier but now they are dead that access has gone, the walls of reality have closed, the world has been sealed. Everything became a bit less kind.

Mickey asks how, despite this they have managed to arrive in a different dimension but the tired Doctor does not know. It should have been impossible but now they’re trapped. They both sigh and as the Time Lord looks around at the darkened ship he spots a speck of green light beneath the floor grating. He looks around to check it isn’t a reflection but realises it is very much real. This is all they need; they have power. He and Mickey lift up the floor panel and marvel at the light below.

On an abandoned sight, filled with rubbish several men are huddles around a fire. The lorry belonging to Mr Crane arrives and the man greets them. He puts on his best showman voice and calls for them to enter the lorry, which now stands with its loading doors open. As smoke wafts out his colleagues lower a ladder for the men to step onto and Crane explains the lorry is full of free warm food and drink. He calls for them to help themselves and they follow, all except for one young man who warns the others not to go. He claims they are lying, reminding them of the people have been disappearing off of the streets for the past few months. They are taking the men away, for experimentation.

As the last man enters the lorry the younger lad hides behind a pile of junk, recording all he sees on a camcorder. He watches as the men inside realise it is a trap and Crane orders his men to take them away. The lorry doors are closed as the men inside scream to be let out.

Inside the TARDIS the Doctor has lowered himself into the open service hatch and is tearing out pieces of machinery to get hold of the glowing object. Mickey inquires as to what it is and the Time Lord explains that it is a lone power cell that nobody ever bothers about, the last ounce of reality clinging onto power. Mickey then asks if it is enough to get them home and he replies that it isn’t yet, it needs charging up. The Doctor manages to pluck the cell from it’s resting place and cradles it in his hands as Mickey ponders if they could wire it up to the national grid. However, the energy must come from their own universe and the Doctor knows where to get it. He blows gently over the cell and it glows brighter. He excitedly marvels that by doing so he has given up ten years of his life in doing that, and it was worth every second.

Back on the embankment Rose is still staring at her phone and it’s new connection. She brings up a search box and types in her father’s name.

The Doctor and Mickey continue to marvel at the cell and Mickey asks if it is ok that the glow is fading. The Doctor explains it is on a recharging cycle and sure enough the glow begins to grow brighter again, before fading and continuing on its cycle. He continues, explaining it will continue to gain power and be ready to take them back home in twenty-four hours. He kisses it affectionately as Mickey ponders the prospect of spending a day on a parallel world. The Doctor declares it as shore leave, so long as they keep their heads down. He clutches at the cell and then calls for Mickey to come and help him find Rose to tell her the news.

Soon enough they are strolling around the embankment towards her, explaining the situation. She remains silent and sullen and he asks her what is going on. She tells him about the Cybus network and he warns her not to pay attention, this is the wrong world. She ignores him and explains that in this world she was never born. Pete and Jackie still got married but never had kids. The Doctor makes a swipe for the phone but she takes it from his reach. She goes on, laughing back tears to explain that they’re rich, they have cars and everything they want, except her.

She explains that she has to see her father and once again the Doctor protests. She continues, she just wants to see him and when the Doctor claims he cannot let her she begins to loose her patience, she has twenty-four hours. The Doctor claims that she cannot just become their daughter and asks Mickey for back up, but he to is preparing to walk away. With twenty-four hours to go he can do what he wants. Rose continues, saying she has the address of he father. The Doctor, now frantic, watches as they depart in opposite directions.

He tells them both to come back but they continue to walk. Rose again says she just wants to see her parents and Mickey too claims he has things he wants to see, but when the Doctor asks what he simply explains that the Doctor doesn’t know him, that’s just it. Rose apologises and claims that she has to go. The Doctor looks back at Mickey and he simply reaffirms what he already knows. He can only chase after one of them it it’ll never be him. The Doctor begins to run after Rose, calling back to return to the embankment in twenty-four hours time. Mickey agrees, but only if he hasn’t found something better.

At the airstrip, Lumic’s Zeppelin is coming into land. Pete has already arrived and is met by the President, who asks him what the problem is that it can’t wait until tonight. He explains that he is on the fast track now; with Cybus Industries having brought out his business he’s part of the company now. The President quips that some say Cybus has brought his government but Pete laughs, saying he has never head anyone say that. He can trust him on this. The President explains he has tried Pete’s Vitex drink; it tastes like pop. Pete admits it is pop and the President marvels that Pete has sold a health food drink to a sick world, he’s not quite the average joe he seems to be. He looks up at the airship; Lumic does like to keep them waiting.

They approach a walkway leading down from the ship and the President ponders that Pete has been involved with Lumic more than most, and asks him what he thinks of him. Pete comments that he is a clever man brilliant in fact. The President asks if he would call him insane, but Pete admits that isn’t the word he’d use. The President explains that he sees, before making his way up the walkway.

Mickey is making his way along a run down street when he comes across an army blockade. He asks if he is allowed through and the soldiers oblige, reminding him of the curfew that is in place during the night. Mickey marvels at the difference between this reality and his own, much to the confusion of the soldier who thinks he has been living up on the Zeppelins with the toffs. He watches Mickey go, as the air ships lumber overhead.

The Doctor and Rose are walking the streets as she informs him of Mickey’s past. His mother could never cope alone; his father hung around for a while but left them eventually. Mickey was brought up by his gran, and she goes on to marvel at what a wonderful women she was, and how she died five years ago after tripping down the stairs. The Doctor admits he never knew and Rose explains he never asked, they just take him for granted. She wonders if his gran is still alive in this dimension and the Doctor continues his allegory of a gingerbread house.

There is a sudden beeping ringing out in the street and the people walking about their everyday lives stop in their tracks. Their ear-pods all bleep in rhythm as he Doctor and Rose walk among them. The Doctor realises the earpieces are like bluetooth attachments but everyone is connected together. Roses’ phone bleeps and when she examines it she realises it is an automatic process for all compatible software, all news and current affairs are downloaded into peoples heads. The Doctor looks at the header on the page, daily download published by Cybus Industries. He clicks down see a ‘joke’ menu and as he does so the men and women receive the pun and laugh, snapping out of the download state, going about their errands.

The Doctor, amused, marvels at the human need for the latest download, as Rose reminds him things are different here, a parallel world. The Doctor explains that not everything is that parallel and flicks through the information, realising that Cybus Industries also own Vitex, Pete’s company. Rose smiles and he finally gives in. He hands in and agrees to go and see him.

Mickey meanwhile has arrived at his destination, a house in a rundown street. He knocks on the door and an elderly blind woman answers, thinking he is a burglar. He says hello and she realises who it is. He confirms he suspicions and she greets her grandson Rickey. Mickey tries to correct her but she is adamant. She knows her own grandson’s name; it’s Rickey. Mickey gives in and lets her call him by that name. He hugs her and she hits him, scolding him for disappearing her. She talks of stories of people disappearing off of the streets and how worried she was.

Over her shoulder he sees the carpet on the stairs is torn, sticking out at an odd angle. Unsettled he comments that he has told her so many times to get that fixed; she could fall and break her neck. She tells him he should get it fixed and he agrees that he should have, a long time ago. Perhaps he’s just a bit useless. She fobs him off and invites him in for a cup of tea, so long as he has time. He explains he has all the time in the world for her but she simply explains he is lying; it’s his new friends. He asks what friends they are but she simply takes him as a liar. She explains her neighbour has seen them tearing around in a van but he denies knowing about it. As she steps inside a blue van comes tearing round the corner. Mickey begins to follow her in but the van doors open. The young man from the dumpsite climbs out and pulls him inside; they have been looking for him everywhere. They drive off, leaving Mickey’s grandmother calling out for him.

Inside the young man scolds him, he once told them that they should never contact their own family, it puts them in danger. Mickey, confused, goes along with what he is saying, taking the place of the absent Rickey. The young man tells him what he saw at the dump, and the driver of the van, an older women explains it was rented out but the company it was rented to, International Electronics, was a dud set up by Cybus Industries. She then explains that Thin Jimmy has been arrested, leaving him London’s Most Wanted.

On Lumic’s airship the President and Pete are watching a presentation that details how the human brain can be made immortal by submersion in a series of chemicals, bonding the flesh with a metal exoskeleton. Lumic looks on, breathing via the mask on his chair. The President stops the presentation as it talks of the ‘ultimate upgrade’ and turns to Lumic. He explains that he realises what the upgrade entails and apologises, his government will not give permission, nor would any government in the world. Lumic abandons his breathing mask and explains he has prepared a paper for the ethical committee. The President cuts him off, calling his plans obscene. Lumic makes a personal plea, explaining that he is dying. The President knows, and he is sorry. Lumic continues, by stopping his project he has condemned him to die. He states that his inventions have advanced the entire planet, and asks if he would have all that perish.

The President, now on his feet brings him down to Earth. He is a fine businessman, but he is not God. Lumic looks on as the President makes his apologies and leaves, telling Pete he shall see him later on tonight for a drink.

With him gone Pete tries to sympathise with Lumic, explaining there are other countries to apply to. However Lumic is adamant. This is the homeland, his birthplace. He bids Pete leave and once he has gone turns to his computer. A picture of Mr Crane appears and asks if the override is working. He explains that it is, despite some teething troubles. He approaches a line of men, those he abducted from the dumpsite. He checks the ear-pods he has grafted onto their heads and then stands back. Using a handheld device he asks the men to turn to the right, then back to the left. They do so on command and Lumic cuts in, asking Crane if he is enjoying himself. He hurriedly explains he is not, only the control is irresistible. Lumic tells him to resist then orders him to start the upgrade.

Crane asks if he has gained permission but he explains he is governed by greater laws, the right of a man to survive. He orders him to begin then signs off, leaving him to order the men to exit the room, into a corridor beyond where their screams ring out for all to hear. Crane quickly hurries over to a control panel and tells one of the operators to drown out the noise, turn on track nineteen. He does so and “the lion sleeps tonight” rings out across the processing factory, as knifes and spinning blades cut and slash the human bodies, giving them the ultimate upgrade…

It is nighttime and outside an abandoned building the blue van pulls up. The young man calls to the driver Mrs Moor that there is a light on insides, they’ve got visitors. They arm themselves and sneak round to the back entrance. They enter, to find a young man standing by a fireplace. Bemused, the young man asks what he is doing there. The figure replies, asking what he is doing there. He points to Mickey, his exact double…

As a limousine pulls into the Tyler house drive, the Doctor and Rose sit perched on a thicket watching. Rose realises it is February 1st, Jackie’s birthday and even in this universe she still loves a party. The Doctor admits there is one guaranteed way to get inside and pulls out his psychic paper. Rose smiles as he asks her who she’d like to be.

A while later, inside the Tyler household the two travellers, dressed as a waiter and waitress, are serving people food and drink. Rose, not amused, moans to the Doctor that they could have been anyone. The Doctor defends himself, explaining that they got in, as they wished. She continues, he’s in charge of the psychic paper; he could have made them out as celebrities. He explains that if you want to know what’s going on, you should always work in a kitchen.

He points out a man over the other side of the room and explains that according to Lucy, another waitress, he is the President of United Kingdom. In this world there is no Prime Minister.

Pete calls for attention and Roses rushes to see him, as he thanks the guests for coming. He introduces Jackie who descends from the stairs. Rose looks on and the Doctor keeps an eye on her, as he would-be mother welcomes her guests. He warns her she cannot stay with them, even if she told them she was really their daughter. She agrees and explains she has her own mum, Jackie back in her own universe.

They watch as Jackie calls out to her rose, the dog and the Doctor bursts out laughing. His companion gives him a sharp look and he composes himself, as Jackie fusses over her pet.

Elsewhere, the International Electronics lorry is being loaded with the robotic creatures Lumic has created. They storm in line onto the lorry as Crane confronts one of his co-workers; he explains to him that what they are holding is the future. He tells him to go to the lorry and start it up. Lumic calls him and asks if they are mobile. He explains that they are about to go and Lumic himself is on his way, his Zeppelin is looming overhead. He tells his old friend to prepare the factory and to send the creatures forward, let the good work begin.

In the hideout, Mickey is strapped to a chair. The young man is examining him with a complicated medical instrument as Mrs Moor checks the readings on a computer. Rickey ponders how something like this could happen and Mrs Moore ponders that perhaps Cybus Industries could have perfected cloning, that or his father had a bike.

He questions Mickey, who explains that his father was Jackson Smith, who used to work in the key cutters on Clifton’s Parade. He went to Spain and never came back. Rickey explains that his father did the same, perhaps they are brothers. He looks at him and observes how they are both exactly the same in terms of appearance. He tells his friend, whom he finally addresses as Jake that something else must be going on.

Mickey asks exactly who his three captors are. Rickey explains that they are known as the Preachers, as in gospel truth. He shows him that none of the wear ear-pods, whilst the rest of the world downloads from Cybus Industries, they remain free. He is talking to London’s Most Wanted. Lumic however is their number one target and they are bent on bringing him down.

Mickey asks how they will do this whilst hiding in a kitchen. Jake smiles but Rickey asks if he has a problem with the way they operate. He hurriedly denies it but before Rickey can turn on him again a bleep issues from the computer. Mrs Moor explains it is an upload from someone or something known as ‘Gemini’. The report states that the lorries are back, moving out from Battersea. Lumic is making his move. Rickey addresses his companions and turns to Mickey. They are about to leave.

The lorries continues on their journey, followed by the blue van belonging to Rickey and his gang, who are now arming themselves with machine guns.

At the party the Doctor I making his way down the corridors, casually looking around him. A glowing light from a behind an ajar door draws him to look, and inside he finds a computer displaying the Cybus Industries system.

Rose meanwhile is still serving, watching Jackie as she mixes with the clientele. Pete joins her and explains how he remembers her twenty-first birthday, a pint of cider at the George pub. She offers him a drink and he takes it. She compliments him on the party, using his own catchphrase. He laughs and she asks him how long they have been married. He replies, explaining it has been twenty years. She asks if they have ever had children and he explains that they kept putting it off, Jackie never wanted to ruin her figure. She tries to persuade him that it is not too late but he reveals he moved out last month although he hasn’t told anybody because it would be bad for business. He wonders why he is revealing all of this to her and asks if they have met before, she just seems right to talk to. He cuts off and addresses his friend Stevie, asking how things are going at Torchwood.

Outside, Rickey and Jake are watching the clientele arrive at the party and realise they must get inside. In the van Mrs Moor has found out that the house belongs to Pete Tyler, one of Lumic’s henchmen. Mickey realises what this means and states they must get inside, which Rickey tells him he has just said.

The lorries have arrived and are being unloaded. Rickey and Jake watch as the contents of the lorry march out, making their way towards the house.

The Doctor meanwhile, is watching the presentation Lumic was showing the President earlier, his expression grave.

Jackie is sitting on a bench outside. Rose joins her and asks if she can get her anything. She asks if she could get the last twenty years of her life back then sighs with a laugh. Rose offers to get her a drink, champagne of maybe a cup of tea. She joyfully opts for the latter and Rose remembers how her mum would always stay up before going to bed, just to have one last cup. Jackie admits that she is the same; even down to the number of sugars she takes.

She begins to talk about Pete but cuts herself off. Rose admits what a good man he is, a bit of a jack the lad but nevertheless, worth a second chance. Jackie turns on her, asking her is she is commenting on her marriage. Rose tries to explain but she simply dismisses her a servant girl. She tells her she will not get paid then goes back inside, leaving Rose alone. Before her, on the lawn, floodlights suddenly turn on and she sees a line of figures noisily marching towards her.

Back in the study the Doctor realises what is going on, what Lumic’s creatures really are…

Rose watches the line of creatures advance before rushing inside. There she finds the Doctor and together they peer out of a window as the marching task force. The Doctor explains it is happening again, he has seen them before. Rose asks what he means, what exactly they are. He tells her, they are Cybermen.

Suddenly the creatures begin to smash through the windows, storming inside and encircling the frightened guests. The President’s ear-pod rings and he answers, it is Lumic. Now inside the factory, he comments that a comment about crashing the party would be appropriate, laughing as he does so. The President tells him he forbade this, but Lumic tells him these are his children, would he deny his own family?

Rose whispers to the Doctor, asking if they are robots. He answers her, they are worse than that.

The President asks who the people who now occupy the cyber suits were, and Lumic states that it does not matter.

Rose jumps to the conclusion that they are people but the Doctor tells her that they were people, until they had all of their humanity taken away. They are a living brain jammed inside a cybernetic body with a heart of steel, with all emotions remove. Rose asks why and he replies simply: “because it hurts”

By now the President is losing his patients and demands to know who these people were. Lumic tells him they were homeless, wretched and useless until he saved them and elevated them giving them eternal life. He leaves him in their capable hands and bids him goodnight. One of the Cybermen approaches him and states that they have been upgraded. The Doctor inquires into what and it replies, the next level of mankind, human.2. Every citizen will receive a free upgrade. “You will be like us”.

The President apologises for what has been done to them and declares that the experiment will end tonight. The Cyberman declares that upgrading is essential. The President asks what will happen if he refuses. The Doctor warns him not to ask but he continues, despite the Time Lords warnings. The Cyberman answers, he will not be compatible. He must be deleted.

The Cyberman reaches out and grabs the President’s neck, a bolt of electricity cackles through his body and slowly he sinks to the floor, dead.

The guests panic and run for their lives. Pete calls out to Jackie as the Cybermen begin to electrocute more of the clientele. Jackie however flees on her own, without Pete whilst the Doctor tells Rose there is nothing they can do. He grabs her arm and they run outside. She protests that her mum is still inside but he once again states that she is not her mother. They continue to run out onto the lawn but a line of Cybermen block their path. They run round the side of the house, just in time to be joined by Pete, and together they flee from the row of merciless Cybermen advancing on the house.

Inside the house more and more guests are being strangled and electrocuted. Jackie accidentally runs into one and flees down into the cellar, where the metal monster begins to follow.

The Doctor asks Pete for a way out and he indicates the side gates, asking him who he is and how he knows so much. The Doctor retorts that he’d never believe him in a million years, as they find their way blocked by more Cybermen. They run back to other way, where Rose sees two men running towards them. One of them, Rickey yells for them to get behind him as he and Jake open fire with their guns. The bullets are useless and the Cybermen come to halt before them.

Believing him to be Mickey Rose comforts Rickey, admitting she thought she’d never see him again. He pulls free of her grasp and asks who she is, just as Mickey arrives, explaining who he is. The Doctor quips that things couldn’t get any worse: two Mickey’s. Rickey corrects him as to his name as Mickey explains there are more Cybermen are on the way. Sure enough another troop advance from behind, encircling them. They are surrounded.

The Doctor warns Rickey and Jake to drop their guns, bullets won’t stop them. Jake however continues to fire and only stops when the Doctor pushes his gun away. He tells the others to put their hands up and addresses the Cybermen, telling them there is no need to damage them, they will make god stock. They are volunteering for the upgrade programme, they can take them to be processed.

One of the Cybermen replies, calling them rouge elements. The Doctor protests, they are surrendering. The creature continues, they are inconvertible, they will be deleted. The Doctor continues to protest, they are surrendering to them, but the Cyberman is not listening. They are inferior. Men will be reborn as Cybermen but they will all perish under maximum deletion.

As the Cybermen march to close in on them, ready to fire, the Doctor and the others can only look on, as the Cyberman lets out it’s battle cry.

“Delete. Delete. Delete. Delete”

The Age of Steel

As the Cybermen prepare to attack the Doctor pulls a glowing orb from his pocket. He aims it at the steel warriors and immediately a beam of energy flies out at them. They are each hit by the beam and begin to disintegrate. The group of hostages begin to run and are saved by Mrs Moore, in the blue van belonging to the Preachers.

They begin to climb inside but Pete makes a break for the house. The Doctor stops him but he protests that he must save Jackie. He reasons that anyone inside the house will be dead, and all he can do is to not let her die in vein. He runs back to the van and the Doctor joins him, stopping only to pull Rose away from the house, reminding her that the Jackie in this universe is not her mother. They join the others inside the van and they pull away, Mrs Moore screeching that she’s never seen such a slow getaway in her life.

The Cybermen are still stalking the grounds as well as the interior of the house, where Jackie is in hiding. She peeks around a doorframe and sees the metal monsters on patrol. She returns to behind the doorway, closing it as they go, but a Cyberman turns to see her leave.

In the van the Doctor explains that the object he used to ward off the Cybermen was the crystal he and Mickey found in the TARDIS. Mickey observes that the light has gone out but the Doctor assures him that it will recharge in four hours time.

Rickey merely points out that now they have no weapons. Jake corrects him; they do have weapons but they won’t work on the Cybermen, although they will work on a man like Pete.

Rose defends him, asking what he has done wrong. Jake mockingly explains he has helped spring a trap wiping out the government and left John Lumic in charge. Pete rationalises that if he had organised the attack he would not have left his wife inside but Rickey counteracts, theorising that the plan might have gone wrong, but it still gives the Preachers the right to execute him.

The Doctor cuts in, warning them that if they begin to talk about executions they will make him their enemy, and he advises them that they do not want to do that. Rickey continues, claiming that they have evidence that Pete has been working for Lumic since 20.5. They others in the van look towards Pete and Rose asks if it is true, he does not reply.

Rickey calls for Mrs Moore to explain and from the drivers seat she tells them that the Preachers have a government mole, who leaks them al of Lumic’s private files in secret broadcasts twice a week.

Pete cuts in and asks if these broadcasts were made by Gemini. Rickey asks how he knew and Pete admits that he is Gemini. He goes on to give the exact details of the broadcasts and explains the only reason he was working for Lumic was to get information. He had thought he was sending the information to the Security service but all he got was the Scooby Doo gang, complete with the van.

Mickey chimes in, saying the Preachers must know what they are doing; Rickey is London’s most wanted. Rickey sheepishly admits that that isn’t strictly true; he’s London’s most wanted for parking tickets. The others grin and he defends himself, saying that he was fighting the state by parking wherever he wanted.

The Doctor admits that he is very much the same and then introduces himself, just in case anyone is interested. Rose does the same and Pete mockingly spouts that things are getting better, Rose is the name of his dog. He looks at Rose, still in her waitress outfit and quips that at least he has the caterers on his side.

Rose tells him she knew he was not a question and when he asks why the Doctor gives her a warning look and she simply claims she just knew it. Pete continues to explain how his wife was still back in the attack and Rose comforts him, saying she might still be alive. This is no condolence for Pete, if she is alive she will be under Lumic’s control, and all he does with living humans is turn them into those metal monsters.

The Doctor corrects him, explaining they are called Cybermen. He then advises him to remove his ear-pods, and he does so. The Time Lord deactivates them with the sonic screwdriver and warns that Lumic might be listening. He is not just a businessman, he is an assassin. He calls to Rickey, Jake and Mrs Moore in the cab, explaining they must get to the city and warn the authorities. These experiments end. Tonight.

In the conversion factory Lumic marvels at his metallic children. He asks them what it feels like to have been converted. One of the creatures replies; they do not feel. Lumic then asks what they think in their minds and again the creature replies to him; they think the same, they are uniformed. Lumic asks again what these thoughts are and the creature replies, explaining that they think of the humans and their difference and their pain. They suffer in their skin, they must be upgraded. Lumic agrees, it is time they begun. He logs into the main computer and orders the activation of the primary sequence for all ear-pods in London, he has claimed independence. “Begin transmission”

On one of the London streets it is nighttime and people are walking about their business. Suddenly a loud ringing pierces the air and they all come to a halt. Their ear-pods begin to flash and they all walk off in the same direction. In the Tyler household Jackie is discovered. Like the people on the streets her ear-pods flash and she walks forward, expressionless. Lumic’s voice echoes out. They will come to him. His new children, the immortal ones.

A news report is being broadcast. The panicking newsreader hurriedly explains that the whole of London has been cut off. An army of metal men are taking over. All citizens are being advised to remove their ear-pods and stay in their homes.

Outside of the factory Mr Crane tugs his ear-pods from his ears, defying his master Lumic to take control of him.

On the streets the Doctor, Rose and the others watch as the people march off together. The Doctor realises that Lumic has taken control via the ear-pods. Rose makes to remove them from a nearby man but the Doctor holds her back, severing the link could cause a brain storm. He marvels almost mockingly at the human race, and their trait to always allow someone to take control of them.

Jake calls them over to a street corner where he and Rickey are keeping watch. Peering round they find more people leaving their houses and joining the throngs of people marching along, escorted by troops of Cybermen. The Doctor realises they are making their way to the base of operation and Pete confirms him that it is in Battersea. Rose asks why Lumic is doing this and Pete explains that he is dying, this started out as a way of sustaining the brain, at any cost.

Rose then claims she has seen a Cyberman before, the helmet from VanStatten’s museum where they found the lone Dalek. The Doctor confirms that there are Cybermen in their own universe as well. They started on an ordinary world just like the one they are on now and then spread out across the galaxy, but the ones they face now are starting from scratch, here on Earth. Pete asks what he is talking about but Rickey interrupts. They must get out of the city.

He tells Mrs Moore to look after the Doctor, Rose, Pete and Mickey whilst he and Jake split up to try and distract the Cybermen, before meeting back up at Bridge Street. As they move off Mickey kisses Rose goodbye, and decides to go with Rickey instead.

As the others flee, pursued by Cybermen, Mickey and Rickey find themselves at a fork in the road. They both babble on to themselves but each come to the same conclusion, the Cybermen will know where they are. Rickey again points out how exactly alike they are but Mickey admits his counterpart is probably braver. Rickey agrees. He comments that Mickey’s friends aren’t that bad but he explains he just tags along behind. Rickey touts that he is not that bad, and Mickey asks if he means it. He explains that he supposes he does and they stand in silence, until a patrol of Cybermen begin to approach them from behind. Simultaneously they decide to split up and each run off in a different direction.

Elsewhere the Doctor, Rose, Pete and Mrs Moore are hiding behind a crowd of bins as more Cybermen walk past. They approach their hiding place but the Doctor wards them off with the sonic screwdriver. As they leave the four in hiding get up and depart, looking at the sight behind them.

In the conversion factory lines of people are walking along, as a Cyber voice rings out that all unconvertible material must be incinerated.

In the back streets of London, Rickey is running from hoards of Cybermen waiting to kill him. He finds himself stuck down an alleyway, cut off by a fence. He begins to climb over as Mickey appears on the other side, willing him on as the Cybermen approach from behind.

Suddenly, one of the Cybermen reaches forward and grabs his leg. A bolt of electrical energy shoots through his body and as Mickey cries out in protest Rickey’s body falls to the floor. Mickey looks up at the emotionless killers in disgust then turns and runs.

In the conversion factory Mr Crane is being escorted into the main control room by a crowd of Cybermen. Lumic addresses him, stating he believed him to be a faithful person. Crane states that he is, and lies that his ear-pods must have malfunctioned. He apologises then walks up to address his old friend, requesting an upgrade. He has seen the future and it is copyright Cybus Industries. Lumic wonders at the willing volunteer as Crane states that he knows exactly what to do.

He leaps forward and claws at Lumic’s life support chair. As he disconnects wires and tubes Lumic cries for help. One of the Cybermen walks forward and grabs hold of Crane. As he falls to the floor, electrocuted, he curses Lumic and his creations. Lumic himself calls out for help and the Cybermen approach him. They state he is to be upgraded. He protests, gasping that he is not ready. As the Cybermen continue to prepare him he admits he will upgrade, but only with his last breath. The Cyberman thumps at the Cybus logo on its chest and Lumic’s chair moves forward, escorted by his own creations.

In a side street the Doctor, Rose, Pete and Mrs Moore are joined by Jake, who tells them that hundreds of humans, waiting to be converted are all lining up around the Thames. In the distance Mickey runs towards them. Believing him to be Rickey, Jake welcomes him but upon asking him, he realises Rickey is gone. Mickey apologises as Rose runs forward to hug him. Mickey tries to approach Jake but he is inconsolable. He sneers at Mickey, telling him he is nothing. The Doctor cuts in, explaining they can mourn later, when London is safe. For now they move on.

Some time later they are approaching the banks of the Thames, opposite the conversion factory. The Doctor reels off that London has been cut off and the whole population has been taken inside. Rose realises they must get inside and shut it down and it falls on Mickey to ask how. The Doctor calmly tells them he will think of something and Mickey realises that he is making this up as he goes along. The Doctor admits it, claiming that he does so brilliantly. Mickey nods in agreement.

Later on Mrs Moore has accessed a map of the factory on her laptop, and shows the others that underneath the building are cooling ducts big enough to walk through. Pete chips in that it is possible they could walk in through the front door, where Jackie will have gone. Jake is sceptical but Mrs Moore explains it is possible, and presents the others with two sets of fake ear-pods, whilst wearing them they can walk straight in.

Pete decides that this is how he shall get inside and the Doctor warns him that he must show no emotion in order to not get caught. Rose takes the other set, and prepares to go with Pete in order to find Jackie. Pete asks why finding her should matter to her but she merely explains they have no time. She tells the Doctor she is going with him and he realises that there is no stopping her.

He realises that as well as shutting down the factory and saving Jackie the groups can stop the ear-pod signal at the same time, freeing the unconverted prisoners. He turns hi attentions to Jake and tells him that Lumic is transmitting the signal from somewhere in the factory and a quick scan with the sonic screwdriver identifies Lumic’s parked Zeppelin as the source. He asks the young lad if he can knock it out and he replies, telling him to consider it done.

He turns to Mrs Moore and asks her to accompany him into the cooling tunnels. They now have three modes of attack, above, between and below. They can get inside and knock out the conversion machines. Mickey then chirps up from behind them asking what he is to do and the Doctor realises he has left him out. He stumbles to find something for him to do but Mickey cuts in, realising he will tell him to stay behind and be the ‘tin dog’.

He then explains that those days are over and then decides to go with Jake. Initially reluctant he begrudgingly accepts to take him along. As they walk off the Doctor calls to him, wishing good luck. He stops and wishes him the same, before calling back to Rose saying he will see he later. The Doctor tells him that if they succeed in what they wish to do they are to meet up back at the TARDIS. Mickey promises him that he will and then walks off to join Jake.

He turns back only once, to see the Doctor and Rose embracing, wishing each other good luck. He looks on and looks forlorn. They belong together. He pulls himself together and walks off into the night to catch up with Jake.

Some time later the Doctor and Mrs Moore descend into the darkened cooling ducts of the factory. Mrs Moore, who has a tool for every occasion, provides torch helmets and hand held lights to find there way. The Doctor muses, asking if she has a hot dog inside, the Cyberman of food.

They start on their way and discover a line of Cybermen, standing against the wall waiting. The Doctor explains they are dormant, already converted but silent, awaiting orders. Slowly he edges forward, tapping one on the helmet to not response. He tells his accomplice to move forward with caution and to watch for traps that might activate the Cybermen. They make their way along, the Cybermen’s dead faces escorting them.

In the grounds of the factory lorries of people come and go as troops of Cybermen escort new humans off to be converted. Rose and Pete run into the compound and take cover. They put in their fake ear-pods and Pete reminds Rose not to show any emotion. Rose reassures him that they can accomplish their task and he asks why she would risk her life for Jackie. She remains cryptic, telling him she’s doing it for her mum and dad. They make their way out into the open and join a line of mesmerised people, following them into the factory as the Cybermen look on.

On the roof of the complex Jake and Mickey take cover from two guards covering the entrance to the Cybermen. Jake prepares to kill them but Mickey notes that if he kills them he is no better than the Cybermen. He agrees and instead pulls out another of Mrs Moore’s inventions, very strong smelling salts. They approach the guard and place them to their noses, causing them to pass out. With the way clear they board the Cybermen, prepared to meet any more guards who stand in their way.

Back in the cooling ducts, still lined with Cybermen, the Doctor and Mrs Moore are making progress along the darkened shaft. The Time Lord asks how she came to help the Preachers and she admits she used to be ‘normal’ once, working for Cybus Industries. However, one day she found a file she wasn’t supposed to on the computer mainframe and took a look. Soon she was on the run as soon as the armed guards of Cybus came knocking. She heard of the Preachers and told them about herself and became their technical support.

The Doctor then asks of her family and she tells him that her husband, who is not called Mr Moore as she is using a fake name, thinks she is dead, which would keep him safe. She then asks the Doctor if he has any family but her simply quips that he does not need family, he has the whole world on his shoulders. He asks what Mrs Moore’s real name is and she tells him it is Angela Price. She asks him not to tell anyone about it and he promises, not a word. They move on, unaware that one of the Cybermen behind them has activated, and is watching them leave.

In the main control room the Cybermen are aware of the two friends presence. They consult with each other and decide to awaken the army.

In the tunnel Mrs Moore feels something moving near her. The Doctor fobs her off but before them, another of the Cybermen begins to move. He realises they are waking up and as the metal warriors begin to spring to life he and Mrs Moore run for their lives. The Cybermen watch them go and begin to spring forward and follow them.

They reach the end of the tunnel and climb up an escape hatch. The Doctor undoes it with his sonic screwdriver and with not a second to spare they scramble onto the floor above, and the Doctor seals the hatch shut again, trapping the Cybermen below.

In the factory, a booming voice escorts the Cybermen as they work, claiming six thousand five hundred units have now been converted. Rose and Pete are lead down corridors lined with pipes as the Cybermen lead humans into giant tanks, where they step inside and are bombarded by spinning knives and other blades, scratching away the flesh before the Cyberman helmet is lowered into the tank, and the creature is complete. Throughout the factory dozens of tanks buzz about their work, all converting new Cybermen.

Pete asks Rose if there is any sign of Jackie but she doesn’t reply. Ahead of them one of the Cybermen spots them and begins to approach. It identifies Pete and he confirms his identity. It explains that it used to be Jacqueline Tyler and it recognises Pete and Rose as fugitives. It calls for them to be restrained and other Cybermen grab them as they protest about its identity. It explains that Jackie’s brain now resides in its steel body. It then orders that Pete, a traitor to Cybus Industries be taken with Rose to Cyber Control. They are lead away as Pete clings onto the hope that since she remembers him, perhaps Jackie can be reversed back to human form. He and Rose look back behind them but fail to identify which of a crowd of Cybermen Jackie is.

Inside the Zeppelin control room Jake and Mickey dispose of other unconscious guards before setting out to look for the transmitter controls. Arriving at the very controls of the airship they turn to find a Cybermen backed up against the wall. Jake draws his gun and approaches. He finds a light switch and illuminates it. Mickey approaches and taps the helmet, realising it is dead, a mere display model. They return to looking for the transmitter controls, as the still features of the Cyberman stand illuminated in the gloom.

In the factory the Doctor and Mrs Moore are ambushed by a Cyberman, which Mrs Moore disposes of using an electromagnetic bomb. The creature falls down and the Doctor rips open the chest plate, which is stamped with a Cybus logo. He removes the plate, which contains a steel heart. Inside is a glowing blue mix of circuitry and other entrails. He removes some of the pieces of flesh and identifies it is the central nervous system. It has been used to control the creature as a living thing, which it technically is. He turns his attention to one of the circuits. He realises it is an emotion inhibiter, it stops them feeling.

Mrs Moore asks why this is done and the Doctor explains that if the humans inside could see themselves as a Cyberman it would drive them insane; they are removed because it is the one thing, which makes them human.

Suddenly the fallen Cyberman asks why it is so cold. The Doctor realises the inhibiter has been broken and apologises for how it must feel. Again the Cyberman asks why it feels so cold. The Doctor asks if it can remember its name and it identifies itself as Sally Freeman. She asks where Gareth is, and claims he must not see her, it is unlucky the night before… Mrs Moore realises she was to be married but the Cyberman continues to say how cold it feels…so cold. The Doctor comforts her and tells her she must sleep. He slowly lowers the sonic screwdriver into her chest unit and activates it. The lights inside go out and finally she is at piece.

The Doctor states that Sally Freeman did not die in vein. He has realised that if they can find the code that will beak the inhibitor and feed it through the central system into the head of every Cyberman they will all realise what they are and go insane. It might just kill them. He begins to question if he could do such a thing but Mrs Moore reassures him that he must, the Cybermen must be stopped and this is the only way to do it.

She gets up from where they are crouching but fails to see the Cyberman behind her. It reaches for her neck and electrocutes her, loosening it’s grip only to let her dead body fall to the floor. The Doctor yells in disgust that it was unnecessary to kill her but the steel monster simply comments that they have detected the Doctor’s binary vascular system. He is to be taken for analysis. He is lead away, still looking upon the body of Mrs Moore.

In the Zeppelin Jake and Mickey have found the transmitter controls but it is sealed shut. Jake suggests setting the ship to automatic drive, abandoning it and letting it crash. He makes a move to the ships controls but the computer is locked. The computer minded Mickey sets to work hacking for the codes but unknowingly sets of a signal device, which is matched in the cubicle belonging to the ‘empty’ Cyberman.

The Doctor is lead into the main control room, chirping that he had hoped that when he was captured he would have Pete and Rose to save him, but they are waiting for him there as prisoners. He snaps back to normal and asks if they are okay and they explain they were too late, Jackie has been killed by Lumic.

The Doctor asks loudly exactly where Lumic is, wanting to meet him. A Cyberman answers, explaining he has been upgraded. The Doctor comments that he is just like them but it replies that the Lumic unit is superior, he has been designated the role of Cyber Controller.

Before them, a wall bearing the Cybus logo splits apart revealing a Cyberman, Lumic sitting plugged into a throne of metal. Its build is larger than any Cyberman, it is more robust and its brain can bee seen through the top of its head. Its eyes glow when it speaks, announcing in a metallic version of Lumic’s voice that this is the age of steel and he is its creator.

The Zeppelin motors are beginning to roar to life as Mickey hacks into the computer system. From behind the Cyberman on display springs to life and pursues them. They run to the other side of the control room where Mickey tricks it into smashing the transmitter controls, electrocuting itself.

All across the factory floor peoples ear-pods begin to stop transmitting and they begin to realise trouble is afoot. Seeing the spinning blades culling hundreds of people they scream and run in terror. Some are electrocuted by the Cybermen but many escape out into the open.

From the Zeppelin Mickey and Jake realise they have completed their mission and cheer with glee. In the control room the Doctor hears the commotion outside ad realises his friends have done their job. He looks over to Lumic and calls it a vote for free will. He replies in his metallic voice, explaining he has factories waiting on seven continents. If the ear-pods have failed then the Cybermen will take humanity by force. London has fallen. So shall the world.

In the Zeppelin Mickey has logged into Cyber Control and finds that the Doctor, Pete and Rose are alive. Whilst Jake looks in terror at the Cyber Controller Mickey activates a sound link, and they can hear Lumic as he rants that he will bring peace to the world, everlasting peace and unity and uniformity.

The Doctor asks what role imagination, the thing that lead him to where he is, will play in this new world. He’s killing it stone dead. Lumic asks what his name is and the Doctor replies. The Controller tells him that ‘Doctor’ is a redundant title, Cybermen do not sicken but the Doctor cuts in explaining that that is his entire point. He pities Lumic, claiming if he weren’t in the room he would call him a genius. Everything Lumic did was to battle his sickness and that is brilliant, so human. Yet if sickness is eliminated then mankind has nothing to strive for. The Cybermen will not advance; they will remain on a metal world full of metal men and metal thoughts. It will lack what makes Earth so alive: stupid yet brilliant people.

Lumic asks if the Doctor is proud of his emotions and he replies that he is. He then asks if he has known grief and rage and pain. The Doctor solemnly answers yes again and then again, more proudly when Lumic asks if they hurt. The Controller then claims he can set the Time Lord free from his emotions; he can live a life without pain. The Doctor simply says that he might as well kill him and Lumic decide he shall take the latter option.

The Doctor again claims that that is not his decision to make. He is a Cyber Controller and he does not control him or anything with blood in its heart. Lumic continues, threatening that he cannot be stopped; he has an army, a species of his own. The Doctor moans, whining that Lumic does not understand what he is trying to say. He tells him that an army means nothing; it is the everyday people that make a difference, who could change the world. Any man, any women, any idiot.

In the Zeppelin Mickey realises the Doctor has seen the camera through which he is watching them and is trying to address him. The Time Lord continues, saying how all that idiot would need to do is find the right numbers, the right codes; such as the code to break the emotion inhibiter. Any idiot with a computer can find that information in the Lumic family files, using the right wavelength that Pete confirms as Binary nine.

Mickey, now with a starting point sets out to find out the correct code, as the Doctor rattles on about an idiot who could save the world by typing at a computer. Lumic cuts in, calling the Doctor’s words irrelevant. The Time Lord admits his problem in life is that he talks too much. He turns to Rose and says how it’s lucky he got her such a cheap tariff for the long conversations the have on her…

…phone. Mickey realises that he is trying to tell him to send the correct code to Roses’ phone. Lumic taunts the Doctor, telling him he will be deleted and the Doctor takes the opportunity to talk about all of the buttons on a phone keypad, including his favourite ‘send’ and sure enough as he talks Mickey sends the completed code to Roses’ mobile.

The Doctor then turns of Lumic and comments on how he seduced everyone into wearing ear-pods in the first place; by making every piece of technology compatible with everything else. Roses’ phone beeps as she receives Mickey’s message. She throws the phone to the Doctor, who proves his point of total technical compatibility by plugging the phone into one of the control banks.

Immediately the signal is sent to every Cyberman. They clutch their heads as they realises what has happened to themselves. Mickey and Jake cheer in joy and the Doctor stands to apologise to one of the steel monsters, who stares at itself in a mirror. The Time Lord tells Lumic he has given them back their souls, and it’s killing them. As more of the Cybermen overload, keeling over or blowing to smithereens the Doctor, Rose and Pete flee leaving Lumic to screams out to delete the prisoners. Yet none of his servants answer him, they all stagger around in agony and emotional torture as the factory begins to overload and blow up.

The Doctor, Rose and Pete look for a way out but the fiery factory holds no safe exits. On the roof above them Jake is attempting to fly the Zeppelin away to safety but Mickey protests. They must save the Doctor and Rose. He takes control of the wheel that pilots the ship and lowers it back to the roof. Jake holds Mickey’s phone to his ear as he steers the ship. On the other end Rose replies and he tells her to head for the roof.

Rose relays this to the Doctor and Pete and they clamber up a staircase, in-between bursts of flames. Elsewhere, Lumic the Cyber Controller roars in anger. He pulls himself free from the throne he is wired to and raises to his feet, screeching in protest.

Rose, the Doctor and Pete make it onto the roof. Running amongst jets of fire Rose asks Mickey over the phone how he learned to fly a Zeppelin. He replies that he learned from a Playstation game and then tells her he is coming to get her.

He sends a rope ladder down from the cabin and the three of them on the roof hold on, as the airship flies away from the burning factory. They begin to climb up to safety but something causes it to shake violently. They look down to find the Cyber Controller climbing after them, slowly catching up. The Doctor throws the sonic screwdriver down to Pete and tells him to press it against the rope below him. He does so, yelling out that his actions are for Jackie Tyler. As the screwdriver whirs and the Controller climbs, the rope heat sand breaks. The Controller falls down into the fiery abyss below and the Doctor, Rose and Pete cling to the rest of the ladder, as the Zeppelin fades away into the night.

Some time later, the Doctor enters the burnt out TARDIS console room and takes out the power cell from his pocket. Now fully charged he plugs it into one of the panels, and slowly but surely light returns to the ship, illuminating the golden walls and the glowing console before him.

Outside on the embankment Pete asks Rose what happens inside the blue box before them. She asks if he wants to see but he declines her offer. He asks who exactly they are and she tells him that there are other parallel worlds with other Pete Tyler’s and very much alive Jackie Tyler’s…and their daughters. Pete looks on astounded and again Rose asks him to come inside the TARDIS but he is adamant he must stay. There are other Lumic factories out in the world with other Cybermen still in storage. He has to tell the authorities what has happened, he must carry on the fight.

The Doctor joins them, stepping outside of the ship. He tells her that they have only five minutes of power, they have to go. Rose tells Pete the Doctor could show him where the other factories are but he simply thanks her for all her help and he bids her farewell. She too says goodbye, addressing him as dad. He protests and tells her not to, too confused by the idea of other parallel worlds. He leaves her and the Doctor alone, as he runs off to start his mission.

No sooner has Pete left Mickey and Jake join them. Mickey is brandishing the Doctor’s suit and hands it back to its joyful owner. The Time Lord then turns to Jake and explains they have to go, but tells him that Mrs Moore’s real name was Angela Price. He tells him to find her family and tell them she died saving the world. He agrees and the Doctor prepares to leave but Mickey has other ideas. He wants to stay.

The Doctor and Rose look at him shocked. Rose simply says through her tears that he can’t. He explains that it will balance things out. This world has lost its Rickey but he is still here and there are more Cybermen out there to be fought. Again she protests but he tells her that his grandmother is still alive in this world and she needs him. Rose asks what happens if she needs him but he knows, just as she does that she and the Doctor belong together without him. They had something a long time ago but not any more.

She explains that she can come back to see him but the Doctor explains they cannot. They arrived by accident, through a hole in time and when they go back through, into their own world he will have to close it again. They can’t ever return.

Mickey shakes the Doctor by the hand and bids hi farewell. He replies by telling him to take Roses’ phone with the emotion inhibiter code on it and take it to the other Cybermen factories and stop them. He wishes him good luck…Mickey the idiot. He makes his way back to the TARDIS, leaving rose and Mickey alone.

He thanks her for everything, they’ve had a laugh and together they have seen it all, been there and back. He muses asking rhetorically who would have ever foreseen the two of them, from the old estate flying through the stars. Rose, now fighting back tears continues, saying how they had been sitting there all those years, imagining what they’d do one day. They never foresaw this.

She hugs him, and he tells her she must go or she’ll miss her flight. She walks solemnly back to the TARDIS and looks back one more time before stepping inside and closing the door.

Mickey calls over to Jake to watch the ship depart and as it fades away amidst a roar of engines, he tells him that that is the Doctor, in the TARDIS, with Rose Tyler.

In her kitchen back on the Powell estate Roses’ true mum Jackie is filling the kettle. Slowly the noise of the TARDIS coming into lad fills the air and she rushes into the sitting room to see the ship arrive. Rose, now changed from her waitress outfit rushes to her mother, assuring herself that she is still alive. Jackie, slightly confused, asks what is wrong and where they have been. The Doctor explains they have been far away and ponders t the real meaning of his words, realising it really was far way. Jackie then asks where Mickey is and he tells her; he has gone home.

Back on the parallel Earth Mickey and Jake climb into the Preacher’s van, preparing to drive away. Mickey tells Jake that he knows he is not a true replacement for Rickey but they can honour him by fighting in his name. He then ponders if; out of all the Cybus factories out in the world if one will be in Paris. Jake supposes there is and Mickey decides they can go and limbo in Paris. Jake, slightly bemused, simply questions he and Mickey going to Paris in a van. Mickey smiles and tells him that he once saved the world in a big yellow truck.

They both laugh and Mickey starts the van. They roll away into the distance, under a blanket of stars beneath what for Mickey, is a new world.

Source: Dominic Smith

Continuity Notes:
  • This story is somewhat similar to the Big Finish audio Spare Parts, indeed writer Marc Platt is credited at the end of the episode.
  • Mickey’s parallel self is called Rickey, the Ninth Doctor’s name for him during the first series. This may imply the ninth Doctor has already visited this universe before, it is possible these issues will be resolved in The Age of Steel.
  • This story retcons Mickey's family history. In Rose, when Rose thinks Mickey is dead, she talks about needing to tell his mother. Here, we find that Mickey is actually an orphan -- his father left, his mother died young, and his blind grandmother, who raised him, died tripping over a tear in the carpet. In the parallel timeline, Ricky's grandmother is still alive.
  • Three previous Original Series stories dealt directly with the consequences of a universe with divergent timelines: Inferno, Day of the Daleks, and Battlefield. In addition, the existence of such alternative timelines allows various continuity issues with, say, Earth future history, to be swept under the rug, although it's never been explicitly done.
  • The TARDIS (or its console, at least) has only crossed into an alternate timestream once on-screen, in Inferno. The issues the TARDIS has with its power source here were not relevant to that story, because the Doctor had removed the console from the rest of the TARDIS and was feeding the time column with energy from a nuclear power facility (in both timelines). The TARDIS did have severe issues operating in E-Space (Full Circle, State of Decay, Warrior's Gate), but never completely conked out.
  • This story represents a break with Big Finish Audio continuity, but not the one you might think. Big Finish's Eight Doctor adventures included an arc in which the Time Lords were strongly phobic of divergent timelines and Rassilon himself had led a crusade to eliminate them during the Old Time (itself a break with established continuity stories like Inferno). This story instead establishes that the Time Lords acted as gatekeepers between divergent timelines and had safe ways to travel between them, which are gone now that the Time Lords themselves are gone. Ironically, Don Warrington, who plays the President of Great Britain in this story, played Rassilon in those audio plays.
  • While taking place in an alternate timeline, the events seen so far regarding the (re)birth of the Cybermen do not yet directly contradict events that have occurred in the "mainstream" timeline regarding Cybermen, either on-screen or in the Big Finish audio Spare Parts. We do not yet know whether John Lumic is meant to have invented these Cybermen out of whole cloth, or whether one or more of the Cyberman incursions of the 1980s (Tenth Planet, Invasion, Silver Nemesis) occurred in this alternate timeline and resulted in Cyber technology being left behind to inspire Lumic (cf. Henry van Statten in Dalek").
  • There are some significant differences between the Lumic Cybermen and the Mondasian Cybermen of the main timeline:
    • Mondasian Cybermen, in all their variations, have had a chest unit that contained, among other things, a part of their respiratory apparatus, the implications having always been that the remaining biological components still need oxygen. This apparatus was a frequently-exploited weakness, particularly after it was introduced in Revenge of the Cybermen that the mechanism can be jammed up with gold dust. Lumic Cybermen lack any similar encumberance or weakness.
    • It's often implied that Mondasian Cybermen started out as piecemeal replacements that eventually got out of hand, and in several stories we see partially-converted people. Lumic Cybermen are, from the start, complete robotic suits with a human brain grafted in and some kind of biotechnology for a nervous system.
    • The removal of emotions in Mondasian Cybermen and human converts has always been implied to involve surgery and/or drugs to alter the nervous system, with "Attack of the Cybermen" providing the strongest evidence for this. Lumic Cybermen have their emotions suppressed by a chip that's part of the artificial nervous system. In both cases, however, the key reasons are similar: that, aside from philosophical questions of whether emotions are or are not a boon, a Cyber-convert would probably go insane if they could react emotionally to what's been done to them.
  • John Lumic is superficially reminiscent of Davros (Genesis of the Daleks, et seq.), the creator of the Daleks, in that he is crippled and wheelchair-bound. There are significant differences, however, the key one being that Davros had no desire to become a Dalek, but rather made the Daleks in the image of what he himself had become. Lumic, on the other hand, sees the Ultimate Upgrade as his own personal salvation as well as the salvation of mankind. Similarly, Davros was deceiving his people when he said the Dalek project was about their salvation as a race, while Lumic appears to sincerely believe it.
  • Lumic's front company, International Electromatics was the name of Tobias Vaughn's company in Invasion, which was itself a front for the Cybermen, with whom Vaughn was working. Lumic has some simliarities to Vaughn, as well, including an attachment to a particular henchman, and a willingness to kill his scientific help when they disagree with his ideas. In addition, International Electromatics was infiltrating Cyber technology into human consumer culture in the form of radios and other similar gadgets that were common when Invasion aired in 1968. Cybus Corporation is doing something very similar with mobile phone technology and the Internet.
  • Despite taking place in a divergent timeline, there are not one but two references to Torchwood in Rise of the Cybermen: once during a news telecast Rose watches on her mobile, and once at Jackie Tyler's birthday party. There are no Torchwood references in The Age of Steel.
  • In this universe, Pete Tyler was a wild success "selling health drinks to a sick world", who never had his automobile accident (Father’s Day), but he and Jackie never had children, although Jackie has a small dog named Rose.
  • The concept of a Cyber Controller dates back to Tomb of the Cybermen, where he appeared with an enlarged cranial section suggesting a larger brain. That was the first time we'd seen any distinction amongst the otherwise uniform Cybermen, although there was always clearly a spokeman or someone in charge. The same Cyber Controller (even the same actor inside the suit) appeared again in Attack of the Cybermen. A different Controller appears in the audio drama Real Time.
  • The concept of a Cyber Leader distinct from other troops dates to Revenge of the Cybermen and became a staple from that point forward. This story credits a Cyber Leader, but no Cyberman seen on screen appears to have the characteristic black "handlebars" on his helmet.
  • The argument between the Doctor and the Cyber Controller regarding the value of emotions is reminiscent of the Doctor's argument with the Cyber Leader in Earthshock.
  • Rose realises she's seen a Cyberman, or at least its head, before, in Van Statten's museum in Dalek. The Doctor makes a high-speed reference to the Cybermen in Rose's universe, thus establishing that Cyber-continuity as we knew it is not erased by this story. In particular, the story that is credited as having inspired this one, the Big Finish audio Spare Parts, has not been superceded.
  • Two scenes in this story are reminiscent (without being duplications) of scenes in Spare Parts: Jackie Tyler remembers who she was after she's been converted -- just as Sisterman Constant and Thomas Dodd do. Sally Phelan's brief moment of full awareness after the Doctor and Mrs Moore damage her emotion-suppressing chip hearkens back to the plight of Yvonne Hartley.
  • The use of cold storage to preserve Cybermen dates to Tomb of the Cybermen, where they were actually in full-blown hibernation.
  • Mickey's cheeky line about saving the universe with a big yellow truck is probably a reference to Parting of the Ways.
  • Blooper: at the beginning of Rise of the Cybermen, the alternate universe's Big Ben has a square face. At the end of The Age of Steel, it's normal.
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