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Doctor Who: The Invasion

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An electronics industrialist plots to conquer the world using the cybernetic devices his company makes. You can insert your own Bill Gates joke here, but in this epic eight-part 1968 Doctor Who adventure, the villain, Tobias Vaughn (Kevin Stoney in a great performance, one eyebrow perpetually cocked as he schemes), has allied himself with the robotic Cybermen and nearly succeeds in global domination. This story was a harbinger of what was to come in the series during the first half of the 1970s--that is, the threat to contemporary (or near-future) Earth, with the Doctor (Patrick Troughton) joining up with the quasi-military U.N.I.T. headed by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney--who also provides a newly shot introduction to the story and fills in the two missing episodes that were shamelessly destroyed by the BBC when they purged their archives in the early 1970s). Director Douglas Camfield fully exploits the mood-inducing black-and-white imagery, manages to keep the action going (with assistance from real Department of Defence soldiers on loan), and provides some memorable moments, particularly the Cybermen bursting out of the sewers and marching relentlessly through the streets of London at the end of episode 6. The writers wisely give Vaughn most of the exposition with the Doctor and allow the Cybermen to remain nearly indestructible, mostly silent killers. This may not be the greatest of the Cybermen stories in the 1960s, but the metallic monsters make the most of their appearances here, thus cementing their reputation in popularity as second only to the Daleks. --Ryan K. Johnson

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The Invasion is significant in three aspects. One, it introduces UNIT, United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, which was founded four years after the Yeti invasion in the sadly no-longer extant story The Web Of Fear. Two, it further establishes Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart as an important character in the Dr. Who mythos. Three, the Cybermen in this story are the first to sport the trademark handlebars sprouting on either side of their earmuff-motif heads.
The Doctor and Jamie are reunited with Lethbridge-Stewart, now promoted to brigadier, who are keeping an eye on International Electromatics, a major player in supplying computer circuits to the world--a 60's version of Intel, if you will. They're interested in people who enter the IE building and either vanish or come out different. UNIT HQ is a Hercules cargo plane in this story, which is kind of unconventional but neat.
They also meet Isobel Watkins, the daughter of a professor who is one of the vanished people. She's a fun, perky, 60's Mary Quant dolly bird who does modelling and photography. She and Zoe form a rapport together. However, she is independent-minded, and she reacts to the Brigadier's male chauvinism by saying, "Oh, you... you man!"
Tobias Vaughn, head of IE, is a smooth and suave mastermind for the most part, but the incompetence of his head security goon Packer, who has a violent streak causes him to abandon his usual calm. His plan is to aim somewhat higher than controlling the entire electronics industry.
Zoe really has some great moments in this story. She has fun giving IE's computer an insoluble Algol equation. In the final episode, she puts her math skills at the Henlow Downs missile center. As one of the men puts it, "Can't we keep her?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cybermen's Master Plan Dec 12 2002
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I kinda relegate this story, which is a great adventure of course, as being 'The Cybermen's Master Plan', in which there are slight parallels between this and what the Daleks were up to as well during the William Hartnell era. Even though, the Cybermen were only concerned with conquering Earth, not necessarily the entire universe. But with that aside, this is a truly gripping and awesome adventure, which also marks the return of Lethbridge-Stewart, this time a Brigadier, and placed in charge of UNIT, the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce. It was also great to see not just the Cybermen again, but the gentleman who portrayed Mavic Chen in the Daleks' Masterplan, portraying Tobias Vaughn, who is an equally dispicable, Chen-like villain this time around as well. And the scene where it is demonstrated how they would keep the Cybermen in line, but actually introducing emotions into their cybernetic systems is frightening. an extremely well done adventure, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh to be a child again Nov. 8 2002
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One of the joys of becoming a parent is sharing things you enjoyed as a child with your own kids. My son loves Doctor Who and we have enjoyed many a happy hour watching the videos, this being one of the best. I don't think the Cybermen have ever been more menacing...
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