13 Doctor Who – The Invasion

“Doctor! Zoe doesn’t like her feather boa and wants her spangly jumpsuit back. Yes, I know it’ll bugger up continuity for the last episode but she’s got THAT look on her face…

Mike composed a short song to commemorate this story. First you have to know this tune

Cyberman, Cyberman / Does whatever an emotionless, semi-organic, flesh-filled metal exoskeleton can / Hard to miss, rather large / Wouldn’t fit in a barge / Look Out! / Here comes a Cyberman.

Is he strong? / Don’t make me laugh / He could break anyone in half / To fight this thing / you’ll need balls / Just don’t do it outside St Paul’s / No, no / Don’t tease the Cyberman. 

He’s a gleeeeeaming giant / that just waaants to attack / So start ruuuunning now / Really fast, don’t look back.

Cyberman, Cyberman / Nasty twin planet Cyberman / doesn’t like to smile or hug / His head would look good as a mug / To him, it’s good to shine and meeenace / Won’t catch him playing teennis / He is a Cybermaaaaaaaaaaaaan.

Nice work. Well we’re on the home straight now. By the end of 2011 we’ll have finished podcasting about the black and white era of Doctor Who. This podcast continues that journey by focussing on the series only eight part adventure; The Invasion.

It’s quite a long show this time but (as with The Daleks’ Master Plan) we felt it needed the extra time to do it justice. To give you a fighting chance we’ve conveniently split the show so that there is a natural break after Part 4 🙂

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6 thoughts on “13 Doctor Who – The Invasion

  1. “Do you want fries with that? Excellent” – best line of the podcast!

    Brilliant as ever 🙂 Just one thing…

    You didn’t mention the Cyberman who was thrown off a roof… unfortunately looking like a floppy empty costume (ala “The Tomb of the Cybermen”)


  2. Also, “The Krotons” does get inverted commas in its title… never found out why. Would it be a safe bet to simply guess it was a production error, just as “Doctor Who and” managed to sneak on to the finished product in Pertwee’s second story?

  3. richard says:

    This story despite its length holds up rather well. It is odd how the standard 4 part is counted as the best format for the classic series and yet we get brilliant ones like this and the huge Daleks Masterplan. While the story does fray at the end, it still is entrhalling and keep my interest to the end. Any problems I could have with the story, such as the ones you pointed out, are forgiven as we are given a brilliant story with great characters. Mavric Chen, Tlotoxl, and now Tobias Vaughn have become the shining villians of the early era of Doctor Who and are a villian that I would love to see again.

    As for the issue of using recons to watch these lost stories, I have already sent my opinions in the past about them. I do like recons when they are done right and with care. Next to discovering and restoring these episodes, I would love to see them animated, and in black and white as they were filmed and aired that way. Since I do not have the audios or Target novelisations, I have had to go the route of the recon by fans. For me this is the best option. I have seen bad recons and have my own opinion as to who does it the best and am willing to share that if you are interested.

  4. I was interested about your discussion of the use to which the Cybermen are put in this episode: They don’t show up until the 4th episode, etc. You also suggest this is the best Cybermen serial. I don’t think that is a coincidence. By my count, there are three successful Cybermen serials up to this point (The 10th Planet, Tomb of the Cybermen, The Invasion) and two unsuccessful ones (The Moonbase and The Wheel in Space). In the first two successful serials, the Cybermen are very clearly humans seeking other humans to change into cybermen. In the poor serials, the Cybermen are simply the Daleks with two legs instead of wheels – they simply seek domination; their humanity is unimportant. In the Invasion, as you say in the podcast, it is not significant that the Cybermen are the Cybermen. They could be any robot menace. Their humanity is irrelevant. But because the real villain of the story is Vaughn and not the Cybermen, it doesn’t matter, and the thriller portion of the story dominates.

    • It’s fascinating to me that, the more I think about it, Earthshock is probably the only Cyberman story where they are credible characters in their own right. That’s largely down to David Banks’ performance though and a good script from Eric Saward. I definitely think that the Sixties Cybermen work best as a catalyst for fear. Our fear of becoming like them and what they represent…

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