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Doctor Who: The Age of Steel (2)

The Doctor, Rose, Mickey, Mickey’s alternate Ricky, and Rose’s alternate father, are cornered by the now activated Cybermen, but are able to escape their impending deletion when the Doctor uses the TARDIS power cell to deadly effect. The Doctor and team then join up with a resistance group and convince them that the best plan is to divide the group up into three parts, and attack in three places, the location that the soon to be “upgraded” London population is being lead to, via their cybernetic ear pieces everyone has been wearing for news and entertainment purposes for years.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x6
Production Number: 19
Airdate: Saturday May 20th, 2006

Director: Graeme Harper
Writer: Tom MacRae

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland May 20, 2006
US (BBC America) Nov 03, 2006
Germany Jul 13, 2008

  • Currently 8.6/10
8.6/10 (11 Votes cast)

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Guest Stars
Camille CoduriCamille Coduri
As Jackie Tyler
Recurring
Noel ClarkeNoel Clarke
As Mickey Smith (Mickey Smith / Ricky Smith)
Recurring
Shaun DingwallShaun Dingwall
As Pete Tyler
Recurring
Roger Lloyd PackRoger Lloyd Pack
voiced John Lumic
Recurring
Andrew Hayden SmithAndrew Hayden Smith
As Jake Simmons
Recurring
Helen GriffinHelen Griffin
As Mrs Moore
Recurring
Colin SpaullColin Spaull
As Mr Crane
Recurring
Duncan DuffDuncan Duff
As Newsreader
Recurring
Paul KaseyPaul Kasey
As Cyber-Leader
Recurring
Nicholas BriggsNicholas Briggs
voiced Cybermen
Recurring
Main Cast
David TennantDavid Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor
Billie PiperBillie Piper
As Rose Tyler

Recap

The Doctor uses the TARDIS power cell to fire a burst of energy that disrupts the Cybermen and disintegrates one of them. Mrs. Morris arrives in the van and drives them away, while more Cybermen advance. Pete and Rose both want to go back to get Jackie, but the Doctor warns that anyone in the house is dead...

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Episode Notes
This episode originally aired on the tenth anniversary of Jon Pertwee's death. Pertwee played the Third Doctor on Doctor Who from 1970 to 1974 and later reprised his role in "The Five Doctors".

Date: February 1-2, 2007
Location: London, England, Parallel Earth



Episode Quotes
Mickey Smith: The Preachers know what they're doing. Ricky said he's London's most wanted.
Ricky Smith: Yeah, that's not exactly…
Mickey Smith: Not exactly what?
Ricky Smith: I'm London's most wanted… for parking tickets.

John Lumic: My everlasting children. Tell me, how does it feel?
Cybermen: We feel nothing.
John Lumic: But in your mind, what do you think?
Cybermen: We think the same. We are uniform.
John Lumic: But you think of what?
Cybermen: We think of the humans. We think of their difference and their pain. They suffer in the skin. They must be upgraded.

Mickey Smith: You’re just making this up as you go along!
The Doctor: Yep. But I do it brilliantly.

The Doctor: How did you get in to this, then? Rattling along with the Preachers?
Mrs. Moore: I used to be ordinary. Worked at Cybus Industries nine to five. Till one day I find something I'm not supposed to. A file on the mainframe. All I did was read it. Then suddenly I've got men with guns knocking in the middle of the night. A life on the run. Then I found the Preachers. They needed a techie so I just sat down and taught myself everything.

Cyberman: Why am I cold?
Mrs. Moore: Oh my God, it's alive! It can feel.
The Doctor: We broke the inhibitor. I'm sorry, I'm so sorry.
Cyberman: Why so cold?
The Doctor: Can you remember your name?
Cyberman: Sally. Sally Phelan.
Mrs. Moore: You're a woman.
Cyberman: Where's Gareth?
Mrs. Moore: Who's Gareth?
Cyberman: He can't see me. It's unlucky - the night before.
Mrs. Moore: You're getting married?
Cyberman: I'm cold. I'm so cold.
The Doctor: It's all right. You sleep now, Sally. Just go to sleep.

Cyber-Controller: This is the Age of Steel and I am its creator.

Cyber-Controller: I will bring peace to the world. Everlasting peace. And unity. And uniformity.
The Doctor: And imagination? What about that? The one thing that led you here. Imagination? You’re killing it dead.
Cyber-Controller: What is your name?
The Doctor: I’m the Doctor.
Cyber-Controller: A redundant title. Doctors need not exist. Cybermen never sicken.
The Doctor: But that’s it! That’s exactly the point! Oh, Lumic, you’re a clever man. I’d call you a genius, except I’m in the room. But everything you’ve invented you did to fight your sickness. And that’s brilliant. That is so human. But once you get rid of sickness and mortality, then what’s there to strive for? Eh? The Cybermen won’t advance. You’ll just stop. You’ll stay like this forever. A metal Earth with metal men and metal thoughts. Lacking the one thing that makes this planet so alive. People. Ordinary, stupid, brilliant people

Cyber-Controller: You are proud of your emotions?
The Doctor: Oh yes.
Cyber-Controller: Then tell me, Doctor, have you known grief and rage and pain?
The Doctor: Yes. Yes, I have.
Cyber-Controller: And they hurt?
The Doctor: Oh yes.
Cyber-Controller: I can set you free. Would you not want that? A life without pain?
The Doctor: You might as well kill me.
Cyber-Controller: Then I take that option.
The Doctor: It's not yours to take; you're a Cyber-Controller. You don't control me or anything with blood in it's heart!

The Doctor: Good luck. Mickey the idiot

Rose: You're alive!
(She throws her arms around Jackie)
Rose: Oh Mum, you're alive!
Jackie: Well, I was the last time I looked. What is it, what's happened, sweetheart? What's wrong? Where did you go?
The Doctor: Far away. That was... far away.
Jackie: Where's Mickey?
The Doctor: He's gone home.

Mickey Smith: I know it’s not easy with my face looking exactly like Ricky. But I’m a different man. I’m not replacing him. But we can remember him by fighting in his name. (Jake nods) With all those Cyber factories out there, do you think there’d be one in Paris?
Jake Simmonds: Yeah.
Mickey Smith: Then let’s go liberate Paris.
Jake Simmonds: What, you and me? In a van?
Mickey Smith: Nothing wrong with a van. I once saved the universe with a big yellow truck



Episode Goofs
Although the face of Big Ben in the parallel universe is square in "Rise of the Cybermen", it is round in this episode.



Episode References
Mickey: Nothing wrong with a van. I once saved the universe with a big yellow truck.

This is a reference to the events of "The Parting of the Ways."



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRussell T. Davies  |  Julie Gardner
ProducerPhil Collinson
Associate ProducerHelen Vallis
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorDavid Cresswell
CastingAndy Pryor
First Assistant DirectorClare Nicholson
Second Assistant DirectorSteff Morris
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerLouise Page
Make-upSteve Smith (8)  |  Moira Thomson  |  Anwen Davies
GripJohn Robinson (3)
Camera OperatorRoger Pearce
Set DecoratorJulian Luxton
Location ManagerGareth Skelding  |  Lowri Thomas
Property MasterAdrian Anscombe
Production CoordinatorJess Van Niekerk
Assistant EditorCeres Doyle
Post Production SupervisorChris Blatchford  |  Samantha Hall
GafferMark Hutchings
Director of PhotographyErnie Vincze
StuntsJames O'Dee  |  Derek Lea (1)  |  Shelly Benison
Stunt CoordinatorAbbi Collins
Production SecretaryClaire Roberts (2)
Storyboard ArtistShaun Williams
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementTracie Simpson
Sound EditorDoug Sinclair (2)  |  Paul McFadden
Special EffectsDavid Houghton  |  Will Cohen (3)
Script EditorHelen Raynor
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistSimon Fraser
ChoreographerAlisa Berk
Third Assistant DirectorLynsey Muir
Costume SupervisorMarnie Ormiston
Boom OperatorJeff Welch  |  Bryn Thomas
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantEndaf Emyr Williams
Camera AssistantPenny Shipton
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAndy Brierley
Special Effects SupervisorPaul Kelly (4)  |  Mike Crowley
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
Special Effects CoordinatorBen Ashmore
ContinuityNon Eleri Hughes
Focus PullerTerry Bartlett
Prop BuyerCatherine Samuel
A/production AccountantBonnie Clissold  |  Kath Blackman  |  Debi Griffiths
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Standby Art DirectorNick Burnell
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsTristan Howell  |  Phill Shellard
Production RunnerTim Hodges
Art Department Production ManagerJonathan Allison
Associate DesignerJames North
Design AssistantAl Roberts  |  Peter McKinstry  |  Rob Dicks
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerSheelagh Wells
Created ByGerry Davis  |  Kit Pedler
Costume AssistantBarbara Harrington  |  Lindsay Bonaccorsi
 
Warning: Doctor Who season 2 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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