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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


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


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 Quotes
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.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJohn Markus
Executive ProducerJulie Gardner
ProducerPhil Collinson
Associate ProducerHelen Vallis
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorDavid Cresswell
First Assistant DirectorClare Nicholson
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerLouise Page
Make-upSteve Smith (8)
GripJohn Robinson (3)
Camera OperatorRoger Pearce
Set DecoratorJulian Luxton
Location ManagerLowri Thomas  |  Gareth Skelding
Property MasterAdrian Anscombe
Production CoordinatorJess Van Niekerk
Assistant EditorCeres Doyle
Post Production SupervisorSamantha Hall  |  Chris Blatchford
GafferMark Hutchings
OtherCarole Holliday (Character Models)
Director of PhotographyErnie Vincze
StuntsJames O'Dee  |  Derek Lea (1)
Stunt CoordinatorAbbi Collins
Production SecretaryClaire Roberts (2)
Storyboard ArtistShaun Williams
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementTracie Simpson
Sound EditorPaul McFadden  |  Doug Sinclair (2)
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
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAmy Rogers (2)
Special Effects SupervisorMike Crowley
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
Special Effects CoordinatorBen Ashmore
ContinuityNon Eleri Hughes
Focus PullerTerry Bartlett
A/production AccountantDebi Griffiths  |  Kath Blackman
Standby Art DirectorNick Burnell
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsPhill Shellard  |  Tristan Howell
Art Department Production ManagerJonathan Allison
Design AssistantRob Dicks
Make-up DesignerSheelagh Wells
Created ByKit Pedler
Costume AssistantLindsay Bonaccorsi
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