Serial: MM Episode Nos. 170, 171, 172, and 173 Title: The Tomb of the Cybermen
Arriving on the planet Telos, the
Doctor, Jamie, and
seeks to uncover the last remains of the Cybermen, believed dead for centuries. There are,
however, those among the expedition whose are determined to revive the Cybermen for their own
evil ends, not knowing that the Cybermen themselves have anticipated this...
Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Frazer Hines as Jamie,
and Deborah Watling as
Written by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, Produced by Peter Bryant, Directed by Morris Barry.
This DVD originally came out in 2002 as a single-disc release. This special edition
contains most of the content from the original DVD plus many new features. The
features listed in italics below are new to the Special Edition.
A 2-disc release. On Disc 1:
- All 4 episodes of the story digitally remastered and restored. The remastering has been
redone from scratch and now includes the VidFIRE video-look processing that was not
used on the original DVD release.
- Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for the hearing
- Two optional audio commentaries. Commentary 1 is from the original DVD release
with Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling. Recorded in 2001. Commentary 2 is new
and features a rotating mixture of these contributors: Deborah Watling, Frazer Hines,
Bernard Holley (Hayden), Shirley Cooklin (Kaftan), Reg Whitehead (Cyberman),
and script editor Victor Pemberton. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.
- Morris Barry Introduction. Plays the 3-minute introduction that Director Morris Barry
did for the 1992 VHS release of the story.
- Title Sequence Tests. 3-1/2 minutes of graphics footage used to form the basis of the
Troughton era title sequence, set to an extended version of his era's theme music.
- Late Night Line Up. A 3-minute interview from 1967 with BBC Visual Effects
Designer Jack Kine in the BBC's effects workshop.
- The Final End. A little over a minute of special effects footage from the conclusion of
the preceding missing story The Evil of the Daleks showing some of the Dalek civil war.
- Information Text subtitles option. Displays pop-up production trivia throughout the story.
- Coming Soon trailer for the DVD of The Face of Evil.
- Audio-only trailer for the following story, The Abominable Snowmen. This was hidden
as an Easter Egg in the original DVD, and though it's not flagged on this one, it's not
exactly hidden either. Simply go to the Episode Selection screen and it plays while
that menu appears.
- 1 Easter Egg. Highlight the blank area of text below to see what is an how to find it.
In the Special Features menu, highlight the Title Sequence Tests option and press the
left arrow. A Doctor Who logo will appear. Click this and you will see the full-length
Patrick Troughton era title sequence without any captions on it.
On Disc 2:
- The Lost Giants. A new 27-minute making-of documentary featuring interviews with
the commentary contributors, plus actor Michael Kilgariff (Cyberman Controller) and
visual effects designer Peter Day.
- The Curse of the Cybermen's Tomb. A 14-minute featurette with actual archaelogists
tracing the ancient Egyptian origins of the story told in Tomb of the Cybermen.
- Cybermen Extended Edition. A 32-minute "history of the Cybermen" made by host
Matthew Sweet tracing the Cybermen's evolution and strategies throughout the series
up to the end of the 2010 season.
- The Magic of VidFIRE. A 6-minute featurette about the video-look restoration tool.
- Sky Ray Advert. A 30-second commercial from the 1960s for a Doctor Who themed candy.
- Photo Gallery. A new 3-1/2 compilation of still photos taken during production.
- PDF Files. The Radio Times listings are available as a .pdf file if you put the disc
into a computer. Also available are promotional materials from the Sky Ray candy
- There are two features that were in the original DVD release in 2002 not present
in this Special Edition. One is the simple "Who's Who" text biographies of the key
cast members. The other was a 30-minute featurette called "Tombwatch" that
showed a panel of the cast and crew at a convention discussing Tomb shortly after it
was rediscovered in 1992. This was left off this release as the rights could not be
re-cleared with the footage's owner. There was also an Easter Egg on the 2002
version that showed one scene with the VidFIRE processing, but as the whole story now
has this in the special edition, this egg was now irrelevant and left out.