Cybermen make their first appearance on Doctor Who, and William Hartnell his last (for a while), in this legendary classic serial.
The Doctor and his two companions, Ben and Polly, materialise in the distant future of 1986, in what the Doc dubbed “the coldest place in the world” in C028 The Smugglers. We learn, perhaps somewhat disappointingly, that they’ve not arrived on Hoth but in the Antarctic, coincidentally right atop a subterranean, military-controlled, UN-regulated space-base, which is governed by the faux-American General Cutler and acts as (a) a launch pad for exploratory space rockets, and (b) the unlocked and unguarded repository of one of three doomsday devices known as Z-bombs.
While we’re on the subject of coincidence, an odd Tenth Planet has just arrived. (You see, kids, this was done back in the day when Pluto was still a planet!) And with it, the Cybermen. That’s right, this is the first appearance of Cybermen in Doctor Who!
Some random facts:
Ipso freaking facto, General Cutler has a personal stake in the destruction of Mondas. But will blowing it up with a Z-bomb also cause the death of the Earth? Will the Cybermen enslave us all before he even gets a chance to detonate the doomsday device in the first place? And will The First Doctor save the day one last time?
You’ll just have to watch this serial and/or listen to our review to find out!
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PS: Special thanks to @sgamer82 for bringing this Doctor Who / Star Wars nugget to our attention.
(A belated) May the Fourth be with you, Sir!