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The Invasion
Doctor Who, episode 46 (6.3)

Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:29:19

Patrick Troughton   IMDB   The Doctor
Fraser Hines   IMDB   Jamie McCrimmon
Wendy Padbury   IMDB   Zoe Herriot
DVD   Doctor Who DVD #046: The Invasion

An engineering genius has sinister allies.
The TARDIS materialises in England in the 1970s and the time travellers meet a girl named Isobel whose uncle, computer scientist Professor Watkins, has recently gone missing. The Doctor offers to help track him down, starting at the place where he last worked - the London HQ of International Electromatics, the world's major supplier of electronic equipment.

His initial suspicions about IE's managing director, Tobias Vaughn, are confirmed after he becomes reacquainted with Lethbridge-Stewart, now promoted to Brigadier and in charge of the British branch of the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT), and learns that there have been other disappearances at IE premises.

He discovers that Vaughn is in league with the Cybermen in a plan to invade Earth, but is also plotting against them with the aim of seizing power for himself. Watkins is being forced by Vaughn to develop the cerebration mentor, a machine designed to generate emotional impulses as a weapon against the Cybermen.

The Cybermen immobilise most of Earth's population - sending a hypnotic signal through special circuits incorporated in all IE equipment - and launch their invasion. The Doctor has managed to protect himself and his friends from the signal and - with help from an embittered Vaughn, who is killed during the fighting - the invasion is eventually defeated.

By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:48:45
The Invasion, originally conceived as a sequel of sorts to The Web of Fear (although in the end Professor Travers and his daughter Anne became Professor Watkins and his niece Isobel), is one of the very best stories to feature the Cybermen. That this should be the case is actually quite ironic, given that the silver giants are kept firmly in the background throughout and don't really constitute characters in their own right - indeed, they don't even appear until Episode Four and have only a...

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