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Doctor Who: Tomb of the Cybermen

We continue our year-round celebration with the final visit to Doctor Who in black and white.

BBC 1967
Directed by Morris Barry
With Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling
Running time 100min
Certificate PG

The huge success of the Daleks had altered the fortunes and thinking behind Doctor Who, propelling writers and producers to unleash all manner of alien creatures in an attempt to create other fearful but hugely popular monsters. The Cybermen were the most successful of the pursuing pack and appeared over ten times in the classic series, but it is this story, Tomb of the Cybermen, that most fans would cite as their high point. Truly atmospheric, it features elements within its plot which haunted many of the Cybermen stories to come, and it delivers some key strands within the over-arching mythology. It also of course features the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, who had successfully taken over the reins and reinvented the character as a mischievous and witty soul with unexpected steel beneath the surface bonhomie.

We are delighted to announce that we will be joined by Companions to the 2nd Doctor: Anneke Wills (Polly) and Deborah Watling (Victoria) and, from Tomb of the Cybermen, Shirley Cooklin (Kaftan), Bernard Holley (Peter Haydon) and Michael Kilgarriff (Cyber Controller). We will also welcome Michael Ferguson (director of The Seeds of Death, The Claws of Axos) and Patrick Troughton’s son and biographer, Michael Troughton.

Anneke Wills and Michael Troughton will be signing copies of their books at the BFI Shop after the event.


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