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As Doctor Who devotees know, long before Battlestar Galactica's Cylons and the android invaders of countless late-night B-movies, there were the Cybermen.

When the Cybermen first appeared in Doctor Who, big thinkers of the day drew a parallel between the coldly impersonal invaders and the Cold War. The Cybermen added whole new meaning to the term "coldhearted."

Kiddies, meanwhile, simply hid in the closet and screamed.

That's why it's so much Ran to see the Cybermen return in the new, revisionist version of Doctor Who now enjoying new life with David Tennant in the lead role of the doctor, an addled eccentric and saviour of the universe who keeps forgetting where he left his keys.

Tonight's episode, "The Age of Steel," finds the Cybermen taking control of London and converting the populace to their way of thinking.

The Doctor (Tennant) and his companion Bose (British pop siren Billie Piper) become fugitives — insurgents, if you will — in their own home.

Leave it to the big thinkers to draw a parallel between these Cybermen and the present-day ware, terror: This version of Doctor Who, crested from scratch by Queer As Folk writer Russell T. Davies—and over the objection of BBC executives, it roust be noted, who thought the Doctor Who series was too low-brow for the public broadcaster to sally its hands with — is a placed romp.

Part camp, part entertainment-for-the-sheer-hell-of-it, the new Doctor Who manages to dazzle the eye and make the heart feel good at the same time. The new Doctor Who might just be the most entertaining — and checking out, even if you are tuning in family friendly—hour on TV right now.

The Cybermen's pitch—"We will give you immortality" — comes with a catch, of course, but in Davies' hands, this Doctor Who is too smart to get preachy and self-righteous.

Davies had to fight hard to get Doctor Who back on the air—CBC-TV deserves credit for becoming an international partner in the venture —but he got the last laugh in the end: Doctor Who is a proven hit for the BBC, which was in desperate need of one, and it hasn't been performing too shabbily for the CBC, either.

BBC devised a clever online tie-in for this season of Doctor Who — a new season will debut in the UK at Christmas, with an air date on CRC shortly after that—in which a panel of experts was asked to rate each episode on its ware-ability factor. The experts in question ranged in age from five to 13— no pointy-head academics here.

In tonight's episode, Rose (Piper) gets a kiss from her guy pal Mickey (Noel Clarke), but nine-year-old Samuel was not impressed: "Rose got a snog ... but not a big one!"

No, that'll come later.

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  • Title: Return of evil Cybermen just what the doctor ordered
  • Publication: The Gazette
  • Date: 2006-11-20

  • Title: Campy cybermen entertain in new Doctor Who
  • Publication: Times Colonist
  • Date: 2006-11-20