6T. Attack Of The Cybermen

Season Twenty Two - 1985

Script Editor: Eric Saward
Produced by: John Nathan-Turner
Writer: Paula Moore (alias Paula Woolsey and Eric Saward)
Director: Matthew Robinson
Designer: Marjorie Pratt
Incidental Music: Malcolm Clarke


The Doctor and Peri land in London, 1985, after receiving a distress call. It turns out that Lytton, who the Doctor last encountered working with the Daleks, was the sender, and he appears to be working for new masters - the Cybermen. The Doctor and Peri are ordered by Lytton to take him to the Cybermens' home planet Telos.

The Cybermen have no time travel facilities of their own, but they have captured a time vessel and are planning to use it to return to 1985 and destroy, or severely weaken, Earth by crashing Halley's Comet to ensure their infamous plans of 1986.

Aided by the Cryons the Doctor manages to destroy the Cyberbase, and Cybercontroller.

Regular Cast

  • Peri Brown: Nicola Bryant

Guest Cast

  • Gustave Lytton: Maurice Colbourne
  • Griffiths: Brian Glover
  • Cyberleader: David Banks
  • Cyberlieutenant: Brian Orell
  • Cybercontroller: Michael Kilgarriff
  • Cyberman: John Ainley
  • Bates: Michael Attwell
  • Stratton: Jonathon David
  • Russell: Terry Molloy (1, reprise 2)
  • Payne: James Beckett (1)
  • Bill: Stephen Churchett (1)
  • David: Stephen Wale (1)
  • Varne: Sarah Greene (2)
  • Rost: Sarah Berger (2)
  • Threst: Esther Freud (2)
  • Flast: Faith Brown (2)
  • Cybermen: Pat Gorman, Thomas Lucy, Ian Marshall Fisher, Roger Pope
  • Stunt Cyberman: Ken Barker
  • Policemen: Mike Braben (1), Michael Jeffries (1)
  • Passers-by: (all 1) Keith Chamberlain, Christopher Holmes, Penny Lambirth, Ken Pritchard, Cy Town
  • Man being Cybernised: Ken Pritchard (2)
  • Cryons: (all 2) Trisha Clark, Maggie Lynton, Irene Williams

Original broadcast on the BBC

Channel Title Date Viewers Rating
BBC 1 627. Part One Saturday, January 5, 1985 5:20 PM - 6:05 PM 8.9M 61%
BBC 1 628. Part Two Saturday, January 12, 1985 5:20 PM - 6:05 PM 7.2M 65%


  • Television Centre Studio 6

Outside Locations

  • Davis Road and alley, Acton, London
  • Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London
  • Junkyard, Birkbeck Road, Acton, London
  • Scrapyard, Becklow Road, Acton, London
  • Wapsey's Wood, Gerrards Cross, Bucks


Part 2: In the fight scene between the Doctor and the Cybercontroller the carpet on the studio floor (under the central console) gets kicked up and rather badly creased.

Part 2: When Lytton stabs the CyberController his blood gets splashed onto the camera lens.

Working Titles

The Cold War


This whole of this season consists of 45 minute episodes, as pioneered with Resurrection of the Daleks.

For this story and Revelation of the Daleks the writer credit is in upper case characters, unlike other crediting for every other use of this title sequence.