Farewell Tin Dog, We Shall Remember Thee..

Published September 1, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 83

Episodes watched:  20

Today’s Episode: Age of Steel

Writer: Tom MacRae

This episode isn’t as bad as the prior one… but yet.. let’s bring back our dear friends.. BULLETPOINTS!

-The Doctor and gang manage to get away from the Cybermen by using that crystal thingy… thus extending their stay in that ‘verse by 4 hours. Eh.

-Rickey gets killed by the Cybermen and Jackie gets upgraded.

-The Gang takes a three prong approach to taking down Cybus Industries in Battersea; Jake and Mikey destroy the transmission to the earpoddy thingys, Pete and Rose go in the front door by acting like Zombies, and the Doctor and Mrs. Moore go in through the cooling tunnels.

-Poor Mrs. Moore dies just as we were getting to know her better.. giving the Oncoming Storm some ammo against Lumic

-Pete and Rose get found out, and since Pete knows Lumic, he and Rose were brought to his attention, the same time the Doctor was found as well

The best part of the episode is when this convo took place.. after Lumic gets converted, and they are up in his office..

DOCTOR: And imagination? What about that? The one thing that lead you here. Imagination – you’re killing it, dead!

LUMIC: What is your name?

THE DOCTOR: I’m the Doctor.

LUMIC: A redundant title. Doctors need not exist. Cybermen never sicken.

THE DOCTOR: (stepping forwards in his enthusiasm) Yeah, but that’s it! That’s exactly the point!(despairingly) Oh, Lumic, you’re a clever man… I’d call you a genius, except I’m in the room. But everything you’ve invented, you did to fight your sickness. And that’s brilliant. That is SO human. But once you get rid of sickness and mortality, then what’s there to strive for? Eh? The Cybermen won’t advance. You’ll just stop! You’ll stay like this forever. A metal Earth with metal men and metal thoughts. Lacking the one thing that makes this planet so ALIVE.PEOPLEOrdinary, stupid, brilliant people.

LUMIC: You are proud of your emotions?

THE DOCTOR: Oh, yes.

LUMIC: Then tell me, Doctor – have you known grief – and rage – and pain?

THE DOCTOR: Yes. Yes, I have.

LUMIC: And they hurt?


age of steel

LUMIC: I could set you free. Would you not want that? A life without pain?

THE DOCTOR: You might as well kill me.

LUMIC: Then I take that option.

THE DOCTOR: It’s not yours to take. You’re a CYBER controller. You don’t control me or anything with blood in its heart.

LUMIC:You have no means of stopping me. I have an army. A species of my own.

The Doctor puts his face in his palm, exasperated. 

THE DOCTOR: You just don’t get it, do you? An army’s NOTHING. ‘Cos those ordinary people – they’re the key. (glances at the security camera) The most ordinary person could change the world.


Mickey nods at this. 

THE DOCTOR: Some ordinary man or woman… some idiot…

Mickey’s head jerks up. He stares. 

THE DOCTOR: All it takes is for him to find, say, the right numbers… say, the right codes… say, for for example, the code behind the emotional inhibitor. The code right in front of him. ‘Cos even an idiot knows how to use computers these days.

Mickey’s mouth is open. He’s starting to catch on. 

THE DOCTOR: Knows how to get past firewalls and passwords… knows how to find something encrypted in the Lumic Family Database, under… what was it, Pete? Binary what?

PETE:(loudly) Binary 9.

MICKEY:(whispers)Binary 9.

He begins to type. The code starts to appear number by number on the screen. 

THE DOCTOR: An IDIOT could find that code. The cancellation code. And he’d keep on typing. Keep on fighting. (looks meaningfully into the camera)
Anything to save his friends…


LUMIC: Your words are irrelevant.

THE DOCTOR:(grinning) Talk too much, that’s my problem. Lucky I got you that cheap tariff, Rose. For all our long chats. On your PHONE.

Another meaningful glance into the camera. Does the ‘phone’ sign. 


MICKEY: The phone…

He takes out his own mobile. 


LUMIC: You will be deleted.

THE DOCTOR: Yes, delete, control, hash, all those lovely buttons.


Mickey types the numbers into his phone as a text message. 


THE DOCTOR: Then of course, my particular favourite – SEND


Mickey presses ‘send’.


THE DOCTOR: And let’s not forget how you seduced all those ordinary people in the first place.

Rose’s phone beeps, indicating that she has just received a message. 

THE DOCTOR: By making every bit of technology compatible with everything else…

He loiters by one particular computer. 

ROSE:It’s for you.

She chucks him her phone. He catches it. 

THE DOCTOR: Like this.

He shoves it into a port. It fits perfectly. All hell breaks loose and the cybermen clutch onto their heads, moaning. The code flashes on every single computer screen.

THE FEELS!!! AHHHHHH FEEEEELSSS!! All the converted people can FEEEEEEEELLLL NOW! They basically commit suicide en mass. 

-Then the building begins to explode and everyone gets away by Zeplin, Lumic tried to kill them before they got away but he fell to his death.

-Mikey then stayed behind to travel the world and shut down other factories, as well as Pete couldn’t take it that Rose is a parallel daughter, after she revealed whom she really was to him.

-As soon as they got back to their universe the Doctor Kindly took Rose home.. since she missed her mother, and had to tell them that Mikey is gone, and had to work out her feels.

Thank god RTD realized how mis-mashed these episodes were and Tom MacRae didn’t get to write another episode until Moffat’s era.

Cybermen ain’t scary when you see them like this…


Till tomorrow…  Another time when the Doctor got the flight wrong..


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