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 After their Big Finish debut in February 2001's "Sword of Orion" the Cybermen return in this story for August 2002. Titled "Spare Parts" it has been written by Marc Platt, who was previously responsible for "Loups-Garoux", the television story "Ghost Light" and the New Adventures novels "Cats Cradle: Time's Crucible" and "Lungbarrow". It has been directed by Gary Russell and was recorded on the 26th and 27th March 2002.

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Spare Parts
(Marc Platt)

 Starring Peter Davison, as the Fifth Doctor, and Sarah Sutton, as Nyssa, this story is set on the Cybermen's original homeworld, Mondas and takes an unusual look at the Cybermen by moving away from the 'smash-and-bash' philosophy of many of the later Cyber-stories and focusing instead on what makes them tick.

 The special guest star for this story includes actress Sally Knyvette, who is best known as revolutionary Jenna Stannis on Blake's 7. Also in the cast are: Kathryn Guck, Paul Copley, Derren Nesbitt, Pamela Binns, Jim Hartley, Ann Jenkins and Nick Briggs playing the part of the Cyberleader.

 As stated by author Marc Platt: "Spare Parts is about the origins of the Cybermen and is a sad and tragic tale. Some of it will shock… In Spare Parts, we see several steps on the Cyber-evolutionary ladder, which culminate in the creation of the Cybermen themselves. Might Spare Parts do for the Cybermen what Genesis of the Daleks did for the Daleks?"

Fifth Doctor
Fifth Doctor
 Thinking the TARDIS has brought them to Earth The Doctor and Nyssa realise that instead they have arrived in an underground city on a frozen planet drifting light years from any star where no planet should be. It soon becomes clear that they are in a doomed city and that the inhabitants will pay any price to survive even if it means that they inadvertently give birth to what will become Cybermen…

 In the mat-infested streets The Doctor and Nyssa unearth a black market in second-hand body parts and run the gauntlet of augmented police and their augmented horses. Nyssa, in helping a citizen called Yvonne rescues her trapped father, is invited back to their house before the night curfew and learns of the desperate times they have arrived in. The Doctor meanwhile realises his worst suspicions are confirmed and that they have arrived on the planet Mondas and the Cybermen's origins have just begun.

A Cyberman

A Cyberman

 It all seems strangely familiar - the oppressed population gradually replacing their bodily organs with manufactured parts in a desperate attempt to avoid extinction. Artificial organs it seems are all the range on Mondas. And silver is the colour used for the uniforms that the workers, who are called up to work on the surface which the population are keen to be part of, find themselves wearing.

 With the local graveyard being dug up in the middle of the night The Doctor realises that the Mondasians are heading for a very nasty future. And despite The Doctor's warnings Nyssa is determined to rescue the people of Mondas, but The Doctor insists that they mustn't interfere - not this time. Things are getting serious.

 After nearly being caught by the Sisterman, whose duties include looking for recruits supposedly to work on the surface of the planet, Nyssa learns that Yvonne, who has been called up, is in grave danger of being turned into a Cyberman. The Doctor also managers to escape capture and finally meets up with Doctorman Christine Allan who he learns is responsible for the future destination of the Mondasians.



 But things go horrible wrong when during a power cut the programming of a batch of Cybermen, which includes Yvonne, is not completed fully and the Cybermen, under the leadership of Cyberleader Zheng, take control of the city and its population. The Doctor it seems is unable to prevent the Cybermen from taking control and to convince Doctorman Allan of the foolishness of allowing the rouge Cybermen to live and dictate the future path of the Cybermen.

 Meanwhile Nyssa learns the full truth of what is happening to the Mondasians when Yvonne, now part Cyberman, returns to her family - much to their distress. But Nyssa and The Doctor have worse things to consider when the Cybermen grow stronger and Mondas' past takes shape.

 With Mondas in danger from a nearby nebula, and with the city under threat of becoming frozen over, will The Doctor help the Mondasians to decide their future for themselves or will he have a change of heart? Why are the authorities so keen to hunt down the two strangers that have arrived in their city? Will Nyssa's defiance cost her her own life or will she find herself becoming a Cyberecruit? What will The Doctor do when gold seems to be ineffective in killing the Cybermen and why are the Cybermats such a threat and not just to the TARDIS crew and the Mondasians? What can The Doctor do when it seems that he is being used to create a new breed of Cybermen? Will the Mondasians be able to survive the ice as well as the onslaught of a Cyberarmy who are after new recruits to populate their new race or should they be more concerned about one particular Cyberman?

 It seems that the TARDIS crew might not be leaving Mondas intact and that resistance is useless when the birth of the Cybermen is at stake…

The Cybermen
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  • Featuring the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa.
  • This story includes the Cybermen.
  • Serial Number: 6C/E
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 100 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 29'46", 2 = 29'15", 3 = 30'36", 4 = 31'05"
  • Total Story Length: 120'42"
  • This story takes place between "Time-Flight" and "Arc of Infinity".
  • Early Titles: "Collision Course" and "Night City".
  • Cover Illustration: Clayton Hickman
  • Recorded: 26th and 27th March 2002
  • Recording Location: The Moat Studios
  • Released: August 2002
  • ISBN: 1-903654-72-6

On the Back Cover:

 "I'm not even sure they are people by the end. They're just so many tinned left-overs..."

 On a dark frozen planet where no planet should be, in a doomed city with a sky of stone, the last denizens of Earth's long-lost twin will pay any price to survive, even if the laser scalpels cost them their love and hate and humanity.

 And in the mat-infested streets, round about tea-time, The Doctor and Nyssa unearth a black market in second-hand body parts and run the gauntlet of the augmented police and their augmented horses.

 And just between the tramstop and the picturehouse, their worst suspicions are confirmed: the Cybermen have only just begun, and The Doctor will be, just as he always has been, their saviour...

On the Inside Cover:

 WHEN GARY RUSSELL FIRST asked me about an origin story for the Cybermen, the first thing we agreed was that the story was a tragedy. With definitely no CyberDavros. Just lots of good intentions paving a long road to Hell. So I started thinking about how Earth's twin planet Mondas and its people could possibly survive when it's drifted away from its sun. It wouldn't have gone far before its atmosphere froze, so the survivors must be underground somewhere. But what Circumstances would force its human race to abandon their humanity? Dwindling population, dwindling resources, dwindling hope. It's almost traditional for The Doctor to regale the Cybermen with a catalogue of the senses and emotions they have lost after purging their minds with cold clinical logic, but we've barely seen it from the point of view of their progenitors - the man and his family on the Mondas equivalent of the Clapham omnibus. And then there's all that continuity to juggle. So the main theme of the story is the cruelty of loss, and the similarities between Mondas and Earth that bring the threat of the Cybermen and who they once were, closer than is comfortable.
Marc Platt,
March 2002

 Marc Platt is the writer of Ghost Light, the last Doctor Who story made by the BBC, in 1989. He subsequently novelised both that and Battlefield, and then wrote two of Virgin Publishing’s New Adventure series, Time's Crucible and Lungbarrow. This is his second audio for Big Finish, the first being Loups-Garoux, also featuring the Fifth Doctor. He lives in South-East London.

Production Notes:

 Putting forward ideas demonstrating exactly how the Cybermen came to pass has long been a popular pass-time for Doctor Who fans. Indeed, David Banks' 1988 book, Cybermen, offers up one theory, and Gerry Davis himself put forward others to the Doctor Who television production office. However, we steered clear of all those ideas and rather than do a "Genesis of the Cybermen" story per se, we wanted to focus on the effect the Cybermen had on those around them, rather than the nuts and bolts of their creation. After Loups-Garoux was released, we considered no choices other than Marc Platt to script tins one - wanting someone who would offer a novel insight into what are, next to the Daleks, Doctor Who's most remarkable "monsters"…

Full Cast List:

The Doctor Peter Davison
Nyssa Sarah Sutton
Yvonne Hartley Kathryn Guck
Dad Paul Copley
Thomas Dodd Derren Nesbitt
Sisterman Constant Pamela Binns
Frank Hartley Jim Hartley
Mrs Ginsberg Ann Jenkins
Doctorman Allan Sally Knyvette
Zheng Nicholas Briggs

The Production Team:

Writer Marc Platt
Director Gary Russell
Sound/Music Russell Stone
Theme Music Mark Ayres
Cybermen Created by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis
Producers Gary Russell and
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive Producer for the BBC Jaqueline Rayner
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