The Age of Steel
|Season 2, Episode 6|
|Airdate: 13 May 2006|
|Writer: Tom MacRae|
|Director: Graeme Harper|
The Age of Steel
Doctor Who was never your average series.
Apart from the rather unique premise, DW attempted to juggle the development of characters while actually getting on with the story. Sometimes the character development backfired and got in the way of the story, and at other times there was too much story and not enough character development. Tom MacRae’s ‘Rise Of The Cybermen’/'The Age Of Steel’ concluded beautifully last night by managing to do both of these things. There were a few episodes that I had to watch beforehand in writing this review, the first of which was Series One’s ‘Father’s Day’. – Blog Critics
In the follow-up to last week’s return of the Cybermen, the Doctor and friends combat the bio-mechanical agents created by John Lumic’s diabolical mind in an action-packed adventure. Lumic’s goal is to convert the entire population of London into Cybermen, in an effort to provide immortality to all humans. By activating a set of instructions sent through the EarPods, Lumic is able to take control of everyone in the city and have them walk like drones to the conversion centers for ‘upgrading’.
One of the highlights in this episode is how Mickey gets the spotlight and the chance to save the day. As in previous episodes, The Doctor didn’t include Mickey in his plans to stop the Cybermen. Unlike other times though, Mickey stands up for himself and offers to help. He tags along with Jake to take out the transmitter in Lumic’s Zeppelin. The series writers have invested a considerable amount of time in developing all of the supporting characters, and Mickey’s heroic moment and surprising decision to stay behind in the parallel universe was a culmination of careful exposition over many episodes. – IGN