[[caption-width-right:350:''[[Film/{{Poltergeist}} They're baaaack...]]'']]

->''"Hail to you, the Doctor -- [[NiceJobBreakingItHero SAVIOUR of the Cybermen!]]"''
-->-- '''Cyber-Webley'''

The one where the Cybermen get a '''[[TookALevelInBadass big]]''' upgrade and the Doctor pulls a [[Literature/DrJekyllAndMrHyde Jekyll and Hyde.]]

Written by Creator/NeilGaiman.

Hedgewick's World of Wonders is known as the greatest theme park in the universe. The Doctor takes [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror new temporary companions Angie and Artie Maitland]] to the park for a fun day out (he's got a golden ticket and everything), but the TARDIS parks them there a few decades too late, after the whole place has been shut down. Instead of the Spacey Zoomer and free ice cream, team TARDIS finds an army platoon that has been sent there (mostly to keep them out of everyone else's way) and a caretaker named Webley. The Doctor runs a BavarianFireDrill and pretends to be a high-up envoy of the emperor, who's been missing for a number of years. He decides to hang out with Webley for a bit just to show the kids a good time.

Webley has an empty Cyber-suit in his home, which he uses as a parlour trick when he gets people to play chess with it. Inside is actually a little person nicknamed "Porridge" (Creator/WarwickDavis!) who quickly befriends Clara. Just as the whole gang is about to head back home, the Doctor realises that things are ''very wrong'' on this planet, and goes off to investigate, telling the kids to stay put. They don't, of course, and while Angie, Artie and Webley get kidnapped and put into a "walking coma" by the quickly revived Cyberman, the Doctor is infected by Cybermites (like Cybermats, only quite tiny) and turned into a ''magnificently'' LargeHam in the process. The Cybermen were only looking for clever young children, like Angie and Artie, but a ''Time Lord'' is infinitely more useful. And they really didn't expect to find one here... after all, the Doctor has been deleting himself from history across the universe.

The Doctor tells the Cyber-Planner, who's taking over the Doctor's mind, that he could simply commit HeroicSuicide and regenerate on the spot to destroy the Cyber-Planner's implants -- and, via the Cyberiad network, every Cyberman it controls. Instead, they battle it out both in the Doctor's subconscious and over a game of chess. The Doctor's fully aware that the Cyberplanner will betray him no matter who wins, but does what he can to protect the children. Meanwhile, Clara takes full advantage of the Doctor's BavarianFireDrill and takes charge of the platoon. She spends most of it trying to prevent the soldiers from blowing up the planet, since that's been their modus operandi ever since the last war with the Cybermen. They even blew up the Cybermen's entire galaxy. Porridge tells Clara that he feels tremendously guilty over that -- because no matter how much he tries to think about all the lives that were lost that day, all he can really bring himself to care about is the poor man who had to push the button.

The Doctor temporarily manages to short-circuit his cyber parts using his golden ticket and tries to avoid Clara's difficult questions about the things the Cyber-Planner has been telling her -- about her being "impossible", for one. When he finally manages to use the platoon's gadgets and his own screwdriver to remove his cyber parts and gets the kids out of their comas, Angie points out what's been glaringly obvious to her all along: Porridge is the missing galactic emperor. Porridge explains that his off-planet army can transmat them all out within seconds, so blowing up the planet was actually a pretty viable idea all along. And he's so impressed by Clara's leadership skills that he asks for her hand in marriage. She declines, to Angie's great annoyance.

The Doctor drops the kids off back home, and Clara joins them, telling the Doctor he can pick her up again next Wednesday.


* AdaptiveAbility: The Cybermen have upgraded themselves dramatically in the thousands of years since their creation, and are able to adapt ''very'' quickly to whatever is thrown at any one of them, since they are all linked in the Cyberiad. It's hard not to be impressed by software patches that are able to fix hardware problems.
* AbsenceOfEvidence: Mr Clever notes the Doctor's efforts to remove data on himself from history. He then points out that the Cyberiad can reconstruct who he is from the gaps he's left. The Doctor concedes he'd better do something about that.
* AlienSky: Even Angie is impressed for a moment, when it's shown they're not actually on Earth's Moon.
* AllThereInTheManual: Neil Gaiman has explained various parts of the plot which were rendered obscure by timing cuts: [[http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/50297406858/it-seems-like-a-lot-of-questions-about-nightmare-in]] [[http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/50296366498/really-enjoyed-nightmare-in-silver-however-some-of]] [[http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/50296207363/what-was-the-scene-with-angies-phone-originally]] [[http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/50290346173/re-nightmare-in-silver-how-did-you-mesh-in-continuity]]
* AlmostKiss: The HeldGaze, the PuppyDogEyes, the InterruptedDeclarationOfLove when Clara slaps the Doctor across the face because it's an OutOfCharacterAlert...
* AmusementParkOfDoom: Hedgewick's World of Wonders is an abandoned amusement park full of Cybermen who want to use you for spare parts.
* ArmourPiercingSlap: Used twice to revert the Doctor to full control of himself.
* TheAssimilator: This is the main strength of the Cybermen. A particularly ghastly aspect is that people seem to keep their personality for some time as they get upgraded.
-->'''Porridge:''' It's hard to fight an enemy that uses your armies as spare parts.
* AuthorAppeal: If you hadn't seen Creator/NeilGaiman's name in the opening credits, you'd still know that this episode was his work. That, or a huge homage to him.
* AxeCrazy: The Cyber-Planner, in contrast to the regular emotionless footsoldiers, is ''insane'' and about thrice as hammy as the Doctor.
* BatmanGambit: The Doctor threatening to regenerate, seeing as how he couldn't due to this being his last life.
* BattleInTheCentreOfTheMind: Played with throughout the episode; while the Doctor and Mr. Clever are fighting for the Doctor's mind much of the actual battle is done in the real world through a game of chess.
* BehindTheBlack: At the beginning, when the TARDIS lands at the Spacey Zoomer ride and they all look out, they should be looking ''directly'' at a part of the room that ''clearly'' does not look like the Moon. So why do the kids think that's where they are?
* BigLittleMan: The Emperor's statue is much bigger than the emperor himself.
* BittersweetEnding: The Cybermen are defeated, but Webley and several of the soldiers are dead, the planet was blown up, a Cybermite remains, and Porridge is forced back onto the throne he hates.
* BlessedWithSuck: Porridge is Emperor of the Universe, a job which no-one wants, including him.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: The Cyber-Planner mockingly borrows "[[Creator/ChristopherEccleston Fantastic]]" and "[[Creator/DavidTennant Allons-y]]!"
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Angie is rather insufferable, though this is never commented on by the other characters. To the Cyberman who's abducted her: "Put me down! I ''hate'' you!"
* BrickJoke: Clara is forced to sign a requisition form just to get the EarthShatteringKaboom controller out of the soldiers' hands. Then Mr. Clever manages to snatch it and destroy it, and how do the soldiers handle the news?
-->[[ComicallyMissingThePoint "But you signed for that!"]]
* BriefAccentImitation: After rummaging through the Doctor's memories, the Cyber-Planner says a few lines in what is presumably meant to be the Ninth Doctor's accent.
* BulletTime: Used when the Cyberman flawlessly dodges all the shots being fired at it and grabs Angie.
* TheBusCameBack: The proper return of the Mondasian Cybermen since 1988. [[note]]By WordOfGod, the technology is a merger of Cybus and Mondas-based Cybermen, though the story uses a lot of elements and inspirations from the 1960s incarnations, and appears to follow the Cyber-Wars mentioned in later, but pre-Cybus, seasons[[/note]] Previous appearances going back to "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]" have been confirmed to be Mondasian Cybermen by WordOfGod, but the costumes weren't updated (or just had the Cybus logo removed). These ones have updated costumes.
* CallBack:
** The Cyberiad can now convert non-humans -- in fact, any living being -- something the Cybus variants were experimenting with [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor seasons ago]].
** During the BattleInTheCentreOfTheMind, the Doctor skims through the images of all his previous incarnations, while in the background, there appears to be the same Circular Gallifreyan lettering [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar inscribed on his crib]], depicting his ''true'' name.
** The Doctor says the new Cyberleader, Mr. Clever, is still running on old Cyberiad data, so he still has the WeaksauceWeakness to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis gold]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E6TheMoonbase cleaning fluids]]. He uses gold to temporarily disable him.
** The Doctor is still [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan erasing himself]] from history.
* TheCavalry: The imperial flagship that appears at the end and beams everyone safely aboard.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: The reason the emperor has been in hiding for such a long time is because he doesn't like the heavy responsibility of being the emperor. At the end he casually offers the role to an underling who turns it down, which he concedes is the right choice.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The golden ticket turns out to be quite literally gold -- enough to temporarily fry the Cyber-Planner.
** The galactic penny that Webley gives to Angie is what allows her to identify Porridge as the missing Emperor.
* ChewingTheScenery: If you thought Matt Smith's usual performance was over the top, wait until you see Mr. Clever! He's delighted at the processing power of this new body and uses it for dramatic speeches and dancing around the room.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: For a while, one Cyberman does better than three million of them. Justified as (1) he's taken over about half the Doctor's brain, and (2) this version of the Cybermen use processing power from one hive mind; the less that are operating at once, the more competent and intelligent they can be as individuals.
* ContinuityCavalcade:
** All previous Doctors appear within the Doctor's mind.
** Mr. Webley's museum of oddities likewise contains several [[invoked]] [[PropRecycling reused props]], including Cybus-brand Cybermen and one of the ventriloquist's dummies from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex The God Complex]]", a very familiar vulture from ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' and [[Recap/TorchwoodS2E1KissKissBangBang that coked-up blowfish]] from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
* ContinuityNod: This being a Creator/NeilGaiman [[BigNameFan episode]], there are quite a lot of references to old stories:
** Mr. Clever [[BorrowedCatchphrase borrows]] the [[Creator/ChristopherEccleston 9th]] and [[Creator/DavidTennant 10th Doctor]]'s {{Catch Phrase}}s "Fantastic!" and "Allons-y!"
** Also, he repeats the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace 10th]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour 11th Doctor's]] once-used "[[MadLibsCatchphrase He's]] had some cowboys in here."
** The Cyber-Planner, Mr. Clever, says [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen "The Cybermen are waking from their tomb!"]] Their subsequent exit is a mirror of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock Earthshock]]" (which was last homaged in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts Army of Ghosts]]").
** The Doctor distracts the Cyberplanner by lying about his chess skills, just like [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric with Fenric]].
** Webley's collection ranks #699 on the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E3DeathToTheDaleks 700 wonders of the universe]].
** The Time Lords [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors invented chess]].
** Children's minds are used for the Cyber-Planner because their brains have more potential. A similar logic was used by the Daleks in creating their [[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks Battle Computer Interface]]. The Krillitanes used the same principle in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]".
** It's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor not the first time]] a strong-willed host manages to retain their personality while cyber-converted.
*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday Or the second.]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime Or the third.]]
* CranialProcessingUnit: Zig-zagged. The stun gloves work by application to the back of a Cyberman head, but a Cyberman is shown to be able to purposefully detach its head without loss of function. It's probably wifi.
* CreepyMonotone: The kids lose all inflection after they've been upgraded.
* DeclarationOfProtection: Another one from Eleven, this time regarding Angie and Artie.
-->'''The Doctor:''' If anyone is listening to this, those children are under my protection.
* DetachmentCombat: A Cyberman uses its hand to attack a soldier in hiding.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: The Doctor's plan to fake his death and remove all evidence of himself from history. As the Cyberplanner notes, it's pretty clear to figure out he's still alive and he exists, due to the "giant Doctor-shaped hole" left behind with nothing to fill it. The Doctor acknowledges the point.
* DistaffCounterpart: This is the first episode to give Clara Doctor-like responsibility, and as such is a forerunner to later episodes which establish her becoming a distaff counterpart to the Doctor.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The Doctor refers to Clara as "a mystery wrapped in an enigma squeezed into a skirt that's just a little bit too... tight." He then catches himself thinking aloud and snaps out of it.
* TheDreaded: The Cybermen are deemed enough of a threat to justify using a [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet-imploding bomb]] to destroy just one of them.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The standard-issue Planet Imploder is used at the end.
* EasilyDetachableRobotParts: A Cyberman uses its detached head to fool a soldier.
* TheEmperor: Emperor Ludens Nimrod Kendrick Cord Longstaff the 41[[superscript:st]], Defender of Humanity, Imperator of Known Space. Porridge, to his mates.
* TheEndOrIsIt: The Cybermen are destroyed! Wait, is that an active Cybermite floating through space?
* EnemyWithin: Mr. Clever, a Cyberman leader stuck in the Doctor's head.
* EpicFail: Artie loses a chess match to Porridge via the Fool's Mate, despite claiming to be in the chess club.
* ExactWords: The Doctor said that he would beat Mr. Clever in three moves, but didn't say it was through chess.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Implied to be the reason why only Angie and the Captain realised that Porridge is the Emperor. His wax figure in the museum actually is quite a bit taller.
* EvilCounterpart: Mr. Clever is basically an evil version of the Doctor. Same mental prowess, same mannerisms, etc. but he's focused on upgrading.
* EvilIsHammy: Mr. Clever, the Cyber-Planner is amazingly over-the-top, as he's melded with the Doctor.
-->'''Mr. Clever:''' Good news boys and girls! They're HEEEEREEEE!
* FailedASpotCheck:
** In the opening scene, Angie and Artie are convinced they're on the Moon, even though the obvious signs that they aren't are literally on the walls off-camera. They also didn't seem to find anything odd about being able to ''breathe'' on the Moon.
** At a critical moment, the Cyber-Planner is too busy with the Doctor's mind games to notice an armed man enter the room. It hesitates to make the Doctor suffer and gives the newcomer time to act.
* FlipPersonality: Mr. Clever and the Doctor are repeatedly taking control of their shared body from each other.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Captain definitely twigs onto Angie's mention of Porridge, and takes her aside saying they need to talk. On first watch, it seems that the Captain wants to know about squatters living on the planet, but after TheReveal that a) She was previously part of the Emperor's guard detail and b) that Porridge is the Emperor, the reason for her reaction becomes far more clear.
* GodzillaThreshold: The AdaptiveAbility of the Cybermen has made them so dangerous that standing orders demand the immediate destruction of the entire planet should the first engagement with a Cyberman fail to kill it. In the backstory, this happened to an entire galaxy because they couldn't beat the Cybermen any other way.
* GoodNewsBadNews: When the Doctor is relocating his chess match and runs into Clara.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Er, a bit of a good news, bad news, good news again thing going on. ''(Clara brandishes her {{BFG}} at him)'' So, good news, I've kidnapped the Cyberplanner and right now I'm sort of in control of this Cyberman.\\
'''Clara:''' Bad news?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Bad news, the Cyberplanner's in my head. And, different bad news, the kids are, well, it's complicated. ''(starts to back off from Clara)''\\
'''Clara:''' Complicated how?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Complicated as in ... walking coma. ''(hides behind his chessboard)''\\
'''Clara:''' ''(gasps in horror, then points {{BFG}})'' Please tell me you can wake them up!\\
'''The Doctor:''' Hope so.\\
'''Clara:''' Other good news?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Well, in other good news, there are a few more repaired and reactivated Cybermen on the way, and the Cyberplanner's installing a patch for the gold thing. No, wait, that isn't good news, is it. Er, so, good news, I have a very good chance of winning my chess match!
* GreatOffscreenWar: The Cyber-Wars, which ended in a Time War-level GodzillaThreshold -- the total obliteration of an entire galaxy and the trillions of non-Cybermen inhabiting it.
* HamToHamCombat: The Doctor and Mr. Clever engage in high energy trash talk between their chess turns. Creator/MattSmith had a lot of fun with this episode.
* HandGagging: Artie being abducted by a Cyberman, who later detaches his own hand to send after his next victim.
* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]]: Averted. When Artie refers to the Doctor as "Clara's Boyfriend", neither of them deny it.
* HelplessGoodSide: Averted. The Doctor manages to beat Mr. Clever on his own.
* HitMeDammit: The Doctor writes a note to Clara to hit him so he can break Mr. Clever's control.
* HiveMind: The Cyberiad is the collective intelligence and processing power of all Cybermen everywhere.
* HopeSpot: The characters electrify the moat to make sure the Cybermen can't get to the Doctor, and it works... until the first one [[AdaptiveAbility adapts to it]].
* HydePlaysJekyll: Mr. Clever pretends to be the Doctor to trick Clara at one point. She catches on fairly quickly.
* IndyPloy: Clara absolutely trusts the Doctor, though she won't go as far as to say he knows what he's doing.
* InsufferableGenius: The Doctor, but Mr. Clever even more so. He names himself "Mr. ''Clever''" after all.
* InternalHomage:
** The Doctor using a climatic chess game to stump an almighty enemy while his ''real'' plans come to fruition in the background is lifted directly from ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]''.
** The Creator/BigFinish Eighth Doctor audio drama "The Silver Turk" also features Cybermen playing board games. Both episodes reference the original Mechanical Turk (a supposed chess machine which was actually operated by a person inside). That makes the second direct reference in this season to an Eighth Doctor audio from that specific storyline, after "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E9Hide Hide]]" name-checked the story "The Witch from the Well" (which comes directly after "The Silver Turk").
** It continues the running references in season 7 to ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'', such as the Eighth Doctor's adventures.
* IronicEcho: "That's cheating!" "Just taking advantage of the local resources."
* IShallTauntYou: At the end of his chess game, the Doctor claims he can win in three moves. This is such a bare-faced lie that the Cyber-Planner borrows the computing power of his entire army to definitively prove the Doctor's full of it. This allows Clara and the soldiers to escape an otherwise-imminent demise and the Doctor to modify a pulse glove to free himself. For the record, the Doctor was indeed lying. He did not have mate [[ExactWords in three moves]]. [[http://setsuled.livejournal.com/880790.html He had it]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome in six]]. After all, he [[ExactWords didn't say]] he "had mate" in three moves, he said he ''would win'' in three moves.
* JekyllAndHyde: The Cyberplanner is essentially an EvilCounterpart of the Doctor who shares a body with him, taking over periodically before the Doctor is able to regain control.
* KindRestraints: The Doctor insists on being tied to a chair in front of the chess board (they're to leave his hands free to play chess).
* KingIncognito: Porridge, the guy operating a Cyberman shell in an amusement part that no one visits, is actually the ruler of a thousand galaxies. As with the best examples, he even serves food to his soldiers.
* LamePunReaction: Clara laughs when Porridge says the power glove might come in handy. The Captain doesn't.
* LargeHam: Mr. Clever could feed the entire third world for months with the amount of ham he's exporting, and he would declare it "Incorporated, yes!" while dancing around.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Creator/WarwickDavis' is called attention to. It's one of the features that reveals his true identity.
* LiteralSurveillanceBug: The Cybermites, scaled-down Cybermats which have the ability to assimilate technology and slowly convert other lifeforms into Cybermen.
* LosingYourHead: A Cyberman baits one of the soldiers by leaving its own head protruding up from behind some rubble, apparently unaware of the enemy creeping up on it. When the trooper tries to strike the "sentry" from behind, its headless body ambushes her.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}:
-->'''The Doctor:''' Impossible girl. [[ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma A mystery wrapped in an enigma]] squeezed into [[DistractedByTheSexy a skirt that's just a little bit too...]] ''[[ShipTease tight]]''....
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Playing with a trope; Porridge admits that he feels worse for the person who had to press the button to destroy a galaxy than the billions and trillions who lived in it, ''because'' they had to live with that kind of guilt.
* MoralMyopia: Mr. Clever, despite all his general ruthlessness, complains that the Doctor's plan to get rid of him is cheating because he wasn't beating him at a fair game of chess.
* MythologyGag:
** The pictures of all the Doctors are the exact same ones used by the BBC to promote the 50th anniversary.
** The Cybermen have picked up more than a few tricks from their [[Comicbook/StarTrekTheNextGenerationDoctorWhoAssimilation2 encounter]] with [[Franchise/StarTrek the Borg]] (as seen in [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/7d418ca20ee92b17cae0464dffe7b2a0/tumblr_mmajo36jep1qzkgqfo2_1280.png these]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/de209bbf0392c5b04bdb02a3ee24e58c/tumblr_mmajo36jep1qzkgqfo1_1280.png images]]). The Borg also seem to have taught them how to [[AdaptiveAbility adapt to things that have destroyed or damaged them before]].
** It springs to mind [[Recap/DoctorWhoTAGE02BloodOfTheCybermen another time]] Cybermats converted people into something similar to, but not quite, Cybermen.
** The title is one to "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]", a Creator/SylvesterMcCoy adventure.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Cybermen are able to wake up because the Doctor brought children to the planet, and they alone make suitable processors. Then it turns out the Doctor has even more capacity...
* NoSell:
** The Doctor used to be immune to the cyber conversion on account of being alien... up until this episode, where they're improved the process to work on ''any'' lifeform.
** The Cybermen take this trope up a notch with their AdaptiveAbility by being able to shrug off methods that would have killed them left and right. In particular, the electrified moat only briefly stops one until it adapts, and the gun that ''vapourized'' one Cyberman only gets off two more shots before they're completely immune.
* OhCrap:
** The Doctor, upon finding out he is no longer immune to their conversion.
** Clara and the soldiers cheer when their electrified moat starts working... until the one that sacrificed itself quickly upgrades itself to counter the effect.
** If you hear the words "[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Upgrade in progress ]]
", you've found an example.
* OfferedTheCrown: Clara turns down Porridge's [[HotConsort offer of marriage]], even though it would mean ruling a thousand galaxies. Porridge offers his crown to Gloria too. [[TheChainsOfCommanding She wisely refuses.]]
* OrangeBlueContrast: This is shown in the mindscape of the Doctor while he is fighting off the Cyber-Planner, with an orange background for the former and a cold blue for the latter.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Slapping the Doctor provides a jolt that allows his consciousness to dominate the Cyber-Planner, though only briefly.
* PlotHole: Some bits were removed from Gaiman's script, leaving it unexplained why the kids aren't left safely in the TARDIS, and why the Cybermites go right for Angie's phone.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The local military contingent is the [[PunishmentDetail "Punishment Brigade"]], [[ReassignedToAntarctica a group of failures and insubordinate soldiers sent there so they won't cause any harm]].
* ReassignedToAntarctica: All of the soldiers have been posted to Hedgewick's World so they won't get in any trouble.
* ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma: The Doctor describes Clara as "A mystery wrapped in an enigma squeezed into a skirt that's just a little bit too... tight."
* RunningGag:
** As he did with Rory, Eleven takes a cheap shot at Clara's nose. It also counts as HypocriticalHumour, since Eleven's nose isn't petite (it's possible he's lashing out about all the chin jokes).
** The Doctor and Clara reminding the soldiers that they are ''not'' going to blow up the planet.
** "Don't wander off!"
* ScaryFlashlightFace: The Doctor does it with his screwdriver.
* ScoobyStack: The Doctor, Clara, and the kids peek out of the TARDIS in this fashion when they arrive.
* ShipSinking: Attempted and subverted. Clara doesn't believe the Doctor would ''ever'' fall in love with her, and even if he did, he would rather die than admit it. Later events would reveal he already was in love with her. That and her earlier comments on the subject.
-->'''Clara:''' Do you think I'm pretty?\\
'''The Doctor:''' [[BlatantLies No. You're too short and bossy and your nose is all funny]].\\
'''Clara:''' ''[grins]'' Good enough.
** Further averted by the Doctor's comments to himself about being attracted to Clara at the end of the episode.
* ShoutOut:
** [[WordOfGod According to]] Creator/NeilGaiman, the "[[Literature/TheCyberiad Cyberiad]]" is a reference to the story by Creator/StanislawLem.
** The Cyber-converted Doctor calling himself Mr. Clever is a shout-out to ''Literature/RiddleyWalker'', where that is the name Riddley's society has for the Devil.
** The chess-playing Cyberman at the beginning is a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Turk the Mechanical Turk]], an eighteenth-century automaton that, like the Cyberman, was actually a fake operated by a chess-player hidden inside the cabinet, which used [[DisappearingBox magicians' tricks]] to make the space available appear smaller than it was (yes, it was BiggerOnTheInside).
** Clara is told that if she has a chance to become queen of the universe, [[Film/Ghostbusters1984 she should say yes]].
** The Doctor's [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Golden Ticket]].
** The Doctor playing chess with Mr. Clever, with whom he shares a body, is reminiscent of ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Geri's Game]]''.
** The new design of the Cybermen's chest plates resembles ComicBook/IronMan. Compare the page image to [[http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/512e48cf6bb3f79158000002-864-1280-600-/iron%20man%203%20poster.jpg a poster]] for ''Film/IronMan3''.
** ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'':
--->'''[[EnemyWithout Mr. Clever]]:''' [[LargeHam THEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY'RE]] ''[[EvilIsHammy HHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE!!]]''
** [[Creator/JohnLandis "See you next Wednesday."]]
** A [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} human empire]] with an "Imperial Guard" that casually destroys whole planets to deal with alien infestation and their Emperor is virtually worshipped? Even the uniforms bear a substantial similarity, and they wield laser weapons. As a MythologyGag within a ShoutOut, the Emperor's full name is Emperor Ludens Nimrod Kendrick Cord Longstaff ''the 41[[superscript:st]]''.
** The communication device is called a [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy sub-ether]] [[Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin ansible]].
** The inside of the Emperor's ship looks like a [[Series/StargateSG1 Goa'uld mothership.]]
* SightedGunsAreLowTech: Averted with the [[http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/bb/d1/56/bbd156ce145ed36b56af2f759b9c382e.jpg anti-cyber gun]], with its very prominent gun sights.
* SilentAntagonist: Barring Mr. Clever, the Cybermen don't say anything other than "[[/folder]]

[[folder: Upgrade in Progress ]]
" when a) converting others into their own or b) altering themselves so that a previously fatal weakness [[AdaptiveAbility becomes much]] [[NoSell less so]].
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: The Doctor, Artie, Porridge, and Mr. Clever play chess, and all of them are very clever. Artie falls for a Fool's Mate, so he's not as smart as the others, but he's also much younger so cut him some slack.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Clara does this with the Doctor. When he offers ShipTease as a response, she slaps him to get the real Doctor back. Even if he actually felt that way (and we'd find out later on that he did at the time), he'd never admit it.
* SoMuchForStealth: A female RedShirt gives a sigh of relief when a Cyberman stomps past her hiding place. He hears it.
* SplitPersonalityMakeover: There is no physical tell-tale indicating whether Mr Clever or the Doctor is in control, apart from the fact that the camera angle is oriented to the side of his face with or without the Cyberman implants (and Mr Clever ChewingTheScenery even more the Doctor usually does). The camera angle also focuses on the implants-free side when Mr Clever tries pretending to be the Doctor to trick Clara.
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: Attempted by Mr. Clever, but he is a couple percentage points short of full control. It's successful with all the other Cybermen.
* StompyMooks: The new models are a little more streamlined, but still pull off the ominous march.
* StopOrIShootMyself: When the Cyber-Planner speaks with the Doctor in his mind, the Doctor half-threatens to regenerate to stop him; not only ending his eleventh life, but frying any Cyber-related component in his head. The Cyber-Planner announces stalemate.
* SuperSpeed: The Cyberman who snags Angie moves so fast the Doctor and the soldiers appear standing still.
* TagalongKid: Clara has to bring Artie and Angie along for an adventure... or they tell their father their nanny's a time traveller.
* TalkingToThemself: The Doctor and Mr. Clever share lips.
* TeleportersAndTransporters:
** A transmat system shows up again, popping the Doctor from the museum to the Cyber-Planner's headquarters.
** An automatic system saves the day from the EarthShatteringKaboom, provided that the Emperor is nearby.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** The Cybermen took ''many'' over the millennia. They went from being somewhat slow-moving cyborgs that had several methods of taking them down to graduating into {{Lightning Bruiser}}s by means of SuperSpeed, require special guns to even damage them, can now convert races other than human (Time Lords included), and a ''very'' quick AdaptiveAbility. They've also stopped saying "[[RoarBeforeBeating Delete!]]" It seems these Cyberman don't bother with giving advanced warnings, preferring to simply grab people and convert them as quickly as possible, since it's far more ''efficient''. The upgrade is so severe, the Cybermen, a planetful of which were getting [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday mowed down by only four Daleks once upon a time]], appear capable of matching the Daleks in the Time War. Most frightening of all, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking they stopped talking in those high-pitched electronic voices and have gone to a]] [[EvilSoundsDeep Deep Baritone]]! It has gotten to the point where if a ''single Cyberman'' is seen, military units have standing orders to kill it on sight, and failing that, flat-out destroy the planet they are on, regardless of any people that may also be on said planet at the time.
** Clara takes command of the Punishment Platoon and enforces her authority over both the scared and the insubordinate. That's quite a step up from babysister or governess.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: The Doctor proves impossible for the Cyber-Planner to control completely, and he eventually works out a way to remove the Cyber-Planner.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Webley will become a cyborg working for the Cybermen.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Emperor Ludens Nimrod Kendrick, called Longstaff the 41[[superscript:st]], Defender of Humanity, Imperator of Known Space. Initially, he just said "etc. etc." because it was too long.
* VirtueIsWeakness: The Cyber-Planner scoffs at the Doctor's emotions, and his willingness to make sacrifices to protect the children.
* WeaksauceWeakness:
** The infamous gold allergy. Most of the Cybermen have evolved beyond it, but the Cybermites' operating system ''still'' contains this glitch buried deep within the source code. This causes the tech to be temporarily scrambled by gold until the Cyber-Planner manages to install a software patch.
** Averted when we a Cyberman is seen walking into water, a common example of this trope for robots, but all it does is slow it down before it {{No Sell}}s it.
* WhatHaveWeEar: Webley does this when presenting Angie with the penny she won.
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* WrongGenreSavvy: The Doctor is initially confident that he has little to fear from the Cybermen, since they assimilate humans, not aliens. Cyber!Webley confidently informs him that they've since adapted to use any form of life.
* YouAreInCommandNow: A non-fatal version. The Doctor, having used the psychic paper to con his way into authority over the local military contingent, makes Clara their commander so they won't immediately destroy the planet. It becomes the fatal version pretty quickly.
* YoureNotMyFather: Angie uses "You're not my mother!" on Clara.