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Trivia / Doctor Who S5 E1 "The Tomb of the Cybermen"

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  • Approval of God: Possibly the highest-ranking instance a Doctor Who story could ever achieve: the serial was praised by none other than series creator Sydney Newman, who personally complimented producer Peter Bryant on the results.
  • Creator Couple: Shirley Cooklin (Kaftan) was married to producer Peter Bryant. Frazer Hines actually flirted with her, not realising that she was his boss' wife.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Deborah Watling found being locked in the tomb quite tense due to her claustrophobia.
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  • Fake American: Vienna-born George Roubicek and Welshman Clive Merrison play Captain Hopper and Jim Callum. Their accents are quite awful.
  • Missing Episode: Averted. Like the rest of Season 5 (and Season 4), this story was lost for decades... until 1991, when a copy of all four episodes was returned from Hong Kong of all places, along with a number of other old British TV programmes. It would remain the only intact serial from Patrick Troughton's first two years until October 2013, when the discovery at a relay station in Nigeria of nine more lost episodes, all from Season 5, led to the completion of "The Enemy of the World" (only one of its six episodes was known to exist before this).
  • One-Take Wonder: The scene of the Cybermen breaking out of their tombs was filmed entirely in one take.
  • Self-Adaptation: Both the televised story and its novelization were written by Gerry Davis.
  • Throw It In:
    • Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines came up with the gag of the Doctor and Jamie holding each other's hands themselves. They did so without the director's knowledge, so that he'd have no choice but to leave it in.
    • When Victoria asks the Doctor what a Cybermat is, he points to a book and says, "One of those". This was an ad-lib by Troughton when he forgot his line.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Toberman was originally intended to be deaf, hence his lack of significant speech; his hearing aid would foreshadow his transformation into a Cyberman. These elements were included in the novelisation.
    • Desmond Llewelyn was unsuccessfully sought for Professor Parry.
  • Working Title: The Ice Tombs of Telos and The Cybermen Planet.