Day 24 – ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2022

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

It’s Day 24 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2022.

It’s also the last day of this year’s advent calendar on ‘Bradley’s Basement’! Let’s conclude by taking a look at how Cybermen handle emotions in the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘Earthshock’.

The scene where the Cyber Leader uses Tegan as a means of weakening the Doctor’s argument that ’emotions have their uses’. I’ll give credit to ‘Earthshock’. This is one of the most effective scenes ever in the entire story, as it’s a moment where I think the 1980s Cybermen are written quite well. 🙂

I know I tend to criticise the 1980s Cybermen a lot in my reviews on their stories, especially in terms of their aesthetics and design. This is one of the rare occasions where I think the 1980s Cybermen are done well in terms of the writing. David Banks and Peter Davison perform those scenes very well.

I enjoyed it when Tegan was being gun-ho and avoiding Cybermen when she moved about in the corridors of the freighter. Also, is it just me, or does Tegan look like a female Ghostbuster, especially when she holds that Cyber gun? 😀 It’s a pity that Tegan had to be captured by one of the Cybermen.

It’s sad that Professor Kyle got killed by a Cyberman in the TARDIS. I felt for Nyssa when she became upset and grieved over Kyle’s death. Mind you, before that happened, I’m surprised no-one noticed that the female trooper who’d been captured by a Cybermen outside the TARDIS reappeared inside.

I mean, seriously. How come no-one noticed the continuity blunder that happened when making this story? Once the female trooper is out of the TARDIS with Lt. Scott and a male trooper, she is replaced by another male trooper. Story wise and in terms of continuity, this doesn’t make sense. 😀

Thanks for watching and reading!

Check out what Day 24 of my ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendars for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 were about!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Bye for now!

Tim 🙂


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