Doctor Who: 10 Years Of The Tenth Doctor: The Age Of Steel

It's ten years since David Tennant's first series of Doctor Who was first broadcast in the UK. To celebrate we take a look back in time...

The Age Of Steel
First Broadcast on 20th May 2006. Running Time: 45 Minutes. Viewing Figures: 7.63 million.
Written By Tom MacRae.
Directed By Graeme Harper.
Executive Producers Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner.

The Cybermen take control of London and start converting the populace. While Jackie falls under Lumic's control, the Doctor, Rose and Mickey are reduced to fugitives in a world of terror.

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Production Notes:
Andrew Hayden-Smith who plays Jake in the episode revealed during an interview that his character and Ricky (Alternative Mickey) were in a relationship. This is confirmed in a deleted scene which is included in the Series 2 DVD box set.
Footage from the Ninth Doctor story 'Rose' was reused as part of the scene of the destruction of the Battersea Cyber Conversion Factory.

  • Mickey Smith: You're just making it up as you go along! 
  • The Doctor: Yup. But I do it brilliantly. 
  • Mickey Smith: Let's go and liberate Paris. 
  • Jake Simmonds: What, you and me? In a van? 
  • Mickey Smith: Nothing wrong with a van. I once saved the universe with a big yellow truck. 
  • The Doctor: And where is Mr. Lumic? Don't we get to meet our lord and master? 
  • Cyber-Leader: He has been upgraded. 
  • The Doctor: So he's like you. 
  • Cyber-Leader: He is superior. The Lumic unit has been designated Cyber Controller.
  • Cyber Controller: This is the age of steel; and I am its creator. 

  • Jackie is the first woman to be seen converted into a Cyberman in the television series. Female Cybermen don't appear to be physically any different to their male counterparts, and aren't referred to as Cyberwomen. Until Torchwood, that is.  
  • A Cybercontroller, recognisable by its larger than normal cranium, also featured in the stories The Tomb Of The Cybermen (1967) and Attack Of The Cybermen (1985). 
  • The Doctor suggests attacking the Cybus factory in Battersea Power station at three points: "Above, between, below." This is a reference to the ancient Gallifreyan nursery rhyme (citing three possible entrances to the Tomb of Rassilon) quoted by the Second Doctor in The Five Doctors (1983).
  •  A scene deleted from the final cut of the episode but offered as an extra in the Series Two box set revealed that Ricky and Jake were in a relationship.

  • David Tennant - The Doctor
  • Billie Piper - Rose Tyler
  • Noel Clarke - Mickey Smith / Ricky 
  • Camille Coduri - Jackie Tyler
  • Shaun Dingwall  Pete Tyler
  • Roger Lloyd Pack  John Lumic
  • Andrew Hayden-Smith  Jake Simmonds
  • Colin Spaull  Mr Crane
  • Helen Griffin – Mrs Moore
  • Duncan Duff - Newsreader
  • Paul Kasey – Cyber-Leader
  • Nicholas Briggs – Cybermen (Voice)