Doctor Who: The Moonbase by Kit Pedler; dir. Morris Barry (BBC, 1967/2014) An effective story for the first two episodes, which are spent building the tension and establishing the (vital but ludicrously understaffed and without built-in redundancy) moonbase. Then the Cybermen bust out their dance moves and some very, very daft plans. Logic, schmogic.
Doctor Who: The Silver Turk by Marc Platt (Big Finish, 2011) Mary Shelley encounters badly damaged Cybermen; thus, Frankenstein. The idea would later find its way to television in The Haunting of Villa Diodati (2020), but Mary also echoes Rose Tyler’s empathy from Dalek (2005), the resonances circling back through TV and literature.
Dr. First by Adam Hargreaves (Puffin, 2017) Doctor Who purists may not approve of this playful rewriting of the programme’s origin story. There’s no denying, however, that the characters are beautifully drawn – from Susan, to William Hartnell’s cantankerous purple and grey Doctor, to the jiving, sports mascot, continuity-defying Cybermen!
Doctor Who: Last of the Cybermen by Alan Barnes (Big Finish, 2015) A little too fan-indulgent in places and the humour doesn’t always work. Still, Barnes at least tries something interesting with plot and character, sending the Sixth Doctor back (rather than bringing an old Doctor forward) to pay homage to the Troughton era.