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This story is unusual for featuring an anachronistic version of the Cybermen. The Cyber-design here is from "The Tenth Planet", a First Doctor story, rather than from any story featuring the Second Doctor. The story also revolves around a concept never seen in the television series: the "fact" that Cybermen, indeed Cybermats, can be killed by the scent of certain flowers. It doesn't seem plausible given their televised history. However, it would not be the only time in TV Comic history when the Cybermen were given unusual properties.
The Doctor and his grandchildren land on an apparently idyllic world. They immediately encounter an eccentric academic known as Professor Gnat. His goal is to catalogue the rare species of the planet. The TARDIS crew agree to join Gnat temporarily on his quest. Soon, however, the Doctor discovers a non-functional Cybermat in a flower bed.
He tries to warn the professor that this can only mean trouble. Gnat continues blithely about the countryside, only to walk directly into a patrol of Cybermen.
In trying to rescue the professor, the TARDIS crew consider the implications of the dead Cybermat. The Doctor surmises that there must be something in the flowers which inhibits Cyber function. He and the children test this hypothesis by picking flowers and thrusting them into the respirators of nearby Cybermen. The Cybermen admit that they are vulnerable to the scent, before dropping dead. Armed with this new "flower power", the TARDIS crew effect a rescue of Professor Gnat.
The professor refuses to leave his holding cell, however, as he's discovered a new species of spider in the Cyber headquarters. While Gnat delays their escape, the Cyber Controller issues all remaining Cybermen with a mask to defeat the "flower power". This makes it impossible for our heroes to escape the same way they entered. Taking a blaster from one of the dead Cybermen, the Doctor blasts a hole in the side of the cell and starts to cut his way to freedom. The cell, though, was deep underground. As they dig, they find that their tunnel is collapsing behind them, preventing the Cybermen from following. The blaster, however, is quite powerful, and the crew scramble to the surface before the tunnel totally collapses on top of them.
The Doctor and his grandchildren then make a mad dash to the TARDIS, pulling Professor Gnat behind them. They barely make it inside before the Cybermen's blaster bolts strike the side of the ship. Gnat, though, remains oblivious to the larger danger. He pokes his head out of the TARDIS in order to catch a passing butterfly, before the Doctor forcibly pulls him in and dematerializes the ship.
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #307
TV Comic (1951) #832
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Characters appearing in this story arc ():
Cybermen (from Mondas)
The Doctor (Doctor Who)(02)
John and Gillian
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