Age of Steel - Plot


Having escaped from the alternate universe's Pete Tyler's home from an army of Cybermen, the Doctor uses the Artron power cell to disintegrate the cyborgs into dust, saving his group. Insisting to Pete that everyone inside his home, including his wife, is likely dead, the Doctor directs Pete, Rose, Mickey, and the Preachers, including Mickey's alternate universe counterpart Ricky, Jake, and Mrs. Moore, to get back to London to warn the authorities. As they flee, Pete explains that he is "Gemini," the Preacher's source of information on Lumic, working with him to provide information to the authorities on Lumic's actions, although he ended up communicating with the Preachers instead. Meanwhile, Lumic orders the Cybermen to bring the people of London under control of his EarPods to the Battersea Power Station for conversion.

When they reach the city, the group discovers Lumic's zeppelin moored near the power station and make towards it; Ricky is killed by the Cybermen while trying to scale a fence to meet Mickey. After inspecting the station, the Doctor determines they must destroy the EarPod transmitter, located on the zeppelin. The group splits up: Mickey and Jake to board the zeppelin, Pete and Rose to pose as affected humans (using fake EarPods) to try to disrupt the conversion process, and the Doctor and Mrs. Moore to find their way to Lumic. Pete and Rose are captured by the Cybermen when one, the converted Jackie, catches sight of them. Though Mrs. Moore is killed by a Cyberman, the Doctor discovers that each unit contains an emotion inhibitor to prevent their human side from taking over, and determines that if he can disable the signal, the realisation of what they have become will likely kill the converted Cybermen. However, he is captured by the Cybermen before implementing his plan.

Taken to Lumic's office, the Doctor discovers the Cybermen have captured Pete and Rose, and they have forcefully converted Lumic into their leader, the Cyber Controller. When Mickey and Jake successfully disable the transmitter from the zeppelin, the mesmerised humans come around and flee, with the Cybermen unable to stop them. The Doctor attempts to reason with Lumic by explaining that the creation of the Cybermen has actually removed the one characteristic that enabled their creation - imagination - and that by removing illness and mortality, the strive to advance will have gone and human evolution will effectively grind to a halt. Unconvinced, Lumic states that if humanity will not come along willingly, then the Cybermen will simply take the human race by force. The Doctor, aware that Lumic's office is under surveillance by Mickey and Jake, subtly attempts to ask for the inhibitor code. Mickey eventually recognizes the Doctor's plan, locates the code in the zeppelin computers, and sends it to Rose's phone. The Doctor plugs the phone into the computer systems, causing the inhibitor signal to drop and sending the army of Cybermen into despair. As the conversion facility begins to go up in flames, the group escapes to the zeppelin, leaving Lumic to die.

When they arrive at the zeppelin, they realise Lumic is following behind them, making his way up the ladder of the zeppelin, Pete uses the sonic screwdriver to cut the ladder rope, Lumic falls to his death into the pits of his exploding factory.

As the city recovers, the Doctor, Rose, and Mickey return with Jake and Pete to the TARDIS, the power cell sufficiently charged to allow the TARDIS to return to the proper dimension. However, Mickey reveals that he plans to stay with Jake and Pete in the alternate universe, as to take care of Ricky's grandmother and continue the Preacher's fight and destroy Lumic's other factories. After the TARDIS' departure, Mickey and Jake make plans to travel to Paris to destroy the Cyber factory located there. When Jake asks how they are going to be able to liberate Paris with just a van, Mickey says that there is nothing wrong with the van—after all, "I once saved the universe with a big yellow truck."

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