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The second of Titan's Doctor Who Crisis Crossovers, Supremacy of the Cybermen celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Cybermen and is the first to feature the Ninth Doctor.After banishing Rassilon from Gallifrey, the Twelfth Doctor finds the universe under siege from the Cybermen. Returning home for some heavy artillery, the Doctor finds that the Cybermen have a new ally: Rassilon.
Tropes used in Supremacy of the Cybermen include:
- A God Am I: Rassilon of course.
- Become Their Own Antithesis: As the Twelfth Doctor calls out Rassilon for, by allying with the Cybermen and plugging their upgrades into his body, he's gone against the "Time Lord purity" that he's espoused his entire life.
- Break the Haughty: In issue 5, the Cybermen do the impossible and break Rassilon's massive ego.
- The Cameo: All the other Doctors have tie-in cameos:
- The First Doctor is ambushed by Cybermen outside the TARDIS, in an alternate version of An Unearthly Child, telling Susan to run.
- The Second Doctor having been upgraded on the moonbase.
- In the midst of one of their many duels, the Third Doctor watches the Master be upgraded.
- As the Fourth Doctor and K9 flee the Cybermen in a gothic mansion, the former sees the latter has been upgraded.
- The Fifth Doctor and Peri are dragged through a time corridor to Skaro, finding the planet fully conquered by the Cybermen.
- In a variation of The Trial of a Time Lord, the Sixth Doctor runs into the Matrix to find it full of Cybermen.
- Ace is upgraded in a dark version of Silver Nemesis.
- The Eight Doctor and Josie try and get back to the TARDIS only to find it swarming with cyber-mats.
- The War Doctor fought a war against the Cybermen instead of the Daleks. At wit's end, he detonates the Moment to destroy his foes.
- Continuity Nod:
- Cool Gate: How the Sisterhood of Karn so casually get to Gallifrey and back.
- Cosmic Retcon: The Cybermen intend to enact one.
- Determinator: Rassilon outright admires the Cybermen's stubborn refusal to die.
- Didn't See That Coming: The General knew that Rassilon would one day come back to Gallifrey. She never expected him to have allies, let alone the Cybermen.
- Didn't Think This Through:
- It never seemed to occur to the Twelfth Doctor that some of his enemies, who all have Joker Immunity, might still be alive at the end of the universe and that Rassilon could run across them. In his defence, he wasn't in the best state of mind when he exiled the former President.
- In a more humorous example, the Tenth Doctor didn't appear to consider the long term consequences of taking two teenage girls to a planet-sized shopping mall.
- Easily-Conquered World: As issue 3 notes, Gallifrey did not put up a fight against the Cybermen. Justified on a few levels:
- Rassilon was the previous ruler and knew the planet's defences.
- The Time Lord military is very small and the Cybermen fleet arrived in overwhelming numbers.
- The Time Lords are hardly paragons. A few are seen accepting the Cybermen, likely wanting to return Gallifrey to its former position of respect.
- The Empire: What Rassilon intends to build.
- Enemy Mine:
- The Sontarans force the Tenth Doctor to become their new field marshal in their fight against the Cybermen.
- At the end, Rassilon and the Twelfth Doctor have to work together to defeat the Cybermen.
- Eviler Than Thou: The Cybermen to Rassilon.
- Face Ship: Before they moved onto Gallifrey, the last remnant of the Cybermen lived in a giant asteroid modelled in the likeness of a Cyberman head.
- Four Lines, All Waiting: The story jumps between four storylines with none of them interacting.
- The Ninth Doctor's part is set in 2006 as he, Rose, Jack, and Jackie try to get the TARDIS back from the cyber-converted St. Paul's Cathedral.
- In the 24th century, the Tenth Doctor, Cindy, and Gabby are abducted by Sontarans while at Cosmomart with Ten being drafted into the Sontaran war machine.
- The Eleventh Doctor and Alice head to prehistoric Earth, to pick up some fruit for Vastra, and run across Cyber-Silurians.
- After running across some Cybermen already, the Twelfth Doctor crashes on Karn and tries to get to Gallifrey for help, which is where the meat of the plot takes place.
- Friendly Enemy: It could be due to the Cyberman threat, but the Tenth Doctor seems rather genial towards the Sontarans here.
- Higher-Tech Species: The miniseries really shows how dangerous Time Lord technology can be in the wrong hands.
- Ignored Expert: The Doctor keeps telling Rassilon that he can't trust the Cybermen. Sure enough, issue 4 proves him right.
- In Medias Res: Issue 1 opens with the TARDIS already having been shot down by the Cybermen.
- In Their Own Image: Both Rassilon and the Cybermen intend for themselves to be the template of the universe.
- Kryptonite Factor: Regeneration energy for the Cybermen.
- The Man Behind the Man: The Cyber-Planner. He openly refers to Rassilon as "the puppet."
- Mythology Gag: The Time Lords have been wired into looms, the asexual method of reproduction from the Cartmel Masterplan.
- Near Villain Victory: The Cybermen were minutes away from rewriting the universe.
- An individual Cyberman nearly kills the Tenth Doctor before Sontaran-Prime tackles him out of the way.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Jackie Tyler is right to say that the current mess is the Doctor's fault. It's just not the Ninth Doctor's fault.
- Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: By the end, the Twelfth Doctor is the only one who remembers everything, though he hopes Rassilon does as well.
- Running Gag: "You've redecorated. I don't like it."
- Villain Team-Up: Rassilon and the Cybermen.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Bizarrely, given the miniseries' status as a sequel to Hell Bent, Clara Oswald is never mentioned.
- The Worf Effect: The Cybermen have conquered the entire Sontaran Empire.
- In the Fifth Doctor flashback, the Cybermen have wiped the Daleks out of existence.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: At the end of issue 4, the entire Time Lord race to the Cybermen.
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