Fans of the older Cybermen from Earth's twin planet Mondas were probably happy to see them make a return in this week's episode of Doctor Who, "Closing Time", which also sees the return of James Corden's character, Craig Owens.
Between the events of "The Lodger" and "Closing Time", Corden's character has acquired a new house, a new baby and a new taste for danger. To ensure that Craig is alone for this week's episode, his girlfriend buggers off for the weekend to see if he can cope alone. Cue the Doctor showing up to say goodbye as he marches off to his upcoming doom. I think it's interesting that he's dreading his upcoming death at Lake Silencio but throws himself into situations where he might die anyway as he does stay to help out Earth one last time.
As mentioned above, the Cybermen from Mondas last seen in "A Good Man Goes To War" (i.e, the Cybermen from our universe) show up here. One would be forgiven for thinking that the alternate universe ones somehow got a spaceship through to our universe, slipping it back through time in the process and crashed it beneath the ground to be buried until now. All of this explains why they look pretty much the same, sound the same and have a similar weakness to the ones from the universe known as Pete's World. And it's not as if that situation is totally unheard of, you just have to watch "The Next Doctor" where a similar situation occurs.
One of my main problems with "The Lodger" was that the "will they, won't they" plot had been done better a hundred times before, so it's good to see that was dispensed with in favour of a straight up horror story about the Cybermen with some humour in there. Admittedly the humour consisted of misunderstandings about the characters being in a relationship (something which Corden himself didn't help the other day) but it was still pretty funny.
I have a couple of minor bugbears, but I bring them up to say that apart from these points, I thought the episode worked well and that I would certainly recommend it. Discussion of these does not mean that I hated the entire episode. The eyewitness accounts are given by children who met him for a couple of minutes while he introduced himself. For a start, one of them consisted of "I liked his hat" and the others weren't that much better as eyewitness accounts. The second point is the fact that River is reading them in the 51st century. Why would some not very useful eyewitness accounts from three small children be preserved for three millennia? How does she know who he spoke to? Aside from anything, it goes against all sense as he spoke to them about 2000 miles away from where he eventually met his death.