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Cyberons

The Cyberons were Cybermen by any other name…

The Cyberons were based on the Cybermen and appeared in video productions produced by BBV Productions in the 1990s.

BBV was able to take advantage of British licensing rules to obtain permission from the creators of various alien races from Doctor Who such as Autons and Sontarans and use them in original video productions. Off-limits were the Doctor, most of his companions, and major races such as the Daleks and the Cybermen. BBV got around this by creating the Cyberons, which were similar to, yet sufficiently different from the Cybermen. The later BBV production, Do You Have a License to Save this Planet? poked fun at this (and the Cyberons also appeared in it).

As with most concepts introduced in non-BBC-produced spin-offs, the actual canonicity of the Cyberons with relationship to the mainstream Doctor Who franchise is uncertain. The spoof in which they appeared is undeniably non-canonical as it breaks the fourth wall.

Cyberon – The Video

Doctor Anderson’s patients have permanent brain injury or suffer from brain diseases for which there is no cure. When Thomas Mordley begins introducing tests of Cyberon on her patients, Dr Lauren Anderson thinks she already knows how the trial will end – there will be some benefits, but no significant improvement in their condition.

Doctor Anderson is wrong…

Cyberon is different. Mordley knows it’s a wonder drug, and it’s going to revolutionise medicine. He thinks it may even revolutionise the world. But does he realise that Cyberon has its own plan?

And if he does, could he do anything to stop it?

Cast

  • Lauren Anderson – Jo Castleton
  • Tom Mordley – P.J. Ochlan
  • George Cooper – Oliver Bradshaw
  • Ray – David Roeciffe
  • Denise – Camilla Aitken
  • Nurse – Kerry Skinner
  • Nurse – Patricia Merrick
  • Nurse / Cyberon – Paul Griggs
  • Nurse / Cyberon – Blane Coughlan
  • Patients – Catherine Barker, Bernard Lawrence, Jackie Skarvellis, Marian Baggs, Michael Baggs, Keith Fisher
  • Cyberon / Cyberon Voices – Steve Johnson
  • Pathologist – Glenn Supple
  • Bouncer – Mark Donovan
  • Lawyer – Jennifer Wagner
  • Detective – Nigel Fairs
  • Man in Lavatory – Terry Cooper
  • Waiter – Chris Bell
  • Cyberon – Keith Bell

Crew

  • Produced and Directed by Bill Baggs
  • Written by Lance Parkin
  • Music and Sound Design by Alistair Lock
  • Original Music by Michael Neilson (as Mike Neilson)
  • Costume Design by Terry Cooper
  • Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Blane Coughlan
  • Second assistant director Helen Gazeley
  • Assistant director Paul Griggs
  • Second assistant director Patricia Merrick
  • Darko Mocilnikar    ….     Sound recordist
  • Raymond Turner    ….     Sound recordist
  • Special Effects by Terry Cooper  – Cyberon design & builder
  • Visual Effects by Steve Johnson
  • Caroline Deys    ….     medical consultant
  • Henry Potts    ….     scientific consultant

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Audio

The Cyberons appeared in two Audio dramas, Cyber-Hunt and Cybergeddon.

Cyber-Hunt

From the Publisher

A Cyber War rages throughout the galaxy. The Earth-aligned worlds are fighting for survival against the cold, emotionless might of the Cyber Bloc – an alliance of planets whose inhabitants have undergone cybernetic conversion in the name of racial superiority.

Award-winning journalist Olivia is reporting from the front-line, when all her assumptions about the Cyber War are shattered, not only by a terrifying encounter with the enemy, but by the arrival of a wise and mysterious traveller. The result is a deadly Cyber-Hunt, in which human and machine creature are tested to the limit and the balance of galactic power is at stake.

Cast

  • Fred – Nicholas Briggs
  • Olivia – Helen Bang
  • CyCom – Robert Boole
  • Sergeant Grange – Andrew James Dickens
  • Captain Halloran – Andrew Fettes
  • Stevens – Stephen Franklin
  • Cyberon – David Sax

You can download Cyber-Hunt via Rapidshare, a file sharing service, via this link

Cybergeddon

Publisher’s summary

Corrigan is a throwback; a misfit; a starship captain with the heart of a seafaring mariner. His skills as an engineer and navigator are unparalleled. He’s just not terribly good at being human. Perhaps that’s why he plies his trade between the rim-worlds and the Vega Station with only a Clockwork Robot for company.

But when his estranged daughter goes missing on the wreck of a starliner, Corrigan is faced with a stark choice – leave her to die, or attempt a rescue that would surely destroy his relationship with her for ever.

The Cyberons however, care little for Corrigan’s choices – with two million new subjects to convert and an unlimited supply of power, they are poised to attack the Vega Station. It will be the first staging post in a decisive war against humanity.

Cast

  • Corrigan – Barry J Gordon
  • Christian – Jack Gallagher
  • Emily – Kerry Skinner
  • Duncan – Mark Donovan
  • Cyberleader – Paul Ebbs

You can download Cybergeddon via Rapidshare, a file sharing service, via this link

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