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The Art of Real Time – Mk 8 Cybermen by Lee Sullivan

Some of the artwork, both finished and concept sketches, prepared by Lee Sullivan for the webcast of Real Time.

For more of Lee Sullivan’s Dr Who artwork see the links section.

Apart from his “standard” Mk VIII Cybermen, this selection also includes his Cybercontroller, partially converted Cybermen (Cyberslaves / Cyberdrones), Cybermats and assorted other goodies. The 6th Doctor’s costume also looks as lot more tasteful that his TV version…

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Blood of the Cybermen is out now!

Slightly ahead of schedule, Blood of the Cybermen is now available for download (it had been said it would be available after the finale).

This is the PC version only & in the UK only (officially…)

Mac version available June 30.

Available to buy worldwide from some time in July 2010.

Download, System-check and more info from the BBC page here


Blood of the Cybermen – Doctor Who Adventure Game #2

The Cybermats are back…


Blood of the Cybermen – the second of four free Doctor Who games –  will be released this Saturday on the BBC website. With the first game, City of the Daleks, the BBC did a pre-release a couple of days early so check their site if you want to see if this will again be the case.

The Adventure Games – Blood of the Cybermen

“The Doctor and Amy materialize in the Arctic – where members of a survey team are turning from flesh to metal and digging something sinister from under the ice that’s been waiting thousands of years – an army of Cybermen!

This is your chance to be the Doctor. Are you ready for the challenge?”

The second Adventure Game will be free to download from the official site, on Saturday, 26 June

The games are free to UK residents, those outside the UK will have to purchase the episodic titles next month – or alternatively use a UK proxy address to ask their ISP and make it look like they are in the UK…

The game designers have mentioned that they are bringing back an adversary of the Doctor not seen since the 4th Doctor… Although they haven’t said so, the trailer and concept art make it clear that this means Cybermats.

The screenshots and concept are also reveal Cybermen and partially converted Cyber-humans – so will this be (yet another) rebirth for the Cybus Cybermen in our universe? Quite possibly so – the design of the Cybermen in this story is basically that of the Cybus Cybermen, but the chest logo has been changed from the “C” to a stylised Cyberhead.

An abandoned Arctic research centre… an ancient relic… an off-screen terror – the classic ingredients of a Doctor Who episode. Only this time you are the Doctor. Episode two of the Doctor Who: The Adventure Games has today been unveiled by the BBC – and the good news is fans won’t have to wait long to get their hands on it.

The game will be available to download from the Doctor Who website this Saturday (26th June 2010), immediately after the thrilling TV series finale.

‘Blood of the Cybermen’ has been executively produced by Steven Moffat, stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, has been written by Phil Ford, and is developed by BBC Wales and Sumo Digital.

The games have been designed to complement the TV series, giving players the opportunity to finally ‘be’ the Doctor. The first episode ‘City of the Daleks’ received over 525,000 download requests in its first 12 days.

“Blood of the Cybermen is classic ‘Who,” says Phil Ford, Writer, Blood of the Cybermen, Doctor Who Waters of Mars and The Sarah Jane Adventures. “From the intriguing title, through the pre-credits intro to the mystery surrounding the Arctic base, this is everything you expect from a TV episode – only this time you control the action. It’s an epic story, and one we could only tell in a computer game. We’ve ambitious sets, a thrill-a-minute narrative, and we re-introduce a Doctor Who adversary not seen since the Tom Baker era.”


Cybermats… Emoticons

The Cybermen may not have emotions but the Cybermats do have Emoticons (That’s “Smilies” in non technospeak)


The Wheel in Space

The Wheel in Space originally aired in six weekly parts from April 27 to June 1, 1968. It was written by David Whitaker, based on an idea from Kit Pedler (co-creator of the Cybermen). This was the fourth television appearance of the Cybermen, and the third time the Cybermen were encountered on television by the 2nd Doctor. This story featured the first appearance of Wendy Padbury as  Zoe Heriot.

The Cybermen themselves appeared in a new design (Type 3) in this story.

The Wheel in Space is perhaps the least well known of all the televised Cyberman stories.

The Wheel in Space title sequence (real player) can be viewed here

The full text of the novelisation of The Wheel in Space can be read here

Synopsis

The explosion of the mercury fluid link forces the Second Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon to evacuate the TARDIS to avoid mercury fumes, and until the mercury can be replaced, the craft is marooned. They find themselves on a space vessel, deserted apart from a Servo-Robot. The robot detects the intruders and in response redirects the rocket from aimless wandering. The shock of a course change causes the Doctor to hit his head, briefly concussing him. The robot also releases a group of egg-shaped white pods into space, and the mysterious things direct themselves toward a nearby spaceship shaped like a giant wheel, attaching themselves to its exterior by a seeming act of will. When the robot becomes aggressive, Jamie succeeds in destroying it, but the Doctor is very weak and collapses.

The Wheel is an Earth space station observing phenomena in deep space and is staffed with a small international crew. The crew members are concerned by the sudden drops in pressure which, unbeknown to them, coincide with the pods attaching themselves to the exterior of the Wheel. Controller Jarvis Bennett is also worried that the Silver Carrier, a missing supply vessel eighty million miles off course, has suddenly turned up nearby and is not responding to radio contact. He decides to destroy it with the Wheel’s powerful x-ray laser and is only prevented from doing so when they hear a deafening burst of noise from the vessel. Jamie has managed to alert them to his presence aboard the Carrier and shortly thereafter he and the unconscious Doctor are both rescued and taken aboard the Wheel. While the resident medic, Doctor Gemma Corwyn, sees to the Doctor, Jamie is given a guided tour by the sparky young para-psychology librarian, Zoe Heriot. Bennett remains suspicious of the new arrivals, fearing they could be saboteurs opposed to the space program. He decides to use the x-ray laser on the Carrier now that the two refugees have been rescued, little realizing that the TARDIS is still on board. Jamie intervenes to sabotage the laser, which only further infuriates Bennett, especially as there is a potential meteor shower heading for the Wheel – and they now have no way to repel it. When the Doctor recovers in the sickbay he does not approve of this action. He also remains groggy and unclear, but convinced that a major danger lurked on the Silver Carrier. He calculates that the ship did not drift to their sector but was deliberately piloted there. The Wheel’s crew, however, are more concerned with the impending meteor shower.

Meanwhile on board the Carrier, two large pods have split open to reveal two Cybermen inside. The small pods they sent to the Wheel contained Cybermats and these have been sent to begin consuming the bernalium rods in the Wheel’s stores. The bernalium is essential to power the x-ray laser. The Cybermen have deliberately engineered the star in Messier 13 to go nova, thus forcing the Wheel crew to look to their bernalium stores only to find them missing. When this happens the Cybermen expect the crewmen will instead come to the Silver Carrier for an alternate source of bernalium, which can then be transported into the Wheel – with a surprise inside.

Engineer Bill Duggan indeed has noted the depleted stocks and the presence of the Cybermats. His delay in reacting allows another crewman, Kemel Rudkin, to fall victim to the Cybermats. Jarvis Bennett overreacts with panic to this state of affairs, briefly stripping Duggan of his position and imposing tighter controls. The Doctor has a more practical solution – he uses the x-ray machine to scan inside a pod that has been found but cannot be opened. The Cybermat within is easily identified, but Bennett does not accept the danger. Indeed, medic Gemma Corwyn, who has formed an alliance with the Doctor, fears for Bennett’s mental state as he seems unable to deal with escalating events. Over time his behaviour seems to be becoming more and more bizarre and detached from reality.

Jarvis sends two crewmen, Laleham and Vallance, to the Silver Carrier and the two are taken over by the Cybermen and used to prepare the bernalium crates destined for the Wheel with two Cybermen hidden inside. This ruse works and the crates are soon aboard the Wheel. Duggan and his colleague Leo Ryan are glad to have access to a new power supply for the x-ray laser, which they are slowly managing to repair. An engineer called Chang is killed by the emerging Cybermen when he is sent to fetch the new bernalium supply. They dispose of his body in the waste incinerator. Laleham and Vallance arrive at the laser with the supply of bernalium for Duggan, who also soon falls victim to the same mind control process and becomes the third agent of the Cybermen on the Wheel. Duggan is sent to destroy the communications unit and manages to do so before being gunned down.

The Doctor has meanwhile deduced that the fortuitous supply of bernalium has a deeper significance. He has also reasoned that the late Duggan was being mind controlled and instructs Dr Corwyn to use a basic transistor system attached to each of the crews’ necks as a means of repelling this technique. A further step forward is taken when the crew use a sonic wave to disable and kill the Cybermats on the Wheel, but it is also clear that the Cybermen are at large and proceeding with their plans. The death of Laleham is no obstacle to the Cybermen as another engineer, Flannigan, is found to replace him. The Cybermen have invested time in repairing the x-ray laser, evidently needing it ready for use. Thus when the meteorites are finally due to hit they can be deflected and obliterated. The Cybermen need the Wheel intact as they plan to use it as a launching point for an invasion of Earth, desperate for the planet’s mineral wealth. The Wheel’s radio beam will enable them to do this.

The human crew have managed to fully repair the x-ray laser and use it to defend against the incoming meteorites. One by one they are picked off by the Cybermen or their agents. Gemma Corwyn dies trying to prevent a Cybermen from damaging the oxygen supply on the Wheel. Shocked back to consciousness by her death, the insane Jarvis Bennett is killed when he seeks revenge. Leo Ryan assumes control as the Doctor warns there is a vast Cyberman spacecraft heading for the Wheel.

The Doctor decides that he needs the time vector generator which he earlier removed from the TARDIS. Jamie and Zoe are chosen for a space-walk to the Silver Carrier and return with it. Flannigan tries to overpower them when they get back to the Wheel, but he in turn is overwhelmed by Leo and Enrico Casali, the communications officer, and his conditioning is broken. The Doctor also manages a triumph, electrocuting one of the Cybermen and confirming to himself the full nature of their plans. He uses the time vector generator to boost the power of the x-ray laser and is successful in destroying the advancing Cybership. A troop of Cybermen that are space-walking to the Wheel are also dispensed with, while Jamie and Flannigan free Vallance and destroy the remaining Cyberman inside the Wheel.

With the invasion repelled, the Doctor and Jamie return to the Silver Carrier with the mercury they need to repair the TARDIS. They are accompanied by Zoe, who quietly stows away as the time vessel departs. She is determined to stay and so, to warn her of the dangers ahead, the Doctor uses a mental device to project images from his mind to the viewscreen, which tell her of his and Jamie’s encounter with the Daleks in their search for the Dalek Factor…

Continuity

This story is the first time the Doctor uses or is referred by the pseudonym “John Smith.” The Doctor would be referred to as John Smith again during the Jon Pertwee, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, and David Tennant eras of the television series, as well as other Doctors in various spinoff novels and audio dramas.

A clip from The Evil of the Daleks (1967) is used for a sequence where the Doctor shows Zoe, on the viewscreen, what she may face if she travels with him. This was used as a way to introduce a repeat of The Evil of the Daleks the week following the original broadcast of The Wheel in Space. The Doctor uses a clip from the end of Episode One of Evil of the Daleks, an episode which no longer exists in the archives; as a consequence, this is the only remaining footage from that episode. As things turned out, Zoe never encountered the Daleks on television; decades later, the Big Finish Productions audio story Fear of the Daleks would tell of an encounter between Zoe and the Daleks, set immediately after the Doctor’s telepathic re-run.

What still survives of the story?

The original BBC paperwork for The Wheel in Space can be downloaded here

Only Episodes 3 and 6 exist in the BBC Archives. Episode 6 was transmitted from a 35 mm film print and retained in the BBC Film Library (although Episode 5 was not). A private collector obtained a copy of Episode 3 and returned it in 1983. A few other clips have been discovered as well.

  • “Episode 1”   – 27 April 1968 (1968-04-27)  – Only stills and/or fragments exist
  • “Episode 2”  – 4 May 1968 (1968-05-04 – Only stills and/or fragments exist
  • “Episode 3”  – 11 May 1968 (1968-05-11)  – 16mm t/r
  • “Episode 4”  – 18 May 1968 (1968-05-18) – Only stills and/or fragments exist
  • “Episode 5”  –  25 May 1968 (1968-05-25) – Only stills and/or fragments exist
  • “Episode 6”  – 1 June 1968 (1968-06-01) – 35mm t/r

Production

The story’s working title was The Space Wheel.

This serial was the first time the BBC Radiophonic Workshop were called upon to provide the backing score.

Cast & Crew

  • Patrick Troughton did not appear in episode 2 as he was on holiday. Thus, a body double was used to substitute for the unconscious Doctor.
  • Deborah Watling’s appearance in episode 1 was a recap from the end of the previous story Fury from the Deep. Unusually, she received an on-screen credit for this appearance.
  • Michael Goldie previously played Craddock in The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), whilst Kenneth Watson had played Craddock in the film version of this story, Daleks – Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966).
  • Clare Jenkins would go on to reprise her role as Tanya Lernov in the final episode of The War Games.
  • Donald Sumpter would go on to play Commander Ridgeway in the third doctor story, “The Sea Devils”. More recently, he played Erasmus Darkening in the Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures’ two parter The Eternity Trap.

Cast

  • The Doctor – Patrick Troughton
  • Jamie – Frazer Hines
  • Victoria – Deborah Watling Deborah Watling received an on-screen credit on Episode 1 for her appearance as Victoria in the reprise from the end of Fury from the Deep.
  • Armand Vallance – Derrick Gilbert
  • Bill Duggan – Kenneth Watson
  • Chang – Peter Laird
  • Cyberman – Jerry Holmes
  • Cyberman – Gordon Stothard
  • Dr. Gemma Corwyn – Anne Ridler
  • Elton Laleham – Michael Goldie
  • Enrico Casali – Donald Sumpter
  • Jarvis Bennett – Michael Turner
  • Kemel Rudkin – Kevork Malikyan
  • Sean Flannigan – James Mellor
  • Servo Robot – Freddie Foote
  • Tanya Lernov – Clare Jenkins
  • Voice – Peter Hawkins
  • Voice – Roy Skelton
  • Zoe – Wendy Padbury from Episode two

Crew

  • Director – Tristan de Vere Cole
  • Assistant Floor Manager – Marcia Wheeler
  • Costumes – Martin Baugh
  • Designer – Derek Dodd
  • Film Cameraman – Jimmy Court
  • Film Editor – Ron Fry
  • Incidental Music – Brian Hodgson
  • Incidental Music – BBC Radiophonic Workshop
  • Make-Up – Sylvia James
  • Producer – Peter Bryant
  • Production Assistant – Ian Strachan
  • Special Sounds – Brian Hodgson
  • Story Editor – Derrick Sherwin
  • Studio Lighting – Mike Jefferies
  • Studio Sound – John Holmes
  • Title Music – Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, arranged by Delia Derbyshire
  • Visual Effects – Bill King
  • Visual Effects – Trading Post
  • Writer – David Whitaker from a story by Kit Pedler

Video and DVD

Episodes 3 and 6 were released on VHS on Cybermen: The Early Years in July 1992, and again in November 2004 on DVD in the three-disc Lost in Time set. All six episodes’ original audio tracks were released on the 2-disc BBC audiobook CD Dr Who The Wheel in Space with narration by Wendy Padbury (Zoe) in May 2004.

Novelisation

A novelisation of this serial, written by Terrance Dicks, was published by Target Books in March 1988. Only 23,000 copies of the paperback edition were circulated (reportedly due to stocks being destroyed in a warehouse fire), leading to this book becoming a rare collectible.

The full text of the novelisation of The Wheel in Space can be read here


Cybermen in The Doctor Who Technical Manual

The Cybermen


fromThe Doctor Who Technical Manual

by Mark Harris

1983 Sphere Books (Out of Print)

(Please Note : The graphics have been adapted very slightly)

The story of the Cybermen goes back many aeons, to a time when the solar system had only just been created. In those days Earth had a sister planet -Mondas. But soon the great intergalactic forces of that period broke Mondas free of its orbit and it drifted away from the solar system into deep space.

Organic life on both worlds developed in much the same way, but on Mondas circumstances made survival for the people of the rogue planet much more difficult. After many centuries, they began to realise that their life-spans were shortening and their bodies becoming weaker. It was clear that unless they could do something to reverse this, their entire race faced extinction.

In their efforts to preserve the species, the doctors and scientists of Mondas made many experiments In the fields of bionic and cybernetic engineer­ing. They learned how to replace diseased organs with synthetic appara­tus, capable of performing the functions of the original perfectly. As their replacement technology advanced, they were able to exchange entire limbs for prosthetic devices which performed better than the original flesh and blood.

Generations later, it had become quite normal for people to have cybernetic limbs. Cyber-technology provided them with legs which were faster, arms which were stronger and hands which were much more dexterous.

The people of Mondas were no longer concerned merely with surviving – they were striving to achieve physical perfec­tion. In their attempts to free them­selves of all weakness, they decided to erase emotion from their brains, their only remaining organ made of flesh and blood. Emptied of love, hate, anger, fear or compassion, a new race of beings emerged from Mondas – THE CYBER­MEN. Totally logical, even if not actually evil, they would become ruthless in their attempts to achieve their aims.

Having attained physical perfection, they began to look for new goals. They turned their attention to the pursuit of power and the conquest of the Universe.

The scientists of Mondas therefore began to look into the possibilities of space travel and before long had devel­oped short range space vehicles. When ‘Mondas strayed into the Telos system the Cybermen invaded that planet. Telos was taken and many of its inhabitants were converted into Cybermen, and an army of Cybermen was stored on Telos.

It was centuries later, in 1986, that Mondas finally wandered back into this solar system. It was now in truth a dying world. The planet’s life force, upon which the Cybermen’s existence depended, was diminishing rapidly and In order to save themselves they decided to drain the Earth of its energy.

A fleet of Cyber-ships was to remain in orbit around the Earth to deal with any resistance. Meanwhile, one of the land­ing parties would organise the gathering of the terrestrial energies from the Earth’s northern polar Ice cap.

The scheme, however, could not suc­ceed. The Cybermen had seriously underestimated the Earth’s vast store of energy. The phenomenal influx of power was too much for their planet – Mondas was destroyed, exploding into billions of fragments. Isolated from the energies which maintained their life support sys­tems, until that moment beamed to them from Mondas, the invading Cyber­men weakened and died.

By this time, however, the Cybermen of Telos had perfected the techniques of hyperspace travel. This meant that countless galaxies and star systems were now within their grasp. Despite the destruction of Mondas, the Cybermen’s reign of terror was only just beginning.

The Telosian Cybermen have attemp­ted to conquer the Earth on a number of occasions. Because they cannot repro­duce themselves naturally, they favour planets dominated by humanoid types. There, they can increase their numbers in the only way possible for them – by converting humans into Cybermen.

The typical Cyberman stands about 7 feet tall and has the strength of ten humans. He is immune to the most intense heat and can survive in the vacuum of space. The Cybermens weapon systems are highly sophisti­cated. They have also been known to use Cybermats – small metallic ‘rodent-like’ creatures – for attack and sabot­age,

Although almost invulnerable, Cybermen do have weaknesses. For instance, their chest units can easily be ‘choked’ with gold dust, terminating their life-support systems. It is therefore clear why Cybermen regard gold as a major problem, and why they made such a determined attempt to destroy Voga, the legendary ‘Planet of Gold’. Fortun­ately their plan was frustrated by the Doctor.

Great advances in Cyber-technology are however being made all the time. It cannot be long before the Cybermen are an invincible force. Humanity’s only hope then will be inter-planetary unity, a galactic alliance to combat the Cyber­netic invaders from Mondas.