The 2nd Doctor encounters the Cybus Cybermen in The Tomb of the Cybermen – a “What If?” style video from The Mind Robber.
The Cybermen and the Cybus Cybermen form an alliance…
Rise of the Cybermen
- Cyberman: Upgrading is compulsory.
- The President of the USA: And if I refuse?
- The Doctor: Don’t.
- The President: What happens if I refuse?
- The Doctor: I’m telling you, don’t!
- The President: What happens if I refuse?
- Cyberman: Then you are incompatible.
- The President: What happens then?
- Cyberman: You will be deleted. [Kills the President]
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.”
The autonomous Cyberhead in The Pandorica Opens was very impressive…
But perhaps the single most interesting revelation about the Cybermen (or at least the Cybus versions) is that we found out what is inside a Cyber-helmet.
It wasn’t only The Pandorica opening during this episode…
The skull beneath the helmet was a very nice touch. Perhaps it might have been better still with some wires and circuitry embedded into the skull and so on, but this was a great scene. What next for the Cybermen…
Less impressive than the independently functioning Cyberhead, but interesting never the less, The Pandorica Opens also revealed the ability of Cyber-Arms to function away from the rest of their Cyber-bodies. I was half expecting to see a dismembered arm crawling around the screen in the style of “Thing” from the Addams Family (perhaps we’ll see that in a future episode…) – instead we got something a little closer to the 9th Doctor’s fight with the Auton arm from “Rose”, but with a couple of extra twists. Firstly, the Cyber-Arm’s gun was still working until the Doctor and the trusty sonic screwdriver managed to put it out of action…
But just when it looked like it might be finally rendered safe the Doctor’s warning that the arm could be deceptive and tricky was proved correct…
Quite a nice touch – and good to see that even a single dismembered Cyberman can still be a major threat. After their seemingly easy defeat at the suckers of the Daleks in Army of Ghosts / Doomsday and then their rather less than impressive performance in 1851 in The Next Doctor, it is good to see the Cybermen being portrayed as a force to be reckoned with…
From a Cybermaniac’s point of view, one of the most interesting things about The Pandorica Opens was the unveiling of previously unknown cyber-powers and abilities.
We get our first in-story hint that the Cybermen will be involved in the action with some establishing shots of dismembered Cyber-bodyparts… but at this point it looks like the Cybermen are done and dusted so no longer a threat…
However it isn’t long before we discover that is seems there’s no such thing as a “dead” Cyberman…
Amy was in for a nasty surprise (or three)… including the revelation that a Cyberman can “spit” tranquilliser darts to subdue human victims for Cyber-conversion…
Luckily for Amy, perhaps because she removed the dart quickly, she didn’t fall unconscious straight away – …
…which was just as well, as then we discover that not only can Cyberheads function independently… So too can Cyberbodies…
Even when blown to pieces, it seems the Cybermen have a very impressive self-repair function…
This story was certainly a special effects triumph – and I think that the Cybermen got the best deal from the SFX department. One of the problems any design of monster has to overcome is the fact that all too often it still looks like “a bloke in a suit”. The excellent use of the headless and one-armed Cyberman in The Pandorica Opens helps to encourage our ability to suspend disbelief. This Cyberman didn’t look like just another bloke in a Cybersuit, it very (special) effectively broke down the limits imposed by the human form to look like a genuinely mechanical non-human. Nicely done – hopefully we’ll see more of this kind of thing in future Cyber-stories.
The now no-longer published Doctor Who – Battles in Time magazine ran a 4-part Cyberman comic strip featuring the 10th Doctor. The comicstrip was perhaps most interesting for its introduction of Cyberdrones and Cyberdogs, as well as giving a new origin for a Cybus-designed group of Cybermen in our universe. A summary of the plot follows below.
You can read this four-part comic strip here
Part One – Power of the Cybermen
“Travelling alone through time and space was taking its toll on the Doctor, so it was time for a well-earned holiday …”
The Doctor’s sunshine break on the Earth colony holiday world of Centuria is interrupted by the arrival of Cybermen rounding up the tourists for conversion. Captured and taken off in a truck, the Doctor teams up with Jayne Kadett, an undercover investigator on the trail of an interplanetary info-thief. The thief stole Torchwood files and built his own Cyber army, intending to sell the hi-tech soldiers to the highest bidder, but the Cybermen took control and partly converted the thief, using him as their driver. When they arrive at the conversion factory, the Doctor and Jayne escape by using the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver to overload the Cybermen in the immediate vicinity, and they make their way to the main power line. The thief had also stolen the power supply by tapping into the local nuclear grid. The Doctor manages to blow the restraint circuit and the power feeds out to the Cybermen; the overload destroys them and creates a huge explosion, but before the Cybermen shut down one sends out a message to others. The Doctor is determined to track them down, stop what they’re up to and destroy them all.
Part Two – The Drones of Doom
“After destroying the Cyber-factory on Centuria, the Doctor and Kadett were tracking down more of the metal menaces …”
The Doctor and Kadett follow the Cyberman’s signal, taking a robot-run airship across the now-deserted continent of Azlon on the planet Centuria. Before arriving at the airbus terminal (a Cyber-conversion factory), the conductor / law enforcer becomes influenced by the Cybermen’s hypnotic signal, which is being used to subjugate the arriving humans. The Doctor, Kadett and a reprogrammed robot conductor pretend to be hypnotised and follow the other arrivals. Seizing the right moment, the Doctor disrupts the hypnotic signal and the conductor robot attacks the Cybermen. A stray shot from the conductor ruptures the fuel banks, causing a huge explosion which kills most of the newly converted Cyberdrones (basic work units) as their humanity starts to become more dominant. As the Doctor and Kadett flee the explosion, they find a bit of a map in a Cyberman’s hand – a map that might lead them to finding out what the Cybermen are up to on Centuria.
Part Three – Enemy Mine
“The Doctor and Kadett follow the Cybermen’s map to Centuria’s arctic zone …”
Wandering the Arctic lands of Centuria in search of the Cybermen’s base, the Doctor and Kadett are attacked by a rogue-half cybernised drone called Homaj, who backs down when he realises they are human. Homaj can’t face returning to the mines where the Cybermen are using drones to mine hargstones (precious jewels with many industrial uses. An attack by a native Ice Snake (a giant vicious purple snake) is brought to an end by the Cybermen and their partially converted cyberdogs. Homaj runs off into the frozen wasteland but the Doctor and Kadett are captured and taken to a huge mine below the ice. Inside the mine, the Doctor creates a distraction while Kadett steals some explosives. The distraction causes a Cyberman to split one of the cave walls, disturbing a nest of Ice Snakes which attack them. Escaping the mine, the Doctor and Kadett see the Cybership has already departed with its cargo. Homaj is waiting for them and tells them he intercepted a message saying that the cargo was going to Centuria Central. He then takes the explosives from Kadett and heads back to the mine. In an act of self-sacrifice, he permanently seals the mine. The Doctor and Kadett leave in pursuit of the Cybership.
Part Four – Time of the Cybermen
“Cybermen have been using upgraded humans on Centuria to mine special gems called Hargstones. But what is their plan?”
The TARDIS lands in Centuria Central and in a temporal stasis field. Kadett is caught in the frozen moment but the Doctor, being a Time Lord, can resist the field. Cybermen in a patrol aircar spot him moving around and pursue. The Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver to bring the aircar crashing down, drawing the attention of other Cybermen, who arrive to salvage parts and take them back to base. The Doctor smuggles himself into the base with the salvage. The base is the Triplanetary base which the Doctor suspects has been robbed of its Hargstone reserves to enable the Cybermen to maintain a stasis machine. The Doctor learns from the Cybermen that they built the stasis machine from Torchwood files and used the device to subdue overwhelming opposition. Choosing the most secure place for the machine, the Doctor escapes and heads for the bank’s vault, but it is made of titanium and is protected by laser-proof glass and destructor rays. When the Doctor can’t get in he uses the sonic screwdriver to turn the destructor rays inwards, destroying the stasis machine. The Cybermen have a mental link with the machine that enables them to move around inside the stasis field, so when the machine is destroyed the temporal feedback overloads their circuits. With the Cybermen now no more than ghosts and the stasis field gone, the Doctor says goodbye to Kadett, warning her to keep her eyes peeled. In the shadows, the eyes of Cybermen glow red.
You can read this four-part comic strip here
A clip form “The Pandorica Opens”
One of the interesting things about this clip is that it specifically mentions not only the Cybermen but a fleet of Cyberships.
Up until now, the Cybus Cybermen have only appeared in Earth-based stories and have displayed no obvious sign of having developed pace travel. Either they have somehow become well established in “Our Universe” and developed their technology… or perhaps the original Cybermen may make an appearance…?
More images of the Cybermen from “The Pandorica Open”
A Cyberleader and Cybermen, evidently behind a Judoon…
A Cyberman – damaged but not completely ‘armless.
Other familiar monsters confirmed as appearing/returning in this story include Daleks, Sontarans, Sycorrax, Weevils (from Torchwood), the Hoix and the (new look) Silurians
Mentioned in the episode (but not necessarily appearing on screen) are Terileptils (from the 5th doctor story “The Visitation”), Zygons (from “The Terror of the Zygons” aka “The Loch Ness Monster”), the Atraxi (from “The Eleventh Hour), the Chelonians (from various spin-off books and audios), the Drahvins (from “Galaxy 4”) and the Draconians (from “Frontier in Space” aka “The Space War”).
In addition there are rumours of several more monsters and other characters – more news if it appears…
More from “The Pandorica Opens”…
The full photo (found via the Life, Doctor Who and Combom blog which has a lot of spoilers for the finale)
and here is a snap of the damaged Cyberman from the same episode
A shot from “The Pandorica Opens” of some Cybus Cybermen
A Cyberman with a screw loose?
Having had a close look at the “Next Time” trailer for “The Pandorica Opens” it looked to me like the decapitated Cyber-head mounts an attack on Amy using what seem to be prehensile cables…
I double checked and sure enough this seems to be the case…
After the long wait since the pre-season trailer, the Cybermen (or at the very least one damaged one…and maybe more…) will be back on-screen in the first part of the Doctor Who season finale, “The Pandorica Opens”.
The damaged Cyberman appears to be the familiar Cybus design.
Also mentioned are Daleks, Sontarans, Nestenes, Drahvins and Chelonians (who have only thus far appeared in spin-off media). There are rumours of Sycorrax, Weevils (from Torchwood), Judoon and the Hoix appearing too.
A leaked photo from the episode shows the new white Supreme Dalek and a Judoon together with what looks like a Sycorrax and one of the cast played a Sontaran in “The Poison Sky” (The “Next Time” trailer also shows what appear to be three Sontaran ships amid a space fleet).
All in all it looks to be an action packed episode…
Rise of the Cybermen
- Cyberman: We are human-point-2. Every citizen will receive a free upgrade. You will become like us.
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED FROM THE CYBERMEN?
Paper published by Doctor Tanizaki
Profile of Doctor Tanizaki by Ianto Jones
Dr Tanizaki is head of the Cybertechnology Institute of Osaka, founded 2007 after the Cyberman invasion. Purpose of the CiO was to monitor and learn from the Cybermen and their debris.
Many early experiments proved unsuccessful, especially due to the lack of available material (mechanical or biological), or any way of understanding the equipment that was used.
Dr Tanizaki once said during an interview, “I wish I understood them. It’s like hoping to find God on the autopsy table – all you’re staring at is a set of parts. In some ways, horrible as this is to say, I wish I’d become one of these creatures. Just to know how it all happened. What if felt like – even though, of course, we know that these poor creatures felt nothing at all.”
Dr Tanizaki is incredibly fussy about travel and hotels. First class and five star. Very keen to know what kind of treadmill is in the hotel gym, due to a recurrent knee injury.
What Have We Learned From The Cybermen?
Cybernetics is “efficiency of action” taught Louis Couffignal, an early pioneer. “Efficiency” is what the Cybermen have shown us. Their technology reduced humanity to its core essentials, and then rebuilt those components so that they functioned more efficiently. It was a fundamental reimagining of the human concept, a revision not just of body but of brain. If we look to the Greek origin of the word “Cybernetics”, we see that it was originally about the theory of government. Rather than replacement limbs or organs, we return to the Greek view of restructuring human behaviour along unified lines of efficiency. This is what the Cybermen are – a model of physical and psychological efficiency. A simplified structure where every unit (we cannot say individual) worked towards a defined Telos (Greek again, for goal or purpose). If you look at the human way of doing things, you can see at least five different levels and modes of interaction, which I shall detail later. What is most important is that these are layers of inefficiency, with each individual working towards their own goals, and only towards a unified goal if that suits their own selfish purpose. A way of defining a unified goal is to identify, perhaps, supporters of a football team – they display, there, a shared wish for success which can also [extract ends].
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