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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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Cybermen Mk VIII – The Lee Sullivan Design

Artist Lee Sullivan has been working with the Cybermen for quite some time. He’s come a long way from his early Cyberman illustrations (age 7) ….

Making his mark along the way by providing art for Doctor Who Magazine…

And drawing the Cybermen for the Battles in Time comic strip which you can read here

You can see more of Lee Sullivan’s Doctor Who art on his own website here

His Mark VIII Cyber-creations appeared in the Radio Times 8th Doctor comic-strip Dreadnought – which you can read here. (Roughly) the same Mk 8 design later appeared in the 6th Doctor webcast of Real Time – which you can watch here. And the Mk 8 Cybermen – or a close relation –  might have appeared in a comic strip featurig a future Doctor prior to the relaunch of the TV series in 2005. Sadly, it was never made…


The Mk VIII appeared in the Real Time webcast – and has also been given CGI graphic treatment…

Real Time CGI Cybermen

Real Time Cyberman designed by Lee Sullivan. CGI realisation by Rhys Griffin, Chris Gregory and Kevin Gregory.

“Resistance is futile.”

“Emotion is a weakness.”

“These things are irrelevant.”

“Promises to aliens have no validity.”

“Eradicate them.”

“Yes, leader.”

“Aliens are not to be trusted.”

“So we meet again, Doctor.”

“Halt, or you will be destroyed.”

“Your logic is correct.”

CGI animations of the Mk VII Cybermen can be found on the BBC site here

Free Screensaver

You can download a Screen Saver from the BBC :

Based on Lee Sullivan’s stunning new Cyberman designs, Rhys Griffin has created an equally spectacular computer graphic version for this special screensaver.


“Dreadnought” was a story in the short-lived series of comic-strips about the 8th Doctor published by the Radio Times in 1996. Although planned for a longer run, the comic strip series was cancelled somewhat suddenly (obliging its author, Gary Russell, to tie up some loose ends that were intended to be part of a longer running story arc).

You can read Dreadnought here – Dreadnought


The Doctor appears on a space vessel called the Dreadnought. Here he meets Stacy, who is running from the Cybermen. They capture the Doctor and Stacy, and they find out that Stacy’s fiancé Bill has become a Cyberman. When Stacy makes him remember their friendship, he makes the ultimate sacrifice. He gets killed, but he stops the Cybermen, and after this the Doctor and Stacy have many adventures.

Note : In the 10th Doctor special “The Next Doctor”, the gigantic “Cyberking” was said to be a Dreadnought class vehicle. Dreadnoughts were said to be used during Cyber-invasions. Presumably either the 10th Doctor has encountered the Cybus Cybermen using such ships in some off-screen adventure, or he was referring to the use of such vessels by this-universe Cybermen.

“Dreadnought” featured a new and updated form of Cybermen (effectively a Mk VIII version), a redesign that was the work of artist Lee Sullivan. This design (or one based very closely upon it) later appeared in the 6th Doctor webcast “Real Time” – again drawn by Lee Sullivan. (There will be more on this Cyber-design in a future post).
Dreadnought featured the comic debut of the Eighth Doctor. His was the first incarnation since the Fourth Doctor to make his comic debut outside Doctor Who Magazine.
Dreadnought was followed by the story Descendance (featuring a return of the Ice Warriors).
You can read Dreadnought here – Dreadnought
  • Series: Radio Times comic strips
  • Doctor: Eighth Doctor
  • Companions: Stacy Townsend
  • Author: Gary Russell
  • Artist: Lee Sullivan
  • Colourist: Alan Craddock
  • Lettering: Elitta Fell
  • Published In: Radio Times
  • Publication: 1 June – 9 August 1996
  • Publisher: BBC Magazines
  • Format: Comic strip story in 10 episodes