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What’s Inside a Cyberman’s Head?

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…


Cyber Arm-Wrestling in The Pandorica Opens

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…


Attack of the Cyberhead

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.


Spoiler – The Pandorica Opens

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…?


Spoilers – The Pandorica Opens

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…


River Song and a Cyber-head

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


Cybermen in “The Pandorica Opens”

A shot from “The Pandorica Opens” of some Cybus Cybermen