Neil Gaiman: “We’ll Make The Cybermen Scary Again” In His Upcoming Dr. Who Episode
Last month we reported that Neil Gaiman the famed Brit author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, whose works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book will be writing a new Dr. Who episode that will appear in the second half of Season 7.
Well further Whovian info has come forward via the the French website Reviewer.fr that the Gaiman episode will be based around….. The Cybermen!
“Steven wrote to me and said, ‘Will you make the Cybermen scary again?’. And I thought back to when I was 6 or 7 years old – ‘The Moonbase’, ‘Tomb of the Cybermen’… I saw these when they were first broadcast.”
One of the creepiest things about their early work is that they did a lot less stomping about like soldiers, and were kind of silent, blank and eerie: ”Daleks went around going, ‘Exterminate’, and blowing things up,” he said. “Cybermen were just… You look up and there’s a Cyberman. I thought, ‘Let me see what I can do when I take the 1960s Cybermen and [incorporate] everything that’s happened since’. So that’s what I’m trying to do. I don’t know if it will work.”
The Cybermen’s first attempt at invading Earth, around 1970, was chronicled in The Invasion and the last real Cybermen episode to speak of was when they appear, briefly, in the episode “A Good Man Goes to War” (2011), no longer bearing the Cybus ‘C’ logos on their chests. Stated as belonging to the Twelfth Cyber Legion, they are led by a Cyberman of the same design as the Cyberlord in “The Next Doctor”. The Doctor’s companion Rory confronts them about the location of a secret asteroid base, because they monitor that entire quadrant of space.
Pretty awesome news and it just goes to show that you can’t keep a good Cyberman down.