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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.

Gorgeous John Barrowman Talks About Being Openly Gay In Hollywood

 

Torchwood and Doctor Who star John Barrowman discusses his life as a gay man in Hollywood in September’s Desert OutLook Magazine. John first goes into detail how he wishes roles for gay characters weren’t so stereotyped:

America has the most gay men represented on television than any country in the world.  The only thing I wish they would do more often is not stereotype those gay men and women. It’s always the same type they choose. Rather than seeing camp, flouncy, girly men and butch heavy women, it would be nice to see other types. There are “lipstick lesbians,” pretty girls. There are butch guys, guys who are into sports.

Looking back, John has always known that he’s gay. And even though a very “influential” person in  Hollywood told him he should hide or diminish his sexual orientation publicly, he refused to go into the closet for the sake of movie roles:

I wanted to prove that I was born this way. I didn’t wake up one morning and decide I’m going to have coffee, I’m going to have eggs and bacon, and ooh I’m gay. I will challenge anybody, no matter what organization you belong to or how high up you are, I will defend that we are born this way. 

John boldly states that the outlook on LGBT characters and actors will change once those in the closet come out and realize that there are more gays and lesbians in Hollywood than what is widely believed:

the only way things can change is more people are out, and then people would realize that 80 percent of people in Hollywood are gay and lesbian.

I really appreciate his honesty and it’s nice to see nore actors speak out about it.