Mondas

The Tenth Planet. Earth’s sister world.

The Mondasians are back after 51 years today.

To Mondas and back again: a brief history of the Cybermen in Doctor Who

By Stephen Kelly and Paul Jones

The Daleks might be the most iconic of Doctor Who villains, but the Cybermen are – at the risk of extermination – the more interesting. For while Dalek creator Terry Nation, who grew up during the Second World War, based the pepper-pots on Nazi values – presenting them as the manifestation of hatred and conformity – the Cybermen are rooted in a question more complex and tragic than the simple desire to kill: what does it mean to be human?

Just like the Daleks before them, the Cybermen were reflections of the era that created them. In 1966, the show’s scientific advisor, Dr Kit Pedler and writer Gerry Davis were fascinated by innovations in prosthetic surgery and the ethical issues it brought with it. If, they asked, you became more machine than flesh, were you still technically human? And what makes a human anyway, is it the physical or the emotional? At what point do you cease to be you? This is why, despite all the different forms the Cybermen would take over their 49 years, their ideology remains the same: human existence, physically and emotionally, is weak and cruel – the Cybermen are the saviours.

As the original Mondasian Cybermen join their modern descendants in new episode World Enough and Time, it seems like the perfect time to delve into the history of the Cyber menace…

Mondasian origins

The Cybermen made their first appearance in William Hartnell’s final story, The Tenth Planet, in 1966. And it was here, on Earth’s twin planet of Mondas, that the age of steel truly began – born out of desperation and pain.

The Tenth Planet (1966)

Mondas appeared in the skies of Earth in 1986, during the First Doctor’s final story. The chilly tale saw the increasingly frail Doctor, in the company of Ben and Polly, arrive at an Antarctic base. Through the explanation given in the story, we learned that Mondas’ arrival was in truth a return; we discovered that the errant planet was Earth’s lost twin, which drifted away from us “…on a journey to the edge of space.”

Originally twinned with Earth, Mondas is essentially our planet ravaged after drifting out of the solar system and into the abyss of space. Isolated and frozen by their distance from the sun, Mondas’s people suffered. That is until some brain-box had the idea of replacing failing organic parts with cybernetics to allow them to physically weather the brutality of their new environment. In order to psychologically deal with their grotesque new forms, however, they were also stripped of their emotions – eventually rendering them cold, harsh and cruelly logical. Emotions were rubbish, the Mondasians concluded, and being an unfeeling machine was just swell. Everyone should be like this – whether they liked it or not. It was, after all, for their own good.

Mondas was destroyed, eventually, but the Cybermen lived on in their charitable cause to conquer the galaxy and set existence free from its chains of thought and feeling – ‘upgrading’ as they went.

The Tenth Planet Cybermen, despite looking like they were built on Blue Peter, were eerily zombie-like. Being the earliest version, they were a hodge-podge of patchwork humanity and cybernetics. The outline of their human faces, for example, were noticeable underneath their cloth masks and their hands were still clearly flesh and blood. They even had names – even if they were names like “Krang”. They wouldn’t last long.


Derek Martinus, who directed The Tenth Planet, recalls working with the original Cybermen

The date: 1966

The place: Ealing Studios

The story: The Tenth Planet

The Doctor arrives at South Pole Tracking Station, which is about to be invaded by the Cybermen. It is the aliens’ first appearance on the show, and William Hartnell’s last as an ailing Doctor (he will regenerate into Patrick Troughton at the end of the story).

Director Derek Martinus, seen here with production assistant Edwina Verner hauling a Cyberman to his feet, recalls, “The Cybermen costumes were very hot to wear, and it was difficult for the actors to see. They were also very bulky and the actors tended to fall over.”

Even before that, casting had caused problems. Martinus adds, “It was quite funny because we were in the office of Doctor Who and the reception was full of very tall men. We felt they should look impressive and as menacing as possible. I got the agents to trawl through their books to see who was over 6ft 4in.” But, he adds, they had to be actors, too, to convey the necessary sense of threat.

With new creatures, an outgoing star and Antarctic location to simulate, not to mention blizzard conditions, it was an especially challenging adventure. Polystyrene chippings were used for  snow. “When they had the wind machines going it choked everybody.”


As the Cyber-empire evolved, so did their style. After a popular first outing, they returned a mere three serials later for Patrick Troughton’s Moonbase. It was here that their pragmatic nature was fully realised, with their look changing – sometimes subtlety, sometimes drastically – with every appearance. With Moonbase and their famous follow-up story, The Tomb of the Cybermen (set on their new adopted home of Telos), they became sleeker and more streamlined – exchanging the cloth masks and oversized chest units for a body, seemingly, made from tin foil. For Invasion (again, a second Doctor story), they became bulkier and, bizarrely, wore lace-up shoes.

After their popularity with the Second Doctor, the Cybermen were totally absent from the Third Doctor’s era and didn’t return until seven years later with Tom Baker’s Revenge of the Cybermen. This time, due to their weird allergy to gold, the last great Cyber-War was over, but one ship – along with the Cyber-Leader – remained. This would be their only appearance alongside the Fourth Doctor and it would be another six years before producer John Nathan-Turner decided to bring them back with a big re-design for Fifth Doctor Peter Davison’s Earthshock, which saw them trying to – shock! – destroy the Earth. From here on in, the Cybermen were much bigger and more mechanical – with only subtle varying elements being introduced, such as transparent chins and, in their last story, Sylvester McCoy’s Silver Nemesis, cricket gloves for hands.

A new age, a new upgrade

When 2005 Who came around, after 17 years since their last appearance, the lovable iron-clad murderers were as prevalent in the fans’ minds as the prospective identity of the new Doctor. But when Christopher Eccleston’s era began, Russell T Davies vetoed the frights in shining armour in favour of the Daleks, who took centre stage in Who’s return. David Tennant’s Doctor, however, was not so lucky.

As it transpired, the Cybermen had been tucked away in a parallel universe all along under the auspices of Trigger from Only Fools and Horses. Viewers were not so surprised by their reappearance, having spotted the clue in the episode’s title, Rise of the Cybermen – but the look on Tennant’s face was one of the more memorable Doctor grimaces of recent years, making the moment we heard the dreaded “Delete!” emitting from the familiar, relentless plated faces all the more ominous. Not to mention their sleeker design where no weapons were needed; just a simple electrocuting touch.


Director Graeme Harper spoke of the Cyberman’s very geometric looking redesign, saying that their snazzy new threads were inspired by Art Deco designs, such as pleated, 20s structures – and, in particular, the aesthetic facets of Fritz Lang’s early sci-fi movie classic Metropolis – to give the feel of an alien architecture, but encasing human brains to create the ultimate horror. It certainly worked, turning Parallel Earth from a twin world to a grim dystopia. In the second of the two-parter, of course, the Doctor made sure this new manifestation of the Cybus Cybermen were at least a little bit thwarted, before hastily sealing off the parallel universe, conveniently leaving his attractive assistant’s boyfriend behind too.

For a while, that seemed very much that for the Cybus Cybermen, up until the series two finale, with the Daleks themselves scoring an own goal in inadvertently reintroducing the Cybermen to planet Earth for a galactic royal rumble in which there was no winner.

Due to one of those pesky rips in time and space that tend to cause a spot of bother every now and then, it was subsequently revealed in the 2008 Christmas special that a few metal megalomaniacs had seeped into Victorian London too, under the callous gaze of Miss Hartigan, another cold-hearted human whose traits invested themselves quite nicely into the Cybus incarnations, reminding us that as long as there were people as metaphorically iron-fisted to match the Cybermen’s literal steel knuckles, the Doctor would keep running into them.

Once Steven Moffat took over from Davies, it was expected the Cybermen would get an old-style makeover. With budgets only extending to a Dalek re-design, however, it wasn’t to be. Even so, Moffat still managed to render a single rogue Cyberman head, in The Pandorica Opens, scarier than entire legions of invading forces. From this point on, the Cybus design prevailed even when the Cybermen in question were, as in Closing Time, supposedly the original Mondas model. All in all, it was around this point that Doctor Who realised it didn’t really know what to do with the villains, relegating them to the meagre fate of being defeated by James Corden’s baby and smack-talked by Rory the Roman.

Harder, better, stronger, faster

With Neil Gaiman’s Nightmare in Silver, in 2013, the Cybermen would be upgraded once again – this time looking a lot sleeker and more advanced. These Cyberman, according to Gaiman, were a mixture of Mondasian and Cybus, his rationale being that the Cybus Cybermen who were “zapped off into time and space” at the end of The Next Doctor eventually met the Mondas Cybermen. Cross-breeding and exchange of technology resulted in the new variety.

As well as a new design, these Cybermen also had new abilities, including the talent to move super-fast. As Gaiman told Collider: “I just figured that my phone doesn’t look anything like what it looked like five years ago, and that didn’t look anything like what it looked like ten years ago. My computer looks nothing like it looked like, 15 years ago. I thought, ‘Cybermen talk about upgrading, so let’s watch them upgrade. What would an upgraded Cyberman do?’ I thought one of the things it would do is move pretty fast. I loved the idea of a Cyberman that was essentially so dangerous that, if you find one on your planet, you blow up the planet.”

After Nightmare in Silver – where they went out with a bang – there wasn’t much seen of the Cybermen beyond a nifty cameo in The Time of the Doctor in which we see a Cyberman made out of wood. But that didn’t last long once Peter Capaldi took over the Tardis, with series eight’s two-part finale Dark Water/Death in Heaven featuring a Cyberman army with Michelle Gomez’s regenerated Master Missy at their helm.

There were no notable design tweaks this time, but their method of harvesting bodies was altered, with dead bodies whose consciousness had been saved to a Time Lord hard drive filling the metal shells. These Cybermen were also able to fly and “seed” themselves through rain onto already-dead buried bodies, though they were totally enthralled by Missy rather than acting out their own aims. Well, except for the recently-converted Danny Pink and a certain Brigadier brought back from the dead…

The return of the Mondasians

And so to the present day, and we’ve come full circle. As well as bringing back 2006 and 2013 models of the Cybermen, the series ten two-part finale World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls sees the Twelfth Doctor facing the Mondasian originals, and they’re creepier than ever.

At this stage there’s not too much we can reveal about them, but suffice it to say there’s a pretty disturbing origins story and both Missy and John Simm’s Master are involved…

The Game is Afoot

THE MASTER

Played by
Roger Delgado
Peter Pratt
Geoffrey Beevers
Anthony Ainley
Eric Roberts
Sir Derek Jacobi
John Simm
William Hughes, (who plays the young Master in “Sound of Drums”)
Michelle Gomez
(I am leaving out the Big Finish and Novel Masters as they are not TV Continuity technically)
Debut: 1971 “The Terror of The Autons”
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The Doctor’s Moriarity.
You can never tell what your childhood friends will become.

Likewise, when the Master played with the Doctor on his Father’s estates, he probably didn’t know that his schoolfriend would ultimately become one of the most important beings in the universe, and that he would spend most of his life desperately attempting to attract his attention with a series of elaborate schemes.

‘You could almost say we were at school together’, said the Third Doctor, perhaps insulting Jo Grant over her lack of ability with the English language, but probably drawing a distinction between school and the Academy on Gallifrey. They definitely attended that together, as the Master reminds the First Doctor when he doesn’t recognise him in The Five Doctors (to be fair the Master does look slightly different, but then again so does the First Doctor). Despite being very good friends, there came a point where their paths diverged. The Doctor stole a TARDIS/was stolen by a TARDIS/had Clara tell him which TARDIS to steal (canon is in flux, the internet is the show’s equally contradictory footnotes), and went off to see the universe. We don’t know where the Master was at this point, but we can assume he followed shortly afterwards. Not to see the universe but perhaps not to conquer it either.

But since he was driven mad by the The Untempered Schism and Time Lord meddling who’s to say.

The Master doesn’t want to conquer the universe, really. He wants to play with his friend. Hence, the Master involves the Doctor in his evil schemes even though this means they’re almost certainly doomed to failure as a result. Why does he spends much of the Third Doctor era invading Earth even though it’s the only planet in the universe the Doctor can be on? Because it’s the only planet he can be on, and the Doctor welcomes his old friend’s appearance. After the dozens of deaths in Terror Of The Autons – hundreds of thousands narrowly averted – the Master is trapped on Earth, but the Doctor is rather looking forward to it.

And they battle. They play. Two “gods” among Men.

And I am an unabashed superfan of Roger Delgado’s Master.

But even that comes to an end.

The Master had outlived his Rengeration cycle by the time of the Fourth Doctor. But he schemed ways to prolong his life. To prolong the Game.

He even steals Nyssa’s Father’s body in “Keeper of Traken” and parades around the Universe in it until the Daleks exterminate it in the opening teaser of The TV Movie.

Ainley’s Master is more of a Paantomine show-off look at me mustache-twirling villain. Don’t get me wrong though, I love Anothy Ainley’s Master.

I dislike Eric Roberts’ Master.

The comes the kindly professor-in-disguise, Sir Derek Jacobi as Professor Yana who is awakened by The Doctor.

Then bat-shit crazy, zany supervillain John Simm who will make his reappearance again this weekend after being dead.

And regenerating into Michelle Gomez.

Yes, I am totally against a Female Doctor. But Gomez is a tour de force as Missy, the mischievous, devilish, and oh so charming Femme Fatale Mistress. She really sells it.

So will her former self turn her back to The Dark Side, or had she ever left?

That’s what we get to find out tomorrow in Part 1 of the Season Finale.

With The Master/Missy around expect lots of Machiavellian machinations, death, mayhem, and some really evil comedy.

Can’t wait.

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Hope & Recklessness

 
Steven Moffat delivers a very ominous preview for this week's Doctor Who

By Thomas Ling

The Doctor Who finale is spinning closer towards us, accompanied by John Simm’s malevolent Master, a legion of Mondasian Cybermen and a 400-mile-long spaceship battling a black hole. But that’s not all. 

In the introduction to series 10 episode 11, showrunner Steven Moffat promises plenty of death as the Doctor and Missy try to come to terms.

“The Doctor and Missy have been friends for an incredibly long time and he wants more than anything else for her to be a good person like him. And she’s starting to want that too,” he says, before adding ominously: “The consequences for that are going to cost a lot of lives.”

#Pray4BillAndNardole

The most reckless thing, the Reckless Doctor will ever do, probably. Hope can be a real deadly thing.

The Doctor is apparently monitoring the  proceedings from the Tardis and – just to underline the distinct lack of peril that’s about to evaporate in an instant – he’s stuffing his mouth with crisps as he issues instructions. (remind you of the last Christmas Special?)

Just a Sunday stroll…No worries…Oh boy, this going to get very dark….

Doctor Who continues on BBC1 this Saturday 24th June at 6:45pm

Good Idea?

Who thought having Missy be “The Doctor” was a good idea?

Steven Moffat, of course.

Now that really is reckless.

And he tweaks all the “The Doctor” not “Doctor Who” fans to boot.

Then they run into this guy…

master simm

Whoops! The Missus and The Ex- (or Missy and The Ex).

Bad News.

and these guys who haven’t been on screen since 1966.

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And from the previews it sounds a bit like

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Which was an awesome Big Finish Audio.

‘World Enough and Time’ airs on June 24 at 6.45pm on BBC One, followed by ‘The Doctor Falls’ on July 1.

Then it’s good bye to The Reckless Doctor at Christmas.

I will miss you.

 

 

Then End is Near

capaldi radio times

Excerpt: The 59-year-old actor will exit the show during this year’s Christmas day special, opening the door to a new replacement.

Capaldi currently stars alongside new companion Bill (played by Pearl Mackie), but it is not yet known whether the actress will depart at the same time or continue with the new Doctor.

Speaking about his regeneration, Capaldi said: “I can’t go into the details. I know what happens, but I don’t know how it happens. Certainly it’s not straightforward. It’s more complicated than recent ones.

“That’s one of the appeals of being in the show – it has death at the heart of it. He’s the only hero on TV who dies again and again.”

Capaldi admitted that he always felt that his character was “sad”, mainly due to his significant age, and changes the way he plays certain elements to make them appear more human or alien.

He continued to Radio Times: “The Doctor is deeply sad – I think he always has been. When you’re wise and you’ve lived a very long time, that’s how you’d be.

“Although you have to be careful with very human emotions and the Doctor because he’s an alien. It’s more straightforward to play the human elements, but then it might as well be a cop show.

“I love this show, but I’ve never done anything where you turn up every day for ten months. I want to always be giving it my best and I don’t think if I stayed on I’d be able to do that.

“I can’t think of another way to say, “This could be the end of civilisation as we know it.” With episodic television of any genre, the audience wants the same thing all the time – but the instinct that leads the actor is not about being in a groove.”

It comes as showrunner Steven Moffat revealed that Missy (Michelle Gomez) would not be returning for this year’s Christmas special episode.

The 9th Legion

The real history behind Doctor Who’s missing Ninth Roman Legion

The real history behind Doctor Who’s missing Ninth Roman Legion

By Huw Fullerton

This week’s episode of Doctor Who, Rona Munro’s The Eaters of Light, delves into genuine history for its central story, telling the tale of the real Ninth Roman Legion who are said to have mysteriously disappeared in Northern Britain some time in the 2nd century AD.

But what really happened to the Ninth, and how accurate is this week’s episode at depicting it? Read on to find out…


The real Ninth Roman Legion

A Roman from this week’s episode of Doctor Who

The Ninth Roman Legion or Legio IX Hispana (Spanish Ninth Legion), was a Legion of the Imperial Roman Army that took fought in various provinces of the late Romand Republic and the early Roman Empire from the 1st century BC until at least AD 120.

However, the Legion disappeared from Roman records after AD 120, leading to considerable speculation from historians as to where the 5,000 fighting men disappeared to.


So what actually happened?

Pict warriors in this week’s Doctor Who

Well, no-one knows for sure. An early theory for their disappearance was that the Legion were wiped out by native Britons some time after 108, as the last datable inscription left by the Ninth found in Britain dates from this time.

As suggested by 19th-century German historian Theodor Mommsen, “under Hadrian there was a terrible catastrophe here, apparently an attack on the fortress of Eboracum [York] and the annihilation of the legion stationed there, the very same Ninth that had fought so unluckily in the Boudican revolt.”

This view has been particularly popularised by Rosemary Sutcliff’s classic 1954 novel The Eagle of the Ninth (which saw the Ninth march into Caledonia, present-day Scotland, to never return again), though in recent years this idea has fallen out of favour with some as an inscription from the Ninth was found in the Netherlands that could suggest they were present in that country later than the supposed massacre.

Accordingly, some have theorised that the Ninth might have perished or disbanded during either the Second Jewish Revolt against the Romans in Judea in 132 (where the Romans took heavy casualties) or the 161-166 Parthian War waged by Emperor Marcus Aurelius against King Vologases IV, a conflict which was noted to include the annihilation of an unnamed Roman Legion in Armenia.

However, there’s little evidence to support either of these claims, leading some to go back to the original Celtic uprising theory and suggesting that the later Netherlands inscription could have been made by a detachment from the Legion rather than the whole group (after all, detachments from the Ninth were fighting in the Rhine against Germanic tribes around this time).

As archaeologist Dr Miles Russell said in 2011, “there is not one shred of evidence that the Ninth were ever taken out of Britain,” and many historians do still believe the Ninth met their end somewhere in Britain during the chaotic years around this time.

And who knows? Maybe they really WERE wiped out by some sort of mysterious alien activity as this week’s Doctor Who probably suggests. There’s about as much evidence for and against it as any other historical theory…


In popular culture

The mysterious disappearance of the Ninth Legion has been depicted multiple times over the years, with Sutcliff’s aforementioned novel kicking off the trend in 1954 when it told the story of a young Roman officer, Marcus Flavius Aquila, trying to recover the Eagle standard of the Legion beyond Hadrian’s Wall.

The Ninth Legion also appear in Alan Garner’s 1973 novel Red Shift, Karl Edward Wagner’s 1976 fantasy Legion from the Shadows, Amanda Cockrell’s 1979 historical novel Legions of the Mist, David Gemmell’s Stones of Power historical fantasy book series, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Lady of Avalon, Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera fantasy series and 2010 historical novel Last of the Ninth among other works.

Sutcliff’s Eagle of the Ninth has also been adapted twice for radio (in 1956 and 1996), once for TV (in 1977) and for film in 2011’s The Eagle (pictured), starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell. The Legion’s fate is also explored onscreen in 2007 movie The Last Legion (based on Valerio Massimo Manfredi’s 2002 historical novel L’ultima legion) and 2010’s Centurion, which starred Michael Fassbender and former Doctor Who star Noel Clarke.

In other words, then, The Eaters of Light is just one more entry in the long and complicated discussion about a Legion of Romans who went missing thousands of years ago. We can only hope the Doctor will finally clear things up.

Review: Eaters of Light

Naturally, I have to have the obligatory SPOILER WARNING on here before I crow about last nights episode….

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Welcome to 2nd Century Roman Britain.
The 9th Legion, 5000 Roman soldiers disappeared from history.
The Doctor is out to prove he knows more about Romans than his student does.
“I’ve lived in Roman Britain,” he insisted . “I’ve governed, farmed, juggled, been a vestal virgin – second class… It’s a long story.”
Nardole is there to be snarky.
The crows have something to say and it’s not “So long, and thanks for all the fish. …
Oh, and there are barbarians too. Barbarians in the classical Roman sense was anyone who wasn’t a Roman; a civilized society.
They split up deliberately because Bill thinks she can find a Roman over there…And the Doctor isn’t going that way. R2 and C3PO anyone? 🙂
Though it’s all hilly, it’s the Welsh Valleys standing in for Scotland.
Bill finds a Roman by falling down YET ANOTHER hole! Two Weeks in a row there Bill.
Then the Monster, an Eater of light, finds her and her Roman snack of the day. She runs away, and straight into the rest of what’s left of The 9th Legion, conveniently. A little too conveniently though.
Nice bunch of scared teenagers who didn’t stick around when the Eater came and snacked on the whole Legion and an hour later was still hungry.
Yes, the prose is deliberate, because this was a very fun episode with lots of bits of humor thrown in for good measure. Like when the Doctor describes one particular dead roman as having been killed by an absence of sunlight and Nadole gives the best Snark yet, “Death by Scotland”.
You see, the writer of this episode is now a renowned Scottish playwright. In 1989 she was the very last writer of a Classic Who story, “Survival”, Rona Munro.
So the Doctor is Scottish. The Showrunner is Scottish. The main guest star, The Pict Warrior, Kar, is also Scottish. It’s Scotland all day long.
The Doctor meanwhile, found the Picts, ancient Celtic Warriors from the North of the British Isle so feared that the Emperor Hadrian had a wall constructed across Northern England (not a high wall, more of a defensive position) that was started in 122 AD.
At 73 miles (80 Roman miles) long, it crossed northern Britain from Wallsend on the River Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west.
And when he discovers the remains of the 9th Legion he goes looking for Bill saying she’ll either be where the Danger is the Worst or safe from it. Now that’s almost a 4th Wall comment about the trope of the Companion finding the Monster first and getting in danger.
But Kar has a secret. She was so in fear of The 9th Legion that she did not fulfill her duty as Gate Keeper and let the monster loose on the land to kill the Romans, which it did very handily. But now, that cure is worse than the disease.
“They will keep eating until there are no stars left”
Time to Call a Doctor, The Doctor, the definite article you might say. 🙂
A LOT of this episode is based around that most base of human emotion, FEAR. Fear is everywhere in this episode.
It drives the story.
Even the conclusion in the TARDIS between The Doctor and Missy is driven by fear. Fear that her attempts at being a good person are not genuine.
“That’s the trouble with hope. It’s hard to resist.”– The Doctor to Missy. But that’s also fear, fear that the hope is misplaced.
Capaldi as always was great. His Doctor wanting to do the noble sacrifice but the humans decide it’s their destiny no his to guard this particular Vault-of-sorts.
The Reckless Doctor is taken down by brave humans. “I hate Brave people”.
But this also brought up my biggest quibble with the episode. If the Doctor figured he would spend multiple regenerations holding back the eaters of light, how much could humans with their pifflingly short lifespans really hope to accomplish? And why would he just leave it like that??
That was my “What?” moment during this episode. It seemed The Doctor went from ‘only I can do it’ to they can do it themselves in a neck-jarring 180 degree turn in seconds.
What drives a peace between factions? Are we looking for it in the face of a common enemy? To ensure survival? Simply because we want it? Or because we want to believe it?
Hope?? Fear?? Both???
Overall, a magnificent episode and now it’s onto Mondasians, The John Simm Master and 2-Part Finale for the Season.
Cyberman: Feelings? I do not understand that word.
The Doctor: Emotions. Love. Pride. Hate. Fear. Have you no emotions, sir?
Cyberman: Come to Mondas and you will have no need of emotions. You will become like us.
“Ah, yes. It’s good. Thank you. Keep warm.”

— The First Doctor
Gee, it will be lonely two weeks from today when I write the last review for the season…

Birthday Wishes & Legion

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Carole Ann Ford was born 16 June, 1940 and is 77 years young yesterday.

Carole of course made her debut in the very first episode of Doctor Who back in 1963 playing Susan Foreman, companion and granddaughter of the First Doctor.

Join us in wishing Carole a very happy birthday!

The Last Hurrah

FYI: The Ticket for the “Last Summer” of the experience are now available through closing day Sept 9th.

http://www.doctorwho.tv/events/doctor-who-experience/ticket-information/

We suspect lots of you have already had the pleasure of the quite wonderful Doctor Who Experience down in Cardiff. The centrepiece of the attraction is a Doctor Who adventure featuring the Doctor, the TARDIS and you know, global peril.

If you’ve yet to make the trip to Cardiff though, chances to do so are beginning to run out. After five years, the Doctor Who Experience is due to close on the 9th of September 2017, with tickets for its final months available from midday on Friday the 16th of June.

Before it bows out though, the Experience has a number of special activities planned for fans. They’re bringing back the Filming Location Walking Tours, which start again on the 8th of July and involve a 75-minute walk in and around Cardiff Bay to spot filming locations from the current and previous series.

A host of props from series ten will also be added to the standing exhibition, and on the 22nd of July, the Experience’s final Monster Event will be held, including workshops and q&a sessions with Millennium FX.

The big event, though, happens on the 5th of August, which will host the Experience’s biggest Cosplay Celebration yet. Bow-ties etc. at the ready.

 

 

 

 

 

Boldness

EW:

The new executive producer of Doctor Who, Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, has hinted he may significantly rework the format of long-running time travel show. “[The BBC] really had to woo me,” Chibnall said in an interview with the magazine Television. “But, in the end, I had ideas about what I wanted to do with it. When I went to them and said, ‘This is what I would do’, I actually expected them to say, ‘Ooh, let’s talk about that,’ but they said: ‘Great!’” Asked if he would be allowed to devote an entire season to telling a single storyline, Chibnall replied, “Yes. What the BBC was after was risk and boldness.”

Does that mean Politically Incorrect Boldness or Politically Correct “Boldness”? Hmmm…

Chibnall is currently at work prepping his first season in charge of Doctor Who, which is likely to premiere in the fall of 2018. The current showrunner is Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, who will step aside after this year’s special Christmas episode. Chibnall’s other credits include writing episodes of both Doctor Who and its spin-off show Torchwood.

Since the Set Tours are only for July one suspects Filming may start in August which means the announcement of the 13th Doctor is coming soon.

Chibnall also admitted in the interview that he has not been paying attention to the advice offered by pundits or fans on social media about who should replace the show’s current star, Peter Capaldi, when he leaves Doctor Who later this year. “I don’t read any of that,” he said. “One of your jobs as a writer is to cut out the noise. All you have is your instincts and your process. The BBC came to me because they wanted those, and so reading coverage about the show is fundamentally useless and bordering on counterproductive. A TV show isn’t a focus group. It is great that people are speculating about who the Doctor will be… but it won’t affect in any way what we do with the show.”

Good for him.

The third and final season of Broadchurch, which stars Olivia Colman and former Doctor Who actor David Tennant, premieres on BBC America, June 28. Doctor Who screens on the same network on Saturday nights.

The final episodes of this season which ends July 1st continue.