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“Our brains are just like yours, except…”

The Tenth Planet - season 04 - 1966

The first incarnation of the Cybermen is a truly terrifying one. So human-looking and yet so far removed from humanity, these were the Mondasians who, fearing the inevitable aging and frailty that comes with being human, turned to technology in order cheat death. But in doing so, the children of Mondas recreated themselves as a race of electric mummies and lost many of the essential qualities that defines being human.

Their mannerisms are what disturb the most; they are emotionless, cold and calculating, unhurried and supremely confident in their superiority over the Earthlings present. They’re patronizing and condescending towards their hostages, and yet rather patient and strangely polite.

- Cleo

One of the reasons the original Cybermen are so creepy and the later ones aren’t is, well, look at them. They don’t just look like shiny robots—the traces of their humanity are very obvious. And there’s something far more horrifying about one of those creatures saying “this is what we want to turn you into” than a cool, sleek robot saying it. Because let’s be honest, being a cool robot doesn’t sound all that bad—even the no emotions part might seem like a plus to some people. But when one of these guys stands before you and claims to be superior—to have improved themself—the horror and tragedy is immediately apparent.

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The Mondasian Cybermen - Peter Capaldi’s long-time favourite foe - will return in episodes 11 and 12 of the series, alongside Capaldi as the Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole and Michelle Gomez as Missy. [x]

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Twelve stealing a Classic-style TARDIS, facing Mondasian Cybermen, and then in his uni office he’s got the original 60′s ‘Out of Order’ sign on the TARDIS (he’s currently stuck on Earth), followed by his desk having a container of old sonic screwdrivers and a photo of Susan Foreman, his granddaughter.

I’m really glad Steven Moffat has been fulfilling Peter’s wishes to insert Classic Who nods during his run in the title role. Carole Ann Ford is still around, so I hope an old photograph is not all that we’ll see of Susan! ;)

GIFs by me while the photo is by Simon Ridgway.

I love that Moffat gives everyone their favourite/monsters they wanted to return in major episodes: he gave Karen Gillan the Weeping Angels in her departure, Tennant the Zygons in the 50th, and now Peter the Mondasian Cybermen in his penultimate story.

In light of the news popping up of the Mondasian Cybermen appearing in the Doctor Who Series 10 finale, here’s the clip from the San Diego Comic Con 2015 interview with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and Michelle Gomez. They were asked questions about Series 9 and what to expect. The Mondasian Cybermen was mentioned yet again since it’s one of Peter’s favorite Classic Who foes, and groans could be heard around him. :)

I’m just unbelievably happy for him. Peter deserves all the best, and now his Doctor gets the chance to face a Classic Who enemy! :)

The clip is from the YouTube video Comic-Con 2015: Doctor Who stars talk vikings in new series.

Rachel Talalay is Back to Direct Missy and Mondasian Cybermen

The BBC has confirmed that @racheltalalay will be back to direct the two-part Series 10 finale!

She’s being reunited with Michelle Gomez as Missy and our favorite foes, the Cybermen. This time around, she also gets the extra challenge of resurrecting the original Mondasian Cybermen from the 1966 story “The Tenth Planet.”

Now that the BBC has confirmed Rachel Talalay is returning, we have the final tally for women writers and directors for Series 10: Two women writers (Sarah Dollard and Rona Munro) and one women director. That’s slightly down from the Series 9 high of two women writers and two women directors.

Though we still need need to push for progress (and we’re terribly far from parity) there are reasons to be encouraged. It’s great to see both Rachel Talalay and Sarah Dollard returning to Doctor Who, particularly since this is now the third Series in a row that Rachel Talalay has directed the finale. It’s also encouraging to see that the first Classic Who writer recruited to return to the new series is one of the few women who ever wrote for the Classic Series.

Keep pushing, but certainly don’t be discouraged.

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I thought I’d reblog this great little Digital Spy interview segment from SDCC 2015 for a few reasons. First: Jenna and Peter’s chemistry is on fire here, of course. Plus Michelle Gomez is great, but then near the end Peter is asked how his “crusade to bring back the Mondasian Cybermen” is going and both Michelle and Jenna are like “Oh, no, don’t get him started!” but his last words (which I won’t spoil) are quite prescient.

Also, for any followers of my fanfic, particularly the Instant Messaging cycle, who are curious where I got the idea of Clara and Twelve being “sympatico” from - it comes from this video and Peter and Jenna’s description of Twelve and Clara’s relationship going into Series 9.

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Original Mondasian Cybermen return to Doctor Who!
Original Mondasian Cybermen return to Doctor Who!

The original Mondasian Cybermen return to Doctor Who as filming begins on the final block of the forthcoming series…

Filming has begun on the final two episodes of Doctor Who series 10, with this first look image revealing the return of a much-feared classic foe.

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is pictured with the Mondasian Cybermen – the original version of the Doctor’s deadly enemies who hail from the planet Mondas and have not been seen in Doctor Who for over fifty years.

The Mondasian Cybermen - Peter Capaldi’s long-time favourite foe - will return in episodes 11 and 12 of the series, alongside Capaldi as the Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole and Michelle Gomez as Missy.  The episodes, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay, are now filming in Cardiff.

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