Thursday, July 28, 2005

Return of the Cybermen

Ah! Excellent: another disused quarry to invade. Summon the Cyberfleet!

I was reassured to read that the new series of Doctor Who is to feature arch-baddies, the Cybermen.

When I was a kid I didn't find the Daleks all that scary. Their obviously restricted mobility and inability to climb stairs was obvious even to my credulous ten year old eyes. I remember watching the Dalek movie (the one with Bernard Cribbens) and thinking: 'that spaceship is ace but those Daleks are a bit rubbish'.

The Cybermen, on the other hand, scared me absolutely shitless. Those flat, souless eyes and the downturned grimace/grin were my embodiment of evil. Occasionally Unit would turn up and have a go at the Cybermen with all guns blazing. In the end though, the Brigadier would have to rely on the Doctor to save earth from enslavement by the tin foil clad fiends.

I can't remember much detail of the Cybermen storylines. I know it's a cliche, but I genuinely did spend most of the time cowering behind the sofa whenever they appeared.


Wyndham said...

They've always looked a bit too much like Beaker from the Muppets for my liking. And what's with the handles on the head?

garfer said...

Now that you come to mention it, there is certain resemblance to Beaker.
They'll have to shed the handles for the new series. People would laugh.

Herge Smith said...

I'm with you there - the one where that little fucker Adric got killed on that spaceship that crashes into Earth - the cybermen scared the shit out of men.

I saw it again recently. Rubbish.

garfer said...

The one with the murderous shop manekins in the last series was pretty good.
The original gave me nightmares. Must have been an early one because I remember it in black & white.

Sniffy said...

I loved the recent Dr Who series; I thought the beeb did an excellent job of what could've been completely crap.