The Last Cybermen


It’s been rumored for some time that Neil Gaiman‘s contribution to the back half of Doctor Who Series 7 would be titled, “The Last Cybermen.” Well, guess what? It is. Unsurprising, since we know for a fact the episode will indeed feature Cybermen. And not just any old Cybermen, but these slightly redesigned Cyberdudes you see above. Note how their face masks reflect the Cybermen of old, think Second Doctor era.

Talking with TheMusic, Gaiman shared a little more about “The Last Cyberman,”

I’ve written [one] that broadcasts in May. It guest stars Warwick Davis, Tamzin Outhwaite and Jason Watkins. The episode is called The Last Cyberman. It’s about identity, it’s about responsibility and it’s about porridge.

As funny and not totally out of the question as it would be for actual porridge to factor into Gaiman’s episode, he’s most likely referring to Davis’ character, named Porridge. In addition to the tidbits about “The Last Cybermen, he also shared who his favorite Doctor is,

I think it’s really hard. It used to be Patrick Troughton, because he was my doctor, the one I grew up with. Yet, Matt Smith is amazing, and it’s writing for him that gives me an increased awareness of how amazing [he is]. He is technically one of England’s finest actors. Matt for me is the only Doctor who really feels a thousand years old and a kid – he really is this ancient space alien.

Now those Troughton-era Cybermen designs kind of all make sense, don’t they? And I have to agree with him, I’ve loved just about every actor who’s played The Doctor, but Matt Smith really is capturing the Time Lord like none have before. No wonder the show’s become such a monumental smash worldwide.

Gaiman set the bar super high with last season’s “The Doctor’s Wife,” how do you think “The Last Cybermen” will stack up?

Source: Doctor Who TV

Yesterday we shared some new details about Neil Gaiman‘s upcoming Doctor Who episode for Series 7 Part 2, most importantly the return of the Cybermen. Well guess what? Had we just waited a day we would have learned lots more as someone, hopefully not Mr. Gaiman himself, left a copy of the script in the backseat of a Cardiff cab! The finder and, surprisingly, not keeper made a post to Facebook which then ended up on Reddit trying to get the BBC’s attention in order to return the script. That’s a standup citizen. Most would have easily succumbed to temptation, scanned and shared it by now.

But, at least we learned some things, like the official title being, “The Last Cyberman,” which many had already guessed based on the clues given on Gaiman’s blog. We can also confirm Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s companion is named Clara, as we’ve long suspected. And guest star Warwick Davis‘ name is Porridge. Really? Poor guy can’t catch a break with character names, can he?

Now, if you’re looking for a few more details about, “The Last Cyberman,” and specifically what the Cyberman will look like, turn to ever reliable Doctor Who on set reporter, Timeboy. Those visiting the set are being asked not to take photos or video so all we have are these reports,

Very similar to the Cybus ones, but they have tighter armour and Tomb of the Cybermen-like faces!!! Really shiny. The armour is like slim-fitted rubber, similar to the new Sontarans, but silver. Guns fixed on arms, and the leader has an extra gun.

They’re walking softly, slowly, and quietly, like the Hartnell/Troughton era Cybermen

The Cybermen have a cool chest plate, with a camera iris thing in the middle, like this, but closed… Cool slot-like mouth and a more blank, fitted headpiece. And dare I say it, as close to cloth faces as would work in 2012.

Click for a rough sketch of what they look like (by Gabundy).

Hmm, so they’re called the last Cyberman but it sounds like they look more like the first Cyberman. What do you think it means? Coming from Gaiman I’m sure it’s not as simple as The Doctor meeting with the last of the cybernetic race, so what’s the twist?

Sources: Bleeding Cool, Doctor Who TV