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Letter from the Editor

There’s something rather deliciously ironic about celebrating the Cybermen’s golden anniversary. Being allergic to gold, it’s not a birthday that they’d choose to celebrate themselves, I suppose – even if they were the sort of creatures to indulge in celebrations. Which they’re not.

It seems that the Cybermen are always doomed to be remembered as Doctor Who’s second most popular monsters – behind the Daleks. It’s a matter of taste, of course, but I always found the Cybermen far more scary. There’s something tragic and horrific about the idea of human beings who had voluntarily transformed themselves into unfeeling machine creatures. Are they even ‘alive’ in the way that we understand the term? The earliest Cybermen even looked like the undead – living corpses, perhaps. And yet, when we consider human beings’ instinctive desire to cling on to life by any means necessary – replacing body parts that are defective or worn out – could they be considered humanity’s ultimate form? That’s the real key to their horror: the Cybermen are us. Brrrrrr!

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This issue, DWM celebrates 50 years of the one of the Doctor's greatest enemies: the Cybermen! Contents include: an interview with the woman who designed the original Cybermen, Alexandra Tynan; a look at every single Cyber-plan through the ages, as told by the Cybermen themselves; a new Cyberman comic strip by Alan Barnes with art by Adrian Salmon; a detailed look at how the Cybermen have evolved from their first appearance; Steven Moffat answers readers' questions; The Fact of Fiction puts the 1988 25th anniversary story Silver Nemesis under the spotlight; the Time Team watch 2010's Vincent and the Doctor; actor Jami Reid-Quarrell is interviewed about his monstrous roles (including Colony Sarff) in Doctor Who's 2015 series; a new comic strip adventure for the Twelfth Doctor – 'Moving In' by Mark Wright with art by John Ross; the Watcher praises Galaxy 4; plus reviews, previews, official news, competitions and much more!