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Galaxy FORUM

Your views on everything going on in the hectic world of Doctor Who...

One of the Doctor’s most enduring enemies, the Cybermen, starred in the last issue of DWM, in which we celebrated 50 years since their first appearance in The Tenth Planet...

They Have Survived!


I really enjoyed Benjamin Cook’s interview in DWM 504 with Alexandra Tynan, the original designer of the Cybermen. I think the Cybermen are one of, if not the scariest monsters Doctor Who has to offer. I must disagree with Alexandra, though, and say that her The Tenth Planet Cybermen are the creepiest... and the best!

I also enjoyed the article on the history of Cybermen designs, I did not realise that there were so many variations during the 1960s.


Thank you for yet another sensational issue of DWM, this time dedicated to my own personal favourites – the Cybermen!

I’ve always loved the metal meanies from Mondas, especially the earlier, creepier versions. In the beginning, the Cybermen weren’t warriors out to conquer the universe, marching with great big armies and building fleets. They were simply survivors, and that made them even more frightening.

In The Tenth Planet, they absolutely believe that they are right in their ideology of eliminating emotion. Over the years they have upgraded and evolved, but they continue to menace the Doctor Who universe, always coming back for more. Whether it’s that beautiful sequence where they slowly awake from their tombs (a scene Peter Davison cited as one his most haunting television memories), or clawing their way out of a London cemetery, the Cybermen will always be there, one step ahead of us – a chilling reminder of what could happen if we let our desire for perfection, and our obsession with technology, go too far.


Thank you for the excellent [simple hand gesture] Cyberman issue, which I very much enjoyed in a very non-Cyber, lover-of-well-prepared-meals kind of way – especially the ‘Cyber-Planning‘ feature. I have not laughed so much during a magazine article since, well, your strikingly similar Master feature a short while back! The hilarity is only increased by reading each section in the era-appropriate Cyber-voice (or Welsh voice in the case of the muchmissed Ianto Jones)… Did anyone else do that? No, just me? Oh well, moving on… can I publicly call out my mate Martin Deakins, who doesn’t think Cybermen are scary and only has eyes for the Daleks! I even showed him The Tomb of the Cybermen, to no effect!

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Contents include: An exclusive interview with Captain Jack actor John Barrowman; a preview of the first episodes of the new Doctor Who spin-off Class, featuring an interview with Patrick Ness; a preview of the new animated version of The Power of the Daleks; exclusive chats with Douglas Mackinnon, Daniel O'Hara, Ed Bazalgette and Daniel Nettheim on the art of being a director; The Fact of Fiction looks at 1966's The Savages; brand-new comic strip action for the Twelfth Doctor and Jess in Bloodsport by Mark Wright, illustrated by Staz Johnson; the Time Team watch 2010's The Lodger; the Watcher considers monster voices in Wotcha!; the latest merchandise previewed and reviewed; prize-winning competitions and more.