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Speaking CLOCKWORK

In World Enough and Time and The Doctor Falls, the distinctive speech of the Mondasian Cybermen was provided by Nicholas Briggs – a voice artist who couldn’t quite hide his emotions…

NICHOLAS BRIGGS

In a 2014 interview with The Sunday Times, Peter Capaldi – then relatively new as the Doctor – was asked which classic monsters he’d like to see return to the series. He named the Axons from The Claws of Axos (1971) and the original, Mondasian Cybermen from The Tenth Planet (1966).

“They were absolutely terrifying, with cloth faces,” he told Matt Rudd. “That was really creepy.”

However, executive producer Steven Moffat didn’t agree. “They look like boys with [jumpers] pulled over their heads,” he said at the time. But Peter persisted and Steven was eventually won over, bringing them back to disturbing effect this year in World Enough and Time and The Doctor Falls.

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Contents include: · An exclusive interview with the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker · DWM asks what the casting of Jodie Whittaker means for the future of Doctor Who. · Go behind the scenes with monster makers Millennium FX, with never-before-published imagery from the making of the last series. · DWM talks exclusively to former showrunner Russell T Davies about his illustrations for the forthcoming collection of Doctor Who poetry, Now We Are Six Hundred. · Nicholas Briggs reveals the secrets of giving voice to the Cybermen. · Discover new information about a classic adventure as the 1964 First Doctor story The Aztecs goes under the spotlight in The Fact of Fiction. · DWM pays tribute to the late Trevor Baxter, who played Professor Lightfoot in 1977's The Talons of Weng-Chiang, with contributions from Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Christopher Benjamin, Lisa Bowerman and more. · A brand-new comic strip adventure continues for the Doctor and Bill The Parliament of Fear, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Staz Johnson. · A sneak preview of the forthcoming book on the history of Doctor Who in the USA: Red, White and and Who. · Legendary guitarist Hank Marvin talks about his latest recording – the Doctor Who theme! · Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more.
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