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The Finale Countdown

The return of the Mondasian Cybermen was accompanied by a nostalgic visit from their original costume designer and a special concert to mark the end of an era.
Alexandra Tynan on the TARDIS set at Roath Lock in June 2017.
Alexandra’s design sketch for the original Cybermen in the 1966 story The Tenth Planet.

During Doctor Who’s World Tour, which launched the Twelfth Doctor’s era in August 2014, Peter Capaldi cited the original ‘Mondasian’ Cybermen as his favourite monster and said he hoped they’d return. Three years later, showrunner Steven Moffat delivered a two-part script for the 2017 series finale that fulfilled Peter’s wish. But it wasn’t just The Tenth Planet Cybermen from 1966 who made a comeback; this was also an opportunity for the production team to welcome back the designer who had created their original look all those years ago.

Sandra Reid had joined the BBC in 1964. She was initially reluctant to take the Doctor Who assignment, but the Belfast-born designer was never shy of a challenge. Sandra went on to create some of the most famous Doctor Who costumes of the era, but her work on the Cybermen for The Tenth Planet is perhaps the most enduring.

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About Doctor Who Magazine

At the end of 2017 a remarkable chapter in the history of Doctor Who drew to a close. Two incarnations of the Time Lord overcame an existential threat... before the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor heralded a bold new era for the programme. The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine is a unique souvenir of the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventures, from The Return of Doctor Mysterio through to Twice Upon a Time. Packed full of all-new features and previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the year in Doctor Who.