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YOU NEED HANDS

Writer Tom MacRae trapped Amy Pond on the planet Apalapucia for 36 years, prisoner of an automated system that only meant well…
Handbots advance through the gallery in The Girl Who Waited (2011).

The Handbots in the 2011 story The Girl Who Waited were first suggested to writer Tom MacRae by former Doctor Who Magazine editor Clayton Hickman – at least, indirectly.

“The first time I met Clay”, says Tom, “I was working on my Cyberman episodes” – that is, Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel (2006). “We were talking about the very first Cyberman story [The Tenth Planet, 1966] and he said he’d always been creeped out by them having human hands. So I tried to have that in my Cyberman episodes. There was a bit where the machine converting people into Cybermen had an emergency shutdown, so some conversions weren’t quite finished. And the Doctor found this Cyberman, but with Jackie Tyler’s human hands…

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Robots have been an essential part of Doctor Who for six decades. The latest issue of Panini’s lavish Doctor Who bookazine includes features on classic robot stories such as Galaxy 4, Pyramids of Mars and The Robots of Death. Other highlights include interviews with the actors, writers and directors who helped to create some of these episodes. Packed with exclusive content and rare images, this 116-page bookazine is a must-have for fans