ecently the BBC broke the news that the original Modasian Cybermen were to appear in season finale of Doctor Who Series 10. First seen in the 1966 story The Tenth Planet, it is well over due that these men of silver are to terrorise our screens once again.
After the announcement of their return, many fans flocked to the streets of Cardiff to gaze in awe as BBC Wales Cymru filmed their return, along with the familiar Cybermen of the NuWho generation. The 'Mondasian' Cybermen have always been Peter Capaldi’s favourite version and it has been his personal mission to get them back in the show, since his debut in 2014.
Alongside Peter Capaldi Episodes 11 and 12 are to feature Pearl Mackie as the Doctor’s new companion Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole and the return of Michelle Gomez as the deadlyyet beautiful Missy. The two part story is to be written by Head Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat. Rachel Talalay will also return to direct the two episodes.
1966 was a very special and important year for Doctor Who. It marked the departure of William Hartnell, the introduction of Patrick Troughton and the Cybermen to the world of Doctor Who. The first time the Cybermen graced our screens was terrifying. With today’s technology the only way of re-watching Classic Doctor Who is via VHS, the internet and lastly DVD. I remember when BBC Worldwide announced that The Tenth Planet was available on DVD. I rushed to my local store and purchased the DVD without hesitation.
The Tenth Planet, has always been an interest to me, down to many reasons. The two main ones are that it involved the first regeneration and secondly, the introduction of the Cybermen. The Cybermen originally were terrifying. They still looked human. The technology may’ve looked primitive, but they were always one step ahead of anyone who was apposing them. The song-like robotic voices made them all the creepier than their descendants.
These were the best Cybermen in my opinion. As the show grew older the Cybermen’s technology evolved and we were introduced to another planet of the Cybermen, Telos - to which they invaded and claimed the planet from its natives, the Cryons. Telos was featured in Tomb of the Cybermen (1967) and Attack of the Cybermen (1985).
With the return of the 1966 Modasian Cybermen, I personally can't wait. I just hope they get given a great story to mark their return and to wish them a belated happy 50th Birthday.
Series 10 of Doctor Who returns to the BBC on Saturday 15th April.