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Published on May 4th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

Rise of the Cybermen Buildup Begins!

Still 10 days away, but the build up to probably the most anticipated of the first half of this Doctor Who season is underway!

We’ll begin with the BBC Press Office Programme Information release for week 20…

Doctor Who – Rise Of The Cybermen Ep 5/13

7.00-7.45pm BBC ONE

bbc.co.uk/drama

The Tardis is trapped on a parallel Earth and Rose discovers that her father is still alive, as the award-winning Doctor Who continues.

But sinister forces are at work, and British society is being prepared for the Ultimate Upgrade. Meanwhile, an old enemy of the Doctor’s is about to be reborn.

David Tennant plays the Doctor, Billie Piper plays Rose, Noel Clarke plays Mickey, Camille Coduri plays Jackie Tyler, Shaun Dingwall plays Pete Tyler, Roger Lloyd Pack plays John Lumic and Andrew Hayden-Smith plays Jake Simmonds.

*The conclusion of this two-parter, The Age Of Steel, can be seen

next Saturday.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Cybermen, meanwhile, the BBC has but together a series of photos that detail their evolution over the last 40 years. And if it’s furthe rreading you need, look no further than this very site. We’ve already investigated the Cybermen in a series of articles last November – Giants of Hong Kong looks in-depth at the iconic and for some years missing adventure Tomb of the Cybermen (which was found in 1992 in Hong Kong), while The Cybermen of Telos provides an overview of what a Cyberman is and discusses the real-world implications of this technology…

And finally The Mirror features an interview with actor Roger Lloyd-Pack who plays the cruel John Lumic in Rise of the Cybermen, in which he discusses the role, and compares the Lumic character to US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld…

“I thought, ‘Who is a power-hungry mad person who believes he is completely right and has a lot of control?’ Donald Rumsfeld came to mind. He’s as bad a man as I see around now.”

“The Cybermen were kind of scary back then but not as scary as this lot. Lumic is unpleasant and a lot of fun to play.”

His character controls people through his Cybus Industries earpods, and Roger thinks the story warns how big corporations could run the world.

He said: “Everything will be controlled by very few businesses.

“But I don’t think we can prevent that happening. It’s a bit like the march of the Cybermen.”

The Sun also has a feature on Rise of the Cybermen, and quotes writer Tom Macrae:

“Their presence is incredible. They are scary as they look like zombies. Kids will be terrified.”

While Noel Clarke commented:

“I was always more scared of the Cybermen because of their shape and their lack of emotion. You just want to turn Daleks over and put salt in them.”

And we’ll finish a few lines from Russell T Davies who has spoken briefly about Series 3, and which classic monsters might return:

“We’ve done the big ones but there could be a couple more monsters returning next year,”

Davies told The Sun. Their suggestions are that the Ice Warriors and Davros might be making a return, although we at Kasterborous would like to see the return of the Sontarans.

(Thanks go to eyeofhorus.org.uk for the above links!)

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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