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Published on November 10th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

Cybermen in Weight Loss Shock!

Images emerged last night from a location shoot of the new Cybermen episode from Doctor Who Series 7, and it seems that despite our previous concerns, a new look for the metal monsters has been revealed!

(Spoilers below!)


You’ll need to open the spoiler tags below to view the images (via Combom), which reveal the new-look Cybermen lining up and stomping (no major surprises there!)

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As you can see, the creatures from Mondas or Telos (as opposed to the Cybus factories, we presume) are sleeker, more Batman-esque than the previous Iron Man-taunting version. This sleeker look is welcome, but a far cry from the original 1960s versions which Neil Gaiman has claimed to be a fan of.


We’re quietly confident that Neil Gaiman can breathe some genuine new life into the Cybermen so that we can overlook their virtual non-appearance in Closing Time and other ultimately unsatisfying Cyber-stories.

If anyone can do it, Gaiman can!


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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+.

11 Responses to Cybermen in Weight Loss Shock!

  1. avatar Krumstets says:

    The best designed Cybermen by far. Absolutely love it.
    With a cracking script from Gaiman I am sure this could be the story that brings the Cybermen back to their rightful place in the universe.

  2. avatar Esterath says:

    Much better than the rubbish Cybusmen. Hopefully, no stomping and NO delete!! UCh.

  3. avatar DavidF says:

    If they restore credibility to the Cybermen, it will be a wonderful episode. But it would be great to see them with cloth faces, cumbersome outsized chest units, human hands, and weird sing-song voices. The Tenth Planet Cybermen are really unsettling, and truly amazing, even after all these years. Rather than being humans buried inside machines, they should be poised on the line between human and robot, looking as if they might tip either way.

    Such a shame they were shunted down a path to being stomping robots. There are few better moments in the history of Doctor Who than their first ever scene with the Doctor.

  4. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    I can’t believe no-one’s posted this yet but…. EXCELLENT!

  5. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    David F as well as Gaiman himself have both stated what I’ve been saying for a while and obviously, there are more people out there with the same wish. Bring back the originals from tenth Planet. I’m actually really astonished that the Moff—who’s all about scaring people in creative ways, hasn’t taken the Cybermen back to their beginnings, when they were the creepiest of of all. All that being said, the new design looks better than the Cybus—-who never made sense even appearing in our reality anyway.

  6. avatar Matt says:

    They look great. Sleek, less of a bulky toy. I’m not sure how much say Gaiman himself would have had in the final design.

  7. avatar Steve Andrew says:

    I’ve always loved the Cybermen in the classic series, from the Target Troughton novelised versions through to the excellent Earthshock design (probably my favourite classic Cyber-tale.)

    Like a lot of other fans, I’ve been rather disappointed by the way the Cybermen have been treated in the last few years, so easily beaten everytime, they’ve become a bit of a joke. Which is a shame as I’ve always loved the bulky Cybus-style. It’s rather telling that the best Cybermen moment in recent stories was the scene in the Underhenge from The Pandorica Opens, ie: not a dedicated Cybermen story.

    I’m cautiously optimistic about this upcoming story. Letting Gaiman loose on an established Who monster intrigues me hugely. He’s already done a fantastic story bringing the TARDIS to the heart of the action, let’s hope he can do the same to the Cybermen. They deserve a really great episode where there’s a real sense of danger about them.

    This gorgeous redesign of them is just the icing on the cake. Really nicely done – they look sleek, more manouverable. It’s a proper upgrade, evolving the Cybus look, with nice nods to past designs. Can’t wait to see what Gaiman does with them!

  8. avatar TimeChaser says:

    I approve of the slimming down to the costume. The new series Cybermen were overdue for a makeover as well, although I do agree with people that taking them back to the beginning would be nice. With modern costuming budgets, materials and effects they could make early Mondasian Cybermen properly scary these days and not all clunky. Maybe its time for another audio adaptation? Do a version of “Spare Parts” for the TV series.

    Frankly though, I’d love it even more if they could realistically render the ‘future’ Cybermen from the comic strip “The Flood”. Those were really cool.

    • avatar Esterath says:

      Ohh, they were cool!

  9. avatar Shadowfather says:

    I think if anybody’s expecting to see a return of the Mondasian Cybermen, they’re going to be very disappointed. When the Daleks came back it was easy to update them with present-day techniques, but I don’t think anybody in today’s BBC wants to see the old Cybermen make a return.

  10. avatar James says:

    Fantastic design, well done whoever did that. Remains to be seen if Gaiman can do a scary story but for me the Cybermen need their old 60s mythology and Troughton mojo back, seems Gaiman may agree, time will tell. But when will it be shown?

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