CYBERMEN! LOOK OUT!
Now, you see, in the past the mere mention of the metallic harbingers of doom being anywhere near a cathode ray would have rocked your being to its very core – sending you scurrying behind the nearest soft furnishing.
However now, yeah you see them (and you certainly hear them) but didn’t they get all soft? Hadn’t they just become metal thugs? Didn’t they cry out all their mystery and otherworldliness when CyberYvonne shed a tear during Doomsday? Weren’t they defeated by James Corden?
Well one man who wants you back behind those sofas where you belong is Neil Gaiman – the man charged by Steven Moffat to instigate this re-frightening of one of the Doctors deadliest foes in his upcoming episode rumoured to be called The Last Cyberman.
Speaking to Australian radio station Triple J, Gaiman commented:
I got an email from Steven Moffat and he said ‘would you like to make the Cybermen scary?’ and I just looked at it for 30 seconds and sent him a message back saying ‘yes.’ But you’re going to have to wait and see how I’ve made them more scary.
Understandably for a writer of his experience, Gaiman knows that the best way to get those scares is the element of surprise (Boo! See, I wasn’t lying!) So he’s remained tight-lipped on the details but did let slip that this episode is nothing like his previous one, The Doctor’s Wife, (which he describes as ‘very odd and weird’) and that the Cybermen were not, as we may have been lead to believe, the main focus of the episode.