Remember “RogueCyberman”? The chap lifting content from Doctor Who sites to draw unsuspecting fans into adult websites? Well, he reckons he has some missing episodes for you to view – for a fee, of course!
Thanks to our friends at Doctor Who Online we have learned that this most untrustworthy of online identities is essentially offering missing episodes in exchange for paid access to pictures of naked girls. It’s a pretty low approach, we think you’ll agree.
Apparently, the philistine who calls himself “RogueCyberman” claims that lost episodes from The Faceless Ones and The Macra Terror are available as bonus content from Time Girl Katie’s website of naughty pictures, to which he draws unsuspecting fans via a blog and Twitter account, both full of glaringly fake comments claiming how wonderful the missing episodes are.
And no, we’re not making this up.
RogueCyberman is apparently completely anonymous, as are his “sources”:
“All of the missing episodes recently recovered from an anonymous collector in Kent have been successfully digitised and are now available to download as bonus content in Time Girl Katie’s free private members area.”
It seems, however, that this is utter nonsense.
I mean, let’s have a good think about it. If any collector had lost Doctor Who episodes that for some reason they didn’t want to share with the BBC, they would hardly put them up on a thre’pence ha’penny website of naughty pictures, would they?
Time Girl Katie’s vaguely Doctor Who related adventures don’t take place in the realm of Playboy or Hustler – more like a cold Sunday morning on Brighton beach.
Yes, there is a small chance that RogueCyberman – despite his previous form – is telling the truth, and that these episodes can be viewed. The number of online reviews of them is remarkably small, however. Next to zero, in fact. It’s a scam, of course – a carrot to lure people into parting with cash for unimaginative erotica with nothing to do with Doctor Who.
DWO have been contacted by fan Robert Lenko who took the trouble to send them some screengrabs that you should take a look at. These are basically images of the contents of the Time Girl Katie’s website where RogueCyberman has claimed the missing episodes can be accessed.
These images, available via the link to DWO above, have since been locked away from prying eyes.
What is most interesting is that when similar screengrabs showed up on a Tumblr page (owned by another fan trying to expose what is a horrendous scam targeting Doctor Who fans), RogueCyberman issued a DMCA takedown notice.
This is particularly fascinating when you take into account my own email exchange with the character six months ago, after I requested they stop using content from Kasterborous’ RSS feed to populate the RogueCyberman blog with Doctor Who news:
You make that content available for syndication via RSS but then react badly when someone syndicates it.
If you really want to play the DMCA game then you will have to put your real name and address on the form. And I can then publish that wherever I like. Perfectly legally. Do you really want that? That’s not some kind of threat, by the way, it’s just the fact of the matter. If you want to start playing legal games you’ll have to reveal your name and address.
Furthermore, what if I look all over your website for copyright infringement?
How many images are you using without permission? What if I started issuing DMCA complaints against you?
I might not be so flippant if you hadn’t have taken the stance you did against Katie and I when we started our websites. Besides, I don’t want some stupid DMCA war where we both take turns to pull each others websites down.
Anyway, here’s a suggestion for you that might resolve the matter amicably. You remove the nasty post that you wrote about me and Katie and I’ll stop syndicating your content. Sound fair?
(As you can see, the arrogance of this individual is staggering) My response was as follows:
First of all, thank you for replying. I’m sure you’re aware of how tough it is to find your email address on the site. For the moment I’ll keep it to myself.
Clearly I have several options on the table here. I should add that my address is in the public domain already, so that is hardly a concern.
A couple of points:
The content is made available via RSS. We are the ones doing the syndicating, not you or any other site or app.
I’ve had the Kasterborous feed removed from several Android and iOS apps.
My issue isn’t with the content, it’s with the fact that you’re profiting (and I don’t care how little or much money you make) from the hard work of a bunch of guys who get a few Amazon vouchers at Christmas as an honorarium. It’s not about pretty girls who may or may not be Doctor Who fans, it’s about misappropriating material that isn’t meant for your site and its readers. It’s about pulling our content out of context. How you make money on your site is your business, but when you use content by my team it becomes mine. I’d rather you made sure it remained wholly your business.
Incidentally, your blog: it’s a fantastic piece of work away from the content theft. I have no idea why you are resorting to scraping content via RSS (or any other methods you might be employing) when you’ve got what appears to be a compelling set of articles of your own.
Now then, about that blog post: http://www.kasterborous.com/
Hope to hear from you soon.
Feel free to share your name, too
Sadly, we never did hear from RogueCyberman again. Nor indeed did we learn his real name. However, his email address is: email@example.com – the more activist-minded among you might like to tell him of your displeasure.
But with this new claim of found missing episodes that has been bubbling under for some weeks now, various Doctor Who sites across the web have decided to get together and duke it out with the RogueCyberman.
The BBC are well aware of what is going on, and it is our intention (along with Doctor Who Online and several others) to make as many Doctor Who fans as possible aware of what this character is up to. It would be doubly nice to find his real name – especially as he’s more than happy to share the personal details of people who challenge him with the entire Twittersphere.
You do not want to hand your credit card details to RogueCyberman. He has no missing episodes. At best, he’s a bully and a cheat and might even be responsible for various online hate campaigns against prominent Doctor Who fans.
Is this really the sort of person you want to trust with your card details?